Directing the Work

Executive Directors’ Resources

Leadership is a journey, not a destination. TCFV provides the necessary tools and resources to make that journey successful. 

Directing the Work is a leadership development initiative designed to support and advance the work of executives charged with overseeing family violence organizations. Our goal is to ensure TCFV family violence agencies across Texas receive personalized technical assistance and support.

Executive Director

Development Program

The New Executive Director Development Program provides a comprehensive orientation and ongoing support to new executive directors of family violence programs. TCFV appreciates that directors have diverse backgrounds and experiences. Some may come from outside the domestic violence or nonprofit arenas, and others may be brand new to the executive director role. Investing time and support during the first three years of tenure optimizes their fundamental skills and provides statewide trends, best practices and resources necessary to successfully lead the agency.


To help effectively steward agencies, TCFV offers customized executive leadership consultations to category I and II members and family violence agencies funded by HHSC.

Agency Leadership Transition

Provides an on-site consultant for up to three days to work with staff and board to make an agency assessment and recommendations for leadership transition. Consultant may also attend board meetings to assist with determining next steps.

Agency Leadership Hiring

Provides a consultant to assist the board in reviewing the executive director’s or CEO’s job description, optimal salary, marketing options and hiring process. 

Board Confidentiality

Offers an overview of the state and federal confidentiality guidelines to ensure board members have the information required to safeguard the organization they serve. TCFV staff presents this training. 

Board Recruitment

Explores strategies to recruit committed individuals to serve as board members who are qualified and share the perspectives that align with the organization’s goals and needs. Also includes personalized assistance for building an effective board training and orientation plan. TCFV partners with nonprofit board experts to present this training.

Board Roles & Responsibilities

Examines board member’s fundamental roles and responsibilities to enhance effective governance. Explores strategies for building effective board structures.

Donor Cultivation and Research

Provides strategies to identify, cultivate, and solicit key donors. TCFV partners with nonprofit fund development experts to present this training.

The Essentials of a Successful Thrift Store

Provides guidance on analyzing the market, donor and volunteer recruitment and developing thrift store policy and procedure. Goal is to enhance and reach maximum revenue. TCFV partners with a statewide thrift store expert to present this training.


Provides strategies to increase and bolster existing fundraising plans while defining the board’s role in fundraising. 

Philanthropy 101

Offers an in-depth review on how your organization can raise funds to make a difference for your cause by specifically exploring fundraising plans, cultivating and sustaining donor relations and strengthening proposal development skills. TCFV partners with nonprofit fund development experts to present this training.

Strategic Visioning

Explores key aspects of building and sustaining a high-performance organization through strategic planning. TCFV partners with nonprofit strategic visionary experts to present this training. 

Training Resources

TCFV offers a combination of Directing the Work trainings: in-person and statewide, live webinars and pre-recorded, self-paced webinars. The trainings cover critical topics presented by state and national experts. TCFV members receive discounted rates for the TCFV signature conferences.

Directing the Work Conference features dynamic presenters and showcases state and national trends for executive directors, CEOs, leadership staff and board members. The annual conference provides an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge of effective ways to lead family violence organizations. CEUs offered.

Developing Leadership Training Series provides web-based training opportunities presented by TCFV staff in partnership with state and national experts.

Executive Director Development Program supports new executive directors of family violence programs. (Find out more below.)

TCFV offers several executive-level, members-only resources. You can find them by logging in to the member center with your organizational account. Can’t find your organizational account? Contact Leigh Ann Montague with any questions about your account.

Resources Avaliable to Executive Directors’ and program leaders:

• 2018 Compensation Survey
• Nuts & Bolts of Bookkeeping Toolkit
• Sample policies
• Sample Job Descriptions


Find below TCFV’s current on demand webinars for Executive Directors’ and program leaders. Check back for new or upcoming webinars!

The Trump Effect: Changes to Employment Law

This online training from Ted Smith provides updates on the rapidly evolving changes in state and federal employment laws in the Trump era, including: overtime rules, EEO requirements, local sick leave ordinances, discrimination/harassment laws, independent contractors, and class action waivers.

Watch the Webinar

Basic Grant Compliance

Learn the basics grant compliance for non-profit executive directors.  Topics include time and effort keeping, financial management fundamentals, procurement, reporting on cost and performance, documentation and record keeping.  The session will also include key areas of audit compliance. 

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The Building Blocks for Board Growth: Roles and Responsibilities for Board Members

“What is a Board of Directors supposed to do anyway?”  That’s a questions Executive Directors and Board members often ask themselves, but usually where no one else can hear!  This webinar explores the roles and responsibilities of Board members as well as the Executive Director’s relationship to the Board both individually and collectively.  Learn the Board’s primary responsibilities and tasks, how they can become your best public relations strategy, and how to transform them into fundraisers.  The webinar also includes specific HHSC requirements that are critically important to your agency. 

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6 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Your Board’s Performance

“The nonprofit Board model is broken.” You’ve likely heard this sentiment uttered by nonprofit leaders, philanthropists and Board members alike. While unquestionably provocative, there appears to be some truth to it. BoardSource’s leading national survey on nonprofit governance finds that Boards earn on average a B- in overall Board performance. Most boards are mediocre, at best. Many others are failing the organization and its mission completely. It shouldn’t be that way. There are several high-impact strategies that nonprofit executives and Board leaders can immediately deploy to boost the performance – and thus, overall impact – of their nonprofit’s Board. During this session, Robert Acton – the former Executive Director of Taproot Foundation in NYC and current Principal & Founder of Cause Strategy Partners, LLC — will present six interventions to optimize Board performance. These interventions fall into three key categories: a) applying a best-in-class board development process, b) making better use of Board meetings, and c) building a culture of strong Board engagement. Change often takes months of planning, socialization, buy-in and execution. This session is designed for nonprofit executives and Board leaders who need their Boards to improve faster. Utilizing an interactive learning style, this session
will arm participants with innovative ideas and specific action steps that will accelerate your Board’s performance today.

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

  • Harness the experience of family violence organizational experts to lead the domestic violence movement in a bold new direction.
  • Provide access to emerging nonprofit management principles and resources.
  • Bring family violence organizational leaders together to build a network they can lean on for long-term support.

The cohort consists of three to four in-person gatherings and requires travel. TCFV reimburses participants for travel, per diem and lodging. Registration is complimentary and requires filling out an application.  Applications are usually distributed in late summer or early fall. Cohort meeting runs two days in various cities throughout Texas.

2019 Thought Leaders Cohort Class

These accomplished leaders represent the best in our movement. With expertise in providing culturally specific approaches and years of experience in advocacy work and constituency building, these Texas leaders bring an impressive wealth of knowledge. We are honored to learn from their experience and to support them in the complex and rewarding task of leading their agencies.

Emilee Whitehurst

Emilee Whitehurst

CEO | Houston Area Women's Center

Janice Watkins

Janice Watkins

Executive Director | Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center

Deborah Tomov

Deborah Tomov

Executive Director | Family Services of Southeast Texas, Inc.

Kathy Reid

Kathy Reid

Executive Director | Family Abuse Center

Gloria Ocampo

Gloria Ocampo

Executive Director | Friendship of Women, Inc.

David Moore

David Moore

Executive Director | Women’s Center of Brazoria County

Darlene Lanham

Darlene Lanham

Executive Director | Asian Family Support Services of Austin

Dan Cox

Dan Cox

Executive Director | Noah Project Inc.

Rick Brown

Rick Brown

Executive Director | Hope Alliance

Erica Bustamante

Erica Bustamante

Executive Director | Wintergarden Women’s Shelter, Inc.

Angie Chandler

Angie Chandler

Executive Director | Dove Project, Inc.

Rhonda Williamson

Rhonda Williamson

Executive Director | Safer Path Family Violence Shelter, Inc.

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