Very exciting news: Evidence of an early projectile point technology in North America at the Gault Site in Central Texas – research pushes back date of earliest North Americans in the Ice Age

Texas State University

The Gault archaeological site is an extensive, multicomponent site located in central Texas, United States, about 40 miles north of Austin. It bears evidence of almost continuous human occupation, starting at least 16,000 years ago—making it one of the few but growing number of archaeological sites in the Americas at which compelling evidence has been found for human occupation dating to before the appearance of the Clovis culture.

New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills

Episcopal Health Foundation & Kaiser Family Foundation

Affording health care ranks at the top of Texans’ financial concerns, with more than half (55%) say it is difficult for them and their families to afford health care, including a quarter (25%) who say it is “very difficult,” finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll of Texas residents. Fewer report difficulties affording other basic necessities, including rent or mortgage, monthly utilities,… Read more »

Hey Dallas People Under 40 – Nominations Open for 2018 Good Works Under 40 Award

Dallas Foundation

Nominations for The Dallas Foundation’s ninth annual Good Works Under 40 Award (GWU40) are now open. In partnership with The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Foundation is searching for the most committed and passionate change-makers in North Texas under the age of 40. The grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to his or her charity of choice, and the next four finalists will… Read more »

Important Updates From Children at Risk

Children at Risk

“If we truly hold family values dear, if we sincerely believe that children belong with their parents, and if freedom matters, we must end the zero-tolerance policy.” -Yael Ross Director, Center for New American Children     CENTER FOR NEW AMERICAN CHILDREN   This April, CHILDREN AT RISK launched its Center for New American Children and Education (CNAC). New American Children include:   Documented… Read more »

Do you know about the Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) – the bird that skims the air on our Texas coastline?

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) is an uncommon to common resident along the Texas coastline with fewer birds present during the winter. They tend to stay within 50 miles of the coastline and the majority of records further inland are associated with tropical systems. Although they are predominantly a coastal species, they are frequently seen in the South Texas Brush Country and small populations have existed… Read more »

Reserve your seat for Houston Habitat’s annual “Building a Dream” Luncheon! Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Houston Habitat

When we celebrated our 30th anniversary at the “Building a Dream” luncheon last year, who knew we would have so much fun? Of course, there was the traditional meet and greet and networking, but we also taking photo at the “step and repeat” screen, and enjoyed an entertaining talk with Dr. Tererai Trent of Zimbabwe. This year, we celebrate one of our own –… Read more »

Summer at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Summer at the Sanctuary! It has been one hot summer so far! With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, our mister lines and pools have created quite the oasis for the animals. We have been busy, busy, busy keeping pools clean and making sure the animals have access to multiple sources of water while we wait out this summer. Help Our Wolves The pups turned a… Read more »

Mental Health Headlines: $4.5M awarded to address well-being in rural Texas

​​​​​​​Hogg Foundation

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce $4.5 million in grants to six Texas organizations to support collaborative approaches to well-being in rural communities. The grants will strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play and pray, bringing a population health approach to support resilience, mental health and well-being. The initiative grows out of the foundation’s new… Read more »

This Saturday, July 21 from 1 – 4 PM: Family Day at Lawndale!

Lawndale Art Center

This Saturday afternoon, enjoy a day of FREE fun at Lawndale!     Family Dayin collaboration with Asia Society, CAMH, and MFAHSaturday, July 21 1 – 4 PM FREE Come on out to Lawndale on Saturday, July 21 from 1 – 4 PM for a summer Family Day, featuring hands-on activities inspired by our 2018 Artist Studio Program exhibition, In Real Life, and Elaine… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

How can financing and delivery systems in health care, public health, and social and community services (like housing, transportation, and education) better work together to reduce health inequities? We want to better understand how these multiple systems converging and interacting can more effectively improve population health than any one system narrowly focused on a single type of service or practice. RWJF’s Systems for Action… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Texas Brain Injury Conference Slated for August http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#A   KIDS COUNT Finds Child Poverty Rate Down, Warns of Census Undercount http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas: VA-HRTG-NEW-2018 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#C   HIV and Hepatitis B Co-Infection: Advancing HBV Functional Cure through Clinical Research (R01): PA -17-279 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#D Leadership Group for… Read more »

Among Social Investing Approaches, Racial Equity Strategies Stand out for the Need They Serve and the Compelling Economic Opportunity, says Cambridge Associates

Cambridge Associates

Institutional Investors That Can Parse the Vast Landscape of Racial Equity Issues and Ask the Right Questions of Investment Managers Will Have Leg up A new report by investment firm Cambridge Associates on social equity investing – the practice of making financial investments that promote equal opportunity for all, regardless of background – points out that when those allocations focus on racial equity, the… Read more »

Barr Announces $1-Million Response to “Zero-Tolerance” Policies & Family Separations in the Northeast

The Barr Foundation

Support combines $500,000 in grants from the Foundation with $500,000 in personal gifts from Barr’s founding trustees. As we celebrate our nation’s independence this month, we would do well to remember the ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable… Read more »

Maximizing Student Success: A Student-Driven Platform for Higher Education Accountability

Young Invincibles

Read the Report Students take on significant risks pursuing college, but right now we aren’t able to hold all schools accountable if they fail to provide a high quality education. Current models to ensure accountability in higher education focus largely on institutional and taxpayer risk, key elements of an effective system, but fall short on directly addressing student risk and perspectives. To create this Student-Driven… Read more »

12 Grantees Announced for First Nations’ Native Language Immersion Initiative

First Nations Development Institute

There are currently about 150 Native languages spoken in the U.S., many of them spoken only by a small number of elders. Without intervention, many of these languages are expected to become extinct within the next 50 to 100 years, which means a significant loss of cultural heritage. Language retention and revitalization programs have been recognized as providing key benefits to Native American communities by boosting educational achievement and student retention rates. First Nations seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers.

Adult writers, journey by train into the heart of Deep Ellum!

The Writer's Garret

You’re invited on a journey to discover the musical, artistic, and literary history  of Deep Ellum. Come along for the ride! SIGNUPS NOW OPEN Rail Writers: Deep Ellum Blueswith Lisa HuffakerSaturday, August 4th | 3:30-8:30pmAges 21 and up | FREE (ONLINE SIGNUP REQUIRED)   On this journey aboard the DART rails into Deep Ellum and beyond, singer, poet, and teaching artist extraordinaire Lisa Huffaker guides… Read more »

San Antonio Named Site for 2025 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®

San Antonio Sports

The NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today that San Antonio will be the site for the 2025 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. San Antonio was one of seven cities vying for the marquee event in 2023-2026 cycle, including Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, North Texas and Phoenix. San Antonio has hosted four Men’s Final Four’s, most recently this past spring. “This is great… Read more »

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity: How to improve student educational outcomes: New insights from data analytics

Mona Mourshed, Marc Krawitz, and Emma Dorn - McKinsey & Company

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity. Policy makers, educators, and parents all over the world want students to understand and be able to apply their knowledge of math, reading, and science. Yet improving educational outcomes has proved elusive. Some countries, states and municipalities have made great strides, but many continue to struggle. Educators continue to debate what matters and what works.

The High Cost of Separating Families

Kate Smallwood - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

More than 2,300 children—an average of 65 per day—have been separated from their parents upon crossing the United States-Mexico border since the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was enacted on May 5. While our newsfeeds are littered with heartbreaking stories, even those of us with the deepest empathy for these families may not fully grasp the cost of the compounded trauma they endure.… Read more »

Edith Scott McAllister – Fun, generous, spunky, and fascinating all wrapped up in one terrific human being

Legacy

1918 – 2018Edith McAllister died peacefully in her sleep July 1, 2018 at the age of 100. Cause of death was congestive heart failure. Edith was generally described as a “philanthropist,” but was also known as a great beauty, an accomplished dancer, a gracious entertainer, an animal lover, and a remarkable fund-raiser/ problem solver/ trustee for a long list of community organizations. Born in… Read more »