12 Grantees Announced for First Nations’ Native Language Immersion Initiative

First Nations Development Institute

There are currently about 150 Native languages spoken in the U.S., many of them spoken only by a small number of elders. Without intervention, many of these languages are expected to become extinct within the next 50 to 100 years, which means a significant loss of cultural heritage. Language retention and revitalization programs have been recognized as providing key benefits to Native American communities by boosting educational achievement and student retention rates. First Nations seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers.

Adult writers, journey by train into the heart of Deep Ellum!

The Writer's Garret

You’re invited on a journey to discover the musical, artistic, and literary history  of Deep Ellum. Come along for the ride! SIGNUPS NOW OPEN Rail Writers: Deep Ellum Blueswith Lisa HuffakerSaturday, August 4th | 3:30-8:30pmAges 21 and up | FREE (ONLINE SIGNUP REQUIRED)   On this journey aboard the DART rails into Deep Ellum and beyond, singer, poet, and teaching artist extraordinaire Lisa Huffaker guides… Read more »

San Antonio Named Site for 2025 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®

San Antonio Sports

The NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today that San Antonio will be the site for the 2025 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. San Antonio was one of seven cities vying for the marquee event in 2023-2026 cycle, including Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, North Texas and Phoenix. San Antonio has hosted four Men’s Final Four’s, most recently this past spring. “This is great… Read more »

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity: How to improve student educational outcomes: New insights from data analytics

Mona Mourshed, Marc Krawitz, and Emma Dorn - McKinsey & Company

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity. Policy makers, educators, and parents all over the world want students to understand and be able to apply their knowledge of math, reading, and science. Yet improving educational outcomes has proved elusive. Some countries, states and municipalities have made great strides, but many continue to struggle. Educators continue to debate what matters and what works.

The High Cost of Separating Families

Kate Smallwood - Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

More than 2,300 children—an average of 65 per day—have been separated from their parents upon crossing the United States-Mexico border since the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was enacted on May 5. While our newsfeeds are littered with heartbreaking stories, even those of us with the deepest empathy for these families may not fully grasp the cost of the compounded trauma they endure.… Read more »

Edith Scott McAllister – Fun, generous, spunky, and fascinating all wrapped up in one terrific human being

Legacy

1918 – 2018Edith McAllister died peacefully in her sleep July 1, 2018 at the age of 100. Cause of death was congestive heart failure. Edith was generally described as a “philanthropist,” but was also known as a great beauty, an accomplished dancer, a gracious entertainer, an animal lover, and a remarkable fund-raiser/ problem solver/ trustee for a long list of community organizations. Born in… Read more »

Through a Walton Family Foundation planning grant, Trinity to launch new school incubator and fellowship program

Jeremy Gerlach - Trinity University

Trinity University has been awarded a $429,000 planning grant from the Walton Family Foundation, Inc. to help spur innovation and collaboration across area public and charter schools. The planning grant, according to former education chair and Murchison Professor of Practice Shari Albright ’83, ’86 will go towards the design and creation of a new school incubator and principal fellowship program. This program will bring… Read more »

My Top Eleven and Three-Quarters Bits of Advice for Winning at Donor Communications… part one in a two-part series

Tom Ahern

1. Why Eleven and Three-Quarters? Be a little less predictable. “10 Top Tips” is predictable. “11 Top Tips” is a little less predictable, but still pretty obvious. I ripped this idea off, as most of you immediately recognized, from Harry Potter’s Track Nine and Three-Quarters at King’s Cross Station. Steal well. And often. But don’t steal from failures. Which means you’ll have to learn… Read more »

After almost 25 years, Meadows Foundation president, CEO Linda Perryman Evans announces retirement

The Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation, a private family philanthropy, was established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia S. Meadows from wealth accumulated through the General American Oil Company, once among the largest private oil and gas companies in the United States. They established the Foundation to serve and support the people of Texas, the state in which they had been so successful. They stipulated that it be governed by their descendants and trusted advisors so that they might carry on their legacy of giving in perpetuity.

San Antonio Area Foundation’s Annual Responsive Grant deadline is July 20

San Antonio Area Foundation

Annual responsive grants are awarded in two grant cycles on an annual basis in the areas of: animal services, arts and culture, children and youth, community-at-large, medicine and healthcare, and seniors. Those eligible to submit applications include nonprofit organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, schools, churches or governmental bodies that serve Bexar and the following surrounding… Read more »

More than $100 million in new grants will support diverse and innovative school models and leaders

Walton Family Foundation

Walton Family Foundation announced efforts to build and expand on two decades of school startup grants to fuel the growth of high-quality schools across the country. The strategy, detailed in Rooted in Opportunity: The Walton Family Foundation’s Approach to Starting and Growing High-Quality Schools, includes continued grants to proven organizations, like those that help create successful charter schools, with an expanded focus on innovative… Read more »

GCIR Releases Report in Honor of World Refugee Day

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR)

In honor of World Refugee Day, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugees (GCIR) is pleased to release Philanthropic Strategies to Support Refugees and Asylum Seekers, a report that describes recent philanthropic responses to humanitarian crises to inform action on the grave and urgent challenges now facing refugees and asylum seekers seeking refuge in the United States. With the number of displaced persons in the… Read more »

A Step Toward Solving the Problem of Operating Support

Marc Rand and Blue Avocado

Having spent nearly twenty years in the nonprofit sector, I can tell you without a doubt that the field is totally undercapitalized. We all know this! People are underpaid, many facilities were “updated” in the 1970s, and in order to review the financials, you need a bottle of Pepto! There are a couple of key reasons for this undercapitalization: We don’t charge what we… Read more »

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s Bird of the Month: The Cattle Egret

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is an abundant resident across the state of Texas. They can be found in every county of the state during the migration or breeding period and small numbers reside along the Texas coastal plains year round. In the western half of the state they tend to be locally distributed around preferred habit. During the migration period, they can be found… Read more »

TreeTown USA Sponsors The Gardens at Texas A&M With 250-Plant Donation Representing 50 Plant Varieties

TreeTown USA

TreeTown USA has donated more than 250 plants and trees representing over 50 varieties to The Gardens at Texas A&M in College Station as an in-kind sponsor of the university’s first large-scale public teaching garden, joining a national network of high-quality university gardens. Phase I of The Gardens includes a 7-acre outdoor classroom known as the Leach Teaching Gardens, which is now completed and… Read more »

A look at how foundations are helping the journalism industry stand up straight

Christine Schmidt of the Nieman Lab

A look at how foundations are helping the journalism industry stand up straight   Foundations across the U.S. are helping journalists watchdog the powerful — but who’s watching the foundations? RELATED ARTICLE A definitive playbook: How to DIY a local nonprofit news outlet June 12, 2018 The state of the journalism industry might be much more tattered right now if not for philanthropic dollars… Read more »

A Tragedy: Pacific Bluefin Tuna Stock Remains Highly Depleted – New Science Shows 97% Depleted

Amanda Nickson, director of international fisheries for The Pew Charitable Trusts

This week, the scientists who evaluate the health of Pacific bluefin tuna, one of the most iconic and valuable fish species in the world, released a new stock assessment that shows the population at just 3.3 percent of its unfished level. This confirms the species’ severely depleted status and points to the continued need for more effective management of the fishery. Although the assessment… Read more »

What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities

Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz, Anna Brown, Richard Fry, D’Vera Cohn and Ruth Igielnik of Pew Research Center

Amid widening gaps in politics and demographics, Americans in urban, suburban and rural areas share many aspects of community life. Large demographic shifts are reshaping America. The country is growing in numbers, it’s becoming more racially and ethnically diverse and the population is aging. But according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center, these trends are playing out differently across community types.

NEWS FROM TEXAS STATE: Meadows Center hosts Independence Day celebration at Spring Lake

Texas State University

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University will host a Fourth of July tour and fireworks viewing party at Spring Lake for guests of all ages to enjoy a unique, fun-filled celebration of American independence. The program will include: Sunset Glass-Bottom Boat Cruises | July 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Spring Lake is even more majestic when experienced at sunset. Hop… Read more »

The Meaning and Impact of Community Resilience

Josephine Gurch - The Hogg Center for Mental Health

“When I think about resilience at the community level,” Lourdes Rodriguez says, “I think about communities that understand that the conditions creating adversity are bigger than an individual.” In physics, resilience is an object’s ability to bounce back into its original form after sustaining a shock. In communities, it means something much more. Wendy Ellis, project director of the Building Community Resilience(BCR) collaborative at… Read more »