The Houston Endowment stands for the fundamental right of every eligible voter to cast their ballot.

The Houston Endowment

The Houston Endowment echoes the conviction expressed by community and business leaders throughout the country3: “For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us.” Last year our community came together to move us closer to this ideal. We still have work to do. Now is the time to continue that drive toward the highest standards of representative democracy.

Comcast Community Impact Helps Bring D.C. Virtual Field Trip to Students Across America

Comcast - Dalila Wilson-Scott

You may remember it – loading onto a bus and heading to the nation’s capital to get a firsthand glimpse of historic monuments, museums, and yes, the pillars of American government: The White House, The U.S. Capitol Building, and The U.S. Supreme Court. Among many of the experiences and learning opportunities made impossible over the past year by the COVID-19 pandemic were these annual… Read more »

Social & Health Research Center and Quest Diagnostics Team Up to Address Childhood Hunger and Obesity Exacerbated by COVID-19 in Underserved Communities

Quest Diagnostics

Childhood obesity has disproportionately affected Hispanic and Black communities as a result of negative social determinants of health for years. In the wake of COVID-19, low-income and racial/ethnic minority families, particularly Hispanic and African American, are struggling with an even greater risk of health complications such as obesity, diabetes, respiratory ailments and other predisposing conditions, according to a report by the Centers for Disease… Read more »

The full text of Texas House Bill 6 – PLEASE VOTE NO – SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY

Texas House Bill 6

  Bill Title: Relating to election integrity and security, including by preventing fraud in the conduct of elections in this state; increasing criminal penalties; creating criminal offenses. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 72-0) Status: (Introduced) 2021-05-07 – Laid on the table subject to call [HB6 Detail] Download: Texas-2021-HB6-Comm_Sub.html   87R18640 TSS-D     By: Cain, Schofield, Klick, Clardy, Jetton, H.B. No. 6       et al.     Substitute… Read more »

McKinsey commits $15 million to support Black-owned businesses and help fuel economic development

McKinsey & Co.

McKinsey & Co is pleased to announce a $15 million impact investment in the Black Economic Development Fund (BEDF), managed by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The BEDF is part of LISC’s Project 10X, a $1 billion strategy to address racial gaps in health, wealth, and opportunity. McKinsey’s contribution, along with those of 10 public corporations, has helped the fund hit its goal… Read more »

The Salvation Army Celebrates the True Meaning of National Donut Day in Austin, Texas

The Salvation Army USA 

Many Americans don’t know that National Donut Day actually has its roots in doing good. Celebrated on the first Friday in June, this sweet tradition dates back to World War I, when nearly 250 Salvation Army volunteers known as “Donut Lassies” traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support as well as fried confections, supplies, and other services to troops on the front lines. The… Read more »

Curis, Inc. Announces 2021 Virtual Symposium: “VISTA: A New Immune Checkpoint in Cancer, Autoimmunity and Beyond”

Curis, Inc.

Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRIS), a biotechnology company focused on the development of innovative therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, today announced the virtual symposium, “VISTA: A New Immune Checkpoint in Cancer, Autoimmunity and Beyond,” taking place on June 18, 2021, 9:00-1:15 PM ET. Leaders in immunology across industry and academia will gather to discuss emerging checkpoint molecule, VISTA, including its function, the role it… Read more »

The Gula Tech Foundation Announces Winners of $1 Million Data Care Grant Round at RSAC 2021

Gula Tech Foundation

Gula Tech Foundation, a nonprofit focused on awarding $1,000,000 in competitive grants to cybersecurity nonprofits several times each year, announced today, in conjunction with RSAC 2021, the winners of its Data Care themed competitive grant program. This competitive grant focuses on non-profits committed to broaden the cybersecurity industry to be more inclusive and increase personal responsibility for data. “The issue of Data Care is… Read more »

Women’s Fund of Austin Community Foundation gives $400K in grants to 20 nonprofits

Austin Community Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of our investors, we awarded $400,000 to 20 local nonprofit organizations. Unlike in years past, all semifinalists in each of our impact areas were awarded general operating funding. The winning finalist in each impact area received a $40,000 two-year grant.

New Report Highlights Community Strategies to Address Housing Crisis in Central Texas

Austin Community Foundation

Housing Affordability in Austin, a new report commissioned by Austin Community Foundation, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., NI (formerly National Instruments Corp.) and St. David’s Foundation, calls attention to the need for philanthropic investment to address the region’s housing crisis and outlines potential funding strategies to produce, protect and preserve affordable housing in Central Texas. According to the report, Central Texas is… Read more »

And — here’s your bonus — Vida Joven will teach you, dear fundraiser, volumes about state-of-the-art donor-centered, donor-worshipping, donor-appreciating, make-your-donor-very-happy comms

Tom Ahern

The Vida Joven story amazed me from the start: since 1996, this determined (and for many years all-volunteer) orphanage has rescued thrown-away children from the merciless, dangerous gutters of Tijuana (in 2019, TJ was the “most murderous city” on earth, statistically) … and yet … eventually … those very same VJ-rescued kids mostly go on to college.

The Baker Hughes Foundation Contributes $250,000 to Support UNICEF COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The Baker Hughes Foundation

The Baker Hughes Foundation has announced a $250,000 grant to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in support of its efforts to end the pandemic through equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution and other support for the world’s most vulnerable populations. UNICEF has been appointed by the Global Vaccine Alliance to help ensure delivery of 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2021 to over 180 countries. This… Read more »

How Covid – 19 will change nonprofits for years to come: Over 12 months of disaster philanthropy, new global data reveals the state of the world’s nonprofits and insights on how funders can help

CAF America

CAF America, America’s nonprofit leader in international grantmaking, offers a current analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the world’s charities in a new report titled 12 Months Later: The State of the World’s Nonprofits, The Voice of Charities Facing COVID-19, Volume 7. The survey included nonprofits worldwide that have survived the pandemic’s often devastating financial effects. It provides insight into how charities have… Read more »

Survey: Attitudes, Views and Values Around Health, Equity and Race Amid COVID-19

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The pandemic has not demonstrably shifted views on the connection between race and health among those most affected by COVID-19, despite communities of color and those with lower incomes being hit the hardest. Many see COVID-19 as a moment for change, with improving access to health care as the shift they most want to see. COVID-19 has upended the lives of people living in… Read more »

Nearly 90% of Affluent Americans Gave to Charities in 2020, and Nearly Half Gave for Pandemic Relief, Finds Study from Bank of America and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy & Bank of America

In a year dramatically disrupted by the pandemic, affluent Americans’ generosity didn’t waver, according to preliminary findings from the 2021 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy: Charitable Giving by Affluent Households. The vast majority of affluent Americans, nearly 90%, gave to charity in 2020. And nearly half (47%) donated to charitable organizations or financially supported individuals or businesses in direct response to the pandemic.

At a time when education systems are facing the challenges of the pandemic – and field trips are on hold – the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is launching an engaging 10-part, STEM-focused virtual series called The Whynauts

Perot Museum of Nature and Science & Groove Jones

At a time when education systems are facing the challenges of the pandemic – and field trips are on hold – the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is launching an engaging 10-part, STEM-focused virtual series called The Whynauts.   Designed to make science relevant, exciting and accessible, the academically aligned episodes feature charismatic scientists along with diverse youth actors ages 10-15. They will… Read more »

Sharoll and Bryan S. Sheffield ’01 commit $15 million to the Cox School of Business


A $15 million gift from Sharoll and Bryan S. Sheffield ’01 to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will empower future entrepreneurs by creating new technology-equipped collaborative spaces. Their generous commitment will establish Bryan S. Sheffield Hall, part of the future Cox School renovation and expansion project, which will provide students with innovative learning environments, enabling Mustangs to develop critical skills that are vital to success in today’s evolving workplace. 

Goldfish pay more attention than humans (but goldfish can’t make gifts)

Tom Ahern

Read a chapter from Tom’s new book… as usual… it’s fabulous!   Chapter 14  Goldfish pay more attention than humans (but goldfish can’t make gifts) Every day thousands of messages aim for your brain, to reach your heart, mind . . . and wallet. It’s a well-funded assault, too . . . via web, streaming TV, your car’s radio, free newspapers, magazines, roadside advertising, flyers pinned… Read more »