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.

In Reciprocity We Trust

Tom Ahern

The headline of this article mentions “reciprocity.” That’s a concept researched by persuasion expert Dr. Robert Cialdini. Basically, reciprocity goes like this: when I give you something, I expect something back (subliminally). So…when I make a gift to your charity, what do you give me back? Thanks is merely transactional. Flattery is far more penetrating. Tell me I’m a wonderful person. Over and over and over. I’ll actually pay you for that.

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.