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 »

OneVo!ceHome: Human Trafficking is the Exclamation Point to Modern Day Injustice – learn what one committed community in West Texas is doing to “break the silence”

Jacqueline Beretta & OneVo!ceHome

Did you know that every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery? Or that there are 48.8M slaves in the world today? 22% are sex slaves. And I’m embarrassed to say that Texas is ranked #2 in the nation for the most reported human trafficking cases. The average age an American girl enters the sex trade is 13. And shockingly, 400 trafficked, underage teens work the streets of Dallas each night. And finally, there are illegal massage business working trafficked girls by schools and even in our wealthiest neighborhoods . . . think about it.

New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills

Episcopal Health Foundation & Kaiser Family Foundation

Affording health care ranks at the top of Texans’ financial concerns, with more than half (55%) say it is difficult for them and their families to afford health care, including a quarter (25%) who say it is “very difficult,” finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll of Texas residents. Fewer report difficulties affording other basic necessities, including rent or mortgage, monthly utilities,… Read more »

Hey Dallas People Under 40 – Nominations Open for 2018 Good Works Under 40 Award

Dallas Foundation

Nominations for The Dallas Foundation’s ninth annual Good Works Under 40 Award (GWU40) are now open. In partnership with The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Foundation is searching for the most committed and passionate change-makers in North Texas under the age of 40. The grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to his or her charity of choice, and the next four finalists will… Read more »

Important Updates From Children at Risk

Children at Risk

“If we truly hold family values dear, if we sincerely believe that children belong with their parents, and if freedom matters, we must end the zero-tolerance policy.” -Yael Ross Director, Center for New American Children     CENTER FOR NEW AMERICAN CHILDREN   This April, CHILDREN AT RISK launched its Center for New American Children and Education (CNAC). New American Children include:   Documented… Read more »

Do you know about the Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) – the bird that skims the air on our Texas coastline?

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) is an uncommon to common resident along the Texas coastline with fewer birds present during the winter. They tend to stay within 50 miles of the coastline and the majority of records further inland are associated with tropical systems. Although they are predominantly a coastal species, they are frequently seen in the South Texas Brush Country and small populations have existed… Read more »