Category: News

New Report Shows Both Hunger and Obesity on the Rise

The latest version of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World reportfinds that the number of hungry people worldwide is on the rise for the third year in a row. At a discussion of the report’s findings in Washington, D.C., experts declared the findings exemplary of the challenges involved in eradicating hunger and malnutrition, as… Read more »

2019 Compensation and Benefits Report: Fundraising Salaries Continued to Increase in 2018, With Most Fundraisers Satisfied With Their Position (U.S. Data)

The report, based on responses from nearly 3,600 AFP members across the United States, asks questions about each respondent’s overall organizational profile, position description, salary, benefits—including health/medical, retirement and general perquisites or “perks”—and general outlook on the organization’s fundraising and workplace culture. The study also collected data related to AFP’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) program. The mean (average) salary for all respondents… Read more »

An important update on Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Imagine for a moment… You’re diving off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. You find a door in an air-filled cavity and open it to reveal a room sealed for 2000 years. Inside are 300 scrolls, part of the lost Library of Alexandria. You take one fragile scroll and begin to unroll it, taking in every symbol, every word. Studying it closely. Then you notice… water is seeping in. You don’t have time to study each scroll. They’re going to be mush and quick! You’ve got to save them. You quickly begin to take pictures of each scroll. You can study them later, when they’ve been safely photographed. You can hardly wait to learn all they have to teach you, but you have to be patient. This is a rescue mission! Save the symbols. Save the thoughts and ideas the ancient people wrote down. If you don’t, they’ll be lost and no one will have the chance to read them… now let’s look at Texas…

The Meadows Foundation Names Peter M. Miller President and CEO

The Meadows Foundation board of directors announced Peter M. Miller will succeed Linda Perryman Evans as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Miller is the great nephew of founders Algur H. and Virginia Meadows. As president and CEO, Mr. Miller will have responsibility for all of the Foundation’s operations.

Trial Portion of Hearing on Proposed Comal Quarry Concludes

The hearing on the merits against Vulcan Construction Materials ended early Tuesday afternoon. Approximately 80 people attended the two‐day hearing, including Comal County residents currently living near the proposed quarry site, many of whom would share a fence line with the proposed 1500‐acre open‐pit mine. State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Smith presided over the hearing and will determine whether… Read more »

Children at Risk Update

Quarterly News & Updates   June 2019     Upcoming Events See what’s happening this month   Hurricane Harvey Summit Join us at our Hurricane Harvey Summit as we release our publication of Texas Continues to Recover: Two Years After Harvey Report.   When: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Where: United Way of Greater Houston REGISTER HERE   Human Trafficking Awareness Tour… Read more »

30 Days, 14 Students, 5 Rock Art Sites, 1 Successful Field School – Shumla

2019 Field School The adventure is over, but the lessons and memories will go on and on.   The 2019 Texas State Field School Group. Top row left to right: Jerod Roberts, Vicky Roberts, Dr. David Kilby, Cameron Michael, Megan Blackburn, Carter Wiseman, Logan Baird, James Ramsey, and Jim Sellers. Second row left to right: Ashley Eyeington, Lori Decker, Kenny Williams, Steven Frazier, Laura… Read more »

Key Hearing on Proposed Comal Vulcan Quarry Starts June 10

Next week, the crucial contested case hearing will take place to determine whether TCEQ should grant, deny, or add additional restrictions to the air quality permit application by Alabama‐based Vulcan Construction Materials. Vulcan proposes construction of a 1500‐acre limestone mine, quarry, and rock‐crushing plant between Bulverde and New Braunfels. This hearing (technically called a hearing on the merits) begins June 10 and is scheduled… Read more »

THANK GOD! Majority of Americans See Environment as a Top Priority – How Americans see climate change in 5 charts

With Earth Day just behind us, we’re looking into views on the environment, including climate change. For starters, 56 percent of U.S. adults say protecting the environment should be a top priority for the president and Congress.

Lawndale News in Houston

/// Closing Soon! ///   On view through June 2, 2019 Image: Anthony Friedkin Jim and Mundo Montebello East Los Angeles 1972. From The Gay Essay, 1969-73. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Gift of Anthony Friedkin. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. Courtesy of Anthony Friedkin   Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. Curated by… Read more »

Enroll in self-paced program to earn a certificate in Nonprofit Management

Sign up today for our Nonprofit Management Certificate program. This self-paced program can be completed in one year. You will have the option to earn a non-academic certificate in one or more of the following tracks: General nonprofit management Fundraising Leadership development The program is made possible through a partnership between the Area Foundation and Our Lady of the Lake University’s (OLLU) School of… Read more »

2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With immigration policy remaining a hot-button issue in 2018’s political landscape, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Most Diverse Cities in America.  To determine the places in the U.S. with the most mixed demographics, WalletHub compared the profiles of more than 500 of the largest cities across five major diversity categories: socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household and religious.  Most Diverse Cities… Read more »

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science elected new officers and six new board members at its annual meeting held Sept. 20

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science elected new officers and six new board members at its annual meeting held Sept. 20. Mac McFarland, CEO of GenOn Energy, will serve as chair of the board of directors for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. McFarland succeeds Hernan Saenz, who served as chair for the 2016-2018 fiscal years. Joining McFarland as board officers are Karen Katz (former… Read more »

You’re Invited: 2018 Parent Action Guide Release in Fort Worth and Dallas

  Join CHILDREN AT RISK as we celebrate the release of our 2018 Parent Action Guide, a Texas School Guide publication. Our Parent Action Guides help parents navigate our complex public education system and empower families to succeed.   Guests will receive our latest parent engagement materials, learn about recent regional school performance trends, and hear from local parent advocates.   Seats are limited,… Read more »

Mission and job satisfaction give nonprofits an edge over for-profit companies in attracting and retaining talent

A new TIAA survey finds three out of four employees and eight in ten managers choose to work at their nonprofit organizations – and stay there for years – because they’re committed to making a difference in people’s lives. The Nonprofit Survey, conducted as part of TIAA’s 100-year anniversary and the TIAA Difference Maker 100 program, also found that nonprofit employees and managers are… Read more »

Patterns of Giving by the Wealthy

While almost all wealthy individuals make charitable contributions during their lifetimes, most fail to make charitable gifts when they die. But when they do, these contributions are, on average, many times larger than the gifts they gave over their last few years of life, even though earlier giving would have almost always reduced their total tax burden. In this study, we use a file of estate tax returns matched to income tax returns to analyze charitable giving by wealthy individuals at the time of their death (2007) compared with giving over their last five years of life (2002–06).

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You Can Provide Safety & Security For Families That Suffer The Unexpected

The unexpected can happen to any one of us. Your support fuels our mission and helps 400 families a day find a safe place to call home. For 35 years, we’ve been helping San Antonio families find the safety and security they need when the unexpected happens. We’re celebrating those 35 years with a 35-hour challenge. Friends like you can help by sending your… Read more »

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning Unveils Major Initiative to Increase Degree Attainment Among Latino Adult Students

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), in partnership with Excelencia in Education, today announced a new effort to help Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) increase the number of degrees awarded to adult Latino students. Funded by The Kresge Foundation, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates and Greater Texas Foundation, the initiative will provide 15 HSIs with diagnostic tools and programmatic support to implement… Read more »

A very interesting breakdown: 2018’s Most & Least Diverse States in America

With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing and the leadership in Fortune 500 companies still dominated by Caucasian males, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2018’s Most & Least Diverse States in America as well as accompanying videos. To determine where the most idea and identity exchanges have occurred at the highest level in the U.S. — and where the population… Read more »