Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life

Pew Research Center: Kathleen Stansberry, Janna Anderson, Lee Rainie

Fifty years after the first computer network was connected, most experts say digital life will mostly change humans’ existence for the better over the next 50 years. However, they warn this will happen only if people embrace reforms allowing better cooperation, security, basic rights and economic fairness

Best length for a newsletter article aimed at VIPs? This consultant insists it be 750 words or less “because science says so.” Right or wrong?

Tom Ahern

I have a random question and am wondering if either of you has some evidence/research, etc. to support a theory, one way or the other. I am working on a Capital Campaign for my charity. We are working with a consultant. The consultant is quite the stickler when it comes to word count. I’ve never worked with someone who is so dead set on particular word counts for various marketing pieces.

Americans and Privacy: Concerned, Confused and Feeling Lack of Control Over Their Personal Information

Pew Research Center by Brooke Auxier, Lee Rainie, Monica Anderson, Andrew Perrin, Madhu Kumar and Erica Turner

Roughly six-in-ten Americans think their personal data is less secure now, that data collection poses more risks than benefits, and believe it is not possible to go through daily life without being tracked by companies and the government

A Network that Really Works

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

The team saved Alexandria Project site 159 – Beehive – for a cold day. Those big holes above the rock art panel are full of bees! It’s better to invade the bees’ territory when they are chilled, lethargic and want to stay close to home. The crew finished the day’s documentation of the rock art without a single sting.

2020 Houston Artadia Fellowship


  2019 Houston Artadia Fellowship Exhibition in Lawndale’s 3rd Floor Hallway Space. Image courtesy of Nash Baker. Call for Applications: 2020 Artadia Fellowship Program   Last year, Artadia launched a new program to support immigrant and refugee artists working in Houston. We wanted to personally invite you to submit to their call for applications, open to all immigrant and refugee artists working in any medium, at any stage… Read more »

Health and Human Services grant to support ‘Strengthening Families’ program in Central Texas

Texas State University

Texas State University has received $1 million from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families in support of the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families (SR/SF) program.             SR/SF is a relationship education program for pregnant and parenting adolescents across Central Texas.             The funding is the final installment of a five-year, $5 million grant initially awarded in 2015 and… Read more »

An Invitation to Conserve Wild Things and Wild Places Today

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) funds high-impact, meaningful projects that uniquely ensure Texans can enjoy our state’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources for generations to come. This wouldn’t be possible without you. TPWF members support our 95 state parks, 191,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4 million acres of coastal water, 649 bird species, more than 550 game wardens, over 1 million acres of… Read more »

A great read: The Power of Investing in People: 6 Lessons from the Detroit Innovation Fellowship

The Johnson Center & Pamela Lewis of the New Economy Initiative at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

In 2017, my colleagues and I at the New Economy Initiative (NEI), an entrepreneurial development strategy of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, explored ideas to connect southeast Michigan’s innovation assets — universities, medical centers, tech startups, etc. — to community-minded Detroiters. Our hope was to leverage the expertise and resources of those assets to solve challenges residents were facing in their neighborhoods. After… Read more »

Reclaiming Civil Society

Stanford Social Innovation: Marshall Ganz & Art Reyes III

This very important article, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2020 Issue, and is funded by the Ford Foundation as part of the Realizing Democracy project, speak to an increasingly shared understanding among policymakers, civil society leaders, and scholars that democracy reform today must address underlying systemic roots of exclusion and inequality. The ideas reflect the views of the authors solely. If you click into the link at the bottom of the article, you will find more important articles that will explain much of the phenomena that is going on in our country right now. Please read and share.

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 »

The Best Way To Put Clients First Is To Let Them Lead!

Dr. Marc Spencer, Blue Avocado

Those of us who work at nonprofits are drawn to a particular mission and a desire to do good and give back. Most of us have navigated our careers thoughtfully and intentionally and have worked hard (perhaps even tirelessly). Yet often, despite our good intentions and hard work, we find ourselves replicating the practices that created the inequity we committed to disrupt in the… Read more »

The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off

Children at Risk

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?   The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off today and CHILDREN AT RISK is ready to advocate for policies that improve the lives of Texas children. From access to quality child care to school finance, mental health support, and protections for human trafficking victims, Texas has a lot of work to do. Help us make Texas the best… Read more »