West Texas Rural Philanthropy Days (WTXRPD) connects rural West Texas nonprofits and government agencies with similar interests and provides training to strengthen those nonprofits in serving their communities. The event is based on a successful model started in Colorado in 1991.
Following an opening reception, the event includes a full day of training for nonprofits, and a half-day of “funder roundtables.” At the roundtables, nonprofits meet in small groups with different funders to describe the nonprofits’ funding needs and explore grant opportunities.
The King Foundation was a founding sponsor of WTXRPD, along with the Permian Basin Area Foundation and the Nonprofit Management Center of the Permian Basin.
The 2015 WTXRPD is in the books! This year over 130 individuals representing more than 90 nonprofit organizations hailing from the Big Bend, Permian Basin, and Concho Valley took part in the two-day event. On Thursday participants had a choice of 14 educational sessions that ranged from grantwriting to financials, legal and tax implications of fundraising, and even a session that offered an inside look at funders. On Friday representatives from 15 foundations were on hand to take part in the funder roundtables.
WTXRPD is offered every two years. The next event is tentatively scheduled for July 2017 on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. More information can be found on the WTXRPD website, www.wtxrpd.org.
WTXRPD also offers small-group trainings for nonprofits in the years between the main conference. Stay tuned for information and registration for the next training.