OneStar Foundation



OneStar Foundation exists to build a stronger nonprofit sector for a better Texas.

For almost four decades there has been an acknowledgement by the State of Texas of the critical importance of civic engagement to the strength of our communities. From the creation of the Texas Center for Volunteer Action in 1976 to the formation of its eventual successor, OneStar Foundation in 2004, Texas has maintained its support of a strong nonprofit sector. Today, OneStar Foundation is recognized state-wide as the voice of the sector, a neutral convener and a respected business partner to foundations, state agencies, and the business community.

OneStar Foundation’s mission is to connect partners and resources to build a stronger nonprofit sector in Texas. 

Core Values and Volunteer Efforts

OneStar utilizes the following strategies to accomplish our mission:

Connecting: faith-based and community organizations, businesses, government and foundations to resources and information about the nonprofit sector;

Promoting: the nonprofit sector, innovative strategies and public-private partnerships to drive community solutions; and

Convening: statewide nonprofit networks, developing a coordinated approach to building the strongest, most impactful nonprofit sector in the country.

In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), OneStar has joined with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation to recruit and support 5 AmeriCorps VISTA Members who serve one year terms to help build the Foundation’s capacity to combat the literacy crisis in Houston. These VISTAs helped build and support the Connect4Literacy website to recruit and train literacy volunteers, raise awareness of the Foundation’s mission through outreach and social media, and mobilize local resources to build lasting solutions to poverty.

OneStar remains steadfast in its vision to make Texas home to the strongest, most effective nonprofit sector in the country.