78 Irrefutable Canons of Fundraising – in detail

Jerry Panas

Iam often asked how I chose fundraising as a career. Actually, I didn’t choose fundraising. Fundraising chose me.

Here’s the brief version. I was slated for medical school. I needed some money for tuition. I was in Pittsburgh when I took a job at the YMCA.

The Y put me in charge of fundraising and their campaign. What courage they exhibited. What confidence. What lunacy! I knew nothing about fundraising.

National Geographic Awards Shumla a Conservation Grant

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Before the Rio Grande was dammed to create the Amistad Reservoir in 1969, archaeological surveys were conducted in the canyons that would be impacted by rising waters.

Dr. David Gebhard, architectural historian and director of the Roswell Museum and Art Center, was contracted by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1958 to begin documenting the threatened rock art and to determine the best approach to use in future documentation efforts. He and a small team of researchers visited 22 sites and selected 13 for systematic documentation. They tested several different approaches, ultimately recommending to the NPS that all rock art within the proposed reservoir basin be categorized, described, photographed, and drawn before inundation. Sadly, this was never accomplished.

Attend a nationally-recognized training program. In your own backyard. February 11-13, 2020

Fiscal Management Associates - FMA

For accounting and financial professionals working in a nonprofit organization, the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) training provides a crash course in every aspect of nonprofit financial management. Program graduates leave with the know-how and action plans they need to make an impact in their organizations right away.

Successfully Navigating an Executive Director Transition

C.J. Hirschfield - Blue Avocado

Children’s Fairyland is the nation’s first storybook theme park; definitely not your typical nonprofit. So maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised when the park’s executive director said to me, her replacement, as she handed over the keys to the kingdom, “Thank God Coco didn’t die on my watch.” Coco was the park’s sweet old pony, beloved by many generations of kids. Her passing would… Read more »

Sempulse wins 2019 International Innovation Award for non-invasivevital signs sensor

Texas State University

Sempulse, a tenant of Texas State University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, has received the Innovation Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) for developing a non-invasive vital signs sensor that adheres to the back of the ear and acquires patients’ five major vital signs.             The annual award is given to a company within a university research park that… Read more »

When women lead, workplaces should listen

McKinsey Research

For years, female executives have come away from women-only leadership programs empowered to do—and ask for—more, valuing the opportunity to examine their strengths and shortcomings in the psychological safety of their peers and to use the experience as a springboard for personal development. But organizations are leaving unexamined the most powerful lessons these programs offer. The oft-overlooked benefit of women-only leadership programs is that… Read more »

NSF grant aims to improve research into factors impacting geographiceducation

Texas State University

Michael Solem, professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to identify factors that may impact K-12 geography education.               The two-year grant was awarded by the Division of Research on Learning and will fund Solem’s project, “Building Capacity for Educational Assessment Research in Geography.”             The U.S. Board of Education administers… Read more »

Lawndale Announces Juror for The Big Show 2020

Lawndale

Lawndale is pleased to have Cecilia Fajardo-Hill as the juror for The Big Show 2020. The Big Show is an annual competition of artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale that reflects our commitment to supporting local and regional artists at various stages in their career.     Image of Fajardo-Hill by Chisa Huges.   Fajardo-Hill is a British/Venezuelan art historian and curator… Read more »

Comerica Bank Closes Record-Breaking 2019 Shred Day Campaign

Comerica

Comerica’s signature Shred Day community event experienced a banner year in 2019. The event, designed to help local communities securely shred and recycle sensitive documents for free, saw record numbers for pounds shredded and number of meals collected to aid local food pantries. Shred Day is held in partnership with Iron Mountain and hosted across four national markets that include Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Detroit… Read more »

EXCERPTED BELOW: The 14th chapter-in-progress, yanked squealing in protest (“please rewrite!”) from the 2nd edition of my how-to-write-effective-cases book

Tom Ahern

Color me clueless. As one does at such crossroads, I began to read. Stanley Weinstein, in his 2004 book, Capital Campaigns from the Ground Up, described the item thusly:

“A case for support, also called a case statement, is a body of language that describes the rationale for supporting a nonprofit organization. It is written from the donor’s perspective, primarily the desire to support worthwhile projects and organizations that help enhance the lives of others.”

Austin Parks Foundation Awards $50,000 to Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park with 2019 Fall Community Grant

Austin Parks Foundation

Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park is thrilled to be a recipient of a 2019 Fall Community Grant of $50,000 provided by Austin Parks Foundation through their Austin City Limits Music Festival Park Grants Program. Grant funding will be used for the installation of shade structures around the pool deck and over parts of the historic pool.   “We are truly grateful for Austin Parks Foundation’s Adopt-A-Park program. It… Read more »

Grantmaking in the #MeToo Era

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Beth Rothenberg

When the #MeToo movement went viral in 2017, an avalanche of revelations rocked the fields that philanthropy invests in, from arts to media to politics. But within a few months, #MeToo complaints began surfacing within philanthropy itself, reminding us that no organization is immune. The allegations were disturbing: of discrimination being repeatedly ignored and of far too many examples of accusers leaving the organization… Read more »

Filling the Gap – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – December 2019

San Antonio Sports

Filling the Gap  The Aspen Institute 2018 State of Play report reveals that kids ages 6-12 from low-income families participate in youth sports at almost half the rate of affluent families, and face increasing barriers to participation. While inactivity rates for the overall population are down, most gains are among kids from upper-income homes who can better afford the growing fees associated with youth… Read more »

McConnell & Jones CPAs Donates Toys to Children from Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston

McConnell & Jones LLP

McConnell & Jones LLP (MJ) is pleased to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to bring Christmas cheer to more than forty children this holiday season.  Professionals throughout the firm collected gifts and monetary donations in excess of $2,500 to sponsor forty-one children who otherwise may not receive a traditional Christmas experience.  Wayne McConnell, Managing Partner of McConnell & Jones described… Read more »

Texas State researchers strive for smaller, faster, more eco-friendly AI technology

Texas State University

Texas State University researchers Ziliang Zong, associate professor, and Yan Yan, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, have received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop more energy-efficient and compact artificial intelligence (AI) technology.  The three-year grant was awarded by the Division of Computer and Network Systems and will fund Zong and Yan’s project, “Interpretable Multi-Modal Neural Network Pruning… Read more »

Perot Museum names veteran nonprofit leader Katherine Stenesen as Chief Development Officer

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

After an exhaustive national search, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has named veteran nonprofit leader Katherine Stenesen as its Chief Development Officer. Stenesen joins the Perot Museum after working since 2012 for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD), where she most recently served as Chief Development Officer.

Wishing You a Happy Holiday & A Very Musical New Year!

Cactus Pear Music Festival

A Season to Treasure! Happy holidays to all our dear music loving friends! It is a season to treasure for the most important of gifts that surround us: family and friends especially, and for the soundtrack of our lives. As I look to my own holiday season, I am reminded of the treasure of music in my lifeand how it invariably enriches my days… Read more »

“Offensive Realism” emerges as best U.S. strategy in new geopolitical reality

Texas State University

Ionut Popescu, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University and an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, has published the lead article in the most recent issue of “Political Science Quarterly.”            Popescu’s article “American Grand Strategy and the Rise of Offensive Realism,” is available at www.psqonline.org/article.cfm?IDArticle=19940             In his piece, Popescu outlines the principles of a new American… Read more »

Lawndale Announces Staff Additions and Promotions

Lawndale

Lawndale welcomes Assistant Director Emily Butts and Gallery Attendant Andrea Allen and announces the promotion of Emily Fens to Community Engagement Manager.        Emily Butts received her BA in art history and English world literature from Pitzer College and her MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Curatorial Assistant at the… Read more »

Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life

Pew Research Center: Kathleen Stansberry, Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie

Fifty years after the first computer network was connected, most experts say digital life will mostly change humans’ existence for the better over the next 50 years. However, they warn this will happen only if people embrace reforms allowing better cooperation, security, basic rights and economic fairness

Best length for a newsletter article aimed at VIPs? This consultant insists it be 750 words or less “because science says so.” Right or wrong?

Tom Ahern

I have a random question and am wondering if either of you has some evidence/research, etc. to support a theory, one way or the other. I am working on a Capital Campaign for my charity. We are working with a consultant. The consultant is quite the stickler when it comes to word count. I’ve never worked with someone who is so dead set on particular word counts for various marketing pieces.