New CAF America Report Shows the Importance of American Corporate Philanthropy in Responding to COVID-19

CAF America

Nearly 72% of 73 global Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) have increased their contributions to charities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a CAF America survey conducted in partnership with CyberGrants and The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP). The report, which can be found here, is the fourth in a series of monthly reports conducted by… Read more »

The Caring Place Announced as 4-Star Charity for 6th Year

The Caring Place

The Caring Place’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the sixth consecutive time that The Caring Place has earned this top distinction. Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused… Read more »

Mary Moody Northen Endowment gifts $5,000 to Radiography Degree Stipend program

Galveston College

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment recently announced a $5,000 gift to the newly established Galveston College Radiography Degree Stipend. The program is for graduating Radiography students and provides $250 to help pay the costs of national and state testing and licensure. The Galveston College Office of Development received the endowment’s unanimous decision of support of the stipend appeal in a June 24 letter. The… Read more »

Dallas Office Tower is Providing Subsidized Rent for Pegasus Park: Water Cooler is Accepting Applications NOW

Lyda Hill Philanthropies

COMMIT PARTNERSHIP, THE DALLAS FOUNDATION, THE DRAPER RICHARDS KAPLAN FOUNDATION, UNITED TO LEARN AND UPLIFT EDUCATION ANNOUNCE THEIR MOVES TO WATER COOLER AT PEGASUS PARK Lyda Hill Philanthropies is now seeking tenants for Water Cooler, providing nonprofit, philanthropic, and social impact organizations with subsidized rent, amenities and more; initial tenant application deadline is August 31 Coming together for the greater good while helping nonprofits… Read more »

Assaf, Justice land NSF award grant for cross-disciplinary computer science education research

Texas State University

Lori Assaf, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Sean Justice, an assistant professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University, have received a $450,000 National Science Foundation grant toimprove the computer thinking skills of early elementary teachers. The three-year grant from the NSF Division of Research on Learning will support “Exploring PreK-2 Teachers’ Abilities to Identify… Read more »

Give a homeless child a bright start to the school year


  It’s Not Too Late to Give a Homeless Child A Bright Start at School!    The gift that lasts all year.   A new outfit, new crayons, and a brand new notebook. Fresh new school supplies that mark a new beginning. It’s not too late to send a homeless child back to school with a backpack full of renewed hope.   Last year,… Read more »

New funding opportunity: Is your community the next Culture of Health Prize winner?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Communities across the nation are seeing the bigger picture of health. They are working together to prioritize opportunity and equity by building a new foundation of health rooted in housing, education, transportation, and more. And they are involving all residents, every step of the way, to create a place that all are proud to call home. If this is happening where you live, we… Read more »

Virtual Bird Bash

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

  HOW TO ATTEND THE EVENT: This event will take place on Facebook and our website. The event is free and public to view, so even if you don’t have a facebook account, you can still view our videos and other content. To attend the event, go to our facebook page on June 18 and 19 at the designated times (see schedule above). Comment… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Texas Department of State Health Services Funding Information Center

Funding News and Grant Tips for those in Texas only At least one in ten billionaires have donated for COVID-19 relief More than 10 percent of the world’s nearly three thousand billionaires made a philanthropic commitment in support of COVID-19 response and relief efforts between January and May, a report from Wealth-X finds. According to Billionaire Census 2020 (33 pages, PDF), billionaires who have donated or pledged support… Read more »

The Great Acceleration – what’s driving the widening chasm?

McKinsey & Co - Chris Bradley, Martin Hirt, Sara Hudson, Nicholas Northcote, and Sven Smit

The Covid-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve of economic profit. Will your strategy keep you ahead of the accelerated pace of change?  The fault lines between industries and business models that we understood intellectually before the COVID-19 crisis have now become giant fissures, separating the old reality from the new… Read more »

Dallas Receives $500,000 For Immigrant Communities Impacted By Coronavirus

The City of Dallas

The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) has partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a public-private effort providing $500,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs. The Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund will be administered by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). The $500,000 will be… Read more »

Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) leaders have announced a $10 million plan to address the long-term effects of the COVID-19 crisis

Allen Smart - Health Affairs

The plan is designed to help nonprofits and organizations continue business operations to serve at-risk communities across Texas. EHF’s multi-approach strategy includes a grant program, loan fund, technical assistance and a research project. “COVID-19 is highlighting inequities in our health system and in many underlying community issues related to health,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “Chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes that… Read more »

‘Celestial Sleuth’ sheds new light on Vermeer’s masterpiece, ‘View of Delft’

Texas State University

Johannes Vermeer is one of the most celebrated artists of the 17th century’s Dutch Golden Age period. Widely known today for his Girl with a Pearl Earring, he was famed for his mastery in rendering the effects of light and shadow. Nowhere is this technical precision more evident than in his masterpiece, View of Delft, a vibrant cityscape that has captivated viewers for centuries.… Read more »

Communities Foundation of Texas funds 20 Scholarships for Black and African American Fundraisers

Communities Foundation of Texas and Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Dallas Chapter

In July 2020, the Communities Foundation of Texas partnered with theAssociation of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter to offer scholarships for 20 Black and African American fundraising professionals to be used for membership to AFP Greater Dallas. The mission of AFP Greater Dallas is to work to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. In June 2020, AFP Greater Dallas publicly committed… Read more »

Permian Basin Area Foundation is pleased to announce $709,624 in scholarship awards for the 2020-2021 academic school year

Permian Basin Area Foundation

Permian Basin Area Foundation is pleased to announce $709,624 in scholarship awards for the 2020-2021 academic school year. The Foundation celebrates 342 scholarship awards to students primarily from communities throughout West Texas. These scholarships were made possible by generous donors to the Foundation’s more than 85 endowed scholarship funds. Since its inception, grants and scholarships totaling more than $108 million have been awarded by… Read more »

Open Society Foundations Announce $220 Million for Building Power in Black Communities

Open Society Foundations

To support this nation’s historic movement towards racial justice, the Open Society Foundations today is announcing investments totaling $220 million in emerging organizations and leaders building power in Black communities across the country, placing a bet on their ability to carry today’s momentum toward a better tomorrow.  The largest share of this support—$150 million—will be through a set of five-year grants to Black-led justice… Read more »

Wells Fargo Launches $400 Million Small Business Recovery Effort

Wells Fargo

Following an April 2020 industry-leading commitment to donate all gross processing fees from the Paycheck Protection Program, Wells Fargo unveiled today the details of an approximately $400 million effort to help small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic keep their doors open, retain employees, and rebuild. Through Wells Fargo’s new Open for Business Fund, the company will engage nonprofit organizations to provide capital,… Read more »

Poll: Young People Believe they Can Lead Change in Unprecedented Election Cycle

Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

A CIRCLE survey of young people shows that youth engagement is higher than in 2016 and 2018, but access to information about registration and voting in an election during the pandemic may be an issue.

Morgan Stanley, TruFund Financial Services and Ford Foundation Announce Launch of $26 Million Impact Developers Fund

Morgan Stanley, TruFund Financial Services and Ford Foundation

Morgan Stanley, TruFund Financial Services and the Ford Foundation today announced the launch of the Impact Developers Fund. The $26 million fund will provide much needed capital to emerging impact businesses that lack access to adequate affordable capital, including minority and women owned real estate development companies, expanding their capacity to build, own and operate quality affordable housing and to provide value-adding social services… Read more »

Independent Sector Launches New Report on Trust in Civil Society

Independent Sector

Independent Sector published new findings on trust in civil society from a research study conducted in partnership with Edelman Intelligence. The report includes results from a series of surveys designed to explore the nuances of trust in American nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The findings reveal broad trust (81 percent) in nonprofits’ abilities to strengthen society, and that the more closely aligned with mission and… Read more »