Category: Funders and Foundations

Are your Investments Aligned with your Organization’s Mission and Values?

Many believe that Impact and Sustainable Investing is a niche in the investment industry reserved for religious, environmental and social impact foundations.  There is also a perspective that “Impact Investing” involves sacrificing investment returns to “do good” and become a “socially conscious” investor.  The fact is that neither of those presumptions is true and that Impact Investing is rapidly going mainstream. 

Using Story to Change Systems

Humans have always used stories to make sense out of our chaotic world. When our ancestors had to kill animals they felt were kindred spirits to survive, they created myths to help them come to terms with it. When they invented agriculture, they created myths that glorified graft and highlighted the seasonal nature of existence. When they began to settle, humans created myths imbuing cities with transcendence. As Yuval Noah Harari describes in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, story went on to play a vital role in building all subsequent civilizations.

Council on Foundations Releases Comprehensive Report on Sector Salaries, Demographics

Arlington, VA Respondents to an annual survey on foundation salaries and demographics indicated that one in three foundation staff was between the ages of 50-64 last year, and one in four came from a racial or ethnic minority background. The analysis, part of data collected annually in the Council on Foundations’ Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Report, has for three decades been an important tool… Read more »

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to Fund 1,000 College Scholarships for Dreamers $33 million donation the largest ever for TheDream.US

TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for Dreamers, announced today a $33 million dollar scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. The grant, the largest in the organization’s history, will give 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of US high schools with DACA status the opportunity to go to college. “My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,”… Read more »

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Opportunity

Like the rest of the nation, New Jersey faces an array of challenges that may prevent those working and residing in the state from living the healthiest life possible. Building a Culture of Health requires unprecedented collaboration and requires everyone to think about improving health differently. Are you a New Jersey-based organization working with community stakeholders to address the factors that influence health, prior… Read more »

Communities Foundation of Texas Awards $150k in Grants to Support Racial Equity Work in Dallas Area

On this National Day of Racial Healing, Communities Foundation of Texas announces that a total of $150,000 will be distributed across 35 nonprofits in support of their racial equity work in Dallas. Individual grants range in size from $2,500 to $7,500. These grants are intended to help grant recipients facilitate storytelling that gives voice and understanding to marginalized experiences, engage others in looking at… Read more »

Capital Grants application now open at the San Antonio Area Foundation

Funding supports local capital projects and significant naming rights opportunities in honor of the late John L. Santikos. In 2018, $3 million is available to the community to support capital and naming right projects/programs. Applications will be accepted Monday, Jan. 8. The application process closes Sunday, Feb. 18, at 11:59 p.m.  Eligibility and Criteria Application Procedures Santikos Charitable Interest Areas What We Do Not Fund Additional Information… Read more »

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Opportunities

Applications are now open for four of RWJF’s leadership development programs. These programs are helping build the leaders of tomorrow—leaders who share a commitment to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. RWJF’s leadership development programs are designed to help you advance your leadership skills, and connect you with other innovators to advance big ideas and solutions. Culture of Health… Read more »

Students from The University of Texas at Austin who are pursuing a doctorate are invited to submit a proposal for the Harry Estill and Bernice Milburn Moore Fellowship

Students from The University of Texas at Austin who are pursuing a doctorate are invited to submit a proposal for the Harry Estill and Bernice Milburn Moore Fellowship. To be eligible for the fellowship, candidates must be in the process of completing a dissertation relevant to the mental health needs of Texans. The selected fellow receives a one-time, unrestricted award of $20,000. The fellow… Read more »

St. David’s Foundation Announces over $14.6 M in Grants to Local Nonprofits

With the goal of making Central Texas the healthiest community in the world, St. David’s Foundation is announcing grants totaling over $14.6 million aimed at addressing a variety of health-related needs right here at home this holiday season. “Young or old, city dweller or rural resident, many of our friends and neighbors are in need of important services to maintain a healthy life,” said… Read more »