The Meadows Foundation Names Peter M. Miller President and CEO

The Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation board of directors announced Peter M. Miller will succeed Linda Perryman Evans as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Miller is the great nephew of founders Algur H. and Virginia Meadows. As president and CEO, Mr. Miller will have responsibility for all of the Foundation’s operations.

Trial Portion of Hearing on Proposed Comal Quarry Concludes

Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry

The hearing on the merits against Vulcan Construction Materials ended early Tuesday afternoon. Approximately 80 people attended the two‐day hearing, including Comal County residents currently living near the proposed quarry site, many of whom would share a fence line with the proposed 1500‐acre open‐pit mine. State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Smith presided over the hearing and will determine whether… Read more »

GCBO’s Bird of the Month: June Least Bittern

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Geography/Habitat:   In Texas, Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) is common summer resident along the Coastal Prairies and the eastern portion of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Inland, they are rare to locally common in the eastern third of the state. In the western portion of the state, it is a very rare and local summer resident due to lack of habitat. During the winter,… Read more »

People Live Up To The Encouragement They Receive

Harvey Mackay

A teacher asked her students if any of them had extra pencils they’d be willing to share with their classmates.  One student reluctantly raised his hand.   The teacher approached his desk and before the student handed her his pencil case, he told her that he didn’t mind sharing his pencils but he wanted them back when they were not being used.   The… Read more »

Charitable Giving Drops Again in First Quarter, Leading to Concerns for Rest of 2019

AFP

For the second consecutive year, almost every metric monitored by the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) has decreased in the first quarter (January through March) of 2019, leading to concerns about the growth of charitable giving for the rest of the year. The FEP’s 2019 First Quarter Report, which reviews giving data from January through March 2019 and compares it to the same time period… Read more »

Founded in Diversity, Texas Women’s Foundation Expands with Participatory Approach

Texas Women’s Foundation

Here in the Northeast, we don’t tend to envision Texas as having a culture of diversity and women’s empowerment. But Texas is actually one of the most diverse states in the union. Currently, 68% of women ages 15 to 24 are women of color. The reality for the biggest state in the union is that the minority is the majority among young people. Texas… Read more »

Area Foundation announces funding cycle devoted to operating funds for nonprofits

San Antonio Area Foundation

Nonprofits attended one of five information sessions held in late June to learn about the San Antonio Area Foundation’s 2019 funding cycle. The information sessions included an overview of how the Area Foundation is preparing to align to new areas of interest while advancing equity. While funding cycles are typically of great interest to the nonprofit community, this cycle was especially well-received due to… Read more »

Children at Risk Update

Children at Risk

Quarterly News & Updates   June 2019     Upcoming Events See what’s happening this month   Hurricane Harvey Summit Join us at our Hurricane Harvey Summit as we release our publication of Texas Continues to Recover: Two Years After Harvey Report.   When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Where: United Way of Greater Houston REGISTER HERE   Human Trafficking Awareness Tour… Read more »

30 Days, 14 Students, 5 Rock Art Sites, 1 Successful Field School – Shumla

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

2019 Field School The adventure is over, but the lessons and memories will go on and on.   The 2019 Texas State Field School Group. Top row left to right: Jerod Roberts, Vicky Roberts, Dr. David Kilby, Cameron Michael, Megan Blackburn, Carter Wiseman, Logan Baird, James Ramsey, and Jim Sellers. Second row left to right: Ashley Eyeington, Lori Decker, Kenny Williams, Steven Frazier, Laura… Read more »

Permian Basin Area Foundation announced $1,957,850 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the West Texas region

Permian Basin Area Foundation

Permian Basin Area Foundation announced $1,957,850 in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the West Texas region during a news conference held today at Bynum School. Of this amount, $1,357,850 was awarded during the semi-annual competitive grant cycle. Aaron Bedell, chief operating officer, welcomed guests and spoke about the impact of the Foundation in the Permian Basin region. The Foundation has grown to include more… Read more »

More Than 200 Philanthropists Have Now Joined the Giving Pledge, Committing to Give at Least Half Their Wealth to Charitable Causes

Giving Pledge

Giving Pledge announced that 19 philanthropists have joined the Giving Pledge since the previous year, bringing the total number of Giving Pledge signatories to 204 from 23 countries. Now in its ninth year, the Giving Pledge continues to expand internationally with the addition of philanthropists from China, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States. Founded by… Read more »

30% of U.S. Households Made Disaster-related Donations in 2017 and 2018

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), Candid and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), Candid and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy announced the release of the first comprehensive study on household donations to disasters, the U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 Report. This study reveals new data on U.S. households’ disaster giving and answers many of the questions most often asked about patterns, preferences and practices of individual… Read more »

KGBTexas Communications Celebrates 25th Anniversary by Donating Marketing Services to Local Nonprofits

Jackson Walker L.L.P. and KGBTexas Communications

To celebrate its 25thanniversary, KGBTexas Communications, along with co-sponsor Jackson Walker L.L.P., announced the launch of the ‘KGB Community Impact Award’ for nonprofit organizations to receive $25,000 in advertising and public relations services. The Award will recognize two nonprofits – one in Houston and one in San Antonio – that have created significant consequence through their steadfast dedication to our communities. Each winning nonprofit… Read more »

Invasive parasite robs fish of ability to swim, poses potential threat to endangered species

Texas State University

Researchers at Texas State University have identified an increasingly severe invasive parasite problem in the San Marcos and Comal Rivers that could impact native fish—including endangered species unique to Texas springs.             One parasite has been under study since 1996, but in 2013, a student in the lab of David Huffman, a parasitologist in the Department of Biology at Texas State, discovered a new… Read more »

Digital Gap Persists Between Rural, Nonrural America

Pre Research Center by Andrew Perrin

This is one in a series of posts about how different demographic groups in the U.S. have fared in the digital age. Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology over the past decade, but they generally remain less likely than urban or suburban adults to have home broadband or own a smartphone. Roughly two-thirds of rural Americans (63%) say they have… Read more »

Key Hearing on Proposed Comal Vulcan Quarry Starts June 10

David A. Drewa

Next week, the crucial contested case hearing will take place to determine whether TCEQ should grant, deny, or add additional restrictions to the air quality permit application by Alabama‐based Vulcan Construction Materials. Vulcan proposes construction of a 1500‐acre limestone mine, quarry, and rock‐crushing plant between Bulverde and New Braunfels. This hearing (technically called a hearing on the merits) begins June 10 and is scheduled… Read more »

Tackling bias in artificial intelligence (and in humans)

McKinsey & Co - By Jake Silberg and James Manyika

Biases in how humans make decisions are well documented. Some researchers have highlighted how judges’ decisions can be unconsciously influenced by their own personal characteristics, while employers have been shown to grant interviews at different rates to candidates with identical resumes but with names considered to reflect different racial groups. Humans are also prone to misapplying information.

A challenge to stimulate local news in North America

Google News Initiative

When journalist Megan Lucero started as director at U.K. based Bureau Local, she had an ambitious mission: to use technology to discover powerful public interest stories in local news. The startup, which is part of the nonprofit organization The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, received financial support from Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund to create a platform where data journalists could come together and work… Read more »

Austin philanthropist David Booth commits $10 M leadership gift toward Texas Science and the Giant Magellan Telescope

University of Texas at Austin

UT Austin is one of only 12 partner universities and institutions developing the telescope, which is under construction at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. With a resolution 10 times as great as that of the Hubble Space Telescope, the GMT will become one of the defining instruments of 21st century science.