Wells Fargo Donated $13.4 Million to Support Texas Nonprofits in 2018

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo today announced the company donated more than $13 million through 875 grants to local nonprofits, schools and community organizations in 2018 to help the communities and people of Texas. Wells Fargo’s philanthropic contributions build on a long history of collaboration with local nonprofits and community leaders to make a positive impact by addressing urgent community issues such as affordable housing, education, small… Read more »

Online Programs Give Students Path to Environmental Jobs

Unity College

With the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord and the U.N. warningabout climate change, businesses aren’t sitting on the sidelines; they’re leading the way toward a sustainable future. The world’s biggest brands, such as retailer Walmart and tech titan Apple, have made major pledges to improve the sustainability of their operations, and thousands of businesses have committed to meet the Paris accord… Read more »

Following Up on Important Matters: Comal County Citizens and CISD Granted Affected Party Status in Vulcan Preliminary Hearing

Comal County Citizens and CISD

On March 6th, nearly 200 concerned Comal County citizens filled the courthouse in New Braunfels to capacity. Rebecca Smith, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings(SOAH) steadfastly listened to a multitude of area residents passionately list personal and medical concerns from possible exposure to and inhalation of microscopic particulate matter generated by limestone quarrying and processing. Despite Vulcan’s own… Read more »

Contemporary Exhibition in Corpus Christi

The Art Center of Corpus Christi

The Art Center of Corpus Christi is hosting Contemporary in the Meadows Gallery from March 2 – 30. “Contemporary” simply refers to all work created “today”, and showcases over 50 local artists through 70 pieces of original art. The exhibition coincides with Contemporary Art Month Corpus Christi (CAMCC) and is a collaboration with K Space Contemporary. CAMCC is a series of events including art… Read more »

WildFlowers: What’s in Season in March

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

What’s in Season: March Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) Annual (or Drummond) phlox is widely regarded as one of Texas’ most beautiful wildflowers. Its soft, hairy foliage is cute in its own right, but it’s mainly prized for showy flowers that bloom in an impressive array of colors, often with a contrasting “eye” or a fetching starburst pattern. Find it in reds from deep maroon… Read more »

Meadows Center opens registration for Natural Leaders Summit

Texas State University

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University invites young leaders, ages 18 to 29, who are passionate about ensuring equitable access to nature to register for a free Natural Leaders Summit on March 30-31 in San Marcos. Space is limited, so participants are required to register at NaturalLeaders.MeadowsWater.org. Participants will receive free meals throughout the program, a summit T-shirt… Read more »

Special Olympics Texas Seeking Hundreds of Volunteers for 2019 Summer Games at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio

Special Olympics Texas

“Actually, we’re seeking approximately 3,000 volunteers for SOTX’s 2019 Summer Games that will be held May 2 through 5 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio,” said Judy Yoshimaru, SOTX director of volunteer services.  “This is such a wonderful, inspiring event, so we anticipate volunteer slots will fill up fast on a first-come, first-served basis.” In 1969, SOTX staged its first competition, and in 2019, the… Read more »

Bill & Melinda Gates Annual Letter: We didn’t see this coming

Bill & Melinda Gates

How would you describe 2018? Was it what you expected? We’d probably say no. From especially devastating natural disasters on the one hand to record numbers of women campaigning for office on the other, 2018 felt to us like a series of surprises. The world looking backward from today is very different from what we pictured a couple years ago looking forward.

Operating Your Nonprofit in the Dark and Fog How to Succeed Without Light

Karen Eber Davis

In the fog, the cove was pitch black. I couldn’t see the radio tower across the bay, a star, or the shore. Earlier that afternoon, the tide caught us when we’d anchored too close to shore. Now at 10:30 p.m. the tide was rising. We needed to move the boat or stay stuck until the following day.    It should have been easy. We… Read more »

If you are a poet in North Texas, Thirty words are waiting for you. Tell your story.

Writer's Garret

Now in its second year, The Common Language Project invites you to re-enter this shared and sacred space and give testimony to a transformation. Spin for us a story of strange and dramatic alteration: a change in a body, in a world, in a heart or a mind. Growth or decline, mutation or metamorphosis, confusion or clarity-we want to hear about a transformation that… Read more »

Wicked generosity: beware manipulative gifts from the Lily Family School of Philanthropy

Amir PasicEugene R. Tempel Dean, Lily Family School of Philanthropy

Julius Caesar masterfully deployed his public and personal giving to build his reputation as an exceptionally generous nobleman. His deft giving at levels large and small, to friends, rivals, and the masses helped him build a base he used to transform the temporary role of dictator into a lifetime role, thus creating the eponymous title.

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 »