There are indeed great nonprofit bosses (worked for some). There are indeed great nonprofit boards (I’m assured).

Tom Ahern

There are indeed great nonprofit bosses (worked for some). There are indeed great nonprofit boards (I’m assured). And then there are the dumb, revenue-suppressing approval processes that the fundraising industry deals with daily… Simon Scriver #FundraisingEverywhere asked me to speak. Simon wanted me to reminisce. I’m old. He’s not yet old. He thought I could speak with authority on something like, “If I could… Read more »

Statistically 1 in 792 people are born with Down syndrome, and there are approximately 6,000 people living with Down syndrome in greater Houston

Easter Seals Greater Houston (ESGH)

Statistically 1 in 792 people are born with Down syndrome, and there are approximately 6,000 people living with Down syndrome in greater Houston. Currently, Easter Seals Greater Houston (ESGH) is serving 10 times the number of clients per the statistic through its 12 programs. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and Easter Seals Greater Houston is celebrating by spreading the word about its mission to… Read more »

It’s Just Around the Musical Corner: Cactus Pear Music Festival’s Feb. 23rd Soirée “WINTER REPRIEVE”

Cactus Pear Music Festival

     The Feb. 23rd Soirée is just around the corner,when CPMF artistic director-candidate Ryo Yanagitani, the 2009 San Antonio International Piano Competition [SAIPC] Gold Medalist, is joined by renowned clarinetist Garrick Zoeter and SA Symphony cellist Quizhen Liu for a “Winter Reprieve,” with works by Beethoven and Brahms, along with trios by Zemlinski, Rota and Vincent D’Indy.    Don’t wait, there is limited… Read more »

Celebrating 25 Years of Sports Excellence – San Antonio SportsSidelines – February 2020

San Antonio Sports

Celebrating 25 Years of Sports Excellence The San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, a partnership between San Antonio Sports, the San Antonio Express-News and City of San Antonio, inducted its first class 25 years ago in 1995. Since then, we’ve inducted 97 men, 17 women and two teams, who either hail from the Alamo City or conducted their careers here. Each has made a… Read more »

Introducing Spurs Give

Spurs Sports & Entertainment

    After three decades of community work, investment and involvement, the Spurs’ official nonprofit, formerly Silver & Black Give Back, recently unveiled its new name, Spurs Give, along with its new mission – to strengthen and serve the communities through impactful programming, player engagements, and investments that enrich the lives of youth and those around them.   As part of our transition to… Read more »

Opening Reception this Saturday, February 8 from 4 – 7 PM: KaisuKoski’s Rehearsals of Empathy


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Exhibition Opening: Saturday, February 8, 2020 4 – 5 PM: Conversation with Kaisu Koski and Professor Kirsten Ostherr 5 – 7 PM: Opening Reception  On view: February 8 – March 29, 2020 Kaisu Koski Rehearsals of Empathy February 8 – March 29, 2020 Project Space Image courtesy of Kaisu Koski. Kaisu Koski’s Rehearsals for Empathy portrays aspects of simulation in medical education through… Read more »

Leave a Wild Legacy: Planning for the Future: Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has launched a $9 million fundraising effort to amplify $12.5 million in state funds to open the first new state park in North Texas in 20 years -Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has launched a $9 million fundraising effort to amplify $12.5 million in state funds to open the first new state park in North Texas in 20 years. Palo Pinto Mountains State Park will come to life thanks to a partnership between public funding and a dedicated private fundraising campaign. This public-private partnership will have a transformative impact that will touch generations of Texans. Located on 4,421 acres of scenic, undeveloped land 75 miles west of Fort Worth and 75 miles east of Abilene, this new park will help millions of Texans enjoy, explore, and be inspired by our state’s incredible wild things and wild places, now and for generations to come.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Alpha Home

  💜 THE MONTH OF LOVE 💜   From the CEO     Traditionally, February is the month of love and this month we are loving seeing our clients transition from residential to outpatient programming, the recovery stories that our alumnae have been sharing with us, and YOU- our wonderful donors and supporters!   Satisfaction surveys have been pouring in and we will share… Read more »

How to thank too much

Tom Ahern

Line in the sand: R U boring me? Patti D. shared this pungent email from a committed donor:  I wanted to tell you that it is not necessary, or even desirable, to keep sending me thank you letters every month for my little monthly donations. I don’t need to get them, and I think its a waste of time and money on your part… Read more »

Naomi Shihab Nye honored with lifetime achievement award from National Book Critics Circle

Texas State University

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) has named Naomi Shihab Nye, a professor of creative writing in the Department of English at Texas State University, recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Sandrof Award, named after NBCC’s first president, is given to a person or institution — a writer, publisher, critic or editor, among others — who has, over time, made… Read more »

Austin Dragon Boat Teams host Open House on Saturday, February 15

Paddles with a Purpose (PWP)

Paddles with a Purpose (PWP), Austin’s first and only breast cancer survivor dragon boat team is joining the Austin Coolers dragon boat team in hosting an open house or “open boat” on Saturday February 15 from 2-5pm at the Waller Creek Boathouse, ​74 Trinity Street​. Everyone is welcome to come get in the boat and try out dragon boating. Extra life jackets and paddles… Read more »

Houston’s home for musical theatre launches a new six-show season in September with a pre-Broadway engagement of 1776

Theatre Under The Stars

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced the exciting line-up of musicals for its 2020-2021 Season via a video interview with Artistic Director, Dan Knechtges, by Arts & Culture Producer, Ernie Manouse. Just in time for the Presidential election, the six-show series at Houston’s Hobby Center will launch in September with the highly-anticipated Broadway revival of 1776, prior to its arrival in New York City.… Read more »

Good Sam Named Finalist For Shark Tank Style Event

Good Samaritan Community Services

Good Samaritan Community Services (Good Sam) was named as a finalist today for Philanthropitch San Antonio 2020. The agency’s proposed pitch would improve kindergarten readiness and empower more families in our community each year.   “We are humbled and grateful to be selected as a finalist for this amazing event, and we offer congratulations to all finalists and their intentional projects as we work… Read more »

The Writer’s Garret Spring Open House This Weekend

The Writer's Garret

1250 Majesty Dr | Dallas, TX 75247 Saturday, January 25th | 1:00-4:00pm FREE and open to the public   Join us this Saturday, January 25th, 1pm-4pm, as we start our 25th anniversary celebration with readings, drinks, and refreshments! You’ll hear about our successes in 2019, find out about some of our spring classes, and get a sneak peek at our plans for 2020! RSVP Now Thank you… Read more »

Honoring Mothers Save the Date

The Battered Women and Children's Shelter

19th Annual Honoring Mothers Luncheon       Friday, 8 May 2020   11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Grand Hyatt     Presenting Rachel Louise Snyder     Rachel is the author of No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us.   Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in… Read more »

78 Irrefutable Canons of Fundraising – in detail

Jerry Panas

Iam often asked how I chose fundraising as a career. Actually, I didn’t choose fundraising. Fundraising chose me.

Here’s the brief version. I was slated for medical school. I needed some money for tuition. I was in Pittsburgh when I took a job at the YMCA.

The Y put me in charge of fundraising and their campaign. What courage they exhibited. What confidence. What lunacy! I knew nothing about fundraising.

Successfully Navigating an Executive Director Transition

C.J. Hirschfield - Blue Avocado

Children’s Fairyland is the nation’s first storybook theme park; definitely not your typical nonprofit. So maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised when the park’s executive director said to me, her replacement, as she handed over the keys to the kingdom, “Thank God Coco didn’t die on my watch.” Coco was the park’s sweet old pony, beloved by many generations of kids. Her passing would… Read more »

Sempulse wins 2019 International Innovation Award for non-invasivevital signs sensor

Texas State University

Sempulse, a tenant of Texas State University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Park, has received the Innovation Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) for developing a non-invasive vital signs sensor that adheres to the back of the ear and acquires patients’ five major vital signs.             The annual award is given to a company within a university research park that… Read more »

When women lead, workplaces should listen

McKinsey Research

For years, female executives have come away from women-only leadership programs empowered to do—and ask for—more, valuing the opportunity to examine their strengths and shortcomings in the psychological safety of their peers and to use the experience as a springboard for personal development. But organizations are leaving unexamined the most powerful lessons these programs offer. The oft-overlooked benefit of women-only leadership programs is that… Read more »