Category: News

Filling the Gap – San Antonio Sports Sidelines – December 2019

Filling the Gap  The Aspen Institute 2018 State of Play report reveals that kids ages 6-12 from low-income families participate in youth sports at almost half the rate of affluent families, and face increasing barriers to participation. While inactivity rates for the overall population are down, most gains are among kids from upper-income homes who can better afford the growing fees associated with youth… Read more »

Wishing You a Happy Holiday & A Very Musical New Year!

A Season to Treasure! Happy holidays to all our dear music loving friends! It is a season to treasure for the most important of gifts that surround us: family and friends especially, and for the soundtrack of our lives. As I look to my own holiday season, I am reminded of the treasure of music in my lifeand how it invariably enriches my days… Read more »

A Network that Really Works

The team saved Alexandria Project site 159 – Beehive – for a cold day. Those big holes above the rock art panel are full of bees! It’s better to invade the bees’ territory when they are chilled, lethargic and want to stay close to home. The crew finished the day’s documentation of the rock art without a single sting.

Marriage and Cohabitation in the U.S.

As more U.S. adults are delaying marriage – or forgoing it altogether – the share who have ever lived with an unmarried partner has been on the rise. Amid these changes, most Americans find cohabitation acceptable, even for couples who don’t plan to get married, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Even so, a narrow majority says society is better off if couples in long-term relationships eventually get married.

Téa Obreht named Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State

Award-winning author Téa Obreht has been named the Texas State University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing for 2020-2021.             Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States. Her debut novel, “The Tiger’s Wife,” won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and an international… Read more »

TPWF is kicking off a $9 million fundraising effort to amplify $12.5 million in state funds to open a new state park in North Texas. Palo Pinto Mountains State Park will come to life thanks to a partnership between public funding and a dedicated private fundraising campaign

Thanks to Texas voters and park supporters, Proposition 5 was approved with a resounding YES vote on Nov. 5! We want to thank each and every voter who cast a ballot to support state and local parks and historic sites. A big shout-out to State Senator Lois Kolkhorst and State Representative John Cyrier for championing the bill in the Legislature that put the measure… Read more »

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Auction

  Ready, Set, Bid! Experiences Auction Starts November 15th!   We are gathering together another set of unique experiences for you to bid on in November and support GCBO conservation programs. This year the auction will run from November 15 to December 6. The auction is ready to go and bidding will begin on November 15 but in the meantime you can check out… Read more »

Narcotics traffic devastating Central American rainforests, fueling climate change

Drug trafficking and, paradoxically, efforts to slow it are rapidly driving the deforestation in Central America’s most vulnerable tropical rainforests, new research conducted in part by Texas State University reveals.             The research was release in three major studies Oct. 8 at the Pre-COP, an event sponsored by the Government of Costa Rica in the lead up to the Conference of the Parties to… Read more »

Fall Fashion Show

  Fall is in the Air!   The time is now to get your Fashion Show Tickets!   Ticket Sales End October 17th   The year may be starting to wind down, but Alpha never stops working to help the women and families of San Antonio. Our Fashion Show raises funds to help provide services such Residential Inpatient as well as Outpatient treatment programs,… Read more »

Science Director, Dr. Karen Steelman, wins a National Science Foundation grant to build a new plasma oxidation system

  The project, Shumla’s Plasma Oxidation Laboratory: Construction of a Multi-Sample Instrument, was awarded under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Archaeometry grant program, which supports the application of the physical sciences to archaeology research.   Shumla’s Chemistry Laboratory utilizes the plasma oxidation technique to convert organic material in rock painting samples into carbon dioxide, which can be radiocarbon dated using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS).… 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 »