Category: Strong Communities

Nation’s Leading Nonprofits Urge Congress to Ensure Nonprofits are Included in Next Stimulus Package

As the House of Representatives is on the verge of acting on H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, the nation’s charitable nonprofits strongly urge leaders in both the House and Senate to take swift action to ensure that nonprofits of all sizes receive critical relief so they can continue to serve their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We are grateful that the HEROES… Read more »

Campus Speech 2020: New Survey reveals college student views on free speech and inclusivity

On May 5, 2020, Gallup and Knight Foundation released a new report on college students and their attitudes about Free Speech. Knight’s Evette Alexander shares insights below. View the full report and additional insights here. For some time now, the practice of free speech on college campuses has been challenged by America’s increasingly complex social and political fabric — particularly heading into a hotly contested… Read more »

We Need You: COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 and IEAS Though we are temporarily closed, our 70 animals are still being well taken care of by our dedicated team of caregivers. We have cancelled a number of tours, field trips, and events that generally help fund a non-profit organization such as ourselves. For this reason, we are asking for you to support the animals over the upcoming days, weeks, and months. Donate Today Amazon… Read more »

Very Different Times Indeed…

From the CEO     A lot has happened since our last newsletter. Alpha Home is considered an essential business and we are providing essential recovery services to all of our clients, we are just having to adapt.   I am continually reminded of the phrase said by Mackenzie Phillips at our 14th Annual Doorways of Hope Luncheon just over a month ago,  … Read more »

Take a look at these really fun Virtual Experiences: At-Home Art Projects, Bayou Bend Goes Virtual + 3 NewFilms

Create your own colorful beads inspired by a ceremonial hat – Looking for in-home art activities? We have you covered! The inspiration for this family-friendly art project comes from the Chief’s Ceremonial Hat in the MFAH collection of African art. Take it a step further and create your own animals, hats, or wearable art.

Or take a virtual tour through Bayou Bend! And then there are three new films to watch on demand at home!

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 »

SAMMinstries Emergency Assistance Fund

As we face this time of uncertainty together, we need your help to keep our community healthy and vibrant. Our immediate needs are to keep our staff and clients safe, without interrupting program and service delivery. While we have made modifications to include digital client visits and working remotely for non-essential staff, we remain operational and serving San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations. In the… Read more »

More than half of nonprofits that submitted applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were accepted.

More than half of nonprofits that submitted applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were accepted. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of organizations where the application was denied have begun to lay-off or furlough staff. These are among the results of a survey of nonprofit social sector leaders across the country conducted by The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and The NonProfit Times (NPT).… Read more »

New Study Examines Technology’s Positive Impact on Women’s Philanthropy

Report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute is the first to focus on technology and giving through a gender lens A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), Women Give 2020 – New Forms of Giving in a Digital Age: Powered by Technology, Creating Community, offers new research focused on how women give more than men, even as technology disrupts philanthropy. The report encompasses research… Read more »

Gen Z more stressed about coronavirus than Baby Boomers and Millennials

While older age groups face the biggest health risks from the virus itself, and Millennials and Generation X are navigating the dual challenges of remote work and home- schooling, it is 18- to 24-year-olds who have reported the highest levels of stress in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of the preliminary findings from the COVID-19 Social Impact Report, released… Read more »

Navigating the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Two months ago, it was hard to imagine that the world would be overtaken by the kind of situation we are facing today with Covid-19. But here we are. In addition to facing the unprecedented health and economic fallout from the virus, nonprofit employers are particularly challenged by complying with a patchwork of new Covid-19 related laws.[1]  In this article, we provide an overview… Read more »

Shaping a Resilient Future Through One Water – A diversification strategy in drought-prone San Antonio

In an era of mounting global water stress and increasing pressures on the planet’s water resources, sustainable solutions are urgently needed to ensure that our water supplies are as resilient as possible. The World Health Organization estimates that half of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas as soon as 2025. As populations surge and the demand for water intensifies, the challenge to… Read more »

Another Musical Moment from Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio and the Cactus Pear Music Festival

  CACTUS PEAR MUSICAL MOMENT #5 On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Trinity Baptist Church, cellist Jonah Kim and pianist Scott Cuellar captivated the audience when they performed Fryderyk Chopin’s 1846 Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65.   Like myself, musicians across the globe are eagerly awaiting the time when we can return to the concert stage to make music again with each other… Read more »

The Critical Ways America’s Charities’ Nonprofit Members are Helping Communities Respond to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Nonprofits are the backbone of our communities – some more visible than others in their impact and the needs they meet. While COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, is affecting everyone, nonprofits are particularly feeling the pinch as they simultaneously adjust their work environments and policies to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff and volunteers, and demand for their programs and services… Read more »

When Will the Impact of Coronavirus Hit State Budgets?

State officials nationwide fear that a substantial decline in tax collections as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will throw their budgets into turmoil. But they will have to wait for the first hard data on how big the decline might be. When the economy struggles, state tax revenue usually suffers too. States’ two largest sources of tax revenue are the personal income tax… Read more »

An Enjoyable Musical Moment from Cactus Pear Music Festival

Visit to hear CPMF’s LIVE From the First Five CDJohannes Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36   FOR COLLEGE FRESHMAN THROUGH JUNIORSThe Bexar County 2020 Intern ProgramAvailable: A Paid Audience Development Internship— click here for more information, an application, andother hands-on, non-paid but credit-worthy possibilities   Article Author: Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio of the Cactus Pear Music Festival

Decision making in uncertain times

The timeline for companies to react to the coronavirus has shrunk dramatically. Here are five principles that leaders can follow to make smart decisions quickly during the pandemic. DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES Open interactive popup Article (PDF-845KB) Leaders know that making good, fast decisions is challenging under the best of circumstances. But the trickiest are those we call “big bets”—unfamiliar, high-stakes decisions. When you have a… Read more »

Beyond coronavirus: The path to the next normal

The coronavirus is not only a health crisis of immense proportion—it’s also an imminent restructuring of the global economic order. Here’s how leaders can begin navigating to what’s next. “For some organizations, near-term survival is the only agenda item. Others are peering through the fog of uncertainty, thinking about how to position themselves once the crisis has passed and things return to normal. The… Read more »

BRAVO! Texas State loans ventilators to medical centers to combat COVID-19 pandemic

Texas State University is loaning area hospitals critical ventilators to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far, Ascension Seton Williamson in Round Rock has received four ventilators and Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin has received two. St. David’s HealthCare has also discussed the possibility of acquiring units. The Department of Respiratory Care, part of the College of Health Professions at Texas State’s Round… Read more »