Biden’s new beginning: 5 ideas for bipartisan action

Pew Charitable Trusts

New administration, new Congress, new opportunities  President Joe Biden and much of Capitol Hill are looking to show progress, quickly. One way to do that: Embrace solutions that are evidence-based, bipartisan—and have already been tested at the state and local levels. Here are five ideas for fresh starts … 1. Make sure police aren’t the primary response to people in crisis The use of… Read more »

Starbucks expands initiatives to advance opportunity, equity and inclusion in the communities it serves


Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced new initiatives as part of its long-standing commitment to use its scale and platform to positively impact the communities it serves. The company will invest $100 million to launch the Starbucks Community Resilience Fund focused on supporting small businesses and community development projects in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) neighborhoods. In addition, Starbucks is partnering with the Smithsonian’s… Read more »

Mellon Foundation awards $5 million to “Democratizing Racial Justice: Remembering Histories, Transforming Futures” ($5 million, University of Texas at San Antonio)

Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $72 million in support of efforts led by humanities scholars to advance racial equity and justice. Through its Just Futures initiative, the foundation awarded grants of up to $5 million over three years to sixteen multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams of scholars studying periods of crisis and disruption for lessons that contribute to deeper public understanding of the… Read more »

Why investing in nature is key to climate mitigation

McKinsey & Co

A new consultation paper from McKinsey and the World Economic Forum explores the role that natural climate solutions can play in helping to address climate change and the destruction of nature. As the world looks beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, a consensus is emerging: certain measures to curb the growth of greenhouse-gas emissions will be central to global economic recovery. Awareness is also growing around… Read more »

Veritex Community Bank and FHLB Dallas Provide Funds for Older Adult Affordable Apartments

Veritex Community Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas)

Veritex Community Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) have awarded a $750,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) subsidy to Resource Center of Dallas (Resource Center) to build affordable apartments that are welcoming and affirming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) older adult residents.   Resource Center has partnered with Volunteers of America to develop the $20.5 million project.… Read more »

USBR grant funds research into contaminant detection for water reclamation systems

Texas State University

Keisuke Ikehata, an assistant professor in the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University, has received a $150,000 grant from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to develop novel technologies to monitor critical water quality parameters for safe potable reuse. Ikehata’s project was one of eight grants awarded nationwide by the Bureau of Reclamation through the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program… Read more »

Launching the TX Early Childhood English Learner Initiative

Texans Care for Children

Visit the New Website at   The Policy Roadmap contains recommendations to the Legislature, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Workforce Commission, schools, child care programs, and others for implementing smart strategies for English Learners in pre-k, other early grades, and child care.   The recommendations will help Texas respond to learning loss during the COVID-19 pandemic and reach the goals state legislators… Read more »

12 Best Donor Management Software Comparison – A well researched article

The Lead Pastor

To run a successful organization that depends on donations, it’s important that you have an excellent system to organize your work. You’ll need to manage a donor database, on-board new donors efficiently, store donation forms, run social media campaigns, and generally streamline your fundraiser processes. Without the right software and campaign management tools in the form of donor management software, this can be a challenging undertaking.

A Primer on Nonprofit Contributions and Revenue from Contracts with Customers

Douglas E. Cook MPA CPA and blue Avocado

The Impact of ASU 2014-09 on Nonprofits You may have heard the buzz about the new revenue recognition standard, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, (ASU 2014-09), which is now effective for all nonprofits. You’re wondering what kind of impact, if any, it will have on your nonprofit. Depending on the nature of your revenue and support, this new standard may have a significant impact… Read more »

Businesses have spent much of the past nine months scrambling to adapt to extraordinary circumstances. While the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet won, with a vaccine in sight, there is at least a faint light at the end of the tunnel—along with the hope that another train isn’t heading our way.

Kevin Sneader and Shubham Singhal of McKinsey & Co

Oh joy! 2021 will be the year of transition. Barring any unexpected catastrophes, individuals, businesses, and society can start to look forward to shaping their futures rather than just grinding through the present.

Communities Foundation of Texas 2019 GRANT PROCESS – APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1

Communities Foundation of Texas

CFT OPENS 2019 GRANT PROCESS, REGISTER NOW FOR FEB. 13 WORKSHOP, APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1 Communities Foundation of Texas excited to invite nonprofits to our 2019 Letter of Inquiry and Giving Guide workshop. Please join us on February 13, 2019 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Communities Foundation of Texas. During the workshop, CFT will provide information about our 2019 processes as well as answer… Read more »

Blackbaud Institute Releases 2018 Charitable Giving Report


Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the release of the 2018 Charitable Giving Report by the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact™. The seventh annual report, which represents the earliest and largest analysis of overall and online giving in the U.S. nonprofit sector in 2018, shows continued year-over-year growth and another record high for online giving. “The 2018 Charitable… Read more »

A great article to read: What I Learned as a Funder: Frank Tips for Nonprofits

Catherine Crystal Foster and Blue Avocado

Over decades in the social sector, I spent countless hours in the grant-seeking trenches and saw my share of things that left me wondering whether to laugh or cry. But then I became a foundation funder and encountered a prospective grantee’s “toxic diaper excuse” (more on that later), which truly left my head shaking. Reflecting on my experiences, I am aware of how deeply… Read more »

Because you are a nonprofit working hard to save the world, this article on Resilience is imperative for you to read

Josephine Gurch of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

This is the fourth post in our “3 Things to Know” series, an explanation of concepts influencing community mental health and our grantmaking. Check out others in this series on Health Equity, Social Determinants of (Mental) Health, and Well-being. Resilience is critical to health and mental health interventions. So critical that major public health institutions have developed frameworks to provide clarity about its definition and its… Read more »

Brian and Wetonnah McCoy of San Marcos have donated $1 million to Texas State University to establish an endowed chair in the McCoy College of Business Administration

Texas State University

Brian and Wetonnah McCoy of San Marcos have donated $1 million to Texas State University to establish an endowed chair in the McCoy College of Business Administration. At the McCoys’ request, the endowed chair will be named in honor of Denise T. Smart, current dean of the McCoy College of Business Administration, in recognition of her leadership and service to the college. The first… Read more »

The Best Way To Put Clients First Is To Let Them Lead!

Dr. Marc Spencer, Blue Avocado

Those of us who work at nonprofits are drawn to a particular mission and a desire to do good and give back. Most of us have navigated our careers thoughtfully and intentionally and have worked hard (perhaps even tirelessly). Yet often, despite our good intentions and hard work, we find ourselves replicating the practices that created the inequity we committed to disrupt in the… Read more »

The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off

Children at Risk

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?   The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off today and CHILDREN AT RISK is ready to advocate for policies that improve the lives of Texas children. From access to quality child care to school finance, mental health support, and protections for human trafficking victims, Texas has a lot of work to do. Help us make Texas the best… Read more »