Category: News

Majority of Americans who lost a job or wages due to COVID-19 concerned states will reopen too quickly

Last week’s report on unemploymentunderscored the catastrophic impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on the U.S. economy. The focus in many states has now turned to reopening businesses and getting people back to work. However, most Americans – including 68% of those who have lost their jobs or taken a cut in pay due to the coronavirus outbreak – are concerned that state governments… Read more »

Funding Alert – Grants and Opportunities

Funding News and Grant Tips Episcopal Health Foundation has announced a $10 million plan to help address the long-term impact of COVID-19, including a grant program, an emergency loan fund, and a research project. The grant program will help current grantees and partners continue their operations during the public health emergency with a focus on those directly involved in COVID-19 response and serving disproportionately affected… Read more »

Texas State respiratory therapy students joining the front lines against pandemic

Ascension Seton Williamson medical center in Round Rock has hired 10 seniors from Texas State University’s respiratory care program to help shore up a personnel shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Respiratory Care, part of the College of Health Professions at Texas State’s Round Rock Campus, previously loaned four ventilators to Ascension Seton Williamson to help treat patients afflicted with the… Read more »

All Artists Invited to Participate in Exhibit

All artists are invited to submit to an online exhibition entitled “Flatten the Curve”.   The Art Center of Corpus Christi will share the exhibition on their Facebook page which has over 10,000 followers and digitally once the galleries reopen.   The exhibit offers an opportunity for artists of all levels to show what they have created recently.  Viewers will get to see the many different… Read more »

Vogel Alcove: Donate and help support a mom and her kids!

Hello, I don’t normally send you emails like this … but these are not normal times. Vogel Alcove needs your help TODAY! We have worked so hard to move our families from homelessness into housing and greater family stability, but as we enter yet another week of the Shelter-in-Place order, the coronavirus is threatening to push our families back into homelessness by devastating their… Read more »

Big Ideas TXST podcast tells the story of narco traffickers who are pushing deeper and deeper into the remote rainforests of Central America, clearcutting huge swaths to establish cattle ranches to launder drug money

Jennifer Devine, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, and Nate Currit, associate professor and director of the Texas Center for Geographic information Sciences, discuss the staggering environmental destruction and human suffering being wrought in episode 5 of the Big Ideas TXST podcast.            Narco traffickers are pushing deeper and deeper into the remote rainforests of Central America, clearcutting huge swaths to… Read more »

1 in 7 Americans Would Avoid Care for Suspected COVID-19 Fearing Cost of Treatment

About 1 in 7 Americans say they would avoid seeking medical care if they experienced key symptoms associated with COVID-19 out of fear of the potential cost. Another six percent – representing about 15 million people – report that they or a family member have been denied medical care for some other health issue due to heavy volume brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.… Read more »

Wow. Did you know that a private equity firm named Ethos Capital almost bought the .org domain? Don’t worry, they didn’t!

A private equity firm will not gain control of dot-org, the digital real estate that is home to millions of nonprofits, nongovernmental organizations and community groups. The board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the internet naming system, decided on Thursday night to veto the sale of the rights to dot-org to Ethos Capital, which had offered more than… Read more »

Poverty in the United States could reach highest levels in over 50 years Levels Not Seen Since 1967

To what extent will the COVID-19 pandemic increase levels of poverty in the United States? Official estimates of poverty in the United States are presented on an annual basis and with a considerable lag. In this brief, we apply a novel method for forecasting poverty rates in the United States using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) framework with a goal of providing projections of… Read more »

Supporting Texas Small Businesses Through Retail Revival

Small businesses are the fabric of our local communities. They create jobs for our neighbors and bring our Main Streets to life.  As the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in particular are facing difficult and unprecedented challenges. Now, more than ever, eBay remains committed to helping our small business communities to sustain and grow during this time. Last… Read more »

Amid COVID-19, TX kids need smart state policies

While much of the discussion about coronavirus has focused on the threat to adults, we all know that the way the virus is reshaping our lives has significant consequences for Texas children. So I want to take just a moment to highlight a few of our concerns and the ways that Texas can support children during this time. Children’s services — ranging from student mental… Read more »

The Hogg Foundation has published FAQ’s and a list of Mental Health Resources for you to peruse during this health crisis

“In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hogg Foundation recognizes that people have an urgent need for mental health information at their fingertips. To meet this need, we have assembled this list of resources for both mental health and COVID-19. This listing is for informational purposes and the foundation does not endorse any of the organizations mentioned.” The Hogg Foundation has published FAQ’s and… Read more »

New research sheds light on Social Media addiction

New research from Texas State University shows that users are more likely to become addicted to social media platforms that successfully meet the individual’s needs, but also that empathy for others can act as a buffering factor against addiction. The study was conducted by Stephanie Dailey, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, Krista Howard, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Sinjin… 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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