State Economic Growth Uneven Since Recession Began – Only North Dakota, Texas, and Utah have experienced growth since the recession’s onset that matched or beat the historical U.S. pace

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Since the Great Recession hit the U.S. a decade ago, the economy’s slow recovery has played out unevenly across states. Only North Dakota, Texas, and Utah have experienced growth since the recession’s onset that matched or beat the historical U.S. pace. In the 10 states slowest to recover, the 10-year expansion was less than the equivalent of 1 percent per year.

In San Antonio: Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations presenting Yayoi Kusama

The McNay Museum

Organized in conjunction with the San Antonio Tricentennial celebrations and the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68, this exhibition focuses on San Antonio as a place of deep history, local values, and global thinking. Immersive, environmental installations by Yayoi Kusama and Philip Worthington, a film by Andy Warhol, and a new commission by San Antonio’s Chris Sauter transform the McNay’s Tobin Exhibition Galleries. Internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s Aftermath of Obliteration… Read more »

GCBO Presents: Kevin Karlson’s “Birds of Prey” and Photography Workshops – Only 40 participants, so hurry

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Join us Friday, October 5th 2018 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm as Kevin Karlson presents this visually stunning program reflecting the mood and content of Birds of Prey by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The show begins with a video introduction by Pete Dunne where he explains the concept of the book as images of raptors are shown. Kevin will then… Read more »

A Message from Joyce Slocum, President & CEO of TPR

Texas Public Radio

My passion for the mission of public radio is what led me to leave a career in children’s entertainment and join NPR in 2008. My desire to return to Texas and still be in public radio is what brought me to TPR in 2014. I couldn’t be happier to be here. It’s particularly rewarding to me when someone from our community shares with me… Read more »

Social Media Audits – Setting Your Social Media Strategy

The San Antonio Area Foundation

Are you engaging your followers on social media? Find out how to analyze your performance and strategy at our Social Media Audits: Setting Your Social Media Strategy workshop on Tuesday, May 22. Ever wonder how organizations like yours seem to be generating more attention or whether your new Instagram strategy really works? Learn how to perform a routine social media audit to find out. … Read more »

Study: University New Orleans Jesuit Social Research Institute Issues 2017 JustSouth Index and Texas ranks 49th in poverty, racial disparity and immigrant exclusion

Loyola University New Orleans’ Jesuit Social Research Institute

New report shows Louisiana ranks 51st on measures of social justice for second year in a row; spotlights the three most challenging issues facing the Gulf South – poverty, racial disparity and immigrant exclusion The 2017 JustSouth Index report issued today by Loyola University New Orleans’ Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) reveals that Louisiana falls last in the nation (51st in the U.S. including… Read more »

What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty?

US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty: DAVID T. ELLWOOD & NISHA G. PATEL

Our Approach A distinguishing feature of the Partnership is that we did not have a mandate for consensus. Instead, the Partnership had the freedom and flexibility to dream big and think creatively, limited only by our own knowledge and imaginations. Our focus was on learning from both research and practice, as well as from perspectives of people who have experienced poverty. Site visits and… Read more »

Speaker Joe Straus to deliver keynote at Texas State commencement

Texas State University

Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, will serve as the keynote speaker during commencement at Texas State University on May 12. There are more than 5,000 candidates for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Texas State this spring, the largest in school history. Straus will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony May 12, to be attended by degree candidates from the… Read more »

Know a young person doing amazing things in obesity prevention? Nominate them for a Rising Star Award!

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

Sponsored by a coalition of professional health organizations as a part of the annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week and the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony, the Rising Star Award will be presented to young Texans who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in his or her community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of obesity.    Award selection criteria and more information is… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   New CPRIT Award Targets Early-Stage Oncology Startup Companies http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-2.aspx#A   Philanthropy Is Booming, But Foundations Mostly Isolated http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-2.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Probe Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in the Brain (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): RFA-MH-19-136 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-2.aspx#C   Catalyzing Innovation in Late Phase Clinical Trial Design and… Read more »

‘Sergeant Segway’ Becomes Newest Goodwill Ambassador at Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island

Now open for the summer season, new Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park earned the Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association for cutting-edge design and revolutionary waterproof wheelchairs. In addition, readers of USA Today voted Morgan’s Inspiration Island as best new water attraction of 2017 in the newspaper’s 10Best competition.

Foundation for SETX Announces 2018 Grant Recipients

Foundation for Southeast Texas

The Foundation for Southeast Texas awarded a total of $135,000 to 49 nonprofit organizations in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties today.  The grants range from $750 to over $7000.  The Foundation received valid applications from over 100 organizations. The Grants Committee reviewed each application and made recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval. “In its eighteenth year of awarding competitive grants, the… Read more »

Grant applications available now for second round of Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery fund

Foundation for Southeast Texas

The Foundation for Southeast Texas released applications Wednesday for the second round of funding to assist established relief organizations through the Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Nonprofits and government organizations in Orange, Jefferson and Hardin counties are encouraged to apply for funding to support hurricane recovery and mitigation efforts before the May 15 deadline. Projects providing support in disaster mitigation infrastructure, school materials… Read more »

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute

The University of Texas

The Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin through the following endowments: the Holloway Centennial Lectureship, the Hoffman Centennial Lectureship, the Kidd Centennial Lectureship, and the Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies Endowment. Additional support comes from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and the Dell Medical School.

$1.3 Million Awarded to Train Mental Health Policy Fellows and Peer Policy Fellows in Texas

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellows initiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional staff to help move their missions forward. In 2016, the initiative was expanded with the launch of the Peer Policy Fellows program to create opportunities for certified peer specialists—people in recovery from lived mental health and/or substance use experience. This component of the initiative increases the role and voice of peers in mental health policy development and implementation and builds peer capacity to effectively engage in advocacy. Each fellow is provided with an experienced mentor. Both fellows and mentors attend the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy, coordinated by Texans Care for Children. The academy provides training on legislative processes, mental health systems, and issue areas, as well as offering an enriching network for the fellows, mentors and others involved in mental health advocacy work in Texas. The 2018 Policy Fellow grant recipients are: Corporation for Supportive Housing National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas Texas Casa, Inc. United Way for Greater Austin United Ways of Texas The 2018 Peer Policy Fellow grant recipients are: Grassroots Leadership Jail Project of Texas RecoveryPeople San Antonio Clubhouse Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Contact the grantees directly for information on these fellowship positions.

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellowsinitiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional… Read more »

Save the Date for Theatre Under The Stars Leading Ladies Luncheon

Theatre Under the Stars

Join us for the Rock the House Leading Ladies Luncheon on Thursday, May 24 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts! RSVP by emailing Donna Nisenson at donna@tuts.com. Leading Ladies is a group of dynamic women with a shared passion for musical theatre and commitment to Theatre Under The Stars’ Education and Community Engagement efforts through volunteering, fundraising, and exclusive TUTS events. Leading… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Is your organization using sports in innovative and collaborative ways to make communities healthier places to live? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award recognizes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to help people achieve health and well-being, especially those who are facing the greatest challenges. If your organization is helping children maintain a healthy weight, creating safe play environments, eliminating… Read more »