Health and Human Services grants expand ‘Strengthening Families’ mission in Central Texas

Texas State University

Texas State University has received two grants from the United States Department of Health and Human Services totaling approximately $5.8 million in support of the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families (SR/SF) program.             SR/SF is a relationship education program for pregnant and parenting adolescents across Central Texas. The two new grants will fund SR/SF through 2025, said Norma Perez-Brena, assistant professor in the School of Family… Read more »

Nonprofit Scenario Planning Tools – Learned and Learning – COVID-19 Lesson

Aurora Grants & consulting

While formulating multiple scenarios, nonprofits are also building stronger cases for support from potential funders. This is the third blog in our series “COVID-19 Lessons Learned and Learning”. The first talked about nonprofits pivoting to meet their constituents’ immediate needs due to the pandemic. The second dealt with creating an annual fund development plan with built-in backup fundraisers that can help a nonprofit stay… Read more »

New CEP Research Examines How Foundations Are Responding to 2020’s Crises

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Amid 2020’s unprecedented challenges, the myriad calls for funders to make fundamental changes in how they approach their work have grown in number and intensity. How are foundations responding to the compounded crises facing our country? What high-level changes are they actually making? CEP turned to foundation leaders to find out. We share what we learned today in a new study: Foundations Respond to Crisis:… Read more »

Mini-Grant Opportunity: Creating Calm in Chaos

The Community Collaborative for Child Health

The Community Collaborative for Child Health, based at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin, with generous funding from St. David’s Foundation is excited to recognize and support local initiatives that promote youth health and well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.   Creating Calm in Chaos: Catalyzing youth… Read more »

UT Dallas Mourns Loss of Philanthropist Edith O’Donnell

UT Dallas

Edith O’Donnell, one of Texas’ — and The University of Texas at Dallas’ — most generous philanthropists and a strong proponent of education, science and the arts, died Nov. 14 at the age of 94. Over the past 60 years, O’Donnell and her husband, Peter O’Donnell, have contributed quietly and substantially to educational and arts establishments in Texas. At UT Dallas in 2013, the… Read more »

AEP Names Coleman Vice President Of Corporate Philanthropy And Community Engagement

American Electric Power

American Electric Power has named Janelle N. Coleman to a new position as vice president, Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement, effective Nov. 30. She also will serve as president of the American Electric Power Foundation, effective Jan. 1, 2021, replacing Dale Heydlauff, senior vice president of Corporate Communications and current president of the AEP Foundation, following his retirement Dec. 31. Coleman will lead the company’s… Read more »

Seven Community Nonprofits Receive $90,000 in Grants Through Baylor’s Philanthropy and the Public Good Class

Baylor University

Baylor University celebrated today with seven local community organizations during a virtual ceremony in which $90,000 in grants were given to the nonprofits through the University’s “Philanthropy and the Public Good” course and its ongoing partnership with the Fort Worth-based Philanthropy Lab. This fall, funding for the course was provided by the Baylor/Waco Foundation led by the Solid Gold Neighbor Ambassador Council, composed of 25… Read more »

Texas A&M Kicks Off ‘Spirit Of Giving’ Crowdfunding Initiative

Texas A&M Foundation

Tapping into the power of crowdfunding, Texas A&M University is launching another opportunity to invest in the success of its students, faculty and staff. The Spirit of Giving program, which kicked off Tuesday, allows donors to directly connect with their project-of-choice featured on the new website. Supporters will be able to contribute to four main areas through Dec. 31: a student emergency fund that… Read more »

Galveston College Lecture to Focus on Experiences of Native American Tribal Leader

Galveston College

Galveston College will continue its 2020-2021 lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment with a presentation by Joe Aragon of the Acoma Pueblo Nation titled “Bridging Two Worlds” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, via Zoom videoconference.   With a career in education spanning almost four decades, Aragon most recently served as first lieutenant governor of the Acoma Pueblo Nation, a traditionally appointed… Read more »

The amazing way that West Virginia philanthropic groups work to dull Covid’s impact

Evan Bevins - The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

A spring campaign that raised more than half a million dollars is just one way West Virginia’s philanthropic community is trying to help the state’s residents weather the storm of COVID-19. The results of May’s Take 5 to Give 5 campaign were discussed at a virtual press conference Thursday hosted by Philanthropy West Virginia to highlight the efforts and ongoing needs. “It just proves… Read more »

Overcoming pandemic fatigue: How to reenergize organizations for the long run

McKinsey & Co - Aaron De Smet, Laura Tegelberg, Rob Theunissen, and Tiffany Vogel

Pandemic fatigue: it’s plaguing organizations and employees right now. In 2020, we’ve endured a global pandemic, a massive economic crisis, and widespread social unrest. Layer on top of that forces that are fundamentally reshaping societies—technological innovation, business-model disruption, societal inequality, and workforce automation—and it’s clear that an epidemic of stress has been building, with the COVID-19 crisis as the tipping point.

Now is not the time to slow down. Growth initiatives are critical for value creation, even survival, throughout an economic cycle.

McKinsey & Co - Rebecca Doherty, Zak Gaibi, Freek Kelkensberg, and Anna Koivuniemi Open interactive popup

Delivering the growth your strategy calls for is a complex and challenging endeavor for most organizations, particularly during a downturn. To ensure the results meet the aspirations, companies can lean on the experiences of others to guide their targets and approaches to execution. While the temptation to wait for the current crisis to pass may be strong, it entails the risk of falling behind competitors who adopt a through-cycle approach to growth and emerge far ahead in the recovery.

Funding Alert – Hogg Foundation for Mental Health – Central Texas African American Healthy Minds Project

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Request for Proposals Due Date:  Friday, December 11, 2020 at 11:59 am CT Download PDF Version The Hogg Foundation will invest $25,000 in small grant awards to support mental health and wellness among African Americans in the Central Texas area. The foundation will fund projects that focus on enhancing the mental health and wellness of African Americans in Central Texas through: Education and awareness… Read more »

I asked Beth: Beth Beall is the unflagging ED [NOT easy] @ Vida Joven, an orphanage located in Tijuana, Mexico (murder capital of the world per capita, 2019

Tom Ahern

Vida Joven in a nutshell? Misery-central @ intake: abandoned kids living unprotected on the streets. Yet most Vida Joven orphans eventually go to college (yay!) … overcoming multiple traumas en route. If I had to pick just one charity to give to (of the 3 dozen we DO give to) … it would be Vida Joven. Huge impact on those served? CHECK!An unimaginably tough… Read more »

CNAP Webinar Training for Nonprofit Financial Leaders 2021

Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) Course

For accounting and finance professionals working in a nonprofit organization, the Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) training provides a crash course in every aspect of nonprofit financial management. Program graduates leave with the know-how and action plans they need to make an impact in their organizations right away.

$1 Billion for a Green and Equitable Recovery

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah — President, President's Office, The Rockefeller Foundation

As a doctor, every time I read the statistics, I know that this pandemic doesn’t need to be this bad for so many people. The grocery store worker who stocks my local shelves is more likely to die from this disease than I am.  Why?  Because he is more likely to have no access to affordable healthcare or nutritious, healthy food which causes his… Read more »

COVID expert returns to Big Ideas TXST, discusses progression of pandemic, looming third spike

Texas State University

Rodney Rohde, a professor in the College of Health Professions and chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at Texas State University, returns to the Big Ideas TXST virtual studio to discuss the looming third spike of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rohde’s interview may be heard on episode 10 of the podcast, available now. In early March, Rohde appeared on Big Ideas TXST episodes 3… Read more »

When nothing is normal: Managing in extreme uncertainty

McKinsey & Co - Patrick Finn, Mihir Mysore, and Ophelia Usher

In normal times organizations face numerous uncertainties of varying consequence. Managers deal with challenges by relying on established structures and processes. These are designed to reduce uncertainty and support calculated bets to manage the residual risks. In a serious crisis, however, uncertainty can reach extreme levels, and the normal way of working becomes overstrained. At such times traditional management operating models rarely prove adequate,… Read more »

Giving Circle Donates $200K to 13 Asian Nonprofits in Dallas

The Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women's Foundation

It’s been a tough year for nonprofits in North Texas, but more than a dozen have something good to celebrate. The Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation in Dallas awarded $202,000 to 13 nonprofits last week. The grants support work in the areas of education, housing, health care, arts and culture, social services and more. With the challenges of 2020, there was a… Read more »