Category: Giving Around Texas

Texas Children’s Hospital’s Trauma and Grief Center receives $1 million VOCA grant to support the Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center

Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center is excited to announce it is the recipient of a $1 million grant from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund to support the recently-created Santa Fe Strong Resiliency Center. Earlier this year, experts from Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief Center partnered with the Gulf Coast Center, and others in the Santa Fe community, to create the Santa… Read more »

Banks Award $16K in Grant Funds to Houston-Area Financial Literacy Program

CommunityBank of Texas and FHLB Dallas awarded $16,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to Credit Coalition to help offset operational costs and enable the organization to continue to provide complimentary financial counseling to Houston area residents. (Photo: Business Wire) “Since we don’t charge for our services, this will allow us to make sure we have our resources in place: books, everything we use for… Read more »

Department of Education grant to strengthen transfer infrastructure

University College at Texas State University has received a $2.4 million Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Project Maestros, with the goal of improving the transfer pipeline for community college students. In addition to strengthening relationships with area community college students, the grant will help Texas State increase matriculation and success rates for new and continuing… Read more »

New integrated, outpatient program created to combat mental illness, homelessness

To help break the cycle of mental illness, addiction and homelessness, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has launched a new integrated, trauma-informed behavioral health program for treatment and recovery support. The UTHealth Homeless Outpatient Mental Health Expansion Services Program is funded with a $2.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department… Read more »

NIJ grant aims to improve forensic dental age estimates of youth

Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, has received a National Institute of Justice award to improve the accuracy of age estimates for unidentified remains of children and adolescents. The project titled, “Investigation of subadult dental age-at-death estimation using transitional analysis and machine learning methods,” was funded for approximately $900,000. Joseph Hefner, an assistant professor in the Department of… Read more »

Summerlee Foundation Will Fund the 2018 Match

Summerlee Foundation Will Fund the 2018 Match SEPTEMBER 2018   We can barely contain our excitement! The incredible Summerlee Foundation has committed to match all 2018 individual donations to Shumla up to $100,000!   The Summerlee Foundation is a very special organization. Their philosophy is simple: Make grant distributions to organizations that make a measurable difference to animals and Texas history. Their stated goal is to… Read more »

Dipp Metzger Makes Generous Donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas

Lizzie Dipp Metzger is proud to give back to her community by supporting foundations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. In 2017, she committed to a pledge of $25,000 which will be fulfilled over 5 years. A firm believer in the mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation, “Together, we create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses,” Dipp Metzger intends to continue supporting… Read more »

Rivals United with 20M each: Transformative Gifts Establish the J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at Both UT and Texas A&M

In a rare occurrence and an extraordinary act of philanthropy, The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University each received $20 million gifts from J. Mike Walker to support their Departments of Mechanical Engineering. Walker is an alumnus of both schools and the co-founder of Dril-Quip. In honor of his generous donations, both departments have been officially renamed to the J. Mike… Read more »

900K NIJ grant aims to improve forensic dental age estimates of youth

Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, has received a National Institute of Justice award to improve the accuracy of age estimates for unidentified remains of children and adolescents. The project titled, “Investigation of subadult dental age-at-death estimation using transitional analysis and machine learning methods,” was funded for approximately $900,000. Joseph Hefner, an assistant professor in the Department of… Read more »

Mathematics researchers land 300K NFS grant to study proof-based courses

A team of researchers from the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University has received a National Science Foundation grant to study the instructor and student activity involved in promoting productive discussions in proof-based courses. The three year project titled, “Orchestrating Discussion Around Proof (ODAP),” was funded for approximately $300,000. The Texas State team consists of Kate Melhuish, principal investigator, Robert Sigley, co-PI, and Kristen Lew, co-PI.… Read more »

North Texas Giving Day brings in a mind-boggling $48 million for charities

The 18-hour online fundraiser generated a mind-boggling $48 million for area charities, according to organizer Communities Foundation of Texas. That’s a 20 percent leap over last year’s remarkable $39 million. Read more at https://www.dallasnews.com/business/philanthropy/2018/09/21/north-texas-giving-day-brings-mind-boggling-47-million-charities Article Author: Holly Haber – Dallas News

Texas State endowment achieves milestone, exceeds $200 million

The Total University Endowment at Texas State University has surpassed $200 million President Denise M. Trauth announced during the annual Convocation on August 24. The milestone was achieved in May of this year, spurred by a series of gifts to the university. “Endowment funds help us attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty, expand our academic programs and pursue research activities,”… Read more »

Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks Commit $850K to Seven North Texas Giving Day Nonprofits

Hours after Mark Cuban announced his $10 million commitment to women’s advocacy nonprofits, Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks committed the first $850,000 to seven organizations participating in North Texas Giving Day. This first installment is dedicated to nonprofits focused on supporting women and preventing domestic violence serving in the North Texas area. These seven nonprofits include: The Gatehouse ($250,000); Genesis Women’s Shelter ($100,000); Girls Inc. of Metropolitan… Read more »

Reliant Donations to EarthShare of Texas Top $1 Million

Whether it’s improving outdoor green spaces in urban areas, helping local farmers preserve their land or saving native wildlife, one thing is certain: Texans are passionate about supporting their communities and making the Lone Star State the best place to live and work. Reliant’s EcoShare program is a great example of that commitment with support from customers achieving donations to EarthShare of Texassurpassing the… Read more »

Texas Instruments Grants $8.1 Million to Provide Access to Education in Under-resourced Areas Throughout North Texas

Texas Instruments (TI) announced  that its corporate and foundation education grants total $8.1 million in 2018, of which $6.9 million (85%) aims to improve kindergarten through 12th grade science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. More than 155,000 area students and nearly 7,000 local educators are impacted by the grants, 97% of which target under-resourced students in the Dallas area. Grant recipients include a… Read more »

$6.6 million grant from Laura and John Arnold Foundation to fund Texas Policy Lab at Rice University

Rice University’s School of Social Sciences will launch an effort this fall to work side-by-side with Texas’ officeholders and state agencies to solve some of the state’s most pressing problems. The Texas Policy Lab, which is supported by a $6.6 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), will use cutting-edge research and analysis to offer measurable solutions for policymakers. Social Sciences… Read more »

Texas Commission on the Arts Announces Over $4 Million in Grants across Texas, Designates Four New Cultural Districts

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has approved funding of 802 grants in its first funding round for fiscal year 2019. The grants total over $4 million and will go to nonprofits and units of government in 115 cities. These grants include all of the Arts Create program grants, the first of two funding rounds for the Arts Respond Project program, the quarterly… Read more »

NETWORKS FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT – Working together to help students succeed

The Networks for School Improvement (NSI) portfolio includes grants to organizations who will support groups of middle and high schools working together to identify and solve common problems using approaches that best fit their needs, learning what works as they go and refining their approaches. We invest in partnerships between networks of schools and school support organizations. They will work together to identify and… Read more »

HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF FUND RELEASES EVALUATION AND IMPACT REPORT

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) released an evaluation and lessons learned memo to share third-party findings regarding theFund’s activity. The memo, compiled by FSG, shares insights about the Fund’s operationsand forward-looking considerations for future philanthropic disaster relief responses in Houston and beyond. Submitted by Advisory Board co-chairs, Tony Chase and Bill Jackson, the evaluation memo includes recommendations to maintain flexibility and transparency in… Read more »

J.J. Watt Foundation announces Hurricane Harvey recap and 2018-19 plans

The Justin J. Watt Foundation today released the progress of the contributions made to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund started by J.J. Watt following the destruction left by Hurricane Harvey 12 months ago. The fundraiser raised $41.6 million making it the largest crowdsourced fundraiser in world history. All funds have been distributed to eight nonprofits: All Hands and Hearts, Americares, Boys & Girls Clubs,… Read more »