Category: Funders and Foundations

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 »

The 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights the financial impact Alpha Home supporters have made to rebuild lives in the San Antonio community

Check out the 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights showing the financial impact their supporters have made to their mission.   Visit Alpha Home Article Author: Alpha Home

Something for Moms . . . Register for The Moms Community Listening Forum on August 10, 2018

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 »

Barr Announces $1-Million Response to “Zero-Tolerance” Policies & Family Separations in the Northeast

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 »

12 Grantees Announced for First Nations’ Native Language Immersion Initiative

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.

The High Cost of Separating Families

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 »

After almost 25 years, Meadows Foundation president, CEO Linda Perryman Evans announces retirement

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

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 Announces Grantees of $34 Million Radical Hope Fund

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’

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

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 »

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

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 »

New Study Finds U.S. Nonprofits and Foundations Aligned in Concern over Tax Law

A majority of U.S. nonprofit and foundation leaders are concerned about a potential decrease in charitable giving in the wake of tax legislation passed by Congress late last year, a new study released today by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) reveals.

Fun! See how many challenges on these summer calendars your kids can complete!

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy downtime, but don’t forget that staying active and eating healthy is still important. Getting 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is essential to child health.

State Economic Growth Uneven Since Recession Began – Only North Dakota, Texas, and Utah have experienced growth since the recession’s onset that matched or beat the historical U.S. pace

Since the Great Recession hit the U.S. a decade ago, the economy’s slow recovery has played out unevenly across states. Only North Dakota, Texas, and Utah have experienced growth since the recession’s onset that matched or beat the historical U.S. pace. In the 10 states slowest to recover, the 10-year expansion was less than the equivalent of 1 percent per year.

What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty?

Our Approach A distinguishing feature of the Partnership is that we did not have a mandate for consensus. Instead, the Partnership had the freedom and flexibility to dream big and think creatively, limited only by our own knowledge and imaginations. Our focus was on learning from both research and practice, as well as from perspectives of people who have experienced poverty. Site visits and… Read more »