Chin family awards scholarship to each third-year physical therapy student

Texas State University

When online classes resumed for Texas State University physical therapy doctoral (DPT) students, a Zoom meeting wasn’t the only surprise ahead for them. With all 42 DPT students and faculty as part of this online “town hall” meeting, Barb Sanders, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, started off by saying she had some good news. Then she called out the names of a… Read more »

Another Musical Moment from Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and the Cactus Pear Music Festival

Cactus Pear Music Festival

  CACTUS PEAR MUSICAL MOMENT #5 On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church, cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Scott Cuellar captivated the audience when they performed Fryderyk Chopin’s 1846 Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65.   Like myself, musicians across the globe are eagerly awaiting the time when we can return to the concert stage to make music again with each other… Read more »

Communications Questions to Consider During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aurora Grants & Consulting

Initially, the goal of all nonprofit communications around COVID-19 was to keep stakeholders engaged in the mission. The primary message — sent through social media, emails, and personal phone calls — was checking in:

“Are you O.K.? We’re O.K.” and “We’ll still be here when all of this is over!”

However, in the middle stage of the outbreak, when no one knows exactly how long the stay-at-home order will last — or what the ultimate impact on our nonprofit will be — how do we keep communication channels open in a way that honestly reflects what we are experiencing, but still shows empathy, inspires hope, and motivates donors to give?

Here a few helpful prompts and practical strategies to more effectively connect with clients, donors and volunteers (i.e. potential donors).

Write Right Now Next Saturday! And Introducing Small Wonders WithLisa Huffaker

The Writer's Garret

We’re excited to announce 2 FREE ONLINE events starting soon! Write Right Now! Un(b)locking Your Writing Through Prompts with Joe Milazzo   Saturday, April 25th | 1pm FREE Online RSVP Here   Join us for an afternoon of linguistic invention to help start getting words down on the page. Led by local favorite Joe Milazzo, you’ll choose from a huge array of creative writing… Read more »

Poverty in the United States could reach highest levels in over 50 years Levels Not Seen Since 1967

Center on Poverty & Social Policy at Columbia University

To what extent will the COVID-19 pandemic increase levels of poverty in the United States? Official estimates of poverty in the United States are presented on an annual basis and with a considerable lag. In this brief, we apply a novel method for forecasting poverty rates in the United States using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) framework with a goal of providing projections of… Read more »

Discovery Education to Inspire the Next Generation of Coders Through New Digital Service

Discovery Education

Discovery Education – the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms – today introduces Coding to U.S. educators. From the creators of the award-winning Discovery Education Experience, Coding is a complete digital service supporting coding education at the elementary and middle school levels.  Beginning today, all current users of Discovery Education Experience will receive free access to Coding through the… Read more »

CITGO donates Kindles to support E-Learning During COVID-19 School Closures


CITGO Petroleum Corporation, in partnership with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), donated 150 Kindle tablets to the Houston and Alief Independent School Districts to help support low-income students’ e-learning needs during the COVID-19 school closures and subsequent move to remote learning platforms.  “We are very pleased to support Houston-area students as they remain safe at home while continuing their academic curriculum online under this unprecedented challenge to public… Read more »

Whole Kids Foundation to Provide 153 New Salad Bars to Schools Across U.S. with More Than $500,000 in Grants

Whole Foods Foundation

Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on children’s nutrition and wellness, announced today that 153 new salad bars will be provided to schools in the U.S. this year. The $502,153 investment will ensure more than 76,000 students will have access to fresh, healthy produce at school.  With this year’s investment in Salad Bar grants, and in partnership with Salad Bars to Schools, Whole Kids Foundation… Read more »

More Children to Connect with Gardening This Spring through Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening Support

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, KidsGardening, COVID-19, Dallas, coronavirus,

Now more than ever, children and families across the country need the positive experiences that gardening provides. To support this, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is bringing the powerful benefits of gardening to 10 million children across the United States by 2023.  In keeping with this goal, 175 nonprofit organizations will receive funding this spring to create or enhance youth garden programs, as part of … Read more »

Walgreens Boots Alliance Employees Are Pitching in to Support Essential Workers

Walgreen's Boots Alliance

As the COVID-19 pandemic creates an increased need for health care workers to have personal protective equipment, WBA employees are answering the call. Deborah Altsman is cut from a special kind of cloth. By day, she’s a Centralized Services pharmacist for Walgreens, working remotely from her home in Austin, Texas. But she’s also an avid quilter and community organizer who takes advantage of every opportunity… Read more »

This week, in coordination with DuPont, two initial shipments were transported from Vietnam to Texas carrying more than 450,000 Tyvek® protective suits. FedEx Activates Project Airbridge Operation


This week, in coordination with DuPont, two initial shipments were transported from Vietnam to Texas carrying more than 450,000 Tyvek® protective suits. In the weeks to follow, 500,000+ suits will be shipped each week. From pick-up and break-down, to document preparation, export/import clearance, cross-docking and storage, the FedEx Logistics team used its vast expertise to support the movement of critical PPE. “As a company, we are committed to providing our essential services as we help combat this pandemic,” said Raj Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Corporation.”

United Airlines Employees Convert Cargo Facilities Into Food Distribution Centers

United Airlines

United Airlines today announced that it has transformed one of its cargo facilities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport into a food distribution center to aid the Houston Food Bank’s efforts to feed families in need during the COVID-19 crisis.  The idea to convert the cargo space came from one employee, Mark Zessin, a United baggage team member who spends his days making sure customers’… Read more »

Supporting Texas Small Businesses Through Retail Revival


Small businesses are the fabric of our local communities. They create jobs for our neighbors and bring our Main Streets to life.  As the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in particular are facing difficult and unprecedented challenges. Now, more than ever, eBay remains committed to helping our small business communities to sustain and grow during this time. Last… Read more »

Amid COVID-19, TX kids need smart state policies

Texans Care for Children

While much of the discussion about coronavirus has focused on the threat to adults, we all know that the way the virus is reshaping our lives has significant consequences for Texas children. So I want to take just a moment to highlight a few of our concerns and the ways that Texas can support children during this time. Children’s services — ranging from student mental… Read more »

Tito’s Vodka Sending Love & Kindness

Tito's Vodka

For over 20 years, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has been making a product that brings people together both in celebration and times of reflection. As the individuals who make up this company, our hearts are breaking for our friends, our partners, and the communities affected and isolated by this pandemic. We owe everything to the folks in the service industry. Without them—their bars and restaurants,… Read more »

Astros’ Alex Bregman Launches $1M Campaign to Help Feed Houstonians Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

Houston Food Bank

Alex Bregman, famed third baseman for the Houston Astros, has launched FEEDHOU, a $1M fundraising campaign to help feed Houston-area residents experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis. Proceeds from the campaign directly benefit the Houston Food Bank, a nonprofit committed to feeding the hungry in the Houston area. “While the Astros are off the field, I want to create a new team to… Read more »

North Texas Cares is a funder collaborative made up of North Texas foundations and United Ways that have come together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most negatively affected by COVID-19

North Texas Cares

Natural disasters, man-made disasters, economic emergencies—but nothing quite like the health emergency we face today. North Texas Cares is a funder collaborative made up of North Texas foundations and United Ways that have come together to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities who may be most negatively affected by COVID-19. This includes agencies who support individuals and families with access to… Read more »

COVID-19 Response Fund Grows to $3.7 million for Nonprofits Serving San Antonio’s Most Vulnerable Populations

San Antonio Area Foundation

San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County and other partners have awarded $1.1 million so far, with more grants in progress.   During normal times, the House of Neighborly Service on the city’s West Side provides services for children, families and older adults from its headquarters in one of the city’s most distressed zip codes, 78207.  Since the onset… Read more »

Texas billionaires lending financial help during the coronavirus crisis

John Egan - CultureMap Houston

Six Texas billionaires have received a shout-out from Forbes magazine for what they or their companies are doing to help people touched by the coronavirus pandemic. Forbes has published a regularly updated roundup of the good deeds being done by billionaires or their companies amid the COVID-19 crisis. What follows are some of the acts of kindness being carried out by Texas billionaires. Here in Houston, Janice McNair, majority owner… Read more »

Sempra Energy Foundation To Donate Up To $500,000 To Support Texas Nonprofits Impacted By COVID-19

Sempra Energy Foundation

The Sempra Energy Foundation will donate up to $500,000 to help small to medium-sized nonprofits in Texas as they continue to serve critical needs related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. “Many nonprofit organizations are faced with unprecedented demand for their services due to the current COVID-19 situation,” said Dennis V. Arriola, board chair of the Sempra Energy Foundation, and executive vice president and… Read more »