In-groups and out-groups (and why it’s good to know the diff)

Katrina & Otis explore a Facebook fuss…. In-groups and out-groups (and why it’s good to know the diff) Social media can be conspicuously cruel and irrational. It also reveals a lot about human nature and our “identities”… NBC12 asked the question. Honestly answering? Katrina VanHuss. She is the CEO of TurnKey, “a U.S.-based strategy and execution firm for nonprofit fundraising campaigns.” TurnKey’s magnificent client list includes Susan G.… Read more »

What makes a news story trustworthy? Americans point to the outlet that publishes it, sources cited by John Gramlich at Pew Research Center

Americans see a variety of factors as important when it comes to deciding whether a news story is trustworthy or not, but their attitudes vary by party affiliation, demographic characteristics and news consumption habits, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Overall, broad majorities of U.S. adults say it is at least somewhat important to consider each of five surveyed factors when determining whether a news… Read more »

Note from Jennifer Ford Reedy: Upping our Commitment to Community-based Philanthropy at The Bush Foundation

In March, we shared how we are working to be a stronger force for equitable change in our region. This included a goal to share more power in our grantmaking and to work in deeper partnership with community. This is not a new concept for us. We have engaged community partners in our grantmaking for many years – from asking community leaders to select Bush… Read more »

The eight trends that will define 2021–and beyond by Celia Huber and Kevin Sneader of McKinsey & Co

Crises tend to give rise to remarkable innovations and insights. Today is just such a moment, raising challenges to many long-held beliefs about how companies should operate. In this episode of the Inside the Strategy Roompodcast, McKinsey’s global leader Kevin Sneader talks with senior partner Celia Huber about the eight trends that will shape the post-COVID-19 economy, which he writes about in his recent article. Their conversation… Read more »

AI COVID Warrior Contest for Teachers and Students

AI World School

We are very excited to announce the Artificial Intelligence COVID Warrior Contest for teachers and students in Grades 3 to 12. We expect more than 100k students and teachers to take part in the global contest. Believing that Artificial Intelligence has enormous potential to support the global war on COVID-19, this contest leads students and teachers through how AI can help understand the nature of the virus,… Read more »

US and Mexico must work together on asylum, say Baker Institute experts

Avery Ruxer Franklin - Rice University

A strong, well-functioning Mexican asylum system is in the best interest of both Mexican and United States governments, but it requires increased coordination from both sides, according to the findings of a new study from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Refugee Solidarity Network. “A critical part of the asylum system is the broad network of Mexican civil society organizations (CSOs)… Read more »

WeBank and SMU Nurture Future-Ready Fintech Talent with Blockchain Courses

SMU and WeBank

WeBank, the world’s leading digital bank and the first digital-only bank in China, announced that its summer enrichment programme on FISCO BCOS[1] Blockchain Experience at the Singapore Management University (SMU), a premier university in Asia internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching, has been completed for this academic year on May 12. The programme is a collaboration between WeBank and SMU. In… Read more »

Public Health Experts Needed

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living | UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin

Public Health Experts are Needed in Policy Work Groups, Task Forces, and Advisory Committees   Approximately 80-90% of a person’s health outcomes are due to social determinants of health, such as where one lives and works. These foundations of health are especially important when predicting health outcomes for diverse populations, women, and children. Public health experts examine “upstream” issues like structural and systemic factors that… Read more »

CPMF Announces 2021’s Young Artist Program Winners

Cactus Pear Music Festival

  Education Director Craig Sorgi and Artistic Director Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio are pleased to announce the 5 winners of this season’s Young Artist Program [YAP] auditions. Craig was enthusiastic about this spring’s auditions: “It’s always great during our audition process to hear our talented young San Antonio musicians on a personal basis like we do. We were impressed, again, this year. Congratulations to our new… Read more »

The new digital edge: Rethinking strategy for the postpandemic era

McKinsey & Company

Our latest survey confirms that the future will belong to companies that put technology at the center of their outlook, capabilities, and leadership mandate.

Comcast Community Impact Helps Bring D.C. Virtual Field Trip to Students Across America

Comcast - Dalila Wilson-Scott

You may remember it – loading onto a bus and heading to the nation’s capital to get a firsthand glimpse of historic monuments, museums, and yes, the pillars of American government: The White House, The U.S. Capitol Building, and The U.S. Supreme Court. Among many of the experiences and learning opportunities made impossible over the past year by the COVID-19 pandemic were these annual… Read more »

Social & Health Research Center and Quest Diagnostics Team Up to Address Childhood Hunger and Obesity Exacerbated by COVID-19 in Underserved Communities

Quest Diagnostics

Childhood obesity has disproportionately affected Hispanic and Black communities as a result of negative social determinants of health for years. In the wake of COVID-19, low-income and racial/ethnic minority families, particularly Hispanic and African American, are struggling with an even greater risk of health complications such as obesity, diabetes, respiratory ailments and other predisposing conditions, according to a report by the Centers for Disease… Read more »

The full text of Texas House Bill 6 – PLEASE VOTE NO – SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY

Texas House Bill 6

  Bill Title: Relating to election integrity and security, including by preventing fraud in the conduct of elections in this state; increasing criminal penalties; creating criminal offenses. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 72-0) Status: (Introduced) 2021-05-07 – Laid on the table subject to call [HB6 Detail] Download: Texas-2021-HB6-Comm_Sub.html   87R18640 TSS-D     By: Cain, Schofield, Klick, Clardy, Jetton, H.B. No. 6       et al.     Substitute… Read more »

McKinsey commits $15 million to support Black-owned businesses and help fuel economic development

McKinsey & Co.

McKinsey & Co is pleased to announce a $15 million impact investment in the Black Economic Development Fund (BEDF), managed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The BEDF is part of LISC’s Project 10X, a $1 billion strategy to address racial gaps in health, wealth, and opportunity. McKinsey’s contribution, along with those of 10 public corporations, has helped the fund hit its goal… Read more »

The Houston Endowment stands for the fundamental right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot.

The Houston Endowment

The Houston Endowment echoes the conviction expressed by community and business leaders throughout the country3: “For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us.” Last year our community came together to move us closer to this ideal. We still have work to do. Now is the time to continue that drive toward the highest standards of representative democracy.

The Salvation Army Celebrates the True Meaning of National Donut Day in Austin, Texas

The Salvation Army USA 

Many Americans don’t know that National Donut Day actually has its roots in doing good. Celebrated on the first Friday in June, this sweet tradition dates back to World War I, when nearly 250 Salvation Army volunteers known as “Donut Lassies” traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support as well as fried confections, supplies, and other services to troops on the front lines. The… Read more »

Curis, Inc. Announces 2021 Virtual Symposium: “VISTA: A New Immune Checkpoint in Cancer, Autoimmunity and Beyond”

Curis, Inc.

Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS), a biotechnology company focused on the development of innovative therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, today announced the virtual symposium, “VISTA: A New Immune Checkpoint in Cancer, Autoimmunity and Beyond,” taking place on June 18, 2021, 9:00-1:15 PM ET. Leaders in immunology across industry and academia will gather to discuss emerging checkpoint molecule, VISTA, including its function, the role it… Read more »

The Gula Tech Foundation Announces Winners of $1 Million Data Care Grant Round at RSAC 2021

Gula Tech Foundation

Gula Tech Foundation, a nonprofit focused on awarding $1,000,000 in competitive grants to cybersecurity nonprofits several times each year, announced today, in conjunction with RSAC 2021, the winners of its Data Care themed competitive grant program. This competitive grant focuses on non-profits committed to broaden the cybersecurity industry to be more inclusive and increase personal responsibility for data. “The issue of Data Care is… Read more »

Women’s Fund of Austin Community Foundation gives $400K in grants to 20 nonprofits

Austin Community Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of our investors, we awarded $400,000 to 20 local nonprofit organizations. Unlike in years past, all semifinalists in each of our impact areas were awarded general operating funding. The winning finalist in each impact area received a $40,000 two-year grant.

New Report Highlights Community Strategies to Address Housing Crisis in Central Texas

Austin Community Foundation

Housing Affordability in Austin, a new report commissioned by Austin Community Foundation, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., NI (formerly National Instruments Corp.) and St. David’s Foundation, calls attention to the need for philanthropic investment to address the region’s housing crisis and outlines potential funding strategies to produce, protect and preserve affordable housing in Central Texas. According to the report, Central Texas is… Read more »