Category: Strong Communities

GCBO’s Bird of the Month: June Least Bittern

Geography/Habitat:   In Texas, Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) is common summer resident along the Coastal Prairies and the eastern portion of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Inland, they are rare to locally common in the eastern third of the state. In the western portion of the state, it is a very rare and local summer resident due to lack of habitat. During the winter,… Read more »

30% of U.S. Households Made Disaster-related Donations in 2017 and 2018

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), Candid and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy announced the release of the first comprehensive study on household donations to disasters, the U.S. Household Disaster Giving in 2017 and 2018 Report. This study reveals new data on U.S. households’ disaster giving and answers many of the questions most often asked about patterns, preferences and practices of individual… Read more »

Invasive parasite robs fish of ability to swim, poses potential threat to endangered species

Researchers at Texas State University have identified an increasingly severe invasive parasite problem in the San Marcos and Comal Rivers that could impact native fish—including endangered species unique to Texas springs.             One parasite has been under study since 1996, but in 2013, a student in the lab of David Huffman, a parasitologist in the Department of Biology at Texas State, discovered a new… Read more »

Digital Gap Persists Between Rural, Nonrural America

This is one in a series of posts about how different demographic groups in the U.S. have fared in the digital age. Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology over the past decade, but they generally remain less likely than urban or suburban adults to have home broadband or own a smartphone. Roughly two-thirds of rural Americans (63%) say they have… Read more »

A challenge to stimulate local news in North America

When journalist Megan Lucero started as director at U.K. based Bureau Local, she had an ambitious mission: to use technology to discover powerful public interest stories in local news. The startup, which is part of the nonprofit organization The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, received financial support from Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund to create a platform where data journalists could come together and work… Read more »

THANK GOD! Majority of Americans See Environment as a Top Priority – How Americans see climate change in 5 charts

With Earth Day just behind us, we’re looking into views on the environment, including climate change. For starters, 56 percent of U.S. adults say protecting the environment should be a top priority for the president and Congress.

GCBO’s Bird of the Month: May 2019

GCBO’s Bird of the Month: May Black-necked Stilt   Geography/Habitat:     In Texas, the Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) is common summer resident along the Coastal Prairies, inland to the South Texas Brush Country, and the southern Blackland Prairies. There are isolated breeding populations in north and north-central Texas and they are uncommon to rare summer residents on the High Plains, western Rolling Plains,… Read more »

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 »

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 »