Dipp Metzger Makes Generous Donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas

Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas

Lizzie Dipp Metzger is proud to give back to her community by supporting foundations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. In 2017, she committed to a pledge of $25,000 which will be fulfilled over 5 years. A firm believer in the mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation, “Together, we create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses,” Dipp Metzger intends to continue supporting… Read more »

Rivals United with 20M each: Transformative Gifts Establish the J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at Both UT and Texas A&M

UT News - University of Texas at Austin

In a rare occurrence and an extraordinary act of philanthropy, The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University each received $20 million gifts from J. Mike Walker to support their Departments of Mechanical Engineering. Walker is an alumnus of both schools and the co-founder of Dril-Quip. In honor of his generous donations, both departments have been officially renamed to the J. Mike… Read more »

UPCOMING: Difficult Dialogues Public Forum on the Environment with Dr. Eric Klinenberg (10/16)

Humanities Institute - The University of Texas at Austin

  RSVP Humanities Institute / Planet Texas 2050 Fall 2018 Difficult Dialogues Public Forum on the Environment Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Klinenberg, “Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality” The University of Texas Humanities Institute and Planet Texas 2050 will hold a Difficult Dialogues public panel on “Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality,”featuring Eric Klinenberg, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for… Read more »

Ekphrasis: Poetic Response to Visual Art

The Writer's Garret

Ekphrasis, or responding to visual art in poetry, is an important literary tradition. This workshop will explore as ekphrasis as a tool to discovery and increased poetic skill. Come prepared to generate work in response to visual art on display in the ArtSpace gallery. This workshop is suitable for all poets at all levels of experience. Instructor: Logen CureTuition: Early Registration $50 (Both members… Read more »

900K NIJ grant aims to improve forensic dental age estimates of youth

Texas State University

Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, has received a National Institute of Justice award to improve the accuracy of age estimates for unidentified remains of children and adolescents. The project titled, “Investigation of subadult dental age-at-death estimation using transitional analysis and machine learning methods,” was funded for approximately $900,000. Joseph Hefner, an assistant professor in the Department of… Read more »

Mathematics researchers land 300K NFS grant to study proof-based courses

Texas State University

A team of researchers from the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University has received a National Science Foundation grant to study the instructor and student activity involved in promoting productive discussions in proof-based courses. The three year project titled, “Orchestrating Discussion Around Proof (ODAP),” was funded for approximately $300,000. The Texas State team consists of Kate Melhuish, principal investigator, Robert Sigley, co-PI, and Kristen Lew, co-PI.… Read more »

North Texas Giving Day brings in a mind-boggling $48 million for charities

Holly Haber - Dallas News

The 18-hour online fundraiser generated a mind-boggling $48 million for area charities, according to organizer Communities Foundation of Texas. That’s a 20 percent leap over last year’s remarkable $39 million. Read more at https://www.dallasnews.com/business/philanthropy/2018/09/21/north-texas-giving-day-brings-mind-boggling-47-million-charities Article Author: Holly Haber – Dallas News

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America By Kevin T. Karlson

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Join us at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Friday Oct 5th, as renowned nature photographer Kevin Karlson presents a visually stunning program reflecting the mood and content of Birds of Prey by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).   The presentation runs from 7:30-8:30 pm. A $5 donation suggested for admittance. Kevin will be available to sign copies of his book following… Read more »

You’re Invited: 2018 Parent Action Guide Release in Fort Worth and Dallas

Children at Risk

  Join CHILDREN AT RISK as we celebrate the release of our 2018 Parent Action Guide, a Texas School Guide publication. Our Parent Action Guides help parents navigate our complex public education system and empower families to succeed.   Guests will receive our latest parent engagement materials, learn about recent regional school performance trends, and hear from local parent advocates.   Seats are limited,… Read more »

Texas State endowment achieves milestone, exceeds $200 million

Texas State University

The Total University Endowment at Texas State University has surpassed $200 million President Denise M. Trauth announced during the annual Convocation on August 24. The milestone was achieved in May of this year, spurred by a series of gifts to the university. “Endowment funds help us attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty, expand our academic programs and pursue research activities,”… Read more »

New Funding Opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

As a myriad of health risks are associated with sugary drink consumption, strategies to help young children build healthy beverage habits need to be implemented in all of the places they spend time. Crucial to this effort is a strong body of evidence that shows the best approaches and policies to help families make healthy drink choices. Healthy Eating Research, an RWJF national research… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   International Giving by U.S. Foundations Grew 29 Percent Between 2011-2015 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-8-4.aspx#A   Foundation Investment Returns Rose Significantly in 2017 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-8-4.aspx#B   Only Half of Younger Staff Think Their Foundation’s Work Is Relevant http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-8-4.aspx#C     Public Funding Opportunities   Collaborative Action Program to Reduce Liver Cancer Mortality in Texas: Collaborative Action Center Award: RFA R-19.2-CAP:CAC http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-8-4.aspx#D Collaborative Action… Read more »

Houston Arts Alliance to Oversee Initiative to Help Harvey-ImpactedArts & Cultural Community

Houston Arts Alliance

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is continuing of a series of workshops to foster disaster resilience for arts, cultural, and historical organizations in the Greater Houston area. Led by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, HAA’s workshops will help studios, galleries, theatres, as well as independent visual and performing artists, learn how to be more ready and resilient for the next disaster. A… Read more »

Mission and job satisfaction give nonprofits an edge over for-profit companies in attracting and retaining talent

TIAA

A new TIAA survey finds three out of four employees and eight in ten managers choose to work at their nonprofit organizations – and stay there for years – because they’re committed to making a difference in people’s lives. The Nonprofit Survey, conducted as part of TIAA’s 100-year anniversary and the TIAA Difference Maker 100 program, also found that nonprofit employees and managers are… Read more »

Patterns of Giving by the Wealthy

Urban Institute

While almost all wealthy individuals make charitable contributions during their lifetimes, most fail to make charitable gifts when they die. But when they do, these contributions are, on average, many times larger than the gifts they gave over their last few years of life, even though earlier giving would have almost always reduced their total tax burden. In this study, we use a file of estate tax returns matched to income tax returns to analyze charitable giving by wealthy individuals at the time of their death (2007) compared with giving over their last five years of life (2002–06).

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You Can Provide Safety & Security For Families That Suffer The Unexpected

SamMinistries

The unexpected can happen to any one of us. Your support fuels our mission and helps 400 families a day find a safe place to call home. For 35 years, we’ve been helping San Antonio families find the safety and security they need when the unexpected happens. We’re celebrating those 35 years with a 35-hour challenge. Friends like you can help by sending your… Read more »

Introducing the Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management in Austin

Austin Center for Nonprofit Studies

The Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management is a comprehensive and systematic learning opportunity, covering the tools, frameworks and concepts necessary for effective nonprofit financial management. Especially useful for: Current financial management staff seeking further education or a refresher; Aspiring professionals seeking competence and professional opportunities in this area; Program staff seeking understanding of this critical organizational function; Individuals looking to make a career change… Read more »

A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Congress Still Hasn’t Improved U.S. Flood Policy

Pew

In the year since Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and other Gulf Coast states, leaving 89 people dead and causing more than $125 billion in damage, many communities in the region have made strides to both recover from Harvey’s unprecedented flooding and prepare for the next storm. Unfortunately, much-needed action hasn’t occurred at the federal level: When it comes to pre-disaster flood policy, Congress has… Read more »