Category: Giving Around Texas

$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 »

Jazz legend Dan Morgenstern subject of NEA Art:Works grant

Texas State University’s Hank Hehmsoth, associate professor in the School of Music, and Keith Winking, professor in the School of Music, have received a National Endowment for the Arts 2018-19 Art:Works grant. The $25,000 grant will support a “Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern” event. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand recollections and decades-spanning scholarly research on early jazz and bands, as well… Read more »

Six San Antonio nonprofits awarded capital grants of $3M from the the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation

Six nonprofit organizations received a combined $3 million for future capital projects. The gifts were a result of the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. Area Foundation board members and staff, John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation committee members, and Santikos Enterprises representatives visited the six nonprofits the week of Aug. 6 with award checks in hand.  These… Read more »

NASA award seeks to encourage STEM study among minority youth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Texas State University a $324,000 grant to help build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The NASA Future Aerospace Engineers and Mathematicians Academy (FAMA) Central Texas Minority Youth is a two-year research project at Texas State with Araceli Ortiz, an associate research professor… Read more »

USDA grant to enhance student awareness of global ag opportunity

Texas State University has been awarded a $300,00 grant by the United States Department of Agriculture for the development of leadership and global competency of minority students. In addition to instilling a broader understanding of international opportunities in the agricultural industry, the innovative program will also work to improve recruitment and retention of minority students in the undergraduate and graduate programs, focusing on those… Read more »

Hogg Foundation Awards $4.5 Million to Address Well-being in Rural Texas Communities

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce $4.5 million in grants to six Texas organizations to support collaborative approaches to well-being in rural communities. The grants will strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play and pray, bringing a population health approach to support resilience, mental health and well-being. The initiative grows out of the foundation’s new… Read more »

Meadows Foundation awards $100k to TSAHC and the TSAHC and Enterprise Community Partners Heart Grant Program Application Portal is now open

Meadows Foundation Awards TSAHC $100,000 Grant   TSAHC would like to recognize The Meadows Foundation for their generous $100,000 contribution to the Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas (HEART) grant program which supports ongoing Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.   Since its inception, the Meadows Foundation has disbursed more than $775 million in grants to more than 3,000 Texas institutions and agencies. Grants have been… Read more »

Richardson Adult Literacy Center Receives $16K PGP Grant

The Richardson Adult Literacy Center received a $16,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) grant from LegacyTexas Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) to support operational and administrative costs for the center’s “ESL for Adults” program. The program helps adult students improve their English to become workforce-ready, enhance job skills, obtain U.S. citizenship and fully engage in the community. Media is… Read more »

Schwab Charitable Donors Set Granting Records in Fiscal Year 2018

Schwab CharitableTM, one of the largest national providers of donor-advised funds and other philanthropic services, reports a record fiscal year 20181 in which donors recommended over 420,000 grants representing nearly $2 billion in charitable gifts. The dollar total was 20% higher than the prior fiscal year and helped donors reach $10 billion in recommended grants to over 130,000 charities since Schwab Charitable’s inception almost… Read more »

Mental Health Headlines: $4.5M awarded to address well-being in rural Texas

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is pleased to announce $4.5 million in grants to six Texas organizations to support collaborative approaches to well-being in rural communities. The grants will strengthen efforts to transform the environments where people live, learn, work, play and pray, bringing a population health approach to support resilience, mental health and well-being. The initiative grows out of the foundation’s new… Read more »

Through a Walton Family Foundation planning grant, Trinity to launch new school incubator and fellowship program

Trinity University has been awarded a $429,000 planning grant from the Walton Family Foundation, Inc. to help spur innovation and collaboration across area public and charter schools. The planning grant, according to former education chair and Murchison Professor of Practice Shari Albright ’83, ’86 will go towards the design and creation of a new school incubator and principal fellowship program. This program will bring… Read more »

More than $100 million in new grants will support diverse and innovative school models and leaders

Walton Family Foundation announced efforts to build and expand on two decades of school startup grants to fuel the growth of high-quality schools across the country. The strategy, detailed in Rooted in Opportunity: The Walton Family Foundation’s Approach to Starting and Growing High-Quality Schools, includes continued grants to proven organizations, like those that help create successful charter schools, with an expanded focus on innovative… Read more »

A Step Toward Solving the Problem of Operating Support

Having spent nearly twenty years in the nonprofit sector, I can tell you without a doubt that the field is totally undercapitalized. We all know this! People are underpaid, many facilities were “updated” in the 1970s, and in order to review the financials, you need a bottle of Pepto! There are a couple of key reasons for this undercapitalization: We don’t charge what we… Read more »

TreeTown USA Sponsors The Gardens at Texas A&M With 250-Plant Donation Representing 50 Plant Varieties

TreeTown USA has donated more than 250 plants and trees representing over 50 varieties to The Gardens at Texas A&M in College Station as an in-kind sponsor of the university’s first large-scale public teaching garden, joining a national network of high-quality university gardens. Phase I of The Gardens includes a 7-acre outdoor classroom known as the Leach Teaching Gardens, which is now completed and… 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.

Announcing 2018 Ima Hogg Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the Hogg Foundation awards Ima Hogg Scholarships to graduate social work students who have committed to joining the mental health workforce. An investment in their post-graduate careers is an investment in improving the quality of mental health services across Texas where the mental health workforce is in critical condition. Reports from 2015 revealed that more than 70 percent of counties across the state… Read more »