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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 »

We Will Not Be Tamed: Meet Jessie Story

    Jessie Story loves documenting wild creatures big and small. The Amarillo photographer and videographer studied wildlife biology as an undergrad and later earned a master’s degree in communications. She spends as much time as she can at Caprock Canyons State Park and is working on a documentary about the official state bison herd that roams the park. Her experiences outdoors have changed… Read more »

IEAS Animal Update: Titan and Kimberly

Animal Update FeaturingTitan and Kimberly Titan, a former circus tiger has called IEAS home since 2011. The 13 year old spent time with a traveling circus until he stopped listening to his trainer. As the circus passed through town, we received a call that they no longer wanted him. The circus was leaving later that same day, so we had to very quickly retrieve… Read more »

Sizing Up Twitter Users

Twitter is a modern public square where many voices discuss, debate and share their views. Media personalities, politicians and the public turn to social networks for real-time information and reactions to the day’s events. But compared with the U.S. public overall, which voices are represented on Twitter? To examine this question, Pew Research Center conducted a nationally representative survey of 2,791 U.S. adult Twitter… Read more »

Mail Carriers Make a City-Wide Food Drive the Easiest Food Drive of the Year

On Saturday, May 11ththe National Association of Letter Carriers are picking up non-perishables at mail boxes to benefit local communities as part of its annual Stamp Out Hunger Campaign. Each year mail carriers in Georgetown do a little bit extra for the community by participating in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Non-perishable donations are picked up by the mail carriers and donated to… Read more »

Mostly Native Plant Sale, Summer Camp, BexarFest Win and Lende Lecture

 Last Satuday was our 2nd Annual Lende Lecture and it was a huge success. We got to see lots of our friends come together to learn about a critical issue facing Texas: water.  Here is Dr. Andrew Sansom’s lecture in full, including introductions by Mayor Elect Tim Handren, Candace Andrews of the Cibolo Preserve, and our founder and CEO Carolyn Chipman Evans.      … Read more »

Shumla on the road again . . .

    APRIL 2019   On the Road Again…   This month our office chairs and hiking boots were abandoned for podiums and dress shoes as Shumla team members presented in Orlando, Austin and Albuquerque.     ORLANDO Dr. Karen Steelman presented at the American Chemical Society Meeting and was selected as a “Must See” Speaker among thousands of presenters.     AUSTIN Executive… 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 »

MUST READ: Case Foundation study shows how Americans aged 18-30 are influenced to care about and act on major movements and social issues

The research, based on a nationally representative sample of 1,100 young people surveyed in August, provides intriguing insights into the lives and thinking of Young Americans, including the key role television news plays in informing this young generation about social issues, their high intention to vote in the November midterm elections, and their feelings about social issues and the direction of the country.