“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 »

Rivals United with 20M each: Transformative Gifts Establish the J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at Both UT and Texas A&M

UT News - University of Texas at Austin

In a rare occurrence and an extraordinary act of philanthropy, The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University each received $20 million gifts from J. Mike Walker to support their Departments of Mechanical Engineering. Walker is an alumnus of both schools and the co-founder of Dril-Quip. In honor of his generous donations, both departments have been officially renamed to the J. Mike… Read more »

UPCOMING: Difficult Dialogues Public Forum on the Environment with Dr. Eric Klinenberg (10/16)

Humanities Institute - The University of Texas at Austin

  RSVP Humanities Institute / Planet Texas 2050 Fall 2018 Difficult Dialogues Public Forum on the Environment Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Klinenberg, “Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality” The University of Texas Humanities Institute and Planet Texas 2050 will hold a Difficult Dialogues public panel on “Climate Change, Social Infrastructure, and Inequality,”featuring Eric Klinenberg, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for… Read more »

Ekphrasis: Poetic Response to Visual Art

The Writer's Garret

Ekphrasis, or responding to visual art in poetry, is an important literary tradition. This workshop will explore as ekphrasis as a tool to discovery and increased poetic skill. Come prepared to generate work in response to visual art on display in the ArtSpace gallery. This workshop is suitable for all poets at all levels of experience. Instructor: Logen CureTuition: Early Registration $50 (Both members… Read more »

900K 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 »

Mathematics researchers land 300K NFS grant to study proof-based courses

Texas State University

A team of researchers from the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University has received a National Science Foundation grant to study the instructor and student activity involved in promoting productive discussions in proof-based courses. The three year project titled, “Orchestrating Discussion Around Proof (ODAP),” was funded for approximately $300,000. The Texas State team consists of Kate Melhuish, principal investigator, Robert Sigley, co-PI, and Kristen Lew, co-PI.… Read more »

North Texas Giving Day brings in a mind-boggling $48 million for charities

Holly Haber - Dallas News

The 18-hour online fundraiser generated a mind-boggling $48 million for area charities, according to organizer Communities Foundation of Texas. That’s a 20 percent leap over last year’s remarkable $39 million. Read more at https://www.dallasnews.com/business/philanthropy/2018/09/21/north-texas-giving-day-brings-mind-boggling-47-million-charities Article Author: Holly Haber – Dallas News

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America By Kevin T. Karlson

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Join us at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Friday Oct 5th, as renowned nature photographer Kevin Karlson presents a visually stunning program reflecting the mood and content of Birds of Prey by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).   The presentation runs from 7:30-8:30 pm. A $5 donation suggested for admittance. Kevin will be available to sign copies of his book following… Read more »

You’re Invited: 2018 Parent Action Guide Release in Fort Worth and Dallas

Children at Risk

  Join CHILDREN AT RISK as we celebrate the release of our 2018 Parent Action Guide, a Texas School Guide publication. Our Parent Action Guides help parents navigate our complex public education system and empower families to succeed.   Guests will receive our latest parent engagement materials, learn about recent regional school performance trends, and hear from local parent advocates.   Seats are limited,… Read more »

Texas State endowment achieves milestone, exceeds $200 million

Texas State University

The Total University Endowment at Texas State University has surpassed $200 million President Denise M. Trauth announced during the annual Convocation on August 24. The milestone was achieved in May of this year, spurred by a series of gifts to the university. “Endowment funds help us attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty, expand our academic programs and pursue research activities,”… Read more »