The Perot Museum of Nature and Science elected new officers and six new board members at its annual meeting held Sept. 20

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science elected new officers and six new board members at its annual meeting held Sept. 20. Mac McFarland, CEO of GenOn Energy, will serve as chair of the board of directors for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. McFarland succeeds Hernan Saenz, who served as chair for the 2016-2018 fiscal years. Joining McFarland as board officers are Karen Katz (former… Read more »

Banks Award $16K in Grant Funds to Houston-Area Financial Literacy Program

CommunityBank of Texas and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas)

CommunityBank of Texas and FHLB Dallas awarded $16,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Credit Coalition to help offset operational costs and enable the organization to continue to provide complimentary financial counseling to Houston area residents. (Photo: Business Wire) “Since we don’t charge for our services, this will allow us to make sure we have our resources in place: books, everything we use for… Read more »

Department of Education grant to strengthen transfer infrastructure

Texas State University

University College at Texas State University has received a $2.4 million Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Project Maestros, with the goal of improving the transfer pipeline for community college students. In addition to strengthening relationships with area community college students, the grant will help Texas State increase matriculation and success rates for new and continuing… Read more »

Don’t Miss Cactus Pear Music Festival’s Nov. 4 Soiree: Albéniz to Weber

Cactus Pear Music Festival

  Our NOVEMBER 4th “Soirée Special” concert is almost here ready to inaugurate our SEVENTH Soirée Season of intimate and exclusive performances. We open our season with an incredible group of musicians: pianist DANIEL ANASTASIO, San Antonio Symphony’s Principal Clarinet ILYA SHTERENBERG, and San Fransisco cellist JONAH KIM who join artistic director and violinist STEPHANIE SANT’AMBROGIO in a program that will take you “from Albéniz to Weber.” From a… Read more »

New integrated, outpatient program created to combat mental illness, homelessness

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

To help break the cycle of mental illness, addiction and homelessness, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has launched a new integrated, trauma-informed behavioral health program for treatment and recovery support. The UTHealth Homeless Outpatient Mental Health Expansion Services Program is funded with a $2.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department… Read more »

NIJ grant aims to improve forensic dental age estimates of youth

Texas State University

Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, has received a National Institute of Justice award to improve the accuracy of age estimates for unidentified remains of children and adolescents. The project titled, “Investigation of subadult dental age-at-death estimation using transitional analysis and machine learning methods,” was funded for approximately $900,000. Joseph Hefner, an assistant professor in the Department of… Read more »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Genesis Women's Shelter

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support For 33 years, 24 hours a day, Genesis Women’s Shelter has been waiting with lights on and doors open to welcome women and children facing the greatest time of crisis they have ever known. Every year, we see nearly 2,500 women and children turn to Genesis as they make the brave decision to leave their former lives behind, taking… Read more »

Summerlee Foundation Will Fund the 2018 Match

Shumla Archaeological Center

Summerlee Foundation Will Fund the 2018 Match SEPTEMBER 2018   We can barely contain our excitement! The incredible Summerlee Foundation has committed to match all 2018 individual donations to Shumla up to $100,000!   The Summerlee Foundation is a very special organization. Their philosophy is simple: Make grant distributions to organizations that make a measurable difference to animals and Texas history. Their stated goal is to… Read more »

Goal set to collect 225,000 pounds of food by year end

Caring Place

The Caring Place provides a 10-day supply of food to families in financial crisis through its Food Pantry. The Caring Place is preparing to launch its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive on October 1, and it will end December 31. With the community’s help, the organization wishes to collect 225,000 pounds of food by the New Year. “The summer was challenging for the Food… Read more »

“In a billion-dollar campaign case,” she wondered, “where do you stick the ‘letter from the Dean’?”

Tom Ahern

Ummmmmmm…. Good question, Echo. ¶ In our little world [The Case Writers], where we pretty much get to write and design whatever we think is best, working with a group of clients who want exactly that, every “normal” element is questionable. You start each day with this question, “What if everything I think I know is wrong?” ¶ In other words, if something normally… Read more »

Fall Native Plant Sale October 12 & 13

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

What’s in Season: October American witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) We swear we didn’t choose witch hazel because of Halloween — it’s just an added bonus that this striking tree blooms around the same time little kids are donning pointy hats and toting cauldrons and brooms. But Hamamelis virginiana — best known by its fragrant, lime-yellow, crepelike petals — does have a few tricks up its… Read more »

Some Say Fundraising Is Just Sales: They’re Wrong!

Blue Avocado - Tori O’Neal-McElrath

Early in my 30-plus year career in the philanthropic arena, I was looking for a major gifts officer for a reproductive health clinic in Los Angeles. Of the many résumés I received, one was from a candidate with ten years of solid experience—but for eight of those ten years, he worked for religious charities that opposed the values held by my organization. Within the… Read more »

The Board vs. Staff Game Replacing Divide and Conquer with Let’s Make Millions Together

Karen Eber Davis

It started with a threat, from a board member in the midst of a board meeting.   “If she doesn’t produce in a year, she’s out of here.”   Thirty seconds. Sixty seconds.   Silence hung in the room like fog at dawn.   I was beginning my third job with a nonprofit. The first two positions were highly-sought-after spots with low-pay and high-perks. … Read more »

Could This Be Modern Philanthropy’s Day of Reckoning?

Nell Edgington

Something pretty interesting is happening in the world of philanthropy. Anand Giridharadas, journalist and former Aspen Institute fellow, has just written a  pretty major indictment of modern philanthropy in his new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. Giridharadas takes big philanthropists to task for reinforcing the social problems they claim to be solving. He’s creating lots (and lots and lots) of buzz, and adding… Read more »

The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to spend another €300 million on climate-related programmes between 2020 and 2023 and calls on others to follow their lead

IKEA

The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to spend another €300 million on climate-related programmes between 2020 and 2023 and calls on others to follow our lead. This funding is on top of the €400 million we pledged to spend on climate programmes between 2015 and 2020, and it builds on our commitment to make fighting climate change one of our core focuses. The new… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Entrepreneurs Donate More to Charity http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-1.aspx#A   CPRIT Releases 2018 Texas Cancer Plan http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-1.aspx#B   CPRIT Research and Product Development Programs Webinar Slides Now Available http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-1.aspx#C     Public Funding Opportunities   Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trial Optional): PAR-18-747 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-1.aspx#D Addressing the Challenges… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Cash Gifts from Corporations Increased Five Percent in 2017 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-9-4.aspx#A   Civil Rights, Racial Discrimination Top Concern for Young Americans http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-9-4.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   Access and Mobility Partnership Grants http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-9-4.aspx#C   Local Foods, Local Places 2018-2019 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-9-4.aspx#D Modeling HIV Neuropathology Using Microglia from Human iPSC and Cerebral Organoids (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): RFA-DA-19-009 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-9-4.aspx#E… Read more »

MacKenzie Stevens Named Director at Visual Arts Center

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the appointment of MacKenzie Stevens as its new Director. Stevens joins the VAC from the Hammer Museum at the University of California in Los Angeles where she was part of the curatorial team for four years. As the director of an experiential, public-facing curatorial laboratory at UT Austin,… Read more »

Barbara Bush Foundation announces student essay contest with winnershonored at AT&T Stadium; deadline Oct. 9

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Parents and teachers, here’s a chance for students to be a part of the 17thannual Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading, which is presented by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Each year, the Foundation hosts an essay contest to share the joy of reading and showcase the writing talents of North Texas students. The contest is open to students in grades 2-5 from… Read more »

Dipp Metzger Makes Generous Donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas

Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas

Lizzie Dipp Metzger is proud to give back to her community by supporting foundations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. In 2017, she committed to a pledge of $25,000 which will be fulfilled over 5 years. A firm believer in the mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation, “Together, we create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses,” Dipp Metzger intends to continue supporting… Read more »