Category: News

The Moody Foundation awarded $250,000 to Hidalgo County to support first responders and frontline workers and to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE)

“We know that our friends in South Texas have been hit by unprecedented hardships,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation. “First responders and frontline workers are making tremendous sacrifices to serve their community, and it is our honor to aid their heroic efforts and to provide PPE to keep them safe.”

While the arts sector was effective in securing PPP loans, the $1.8 billion received by 9,917 nonprofit arts organizations severely lags its $9.1 billion in pandemic losses

The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. Nationally, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $9.1 billion as of July 13, 2020. 96% of organizations have cancelled events since the onset of the pandemic—many well in to 2021—resulting in a loss of 327 million admissions. 62% of artists have become unemployed. On March 27, 2020, Congress passed… Read more »

Half a million fewer children? The coming COVID baby bust

The COVID-19 episode will likely lead to a large, lasting baby bust. The pandemic has thrust the country into an economic recession. Economic reasoning and past evidence suggest that this will lead people to have fewer children. The decline in births could be on the order of 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births next year. We base this expectation on lessons drawn from economic studies… Read more »

Research Finds Plastic Flows Into the Ocean Expected to Triple by 2040—but Immediate Action Could Stem Tide by More Than 80%

Although progress has been made in addressing the global plastic challenge, the report finds that current commitments by government and industry will reduce the amount of plastic flowing into the ocean only by 7 per cent by 2040.

In the Time of Coronavirus: How many eligible nonprofits benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program?

In July 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released dozens of summary data files about organizations — nonprofit and for-profit — that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Up to $669 billion in loans was made available through an application process for all entities with 500 or fewer employees (or that met other, more… Read more »

New CAF America Report Shows the Importance of American Corporate Philanthropy in Responding to COVID-19

Nearly 72% of 73 global Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 corporations and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) have increased their contributions to charities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a CAF America survey conducted in partnership with CyberGrants and The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP). The report, which can be found here, is the fourth in a series of monthly reports conducted by… Read more »

‘Celestial Sleuth’ sheds new light on Vermeer’s masterpiece, ‘View of Delft’

Johannes Vermeer is one of the most celebrated artists of the 17th century’s Dutch Golden Age period. Widely known today for his Girl with a Pearl Earring, he was famed for his mastery in rendering the effects of light and shadow. Nowhere is this technical precision more evident than in his masterpiece, View of Delft, a vibrant cityscape that has captivated viewers for centuries.… Read more »

Nonprofits Hit by 6% Decline in Giving Due to COVID-19 – If Trend Continues for the Rest of 2020, Nonprofits Will Lose More than $25 Billion

If Trend Continues for the Rest of 2020, Nonprofits Will Lose More than $25 Billion Giving to charitable organizations is down by 6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time last year, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2020 First Quarter Report. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is the provider of the Growth in Giving Database, the world’s largest publicly… Read more »

The 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report: The 3rd Largest employer faces the Covid-19 crisis

A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies finds that U.S. nonprofits maintained their position as the third largest employer in the U.S. economy, overtaking manufacturing by nearly 100,000 workers nation-wide in 2017, and exceeding that industry in 28 states and territories across the U.S. Indeed, the only industries employing more workers than the nonprofit sector in 2017 were retail… Read more »

Nonprofits Hit by 6% Decline in Giving Due to COVID-19

Giving to charitable organizations is down by 6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time last year, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2020 First Quarter Report. If this trend continues for the rest of 2020, nonprofits will lose more than $25 billion.

Upcoming Summer Events at Cibolo Nature Center

    Upcoming Events & Updates   MOONDANCE CONCERT SERIES IS BACK Your favorite outdoor concerts are back and start July 11 with the Blake Torrey Band. We are limiting capacity—get your tickets online to ensure your spot! Tickets & Info THIRST FOR NATURE: FIREFLIES First event sold out in minutes. 2nd event added June 25 with limited capacity. Register Here FARMERS MARKET EVERY SATURDAY Explore… Read more »

You can give a homeless child a bright start this academic year

  Do you remember the excitement of starting a new school year?    You can give a homeless child a bright start this academic year.   On the first day of school, every child should be able to put on a crisp new outfit, slide their feet into shoes that fit, and grab a backpack stocked with the supplies they need to start their… Read more »

Influencing Young America To Act – Special Report – June 2020

Influencing Young America To Act – Special Report – June 2020 The Influencing Young America to Act Special Report reveals the actions young Americans are taking to address racial inequality, discrimination and social injustice for Black people in America in this unique moment.  On June 6, The New York Times summarized the state of the country after George Floyd, a Black male, died while… Read more »

Tale of Two Crises: Billionaires Gain as Workers Feel Pandemic Pain

Nation’s Billionaire’s See Net Worth Jump $434B in First Two Months of Pandemic America’s billionaires bound far ahead financially even as the rest of America was locked down during the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic, a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies – Program on Inequality (IPS) shows. Between March 18—the rough start date… Read more »

Alpha Home June Newsletter

June Newsletter   From the CEO     As we prepare for the summer months, it is important to reflect on where we’ve been. Focusing on the positives and operating in faith have certainly carried us through the challenges that COVID-19 brought with it.   Our retention rates are higher, we’ve engaged with more rural clients, and our outpatient client participation has increased.  … Read more »

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory June 2020 E-News

A Note from Our Director   Thank you for your great support during these crazy times! My last call for support during this Covid19 pandemic was answered by your kind donations and online sales. Thank you, and I hope you are well and staying safe!    We are back to work at our Lake Jackson headquarters, but it will remain closed to visitors for now. We have… Read more »

An Important Update from Vogel Alcove

As we enter Phase II of our operation plans during this pandemic, here’s the latest update. Answering the Call It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 weeks since we reopened the childcare center for essential workers and adjusted our services to the needs of our children and their families by adding three new programs.  Daily meal delivery, virtual casework, getting necessary resources to our families,… Read more »

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 »