Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF)

Texas State University

Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the development, expansion and collapse of complex societies during the Middle Horizon Period of Peru. The three-year grant was awarded by the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and will fund Conlee’s research project, “The Cyclic Rise and Fall of Complex Societies.”… Read more »

$11 Million to Address Well-Being for Children of Color in Greater Houston

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

“This initiative exemplifies a strong health equity focus,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation. “For us, equity means two things: first, inclusion of all members of the community, not as a client population but as leaders and guiding voices; and second, a widened focus that includes whole community transformation as much as individual well-being.” The Hogg Foundation invites… Read more »

LEAF Summer Behind and RAKE IN the Fall

Project MEND

Never fear, Autumn is here!   “Leaf” behind summer and “rake in” our fall news!   In this issue of Did We MENDtion?: Don’t forget to Fall Back on November 4th; exciting news on the future of Project MEND; a veteran regaining his mobility; a recap of our 6th Annual Toast of the Town Gala; and a grandpa who gets to remain active with… Read more »

This November: Solana d’Lamant memorial, publishing tips, FREE poetry workshops for DISD, and more

The Writer's Garret

 November is a time to reflect on the things we hold dear. At The Writer’s Garret this month, we honor the memory of a dear poet and friend, give the gift of poetry to Dallas children, and celebrating new chances to write with you. November means FREE poetry workshops for YOUR Dallas ISD school! The Dallas Public Library’s annual Express Yourself Youth Poetry Competition… Read more »

November 2018 Exhibitions and Public Programs in Houston

Lawndale

Lawndale Lending Library Pop-Up Exhibition BRAVERY IS CONTAGIOUSby Sarah Fisher Yours, Mine, and Ours: Selections from the Lawndale Lending Library Collaboration with Houston Community College – Central Monday, October 29 – Friday, November 9, 2018HCC Central Campus Art Gallery (3517 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77004)   Reception Thursday, November 1 6 – 8 PM Join the event on Facebook!   Get a sneak preview of the… Read more »

$11M FOR COMMUNITIES OF CARE

Hogg Foundation

The Hogg Foundation’s new Communities of Care initiative supports communities in their efforts to inclusively and collaboratively cultivate resiliency, mental health and well-being in everyday life for all members of the community, with a focus on children and youth of color and their families in the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The foundation will award up to 12 five-year grants totaling $8 million to existing collaboratives in the Houston MSA. Proposed… Read more »

Get your tickets for one of Dallas’ best holiday concerts!

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas

FALL INTO WINTER featuring members of Dallas Bach Society   November 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center     Single tickets are now available!   Part of the Deloitte concert series, CCGD’s ‘Fall into Winter’ will feature music of the Renaissance and Baroque time periods, as well as many traditional holiday favorites. In addition to the music of J. S.… Read more »

Surprise $100,000 From Reliant Helps Read Fort Worth Improve Literacy Among Third Grade Students

Reliant

Research shows 75 percent of third graders who struggle with reading never catch up, drastically increasing their chances of dropping out of high school. But one North Texas nonprofit, Read Fort Worth, is on a mission to improve early childhood literacy and ensure all Fort Worth ISD third graders are reading on grade level by 2025. Their efforts got a major boost today when… Read more »

Nearly One in Six Young People Nationwide Has Obesity, New Data Show

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Nationwide, 15.8 percent of young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to the newest national data released today. Mississippi has the highest youth obesity rate, at 26.1 percent, while Utah has the lowest, at 8.7 percent. Texas is 7th. UGH. The data and analysis were released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They come from the 2016 and 2017 National Survey… Read more »

Why Don’t We Make Big Bets On Nonprofits?

Nell Edgington

One of the Giving Pledge philanthropists and co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, recently died. But at his death he was worth more than he was when he signed the Giving Pledge, a pledge that 186 of the wealthiest philanthropists have made to give away half of their net worth before they die.

This inspired Alana Semuels, writing in the Atlantic, to ask whether the Giving Pledge is realistic. When Allen signed the Pledge in 2010 he was worth $13.5 billion, when he died he was worth $20 billion. So despite the fact that he made many large donations to nonprofits during that time, he dramatically failed to meet his pledge.

Global Leaders Call for Urgent Acceleration of Climate Adaptation Solutions

Global Center on Adaptation and World Resources Institute.

On the heels of one of the deadliest summers of climate-related weather disasters affecting countries all over the world, an unprecedented gathering of global leaders today launched the new Global Commission on Adaptation to catalyze a global movement to bring scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions. The Global Commission on Adaptation is led by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Bill… Read more »

2018 U.S. Trust Study Finds High Net Worth Donors’ Average Giving Amounts Increased Since 2015

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, U.S. Trust, Bank of America

New Study Contains Revealing Data on Giving by High Net Worth Women, Millennials and Other Groups

The 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, published today in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, finds that wealthy Americans continue to be generous with their time and money, increasing the amount they gave on average to charitable causes and organizations in 2017, including giving in the wake of natural disasters. The biennial study shows that 90 percent of high net worth (HNW) households gave to charity last year, and 48 percent volunteered time to nonprofit organizations and causes.

Green happenings at Cibolo Nature Center & Farm

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm

Green Happenings     Here are some things going on this month, both here at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm and in the community at large that we thought you might be interested in.     Become a Member Today!       Fall Wildlife Field Research Week    Wildlife Field Research Week was October 8-13, and included prairie vegetation, riparian woody plant, small… Read more »

Cactus Pear Music Festival’s Nov. 4 Soiree: Albéniz to Weber

Cactus Pear Music Festival

Our NOVEMBER 4th “Soirée Special” concert is almost here and seats are filling up quickly as we begin our SEVENTH Soirée Season of intimate and exclusive performances. We open our season with an incredible group of musicians: pianist DANIEL ANASTASIO, San Antonio Symphony’s Principal Clarinet ILYA SHTERENBERG, and San Francisco cellist JONAH KIM who join artistic director and violinist STEPHANIE SANT’AMBROGIO in a program that will take you… Read more »

How to Tell Stories About Complex Issues

Annie Neimand of Stanford Social Innovation Review

Storytelling is one of the greatest tools we have for engaging communities on complex social and environmental issues, in ways that can drive belief and behavior change. People are far more likely to remember information if it reaches them in the form of a story. Good stories also have an incredible ability to reduce counterarguing on divisive issues. And when people are transported by a great story, they remember the events in the story and feel like the experiences were their own. As a result, the story has the power to influence future beliefs on related issues.

2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America – WalletHub Study

WalletHub

With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue in 2018’s political landscape, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America.  To determine the places in the U.S. with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared the profiles of more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious.  Most Diverse Cities… Read more »

Breaking the Ignorance Ceiling

Tom Ahern

Why this book screamed to be made In the US, as of 2017, there were something like 1.3 million government-sanctioned charitable organizations. It’s a growing sector: at current rates, about 47,000 new US charities are born each year.[1] Is that a lot or a little, for a nation of some 330 million? I say it’s a lot. After all, the same population gets by with… Read more »

Texas Children’s Hospital’s Trauma and Grief Center receives $1 million VOCA grant to support the Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center

Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center

Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center is excited to announce it is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund to support the recently-created Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center. Earlier this year, experts from Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center partnered with the Gulf Coast Center, and others in the Santa Fe community, to create the Santa… Read more »

9th Annual Over the Edge Event at Embassy Suites to Benefit Special Olympics

Special Olympics Texas

Special Olympics Texas today unveiled details surrounding its upcoming 9th Annual Over the Edge event, which is set to take place once again at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Houston on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Raising funds to support the organization’s more than 59,000 athletes, Over the Edge will provide an adrenaline rush for a good cause… Read more »