Nonprofits Hit by 6% Decline in Giving Due to COVID-19

If Trend Continues for the Rest of 2020, Nonprofits Will Lose More than $25 Billion

Giving to charitable organizations is down by 6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time last year, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2020 First Quarter Report. If this trend continues for the rest of 2020, nonprofits will lose more than $25 billion.

The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board

McKinsey & Company

Directors need to probe, nudge, and prod to make sure the organization achieves its full potential. Sooner or later, you may follow in the footsteps of countless business leaders onto the board of one or more nonprofit organizations. Maybe it’s the board of a local institution you care about personally, such as a small-scale theater, public radio station, or your child’s school. It also… Read more »

Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Based on a nationally representative survey of nonprofit leaders in May 2020, Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic sheds light on which organizations face the toughest challenges, what is most needed from funders, and what differences in experience are emerging based on characteristics such as organization type and gender of nonprofit leaders. The data in this report also reveals what nonprofits have found to… Read more »

Can you guess the average age of a homeless child in San Antonio?

SAMMMinistries

There’s only one more week to have your gift MATCHED by The Wade Richmond Foundation to make it a Summer of Hope for struggling families. In this especially challenging time, children facing homelessness need hope … they need the support of compassionate people like you to help keep them from losing their homes. Give now and your gift DOUBLES to keep twice as many… Read more »

We Must Combat these Racial Disparities Facing TX Kids and Families

Texans Care for Children

As the national conversation about racism continues — and as coronavirus disproportionately harms people of color due to longstanding health disparities, jobs that can’t be done safely from home, and more — we wanted to take a moment to share with you a few of the racial disparities in Texas that affect Black children and other children of color. We’ve pulled together a small… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Texas Department of State Health Services Funding Information Center

Funding News and Grant Tips   Ford and Other Funds Issue Debt So They Can Give More Now The Ford Foundation plans to issue $1 billion in debt in the form of 30- and 50-year notes, allowing it to distribute at least 10 percent of its assets over the next two years, Darren Walker, Ford’s president, said in an interview with the Chronicle of… Read more »

Increases in Food Insecurity due to COVID-19: What Can be Done?

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and UTHealth

Join us for part four of five of our webinar series “Our Food System and Food Insecurity During COVID-19: Stories from Across the State.” The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn extensive attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States. Nevertheless, long before COVID-19, food insecurity has posed a grave challenge to tens of millions of Americans. In this presentation Dr. Gunderson will… Read more »

We need you to help Keep Texas Beautiful

Keep Texas Beautiful

  DONATE NOW You can help make Texas a betterplace to live, work and play. Since 1967, it’s been our mission to inspire and empower Texans to keep our communities clean and beautiful. In 2019, Keep Texas Beautiful programs reached over 17 million Texans cleaned 16,212 miles of Texas roadways, trails, and waterways collected over 4 million pounds of waste and recyclables planted 1,285 trees… Read more »

When It is Dark, Seek Out Beauty

Nell Edgington

These are really dark days. We are in midst of a global pandemic that shows no sign of weakening, while we simultaneously begin to reckon with centuries of racial violence and inequality. Emotions are running high. People are worn out. There is simply a pallor of exhaustion, hopelessness, overwhelm that pervades much of our world right now. I get it. I see it in… Read more »

Texas State lands NSF grant to study, improve language use in algebra instruction

Texas State University

Cody Patterson, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University, has received a $445,000 National Science Foundation grant to study ways to improve the teaching of algebra in middle and high schools to better prepare students for the rigors of college algebra. The three-year interdisciplinary project, “Reasoning Language for Teaching Secondary Algebra (ReLaTe-SA)” is a Level I Exploratory project in… Read more »

Is padding your endowment an ethical use of unrestricted funds? My first response: “You’re kidding, right?”

Tom Ahern

Our gifts were solicited as unrestricted gifts and matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation. A board member recommends that we split the funds raised ($100,000) between the general operating fund and the endowment, which is managed by the community foundation. Is it ethical/legal to take funds solicited as unrestricted and without a donor’s explicit direction, deposit them (or percentage of) into an endowment?

Please give to the Galveston College Emergency StudentScholarship Fund

Galveston College

The days of summer are, for many community college students, another opportunity to complete or accelerate their education.   Galveston College students are very grateful for the financial support through the college’s Emergency Student Scholarship (ESS) Fund. Private donors contributed to the stability of the ESS Fund, which provides monetary relief to students for unexpected circumstances that may significantly interfere with their ability to attend… Read more »

A letter from Louis Dorfman regarding IEAS Important News and Changes

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

This year has been an unprecedented and challenging year for the whole world and the organizations affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effects on beings, human and animals. We at the sanctuary have been less effected than many organizations; our main issues have been the loss of most of our interns (who returned to their home quarantine) and the loss of some of our… Read more »

Giving USA 2020: Charitable giving showed solid growth, climbing to $449.64 billion in 2019, one of the highest years for giving on record

Giving USA

American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $449.64 billion to U.S. charities in 2019, placing it among the highest years ever for charitable giving, according to findings in Giving USA 2020: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2019, released today. Total charitable giving rose 4.2% measured in current dollars (2.4% adjusted for inflation) over the revised total of $431.43 billion… Read more »

Lessons From Animals

Harvey Mackay

In the Upper Midwest, a sure sign of spring and fall is when geese fly overhead, often honking loudly.  I recently discovered the reason. Turns out that Professor Margaret Kuhn’s research revealed that in order to fly long distances, geese rotate their leaders, and they only pick the ones that can handle turbulence.  The other birds honk, not from discomfort, but to encourage their… Read more »

Upcoming Summer Events at Cibolo Nature Center

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm

    Upcoming Events & Updates   MOONDANCE CONCERT SERIES IS BACK Your favorite outdoor concerts are back and start July 11 with the Blake Torrey Band. We are limiting capacity—get your tickets online to ensure your spot! Tickets & Info THIRST FOR NATURE: FIREFLIES First event sold out in minutes. 2nd event added June 25 with limited capacity. Register Here FARMERS MARKET EVERY SATURDAY Explore… Read more »

It’s time for transformation – Join us at this year’s Children’sSummit

Children at Risk

THE TEXAS FAMILY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL PRESENTS….   Save the date for this year’s virtual Children’s Summit!   WHEN: June 26th from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM WHERE: Zoom Webinar COST: $45   The Children’s Summit is an annual event hosted by CHILDREN AT RISK that focuses on the major issues faced by children each year. The last few months have brought unprecedented change to… Read more »

You can give a homeless child a bright start this academic year

SAMMinistries

  Do you remember the excitement of starting a new school year?    You can give a homeless child a bright start this academic year.   On the first day of school, every child should be able to put on a crisp new outfit, slide their feet into shoes that fit, and grab a backpack stocked with the supplies they need to start their… Read more »

Up to $1M in global research to advance gender equity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

This year in the United States, we celebrate a landmark of the women’s suffrage movement—the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. And just this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Yet gender inequities remain a barrier to good health and well-being. Across the globe, nations and communities… Read more »

RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking proposals from non- or for-profit organizations, colleges or universities or other public entities for the leadership and management of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Applicants must be: dedicated to equity and have a strong knowledge of how things like jobs, housing, and education impact health and opportunity in local communities; experienced in directing a competitive multi-phased… Read more »