Multichannel Now! Julia Campbell vented this:

Tom Ahern

“Hey fundraisers: Can we stop vilifying social media & digital, and just accept that is where many people spend a lot of their time? *We are not our donors.* Just bc we hate Facebook doesn’t mean they do. Multi-channel is the only way to reach present & future donors. Multi.

“My point is not that one channel is better than the other. There is no one-size-fits-all for any nonprofit. My point is that it’s so easy to blame social media for all of our problems and all of our ills without looking inside our organization.”

Dr. Hanna-Attisha, physician who exposed Flint water crisis, to speak at Texas State

Texas State University

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, physician, scientist, public health advocate and author of the 2019-2020 Common Reading book “What the Eyes Don’t See,” which chronicled the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, will speak at Texas State University on Sept. 18 as part of the Common Experience Insight Series.             Hanna-Attisha will speak at 6 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. The event is part of Texas State’s 2019-2020 Common… Read more »

Forensic anthropology receives state grant in support of Operation ID

Texas State University

Kate Spradley, a professor of anthropology with the Forensic Anthropology Center (FACTS) at Texas State University, has received a $200,000 grant from the State of Texas Homeland Security Grants Division in support of Operation ID.             The two-year grant will allow Operation ID to continue its mission of facilitating identifications of unidentified human remains found in South Texas.             “This funding allows us to… Read more »

Global Leaders Call for Urgent Action on Climate Adaptation; Commission Finds Adaptation Can Deliver $7.1 Trillion in Benefits

Global Center on Adaptation

Leaders from the Global Commission on Adaptation call on governments and businesses to take urgent action to innovate and advance climate adaptation solutions in light of new research findings. The Commission is led by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kristalina Georgieva*, CEO of the World Bank. The report is being… Read more »

“Living The Code – Character Counts” by John Webster

San Antonio Academy

Character Counts During John Webster’s final year as Head of School in 2016-2017, Houston Frost ’95, spearheaded a project to capture John’s chapel talks. “Living The Code – Character Counts” is a collection of John’s favorite lessons, culminated into a full color, hard-back with sleeve, coffee table style book (9×12’’) published by Epic Bound Books. PRE-ORDERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE, SCROLL BELOW TO ACCESS FORM. ANTICIPATED DELIVERY… Read more »

Texas Commission on the Arts Awards $4.6 Million through Renewed Grant Program

The Texas Commission on the Arts

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has approved funding of 43 Arts Respond Cultural District Project grants for fiscal year 2020. The grants total over $4.6 million and will go to arts nonprofits and local government agencies in 20 cultural districts in Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Canadian, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Lubbock, McKinney, Rockport, San Angelo, San Antonio, Waco and Wimberley.

13th Annual Southern Obesity Summit

13th Annual Southern Obesity Summit

A Reset for Collective Impact: SOS will reframe obesity in the context of complex global systems that are shaping three worldwide crises: obesity, under-nutrition, and climate change. We anticipate it will reset the agenda for future summits as well as national-level work on these issues. Proceedings from the summit, including insight shared during interactive sessions will be published post-Summit. SOS participants will be at… Read more »

Hot off the presses, Nonprofit Management 101 (2nd edition) is a must-have book for anyone working in the nonprofit sector

Blue Avocado

Hot off the presses, Nonprofit Management 101 (2nd edition) is a must-have book for anyone working in the nonprofit sector. The new edition has been updated and is full of practical, easy-to-implement tips and tools. Compiled by Blue Avocado Editor-in-Chief Darian Rodriguez Heyman, and featuring concrete insights from nonprofit executives and writers, Nonprofit Management 101 is available now.  The contributors to this owner’s manual… Read more »

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza will be returning this year on two separate weekends: September 14th and 21st

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza will be returning this year on two separate weekends: September 14th and 21st from 8 am to 12 noon.   Taking place at the peak of hummingbird migration, XHX is a once a year opportunity to see these amazing birds up close. Watch as we carefully catch and band these tiny travelers and sign up to symbolically adopt one! XHX will… Read more »

Interfaith Family Services Opens New Facility Designed to Fight Poverty

Interfaith Family Services

Many wonder how Dallas can be third in the nation for child poverty and have a less than 4% unemployment rate.  One reason is that working poor families struggle to fight their way out of poverty due to the cost of training that would elevate wages and the accessibility of childcare that would allow them to train after work. But, now there is a… Read more »

Texas A&M Celebrates Opening Of Music Activities Center

Texas A&M University - Caitlin Clark

Stepping into the E.V. Adams Band Hall for the first time as a student nearly 45 years ago, Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez said he remembers being amazed by the facility and the opportunities that would be available to him as a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. Returning some 30 years later, he joked that not even a doorknob had been hung… Read more »

Who Are the Remaining Uninsured, and Why Do They Lack Coverage?

Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey - Munira Z. Gunja and Sara R. Collins

Findings from the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2018. While the Affordable Care Act expanded health insurance to millions of Americans, an estimated 30.4 million people were uninsured in 2018. Concern about the cost of insurance is a key reason why many are uninsured. Nearly half of uninsured adults may be eligible for subsidized insurance through the marketplace or their state’s expanded Medicaid program

Rice and UT Austin Seniors jump start their social impact careers with the Second Day Impact Fellowship

Mariam Matin

Introducing the Second Day Impact Fellowship at several campuses across the country, including Rice University and UT Austin! Co-Founder and native Texan Mariam Matin shares her story and excitement on what this organization has to offer.

$7 Million in Grants From Texas Instruments Gives Disadvantaged Students a STEM Learning Boost

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments and the Texas Instruments Foundation announced today that their combined 2019 U.S. education grants total $7 million.  These funds will go toward programs that will cultivate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competencies in students and grow the quality and quantity of STEM educators, one of the greatest influences on student academic success. More than 97% of the funding will be used… Read more »

New: A Bold Initiative to Develop Breakthrough Solutions in Executive Function and Math

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In 2018, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) began jointly exploring whether breakthrough education solutions can be developed through an accelerated discovery and development effort. It began with a Request for Information. We received 465 responses from 37 states as well as internationally. Twenty percent (20%) of the responses came from organizations that are owned or led… Read more »

What goes first? Second? Last? (Never?)

Tom Ahern

In the bump and grind of fundraising and advocacy (the thing you specifically asked about), you QUICKLY give prospective donors and volunteers and supporters and fellow-travelers and movement-joiners important URGENT jobs to do. And you do that repeatedly: at the TOP, in the MIDDLE, at the END of whatever it is you’re saying (email, social media post, direct mail, website) … if you HOPE to maximize response.

New Analysis: Young Americans Are Less Trusting

John Gramlich - The Pew Charitable Trusts Think Tank

Americans believe trust has declined in their country, whether it involves their fellow citizens’ faith in each other or their confidence in the federal government, according to a wide-ranging new Pew Research Center survey. And adults ages 18 to 29 stand out for their comparatively low levels of trust in a number of these areas. Around three-quarters (73%) of U.S. adults under 30 believe… Read more »


Tom Ahern

Each morning I go clam-digging Stuff I’ve found worth knowing lately The day begins. For an hour or more I’ll read blogs and incoming professional opinion and studies, trying desperately to (1) keep up and/or (2) be useful to clients who pray for just one thing, bless their hearts: “Help us, Tom, raise more money.” —— The US has a population of 330 million.… Read more »

DSHS Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   HHS Accepting Letters of Interest for Rural Healthy Community Collaborative Learning Communities     Public Funding Opportunities   Advancing State and Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH): HRSA-20-044   Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America — Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts A and B: HRSA-20-078   Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for… Read more »