The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) released an evaluation and lessons learned memo to share third-party findings regarding theFund’s activity. The memo, compiled by FSG, shares insights about the Fund’s operationsand forward-looking considerations for future philanthropic disaster relief responses in Houston and beyond. Submitted by Advisory Board co-chairs, Tony Chase and Bill Jackson, the evaluation memo includes recommendations to maintain flexibility and transparency in… Read more »
The Justin J. Watt Foundation today released the progress of the contributions made to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund started by J.J. Watt following the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey 12 months ago. The fundraiser raised $41.6 million making it the largest crowdsourced fundraiser in world history. All funds have been distributed to eight nonprofits: All Hands and Hearts, Americares, Boys & Girls Clubs,… Read more »
“Impact investing”–financial investments designed to generate a measurable, positive impact on society, while also providing potential returns–is growing in popularity, according to research conducted by American Century Investments . The “appeal” of impact investing reached 49 percent among 2018 survey participants, compared to 38 percent in 2016. At 56 percent, Millennials find impact investing most appealing, followed by Gen Xers and Baby Boomers at 52… Read more »
The IGNORANCE CEILING is destroying fundraising. Now you know. Meet the frustrated: So MANY fundraisers quit so fast. They learn “best practices” … and then collide with the “Ignorance Ceiling.” I.e., bosses and boards insisting: “I don’t like it. No way.”
Announcing The Big Show 2018! The Big Show 2018 Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, November 11, 2018 Lawndale is pleased to announce the artists, programming, and events for the 2018 iteration of The Big Show, our ambitious annual exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. For the 2018 exhibition, juror Evelyn C. Hankins selected 53 works from 501 artist… Read more »
Recently, a CEO confided that the accelerated disruptions occurring in her industry, with the advent of new technologies, new entrants and new business models, were shaking her usual confidence. While an expert in her field, she was doubting her adaptability to the increasingly complex nature of the challenges leaders face today, from work to home life. She is far from alone. More and more,… Read more »
The last festival of the summer will be buzzing with artists, great music, local craft beer, food trucks and dozens of hands-on creative activities for the whole family. Arts Alive kicks off Saturday morning with the 1/2K by the Bay Beer Run. That is correct, this is a 0.5K. There is no need to be a marathoner, but participants must be 21 or over… Read more »
A leader in San Antonio and South Texas business, banking, and philanthropy has died. Tom C. Frost Jr. was 90. Frost was with Frost Bank for 35 years before retiring as president and CEO in 1997. “Tom Frost’s impact on our company, and in San Antonio in general, can’t be overstated,” said Phil Green, chairman and CEO of Cullen/Frost Bankers in a news release.… Read more »
Funding News and Grant Tips Study Finds Gender Differences in Charitable Giving Around Retirement http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-8-2.aspx#A Native-American Causes Underfunded Due to Misconceptions http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-8-2.aspx#B Public Funding Opportunities Advancing Extracellular RNA (exRNA) Communication Research: Improved Isolation and Analysis of exRNA-Carrier Subclasses (UG3/UH3 Clinical Trial Not Allowed): RFA-RM-18-027 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-8-2.aspx#C Advancing Extracellular RNA (exRNA) Communication Research: Towards Single Extracellular Vesicle (EV) Sorting, Isolation, and Analysis of Cargo (UG3/UH3 Clinical… Read more »
Fly fishing is at the center of JT Van Zandt’s life. He’s been fly fishing the coastal waters of Texas since 1991. The oldest son of the late singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, JT honors his father’s spirit by finding and protecting harmony in nature. As a longtime fly-fishing guide who specializes in red fishing on the Texas coast, JT is dedicated to protecting natural… Read more »
Slip on your fancy cowboy and cowgirl duds and come on out to the Deep in the Heart of Caring on October 13, 2018 at Schwertner Ranch Event Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale on September 1st. This annual fundraiser draws hundreds of neighbors under the wide-open country sky for an evening of live and silent auctions, a live… Read more »
Giving a kidney to a stranger is an awesome expression of generosity. But we are also sadly well aware of our capacity to be mean to each other. We find generosity blazing triumphantly at the loftiest heights of the human spirit. And we find it glaringly absent in the depths of despair and evil.
Texas State University’s Hank Hehmsoth, associate professor in the School of Music, and Keith Winking, professor in the School of Music, have received a National Endowment for the Arts 2018-19 Art:Works grant. The $25,000 grant will support a “Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern” event. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand recollections and decades-spanning scholarly research on early jazz and bands, as well… Read more »
The San Antonio Business Journal and The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation are partnering to honor nonprofit workers, volunteers, companies, and board members at 2018’s Corporate Philanthropy and Nonprofit Awards.
Nonprofits providing critical home repairs and other housing assistance to low-income Texas families affected by Hurricane Harvey now have a second chance to apply for grants to accelerate their work. This opportunity, made possible by generous donations from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and The Meadows Foundation, comes just days after the awarding of 14 initial grants totaling $500,000 for recovery projects. The Housing… Read more »
Suddenly it seems like everyone’s talking about it. Or maybe “finally” is better than suddenly. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has gotten weighty on the subject. On June 7, it featured a scathing article by Amanda Pearce, CFRE, under the headline, “Nonprofit is a Tax Status, NOT a Business Model.” Even US charity watchdogs have admitted they got it wrong. In case no one at… Read more »
Many of the principles of fundraising I learned early on really are true: listen to prospective donors to connect them to your cause; build relationships to move supporters to the next level of giving; and thank donors more often than you ask for money. These do result in better fundraising outcomes. But based on my recent experience, I’m wondering if the scarcity-based approach of holding your funding sources under lock and key could use an upgrade.
Tech Impact, a national nonprofit organization and leading expert in nonprofit technology, announced its second annual Tech Forward Conference, a three-day event bringing together nonprofit leaders and industry experts to discuss how technology can transform nonprofit organizations and the sector as a whole. Taking place from September 30 – October 2 in Austin, TX, Tech Impact and its conference partners, TechSoup, NetSuite, and Microsoft,… Read more »
Six nonprofit organizations received a combined $3 million for future capital projects. The gifts were a result of the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. Area Foundation board members and staff, John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation committee members, and Santikos Enterprises representatives visited the six nonprofits the week of Aug. 6 with award checks in hand. These… Read more »
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Texas State University a $324,000 grant to help build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The NASA Future Aerospace Engineers and Mathematicians Academy (FAMA) Central Texas Minority Youth is a two-year research project at Texas State with Araceli Ortiz, an associate research professor… Read more »