The Houston Endowment echoes the conviction expressed by community and business leaders throughout the country3: “For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us.” Last year our community came together to move us closer to this ideal. We still have work to do. Now is the time to continue that drive toward the highest standards of representative democracy.
In a year dramatically disrupted by the pandemic, affluent Americans’ generosity didn’t waver, according to preliminary findings from the 2021 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy: Charitable Giving by Affluent Households. The vast majority of affluent Americans, nearly 90%, gave to charity in 2020. And nearly half (47%) donated to charitable organizations or financially supported individuals or businesses in direct response to the pandemic.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
Check out the 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights showing the financial impact their supporters have made to their mission. Visit Alpha Home
Mommie Support Network, the WilCo Wellness Alliance coalition’s Maternal and Infant Health working group, the Round Rock Public Library, and Dell Children’s Health Plan present the Moms Community Listening Forum! This forum is designed to give moms the opportunity to share their opinions and perspectives regarding what is needed to better support their mental and physical health after the birth of a child. Organizations that… Read more »
Support combines $500,000 in grants from the Foundation with $500,000 in personal gifts from Barr’s founding trustees. As we celebrate our nation’s independence this month, we would do well to remember the ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable… Read more »
There are currently about 150 Native languages spoken in the U.S., many of them spoken only by a small number of elders. Without intervention, many of these languages are expected to become extinct within the next 50 to 100 years, which means a significant loss of cultural heritage. Language retention and revitalization programs have been recognized as providing key benefits to Native American communities by boosting educational achievement and student retention rates. First Nations seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers.
More than 2,300 children—an average of 65 per day—have been separated from their parents upon crossing the United States-Mexico border since the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was enacted on May 5. While our newsfeeds are littered with heartbreaking stories, even those of us with the deepest empathy for these families may not fully grasp the cost of the compounded trauma they endure.… Read more »
The Meadows Foundation, a private family philanthropy, was established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia S. Meadows from wealth accumulated through the General American Oil Company, once among the largest private oil and gas companies in the United States. They established the Foundation to serve and support the people of Texas, the state in which they had been so successful. They stipulated that it be governed by their descendants and trusted advisors so that they might carry on their legacy of giving in perpetuity.
A look at how foundations are helping the journalism industry stand up straight Foundations across the U.S. are helping journalists watchdog the powerful — but who’s watching the foundations? RELATED ARTICLE A definitive playbook: How to DIY a local nonprofit news outlet June 12, 2018 The state of the journalism industry might be much more tattered right now if not for philanthropic dollars… Read more »
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.
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.