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Makes me want to cry. While a small percentage are receiving 2/3 of total benefits, jobs are disappearing, Covid-19 is spreading, and Texas state politicians are planning on cutting funding for women’s health, Early childhood Interventions, health insurance, SNAP food stamps, and so on . . .

Texas families are hurting. Jobs are disappearing. Our uninsured rate is rising. Our mental health is suffering. COVID-19 is spreading. Yet state leaders are considering making things even worse by cutting women’s health, Early Childhood Intervention, and support for signing kids up for health insurance and SNAP food stamps. We need to fight back.

To Support Economic Opportunity In A Changing Jobs Landscape, The Rockefeller Foundation And The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Launch $10M Funding Opportunity For Community-Driven Solutions

Nationwide Challenge Will Provide Funding to 10 Local Approaches that Help Low-Income and Financially Insecure PeopleFind and Retain Well-Paid and Meaningful Work, Achieve Financial Security, or Build Economically Vibrant Neighborhoods

Coronavirus Economic Downturn Has Hit Latinos Especially Hard

The coronavirus outbreak has significantly harmed the finances of U.S. Hispanics. As the nation’s economy contracted at a record rate in recent months, the group’s unemployment rate rose sharply, particularly among Hispanic women, and remains higher among Hispanic workers than U.S. workers overall. With Hispanic households absorbing lost jobs and wages, many have said they may not be able to pay their bills. Yet even before the outbreak, Hispanics were concerned about their economic situation despite near record low levels of unemployment through the end of 2019.

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Youth Rise Texas is a burgeoning nonprofit organization whose mission is to uplift teens harmed by criminalization so that they may heal, take action, and cultivate compassionate communities. We are a power building organization that is led by people directly impacted by systems of criminalization and deportation, and we are committed to transformative organizing and healing justice. Through a variety of programming we create… Read more »

National Parks to Get Long-Overdue Repairs – Enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act means improvements could begin as soon as October

Over the past 4 1/2 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has collected and shared data about the numerous repairs needed throughout our country’s 100-year-old National Park System and worked with hundreds of local and regional organizations around the nation to share this information with policymakers. These case studies include national historic sites that have been closed to visitors because of structural and safety concerns,… Read more »

The COVID-19 Eviction Crisis: an Estimated 30-40 Million People in America Are at Risk – In Texas – at least 1,154,000 at risk

The United States may be facing the most severe housing crisis in its history. According to the latest analysis of weekly US Census data, as federal, state, and local protections and resources expire and in the absence of robust and swift intervention, an estimated 30–40 million people in America could be at risk of eviction in the next several months. Many property owners, who… Read more »

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Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce Deadline Extension for Medicaid, CHIP Providers to Apply for Federal COVID-19 Relief Funds Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced that the federal government has further extended the deadline to apply for the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. The deadline has now been extended to Aug. 28, 2020 for Medicaid and CHIP providers as… Read more »

While the arts sector was effective in securing PPP loans, the $1.8 billion received by 9,917 nonprofit arts organizations severely lags its $9.1 billion in pandemic losses

The coronavirus has had a devastating impact on America’s arts sector. Nationally, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $9.1 billion as of July 13, 2020. 96% of organizations have cancelled events since the onset of the pandemic—many well in to 2021—resulting in a loss of 327 million admissions. 62% of artists have become unemployed. On March 27, 2020, Congress passed… Read more »

Half a million fewer children? The coming COVID baby bust

The COVID-19 episode will likely lead to a large, lasting baby bust. The pandemic has thrust the country into an economic recession. Economic reasoning and past evidence suggest that this will lead people to have fewer children. The decline in births could be on the order of 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births next year. We base this expectation on lessons drawn from economic studies… Read more »

Research Finds Plastic Flows Into the Ocean Expected to Triple by 2040—but Immediate Action Could Stem Tide by More Than 80%

Although progress has been made in addressing the global plastic challenge, the report finds that current commitments by government and industry will reduce the amount of plastic flowing into the ocean only by 7 per cent by 2040.

In the Time of Coronavirus: How many eligible nonprofits benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program?

In July 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released dozens of summary data files about organizations — nonprofit and for-profit — that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Up to $669 billion in loans was made available through an application process for all entities with 500 or fewer employees (or that met other, more… Read more »

Mary Moody Northen Endowment gifts $5,000 to Radiography Degree Stipend program

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment recently announced a $5,000 gift to the newly established Galveston College Radiography Degree Stipend. The program is for graduating Radiography students and provides $250 to help pay the costs of national and state testing and licensure. The Galveston College Office of Development received the endowment’s unanimous decision of support of the stipend appeal in a June 24 letter. The… Read more »

Wells Fargo Launches $400 Million Small Business Recovery Effort

Following an April 2020 industry-leading commitment to donate all gross processing fees from the Paycheck Protection Program, Wells Fargo unveiled today the details of an approximately $400 million effort to help small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic keep their doors open, retain employees, and rebuild. Through Wells Fargo’s new Open for Business Fund, the company will engage nonprofit organizations to provide capital,… Read more »

Poll: Young People Believe they Can Lead Change in Unprecedented Election Cycle

A CIRCLE survey of young people shows that youth engagement is higher than in 2016 and 2018, but access to information about registration and voting in an election during the pandemic may be an issue.

The 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report: The 3rd Largest employer faces the Covid-19 crisis

A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies finds that U.S. nonprofits maintained their position as the third largest employer in the U.S. economy, overtaking manufacturing by nearly 100,000 workers nation-wide in 2017, and exceeding that industry in 28 states and territories across the U.S. Indeed, the only industries employing more workers than the nonprofit sector in 2017 were retail… Read more »

Horizon Bank and FHLB Dallas Provide $36K Grant to Assist Workers Impacted by the Pandemic

Horizon Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) have awarded a $36,000 Partnership Grant Program (PGP) award to Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corp. to assist people whose livelihoods were impacted by COVID-19. Horizon Bank & FHLB Dallas have awarded a $36K grant to Neighborhood Development Corp. in Austin, TX, to assist people impacted by COVID-19. PGP grants help qualified nonprofit organizations… Read more »

We Must Combat these Racial Disparities Facing TX Kids and Families

As the national conversation about racism continues — and as coronavirus disproportionately harms people of color due to longstanding health disparities, jobs that can’t be done safely from home, and more — we wanted to take a moment to share with you a few of the racial disparities in Texas that affect Black children and other children of color. We’ve pulled together a small… Read more »

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) today announced the start of a planning process for a regional arts preparedness and recovery system

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) today announced the start of a planning process for a regional arts preparedness and recovery system. With input from the larger arts and culture community and with grants from Houston Endowment, HAA and GHF will create coordinated programs to help arts and cultural organizations and individual artists in the ten-county region prepare for the next… Read more »

Houston Arts Alliance to Oversee Initiative to Help Harvey-ImpactedArts & Cultural Community

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is continuing of a series of workshops to foster disaster resilience for arts, cultural, and historical organizations in the Greater Houston area. Led by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, HAA’s workshops will help studios, galleries, theatres, as well as independent visual and performing artists, learn how to be more ready and resilient for the next disaster. A… Read more »