Category: Giving Around Texas

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 »

Kaiser Permanente Investing $200 Million to Address Housing Instability, Improve Health

Every day, more than 550,000 people in the United States are affected by housing instability and homelessness. Recognizing the impact housing status has on health, Kaiser Permanente announced an impact investment of $200 million and is teaming up with mayors and CEOs nationwide to reduce homelessness and housing instability. The health system’s initial focus will be on preventing displacement or homelessness of lower- and… Read more »

Texas awards millions for community mental health

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding up to $15 million in grant funds to 31 governmental entities and nonprofit organizations located across the state to provide mental health services to communities. In 2017, Rep. Four Price’s House Bill 13 established HHSC’s Community Mental Health Grant Program and provides $30 million in state funds over the 2018-19 biennium to be matched by… Read more »

HHMI Bets Big On 19 New Investigators

Beth Shapiro has dug for prehistoric bones in Siberia. Ralph DeBerardinis has improved the lives of kids with metabolic diseases. Jesse Bloom has uncovered genetic secrets that could help fight the flu. Shapiro, DeBerardinis, and Bloom are among 19 scientists whose work is dramatically advancing our understanding of cells, the brain, metabolism, and more. Today, these scientists all share a new title: Howard Hughes… Read more »

$1.3 Million Awarded to Train Mental Health Policy Fellows and Peer Policy Fellows in Texas

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellowsinitiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional… Read more »

Foundation for SETX Announces 2018 Grant Recipients

The Foundation for Southeast Texas awarded a total of $135,000 to 49 nonprofit organizations in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties today.  The grants range from $750 to over $7000.  The Foundation received valid applications from over 100 organizations. The Grants Committee reviewed each application and made recommendations to the Board of Directors for final approval. “In its eighteenth year of awarding competitive grants, the… Read more »

$1.3 Million Awarded to Train Mental Health Policy Fellows and Peer Policy Fellows in Texas

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellowsinitiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional… Read more »

New Grant Program Will Provide up to $1.6 Million to Texas Nonprofits to Accelerate Housing Recovery after Hurricane Harvey

The Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas (HEART) program, a grant and technical assistance partnership between the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC) and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), will provide grants of up to $50,000 to local nonprofit organizations. HEART will also offer technical assistance to grantees so they can build their capacity and assist more Texas families.

Texas is grateful that the NFWF Announced $26.5 Million Award to Restore 17 miles of Shoreline at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

Award will help construct critical beach and dune landscape to protect Texas’s largest expanse of coastal wetlands, as well as coastal communities and infrastructure in Jefferson County. The grant was awarded through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which NFWF created in accordance with the terms of criminal settlement agreements between DOJ and BP and Transocean. The agreements directed a total of $2.544 billion to NFWF to fund projects benefiting the natural resources of the Gulf Coast that were impacted by the spill. Of these funds, more than $200 million are allocated for natural resource projects in Texas.

Texas A&M University’s Lead by Example campaign has raised more than $3 billion of its $4 billion goal

Empowering the future, Lead by Example is a joint effort between Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Foundation, the 12th Man Foundation, The Association of Former Students and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Support raised through the campaign will empower Texas A&M to continue to be recognized as a world-class, top-tier public research institution and provide students with access to an affordable education with the best faculty. Guided by three pillars and many generous donors, the Lead by Example campaign will usher in a new Texas A&M era.

Charity Navigator Awards 4-Star Rating to The Caring Place

Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded The Caring Place its coveted 4-star rating for the fourth year in a row.   Based on the most recent information available, Charity Navigator has issued the 4-star rating for The Caring Place based on the organization’s demonstration of strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.  This is the highest possible rating and indicates… Read more »

A $1M grant moves Alliance Park forward

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has awared a second $1 million grant to the city of Fort Worth’s Park & Recreation Department to help build Alliance Park in far north Fort Worth.  The grant — along with the previous $1 million grant in 2016 and the acquisition of $2 million of land from HIllwood Properties — will kickstart the park project with a… Read more »

U.S. News and Aetna Foundation Release Inaugural Healthiest Communities Rankings – and Texas isn’t on it. Texas is ranked #38 out of 50 states. Texas has poor access to decent healthcare that’s low quality in the first place.

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and civic journalism, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna, today announced the inaugural Healthiest Communities rankings. The new report evaluated nearly 3,000 communities nationwide across 10 categories, from education and population health to infrastructure and economy. In addition to assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, the rankings offer insight into the best approaches for improving public health that can be shared and implemented across the country.

Join us at the exclusive multi-course No Kid Hungry Dinner in San Antonio on May 6th at Hotel Emma in the Pearl

Every year, the country’s best chefs join together with one goal in mind: end childhood hunger in America by supporting No Kid Hungry Dinners presented by Citi. In more than a dozen cities across the nation, guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience curated by each city’s premier culinary talent and participate in unique food, travel and lifestyle auctions – all while raising funds for No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

In San Antonio, we are proud to be hosted for the second time by Chef John Brand at Hotel Emma. In addition to delicious food and find

UT Health San Antonio Receives $25 Million for Cancer Center

UT Health San Antonio has announced a $25 million gift from Lowry and Peggy Mays in support of the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center. Awarded through the Mays Family Foundation, the gift includes support for an endowment for a director’s position and up to ten new endowed faculty chairs. The gift also will establish the Mays Cancer Center Excellence Endowment, which will support… 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 »

Texas Awards Millions for Mental Health

The following is a news release from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced it is awarding up to $27.5 million in grant funds through two programs that support mental health services and projects for Texas. Up to $12.5 million will be awarded through the Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals, and up to $15… Read more »