In the Time of Coronavirus: What the Data Say About the Risk to Michigan Nonprofits

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy - Jeff Williams

In chaotic times, leading an organization or board of directors and being responsible for charting a clear course forward for clients, employees, and the community becomes more crucial — and more challenging. Mental models or frameworks can be a useful anchor and source of stability. While we cannot predict with absolute certainty how the coronavirus crisis will impact the nonprofit sector, we can use available data to anticipate where and how the greatest needs and challenges will arise. Increasing our general understanding of the state of the sector could provide some mental frameworks to help us all make decisions and deploy resources in this critical time.

Share a musical moment with Cactus Pear Music Festival: right here

Cactus Pear Music Festival

We are back with our second Musical Moment for you. The “airwaves” and social media are seeing so many musicians and arts organizations sending out messages of love and support, sharing their creativity. But, of course: music is one of those creative expressions that “sings” with every note that we are one, that we are all in this together. With that in mind, we… Read more »

An Important Message from Vogel Alcove’s CEO, Karen Hughes

Vogel Alcove

An Important Message from Vogel Alcove CEO, Karen Hughes WE NEED YOU, WE MUST HELP OUR FAMILIES! Vogel Alcove is an “essential service” to the community Stability for our families is extremely fragile; they have little or no support system, even on a regular day, much less during this crisis. Some have already lost their jobs, others need childcare to keep their jobs.   Beginning March 30,… Read more »

Navigating Change Upcoming Virtual Learning Sessions

Military Child Education Coalition

MCEC COVID-19 Support for Our Community. Life for military families and children, and the educators who support them, has changed drastically. MCEC offers supportive resources, including the upcoming learning sessions listed here, to help parents and educators adjust and move forward in times of uncertainty.   Upcoming Sessions for the Week of March 30 – April 3 Session 4 | Making Behavior Management Positive Monday,… Read more »

BRAVO! Texas State loans ventilators to medical centers to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Texas State University

Texas State University is loaning area hospitals critical ventilators to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far, Ascension Seton Williamson in Round Rock has received four ventilators and Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin has received two. St. David’s HealthCare has also discussed the possibility of acquiring units. The Department of Respiratory Care, part of the College of Health Professions at Texas State’s Round… Read more »

How to help CHILDREN AT RISK: Take a look – there are lots of ways!


First, I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing and supporting the mission of CHILDREN AT RISK, and the work we do to ensure that every child in Texas lives a quality life.   Over the past 30 years, CHILDREN AT RISK has grown exponentially in our capacity to speak out and drive change for children. During this Coronavirus pandemic, we look… Read more »

How you can help: The Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation… for when you’re ready to go outside again…

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Texas is wild… and so is the spirit of its people. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and grateful for your support of the wild things and wild places of Texas. For over 25 years, the support from our members has enabled Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) to invest more than $205 million into conserving our lands, water… Read more »

How you can help: The Caring Place

The Caring Place

How Can You Help The Caring Place?   The Caring Place’s Mission to provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way is more alive than ever. This pandemic is uncharted territory for everyone, including The Caring Place, and we are committed to fulfilling our Mission.   Due to thrift store closures at The… Read more »

Bored? We’ve got something for you

San Antonio Museum of Art

    A Deserted Street The streets of this big city are strangely empty and the sidewalk is eerily clean. What’s going on?   Though it displays the precision and accuracy of a photograph, this is actually a painting. Richard Estes is a leading artist of the Photorealist genre that emerged in the late 1960s. The painted image is a composite of many preparatory… Read more »

From Our Home to Yours: Francis Bacon’s Paintings, Radical Design & “Cloud Column”

The mUseum of Fine Arts, Houston

“FRANCIS BACON: LATE PAINTINGS” Understanding Francis Bacon Were you able to join us for the lecture about Francis Bacon: Late Paintings on opening day? If not—or if you’d like to see it again—check out the video. Curator Alison de Lima Greene explores Francis Bacon’s depiction of the human form and the major themes that dominate his later works. Watch the Video Inside the Exhibition Radical:… Read more »

U.S. Public Sees Multiple Threats From the Coronavirus – and Concerns Are Growing

Pew Research Center

As coronavirus cases increase across the United States and federal and state governments scramble to address the crisis, 70% of Americans say the COVID-19 outbreak poses a major threat to the nation’s economy and 47% say it is a major threat to the overall health of the U.S. population. So far, Americans are less concerned about how the new coronavirus is affecting their health,… Read more »

Even now, Texans Care for Children continues to fight for children and families all across Texas

Texans Care for Children

How Texans Care for Children is approaching the threat posed by coronavirus. For the moment, our approach includes the following: We are closely monitoring developments and communicating non-stop with partners, community leaders, and national experts to identify all the ways that the coronavirus is affecting Texas children and families. While we may not currently have solutions to all of these challenges, we are able to… Read more »

Join the Dell Center for Healthy Living for a Webinar on Covid- 19: Fighting Fire Blindfolded

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

COVID-19: Fighting a Fire Blindfolded   Presented by:   Joseph B. McCormick, MD James Steele Professor of Epidemiology, UTHealth School of Public Health in Brownsville Adjunct Professor, UT School of Biomedical Informatics Adjunct Professor of Medicine, UTHealth McGovern SOM   Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, MD Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences, UTHealth School of Public Health in Brownsville   Dr. Joseph B. McCormick… Read more »

A Virtual Visit to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of fine Arts in Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was founded on a simple belief: that art is for everyone—and now everywhere. Although our doors may be temporarily closed, we are working to share inspiring MFAH experiences in creative and meaningful ways. Stay connected with #MFAHatHome via social media; access the MFAH art collections online; and check out for streaming films, art-making activities, artist’s talks and more. Virtual Theater… Read more »

Decision making in uncertain times

McKinsey & Company - Andrea Alexander , Aaron De Smet, and Leigh Weiss

Decision making amid uncertainty is not easy. Business leaders cannot afford to wait when events are moving as fast as they are right now. We believe these five principles of decision making can help leaders make smart decisions quickly to guide their organizations through this crisis. Embrace them and continue to learn as you go.

To Tackle Complex Issues, Nonprofit Boards Must Embrace Their Own Complexity Through Diversity – Part 1 in our series on board development and service

Tamela Spicer of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University

Part 1 in the Johnson Center’s series on effective board practice explores what it will take for the nonprofit sector to finally move the needle on building inclusive nonprofit board rooms.

Renowned Geologist James Quick Named Inaugural Dean of SMU Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studie


Distinguished geoscientist James Quick will open the doors to a new era of research and interdisciplinary collaboration as Inaugural Dean of SMU’s newly created Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. SMU announced the creation of the Moody School in November 2019, made possible by a landmark $100 million gift from the Moody Foundation. The investment in graduate-level education is fueling SMU’s move to join… Read more »

Houston Endowment Headquarters Design Competition Finalists’ Gallery Published

Houston Endowment

Leading philanthropy Houston Endowment and competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) today [February 26 2020] released the full set of competition imagery — including all four shortlisted design concepts — for the Houston Endowment Headquarters International Design Competition. Previously unaired proposals by the three runner-up teams, led by Deborah Berke Partners, Olson Kundig and Schaum/Shieh Architects, are now available to view on the competition… Read more »

Dallas Area Funders Award $320,000 to 38 Organizations in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

Communities Foundation of Texas

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, community philanthropic partners came together to create the 19th Amendment Centennial Fund, which has provided $320,000 in grants to create a yearlong series of events to recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. This funding supports effective, inspirational and authentic ways to create conversation, drive positive change and build strategies to… Read more »