GCIR Releases Report in Honor of World Refugee Day

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR)

In honor of World Refugee Day, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR) is pleased to release Philanthropic Strategies to Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers, a report that describes recent philanthropic responses to humanitarian crises to inform action on the grave and urgent challenges now facing refugees and asylum seekers seeking refuge in the United States. With the number of displaced persons in the… Read more »

A Step Toward Solving the Problem of Operating Support

Marc Rand and Blue Avocado

Having spent nearly twenty years in the nonprofit sector, I can tell you without a doubt that the field is totally undercapitalized. We all know this! People are underpaid, many facilities were “updated” in the 1970s, and in order to review the financials, you need a bottle of Pepto! There are a couple of key reasons for this undercapitalization: We don’t charge what we… Read more »

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s Bird of the Month: The Cattle Egret

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is an abundant resident across the state of Texas. They can be found in every county of the state during the migration or breeding period and small numbers reside along the Texas coastal plains year round. In the western half of the state they tend to be locally distributed around preferred habit. During the migration period, they can be found… Read more »

TreeTown USA Sponsors The Gardens at Texas A&M With 250-Plant Donation Representing 50 Plant Varieties

TreeTown USA

TreeTown USA has donated more than 250 plants and trees representing over 50 varieties to The Gardens at Texas A&M in College Station as an in-kind sponsor of the university’s first large-scale public teaching garden, joining a national network of high-quality university gardens. Phase I of The Gardens includes a 7-acre outdoor classroom known as the Leach Teaching Gardens, which is now completed and… Read more »

A look at how foundations are helping the journalism industry stand up straight

Christine Schmidt of the Nieman Lab

A look at how foundations are helping the journalism industry stand up straight   Foundations across the U.S. are helping journalists watchdog the powerful — but who’s watching the foundations? RELATED ARTICLE A definitive playbook: How to DIY a local nonprofit news outlet June 12, 2018 The state of the journalism industry might be much more tattered right now if not for philanthropic dollars… Read more »

A Tragedy: Pacific Bluefin Tuna Stock Remains Highly Depleted – New Science Shows 97% Depleted

Amanda Nickson, director of international fisheries for The Pew Charitable Trusts

This week, the scientists who evaluate the health of Pacific bluefin tuna, one of the most iconic and valuable fish species in the world, released a new stock assessment that shows the population at just 3.3 percent of its unfished level. This confirms the species’ severely depleted status and points to the continued need for more effective management of the fishery. Although the assessment… Read more »

What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities

Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown, Richard Fry, D’Vera Cohn and Ruth Igielnik of Pew Research Center

Amid widening gaps in politics and demographics, Americans in urban, suburban and rural areas share many aspects of community life. Large demographic shifts are reshaping America. The country is growing in numbers, it’s becoming more racially and ethnically diverse and the population is aging. But according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center, these trends are playing out differently across community types.

NEWS FROM TEXAS STATE: Meadows Center hosts Independence Day celebration at Spring Lake

Texas State University

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University will host a Fourth of July tour and fireworks viewing party at Spring Lake for guests of all ages to enjoy a unique, fun-filled celebration of American independence. The program will include: Sunset Glass-Bottom Boat Cruises | July 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Spring Lake is even more majestic when experienced at sunset. Hop… Read more »

The Meaning and Impact of Community Resilience

Josephine Gurch - The Hogg Center for Mental Health

“When I think about resilience at the community level,” Lourdes Rodriguez says, “I think about communities that understand that the conditions creating adversity are bigger than an individual.” In physics, resilience is an object’s ability to bounce back into its original form after sustaining a shock. In communities, it means something much more. Wendy Ellis, project director of the Building Community Resilience(BCR) collaborative at… Read more »

U.S. Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2017

Science Philanthropy Alliance

Research institutions in the U.S. received more than $2.3 billion for basic science research in 2017 from foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and charities, according to the Private Funding of Basic Science Survey conducted by the Science Philanthropy Alliance. The top ten institutions received 65% of this amount. Basic science research seeks fundamental knowledge about nature and our universe that progress and innovation rely upon. The… Read more »

NoVo Foundation Announces Grantees of $34 Million Radical Hope Fund

NoVo Foundation

NoVo Foundation is dedicated to building a more just and balanced world. Founded in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo has become one of the largest private foundations in the world to support initiatives focused explicitly on girls and women, including a dedicated focus on ending violence against girls and women and supporting adolescent girls.

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

Laura Bush via The Washington Post

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

U.S. Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2017

Science Philanthropy Alliance

Research institutions in the U.S. received more than $2.3 billion for basic science research in 2017 from foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and charities, according to the Private Funding of Basic Science Survey conducted by the Science Philanthropy Alliance. The top ten institutions received 65% of this amount. Basic science research seeks fundamental knowledge about nature and our universe that progress and innovation rely upon. The… Read more »

Cocktails & Connections at Hotel Valencia

Dress for Success San Antonio

Join us for COCKTAILS & CONNECTIONS Benefitting our women’s division Dress for Success San Antonio   Summer is the Season of Success! Join us on July 12th @6 pm at Hotel Valencia’s Naranja Bar for Cocktails & Connections.   Your $25* ticket gives you exclusive access to our Pop-Up Boutique – a preview of our Semi-Annual Fall Sale, one complimentary drink, tasty bites from… Read more »

Wildlife Photography Presentation and Workshops

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Kevin Karlson, expert wildlife photographer, will be on site at GCBO Friday October 5th to present his work on the recently published “Birds of Prey” book. He will talk about the different groups of raptors found in North America, sharing his photos and his raptor field stories with us. A $5 donation is suggested for admittance. Kevin will be available to sign copies of… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Foundation, Nonprofit Leaders Concerned About Drop in Giving http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#A   Men More Likely to Replace Charitable Giving with Impact Investing http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   High Obesity Program: CDC-RFA-DP18-1809 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#C   Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription and Opioid Addiction: TI-18-009 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#D NHLBI SBIR Phase IIB Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Commercialization of Technologies for Heart, Lung,… Read more »

Corporate Cup for the Win – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – June 2018

San Antonio Sports

Corporate Cup for the Win!   More than 5,000 people converged on the University of the Incarnate Word athletic facilities June 2 for the seventh annual San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup presented by Ortho Now Injury Clinic. It was a sight to behold. Thousands having fun tailgating, competing in 13 different events, such as tug-of-war, dodgeball, sack races, Frisbee toss, a 5K and 4×100… Read more »

Our Housing Crisis takes Center Stage

Houston Habitat for Humanity

Identifying problems; finding solutions   Recuperating from housing loss is overwhelming. Home is where you start your day and where you lay your head at night. For many today, home is not the home that it was a year ago. The consequences of a devastating hurricane left many homeowners still struggling today. Houston used to be a beacon for people who looked to enjoy… Read more »

Performance Measurement: Six Pitfalls To Avoid in Developing Your Theory of Change

Matthew Forti + Bridgespan Group

Over the past decade, more and more nonprofits have developed theories of change— that is, an articulation of the results an organization must achieve to be successful and how it, working alone or with others, will achieve them. Organizations do this either of their own volition or because funders, board members, or other parties ask them to do so. In fact, according to Innovation Network’s State of Evaluation 2010, half of nonprofits report having a theory of change, and of those, nearly 80 percent either created or revised it in the past year.