2018 ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ Scholarship Contest Winners Announced

The Texas Department of Transportation

Congratulations to three high school seniors selected as winners in the 2018 “Don’t mess with Texas” scholarship contest. Dalton Shaw of W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas was chosen as the grand prize winner and received a $6,000 scholarship. Brittany Nation of Richland High School in North Richland Hills and Andrew Wagner of St. Paul High School in Shiner each received a $2,000 scholarship.… Read more »

Schwab Charitable Donors Set Granting Records in Fiscal Year 2018

Schwab Charitable Fund

Schwab CharitableTM, one of the largest national providers of donor-advised funds and other philanthropic services, reports a record fiscal year 20181 in which donors recommended over 420,000 grants representing nearly $2 billion in charitable gifts. The dollar total was 20% higher than the prior fiscal year and helped donors reach $10 billion in recommended grants to over 130,000 charities since Schwab Charitable’s inception almost… Read more »

The 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights the financial impact Alpha Home supporters have made to rebuild lives in the San Antonio community

Alpha Home

Check out the 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights showing the financial impact their supporters have made to their mission.   Visit Alpha Home Article Author: Alpha Home

Registration is open until August 15 for the nation’s largest community giving day that turns 10 in September, highlighted by 10 days of giving and volunteering, new technology, and more counties and nonprofit counties

Communities Foundation of Texas

Turning 10 is a big deal, especially for the nation’s biggest community day of giving, which this year will occur September 20. Communities Foundation of Texas will mark North Texas Giving Day’s milestone year with a slew of newness and improvements, ranging from a new platform that enables personalized crowdfunding, an ambassador program to spread the word and increase participation, four new qualifying counties… Read more »

Something for Moms . . . Register for The Moms Community Listening Forum on August 10, 2018

The Moms Community Listening Forum of Williamson County

Mommie Support Network, the WilCo Wellness Alliance coalition’s Maternal and Infant Health working group, the Round Rock Public Library, and Dell Children’s Health Plan present the Moms Community Listening Forum! This forum is designed to give moms the opportunity to share their opinions and perspectives regarding what is needed to better support their mental and physical health after the birth of a child. Organizations that… Read more »

OneVo!ceHome: Human Trafficking is the Exclamation Point to Modern Day Injustice – learn what one committed community in West Texas is doing to “break the silence”

Jacqueline Beretta & OneVo!ceHome

Did you know that every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery? Or that there are 48.8M slaves in the world today? 22% are sex slaves. And I’m embarrassed to say that Texas is ranked #2 in the nation for the most reported human trafficking cases. The average age an American girl enters the sex trade is 13. And shockingly, 400 trafficked, underage teens work the streets of Dallas each night. And finally, there are illegal massage business working trafficked girls by schools and even in our wealthiest neighborhoods . . . think about it.

New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills

Episcopal Health Foundation & Kaiser Family Foundation

Affording health care ranks at the top of Texans’ financial concerns, with more than half (55%) say it is difficult for them and their families to afford health care, including a quarter (25%) who say it is “very difficult,” finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll of Texas residents. Fewer report difficulties affording other basic necessities, including rent or mortgage, monthly utilities,… Read more »

Hey Dallas People Under 40 – Nominations Open for 2018 Good Works Under 40 Award

Dallas Foundation

Nominations for The Dallas Foundation’s ninth annual Good Works Under 40 Award (GWU40) are now open. In partnership with The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Foundation is searching for the most committed and passionate change-makers in North Texas under the age of 40. The grand-prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to his or her charity of choice, and the next four finalists will… Read more »

Important Updates From Children at Risk

Children at Risk

“If we truly hold family values dear, if we sincerely believe that children belong with their parents, and if freedom matters, we must end the zero-tolerance policy.” -Yael Ross Director, Center for New American Children     CENTER FOR NEW AMERICAN CHILDREN   This April, CHILDREN AT RISK launched its Center for New American Children and Education (CNAC). New American Children include:   Documented… Read more »

Do you know about the Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) – the bird that skims the air on our Texas coastline?

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) is an uncommon to common resident along the Texas coastline with fewer birds present during the winter. They tend to stay within 50 miles of the coastline and the majority of records further inland are associated with tropical systems. Although they are predominantly a coastal species, they are frequently seen in the South Texas Brush Country and small populations have existed… Read more »

Reserve your seat for Houston Habitat’s annual “Building a Dream” Luncheon! Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Houston Habitat

When we celebrated our 30th anniversary at the “Building a Dream” luncheon last year, who knew we would have so much fun? Of course, there was the traditional meet and greet and networking, but we also taking photo at the “step and repeat” screen, and enjoyed an entertaining talk with Dr. Tererai Trent of Zimbabwe. This year, we celebrate one of our own –… Read more »

Summer at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Summer at the Sanctuary! It has been one hot summer so far! With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, our mister lines and pools have created quite the oasis for the animals. We have been busy, busy, busy keeping pools clean and making sure the animals have access to multiple sources of water while we wait out this summer. Help Our Wolves The pups turned a… Read more »

Mental Health Headlines: $4.5M awarded to address well-being in rural Texas

​​​​​​​Hogg Foundation

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce $4.5 million in grants to six Texas organizations to support collaborative approaches to well-being in rural communities. The grants will strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play and pray, bringing a population health approach to support resilience, mental health and well-being. The initiative grows out of the foundation’s new… Read more »

This Saturday, July 21 from 1 – 4 PM: Family Day at Lawndale!

Lawndale Art Center

This Saturday afternoon, enjoy a day of FREE fun at Lawndale!     Family Dayin collaboration with Asia Society, CAMH, and MFAHSaturday, July 21 1 – 4 PM FREE Come on out to Lawndale on Saturday, July 21 from 1 – 4 PM for a summer Family Day, featuring hands-on activities inspired by our 2018 Artist Studio Program exhibition, In Real Life, and Elaine… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

How can financing and delivery systems in health care, public health, and social and community services (like housing, transportation, and education) better work together to reduce health inequities? We want to better understand how these multiple systems converging and interacting can more effectively improve population health than any one system narrowly focused on a single type of service or practice. RWJF’s Systems for Action… Read more »

Very exciting news: Evidence of an early projectile point technology in North America at the Gault Site in Central Texas – research pushes back date of earliest North Americans in the Ice Age

Texas State University

The Gault archaeological site is an extensive, multicomponent site located in central Texas, United States, about 40 miles north of Austin. It bears evidence of almost continuous human occupation, starting at least 16,000 years ago—making it one of the few but growing number of archaeological sites in the Americas at which compelling evidence has been found for human occupation dating to before the appearance of the Clovis culture.

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Texas Brain Injury Conference Slated for August http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#A   KIDS COUNT Finds Child Poverty Rate Down, Warns of Census Undercount http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas: VA-HRTG-NEW-2018 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#C   HIV and Hepatitis B Co-Infection: Advancing HBV Functional Cure through Clinical Research (R01): PA -17-279 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-7-3.aspx#D Leadership Group for… Read more »

Among Social Investing Approaches, Racial Equity Strategies Stand out for the Need They Serve and the Compelling Economic Opportunity, says Cambridge Associates

Cambridge Associates

Institutional Investors That Can Parse the Vast Landscape of Racial Equity Issues and Ask the Right Questions of Investment Managers Will Have Leg up A new report by investment firm Cambridge Associates on social equity investing – the practice of making financial investments that promote equal opportunity for all, regardless of background – points out that when those allocations focus on racial equity, the… Read more »

Barr Announces $1-Million Response to “Zero-Tolerance” Policies & Family Separations in the Northeast

The Barr Foundation

Support combines $500,000 in grants from the Foundation with $500,000 in personal gifts from Barr’s founding trustees. As we celebrate our nation’s independence this month, we would do well to remember the ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable… Read more »

Maximizing Student Success: A Student-Driven Platform for Higher Education Accountability

Young Invincibles

Read the Report Students take on significant risks pursuing college, but right now we aren’t able to hold all schools accountable if they fail to provide a high quality education. Current models to ensure accountability in higher education focus largely on institutional and taxpayer risk, key elements of an effective system, but fall short on directly addressing student risk and perspectives. To create this Student-Driven… Read more »