The Moody Foundation awarded $250,000 to Hidalgo County to support first responders and frontline workers and to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE)

Moody Foundation

“We know that our friends in South Texas have been hit by unprecedented hardships,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation. “First responders and frontline workers are making tremendous sacrifices to serve their community, and it is our honor to aid their heroic efforts and to provide PPE to keep them safe.”

The Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Transformation of the U.S. Food System to Address the Hunger and Nutrition Crisis

The Rockefeller Foundation

With levels of hunger and nutrition insecurity exploding during the pandemic and resulting economic downturn, The Rockefeller Foundation today issued a call to action to transform the U.S. food system to meet immediate needs while also putting in motion the systemic shifts necessary to make the food system more resilient, nourishing, sustainable and equitable in the long-run. Among the immediate steps called for by… Read more »

While the arts sector was effective in securing PPP loans, the $1.8 billion received by 9,917 nonprofit arts organizations severely lags its $9.1 billion in pandemic losses

Americans for the Arts

The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. Nationally, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $9.1 billion as of July 13, 2020. 96% of organizations have cancelled events since the onset of the pandemic—many well in to 2021—resulting in a loss of 327 million admissions. 62% of artists have become unemployed. On March 27, 2020, Congress passed… Read more »

Half a million fewer children? The coming COVID baby bust

Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip B. Levine - Brookings Institution

The COVID-19 episode will likely lead to a large, lasting baby bust. The pandemic has thrust the country into an economic recession. Economic reasoning and past evidence suggest that this will lead people to have fewer children. The decline in births could be on the order of 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births next year. We base this expectation on lessons drawn from economic studies… Read more »

Richard Castro donates $100,000 to Texas State University scholarship fund

Texas State University

El Paso businessman and Texas State University Distinguished Alumnus Richard Castro has donated $100,000 to the university’s Bobcats to Bobcats scholarship fund to support students financially impacted by the coronavirus who enroll in the fall 2020 semester. The university created the Bobcats to Bobcats scholarship fund with a goal of providing $1 million to help students pay for tuition and fees as they continue… Read more »

Research Finds Plastic Flows Into the Ocean Expected to Triple by 2040—but Immediate Action Could Stem Tide by More Than 80%

Pew Charitable Trusts

Although progress has been made in addressing the global plastic challenge, the report finds that current commitments by government and industry will reduce the amount of plastic flowing into the ocean only by 7 per cent by 2040.

In the Time of Coronavirus: How many eligible nonprofits benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program?

Jeff Williams - Johnson Center for Philanthropy

In July 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released dozens of summary data files about organizations — nonprofit and for-profit — that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Up to $669 billion in loans was made available through an application process for all entities with 500 or fewer employees (or that met other, more… Read more »

New CAF America Report Shows the Importance of American Corporate Philanthropy in Responding to COVID-19

CAF America

Nearly 72% of 73 global Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) have increased their contributions to charities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a CAF America survey conducted in partnership with CyberGrants and The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP). The report, which can be found here, is the fourth in a series of monthly reports conducted by… Read more »

The Caring Place Announced as 4-Star Charity for 6th Year

The Caring Place

The Caring Place’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the sixth consecutive time that The Caring Place has earned this top distinction. Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused… Read more »

Mary Moody Northen Endowment gifts $5,000 to Radiography Degree Stipend program

Galveston College

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment recently announced a $5,000 gift to the newly established Galveston College Radiography Degree Stipend. The program is for graduating Radiography students and provides $250 to help pay the costs of national and state testing and licensure. The Galveston College Office of Development received the endowment’s unanimous decision of support of the stipend appeal in a June 24 letter. The… Read more »

Dallas Office Tower is Providing Subsidized Rent for Pegasus Park: Water Cooler is Accepting Applications NOW

Lyda Hill Philanthropies

COMMIT PARTNERSHIP, THE DALLAS FOUNDATION, THE DRAPER RICHARDS KAPLAN FOUNDATION, UNITED TO LEARN AND UPLIFT EDUCATION ANNOUNCE THEIR MOVES TO WATER COOLER AT PEGASUS PARK Lyda Hill Philanthropies is now seeking tenants for Water Cooler, providing nonprofit, philanthropic, and social impact organizations with subsidized rent, amenities and more; initial tenant application deadline is August 31 Coming together for the greater good while helping nonprofits… Read more »

Assaf, Justice land NSF award grant for cross-disciplinary computer science education research

Texas State University

Lori Assaf, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Sean Justice, an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University, have received a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant toimprove the computer thinking skills of early elementary teachers. The three-year grant from the NSF Division of Research on Learning will support “Exploring PreK-2 Teachers’ Abilities to Identify… Read more »

Give a homeless child a bright start to the school year


  It’s Not Too Late to Give a Homeless Child A Bright Start at School!    The gift that lasts all year.   A new outfit, new crayons, and a brand new notebook. Fresh new school supplies that mark a new beginning. It’s not too late to send a homeless child back to school with a backpack full of renewed hope.   Last year,… Read more »

New funding opportunity: Is your community the next Culture of Health Prize winner?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Communities across the nation are seeing the bigger picture of health. They are working together to prioritize opportunity and equity by building a new foundation of health rooted in housing, education, transportation, and more. And they are involving all residents, every step of the way, to create a place that all are proud to call home. If this is happening where you live, we… Read more »

Virtual Bird Bash

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

  HOW TO ATTEND THE EVENT: This event will take place on Facebook and our website. The event is free and public to view, so even if you don’t have a facebook account, you can still view our videos and other content. To attend the event, go to our facebook page on June 18 and 19 at the designated times (see schedule above). Comment… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Texas Department of State Health Services Funding Information Center

Funding News and Grant Tips for those in Texas only At least one in ten billionaires have donated for COVID-19 relief More than 10 percent of the world’s nearly three thousand billionaires made a philanthropic commitment in support of COVID-19 response and relief efforts between January and May, a report from Wealth-X finds. According to Billionaire Census 2020 (33 pages, PDF), billionaires who have donated or pledged support… Read more »

The Great Acceleration – what’s driving the widening chasm?

McKinsey & Co - Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, Sara Hudson, Nicholas Northcote, and Sven Smit

The Covid-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve of economic profit. Will your strategy keep you ahead of the accelerated pace of change?  The fault lines between industries and business models that we understood intellectually before the COVID-19 crisis have now become giant fissures, separating the old reality from the new… Read more »

Dallas Receives $500,000 For Immigrant Communities Impacted By Coronavirus

The City of Dallas

The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) has partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a public-private effort providing $500,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs. The Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund will be administered by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). The $500,000 will be… Read more »

Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) leaders have announced a $10 million plan to address the long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis

Allen Smart - Health Affairs

The plan is designed to help nonprofits and organizations continue business operations to serve at-risk communities across Texas. EHF’s multi-approach strategy includes a grant program, loan fund, technical assistance and a research project. “COVID-19 is highlighting inequities in our health system and in many underlying community issues related to health,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “Chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes that… Read more »