Going Beyond the Game: Teams Volunteer in the Community

San Antonio Sports

Do you know a high school or middle school athletic team that has volunteered at the Food Bank? Visited older adults in assisted living? Shared their time with special needs students? Our high school and middle school coaches are working hard to help our youth learn key values that will serve them well in life. They teach more than the basic skills of their… Read more »

Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country: rich peaceful land and the Edwards Aquifer buried under the the pollutants and fugitive dust of aggregate mining. Wait, we can stop this.

Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry

Imagine this: you are on an outing to enjoy a weekend on Canyon Lake or canoe the Guadalupe River. Your journey takes you on Texas Highway 46 or FM 3009. In route to your scenic destination, you encounter numerous heavy trucks emitting pollutants and bellows of fugitive dust. Then you pass a huge, unsightly hole in the ground with massive equipment making unbearable noise and spewing carcinogenic dust into the air. The peace, serenity, tranquility and beauty you came to enjoy will be gone. Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country.

Registration Now Open: Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony September 13, 2018 5:00 – 6:00 PM Networking Reception 6:00 – 7:30 PM Award Ceremony This ceremony is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. The 2018 award ceremony will take place during the 11th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week,… Read more »

Surviving Vision Block – How to Turn Your Crushing Experiences into Wins

Karen Eber Davis

I was pinned under a 200 pound guy, and he had scissors. The volunteer assignment was simple: help a young man with developmental disabilities to learn a new skill, one-on-one.  We were working on learning scissor use.   How did I end up flailing on the floor needing assistance?     I had a clear goal for my college volunteering experience: Explore different ways to help people reach excellence.  … Read more »

A new conservation grantmaking strategy for today’s challenges

Andrea Keller Helsel - William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

People of the North American West depend on healthy rivers, national parks, forests, monuments, and other public and working lands to sustain their families and their communities. These majestic landscapes provide refuge and inspiration, and fulfill economic, cultural, and spiritual needs. And yet, we are losing the equivalent of a football field of natural land in the Western United States every two-and-a-half minutes. Family… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications – Part II

Tom Ahern

7. Donors aren’t forever. Mostly. Again: Why do you need a donor acquisition program as well as a donor relationship program? Because donors come and go, like pee holes in the snow. A couple of years ago, I polled experts around the world with the question, “How long does the average donor stick with a charity?” There was a gawdly lot of hemming and… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications – Part I

Tom Ahern

1. Why Eleven and Three-Quarters? Be a little less predictable. “10 Top Tips” is predictable. “11 Top Tips” is a little less predictable, but still pretty obvious. I ripped this idea off, as most of you immediately recognized, from Harry Potter’s Track Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross Station. Steal well. And often. But don’t steal from failures. Which means you’ll have to learn… Read more »

Hogg Foundation Awards $4.5 Million to Address Well-being in Rural Texas Communities

Ike Evans - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce $4.5 million in grants to six Texas organizations to support collaborative approaches to well-being in rural communities. The grants will strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play and pray, bringing a population health approach to support resilience, mental health and well-being. The initiative grows out of the foundation’s new… Read more »

THE Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology

Texas State University

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has authorized Texas State University to offer an innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology. The program—focusing on practical applications for anthropology in non-academic settings—will be the first of its kind in the state of Texas and one of only three such programs in the nation.             The degree program was approved by the Texas State University System Board… Read more »

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced several staff promotions to the senior director level

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT)

Dave Scullin, president and CEO, said CFT is blessed with extraordinarily talented individuals who put those talents to use to improve the quality of life in North Texas. “Every one of the promotions we announce today reflects on the hard work and insight provided by these individuals to make our communities stronger,” Scullin said. “Communities Foundation of Texas is fortunate to count these individuals… Read more »

Meadows Foundation awards $100k to TSAHC and the TSAHC and Enterprise Community Partners Heart Grant Program Application Portal is now open

Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation

Meadows Foundation Awards TSAHC $100,000 Grant   TSAHC would like to recognize The Meadows Foundation for their generous $100,000 contribution to the Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas (HEART) grant program which supports ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.   Since its inception, the Meadows Foundation has disbursed more than $775 million in grants to more than 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies. Grants have been… Read more »

Learn how to take some of the data your organization is collecting and lay it out in a way that is coherent to your supporters

San Antonio Area Foundation

Do you want to share your nonprofit’s impact? Attend our Data Visualization workshop on Thursday, Aug. 16. This workshop will dive into the way people process content and the information they are seeking. In this workshop we will learn how to take some of the data your organization is collecting and lay it out in a way that is coherent to your supporters. Numbers… Read more »

Richardson Adult Literacy Center Receives $16K PGP Grant

The Richardson Adult Literacy Center & LegacyTexas Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas)

The Richardson Adult Literacy Center received a $16,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) grant from LegacyTexas Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) to support operational and administrative costs for the center’s “ESL for Adults” program. The program helps adult students improve their English to become workforce-ready, enhance job skills, obtain U.S. citizenship and fully engage in the community. Media is… Read more »

Dallas’ Writer’s Garret this August

The Writer's Garret

It’s August! Summer is passing fast,and there’s plenty of things to do with The Writer’s Garret! Didn’t get a chance to nab your spot for Deep Ellum Blues this Saturday? Not to worry! We’ll ride the rails again on August 11th! Rail Writers: Deep Ellum Blues IIwith Lisa HuffakerSaturday, August 11th | 3:30-8:30pmAges 21 and up | FREE (ONLINE SIGNUP REQUIRED)   On this journey… Read more »

New CEP Research Sheds Light on Nonprofits’ Diversity Efforts

Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

A new research report out from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), titled Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations, shares nonprofit leaders’ views on their diversity pursuits — and how their foundation funders are interacting with or supporting them in this area. The report includes data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits, how foundations… Read more »

2018 ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

The Texas Department of Transportation

Congratulations to three high school seniors selected as winners in the 2018 “Don’t mess with Texas” scholarship contest. Dalton Shaw of W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas was chosen as the grand prize winner and received a $6,000 scholarship. Brittany Nation of Richland High School in North Richland Hills and Andrew Wagner of St. Paul High School in Shiner each received a $2,000 scholarship.… Read more »

Schwab Charitable Donors Set Granting Records in Fiscal Year 2018

Schwab Charitable Fund

Schwab CharitableTM, one of the largest national providers of donor-advised funds and other philanthropic services, reports a record fiscal year 20181 in which donors recommended over 420,000 grants representing nearly $2 billion in charitable gifts. The dollar total was 20% higher than the prior fiscal year and helped donors reach $10 billion in recommended grants to over 130,000 charities since Schwab Charitable’s inception almost… Read more »

The 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights the financial impact Alpha Home supporters have made to rebuild lives in the San Antonio community

Alpha Home

Check out the 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights showing the financial impact their supporters have made to their mission.   Visit Alpha Home Article Author: Alpha Home

Registration is open until August 15 for the nation’s largest community giving day that turns 10 in September, highlighted by 10 days of giving and volunteering, new technology, and more counties and nonprofit counties

Communities Foundation of Texas

Turning 10 is a big deal, especially for the nation’s biggest community day of giving, which this year will occur September 20. Communities Foundation of Texas will mark North Texas Giving Day’s milestone year with a slew of newness and improvements, ranging from a new platform that enables personalized crowdfunding, an ambassador program to spread the word and increase participation, four new qualifying counties… Read more »

Something for Moms . . . Register for The Moms Community Listening Forum on August 10, 2018

The Moms Community Listening Forum of Williamson County

Mommie Support Network, the WilCo Wellness Alliance coalition’s Maternal and Infant Health working group, the Round Rock Public Library, and Dell Children’s Health Plan present the Moms Community Listening Forum! This forum is designed to give moms the opportunity to share their opinions and perspectives regarding what is needed to better support their mental and physical health after the birth of a child. Organizations that… Read more »