Can we save our fresh water supply?

Pew Charitable Trust

In anticipation of World Water Day this Friday, we’ve convened top H2O experts for fresh insights in our Trend magazine. As this finite resource becomes increasingly limited, some see Earth’s glass as half empty—but science provides hope. The world’s wet regions are getting wetter and its dry areas drier—and much more quickly than previously thought, NASA satellite data show. Scientists predict over half of humanity will live in water-stressed areas by 2025.

The “Oh Wow!” Factor of the Before and After

Carole Little

I don’t know about you, but I love watching shows that transition “ho-hum” people, places and things into something more attractive, unique, and desirable by giving them the “Oh Wow” factor. The experts seem to breathe new life into run down properties, outdated styles, and flea market junk. They listen to understand what people want or need, agree on the budget, then create a shared vision and plan of what might be, and once everyone is in agreement, the transformation begins.

Kathy Muldoon, CFP®, to receive award for commitment to community and to teaching others the art of philanthropic leadership

Communities Foundation of Texas

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announces that financial planner Kathy Muldoon, CFP®, senior vice president of Carter Financial Management, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Vester Hughes Award, which was established in 2017 to honor individuals who most embody the spirit of the late, respected tax lawyer, Vester T. Hughes, Jr. Donors often take a personal approach to charitable giving, but… Read more »

Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation bestows annual philanthropy award

SIR Foundation

The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation presented this year’s Frederick S. Keller, M.D., Philanthropy Award to John Abele, FSIR at the foundation’s annual Gala on March 24, held in conjunction with the Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin. The Frederick S. Keller, M.D., Philanthropy Award honors an individual who, through exceptional generosity and through inspiring others to give, demonstrates outstanding… Read more »

St. David’s Foundation To Present $1M In Matching Funds

St. David's Foundation

The St. David’s Foundation will present $1 million in matching funds to 72 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners that participated in Amplify Austin Day 2019, officials announced. The annual luncheon takes place on Wednesday, March 27, at noon CT at Austin’s Mercury Hall. Grant partners raised more than $4.5 million during the 24-hour period which took place this year from Feb. 28 to… Read more »

Partnerships That Matter

Carole Little

If you saw attorneys working with patients while you were waiting to see your doctor, what would you think? Historically, the most common interaction between attorneys and physicians is when there’s a lawsuit either against the facility or the physician.

People’s Community Clinic in Austin, Texas is reversing that perception by modeling a recent trend found in public clinics across the country by establishing an in-house Medical/Legal Partnership (MLP) to address the legal determinants of health.

Funding News and Grant Tips

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Reminder: FY18 Uncompensated Trauma Care Funding Applications Due Tomorrow   Online Giving Increased 1.2 Percent in 2018   Nonprofits Missing Out on Social Media Connections     Public Funding Opportunities   2019 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC): CDC-RFA-CK19-1904 Implementing Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Tourette Syndrome… Read more »

Wells Fargo Donated $13.4 Million to Support Texas Nonprofits in 2018

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo today announced the company donated more than $13 million through 875 grants to local nonprofits, schools and community organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of Texas. Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of collaboration with local nonprofits and community leaders to make a positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable housing, education, small… Read more »

Online Programs Give Students Path to Environmental Jobs

Unity College

With the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord and the U.N. warningabout climate change, businesses aren’t sitting on the sidelines; they’re leading the way toward a sustainable future. The world’s biggest brands, such as retailer Walmart and tech titan Apple, have made major pledges to improve the sustainability of their operations, and thousands of businesses have committed to meet the Paris accord… Read more »

Following Up on Important Matters: Comal County Citizens and CISD Granted Affected Party Status in Vulcan Preliminary Hearing

Comal County Citizens and CISD

On March 6th, nearly 200 concerned Comal County citizens filled the courthouse in New Braunfels to capacity. Rebecca Smith, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings(SOAH) steadfastly listened to a multitude of area residents passionately list personal and medical concerns from possible exposure to and inhalation of microscopic particulate matter generated by limestone quarrying and processing. Despite Vulcan’s own… Read more »

Contemporary Exhibition in Corpus Christi

The Art Center of Corpus Christi

The Art Center of Corpus Christi is hosting Contemporary in the Meadows Gallery from March 2 – 30. “Contemporary” simply refers to all work created “today”, and showcases over 50 local artists through 70 pieces of original art. The exhibition coincides with Contemporary Art Month Corpus Christi (CAMCC) and is a collaboration with K Space Contemporary. CAMCC is a series of events including art… Read more »

WildFlowers: What’s in Season in March

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

What’s in Season: March Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) Annual (or Drummond) phlox is widely regarded as one of Texas’ most beautiful wildflowers. Its soft, hairy foliage is cute in its own right, but it’s mainly prized for showy flowers that bloom in an impressive array of colors, often with a contrasting “eye” or a fetching starburst pattern. Find it in reds from deep maroon… Read more »

Meadows Center opens registration for Natural Leaders Summit

Texas State University

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University invites young leaders, ages 18 to 29, who are passionate about ensuring equitable access to nature to register for a free Natural Leaders Summit on March 30-31 in San Marcos. Space is limited, so participants are required to register at Participants will receive free meals throughout the program, a summit T-shirt… Read more »

Special Olympics Texas Seeking Hundreds of Volunteers for 2019 Summer Games at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio

Special Olympics Texas

“Actually, we’re seeking approximately 3,000 volunteers for SOTX’s 2019 Summer Games that will be held May 2 through 5 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio,” said Judy Yoshimaru, SOTX director of volunteer services.  “This is such a wonderful, inspiring event, so we anticipate volunteer slots will fill up fast on a first-come, first-served basis.” In 1969, SOTX staged its first competition, and in 2019, the… Read more »

Bill & Melinda Gates Annual Letter: We didn’t see this coming

Bill & Melinda Gates

How would you describe 2018? Was it what you expected? We’d probably say no. From especially devastating natural disasters on the one hand to record numbers of women campaigning for office on the other, 2018 felt to us like a series of surprises. The world looking backward from today is very different from what we pictured a couple years ago looking forward.

Operating Your Nonprofit in the Dark and Fog How to Succeed Without Light

Karen Eber Davis

In the fog, the cove was pitch black. I couldn’t see the radio tower across the bay, a star, or the shore. Earlier that afternoon, the tide caught us when we’d anchored too close to shore. Now at 10:30 p.m. the tide was rising. We needed to move the boat or stay stuck until the following day.    It should have been easy. We… Read more »

If you are a poet in North Texas, Thirty words are waiting for you. Tell your story.

Writer's Garret

Now in its second year, The Common Language Project invites you to re-enter this shared and sacred space and give testimony to a transformation. Spin for us a story of strange and dramatic alteration: a change in a body, in a world, in a heart or a mind. Growth or decline, mutation or metamorphosis, confusion or clarity-we want to hear about a transformation that… Read more »