Tag: Coronavirus

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.

Grants Respond to the Need for Flexible Funding Strengthening Social Safety Nets in the Wake of COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to impact the world at an increasingly distressing rate, we continue to navigate the short- and long-term road ahead. The pandemic has unleashed a unique and complicated set of challenges for organizations of all types – from nonprofits and government entities to local businesses and multinational corporations. Across the globe, and here in Central Texas, we have been required to rethink… Read more »

Ascendium Announces $10 Million Pandemic Grant Initiative: Maintain Momentum for Student Success

Ascendium Education Group is announcing the first two grants of a $10 million initiative to allow postsecondary education networks and membership organizations to continue engaging their members in reform work amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 health crisis. The Maintain Momentum for Student Success Initiative will allow networks and membership organizations leading the student success movement to offer discounted dues to their member… Read more »

Poor, low-income people eager to vote as Poor People’s Campaign releases study on their power

First-time voters laid out why they’re casting a ballot this year as the Poor People’s Campaign released a groundbreaking study that shows the power of poor and low-income people to change the country with their voices and votes.  The report, titled “Unleashing the Power of Poor and Low-Income Americans: Changing the Political Landscape,” shows that just a small uptick in the number of poor… 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 »

Most Americans Say State Governments Have Lifted COVID-19 Restrictions Too Quickly – More attribute the rise in coronavirus cases to new infections, not just more testing

As a growing number of states grapple with a rise in coronavirus cases, a sizable majority of U.S. adults (69%) say their greater concern is that state governments have been lifting restrictions on public activity too quickly. Fewer than half as many, just 30%, say their bigger concern is that states have been too slow to lift the restrictions. These views are similar to… Read more »

Keeping San Antonio’s Homeless Safe in the Summer Heat

    Friend the brutal summer heat continues to beat down as more of our neighbors are being forced to the streets. You gift can help them stay safely in their homes, even as the eviction protections end.   With days peaking at or near 100°, heat-related illness threatens those on the streets.   Lisa worked full-time as a bus driver, supporting herself and 5… Read more »

The Moody Foundation awarded $250,000 to Hidalgo County to support first responders and frontline workers and to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE)

“We know that our friends in South Texas have been hit by unprecedented hardships,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation. “First responders and frontline workers are making tremendous sacrifices to serve their community, and it is our honor to aid their heroic efforts and to provide PPE to keep them safe.”

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 »

Dallas Receives $500,000 For Immigrant Communities Impacted By Coronavirus

The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) has partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a public-private effort providing $500,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs. The Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund will be administered by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). The $500,000 will be… Read more »

Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Based on a nationally representative survey of nonprofit leaders in May 2020, Funder Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic sheds light on which organizations face the toughest challenges, what is most needed from funders, and what differences in experience are emerging based on characteristics such as organization type and gender of nonprofit leaders. The data in this report also reveals what nonprofits have found to… Read more »

Nonprofits Hit by 6% Decline in Giving Due to COVID-19

Giving to charitable organizations is down by 6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time last year, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2020 First Quarter Report. If this trend continues for the rest of 2020, nonprofits will lose more than $25 billion.