An important update on Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Imagine for a moment… You’re diving off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. You find a door in an air-filled cavity and open it to reveal a room sealed for 2000 years. Inside are 300 scrolls, part of the lost Library of Alexandria. You take one fragile scroll and begin to unroll it, taking in every symbol, every word. Studying it closely. Then you notice… water is seeping in. You don’t have time to study each scroll. They’re going to be mush and quick! You’ve got to save them. You quickly begin to take pictures of each scroll. You can study them later, when they’ve been safely photographed. You can hardly wait to learn all they have to teach you, but you have to be patient. This is a rescue mission! Save the symbols. Save the thoughts and ideas the ancient people wrote down. If you don’t, they’ll be lost and no one will have the chance to read them… now let’s look at Texas…

NASA extends research program with $6 million grant to Texas State

Texas State University

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has extended the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative (NASA STEM EPDC) at Texas State University through 2021 with a $6 million grant. Araceli Martinez Ortiz and Leslie Huling with the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State will oversee the grant. This is a continuation of the previously… Read more »

The Meadows Foundation Names Peter M. Miller President and CEO

The Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation board of directors announced Peter M. Miller will succeed Linda Perryman Evans as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Miller is the great nephew of founders Algur H. and Virginia Meadows. As president and CEO, Mr. Miller will have responsibility for all of the Foundation’s operations.

Trial Portion of Hearing on Proposed Comal Quarry Concludes

Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry

The hearing on the merits against Vulcan Construction Materials ended early Tuesday afternoon. Approximately 80 people attended the two‐day hearing, including Comal County residents currently living near the proposed quarry site, many of whom would share a fence line with the proposed 1500‐acre open‐pit mine. State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Smith presided over the hearing and will determine whether… Read more »

GCBO’s Bird of the Month: June Least Bittern

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Geography/Habitat:   In Texas, Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) is common summer resident along the Coastal Prairies and the eastern portion of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Inland, they are rare to locally common in the eastern third of the state. In the western portion of the state, it is a very rare and local summer resident due to lack of habitat. During the winter,… Read more »

People Live Up To The Encouragement They Receive

Harvey Mackay

A teacher asked her students if any of them had extra pencils they’d be willing to share with their classmates.  One student reluctantly raised his hand.   The teacher approached his desk and before the student handed her his pencil case, he told her that he didn’t mind sharing his pencils but he wanted them back when they were not being used.   The… Read more »

Charitable Giving Drops Again in First Quarter, Leading to Concerns for Rest of 2019


For the second consecutive year, almost every metric monitored by the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) has decreased in the first quarter (January through March) of 2019, leading to concerns about the growth of charitable giving for the rest of the year. The FEP’s 2019 First Quarter Report, which reviews giving data from January through March 2019 and compares it to the same time period… Read more »

Founded in Diversity, Texas Women’s Foundation Expands with Participatory Approach

Texas Women’s Foundation

Here in the Northeast, we don’t tend to envision Texas as having a culture of diversity and women’s empowerment. But Texas is actually one of the most diverse states in the union. Currently, 68% of women ages 15 to 24 are women of color. The reality for the biggest state in the union is that the minority is the majority among young people. Texas… Read more »

Area Foundation announces funding cycle devoted to operating funds for nonprofits

San Antonio Area Foundation

Nonprofits attended one of five information sessions held in late June to learn about the San Antonio Area Foundation’s 2019 funding cycle. The information sessions included an overview of how the Area Foundation is preparing to align to new areas of interest while advancing equity. While funding cycles are typically of great interest to the nonprofit community, this cycle was especially well-received due to… Read more »

Children at Risk Update

Children at Risk

Quarterly News & Updates   June 2019     Upcoming Events See what’s happening this month   Hurricane Harvey Summit Join us at our Hurricane Harvey Summit as we release our publication of Texas Continues to Recover: Two Years After Harvey Report.   When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Where: United Way of Greater Houston REGISTER HERE   Human Trafficking Awareness Tour… Read more »

30 Days, 14 Students, 5 Rock Art Sites, 1 Successful Field School – Shumla

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

2019 Field School The adventure is over, but the lessons and memories will go on and on.   The 2019 Texas State Field School Group. Top row left to right: Jerod Roberts, Vicky Roberts, Dr. David Kilby, Cameron Michael, Megan Blackburn, Carter Wiseman, Logan Baird, James Ramsey, and Jim Sellers. Second row left to right: Ashley Eyeington, Lori Decker, Kenny Williams, Steven Frazier, Laura… Read more »

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 »