Tag: pandemic

New report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute finds Americans embraced expansive forms of giving during early months of pandemic

A new report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), COVID-19, Generosity, and Gender: How Giving Changed During the Early Months of a Global Pandemic, explores how men and women gave in response to the pandemic and how their overall giving changed in spring 2020. The findings signal the growing prevalence of new, more expansive forms of philanthropy. The report, which is funded by a… Read more »

Texas Commission on the Arts Announces Over $12.9 Million in Grants across

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has approved funding of 790 grants in its first funding round for fiscal year 2021. The grants total over $12.9 million and will go to nonprofits and units of government in 93 Texas cities. These grants include the Arts Create program, which provides operational support to established arts organizations; the Cultural District Project program; the first of… Read more »

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 »

Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grants

This is a region with amazing strengths and tough challenges. The region’s success depends on how and how much the people in it work across differences to make big visions a reality.​ We need to think bigger and think differently about what is possible. We need to continuously develop and test ideas to solve problems and create opportunity. And we need to spread the… 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 »

Mabee Foundation Makes Closing Gift for Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston Renovation Project

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Midland, Texas, has made the closing gift in the renovation phase of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s Meals and More capital campaign. The campaign began in summer 2018, when Interfaith Ministries had the unique opportunity to purchase a building adjacent to its Midtown Houston campus that would allow the organization 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 »

New research indicates major effect COVID-19 has had on crime

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the United States in unprecedented ways, including significant declines in the crime rate. New research, conducted in part by Marcus Felson, professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Texas State University, indicates that data may afford researchers the opportunity to reexamine crime theory, because government stay-at-home orders produced a natural experiment. In addition, re-opening bars and nightclubs produces a second experiment.

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 »

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 »