Who Are the Remaining Uninsured, and Why Do They Lack Coverage?

Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey - Munira Z. Gunja and Sara R. Collins

Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2018. While the Affordable Care Act expanded health insurance to millions of Americans, an estimated 30.4 million people were uninsured in 2018. Concern about the cost of insurance is a key reason why many are uninsured. Nearly half of uninsured adults may be eligible for subsidized insurance through the marketplace or their state’s expanded Medicaid program

Texas Commission on the Arts Awards $4.6 Million through Renewed Grant Program

The Texas Commission on the Arts

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has approved funding of 43 Arts Respond Cultural District Project grants for fiscal year 2020. The grants total over $4.6 million and will go to arts nonprofits and local government agencies in 20 cultural districts in Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Canadian, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, McKinney, Rockport, San Angelo, San Antonio, Waco and Wimberley.

13th Annual Southern Obesity Summit

13th Annual Southern Obesity Summit

A Reset for Collective Impact: SOS will reframe obesity in the context of complex global systems that are shaping three worldwide crises: obesity, under-nutrition, and climate change. We anticipate it will reset the agenda for future summits as well as national-level work on these issues. Proceedings from the summit, including insight shared during interactive sessions will be published post-Summit. SOS participants will be at… Read more »

Hot off the presses, Nonprofit Management 101 (2nd edition) is a must-have book for anyone working in the nonprofit sector

Blue Avocado

Hot off the presses, Nonprofit Management 101 (2nd edition) is a must-have book for anyone working in the nonprofit sector. The new edition has been updated and is full of practical, easy-to-implement tips and tools. Compiled by Blue Avocado Editor-in-Chief Darian Rodriguez Heyman, and featuring concrete insights from nonprofit executives and writers, Nonprofit Management 101 is available now.  The contributors to this owner’s manual… Read more »

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza will be returning this year on two separate weekends: September 14th and 21st

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza will be returning this year on two separate weekends: September 14th and 21st from 8 am to 12 noon.   Taking place at the peak of hummingbird migration, XHX is a once a year opportunity to see these amazing birds up close. Watch as we carefully catch and band these tiny travelers and sign up to symbolically adopt one! XHX will… Read more »

Interfaith Family Services Opens New Facility Designed to Fight Poverty

Interfaith Family Services

Many wonder how Dallas can be third in the nation for child poverty and have a less than 4% unemployment rate.  One reason is that working poor families struggle to fight their way out of poverty due to the cost of training that would elevate wages and the accessibility of childcare that would allow them to train after work. But, now there is a… Read more »

Texas A&M Celebrates Opening Of Music Activities Center

Texas A&M University - Caitlin Clark

Stepping into the E.V. Adams Band Hall for the first time as a student nearly 45 years ago, Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez said he remembers being amazed by the facility and the opportunities that would be available to him as a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Returning some 30 years later, he joked that not even a doorknob had been hung… Read more »

Rice and UT Austin Seniors jump start their social impact careers with the Second Day Impact Fellowship

Mariam Matin

Introducing the Second Day Impact Fellowship at several campuses across the country, including Rice University and UT Austin! Co-Founder and native Texan Mariam Matin shares her story and excitement on what this organization has to offer.

$7 Million in Grants From Texas Instruments Gives Disadvantaged Students a STEM Learning Boost

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments and the Texas Instruments Foundation announced today that their combined 2019 U.S. education grants total $7 million.  These funds will go toward programs that will cultivate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competencies in students and grow the quality and quantity of STEM educators, one of the greatest influences on student academic success. More than 97% of the funding will be used… Read more »

New: A Bold Initiative to Develop Breakthrough Solutions in Executive Function and Math

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2018, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) began jointly exploring whether breakthrough education solutions can be developed through an accelerated discovery and development effort. It began with a Request for Information. We received 465 responses from 37 states as well as internationally. Twenty percent (20%) of the responses came from organizations that are owned or led… Read more »

What goes first? Second? Last? (Never?)

Tom Ahern

In the bump and grind of fundraising and advocacy (the thing you specifically asked about), you QUICKLY give prospective donors and volunteers and supporters and fellow-travelers and movement-joiners important URGENT jobs to do. And you do that repeatedly: at the TOP, in the MIDDLE, at the END of whatever it is you’re saying (email, social media post, direct mail, website) … if you HOPE to maximize response.

New Analysis: Young Americans Are Less Trusting

John Gramlich - The Pew Charitable Trusts Think Tank

Americans believe trust has declined in their country, whether it involves their fellow citizens’ faith in each other or their confidence in the federal government, according to a wide-ranging new Pew Research Center survey. And adults ages 18 to 29 stand out for their comparatively low levels of trust in a number of these areas. Around three-quarters (73%) of U.S. adults under 30 believe… Read more »


Tom Ahern

Each morning I go clam-digging Stuff I’ve found worth knowing lately The day begins. For an hour or more I’ll read blogs and incoming professional opinion and studies, trying desperately to (1) keep up and/or (2) be useful to clients who pray for just one thing, bless their hearts: “Help us, Tom, raise more money.” —— The US has a population of 330 million.… Read more »

DSHS Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   HHS Accepting Letters of Interest for Rural Healthy Community Collaborative Learning Communities http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al30-8-3.aspx#A     Public Funding Opportunities   Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH): HRSA-20-044 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al30-8-3.aspx#B   Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A and B: HRSA-20-078 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al30-8-3.aspx#C   Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Powerlessness is a substantial barrier to advancing health equity. When underserved and historically marginalized communities are left out of decision-making, how can they improve their own health and the health of their communities?   While many grassroots-led organizations are working to influence community conditions and the factors that shape health and well-being, there is a lot to learn about the processes, infrastructure, and relational… Read more »

Reaching More Children through the Power of Sport – San AntonioSports Sidelines

San Antonio Sports

Reaching More Children through the Power of Sport A new school year is upon us and I’m thrilled to share that our signature youth sports program, i play! afterschool, is expanding from 48 to 58 schools. Five underserved schools in Northside and North East ISD will join 48 schools in San Antonio and Harlandale ISDs thanks to fundraising efforts through our Power of Sportcampaign. Now… Read more »

A New Leash On Life

Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.

Donate Today FVPS, The Battered Women and Children’s Shelter is counting on your donation to help fund a new pet shelter at our emergency facility. Domestic violence is an insidious assault against individuals and families, leaving generations of victims trapped in trauma if help is not found. They leave behind the roof over their heads, their prized possessions, their clothing, and relationships all in… Read more »

Request for Proposals: Texas Communities Count

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

As part of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s 80th Anniversary initiative, the foundation will invest $2 million in complete count efforts in Texas for the 2020 U.S. Census. Our primary focus is to aid collaborative approaches that aim to reach traditionally hard-to-count (HTC) populations, communities and geographic areas throughout the state. The goal is to encourage participation in the 2020 Census so that every person in Texas is counted.  Every 10 years since 1790, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a constitutionally mandated count of every… Read more »

Join the Shumla Match Challenge!

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

    JULY 2019   THE 2019 MATCH CHALLENGE     The final challenger has entered the ring. We have a match of $100,000 on the table!   Now we need YOU!   Help us meet the challenge. Your gift to Shumla will be doubled!   DONATE NOW!   Shumla Match Challenge FAQ   1) Who made the challenge? Two individuals and one foundation… Read more »