Category: Funders and Foundations

The Moody Foundation awarded $250,000 to Hidalgo County to support first responders and frontline workers and to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE)

“We know that our friends in South Texas have been hit by unprecedented hardships,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation. “First responders and frontline workers are making tremendous sacrifices to serve their community, and it is our honor to aid their heroic efforts and to provide PPE to keep them safe.”

The Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Transformation of the U.S. Food System to Address the Hunger and Nutrition Crisis

With levels of hunger and nutrition insecurity exploding during the pandemic and resulting economic downturn, The Rockefeller Foundation today issued a call to action to transform the U.S. food system to meet immediate needs while also putting in motion the systemic shifts necessary to make the food system more resilient, nourishing, sustainable and equitable in the long-run. Among the immediate steps called for by… Read more »

Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Based on a nationally representative survey of nonprofit leaders in May 2020, Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic sheds light on which organizations face the toughest challenges, what is most needed from funders, and what differences in experience are emerging based on characteristics such as organization type and gender of nonprofit leaders. The data in this report also reveals what nonprofits have found to… Read more »

COVID-19 Response Fund Grows by $1 million to $6.3 million

More than 160 nonprofits already awarded in less than two months. Two major gifts have maintained the viability and growth of the COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing funds donated to help San Antonians to $6.3 million. The H. E. Butt Foundation pledged an additional $500,000, bringing their total commitment to $1 million. Additionally, The Humana Foundation joined the effort with a $300,000 gift. Additional donations… Read more »

Five Foundations Commit $1.7+ Billion to Nonprofit Organizations in Wake of Pandemic

Funds will cover grantmaking aligned with each foundation’s mission, including racial equity and social justice, arts and culture, higher education, human services, climate solutions, and other areas to provide financial support to communities that are most vulnerable and hardest hit by the impact of COVID-19.

A transformative moment for philanthropy

If ever there was a time for foundations to consider permanently accelerating the pace and volume of giving, it’s now. Here’s how the positive changes in individual and institutional philanthropy sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic can take root and grow. The philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the sector at its best. From the launch of community-based rapid-response funds to the development of diagnostics and vaccines, philanthropy is showing up both to help flatten the curve in the short term and to address the inequities the crisis will exacerbate over the long term.

New Single-Cell Technologies Help Scientists Understand COVID-19 Disease Progression

oday, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $750,000 in funding to support five distinct projects studying how COVID-19 progresses in patients at the level of individual cells and tissues. This work will generate some of the first single-cell biology datasets from donors infected by SARS-CoV2 and provide critical insights into how the virus infects humans, which cell types are involved, and how the disease… Read more »

Percentage of Americans Donating to Charity at New Low

At a time when more Americans are in need of assistance but fewer are in a financial position to be able to provide it, Gallup finds a new low in the percentage of Americans reporting they donated money to charity. Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults say they donated money to a charitable organization in the past year, surpassing the prior low from the Great… Read more »

New CEP Study Sheds Light on Foundations’ Efforts to Influence Policy

Foundations’ engagement in public policy has contributed to advances in society in areas from civil rights to consumer protections to public health. At the same time, and with greater intensity in recent years, the role of philanthropy in influencing policy has been the subject of scrutiny.  How many foundations are working to influence policy? What are they seeking to accomplish through this work? What… Read more »

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation Welcomes a New Executive Director!

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) Board of Directors and staff welcome their new Executive Director, Amy Hone to the organization. Hone succeeds Interim Executive Director Tim Plant, who in turn succeeded long term President/CEO Tracey Bennett.  Hone will lead the SAPLF efforts in support of the San Antonio Public Library system, working to strengthen libraries in service to the community. The SAPLF… Read more »

Blackbaud Institute Releases 2018 Charitable Giving Report

Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced the release of the 2018 Charitable Giving Report by the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact™. The seventh annual report, which represents the earliest and largest analysis of overall and online giving in the U.S. nonprofit sector in 2018, shows continued year-over-year growth and another record high for online giving. “The 2018 Charitable… Read more »

A great article to read: What I Learned as a Funder: Frank Tips for Nonprofits

Over decades in the social sector, I spent countless hours in the grant-seeking trenches and saw my share of things that left me wondering whether to laugh or cry. But then I became a foundation funder and encountered a prospective grantee’s “toxic diaper excuse” (more on that later), which truly left my head shaking. Reflecting on my experiences, I am aware of how deeply… Read more »

Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF)

Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the development, expansion and collapse of complex societies during the Middle Horizon Period of Peru. The three-year grant was awarded by the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and will fund Conlee’s research project, “The Cyclic Rise and Fall of Complex Societies.”… Read more »

Nearly One in Six Young People Nationwide Has Obesity, New Data Show

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 »

2018 U.S. Trust Study Finds High Net Worth Donors’ Average Giving Amounts Increased Since 2015

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.

Could This Be Modern Philanthropy’s Day of Reckoning?

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 »

Jeff Bezos on his Billion Day One Fund

I talk often about the importance of maintaining a Day mentality. It’s always Day 1, and I work hard to apply that mindset to everything I do. It was a Day 1 outlook that made me reach out to ask for suggestions on approaches to philanthropy last year. By so many important measures the world keeps getting better, and it’s one of the fantastic… Read more »

The Best of Planet Earth in Action When Government Fails Us: The Philanthropic Community Announces $4 Billion Commitment to Combat Climate Change

Last week, 29 philanthropists pledged $4 billion over the next five years to combat climate change—the largest-ever philanthropic investment focused on climate change mitigation. The announcement, made at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, represents a broad global commitment to accelerate proven climate and clean-energy strategies, spur innovation and support organizations around the world working to protect the air they breathe and the communities they call home.

Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country: rich peaceful land and the Edwards Aquifer buried under the the pollutants and fugitive dust of aggregate mining. Wait, we can stop this.

Imagine this: you are on an outing to enjoy a weekend on Canyon Lake or canoe the Guadalupe River. Your journey takes you on Texas Highway 46 or FM 3009. In route to your scenic destination, you encounter numerous heavy trucks emitting pollutants and bellows of fugitive dust. Then you pass a huge, unsightly hole in the ground with massive equipment making unbearable noise and spewing carcinogenic dust into the air. The peace, serenity, tranquility and beauty you came to enjoy will be gone. Welcome to the new “picturesque” gateway to the Texas Hill Country.

A new conservation grantmaking strategy for today’s challenges

People of the North American West depend on healthy rivers, national parks, forests, monuments, and other public and working lands to sustain their families and their communities. These majestic landscapes provide refuge and inspiration, and fulfill economic, cultural, and spiritual needs. And yet, we are losing the equivalent of a football field of natural land in the Western United States every two-and-a-half minutes. Family… Read more »