Category: Strong Communities

Getting agile right in your organization

For more interesting articles, visitAcross industries and regions, the concept of organizational agility is catching fire as companies scurry to deal with rapid change and complexity. Yet, achieving the ability to reshape themselves quickly is proving elusive for most. The findings of McKinsey’s first global research study of agile organizations underscores the difficulties in achieving their desired nimbleness. But it also illuminates that getting agile right delivers substantial rewards ranging from efficiency improvements and improved customer satisfaction, to faster time to market.

Are your Investments Aligned with your Organization’s Mission and Values?

Many believe that Impact and Sustainable Investing is a niche in the investment industry reserved for religious, environmental and social impact foundations.  There is also a perspective that “Impact Investing” involves sacrificing investment returns to “do good” and become a “socially conscious” investor.  The fact is that neither of those presumptions is true and that Impact Investing is rapidly going mainstream. 

Using Story to Change Systems

Humans have always used stories to make sense out of our chaotic world. When our ancestors had to kill animals they felt were kindred spirits to survive, they created myths to help them come to terms with it. When they invented agriculture, they created myths that glorified graft and highlighted the seasonal nature of existence. When they began to settle, humans created myths imbuing cities with transcendence. As Yuval Noah Harari describes in his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, story went on to play a vital role in building all subsequent civilizations.

New Exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art: San Antonio 1718 – Art from Viceregal Mexico

Three hundred years ago the city of San Antonio was founded as a strategic outpost of presidios defending the colonial interests of northern New Spain and missions advancing Christian conversion. The city’s missions bear architectural witness to the time of their founding, but few have walked these sites without wondering who once lived there, what they saw, valued, and thought.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to Fund 1,000 College Scholarships for Dreamers $33 million donation the largest ever for TheDream.US

TheDream.US, the nation’s largest scholarship program for Dreamers, announced today a $33 million dollar scholarship grant from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos. The grant, the largest in the organization’s history, will give 1,000 undocumented immigrant graduates of US high schools with DACA status the opportunity to go to college. “My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan,”… Read more »

Study Measures How Central Texas Companies Support Nonprofits

Does your Central Texas company have a philanthropic/giving budget? How do you engage your employees in philanthropy? And which causes is your organization most likely to support? An annual survey of companies in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown and the surrounding Central Texas area poses these and other questions to provide insights on how local organizations engage in philanthropy. The online Survey of Corporate Giving,… Read more »

San Antonio Readies for 2018 NCAA Final Four

With the 2018 NCAA Final Four fast approaching, NCAA officials and the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee teamed up with local leaders Wednesday to announce key details about the long-anticipated event. “We have been working for years as a community to prepare for this historic event — the first Final Four in San Antonio in 10 years, during our tricentennial,” said Pat Frost, chair… Read more »

Texas Awards Millions for Mental Health

The following is a news release from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced it is awarding up to $27.5 million in grant funds through two programs that support mental health services and projects for Texas. Up to $12.5 million will be awarded through the Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals, and up to $15… Read more »

St. David’s Foundation Announces over $14.6 M in Grants to Local Nonprofits

With the goal of making Central Texas the healthiest community in the world, St. David’s Foundation is announcing grants totaling over $14.6 million aimed at addressing a variety of health-related needs right here at home this holiday season. “Young or old, city dweller or rural resident, many of our friends and neighbors are in need of important services to maintain a healthy life,” said… Read more »