U.S. Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2017

Science Philanthropy Alliance

Research institutions in the U.S. received more than $2.3 billion for basic science research in 2017 from foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and charities, according to the Private Funding of Basic Science Survey conducted by the Science Philanthropy Alliance. The top ten institutions received 65% of this amount. Basic science research seeks fundamental knowledge about nature and our universe that progress and innovation rely upon. The… Read more »

NoVo Foundation Announces Grantees of $34 Million Radical Hope Fund

NoVo Foundation

NoVo Foundation is dedicated to building a more just and balanced world. Founded in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo has become one of the largest private foundations in the world to support initiatives focused explicitly on girls and women, including a dedicated focus on ending violence against girls and women and supporting adolescent girls.

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

Laura Bush via The Washington Post

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

U.S. Research Institutions Received Over $2.3 Billion in Private Funding for Basic Science in 2017

Science Philanthropy Alliance

Research institutions in the U.S. received more than $2.3 billion for basic science research in 2017 from foundations, philanthropists, corporations, and charities, according to the Private Funding of Basic Science Survey conducted by the Science Philanthropy Alliance. The top ten institutions received 65% of this amount. Basic science research seeks fundamental knowledge about nature and our universe that progress and innovation rely upon. The… Read more »

Cocktails & Connections at Hotel Valencia

Dress for Success San Antonio

Join us for COCKTAILS & CONNECTIONS Benefitting our women’s division Dress for Success San Antonio   Summer is the Season of Success! Join us on July 12th @6 pm at Hotel Valencia’s Naranja Bar for Cocktails & Connections.   Your $25* ticket gives you exclusive access to our Pop-Up Boutique – a preview of our Semi-Annual Fall Sale, one complimentary drink, tasty bites from… Read more »

Wildlife Photography Presentation and Workshops

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Kevin Karlson, expert wildlife photographer, will be on site at GCBO Friday October 5th to present his work on the recently published “Birds of Prey” book. He will talk about the different groups of raptors found in North America, sharing his photos and his raptor field stories with us. A $5 donation is suggested for admittance. Kevin will be available to sign copies of… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Foundation, Nonprofit Leaders Concerned About Drop in Giving http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#A   Men More Likely to Replace Charitable Giving with Impact Investing http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   High Obesity Program: CDC-RFA-DP18-1809 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#C   Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription and Opioid Addiction: TI-18-009 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-2.aspx#D NHLBI SBIR Phase IIB Bridge Awards to Accelerate the Commercialization of Technologies for Heart, Lung,… Read more »

Corporate Cup for the Win – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – June 2018

San Antonio Sports

Corporate Cup for the Win!   More than 5,000 people converged on the University of the Incarnate Word athletic facilities June 2 for the seventh annual San Antonio Sports Corporate Cup presented by Ortho Now Injury Clinic. It was a sight to behold. Thousands having fun tailgating, competing in 13 different events, such as tug-of-war, dodgeball, sack races, Frisbee toss, a 5K and 4×100… Read more »

Our Housing Crisis takes Center Stage

Houston Habitat for Humanity

Identifying problems; finding solutions   Recuperating from housing loss is overwhelming. Home is where you start your day and where you lay your head at night. For many today, home is not the home that it was a year ago. The consequences of a devastating hurricane left many homeowners still struggling today. Houston used to be a beacon for people who looked to enjoy… Read more »

Performance Measurement: Six Pitfalls To Avoid in Developing Your Theory of Change

Matthew Forti + Bridgespan Group

Over the past decade, more and more nonprofits have developed theories of change— that is, an articulation of the results an organization must achieve to be successful and how it, working alone or with others, will achieve them. Organizations do this either of their own volition or because funders, board members, or other parties ask them to do so. In fact, according to Innovation Network’s State of Evaluation 2010, half of nonprofits report having a theory of change, and of those, nearly 80 percent either created or revised it in the past year.

Announcing 2018 Ima Hogg Scholarship Recipients

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health + Josephine Gurch

Each year, the Hogg Foundation awards Ima Hogg Scholarships to graduate social work students who have committed to joining the mental health workforce. An investment in their post-graduate careers is an investment in improving the quality of mental health services across Texas where the mental health workforce is in critical condition. Reports from 2015 revealed that more than 70 percent of counties across the state… Read more »

Austin (using blockchain to help the homeless) and Georgetown (leasing rooftop space to solar-power a city) are two fo the Bloomberg Philanthropy 2018 Champion Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies

2018 Champion Cities Austin, TX: Using Blockchain to Vouch for Identities of the Homeless The City of Austin will use blockchain technology to provide homeless residents with a unique identifier that allows them to access their personal records at any time, enabling access to critical services. Boston, MA: Bringing Equity to Street Repairs The City of Boston will infuse equity into the City’s approach… Read more »

Why Collaborations Fail What lies under the word, “uncollaborative”? Usually, it’s an unaddressed power imbalance

Stanford Social Innovation + Jon Huggett

A few weeks ago, the board chair of a great social enterprise called me in distress. A collaboration he had nurtured was in disarray. He’d gotten ahold of an email that called the executive director and staff at his organization “uncollaborative.” He and I tried to figure out what was going on. We talked through the history of the collaboration and ultimately spotted what we… Read more »

The Best Route to Approaching Donors: Hand-Head-Heart

Blue Avocado + Paula Golden

As someone who began her career as a fund raiser and migrated to become a funder as head of a large corporate foundation, I have a somewhat unique vantage point on the struggle many nonprofits endure when engaging funders and major donors to support their cause. In speaking with executive and development officers who are charged with fundraising, I find it most helpful to… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips   Human Services Organizations Critical to Community Health http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#A   Non-Governmental Organizations Shifting Power to Local Staff to Boost Program Results http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   Advancing Evidence into Practice through Shared, Interoperable Clinical Decision Support Resources (U18): PA-18-792 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#C   Direct Services for Survivors of Torture: HHS-2018-ACF-ORR-ZT-1356 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-6-1.aspx#D Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success: SP-18-008… Read more »

Census Bureau Reveals Fastest-Growing Large Cities: San Antonio Tops Chart Adding More Than 60 People a Day on Average

U. S. Census Bureau

More people moving to Texas and to San Antonio. It’s not a surprise, but whys this happening? Where are people coming from? How is San Antonio planning for population growth? What impact can population growth have on other socioeconomic issues such as mass transit system and transportation, employment, education, affordable housing, conservation and natural resources, social services and the criminal justice system? How does San Antonio stay special?

June: Soup’s On!, Volunteer Opportunities, and Community Partners

The Writer's Garret

June 30: Soup’s On! A Stone Soup Reading Showcase: Trish Callahan, Reverie Evolving, & Cynthia Stock Soup’s On! Deep Vellum Books 3000 Commerce St June 30 | 1-3pm   Join us for our summer installation of Soup’s On!, a reading showcase for the writers of Stone Soup Peer Critique groups, featuring the talents of Trish Callahan, Reverie Evolving, and Cynthia Stock. Hosted by Emmy… Read more »

Design your annual budget

San Antonio Area Foundation

Use your budget as a planning tool to reach short and long-term financial goals. Take our Budget Basics workshop on Thursday, June 14, to learn how you can create an effective budget process that aligns with your programs and mission. An annual budget is a planning tool that helps nonprofit organizations develop short-term financial plans to reflect and reach long-term financial goals related to… Read more »

NEW! CDC-RFA-DP18-1813: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) – Applications for Funding DUE July 16, 2018

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC announces the availability of fiscal year 2018 funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP18-1813: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). This five-year program will provide funding to communities to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease (i.e., hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity). The tools to… Read more »