Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges

Pew Research Center - Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie, Emily Vogels

A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care and social activity improve. See what Pew predicts: Emerging Change, Worries about life in 2025, Hopes about life in 2025, covid-19

Texas State announces $6.5 million in emergency grants for students

Texas State University

Texas State University has announced $6.5 million in emergency grants through Bobcat Cares for currently enrolled and eligible students with COVID-19 related expenses for the spring 2021 semester. The $6.5 million in student assistance will be distributed directly to eligible students this spring semester through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). The emergency grants will help Texas State students deal with the… Read more »

The 3 C’s to Thriving in a Pandemic Economy

Margit Brazda Poirier, M.S., GPC

We know that 2020 was hard on nonprofit organizations, businesses, schools, and municipalities, and 2021 will continue to be difficult for much of the year…all the more reason to consider grant funding as a critical and timely source of revenue. In this article I will share with you many years of experience at Grants4Good and give you three ways to THRIVE (not just survive),… Read more »

Amazing Gift: The Dallas Foundation Announces Strategic Investment in Birth to Age Three Well-being with Largest Grant in Organization’s History

The Dallas Foundation

This gift will transform the lives of children across Dallas. The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, has granted Dallas-based Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL) $750K to support CPAL’s mission of reducing childhood poverty in Dallas by 50 percent within a single generation. The Dallas Foundation’s grant to CPAL is the organization’s largest grant issued to date, and is strategically aligned with the Foundation’s… Read more »

New Book: Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini

Mckinsey & Co - Mark Staples, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini

Bureaucracy actually served us well in the past. But the nature of work has changed, and management needs to change too. Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, cofounders of the Management Lab, talk about their new book, Humanocracy(Harvard Business Review Press, August 2020). Their argu­ment: we need to excise bureaucracy and replace it with something better. In December 2020, they spoke with Mark Staples, an… Read more »

The Parvin Group, White Rhino Coffee donate $50,000 to OurCalling to support the homeless during the winter storm

The Parvin Group

The Parvin Group (TPG), parent company to White Rhino Coffee, Parvin Law Group, Trinity Abstract and Title, Co., and Parvin Properties, announced a partnership with Dallas-based homeless ministry, OurCalling. To kick off the partnership, TPG donated $50,000 to support OurCalling’s amazing work with the growing Dallas homeless population and to help address the devastating effects this week’s weather has had on our homeless friends’… Read more »

SAMMinistries says how to help San Antonio now – the first $500k will be matched for Haven for Hope, San Antonio Food Bank, Morgan’s Wonderland, & SAMMMinistries

SAMMinistries

  The winter storms have left so many of our already struggling neighbors with nothing. No food, no shelter, and nowhere to turn.   Let’s Help SA has been established to help San Antonians recover, and to support those who need it most. Spearheaded by the Morgan’s Wonderland Inclusion Foundation, donations directly benefit three frontline organizations: SAMMinistries, the San Antonio Food Bank, and Haven for… Read more »

North Texas Funders Align to Provide Additional Support to Nonprofits Through Catchafire

Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Catchafire

Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies have come together to partner with Catchafire to bring time-sensitive, virtual support to more than 300 nonprofit organizations in the North Texas region.  Through this partnership, invited nonprofits will have access to skills-based volunteers on Catchafire’s virtual platform, where they can complete any number of operational or capacity-building projects together. This support will… Read more »

Mellon Foundation Awards More Than $72 Million to Teams Led by Humanities Scholars to Ensure “Just Futures” and Expand National Cultural Narratives, including The University of Texas at San Antonio

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the arts and humanities in the US, announced today that grants totaling more than $72 million have been awarded to winners of its Just Futures Initiative—supporting teams of scholars who are studying past periods of crisis and disruption in order to lead us to cultural and social transformation. The 16 projects will receive grants of… Read more »

Houston Endowment has awarded $20 Million to local organizations working to achieve racial equity and social justice in Houston

Houston Endowment

In June 2020, the Houston Endowment Board of Directors and staff issued a statement in solidarity with the Black community and committed to tangible actions toward becoming an anti-racist community. These actions include deepening our engagement and investment in communities and local leaders of color, and lifting up organizations that are currently driving this work. Today we are announcing an initial infusion of resources… Read more »

New Data Shows Sharp Rise in Homicide in U.S. Cities in 2020 including Texas

Arnold Ventures & National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice

Murders in major American cities continued to rise through the end of 2020, resulting in an unprecedented single-year spike, according to new researchreleased today by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice and Arnold Ventures. Gun and other aggravated assaults increased, the data show, while property and drug crimes fell. Amid a global pandemic that touched all corners of American life, homicide rates… Read more »

Donors of Color Network launches climate pledge to shift millions to groups led by people of color

Donors of Color Network

Donors of Color Network – the first ever cross-racial community of donors and movement leaders committed to building the collective power of people of color to achieve racial equity – today announced the launch of their groundbreaking campaign to move hundreds of millions of dollars to climate justice groups led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and create millions of new jobs.… Read more »

The Virtual February book launch of Nell Edgington’s new book: Reinventing Social Change: Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier and More Equitable World

Nell Edgington

I hope I’ll see you at the February 11th virtual book launch for my new book, Reinventing Social Change: Embrace Abundance to Create a Healthier and More Equitable World. Spots are filling up fast, so grab your spot now.  You can pre-order the book at any of these book sellers: Amazon Barnes & Noble Porchlight Indiebound Bookshop McNally Robinson Don’t forget that when you… Read more »

Enormous lungfish genome reveals secrets of earliest animals to conquer land

Texas state University

New research conducted in part at the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center at Texas State University has for the first time decoded the huge genome of the endangered Australian lungfish using the latest DNA sequencing technology. The international research team includes Texas State’s Manfred Schartl and Kang Du of the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center. The study, “Giant lungfish genome elucidates the conquest of land by… Read more »

Meadows Foundation grant spurs Texas State climate change research efforts

Texas State University

Texas State University has received a $500,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation toincrease the research capacity of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment to address climate change. The grant will enable The Meadows Center to begin developing a large-scale program that can supply decision makers with crucial climate change information so they can make scientifically informed decisions about how climate change is… Read more »

Shumla’s Hallowed Ground

Shumla Archeological Research & Education Center

You’ll remember we ended last year by successfully completing the four-year Alexandria Project and making the 2020 match challenge. The bar was set pretty high for 2021.   Then, on January 15th, we got some incredible news. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior had signed the National Historic Landmark designation memo for The Lower Pecos Canyonlands Archeological District. Our exceptional region and 35 representative… Read more »

Galveston College Historic Milestone: 13 Students Receive Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management Degrees

Galveston College

In a first for Galveston County, 13 Galveston College students made history in December as the first graduates to receive Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management degrees from their local community college – Galveston College.   The students also were the first students ever to receive bachelor’s degrees from Galveston College, which before 2019 offered only two-year associate degrees and technical and professional… Read more »

NSF grant fosters research into participation of minority women in STEM field

Texas State University

Shetay Ashford-Hanserd, and assistant professor in the Department of Organization, Workforce and Leadership Studies (OWLS) at Texas State University, has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant. The five-year, $843,000 award, which will support Black and Hispanic women entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is funded by the NSF’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education:… Read more »

Grant opportunities from the Laura Jane Musser Fund

Laura Jane Musser Fund

Through the Rural Arts Initiative, the Laura Jane Musser Fund hopes to assist nonprofit arts organizations to develop, implement or sustain exceptional artistic opportunities for adults and children in the areas of literary, visual, music and performing arts. In recognition of Laura Jane Musser’s life-long commitment to excellence in the arts, and with awareness that pivotal and life-changing experience can occur for individuals through… Read more »