New funding opportunity: Win $25,000 for your community

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Is your community working to expand opportunities across all the factors that influence health including jobs, education, housing, and transportation? Are you embracing local data and applying resources in ways to give all residents the chance to thrive? If this sounds like your community, we want to hear your story. We are excited to announce the launch of the 2020 RWJF Culture of Health… Read more »

Be the Light of Caring Campaign Coincides with Fundraising Event

The Caring Place

“Be the Light of Caring” is the name of The Caring Place’s latest fundraising campaign. The campaign will end on October 5, the same day as the organization’s signature fundraising event, Deep in the Heart of Caring.  Funds raised through this campaign will help neighbors in need pay utility bills this year.   The Caring Place recognizes not all of its supporters can attend the… Read more »

Comerica Bank and FHLB Dallas Award $17K Grant to Women’s Empowerment Organization

Comerica Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas)

Comerica Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) presented $17,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to PowHer Play Inc., which empowers women through motivational conferences, scholarships and grants. Representatives from the banks joined the organization at a check presentation on Friday in Houston. “When you take care of a woman, you are serving the entire community by helping not… Read more »

Dallas Cowboys Make Donation To El Paso Victims’ Fund

Dallas Cowboys

In the wake of the recent tragedy in El Paso, Texas, the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation and the Dallas Cowboys have committed $50,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Fund, established to assist those families affected by the August 3 shooting. The El Paso Community Foundation is working with the County of El Paso and the City of El Paso to… Read more »

Lyft Expands Wheels for All Grants Program to Continue Supporting Local Nonprofits in San Antonio with Free or Discounted Rides

Valerie Grant

Lyft, whose mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, today announced the expansion of its Wheels for All Grants program to support the important work of San Antonio area non-profit organizations focused on building connected, stronger, more equitable communities. Starting in September 2019, over 40 cities will award Lyft ride grants to nonprofits on a quarterly basis to help bridge transportation gaps for individuals and families in San Antonio.

New Report Shows Both Hunger and Obesity on the Rise

Thea Walmsley - Foodtank

The latest version of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World reportfinds that the number of hungry people worldwide is on the rise for the third year in a row. At a discussion of the report’s findings in Washington, D.C., experts declared the findings exemplary of the challenges involved in eradicating hunger and malnutrition, as… Read more »

How to Cultivate Big Donors with a Small Staff

Robin Sukhadia - Blue Avocado

Time is the most precious commodity in fundraising, especially when you are leading or part of a small but mighty development team. Knowing where to best invest your fundraising time is critical to success, yet it can be one of the hardest aspects of strategic fundraising because there are so many worthy ways to spend your energy. Many smaller groups believe that focusing on… Read more »

Three Perspectives, One America

Steve Hendrix - Pew Charitable Trust

Just after the Pledge of Allegiance, the club’s past president, Linda Edelstein, walked to the podium and, at my request, asked her fellow members the following question: “Do you think there are more differences or similarities among people who live in cities, in suburbs, and in rural areas?” In this age of discord, it is one of the key questions before the country. As protest politics, Twitterized incivility, and 24-hour televised bickering tug at the fabric of the nation, the straining seams are to be found here, between the urban, suburban, and rural areas where Americans live day to day. Along these lines, the ongoing shifts in the country’s demographic plates—with a population growing more numerous, diverse, and older—are playing out in different ways.

Philanthropic Alliance Mobilizes to Address Urgent Threats to Life on Earth

Earth Alliance

Earth Alliance, a new organization to help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems, launched today – born out of the shared passion of its founding co-chairs: environmental activist and Academy Award®-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, businesswoman and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, and investor and philanthropist Brian Sheth. Launched in response to a growing climate crisis and staggering loss of biodiversity threatening… Read more »

The Rockefeller Foundation Launches New Climate and Resilience Initiative; Commits An Initial $8 Million To Continue Supporting Global Network Of Cities And Chief Resilience Officers

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation today announced a new Climate and Resilience initiative, which will focus on market-changing opportunities that increase climate and resilience capital flows into solutions and projects that improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people. The initiative will be led by Elizabeth Yee, Managing Director, who joins the Rockefeller Foundation from 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) after serving as the organization’s Vice… Read more »

Announcing two upcoming grant opportunities from the Laura Jane Musser Fund

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Through the Rural Initiative, the Laura Jane Musser Fund encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among residents in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website… Read more »

2019 Compensation and Benefits Report: Fundraising Salaries Continued to Increase in 2018, With Most Fundraisers Satisfied With Their Position (U.S. Data)

Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP)

The report, based on responses from nearly 3,600 AFP members across the United States, asks questions about each respondent’s overall organizational profile, position description, salary, benefits—including health/medical, retirement and general perquisites or “perks”—and general outlook on the organization’s fundraising and workplace culture. The study also collected data related to AFP’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) program. The mean (average) salary for all respondents… Read more »

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $50 million in research to better understand how technology is transforming our democracy and the way we receive and engage with information. Amidst a growing debate over technology’s role in our democracy, these investments will help ensure society is equipped to make evidence-based decisions on how to govern and manage the… Read more »

$2.5 million NSF grant aims to improve introductory STEM courses

Texas State University

Texas State University has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education to support research into improving undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Heather Galloway, dean of the Honors College, will serve as principal investigator for the 5-year grant. The project aims to advance STEM education research by analyzing the… Read more »

High-net-worth donors to women’s funds and foundations give more to charity — and give to more organizations — than do other high-net-worth donors

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Women’s Philanthropy Institute

HIGHLIGHTS Gender equality and women’s and girls’ issues have taken center stage in recent years. From the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to parental and family leave, to equal pay and workplace equality, there is a heightened awareness of gender issues from the grassroots level on up. Broad attention to these issues has created a unique moment to study philanthropy in support of women’s and… Read more »

Many Americans Still Face Financial Instability Despite Economic Growth

Pew Charitable Trusts - Karen Kavanaugh

Editor’s note: This analysis has been updated to clarify that the workers who were interviewed had household incomes of up to $75,000 a year. National labor market data over the last few years show a strong, high-performing economy, but those big-picture numbers do not include microeconomic indicators that reflect the more difficult reality of many Americans’ financial lives. For example, a recent Gallup survey shows… Read more »

An important update on Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Imagine for a moment… You’re diving off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. You find a door in an air-filled cavity and open it to reveal a room sealed for 2000 years. Inside are 300 scrolls, part of the lost Library of Alexandria. You take one fragile scroll and begin to unroll it, taking in every symbol, every word. Studying it closely. Then you notice… water is seeping in. You don’t have time to study each scroll. They’re going to be mush and quick! You’ve got to save them. You quickly begin to take pictures of each scroll. You can study them later, when they’ve been safely photographed. You can hardly wait to learn all they have to teach you, but you have to be patient. This is a rescue mission! Save the symbols. Save the thoughts and ideas the ancient people wrote down. If you don’t, they’ll be lost and no one will have the chance to read them… now let’s look at Texas…

NASA extends research program with $6 million grant to Texas State

Texas State University

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has extended the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative (NASA STEM EPDC) at Texas State University through 2021 with a $6 million grant. Araceli Martinez Ortiz and Leslie Huling with the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State will oversee the grant. This is a continuation of the previously… Read more »