Category: Strong Communities

Entrepreneurs Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Announces Winners of the Impact Awards

Mayor Steve Adler kicked off the Entrepreneurs Foundation’s (EF) 20th year celebration, saying “the Entrepreneurs Foundation has long been at the forefront of engaging technology entrepreneurs and their companies in Austin. We are a better city because of EF and their member organizations’ commitment to building high performing cultures enriched by civic and philanthropic contributions.” During its 20 years, the Entrepreneurs Foundation has raised… Read more »

For Earth Day, how Americans see climate change in 5 charts

The degree to which climate change threatens the ecosystems of the Earth and societies around the world has been an ongoing subject of debate – and sometimes protest. As Earth Day nears, we take stock of U.S. public opinion about climate change, based on recent Pew Research Center surveys. For more on how people globally see climate change, see our companion post, “For Earth… Read more »

Morgan’s Wonderland, Valero Announce Plans for Ultra-AccessibleMorgan’s Wonderland Camp

Officials of unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park and Valero Energy Corp., today announced the construction of ultra-accessible™ Morgan’s Wonderland Camp, a 102-acre recreational oasis on the northern outskirts of San Antonio that year-round will offer a summer-camp-type experience to those with and without special needs. “Just as we did with Morgan’s Wonderland theme park and Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park, we’re going to create… Read more »

Texas State researchers see landowners as key to saving Houston toad, other endangered species

Researchers in the Department of Biology at Texas State University have teamed with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to identify the most effective ways to recruit private landowners to save the critically endangered Houston toad, and by extension, the integrity of East Texas prairie ecosystems. Led by Assistant Professor Chris Serenari, principal investigator of the Human Dimensions Lab, Texas State researchers are… Read more »

Moody Gardens Opens Reefer Lab on 4/20

Moody Gardens wants you to be a reefer starting 4/20. Now that we have your attention, an international effort is underway to increase awareness and combat a disease that is rapidly killing the Florida Reef Tract, the third largest coral reef system in the world. Moody Gardens’ new Coral Rescue Lab will be used to propagate coral as it focuses on species being impacted… Read more »

Following Up on Important Matters: Comal County Citizens and CISD Granted Affected Party Status in Vulcan Preliminary Hearing

On March 6th, nearly 200 concerned Comal County citizens filled the courthouse in New Braunfels to capacity. Rebecca Smith, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings(SOAH) steadfastly listened to a multitude of area residents passionately list personal and medical concerns from possible exposure to and inhalation of microscopic particulate matter generated by limestone quarrying and processing. Despite Vulcan’s own… Read more »

WildFlowers: What’s in Season in March

What’s in Season: March Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) Annual (or Drummond) phlox is widely regarded as one of Texas’ most beautiful wildflowers. Its soft, hairy foliage is cute in its own right, but it’s mainly prized for showy flowers that bloom in an impressive array of colors, often with a contrasting “eye” or a fetching starburst pattern. Find it in reds from deep maroon… Read more »

Wicked generosity: beware manipulative gifts from the Lily Family School of Philanthropy

Julius Caesar masterfully deployed his public and personal giving to build his reputation as an exceptionally generous nobleman. His deft giving at levels large and small, to friends, rivals, and the masses helped him build a base he used to transform the temporary role of dictator into a lifetime role, thus creating the eponymous title.

Because you are a nonprofit working hard to save the world, this article on Resilience is imperative for you to read

This is the fourth post in our “3 Things to Know” series, an explanation of concepts influencing community mental health and our grantmaking. Check out others in this series on Health Equity, Social Determinants of (Mental) Health, and Well-being. Resilience is critical to health and mental health interventions. So critical that major public health institutions have developed frameworks to provide clarity about its definition and its… Read more »

The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?   The 86th Texas Legislative Session kicked off today and CHILDREN AT RISK is ready to advocate for policies that improve the lives of Texas children. From access to quality child care to school finance, mental health support, and protections for human trafficking victims, Texas has a lot of work to do. Help us make Texas the best… Read more »

Life Review Did you know? People over 70 are still developing!

According to David Solie, a psychologist specializing in geriatric medicine, elderly people are on “a journey” unrecognized by most others, including their children and professional caregivers. Unrecognized is the part that breaks my heart. “Many of us look at members of our parents’ generation and see a diminished version of the vibrant people we once knew,” he writes in his book, How to Say It to Seniors.[1] “Surely they aren’t developing anymore, because we can see them declining right before our eyes.”

Bring this to Texas: Youth Take Constitutional Climate Lawsuit to the Alaska Supreme Court

Today, 16 young Alaskans filed their ​notice of appeal​ with the Alaska Supreme Court in their constitutional climate lawsuit, ​Sinnok v. State of Alaska​. The appeal comes just six days after the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which reports in its ​Alaska chapter​ that climate change is already dangerously impacting the state. On October 30, Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller for the… Read more »

Global Leaders Call for Urgent Acceleration of Climate Adaptation Solutions

On the heels of one of the deadliest summers of climate-related weather disasters affecting countries all over the world, an unprecedented gathering of global leaders today launched the new Global Commission on Adaptation to catalyze a global movement to bring scale and speed to climate adaptation solutions. The Global Commission on Adaptation is led by Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Bill… Read more »

Overcoming the Divisiveness That Surrounds Us

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself worn down by the state of our country. The divisiveness, the anger, the coming apart instead of coming together is increasingly hard to take. And I know many of you feel the same. It seems that as time marches on we increasingly find ourselves battling the differences between each other, rather than recognizing that there is… Read more »

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support For 33 years, 24 hours a day, Genesis Women’s Shelter has been waiting with lights on and doors open to welcome women and children facing the greatest time of crisis they have ever known. Every year, we see nearly 2,500 women and children turn to Genesis as they make the brave decision to leave their former lives behind, taking… Read more »

Goal set to collect 225,000 pounds of food by year end

The Caring Place provides a 10-day supply of food to families in financial crisis through its Food Pantry. The Caring Place is preparing to launch its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive on October 1, and it will end December 31. With the community’s help, the organization wishes to collect 225,000 pounds of food by the New Year. “The summer was challenging for the Food… Read more »

The Best of Planet Earth in Action When Government Fails Us: The Philanthropic Community Announces $4 Billion Commitment to Combat Climate Change

Last week, 29 philanthropists pledged $4 billion over the next five years to combat climate change—the largest-ever philanthropic investment focused on climate change mitigation. The announcement, made at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco, represents a broad global commitment to accelerate proven climate and clean-energy strategies, spur innovation and support organizations around the world working to protect the air they breathe and the communities they call home.