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.

Announcing 2018 Ima Hogg Scholarship Recipients

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health + Josephine Gurch

Each year, the Hogg Foundation awards Ima Hogg Scholarships to graduate social work students who have committed to joining the mental health workforce. An investment in their post-graduate careers is an investment in improving the quality of mental health services across Texas where the mental health workforce is in critical condition. Reports from 2015 revealed that more than 70 percent of counties across the state… Read more »

Austin (using blockchain to help the homeless) and Georgetown (leasing rooftop space to solar-power a city) are two fo the Bloomberg Philanthropy 2018 Champion Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies

2018 Champion Cities Austin, TX: Using Blockchain to Vouch for Identities of the Homeless The City of Austin will use blockchain technology to provide homeless residents with a unique identifier that allows them to access their personal records at any time, enabling access to critical services. Boston, MA: Bringing Equity to Street Repairs The City of Boston will infuse equity into the City’s approach… Read more »

Why Collaborations Fail What lies under the word, “uncollaborative”? Usually, it’s an unaddressed power imbalance

Stanford Social Innovation + Jon Huggett

A few weeks ago, the board chair of a great social enterprise called me in distress. A collaboration he had nurtured was in disarray. He’d gotten ahold of an email that called the executive director and staff at his organization “uncollaborative.” He and I tried to figure out what was going on. We talked through the history of the collaboration and ultimately spotted what we… Read more »

The Best Route to Approaching Donors: Hand-Head-Heart

Blue Avocado + Paula Golden

As someone who began her career as a fund raiser and migrated to become a funder as head of a large corporate foundation, I have a somewhat unique vantage point on the struggle many nonprofits endure when engaging funders and major donors to support their cause. In speaking with executive and development officers who are charged with fundraising, I find it most helpful to… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Human Services Organizations Critical to Community Health http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#A   Non-Governmental Organizations Shifting Power to Local Staff to Boost Program Results http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   Advancing Evidence into Practice through Shared, Interoperable Clinical Decision Support Resources (U18): PA-18-792 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#C   Direct Services for Survivors of Torture: HHS-2018-ACF-ORR-ZT-1356 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#D Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success: SP-18-008… Read more »

Census Bureau Reveals Fastest-Growing Large Cities: San Antonio Tops Chart Adding More Than 60 People a Day on Average

U. S. Census Bureau

More people moving to Texas and to San Antonio. It’s not a surprise, but whys this happening? Where are people coming from? How is San Antonio planning for population growth? What impact can population growth have on other socioeconomic issues such as mass transit system and transportation, employment, education, affordable housing, conservation and natural resources, social services and the criminal justice system? How does San Antonio stay special?

June: Soup’s On!, Volunteer Opportunities, and Community Partners

The Writer's Garret

June 30: Soup’s On! A Stone Soup Reading Showcase: Trish Callahan, Reverie Evolving, & Cynthia Stock Soup’s On! Deep Vellum Books 3000 Commerce St June 30 | 1-3pm   Join us for our summer installation of Soup’s On!, a reading showcase for the writers of Stone Soup Peer Critique groups, featuring the talents of Trish Callahan, Reverie Evolving, and Cynthia Stock. Hosted by Emmy… Read more »

Design your annual budget

San Antonio Area Foundation

Use your budget as a planning tool to reach short and long-term financial goals. Take our Budget Basics workshop on Thursday, June 14, to learn how you can create an effective budget process that aligns with your programs and mission. An annual budget is a planning tool that helps nonprofit organizations develop short-term financial plans to reflect and reach long-term financial goals related to… Read more »

NEW! CDC-RFA-DP18-1813: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) – Applications for Funding DUE July 16, 2018

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC announces the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP18-1813: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). This five-year program will provide funding to communities to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease (i.e., hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity). The tools to… Read more »

Kaiser Permanente Investing $200 Million to Address Housing Instability, Improve Health

Kaiser Permanente

Every day, more than 550,000 people in the United States are affected by housing instability and homelessness. Recognizing the impact housing status has on health, Kaiser Permanente announced an impact investment of $200 million and is teaming up with mayors and CEOs nationwide to reduce homelessness and housing instability. The health system’s initial focus will be on preventing displacement or homelessness of lower- and… Read more »

Texas awards millions for community mental health

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Kelli Weldon

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding up to $15 million in grant funds to 31 governmental entities and nonprofit organizations located across the state to provide mental health services to communities. In 2017, Rep. Four Price’s House Bill 13 established HHSC’s Community Mental Health Grant Program and provides $30 million in state funds over the 2018-19 biennium to be matched by… Read more »

Mental Health Headlines: What we can do for our kids following the Santa Fe, Texas shooting

Hogg Foundation

The Hogg Foundation offers its deepest condolences to those impacted by the shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, and for the lives lost. Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, and administrators of Santa Fe High School and their families. We share the broader public’s bewilderment and frustration that these mass shooting incidents have become so common. It is important that we avoid either… Read more »

GCBO’s Bird of the Month

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

GCBO’s Bird of the Month: May Common Pauraque   The common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) is a common year-round resident in South Texas and one of the special birds that can only be seen within Texas in the ABA area. They are found predominantly south of a line from Port O’Connor to San Antonio to Del Rio with a only few records north of this line… Read more »

Exhibitions Opening and Public Programs

Lawndale Art Center

Exhibitions Opening Opening Reception: May 25, 2018  6 – 8 PM Join the event on Facebook! 2018 Artist Studio Program Exhibition featuring Regina Agu, Shannon Crider, and htx people project: In Real Life May 25 – July 29, 2018 John M. O’Quinn Gallery     This annual exhibition showcases the work of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program participants. The Artist Studio Program is a nine-month… Read more »

APPLICATION NOW OPEN: 2018 Texas Health Champion Award

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

The Texas Health Champion Award is presented to public health leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and/or raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. Nominees considered for the award may be individuals, organizations, or project teams from community organizations, educational agencies, non-profit organizations, or government offices.  The 2018 Texas Health Champion Award will be presented at the 11th Annual Texas Health Champion… Read more »

New Study Finds U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations Aligned in Concern over Tax Law

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

A majority of U.S. nonprofit and foundation leaders are concerned about a potential decrease in charitable giving in the wake of tax legislation passed by Congress late last year, a new study released today by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) reveals.