Register Now For Our School Re-segregation Summit!

Children at Risk

The Texas Family Leadership Council Presents….   Register Now for The Re-Segregation of American Schools Summit! WHEN: August 26th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CT WHERE: Zoom Webinar COST: $25 Early Bird Registration- Use the Discount Code: EARLYBIRD $35 Late Registration   More than 60 years after Brown v Board of Education, school segregation is once again on the rise. Sponsored by Shell,… Read more »

The COVID-19 Eviction Crisis: an Estimated 30-40 Million People in America Are at Risk – In Texas – at least 1,154,000 at risk

The Aspen Institute - EMILY BENFER, DAVID BLOOM ROBINSON, STACY BUTLER, LAVAR EDMONDS, SAM GILMAN, KATHERINE LUCAS MCKAY, ZACH NEUMANN, LISA OWENS, NEIL STEINKAMP & DIANE YENTEL

The United States may be facing the most severe housing crisis in its history. According to the latest analysis of weekly US Census data, as federal, state, and local protections and resources expire and in the absence of robust and swift intervention, an estimated 30–40 million people in America could be at risk of eviction in the next several months. Many property owners, who… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Texas Department of State Health Services Funding Information Center

Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce Deadline Extension for Medicaid, CHIP Providers to Apply for Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced that the federal government has further extended the deadline to apply for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The deadline has now been extended to Aug. 28, 2020 for Medicaid and CHIP providers as… Read more »

The Caring Place Forklift Replaced by Generous Donor. Will This Gift Spark More Giving?

The Caring Place

Last week The Caring Place announced damage to its fence and forklift.  After this announcement, a new forklift was purchased by generous donors who now hope their gift can inspire more giving. Therese Verdonk-Vertruyen has been a volunteer at The Caring Place since 2014.  She has volunteered at The Caring Place as a pricer in various departments, merchandiser, customer assistant and as a receiver… Read more »

The Great Youth Sports Divide – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – August 2020

San Antonio Sports

The Great Youth Sports Divide   The Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan organization that gathers diverse thought leaders, scholars and members of the public to address complex problems and provoke, further and improve actions taken in the real world. In 2019, they issued a State of Play report updating how well stakeholders are serving all children, regardless of zip code or ability. Among their… Read more »

New funding opportunity: Community Solutions for Health Equity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Often, the people affected most by health care policy never get a voice in the conversation. Community members understand the issues that affect them, but racism and bias, often by design, can leave them out of important policy decisions and prevent their health care needs from being prioritized. With Community Solutions for Health Equity , RWJF seeks to make local health care systems more… Read more »

Most Americans Say State Governments Have Lifted COVID-19 Restrictions Too Quickly – More attribute the rise in coronavirus cases to new infections, not just more testing

Pew Research Center

As a growing number of states grapple with a rise in coronavirus cases, a sizable majority of U.S. adults (69%) say their greater concern is that state governments have been lifting restrictions on public activity too quickly. Fewer than half as many, just 30%, say their bigger concern is that states have been too slow to lift the restrictions. These views are similar to… Read more »

Mabee Foundation Makes Closing Gift for Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston Renovation Project

Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Midland, Texas, has made the closing gift in the renovation phase of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Meals and More capital campaign. The campaign began in summer 2018, when Interfaith Ministries had the unique opportunity to purchase a building adjacent to its Midtown Houston campus that would allow the organization to… Read more »

Keeping San Antonio’s Homeless Safe in the Summer Heat

SAMMinistries Homeless Prevention Services

    Friend the brutal summer heat continues to beat down as more of our neighbors are being forced to the streets. You gift can help them stay safely in their homes, even as the eviction protections end.   With days peaking at or near 100°, heat-related illness threatens those on the streets.   Lisa worked full-time as a bus driver, supporting herself and 5… Read more »

Makes me want to cry. While a small percentage are receiving 2/3 of total benefits, jobs are disappearing, Covid-19 is spreading, and Texas state politicians are planning on cutting funding for women’s health, Early childhood Interventions, health insurance, SNAP food stamps, and so on . . .

Texans Care for Children

Texas families are hurting. Jobs are disappearing. Our uninsured rate is rising. Our mental health is suffering. COVID-19 is spreading. Yet state leaders are considering making things even worse by cutting women’s health, Early Childhood Intervention, and support for signing kids up for health insurance and SNAP food stamps. We need to fight back.

New research indicates major effect COVID-19 has had on crime

Texas State University

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the United States in unprecedented ways, including significant declines in the crime rate. New research, conducted in part by Marcus Felson, professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University, indicates that data may afford researchers the opportunity to reexamine crime theory, because government stay-at-home orders produced a natural experiment. In addition, re-opening bars and nightclubs produces a second experiment.

Gear Up for Game Wardens Tops $1.4 Million!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s Gear Up for Game Wardens program has raised more than $1.4 million since the program launched in 2017. Thanks to you, Texas Game Wardens are better equipped to meet the needs of Texans, especially in times of natural disasters like the recent hurricane that tore through South Texas. To date, more than one thousand donations have been made from… Read more »

The Moody Foundation awarded $250,000 to Hidalgo County to support first responders and frontline workers and to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE)

Moody Foundation

“We know that our friends in South Texas have been hit by unprecedented hardships,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation. “First responders and frontline workers are making tremendous sacrifices to serve their community, and it is our honor to aid their heroic efforts and to provide PPE to keep them safe.”

The Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Transformation of the U.S. Food System to Address the Hunger and Nutrition Crisis

The Rockefeller Foundation

With levels of hunger and nutrition insecurity exploding during the pandemic and resulting economic downturn, The Rockefeller Foundation today issued a call to action to transform the U.S. food system to meet immediate needs while also putting in motion the systemic shifts necessary to make the food system more resilient, nourishing, sustainable and equitable in the long-run. Among the immediate steps called for by… Read more »

While the arts sector was effective in securing PPP loans, the $1.8 billion received by 9,917 nonprofit arts organizations severely lags its $9.1 billion in pandemic losses

Americans for the Arts

The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. Nationally, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $9.1 billion as of July 13, 2020. 96% of organizations have cancelled events since the onset of the pandemic—many well in to 2021—resulting in a loss of 327 million admissions. 62% of artists have become unemployed. On March 27, 2020, Congress passed… Read more »

Half a million fewer children? The coming COVID baby bust

Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip B. Levine - Brookings Institution

The COVID-19 episode will likely lead to a large, lasting baby bust. The pandemic has thrust the country into an economic recession. Economic reasoning and past evidence suggest that this will lead people to have fewer children. The decline in births could be on the order of 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births next year. We base this expectation on lessons drawn from economic studies… Read more »

Richard Castro donates $100,000 to Texas State University scholarship fund

Texas State University

El Paso businessman and Texas State University Distinguished Alumnus Richard Castro has donated $100,000 to the university’s Bobcats to Bobcats scholarship fund to support students financially impacted by the coronavirus who enroll in the fall 2020 semester. The university created the Bobcats to Bobcats scholarship fund with a goal of providing $1 million to help students pay for tuition and fees as they continue… Read more »

Research Finds Plastic Flows Into the Ocean Expected to Triple by 2040—but Immediate Action Could Stem Tide by More Than 80%

Pew Charitable Trusts

Although progress has been made in addressing the global plastic challenge, the report finds that current commitments by government and industry will reduce the amount of plastic flowing into the ocean only by 7 per cent by 2040.

In the Time of Coronavirus: How many eligible nonprofits benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program?

Jeff Williams - Johnson Center for Philanthropy

In July 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released dozens of summary data files about organizations — nonprofit and for-profit — that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Up to $669 billion in loans was made available through an application process for all entities with 500 or fewer employees (or that met other, more… Read more »