Greetings from the Executive Director: July 2023

Nicole Collier, NACC Executive Director

Nicole Collier, MPSA
Executive Director, NACC
Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A&M University

It’s hard to believe, but when this newsletter comes out, the NACC Conference will be over!

It feels simultaneously like 1 year ago, and 10 years ago that we had our last in-person conference in London, England, but it’s been 4 years. So much has changed since then, but not the dedication of our programs, members, and individuals to provide high quality third sector education.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to join us, submit proposals, presented their knowledge and experience, shared our registration reminders, or were forgiving of my slower response to messages as we prepared to gather together.

With the conference behind us, we are looking forward to our annual member meeting at ARNOVA November 15th. We are continuing to be conscious of the culture and political climate in the state, but currently are planning to host the meeting in person, with an option to join virtually. We are aware that hybrid meetings can have unequal participation, so we are working on ways to avoid that as much as possible. The first effort is to fundraise and dedicate money towards quality equipment designed for online meetings. If you would like to help us fundraise towards that effort, you can email me to learn more at While we want as many voices to be heard, I want to emphasize that your safety and comfort come first. We will do our best to facilitate as equitable of a hybrid meeting as possible, but are still learning and adapting. If you have any advice, concerns, etc. about effectively facilitating this meeting, please reach out to me.

Furthermore, we want to hear from you! Whether you joined us in Auburn or not, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. Your feedback is very important to us. If you complete the survey by August 19th, you will be entered in to a drawing for a box of NACC merchandise!

I hope you are all doing well. Take care of yourselves!


By |2023-07-19T12:10:31-04:00July 19th, 2023|Executive Director's Report|

Greetings from the Executive Director: May 2023

Nicole Collier, NACC Executive Director

Nicole Collier, MPSA
Executive Director, NACC
Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A&M University

New look, who’s this?!

First things first, I want to thank Erin for all of her work updating our website and newsletter over the past month! I think we can all agree it looks great and that she will do an excellent job taking the helm of NACC News after Linda’s leadership.

I would normally opine about things going on in College Station, end-of-semester blues or joy (there’s no judgment here, I too enjoy shorter wait times at restaurants), I don’t have time for that today because the 2023 Biennial Conference is almost upon us!!!

So, bear with me, I’ll try to summarize at the top so you can read more about the topics you need to, and keep on scrolling as needed!

  1. Don’t forget to register and pay your registration fees!
  2. We have new and exciting details to share about an excursion we are offering on July 22nd to those interested in visiting Montgomery and key civil rights sites. You can register for that excursion on our website in the next few days!
  3. Looking ahead to the rest of the year. Our annual member meeting will be on November 15!

The Conference:

Ok, more on the conference. I’m so excited to see many of you at Auburn University in July. I have published the draft schedule for you to take a look at and get as excited as I am!

For those of you who can’t make it, let me know if you would be interested in sending any questions over to the presenters and they can reach back out personally if they have time.

Our Optional Excursion:

I am excited to share a few more details about the optional excursion.

We are excited to offer an excursion to the Legacy Museum and Memorial, followed by a conversation and guided tour (inside an air-conditioned bus) with Wanda Battle of Legendary Tours! You can learn more about the excursion here. Registration will include a fee to cover transportation, our tour guide’s time, and admission to the museum and a few sites in Montgomery.

Looking Ahead to the Member Meeting

Finally, please mark your calendars for November 15th when we will hold our annual member meeting. Our meeting has traditionally been held the day before conference programming begins at the annual ARNOVA Conference, but I want you to know that the board and everyone at NACC is continuing to pay attention to the discussions about hosting the conference (and therefore our meeting) in Florida in light of the concerning legislative session. I won’t pretend we have all the answers right now; but we are continuing to discuss our options and how to proceed. We are committed to providing a safe space for those who join us in person, as well as ways for people to fully participate if they do not travel to Florida.

We will keep you updated.

You can see various ARNOVA board and staff perspectives on their website.

By |2023-05-30T10:59:51-04:00May 30th, 2023|Executive Director's Report|

Greetings from the Executive Director: February 2023

Nicole Collier, NACC Executive Director


I’m sure I won’t have anything to add this month that will measure up to the lovely retrospectives shared in this edition. So instead I just have two quick reminders, and a small update in appreciation of our new student coordinator who you met last month!

  1. Nu Lambda Mu Applications are now open! Students of NACC member programs that are graduating this spring/summer (or have already graduated) are eligible to apply. Please let me know if you have any questions!
  2. Proposals are still open for NACC’s conference at Auburn this summer! You can also register to attend using our website.

You may remember that I introduced you to NACC’s new student coordinator last month. Well, Carley is off and running! One of their fist tasks was to update our guidestar profile, and not only did they do that, but they got us to Gold! They are now working on assisting with Nu Lambda Mu, and helping me with NACC’s archives to help us better store and file NACC’s history for everyone to utilize. You can reach Carley or myself at our shared email,!

I am wishing you all a pleasant spring. Don’t forget to take care of yourselves!


By |2023-04-04T19:59:38-04:00April 4th, 2023|Executive Director's Report|
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