As 2020 ends and we reflect on the challenging events of the past 11 months, one thing is clear – the already critical work of our grant partners has only increased in importance and need. Throughout the course of the year, we, as a foundation, have embraced several opportunities to connect with, listen to and learn from our grantees to assess the community’s most… Read more »
Families require an immediate policy response to meet the needs of children during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left millions struggling with finances, school, work and mental health, according to a new policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a decades-long advocate for young people in America. In Kids, Families and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and the Urgent Need to Respond, a 50-state… Read more »
The Rockefeller Foundation announces a commitment to divesting its $5 billion endowment from existing fossil fuel interests while refraining from future fossil fuel investments. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved this new policy, prompting the Foundation’s investment team to start taking steps that are expected to more than halve its total exposure to fossil fuels to less than 1% in the near future.… Read more »
Ruth J. Simmons, President of Prairie View, commented, “This is a historic gift for Prairie View, coming at a time when the University had already decided and begun to invest heavily in key areas to strengthen its academic programs and improve student success. The timing of this gift could, therefore, not be better.”
On Giving Tuesday, philanthropists and leaders of major foundations launched the Initiative to Accelerate Charitable Giving, a coalition dedicated to promoting common-sense, non-partisan charitable giving reforms that increase and accelerate resources to working charities, while enhancing the efficacy of the philanthropic sector writ large. Coalition members represent a broad spectrum of interests across philanthropy, and include private foundations such as the Ford Foundation, Hewlett… Read more »
New research finds that 35 percent of Americans expect to donate less money or no money to charitable causes in the coming year as the economic crisis and high unemployment linger. But, the research also indicates there are demographics that plan to increase their donations. More younger Americans (aged 18-34), for example, plan to increase their giving in the coming year when compared to Americans aged 35 and older.
While formulating multiple scenarios, nonprofits are also building stronger cases for support from potential funders. This is the third blog in our series “COVID-19 Lessons Learned and Learning”. The first talked about nonprofits pivoting to meet their constituents’ immediate needs due to the pandemic. The second dealt with creating an annual fund development plan with built-in backup fundraisers that can help a nonprofit stay… Read more »
Edith O’Donnell, one of Texas’ — and The University of Texas at Dallas’ — most generous philanthropists and a strong proponent of education, science and the arts, died Nov. 14 at the age of 94. Over the past 60 years, O’Donnell and her husband, Peter O’Donnell, have contributed quietly and substantially to educational and arts establishments in Texas. At UT Dallas in 2013, the… Read more »
A spring campaign that raised more than half a million dollars is just one way West Virginia’s philanthropic community is trying to help the state’s residents weather the storm of COVID-19. The results of May’s Take 5 to Give 5 campaign were discussed at a virtual press conference Thursday hosted by Philanthropy West Virginia to highlight the efforts and ongoing needs. “It just proves… Read more »
As a doctor, every time I read the statistics, I know that this pandemic doesn’t need to be this bad for so many people. The grocery store worker who stocks my local shelves is more likely to die from this disease than I am. Why? Because he is more likely to have no access to affordable healthcare or nutritious, healthy food which causes his… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »