Texas State researchers see landowners as key to saving Houston toad, other endangered species

Texas State University

Researchers in the Department of Biology at Texas State University have teamed with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to identify the most effective ways to recruit private landowners to save the critically endangered Houston toad, and by extension, the integrity of East Texas prairie ecosystems. Led by Assistant Professor Chris Serenari, principal investigator of the Human Dimensions Lab, Texas State researchers are… Read more »

2019 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame Inductees to be honored at Fort Worth Event

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) will honor Lee and Ramona Bass at the 2019 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame event on April 11 at the Fort Worth Zoo. The two are being recognized for their decades of conservation efforts in Texas and beyond. “We’re pleased to celebrate Lee and Ramona Bass,” said Mike Greene, chair of TPWF’s board of trustees. “Ramona and Lee… Read more »

Central Texas Companies Increased Charitable Giving Last Year: Rodman Report

Rodman & Associates

An annual survey of Central Texascompanies found most have charitable giving budgets, and a large percentage increased their donations of funds and employee volunteer hours last year. The 2019 Rodman Report details those and other results from the Survey of Corporate Giving, compiling anonymous responses from local businesses of all sizes and industries. Conducted by Austin-based philanthropic advisors Rodman & Associates, the study marked… Read more »

Mostly Native Plant Sale, Summer Camp, BexarFest Win and Lende Lecture

Cibolo Nature Center & Farm

 Last Satuday was our 2nd Annual Lende Lecture and it was a huge success. We got to see lots of our friends come together to learn about a critical issue facing Texas: water.  Here is Dr. Andrew Sansom’s lecture in full, including introductions by Mayor Elect Tim Handren, Candace Andrews of the Cibolo Preserve, and our founder and CEO Carolyn Chipman Evans.      … Read more »

Shumla on the road again . . .

Shumla Archeological Center

    APRIL 2019   On the Road Again…   This month our office chairs and hiking boots were abandoned for podiums and dress shoes as Shumla team members presented in Orlando, Austin and Albuquerque.     ORLANDO Dr. Karen Steelman presented at the American Chemical Society Meeting and was selected as a “Must See” Speaker among thousands of presenters.     AUSTIN Executive… Read more »

Communities Foundation of Texas and Southern Methodist University Present Professional Seminar with Tax Expert Professor Samuel A. Donaldson Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Communities Foundation of Texas and Southern Methodist University

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) and Southern Methodist University (SMU) are hosting their annual seminar for professional advisors, estate attorneys, CPAs and wealth planners to develop specific strategies to integrate philanthropy into their practices. Professor Samuel A. Donaldson of Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, will discuss major provisions from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as well as a recap of… Read more »

Wells Fargo Donated $13.4 Million to Support Texas Nonprofits in 2018

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo announced the company donated more than $13 million through 875 grants to local nonprofits, schools and community organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of Texas. Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of collaboration with local nonprofits and community leaders to make a positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable housing, education, small business… Read more »

Moody Gardens Opens Reefer Lab on 4/20

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens wants you to be a reefer starting 4/20. Now that we have your attention, an international effort is underway to increase awareness and combat a disease that is rapidly killing the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Moody Gardens’ new Coral Rescue Lab will be used to propagate coral as it focuses on species being impacted… Read more »

BREAKING: UH meets $1B ‘Here, We Go’ campaign goal, will continue to 2020

Greg Fails - The Cougar

The University of Houston System announced Thursday during a Board of Regents meeting held in Clear Lake that it had reached the $1 billion goal of the “Here, We Go” fundraising campaign 18 months ahead of the anticipated 2020 completion date. The fundraising campaign — which has garnered $1.003 billion for UH from more than 178,000 donors thus far — began quietly in 2012… Read more »

The “Oh Wow!” Factor of the Before and After

Carole Little

I don’t know about you, but I love watching shows that transition “ho-hum” people, places and things into something more attractive, unique, and desirable by giving them the “Oh Wow” factor. The experts seem to breathe new life into run down properties, outdated styles, and flea market junk. They listen to understand what people want or need, agree on the budget, then create a shared vision and plan of what might be, and once everyone is in agreement, the transformation begins.

Can we save our fresh water supply?

Pew Charitable Trust

In anticipation of World Water Day this Friday, we’ve convened top H2O experts for fresh insights in our Trend magazine. As this finite resource becomes increasingly limited, some see Earth’s glass as half empty—but science provides hope. The world’s wet regions are getting wetter and its dry areas drier—and much more quickly than previously thought, NASA satellite data show. Scientists predict over half of humanity will live in water-stressed areas by 2025.

Kathy Muldoon, CFP®, to receive award for commitment to community and to teaching others the art of philanthropic leadership

Communities Foundation of Texas

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announces that financial planner Kathy Muldoon, CFP®, senior vice president of Carter Financial Management, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Vester Hughes Award, which was established in 2017 to honor individuals who most embody the spirit of the late, respected tax lawyer, Vester T. Hughes, Jr. Donors often take a personal approach to charitable giving, but… Read more »

Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation bestows annual philanthropy award

SIR Foundation

The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation presented this year’s Frederick S. Keller, M.D., Philanthropy Award to John Abele, FSIR at the foundation’s annual Gala on March 24, held in conjunction with the Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin. The Frederick S. Keller, M.D., Philanthropy Award honors an individual who, through exceptional generosity and through inspiring others to give, demonstrates outstanding… Read more »

St. David’s Foundation To Present $1M In Matching Funds

St. David's Foundation

The St. David’s Foundation will present $1 million in matching funds to 72 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners that participated in Amplify Austin Day 2019, officials announced. The annual luncheon takes place on Wednesday, March 27, at noon CT at Austin’s Mercury Hall. Grant partners raised more than $4.5 million during the 24-hour period which took place this year from Feb. 28 to… Read more »

Partnerships That Matter

Carole Little

If you saw attorneys working with patients while you were waiting to see your doctor, what would you think? Historically, the most common interaction between attorneys and physicians is when there’s a lawsuit either against the facility or the physician.

People’s Community Clinic in Austin, Texas is reversing that perception by modeling a recent trend found in public clinics across the country by establishing an in-house Medical/Legal Partnership (MLP) to address the legal determinants of health.

Funding News and Grant Tips

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Reminder: FY18 Uncompensated Trauma Care Funding Applications Due Tomorrow http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al30-3-2.aspx#A   Online Giving Increased 1.2 Percent in 2018 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al30-3-2.aspx#B   Nonprofits Missing Out on Social Media Connections http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al30-3-2.aspx#C     Public Funding Opportunities   2019 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC): CDC-RFA-CK19-1904 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al30-3-2.aspx#D Implementing Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Tourette Syndrome… Read more »