Lone Star Academy

Commitment to continuous training and development.

new course information will be released mid-December


Leadership and development courses aim to equip participants to lead an affiliate by providing them with comprehensive knowledge about nonprofit best practices, essential leadership skills, and strategic approaches to today’s issues. Courses will cover:

  • Establishing KPIs for Volunteer Management
  • Teaching Your Board What They Need to Know about Financials
  • Subdivision Planning
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • What Executive Directors and Boards Need to Know About Construction – evaluating costs, determining impact, strategic planning
  • Developing a Fundraising Board
  • Telling the Volunteer Story to Engage the Community and Policy Makers

During the course of the year, individuals will receive specialized training from experts to prepare them for the construction site and more. Areas of study include:

  • Engaging Veterans as Volunteers on the Construction Site
  • Working Together with the Finance Team (Timeline of Payment, Procurement, Bids…)
  • Teaching Homeowners Basic Repair
  • Container Homes: Part Two
  • Building on Land Owned by Homebuyers

Through seven semesters of courses, your Financial Team will dive into various topics related to the management and operations of Habitat finances. Courses include:

  • Calculating the Impact of Volunteer Hours in Your Metrics and Reporting for Donors
  • Capital Planning Solutions and Platforms
  • Post Occupancy Support
  • Budgeting and Cash Flows
  • Financial Statement Analysis, Investments, and Liabilities

At the heart of Habitat is homeowner services. From walking homebuyers through the Habitat process to developing and nurturing ongoing community relationships, this track of courses will prepare Homeowner staff to empower families. Topics include:

  • Helping Homeowners Become Volunteer Advocates
  • Special Populations (Aging in Place, Veterans)
  • Neighborhood Revitalization (Creating a culture of inclusion in the neighborhood)
  • Engaging Communities of Faith  

Habitat relies on volunteers. Therefore, it is important for Volunteer Services Teams to be well prepared and educated on the latest practices. Throughout 2021, individuals have the opportunity to study:

  • Roots of Habitat: Why is sweat equity a thing?
  • Setting Expectations on the Construction Site: Teaching volunteers best practices
  • Effective ReStore Volunteer Orientations
  • Volunteer Leadership in Fundraising

ReStores help fund the operations of affiliates, while connecting to the community and mission of Habitat. When it comes to learning about retail operations, there are many areas to cover, including:

  • Building a Culture of Volunteerism that Engages the Head and Heart in Habitat
  • Price Points for ReStores: A Panel Discussion
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Social Media: Developing Communications Strategies

As a result of this year-round training, Fundraising Teams should demonstrate knowledge of ethical and effective fundraising strategies, practices, and frameworks. Classes include:

  • Turning Volunteers into Donors
  • Gift Processing and Accountability
  • Using Homeowner Stories in a Non-Exploitative Way
  • Quantifying Work on the Construction Site
  • Fundraising for Construction Site