I was a 1st-time donor…. and I loved their THANK YOU note! (Which means {you guessed it!} I might become a 2nd-time donor…)

Tom Ahern

Dear Tom, [the letter began] You care about kids! I know you do. You know why? Because your gift of $250 just came across my desk. It’s been a tough legislative session for our kids in the public school system, but you are a bright spot! Your generosity will help us continue the fight for our students. Tom, I know you live out of… Read more »

We Will Not Be Tamed: Meet Jessie Story

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF)

    Jessie Story loves documenting wild creatures big and small. The Amarillo photographer and videographer studied wildlife biology as an undergrad and later earned a master’s degree in communications. She spends as much time as she can at Caprock Canyons State Park and is working on a documentary about the official state bison herd that roams the park. Her experiences outdoors have changed… Read more »

Good Samaritan Community Services Awarded Children’s Bureau Champion Award

Good Samaritan Community Services

Good Samaritan Community Services (Good Sam) was awarded the 2019 Children’s Bureau Champion Award in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to Building Community Capacity on April 24th at the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect in Washington, DC. The award recognizes those who have made an extraordinary commitment to improving the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families.… Read more »

Many Returning Donors Return to Make Second Gift Within Three Months


Return online peer-to-peer fundraisers raise more than twice as much as one-time fundraisers, a report from Classy, online fundraising software provider finds. Based on 2017 and 2018 data from the Classy Fundraising Suite — including nearly a million donations, twenty thousand fundraising campaigns, and almost four thousand organizations — the report, The State of Modern Philanthropy 2019 (58 pages, PDF), explored the behaviors of… Read more »

Baylor University Announces $100 Million Gift to Give Light Philanthropic Campaign

Baylor University

Baylor University today announced a transformational $100 million gift – the largest current gift in University history and the largest gift to date to the University’s $1.1 billion Give Light comprehensive philanthropic campaign. The gift is from an anonymous donor and will advance Baylor’s progress towards growth as a preeminent Christian research university, building on the University’s historic strengths and strategically investing in new… Read more »

Lawndale May 2019 Exhibitions & Public Programs


/// Public Programs & Events /// Curator’s Walk-Through with C. Ondine Chavoya Saturday, May 11 2 PM   Lawndale invites you to join C. Ondine Chavoya, co-curator of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., for a Curator’s Walk-Through of the exhibition on Saturday, May 11 at 2 PM. During this public program, Chavoya will guide attendees through Axis Mundo, sharing background on the origination and curation of… Read more »

IEAS Animal Update: Titan and Kimberly

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Animal Update FeaturingTitan and Kimberly Titan, a former circus tiger has called IEAS home since 2011. The 13 year old spent time with a traveling circus until he stopped listening to his trainer. As the circus passed through town, we received a call that they no longer wanted him. The circus was leaving later that same day, so we had to very quickly retrieve… Read more »

ChildSafe Receives $3,600 Grant from the Texas Bar Foundation for New Program Developed to Investigate and Prosecute Pediatric Strangulation Cases

Texas Bar Foundation

Bexar County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, ChildSafe, was recently awarded a $3,600 grant by the Texas Bar Foundation in support of the non-profit’s pioneering Investigation and Prosecution of Pediatric Strangulation (IPPS) program, where a diverse team of professionals collaborate to  investigate pediatric strangulation and facilitate prosecution. Strangulation is a felony in Texas, moreover, it is an indicator of dangerous behavior, as analyzed in 2014 U.S.… Read more »

Vulcan Hiding Key Air Pollution Data from Comal County Citizens

Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry

Over 100 individuals, groups, and associations, including Friends of Dry Comal Creek, Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry, and Comal ISD, are currently mounting a legal fight against Alabama‐based Vulcan Construction Materials and the proposed 1500‐acre quarry between Bulverde and New Braunfels. This legal proceeding began with a preliminary hearing on March 6. Similar to a civil trial, this contested case hearing includes expert witness testimony,… Read more »

Women & Girls Development Fund – Supporting nonprofits focused on leadership development of women and girls with grants

San Antonio Area Foundation

The Women & Girls Development Fund’s (WGDF) objective is to empower women and girls to advance as leaders in our community. Through our grants, the fund supports nonprofits that promote a broader concept of leadership, one free of gender bias that speaks to empowerment of others and includes self-leadership as a foundation for the leadership of others. We invite you to apply for a… Read more »

Sizing Up Twitter Users

Pew Research Center - Stefan Wojcik and Adam Hughes

Twitter is a modern public square where many voices discuss, debate and share their views. Media personalities, politicians and the public turn to social networks for real-time information and reactions to the day’s events. But compared with the U.S. public overall, which voices are represented on Twitter? To examine this question, Pew Research Center conducted a nationally representative survey of 2,791 U.S. adult Twitter… Read more »

Time is Running Out to Save Right Whales – Key group expected to recommend rule changes to NOAA

Pew Trust - Peter Baker & Katharine Deuel

Until recently, the North Atlantic right whale had a promising future. For decades, the population of the species, which gained protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1970, had been growing steadily—albeit slowly, due to how few calves are born each year. All that changed in 2010. Right whale deaths—most of which are caused by humans—increased significantly, with entanglement in fishing gear accounting for… Read more »

Fondren Foundation Commits $15 Million to Houston Methodist to Pioneer Treatments for Digestive and Immunologic Disorders

Houston Methodist

The Fondren Foundation has made a $15 million commitment to Houston Methodist to support the Food and Health Alliance, the Immunology Center and to create the Fondren Inflammation Collaborative, a new multidisciplinary program that will provide hope for people with complex allergy, immunologic, autoimmune and GI conditions. Fondren Family and Descendants pictured (left to right): First Row: Rob Fondren, Carol Fondren, Christine Underwood, David… Read more »

Baylor University Receives $15 Million From Sunderland Foundation for Tidwell Restoration

Baylor University

Baylor University today announced a $15 million leadership gift from The Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, Kansas, that will provide significant support for one of the University’s highest priority endeavors within its $1.1 billion Give Lightphilanthropic campaign: the renovation and restoration of the iconic Tidwell Bible Building. The project is among the nearly $300 million in capital improvements planned as part of the campaign… Read more »

Mail Carriers Make a City-Wide Food Drive the Easiest Food Drive of the Year

The Caring Place

On Saturday, May 11ththe National Association of Letter Carriers are picking up non-perishables at mail boxes to benefit local communities as part of its annual Stamp Out Hunger Campaign. Each year mail carriers in Georgetown do a little bit extra for the community by participating in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Non-perishable donations are picked up by the mail carriers and donated to… Read more »

For Earth Day, how Americans see climate change in 5 charts

Cary Funk via Pew Research Center

The degree to which climate change threatens the ecosystems of the Earth and societies around the world has been an ongoing subject of debate – and sometimes protest. As Earth Day nears, we take stock of U.S. public opinion about climate change, based on recent Pew Research Center surveys. For more on how people globally see climate change, see our companion post, “For Earth… Read more »

3 Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes to a New Opportunity

Nell Edgington

As part of the martyr complex from which so many of them suffer, nonprofit leaders often think that it’s best to push themselves and their organizations harder, faster, farther. Nonprofit leaders are continually faced with new opportunities – new client populations to serve, new demands for program expansion from funders, new partnership opportunities.And while pursuing new opportunities is a critical part of becoming (and staying) a relevant, impactful social change organization, not every opportunity is the right one for you as a leader, for your staff and board, or for your mission.

Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio Announces 2021 as Her Last Season as Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival

Cactus Pear Music Festival

STEPHANIE SANT’AMBROGIO ANNOUNCES 2021 AS HER LAST SEASON AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: The two finalists from a two year board-guided artistic director search are CPMF artists and pianists SCOTT CUELLAR and RYO YANAGITANI. WHAT The Board of Directors of CPMF began a process in 2018 to identify the next artistic director to succeed festival founder Ms. Sant’Ambrogio after CPMF’s 25th Silver Anniversary season in the… Read more »

Morgan’s Wonderland, Valero Announce Plans for Ultra-AccessibleMorgan’s Wonderland Camp

Valero & Morgan's Wonderland

Officials of unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park and Valero Energy Corp., today announced the construction of ultra-accessible™ Morgan’s Wonderland Camp, a 102-acre recreational oasis on the northern outskirts of San Antonio that year-round will offer a summer-camp-type experience to those with and without special needs. “Just as we did with Morgan’s Wonderland theme park and Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park, we’re going to create… Read more »

Good Samaritan Community Services Selectedto Receive National Children’s Bureau Champion Award

Good Samaritan Community Services

Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) has been selected to receive the Children’s Bureau Champion Award for Building Community Capacity, one of five to be awarded nationally. The award for Building Community Capacity honors organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting and promoting the health, well-being, and success of children and famililes.    In particular, the award recognizes the work of GSCS… Read more »