Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Diversity Can Lead to More Engaged Board Members http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-2.aspx#A   DSHS Audiovisual Library Offers New Titles http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-2.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   2018 Small Grants Program http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-2.aspx#C   Basic and Translational Oral Health Research Related to HIV AIDS (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): PA-18-699 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-2.aspx#D Basic and Translational Oral Health Research Related to HIV AIDS (R21 Clinical… Read more »

At this latest fundraising conference, I at last began to wonder . . . 
”What is abuse?”


Tom Ahern

Witness one form of abuse unique to fundraising . . . You get the training. You learn, say, how and why donor-centered communications raise lots more money. But your boss doesn’t like the way donor-centered communications sound … so your boss says no.

Why? Because your boss doesn’t know any better. Because your boss trusts her own uninformed hunches, instincts, opinions more than she or he trusts you and the training you’ve just received. 

And you need the job . . .

Donor-centricity hardball: “Show me the money.”

Tom Ahern

In Reciprocity We Trust Newbies, skeptics, the timid (and Ian) DO worry: “So, Tom, where’s the irrefutable research that switching to ‘donor-centered’ communications will raise more money for our org. than the comms crap we now send out?” Mike wrote me a couple of weeks ago…. I’m an avid follower of your newsletters and webinars, so first a little bit of flattery. Thank you… Read more »

Don’t Miss Cactus Pear Music Festival’s April 8th Soiree: LONGHORNS & LAGNIAPPES

Cactus Pear Music Festival

Our April 8th Soirée Specials Concert is almost here to finish out our sixth soirée season of intimate and exclusive performances.

STEPHANIE is joined by her colleague in the Argenta Trio, the esteemed pianist JAMES WINN, along with horn virtuoso DeAunn Davis in a program where a Mozart Horn Concerto and the Horn Trio in E-flat bookend American masterpieces by Lukas Foss and John Harbison. It’s a stunning and unique program that you won’t want to miss.

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Nonprofit Reporting Platform Could Save Sector $1.2 Billion http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-1.aspx#A   Succession Works Better When Founder Has Continuing Role http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-1.aspx#B   Support for Arts Substantial Yet Shrinking Priority for Foundations http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-3-1.aspx#C     Public Funding Opportunities   Development of New Technologies and Bioengineering Solutions for the Advancement of Cell Replacement Therapies for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) (R01 Clinical Trial… Read more »

Getting agile right in your organization

Aaron De Smet, McKinsey & Company

For more interesting articles, visitAcross industries and regions, the concept of organizational agility is catching fire as companies scurry to deal with rapid change and complexity. Yet, achieving the ability to reshape themselves quickly is proving elusive for most. The findings of McKinsey’s first global research study of agile organizations underscores the difficulties in achieving their desired nimbleness. But it also illuminates that getting agile right delivers substantial rewards ranging from efficiency improvements and improved customer satisfaction, to faster time to market.

GCBO’s Bird of the Month

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) is a common year round resident in the mountains of West Texas (predominantly the Guadalupe and Davis Mountains) where they live in coniferous forest. There are occasional records for this species in lower elevations, including the desert scrub of the Trans-Pecos regions, predominantly during the winter as well as a few records in the western Panhandle.   The Mountain… Read more »

It was a record-breaking, sold out Doorways of Hope luncheon!

Alpha Home

THANK YOU so much to everyone who attended our record-breaking Doorways of Hope Luncheon last week, we’re still reeling from the excitement! It was a sold out crowd. We are so appreciative of our Alpha Home Alumnae and Elizabeth Vargas for personally sharing their struggles with addiction and all of our attendees who came to hear their inspiring messages. Because of you, we surpassed our… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Giving by Top 50 U.S. Donors Totaled $14.7 Billion in 2017 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-2-3.aspx#A   Study Finds Donors Pay Little Attention to Overhead Costs http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-2-3.aspx#B   U.S. Colleges, Universities Raised $43.6 Billion in 2017 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-2-3.aspx#C     Public Funding Opportunities   Clinical, Behavioral and Physiological Research Testing Current and Novel Closed Loop Systems (R01 Clinical Trial Required): RFA-DK-17-023 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-2-3.aspx#D Development… Read more »

Brew in the Bayou Coming Up Soon.. and then The Spring Fling… and you can adopt an Oystercatcher Pair!

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Brew on the Bayou is less than 2 weeks away! After the set-back that was Harvey we are so excited to finally host our 20th Anniversary event on Saturday March 10th from 4 – 8 pm.   We are finalizing event details and organizing a host of volunteers to help run Brew – and the more we talk about it the more we realize… Read more »

Grantmakers in the Arts Releases Pivotal Research on Arts and Culture Funding

Grantmakers in the Arts

To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of the first Arts Funding benchmark study, Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) commissioned arts philanthropy researcher Steven Lawrence for a comprehensive analysis of trends in arts and culture funding over the past twenty-five years.