Category: Leadership

The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board

Directors need to probe, nudge, and prod to make sure the organization achieves its full potential. Sooner or later, you may follow in the footsteps of countless business leaders onto the board of one or more nonprofit organizations. Maybe it’s the board of a local institution you care about personally, such as a small-scale theater, public radio station, or your child’s school. It also… Read more »

A letter from Louis Dorfman regarding IEAS Important News and Changes

This year has been an unprecedented and challenging year for the whole world and the organizations affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effects on beings, human and animals. We at the sanctuary have been less effected than many organizations; our main issues have been the loss of most of our interns (who returned to their home quarantine) and the loss of some of our… Read more »

A Message From Educate Texas: The Need for Change

We vow to do what is right and what is just to create a stronger and more equitable system that allows our Black, Latino, and underserved students to thrive. Educate Texas stands in solidarity with the Black community and with our partners who are working to solve the systemic issues that have not equally valued Black people.  The protests of the recent killings of… Read more »

Optimism, communication, and leadership: Fundraising during COVID-19

Fundraising during a global pandemic is not an easy task. How can fundraisers stay optimistic, yet realistic, during this time? How can they properly communicate and steward donors? How can fundraisers be leaders? So, we asked the experts about these topics. See what they have to say below.

Our Cibolo Needs You

So much has changed in a just a few short weeks.    The priority of this war against the COVID-19 virus remains saving lives, containing the spread and flattening the curve. Yet, we’re now beginning to witness the toll this health and financial crisis is taking on our sense of wellbeing. We need outlets.   That’s why the Cibolo staff has shifted its work… Read more »

MacKenzie Stevens Named Director at Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the appointment of MacKenzie Stevens as its new Director. Stevens joins the VAC from the Hammer Museum at the University of California in Los Angeles where she was part of the curatorial team for four years. As the director of an experiential, public-facing curatorial laboratory at UT Austin,… Read more »

The Best of Planet Earth in Action When Government Fails Us: The Philanthropic Community Announces $4 Billion Commitment to Combat Climate Change

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.

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced several staff promotions to the senior director level

Dave Scullin, president and CEO, said CFT is blessed with extraordinarily talented individuals who put those talents to use to improve the quality of life in North Texas. “Every one of the promotions we announce today reflects on the hard work and insight provided by these individuals to make our communities stronger,” Scullin said. “Communities Foundation of Texas is fortunate to count these individuals… Read more »

OneVo!ceHome: Human Trafficking is the Exclamation Point to Modern Day Injustice – learn what one committed community in West Texas is doing to “break the silence”

Did you know that every 30 seconds someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery? Or that there are 48.8M slaves in the world today? 22% are sex slaves. And I’m embarrassed to say that Texas is ranked #2 in the nation for the most reported human trafficking cases. The average age an American girl enters the sex trade is 13. And shockingly, 400 trafficked, underage teens work the streets of Dallas each night. And finally, there are illegal massage business working trafficked girls by schools and even in our wealthiest neighborhoods . . . think about it.

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity: How to improve student educational outcomes: New insights from data analytics

A well-educated citizenry is an economic and social necessity. Policy makers, educators, and parents all over the world want students to understand and be able to apply their knowledge of math, reading, and science. Yet improving educational outcomes has proved elusive. Some countries, states and municipalities have made great strides, but many continue to struggle. Educators continue to debate what matters and what works.

Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

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 »