Category: News

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.

Saved his life – Help give a young grizzly a home 🐻 and YOU can have the opportunity to name him

Please. Look at this sweet young bear. That face! Please help the IEAS welcome their newest resident, a young grizzly bear. Through no fault of his own, this poor guy was in need of a permanent home or else he faced euthanasia. We couldn’t allow that to happen. After many phone calls and a trip that exceeded 24 hours, he is now at his forever home. Now that he has been saved from such a terrible fate, help us with renovating a place for him to stay permanently. What a lucky young bear.

September 2018 Exhibitions & Public Programs

/// The Big Show Preview Party/// Thursday, September 13 from 7 – 9 PM $100 Lawndale Members, $125 General We invite you to join this year’s participating artists in celebration of The Big Show and launch of the Lawndale Lending Library, all while supporting Lawndale! Tickets not only include early access to The Big Show 2018 (minus the crowds!), access to the open bar, chicken… Read more »

Nonprofit rate of job growth outpaces for-profit rate by over 3-1 over the last decade

Data just released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics using a technique first developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies shows that the nonprofit sector continued its steady record of significant job growth through 2016, the latest date for which data are available, outpacing the rate of for-profit job growth by over 3 to 1

“Hot, hot, hot!” newsletter wins summer “Best Newsletter” award . . . and congratulations to Jessica & Bart!

  AUGUST 2018   Summer’s over but the fun has just begun!     Note from the Director   This summer was hot, hot, hot! Both in temperatures and activity at Shumla. We had three great summer interns (as you’ll read below), we moved headquarters (as you read in our last eNews), and we wrapped up the first full year of Alexandria Project field… Read more »

Tom Frost, San Antonio business leader, dies at 90

A leader in San Antonio and South Texas business, banking, and philanthropy has died. Tom C. Frost Jr. was 90. Frost was with Frost Bank for 35 years before retiring as president and CEO in 1997. “Tom Frost’s impact on our company, and in San Antonio in general, can’t be overstated,” said Phil Green, chairman and CEO of Cullen/Frost Bankers in a news release.… Read more »

We Will Not Be Tamed: Fly Fish with JT Van Zandt!

Fly fishing is at the center of JT Van Zandt’s life. He’s been fly fishing the coastal waters of Texas since 1991. The oldest son of the late singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, JT honors his father’s spirit by finding and protecting harmony in nature. As a longtime fly-fishing guide who specializes in red fishing on the Texas coast, JT is dedicated to protecting natural… Read more »

Registration Now Open: Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony September 13, 2018 5:00 – 6:00 PM Networking Reception 6:00 – 7:30 PM Award Ceremony This ceremony is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. The 2018 award ceremony will take place during the 11th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week,… Read more »

THE Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has authorized Texas State University to offer an innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology. The program—focusing on practical applications for anthropology in non-academic settings—will be the first of its kind in the state of Texas and one of only three such programs in the nation.             The degree program was approved by the Texas State University System Board… Read more »

The 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights the financial impact Alpha Home supporters have made to rebuild lives in the San Antonio community

Check out the 2016 – 2017 Annual Report highlights showing the financial impact their supporters have made to their mission.   Visit Alpha Home Article Author: Alpha Home

New Poll: Affording health care tops Texans’ financial concerns; Almost 4 in 10 report problems paying medical bills

Affording health care ranks at the top of Texans’ financial concerns, with more than half (55%) say it is difficult for them and their families to afford health care, including a quarter (25%) who say it is “very difficult,” finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation poll of Texas residents. Fewer report difficulties affording other basic necessities, including rent or mortgage, monthly utilities,… Read more »

Important Updates From Children at Risk

“If we truly hold family values dear, if we sincerely believe that children belong with their parents, and if freedom matters, we must end the zero-tolerance policy.” -Yael Ross Director, Center for New American Children     CENTER FOR NEW AMERICAN CHILDREN   This April, CHILDREN AT RISK launched its Center for New American Children and Education (CNAC). New American Children include:   Documented… Read more »