In the Appeal, Death is Never Easy To Talk About

Tom Ahern

How to start an appeal re: [gulp] dying?Follow me on Twitter: @thattomahern View this email in your browser   Notably re-quotable“…as we age we rely more heavily on intuition, values and emotion and less on rational thinking. Fewer bullet points. More stories. More evocative photos.” ~ Mark Rovner, Sea Change Strategies, Oct. 2019; citing Jeff Brooks   Dying Talking about “it” Karen G. (AU)… Read more »

Make it Count: Voting as Art 🗳️

McNay Art Museum

In 1967, artist Robert Indiana produced these designs to inform costumes and stage sets for a production of The Mother of Us All, a Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein opera. The production was revived with Indiana’s designs at the Santa Fe Opera to celebrate the United States Bicentennial in 1976. The opera chronicles the life of Susan B. Anthony and portrays the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States. 2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Constitutional amendment, which legally secured the right to vote for women.

Finding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Funding Information Center

Funding News and Grant Tips Texas Grant Management Standards (TxGMS) Published   Cross-border Charitable Giving Totaled $68 Billion in 2018 Public Funding Opportunities Basic and Translational Oral Health Research Related to HIV/AIDS (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): PA-18-695   A Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (Reissue of PA-14-112): PA-18-383   Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Farm to… Read more »

Meals one Wheels Awarded City’s Senior Nutrition Program

Meals on Wheels San Antonio

A proven leader in providing healthy meals to older adults, Meals on Wheels San Antonio was awarded a major contract by the city’s Department of Human Services to serve approximately 700,000 meals a year and up to 2,700 meals daily to adults 60 years and older in San Antonio’s neighborhood senior centers starting in January. The San Antonio City Council granted the Senior Nutrition… Read more »

ALERRT Center awarded $8.5 million Department of Justice grant

Texas State University

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University has received an $8.5 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant from the United States Department of Justice under the Preparing for Active Shooter Situations (PASS) program. The grant will support ALERRT’s Integrated Response Training Program, which provides training across the country to improve rapid response to active shooter events. “This… Read more »

New funding opportunity: $2M for racial equity and justice

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

As our country faces the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color and continued anti-Black violence, we can no longer ignore the profound and enduring effects of racism in federal, state and local policies on the health and wellbeing of marginalized and racialized groups. Boundless evidence exists examining the multiple ways in which racism can adversely affect health; what we need to do… Read more »

Announcing the 2020 Ecosystem Grantees

Bush Foundation

Announcing the 36 organizations selected as 2020 Ecosystem grantees! These grants provide operating support over three years to organizations that many of our region’s leaders and organizations rely upon. They provide critical data and analysis, spread great ideas and build capacity, advance public awareness and policy, and build and support leadership networks. Recipients were selected through a competitive open application process.   Meet the 2020… Read more »

Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism

Building Movement Project

This Executive Summary provides a sampling of the data and findings from On the Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism based on data collected from a survey of over 400 nonprofit executive directors and CEOs of color from across the United States. These leaders answered questions about the effects of COVID-19 on their communities, organizations and themselves, and… Read more »

Charities See Uptick in Giving in Second Quarter 2020


In a shift from the first quarter of the year, charitable giving increased by almost 7.5% over the first half of 2020, compared to the first half of 2019, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2020 Second Quarter Report. Giving from the first quarter of 2020 was 6% behind first quarter giving in 2019, and many charities were worried that the data didn’t yet… Read more »

We, The Social Responsibility Corporation, signed onto the The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Declaration of Racism as a Mental Health Crisis

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Download PDF version Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is one of the core values of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. We acknowledge the impact of racism, sexism, and other structural oppressions on mental health, and speak out against these oppressions even when it is challenging to do so. What follows is a statement from the Hogg Foundation about the mental health impact of racism… Read more »

What does a typical donor look like ~ in the US, Canada, the Irish Republic, the UK, NZ and AU?

Tom Ahern

If you had a different picture in your head… … for the sake of your bottom line, please adjust your assumptions. In February 2020, Sean Triner, Moceanic co-founder; co-founder of AU super-fundraising-agency, Pareto; and one of the planet’s TOP fundraising experts, had this to say: Let me tell you a secret: If by “young” you mean people in their 20s — you are heading… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   America’s HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD)   One in Four Rural Families Could Not Get Health Care During Pandemic   Public Funding Opportunities   Centers to Advance Research in Endometriosis (CARE) (P01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): RFA-HD-21-002   Emerging Infections Network – Research for Preventing, Detecting and Managing Travelers who Acquire Infectious Diseases Abroad: RFA-CK-21-002… Read more »

Pepsico’s Racial Equality Journey Hispanic Initiative


Over the past seven months, the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have laid bare many of the systemic inequities facing racial minorities in the United States. We’ve watched helplessly as the virus disproportionately claimed Black and Brown lives, and borne witness on a national scale to the pain and frustration, the outrage and indignity, endured by so many of our friends and colleagues… Read more »

Elections Matter – Join us Nov. 4 to debrief the results and whatthey mean for the 87th Session`

Children at Risk

  What Do the Elections Mean for Texas Children?    November 4, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM   Join CHILDREN AT RISK and members of the Texas Family Leadership Council to debrief the Nov. 3 election and what the early results may mean for Texas children and families. You’ll also get a first look at CHILDREN AT RISK’s policy agenda for the 87th Texas Legislative Session, hear… Read more »

Fire Chief Robert Rocha to read children’s thank you notes to first responders and present awards with Judy Cutright.

The Art Center of Corpus Christi

Come say Thank You to our present day Coastal Bend Heroes and see heartwarming expressions of Thanks by Local Artists and Students at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. Meet local artists and their Coastal Bend Heroes at the Art Center’s official opening and award presentation of The Art of Heroism. Talented artists will be recognized for their unique works depicting those who selflessly… Read more »

Perot Museum was awarded $496,860 an IMLS CARES Act Grant to serve 45,000 underserved youth

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

IMLS received 1,701 applications requesting $409.2 million and awarded a total of $13.8 million to 68 organizations. Less than 4% nationally of all applications were funded, and the Perot Museum’s award was among the largest, with $500,000 being the maximum. Only two Texas institutions – the Perot Museum and the Texas Historical Commission – and just eight U.S. science museums were selected for the grants.

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 »