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Advocacy: What role do you play?
St. David's Episcopal Church - Crail Hall B & C

The luncheons will continue to be a hot buffet style lunch.  If you have special dietary needs, such as gluten free, please email at least 1 week prior to the event.

There will be limited parking available in the St. David's garage, with a parking entrance on Trinity.  We strongly encourage carpooling.  Parking can be purchased as you enter the garage for $5. Please bring cash!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Advocacy: What role do you play?


Issues for Nonprofits and Foundations from the 2017 Texas Legislative Session

Austin attorney Richard Meyer will present an overview of bills and issues in the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature that affect nonprofits, foundations, state associations and quasi-public agencies. Included are issues related to governance and oversight of nonprofits, possible extension of government agency "open records" laws to certain nonprofits, privatization of state social programs such as foster care and handing those functions to nonprofit vendors, fundraising, protection of religious beliefs of organizations providing public services, new "B-corps", and property tax exemptions.  For background, see


Richard W. Meyer, Attorney

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Richard W. Meyer is an attorney practicing in Austin, Texas, with more than 30 years' experience with state associations, nonprofit organizations, foundations and quasi­governmental entities. His background is in business ventures and investments, government agency operations and contracting, and legislative matters. He was the Course Director for the 2015 State Bar Governance of Nonprofit Organizations CLE course and has been a frequent speaker, lecturer and conference participant nationwide. 

As former Board Chair and Counsel for the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO), he monitored pending legislation involving the interests of nonprofit entities in the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress. Rick serves as counsel for large nonprofit enterprises that contract with government entities for goods and services, and he advises association boards on regulatory, legislative and compliance matters. 

He represented state agencies in federal courts across the nation while with the Law Enforcement Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office (1981-85) and served as a special investigator of nonprofit organization misconduct. Always involved in historic preservation efforts, he was counsel for the Texas Historical Commission (1981- 85), was the first counsel for the State Preservation Board (which restored and enlarged the State Capitol), was the first counsel for the highly-successful Texas Main Street Program, was a founder of Preservation Texas (a statewide advocacy organization), and served as chair of the Austin City Historic Landmark Commission for six years and vice chair of the Austin Downtown Commission. He has founded and served on the boards of numerous nonprofit and faith-based organizations, has lectured and written articles for nonprofit managers and for legal and accounting continuing education seminars, and was an advisor in the M.B.A. program at St. Edward's University of Austin for graduate student consulting projects. He practiced in Los Angeles from 1975 to 1981. 

Rick is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture (1970) and the School of Law (1974), and is a lifelong supporter of UT Austin including active participation in the Texas Exes, Chancellor's Council, Friar Society, various fundraising initiatives, and the University PAC and annual legislative lobbying day. He is licensed in Texas and California, serves as an arbitrator, and is a Texas registered lobbyist.

Telephone: (512) 451-3000; e-mail:

We require 24 hour advance notice for all cancellations.  Failure to give advanced notice for cancellation of Pay at the Door tickets will be invoiced.  Please contact if you need to cancel.

Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
301 E 8th St
Austin, TX 78701
United States

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