Speaker Joe Straus to deliver keynote at Texas State commencement

Texas State University

Joe Straus, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, will serve as the keynote speaker during commencement at Texas State University on May 12. There are more than 5,000 candidates for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Texas State this spring, the largest in school history. Straus will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony May 12, to be attended by degree candidates from the… Read more »

Know a young person doing amazing things in obesity prevention? Nominate them for a Rising Star Award!

Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

Sponsored by a coalition of professional health organizations as a part of the annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week and the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony, the Rising Star Award will be presented to young Texans who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in his or her community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of obesity.    Award selection criteria and more information is… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   New CPRIT Award Targets Early-Stage Oncology Startup Companies http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-2.aspx#A   Philanthropy Is Booming, But Foundations Mostly Isolated http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-2.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   BRAIN Initiative: Development and Validation of Novel Tools to Probe Cell-Specific and Circuit-Specific Processes in the Brain (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): RFA-MH-19-136 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-2.aspx#C   Catalyzing Innovation in Late Phase Clinical Trial Design and… Read more »

‘Sergeant Segway’ Becomes Newest Goodwill Ambassador at Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island

Now open for the summer season, new Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park earned the Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association for cutting-edge design and revolutionary waterproof wheelchairs. In addition, readers of USA Today voted Morgan’s Inspiration Island as best new water attraction of 2017 in the newspaper’s 10Best competition.

Foundation for SETX Announces 2018 Grant Recipients

Foundation for Southeast Texas

The Foundation for Southeast Texas awarded a total of $135,000 to 49 nonprofit organizations in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties today.  The grants range from $750 to over $7000.  The Foundation received valid applications from over 100 organizations. The Grants Committee reviewed each application and made recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval. “In its eighteenth year of awarding competitive grants, the… Read more »

Grant applications available now for second round of Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery fund

Foundation for Southeast Texas

The Foundation for Southeast Texas released applications Wednesday for the second round of funding to assist established relief organizations through the Golden Pass Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Nonprofits and government organizations in Orange, Jefferson and Hardin counties are encouraged to apply for funding to support hurricane recovery and mitigation efforts before the May 15 deadline. Projects providing support in disaster mitigation infrastructure, school materials… Read more »

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute

The University of Texas

The Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin through the following endowments: the Holloway Centennial Lectureship, the Hoffman Centennial Lectureship, the Kidd Centennial Lectureship, and the Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies Endowment. Additional support comes from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and the Dell Medical School.

$1.3 Million Awarded to Train Mental Health Policy Fellows and Peer Policy Fellows in Texas

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellows initiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional staff to help move their missions forward. In 2016, the initiative was expanded with the launch of the Peer Policy Fellows program to create opportunities for certified peer specialists—people in recovery from lived mental health and/or substance use experience. This component of the initiative increases the role and voice of peers in mental health policy development and implementation and builds peer capacity to effectively engage in advocacy. Each fellow is provided with an experienced mentor. Both fellows and mentors attend the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy, coordinated by Texans Care for Children. The academy provides training on legislative processes, mental health systems, and issue areas, as well as offering an enriching network for the fellows, mentors and others involved in mental health advocacy work in Texas. The 2018 Policy Fellow grant recipients are: Corporation for Supportive Housing National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas Texas Casa, Inc. United Way for Greater Austin United Ways of Texas The 2018 Peer Policy Fellow grant recipients are: Grassroots Leadership Jail Project of Texas RecoveryPeople San Antonio Clubhouse Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Contact the grantees directly for information on these fellowship positions.

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellowsinitiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional… Read more »

Save the Date for Theatre Under The Stars Leading Ladies Luncheon

Theatre Under the Stars

Join us for the Rock the House Leading Ladies Luncheon on Thursday, May 24 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts! RSVP by emailing Donna Nisenson at donna@tuts.com. Leading Ladies is a group of dynamic women with a shared passion for musical theatre and commitment to Theatre Under The Stars’ Education and Community Engagement efforts through volunteering, fundraising, and exclusive TUTS events. Leading… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Is your organization using sports in innovative and collaborative ways to make communities healthier places to live? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award recognizes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to help people achieve health and well-being, especially those who are facing the greatest challenges. If your organization is helping children maintain a healthy weight, creating safe play environments, eliminating… Read more »

Go birding in Mexico with GCBO in the fall of 2018

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Oaxaca, Mexico in September 2018 Veracruz, Mexico in October 2018 Duluth, Minnesota in January 2019   We will be in pursuit of so many incredible birds as we partner with expert tour leaders to ensure the best experience possible.   Come chase exotic raptors in Veracruz with Bill Clark, one of the leading authorities on raptors, and Martin Hagne, GCBO’s Executive Director.    Find… Read more »

Why profitable fundraising communications are the work of specialists, not generalists … and why a standard-issue, untrained university marcomms department will almost certainly fail to deliver strong results when given a fundraising assignment which depends on an effective call to action

Tom Ahern

This just in: A fundraising copywriter at a prestigious university now faces a change in her chain of command. The university’s new brooms don’t see why fundraising should have its own dedicated writer. In an org. chart maneuver that absolutely makes sense on paper, they want her to go back into the pool, to work inside the marketing communications group (a.k.a., marcomms). She asked… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips Updated Guide Helps Improve Safety in Primary Care Settings http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#A   CDC, Emory University Launch National Directory of PrEP Health Service Providers http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   Advancing HIV Therapeutic Vaccine Science (U01 Clinical Trial Required): RFA-AI-18-015 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#C   Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Required): RFA-CA-18-026 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#D SBIR… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

What policies, laws, and regulations can help improve health and health equity? As policymakers experiment and redesign policies in a multitude of sectors, research will be critical to uncover what these changes mean for the nation’s collective health. Policies for Action, an RWJF signature research program, is funding $2 million toward research on the impact of national, state, or local policies on health and… Read more »

Texas State University enrollment reflects Texas demographics

Texas State University

In parallel with the dramatic growth that has seen the student body grow to nearly 39,000 students, Texas State University has also become more representative of the State of Texas’ population as a whole. This growth reflects the mission of the university to serve the citizens of Texas and to play a leading role in preparing the workforce for the coming decades. The latest… Read more »