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Leadership is a journey, not a destination. At TCFV, we are committed to providing the tools and resources necessary to make your journey successful. Directing the Work, is a multi-tiered approach to leadership (or executive) development opportunity designed to support and advance the work of the emerging or seasoned executive charged with overseeing violence prevention organizations.  Our goal is to ensure all family violence agencies across Texas receive personalized technical assistance and support.

For more information regarding Directing the Work, please contact Rita Flores at rflores@tcfv.org


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Non-Profit Cost Allocation Planning (Consultation)

This session offers organizations the tools needed to develop and implement a comprehensive Cost Allocation Plan. 

The Essentials of a Successful Thrift Store (Consultation)

This session provides tools needed to operate a successful thrift store. Participants will receive guidance on analyzing the market, donor and volunteer recruitment, and policy and procedures development.

Strategic Visioning (Consultation)

This session explores key aspects of building and sustaining a high performance organization through strategic planning.

Philanthropy 101 (Consultation)

This session offers a more in-depth review and on how your organization can raise money to make a difference for your cause.  Participants will develop fundraising plans, learn how to cultivate and sustain donor relations, and strengthen proposal development skills.

Donor Cultivation and Research (Consultation)

This session provides strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit key donors.

Foundations: Roles and Responsibilities (Consultation)

This session introduces board members to the fundamentals of effective governance by defining the basic roles and responsibilities of the board and examining strategies for building effective board structures.

Fundraising (Consultation)

This session provides strategies to increase and/or bolster existing fundraising plans while defining the board’s role in fundraising. 

Board Recruitment (Consultation)

This session offers strategies to recruit committed individuals to serve on your board who are not only qualified but share the perspectives that align with your organization’s goals and needs. Participants will also receive personalized assistance for building an effective training and orientation plan. 

Board Confidentiality

This training offers an overview of the state and federal confidentiality guidelines to ensure board members have the information required to safeguard the organization they serve.

Advocating Within the CPS System (1.5)

This training equips advocates with the information they need to support survivors and their children involved in the child welfare system.  It focuses on facilitating stronger working relationships between DFPS and family violence programs, reviews resources to support advocates working with survivor clients and highlights the changes within DFPS that aim to produce better outcomes for children and families. 

Navigating Safety: The Use and Misuse of Technology & Intimate Partner Violence (1.5)

Technology is everywhere and it is important to understand how it may be misused within the context of intimate partner violence. This training will focus on various technologies with an emphasis on strategies to promote survivor’s safer use of social media, phones, and other modalities.

Survivor-Centered Advocacy: Navigating Rules Reduction (2.0)

This training explores the advocacy framework that staff at family violence programs employ to provide services and how to support survivor-centered, advocacy services. It will also provide an overview of the philosophy behind reducing rules for service provision and participants will spend time analyzing specific rules with an aim of reducing them.

Creating Safer Spaces: Mental Health & Trauma (2.0)

This session explores the link between trauma and domestic violence as well as providing participants with tools for creating safer spaces that enhance the advocacy relationship.

In Her Shoes (1.5)

This training, created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is an interactive activity designed to give participants the opportunity to better understand the circumstances of family violence survivors and the choices they make about their relationships. This training encourages powerful conversation and brings to surface issues of safety, resources, personal choices, barriers, and a myriad of social service systems.

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence (Regular and Classroom Edition) (1.5)

This training, created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is an interactive activity designed to give participants the opportunity to better understand the dynamics of teen dating abuse.

Engaging and Supporting Women and Girls as Leaders of Violence Prevention Efforts (3.0)

This training explores ways to communicate the untold stories of women and girls' contributions to the movement to end domestic, sexual, and dating violence and abuse—alongside ways to encourage women and girls' leadership locally. Participants will review examples of best practices for promoting and supporting women and girls' leadership and strategize ways to adapt those practices for use in their own communities.

Working with Men and Boys to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence (1.5)

This training highlights activities, resources and strategies that have been used by prevention advocates as they engage men and boys in violence prevention.

Media Literacy for Prevention (1.5)

This training explores the role of media in normalizing gender-based violence through music and film. Participants will examine contemporary media messaging and understand how to use media literacy as a tool to counter dominant narratives of violence.

Planning for the Long Term: Program Planning, Capacity Assessment, and Evaluation (4.0)

This coached session focuses on a holistic approach to program planning, setting an overall purpose, assessing program capacity, naming clear goals and benchmarks for success, and identifying evaluation methods.

Primary Prevention 101 (1.5)

This session will briefly cover the theory behind primary prevention and will focus on how to transform prevention efforts into impactful, long-term, community-driven efforts to prevent violence.

Developing Leadership

The New Executive Director Development Program provides a comprehensive orientation for an extensive on-going support to new executive directors of family violence programs. TCFV recognizes that family violence program executive directors have diverse backgrounds and experiences. Some may come from outside the domestic violence or nonprofit arenas, and others may be new to the executive director role. By providing these new executive directors with a comprehensive orientation and meaningful, ongoing support throughout the first three years of their tenure, TCFV is ensuring that each executive director has the fundamental tools she/he needs to successfully lead their organizations, thus enhancing the quality of services provided to victims and survivors of domestic violence. TCFV also believes it is crucial for new executive directors to be informed of statewide trends, best practices and resources. Equally important is for new executive directors to have information regarding available support and training opportunities.

The New Executive Director Development Program plan utilizes various innovative methods to engage new executive directors and develop directors’ skills and foundational knowledge of operating a family violence program. The program will support new executive directors to successfully lead their organizations in various capacities.

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Members-Only Resources

TCFV offers several Executive-level, members-only resources. You can find them by logging into the Member Center with your organizational account. Can’t find your organizational account? Contact Danielle Ohlemacher for support.

  • 2014 Compensation Survey
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bookkeeping Toolkit
  • Sample Policies
  • Sample Job Descriptions

Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders is an intensive cohort-based program for new and tenured executive directors and chief executive officers. This year-long program is designed to offer its members an opportunity to expand and enhance leadership skills in a high-impact, transformational experience. 

Announcing the first class of Thought Leaders!

Today, TCFV is thrilled to welcome our 2017 cohort. These fifteen accomplished leaders represent the best in our movement. With expertise in providing culturally specific approaches to domestic violence to years of experience in advocacy work and constituency building, these Texas leaders bring an impressive wealth of knowledge. We are excited to learn from their experience and to support them in the complex and rewarding task of leading their agencies.

Allen_Hattie_headshotHattie Allen
Executive Director
Kendall County Women’s Shelter
Cook_Kim_headshotKim Cook
Executive Director
Abigail’s Arms
Fernandez_Jennifer_headshotJennifer Fernandez
Executive Director
Guadalupe Valley Family
Violence Shelter, Inc.
Fry_Leigh_Ann_headshotLeigh Ann Fry, Executive Director
Noah Project, Inc.
Gowin_Amanda_headshotAmanda Gowin, Executive Director
Dove Project, Inc.
Hill_Stacy_headshotStacy Hill, Executive Director
Crisis Center of Comal County
Jacob_Kathryn_headshotKathryn Jacob, President & CEO
SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Jarrah_Hind_headshotHind Jarrah, Executive Director
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
Khare_Rachna_headshotRachna Khare, Executive Director
Daya, Inc.
Mathis-Goodrum_Kim_headshotKim Mathis-Goodrum, Executive Director
Focusing Families
Moseley_Debbie_headshotDebbie Moseley, Executive Director
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Slone_Jeri_headshotJeri Slone, Executive Director
ICD Family Shelter
Tacconi_Selah_headshotSelah Tacconi, Executive Director
Resource and Crisis Center
of Galveston County Inc.
Tietjen_Catherine_headshotCatherine Tietjen, Executive Director
Freedom House
Womack_Jim_headshotJim Womack, Executive Director
Family Support Services of Amarillo
Read more about the program

Eligibility Requirements:
Candidates must be an existing executive director or chief executive officer of a family violence organization and a TCFV Category 1 or 2 member. The program is open to 15 candidates.

Program Details:
TLC will provide an interactive, comprehensive leadership program for new and tenured executive directors and chief executive officers. Selected participants will receive the following over a 12-month period (January – December 2017):

  • An in-person session in conjunction with Capitol Day
    Advocacy in Action: Tuesday, February 14, 2017; Austin, TX
  • A networking opportunity in conjunction with the Executive Directors’ Conference
    TLC Happy Hour: Wednesday, February 15, 2017; Austin, TX
  • Three two-day leadership retreats:
    April 4-5, 2017 – Ft. Worth, TX
    June 13-14, 2017 – San Antonio, TX
    November 2017 – Location to be announced
  • Access to e-learning modules on key management/leadership topics
  • Incentives for additional professional and organizational development opportunities
  • Continuing Education Unit hours

Program Benefits:
There is no registration fee to participate. We solely ask that applicants agree to commit to the full term. In order to facilitate participation, TCFV will reimburse participants for reasonable expenses as outlined in TCFV’s guest travel policy.

Whether you are a new or tenured leader, join us as we lead the movement in a bold new direction.



TCFV’s Executive Directors’ Listserv is a members-only benefit available to Category I and Category II Family Violence Programs. Executives have the opportunity to network with peers, share resources and ideas, and get priority access to resource development information.

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