The Writer’s Garret Spring Open House

The Writer's Garret

You’re invited to kick off the new year with The Writer’s Garret! Join us on Saturday, January 26th, 1pm-4pm, as we celebrate the goals we’ve accomplished in 2018 and preview the exciting new projects that lie ahead this year for WINS, Rail Writers, Write to Heal, spring workshops, and more. Join us for live music, readings, drinks, and refreshments! Free & Open to the Public! 1250… Read more »

Life Review Did you know? People over 70 are still developing!

Tom Ahern

According to David Solie, a psychologist specializing in geriatric medicine, elderly people are on “a journey” unrecognized by most others, including their children and professional caregivers. Unrecognized is the part that breaks my heart. “Many of us look at members of our parents’ generation and see a diminished version of the vibrant people we once knew,” he writes in his book, How to Say It to Seniors.[1] “Surely they aren’t developing anymore, because we can see them declining right before our eyes.”

The Opportunities The New Year Holds for Nonprofits

Nell Edgington

The beginning of a new year is usually, for me at least, a time of mixed emotions. I’m excited about the new experiences that wait around the corner, but fearful of the unknown that also lurks there. A new year by definition brings change, and that can be exciting, but it can also be scary. But this year I feel differently. As I grow… Read more »

Bring this to Texas: Youth Take Constitutional Climate Lawsuit to the Alaska Supreme Court

Our Children’s Trust​​

Today, 16 young Alaskans filed their ​notice of appeal​ with the Alaska Supreme Court in their constitutional climate lawsuit, ​Sinnok v. State of Alaska​. The appeal comes just six days after the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which reports in its ​Alaska chapter​ that climate change is already dangerously impacting the state. On October 30, Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller for the… Read more »

New CEP research digs into how foundations understand and share what works

Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

New research released today from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) finds that while the majority of foundation CEOs believe they understand well what is working in their programmatic efforts, more than 40 percent believe their foundation is not investing enough time and money in developing that understanding. The report, titled Understanding & Sharing What Works: The State of Foundation Practice, also finds that… Read more »

Enroll in self-paced program to earn a certificate in Nonprofit Management

San Antonio Area Foundation and Our Lady of the Lake University’s (OLLU) School of Business

Sign up today for our Nonprofit Management Certificate program. This self-paced program can be completed in one year. You will have the option to earn a non-academic certificate in one or more of the following tracks: General nonprofit management Fundraising Leadership development The program is made possible through a partnership between the Area Foundation and Our Lady of the Lake University’s (OLLU) School of… Read more »

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) today announced the start of a planning process for a regional arts preparedness and recovery system

Galveston Historical Foundation

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) today announced the start of a planning process for a regional arts preparedness and recovery system. With input from the larger arts and culture community and with grants from Houston Endowment, HAA and GHF will create coordinated programs to help arts and cultural organizations and individual artists in the ten-county region prepare for the next… Read more »

Breaking the Nonprofit Financial Glass Ceiling

Nell Edgington

The fact is that a financial glass ceiling exists for nonprofits — a limit, which many nonprofits hit, where the money just won’t grow. They may have a great solution to a social problem, but they are unable to attract the money necessary to deliver on that solution. I see this all the time in my consulting practice. A nonprofit has existed at a certain budget level — let’s say $1.5 million — for years and years, and though they have big ideas for how much more they could be doing, they just can’t seem to get past that $1.5 million mark.

Golfers in bad pants raised over $500k for babies at TexasChildren’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women

Golfers wore their baddest pants, played their best golf and raised more than $500,000 for Texas Children’s Newborn Center at the Clubs of Kingwood last week. The Bad Pants Open, an annual golf tournament now in its 21st year, has raised more than $6.5 million over the last two decades to support continued innovation and excellence in the research, treatment and care of critically-ill… Read more »

$11 Million to Address Well-Being for Children of Color in Greater Houston

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

“This initiative exemplifies a strong health equity focus,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation. “For us, equity means two things: first, inclusion of all members of the community, not as a client population but as leaders and guiding voices; and second, a widened focus that includes whole community transformation as much as individual well-being.” The Hogg Foundation invites… Read more »

LEAF Summer Behind and RAKE IN the Fall

Project MEND

Never fear, Autumn is here!   “Leaf” behind summer and “rake in” our fall news!   In this issue of Did We MENDtion?: Don’t forget to Fall Back on November 4th; exciting news on the future of Project MEND; a veteran regaining his mobility; a recap of our 6th Annual Toast of the Town Gala; and a grandpa who gets to remain active with… Read more »

This November: Solana d’Lamant memorial, publishing tips, FREE poetry workshops for DISD, and more

The Writer's Garret

 November is a time to reflect on the things we hold dear. At The Writer’s Garret this month, we honor the memory of a dear poet and friend, give the gift of poetry to Dallas children, and celebrating new chances to write with you. November means FREE poetry workshops for YOUR Dallas ISD school! The Dallas Public Library’s annual Express Yourself Youth Poetry Competition… Read more »

November 2018 Exhibitions and Public Programs in Houston

Lawndale

Lawndale Lending Library Pop-Up Exhibition BRAVERY IS CONTAGIOUSby Sarah Fisher Yours, Mine, and Ours: Selections from the Lawndale Lending Library Collaboration with Houston Community College – Central Monday, October 29 – Friday, November 9, 2018HCC Central Campus Art Gallery (3517 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77004)   Reception Thursday, November 1 6 – 8 PM Join the event on Facebook!   Get a sneak preview of the… Read more »

$11M FOR COMMUNITIES OF CARE

Hogg Foundation

The Hogg Foundation’s new Communities of Care initiative supports communities in their efforts to inclusively and collaboratively cultivate resiliency, mental health and well-being in everyday life for all members of the community, with a focus on children and youth of color and their families in the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The foundation will award up to 12 five-year grants totaling $8 million to existing collaboratives in the Houston MSA. Proposed… Read more »

Get your tickets for one of Dallas’ best holiday concerts!

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas

FALL INTO WINTER featuring members of Dallas Bach Society   November 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center     Single tickets are now available!   Part of the Deloitte concert series, CCGD’s ‘Fall into Winter’ will feature music of the Renaissance and Baroque time periods, as well as many traditional holiday favorites. In addition to the music of J. S.… Read more »

Surprise $100,000 From Reliant Helps Read Fort Worth Improve Literacy Among Third Grade Students

Reliant

Research shows 75 percent of third graders who struggle with reading never catch up, drastically increasing their chances of dropping out of high school. But one North Texas nonprofit, Read Fort Worth, is on a mission to improve early childhood literacy and ensure all Fort Worth ISD third graders are reading on grade level by 2025. Their efforts got a major boost today when… Read more »

Nearly One in Six Young People Nationwide Has Obesity, New Data Show

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Nationwide, 15.8 percent of young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to the newest national data released today. Mississippi has the highest youth obesity rate, at 26.1 percent, while Utah has the lowest, at 8.7 percent. Texas is 7th. UGH. The data and analysis were released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They come from the 2016 and 2017 National Survey… Read more »

Why Don’t We Make Big Bets On Nonprofits?

Nell Edgington

One of the Giving Pledge philanthropists and co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, recently died. But at his death he was worth more than he was when he signed the Giving Pledge, a pledge that 186 of the wealthiest philanthropists have made to give away half of their net worth before they die.

This inspired Alana Semuels, writing in the Atlantic, to ask whether the Giving Pledge is realistic. When Allen signed the Pledge in 2010 he was worth $13.5 billion, when he died he was worth $20 billion. So despite the fact that he made many large donations to nonprofits during that time, he dramatically failed to meet his pledge.

Global Leaders Call for Urgent Acceleration of Climate Adaptation Solutions

Global Center on Adaptation and World Resources Institute.

On the heels of one of the deadliest summers of climate-related weather disasters affecting countries all over the world, an unprecedented gathering of global leaders today launched the new Global Commission on Adaptation to catalyze a global movement to bring scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions. The Global Commission on Adaptation is led by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Bill… Read more »