Category: Strong Communities

The Great Acceleration – what’s driving the widening chasm?

The Covid-19 crisis has intensified existing trends, widening the gap between those at the top and bottom of the power curve of economic profit. Will your strategy keep you ahead of the accelerated pace of change?  The fault lines between industries and business models that we understood intellectually before the COVID-19 crisis have now become giant fissures, separating the old reality from the new… Read more »

Independent Sector Launches New Report on Trust in Civil Society

Independent Sector published new findings on trust in civil society from a research study conducted in partnership with Edelman Intelligence. The report includes results from a series of surveys designed to explore the nuances of trust in American nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The findings reveal broad trust (81 percent) in nonprofits’ abilities to strengthen society, and that the more closely aligned with mission and… Read more »

Learning from COVID-19: Five Self-Care Approaches for the Nonprofit Sector

COVID-19 is the global pandemic of the generation. Operating under crisis is often the norm for nonprofit organizations, and COVID-19 is revealing the complexity of global crises and their bearing on self-care for individuals in the sector. As parts of the world enter recovery and rebuilding in this new reality, the continued challenge will be to redefine post-coronavirus self-care for millions of professional helpers… Read more »

Can you guess the average age of a homeless child in San Antonio? You will not believe the answer.

Friend the impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been financially and mentally devastating for families that were already struggling. This summer, keeping families — especially those with children — from becoming homeless in these extra-challenging times is crucial. Did you know …   The average age of a homeless child in our county is just 6 years old.   The streets are no place… Read more »

You can support Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano and feed families

Over 16,000 students in PISD participate in the free and reduced meal program. Yesterday, 700+ Families in need of a breakfast or lunch stopped by designated PISD facilities to receive a meal for the day. Due to the increased need for families affected by the economic effects of The Coronavirus, Minnie’s Food Pantry has been contacted by Plano Independent School District to assist these… Read more »

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 »

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 »