Research shows 75 percent of third graders who struggle with reading never catch up, drastically increasing their chances of dropping out of high school. But one North Texas nonprofit, Read Fort Worth, is on a mission to improve early childhood literacy and ensure all Fort Worth ISD third graders are reading on grade level by 2025. Their efforts got a major boost today when… Read more »
Nationwide, 15.8 percent of young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to the newest national data released today. Mississippi has the highest youth obesity rate, at 26.1 percent, while Utah has the lowest, at 8.7 percent. Texas is 7th. UGH. The data and analysis were released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They come from the 2016 and 2017 National Survey… Read more »
One of the Giving Pledge philanthropists and co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, recently died. But at his death he was worth more than he was when he signed the Giving Pledge, a pledge that 186 of the wealthiest philanthropists have made to give away half of their net worth before they die.
This inspired Alana Semuels, writing in the Atlantic, to ask whether the Giving Pledge is realistic. When Allen signed the Pledge in 2010 he was worth $13.5 billion, when he died he was worth $20 billion. So despite the fact that he made many large donations to nonprofits during that time, he dramatically failed to meet his pledge.
On the heels of one of the deadliest summers of climate-related weather disasters affecting countries all over the world, an unprecedented gathering of global leaders today launched the new Global Commission on Adaptation to catalyze a global movement to bring scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions. The Global Commission on Adaptation is led by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Bill… Read more »
New Study Contains Revealing Data on Giving by High Net Worth Women, Millennials and Other Groups
The 2018 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy, published today in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, finds that wealthy Americans continue to be generous with their time and money, increasing the amount they gave on average to charitable causes and organizations in 2017, including giving in the wake of natural disasters. The biennial study shows that 90 percent of high net worth (HNW) households gave to charity last year, and 48 percent volunteered time to nonprofit organizations and causes.
Green Happenings Here are some things going on this month, both here at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm and in the community at large that we thought you might be interested in. Become a Member Today! Fall Wildlife Field Research Week Wildlife Field Research Week was October 8-13, and included prairie vegetation, riparian woody plant, small… Read more »
Our NOVEMBER 4th “Soirée Special” concert is almost here and seats are filling up quickly as we begin 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 Francisco cellist JONAH KIM who join artistic director and violinist STEPHANIE SANT’AMBROGIO in a program that will take you… Read more »
Storytelling is one of the greatest tools we have for engaging communities on complex social and environmental issues, in ways that can drive belief and behavior change. People are far more likely to remember information if it reaches them in the form of a story. Good stories also have an incredible ability to reduce counterarguing on divisive issues. And when people are transported by a great story, they remember the events in the story and feel like the experiences were their own. As a result, the story has the power to influence future beliefs on related issues.
With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue in 2018’s political landscape, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America. To determine the places in the U.S. with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared the profiles of more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious. Most Diverse Cities… Read more »
Why this book screamed to be made In the US, as of 2017, there were something like 1.3 million government-sanctioned charitable organizations. It’s a growing sector: at current rates, about 47,000 new US charities are born each year. Is that a lot or a little, for a nation of some 330 million? I say it’s a lot. After all, the same population gets by with… Read more »
Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center is excited to announce it is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund to support the recently-created Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center. Earlier this year, experts from Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center partnered with the Gulf Coast Center, and others in the Santa Fe community, to create the Santa… Read more »
Special Olympics Texas today unveiled details surrounding its upcoming 9th Annual Over the Edge event, which is set to take place once again at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Houston on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Raising funds to support the organization’s more than 59,000 athletes, Over the Edge will provide an adrenaline rush for a good cause… Read more »
A five-month series of nine focused, in-depth sessions will culminate in earning a supervisory and management certificate. The San Antonio Area Foundation, in partnership with the H-E-B School of Business and Administration at the University of the Incarnate Word, offers a professional, non-academic certificate for mid-level and/or first-time nonprofit managers. This 30-hour program is designed to equip nonprofit staff with the management and supervisory… Read more »
Funding News and Grant Tips Nonprofit Employees and Managers Define Success as Helping Others http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-2.aspx#A Most Wealthy Individuals Don’t Make Bequests http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-2.aspx#B Public Funding Opportunities Advanced Leadership Training for Professionals: 2018-12 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-2.aspx#C FY 19 Farm to School Grant http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-10-2.aspx#D HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis (Research Sites) (UM1 – Clinical… Read more »
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative is pleased to welcome Arm and Dell amongst its membership of leading companies and organisations from the technology industry. In joining GeSI, Arm and Dell will play an active role in a wide variety of activities in the digital sustainability area, bringing value to the Initiative and expert, powerful voices from the ICT industry to the GeSI platform. “We are… Read more »
Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself worn down by the state of our country. The divisiveness, the anger, the coming apart instead of coming together is increasingly hard to take. And I know many of you feel the same. It seems that as time marches on we increasingly find ourselves battling the differences between each other, rather than recognizing that there is… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »