Are your Investments Aligned with your Organization’s Mission and Values?

Norman Nabhan, CIMA

Many believe that Impact and Sustainable Investing is a niche in the investment industry reserved for religious, environmental and social impact foundations.  There is also a perspective that “Impact Investing” involves sacrificing investment returns to “do good” and become a “socially conscious” investor.  The fact is that neither of those presumptions is true and that Impact Investing is rapidly going mainstream. 

Fidelity Charitable® donors drive a record-breaking year for charitable giving, $4.5 billion granted to charity through more than 1 million grants in 2017

Fidelity Charitable

2017 was an extraordinary year for giving, according to a report released today by Fidelity Charitable, the nation’s second-largest grantmaker. Last year, Fidelity Charitable gave an unprecedented $4.5 billion across more than 1 million donor-recommended grants, to nearly 127,000 nonprofit organizations, as detailed in the new Fidelity Charitable 2018 Giving Report.

New Report Shows Growth in Charitable Giving in the Midst of an Uncertain Philanthropic Landscape

Nicole McGougan, The Blackbaud Institute

Based on the largest analysis of overall and online giving data, Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the availability of its annual Charitable Giving Report, featuring the earliest, most comprehensive look at how fundraising performed in 2017.

Using Story to Change Systems

Ella Saltmarshe , Stanford Social Innovation Review

Humans have always used stories to make sense out of our chaotic world. When our ancestors had to kill animals they felt were kindred spirits to survive, they created myths to help them come to terms with it. When they invented agriculture, they created myths that glorified graft and highlighted the seasonal nature of existence. When they began to settle, humans created myths imbuing cities with transcendence. As Yuval Noah Harari describes in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, story went on to play a vital role in building all subsequent civilizations.

Spring Break Writing Camp March 12-16

The Writer's Garret

Spring break is just around the corner. Immerse the young writer in your house in a camp with poetry, prose, and creative self-expression at The Writer’s Garret!

This week-long day camp for kids 8-12 includes poetry with Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi, Dallas’s typewriter-wielding sidewalk poet, and zine-making led by poet and maker extraordinaire Lisa Huffaker. Over the five day camp, attendees create their own zine while learning creative writing, collaging, printmaking, and bookbinding.

New Exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art: San Antonio 1718 – Art from Viceregal Mexico

San Antonio Museum of Art

Three hundred years ago the city of San Antonio was founded as a strategic outpost of presidios defending the colonial interests of northern New Spain and missions advancing Christian conversion. The city’s missions bear architectural witness to the time of their founding, but few have walked these sites without wondering who once lived there, what they saw, valued, and thought.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – Feb.2018

San Antonio Sports

Thanks to Methodist Healthcare for sponsoring San Antonio Sports. They support the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute and will be the title sponsor of Beyond the Game in the fall. And, thank you to the Red McCombs Foundation for their valuable and loyal support of i play! afterschool. Their grant supporting i play! afterschool helps us provide free programming to some of the most underserved populations in our city.

Diverse Lit, Performance Poetry, and Soup’s On!

Writer's Garret

We’ve kicked our spring season off with a bang.  Keep the ball rolling with diverse lit and poetry performance workshops, the return of Soup’s On!, and more to come! Feb 24:  WRITING PAST CLICHE:  DIVERSE LIT FOR DIVERSE AUDIENCES   The world is ready for diverse literature-and for you to join the movement. Reshape your representation of groups diverse in gender, race, disability, and religious background… Read more »

ChildSafe Distributes Cardboard Kids at Area Malls March 2 & 3 and 9 & 10 To Prepare for April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month

ChildSafe

Momentum is building for ChildSafe’s Cardboard Kids campaign, a community-wide effort to heighten awareness of child abuse and neglect, an issue that continues to plague Bexar County. Cardboard Kids are memorable 2-foot high cardboard kid cutouts that citizens PICK-UP, DECORATE and DISPLAY on April 5.  ChildSafe is asking the entire community to be a part of this campaign to help them reach their goal… Read more »