Tag: pandemic

Texas State devotes 3D printers to producing coronavirus testing swabs

Texas State University is putting idled 3D printers to work producing swabs for COVID-19 tests. Texas State got involved in the project when the City of Austin approached the university to assist in the vetting of a 3D printed prototype of a swab that could be used for testing. Currently, the primary bottleneck to increase testing capabilities in Texas as well as the U.S.… Read more »

Igloo Donates $203,794 in the Fight Against COVID-19

Igloo proudly announced the donation of $203,794 in the fight against COVID-19. From March 19th through May 1st, Igloo had pledged 100% of the profits from all Playmate Coolers sold on Igloocoolers.com to benefit the CDC Foundation and the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. As of today, the funds have been delivered to these partner organizations. Igloo donates $203,794 in the fight against COVID-19. Funds… Read more »

Majority of Americans who lost a job or wages due to COVID-19 concerned states will reopen too quickly

Last week’s report on unemploymentunderscored the catastrophic impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on the U.S. economy. The focus in many states has now turned to reopening businesses and getting people back to work. However, most Americans – including 68% of those who have lost their jobs or taken a cut in pay due to the coronavirus outbreak – are concerned that state governments… Read more »

Episcopal Health Foundation announces $1.6 million in grants during first round of funding for COVID-19 response in Texas

Grants will help 23 clinics and organizations working on the front lines serving at-risk communities through medical care, benefit assistance, and other health services… Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) has awarded $1.6 million in grants to 23 nonprofit clinics and other organizations that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis serving at-risk communities in Texas. This first round of funding is part of… Read more »

San Antonio Museum of Art is Re-Opening

  Welcome Back to SAMA! We’re excited to announce that SAMA is ready to welcome you back in the galleries at a safely limited capacity beginning Tuesday, May 26, for our members and on Thursday, May 28, for all visitors.   Please note our updated hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.   We’re open late on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10… Read more »

Nation’s Leading Nonprofits Urge Congress to Ensure Nonprofits are Included in Next Stimulus Package

As the House of Representatives is on the verge of acting on H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, the nation’s charitable nonprofits strongly urge leaders in both the House and Senate to take swift action to ensure that nonprofits of all sizes receive critical relief so they can continue to serve their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We are grateful that the HEROES… Read more »

New CEP Study Sheds Light on Foundations’ Efforts to Influence Policy

Foundations’ engagement in public policy has contributed to advances in society in areas from civil rights to consumer protections to public health. At the same time, and with greater intensity in recent years, the role of philanthropy in influencing policy has been the subject of scrutiny.  How many foundations are working to influence policy? What are they seeking to accomplish through this work? What… Read more »

Very Different Times Indeed…

From the CEO     A lot has happened since our last newsletter. Alpha Home is considered an essential business and we are providing essential recovery services to all of our clients, we are just having to adapt.   I am continually reminded of the phrase said by Mackenzie Phillips at our 14th Annual Doorways of Hope Luncheon just over a month ago,  … Read more »

More than half of nonprofits that submitted applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were accepted.

More than half of nonprofits that submitted applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were accepted. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of organizations where the application was denied have begun to lay-off or furlough staff. These are among the results of a survey of nonprofit social sector leaders across the country conducted by The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and The NonProfit Times (NPT).… Read more »

1 in 7 Americans Would Avoid Care for Suspected COVID-19 Fearing Cost of Treatment

About 1 in 7 Americans say they would avoid seeking medical care if they experienced key symptoms associated with COVID-19 out of fear of the potential cost. Another six percent – representing about 15 million people – report that they or a family member have been denied medical care for some other health issue due to heavy volume brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.… Read more »

Gen Z more stressed about coronavirus than Baby Boomers and Millennials

While older age groups face the biggest health risks from the virus itself, and Millennials and Generation X are navigating the dual challenges of remote work and home- schooling, it is 18- to 24-year-olds who have reported the highest levels of stress in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of the preliminary findings from the COVID-19 Social Impact Report, released… Read more »

How to demonstrate calm and optimism in a crisis

Six practices can help leaders build their self-awareness and guide their organizations through the challenges ahead. The coronavirus outbreak is posing profound challenges to the way we live and work. A crisis of this scale has left many fearful that disruption—personal, financial, societal—is going to be a way of life for some time.

CITGO Private Foundation Announces Early Applicants’ Grantees for COVID-19 Program

The Simón Bolívar Foundation Inc. ( Simón Bolívar Foundation ), the non-profit, private foundation of CITGO Petroleum Corporation, is awarding up to $200,000 to five nonprofit organizations working in health-focused initiatives for vulnerable Venezuelans as part of its COVID-19 Small Grants Program. The organizations include Chamos in Aid of the Children of Venezuela, Friends of the Children of Venezuela, Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Central de… Read more »

Communications Questions to Consider During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Initially, the goal of all nonprofit communications around COVID-19 was to keep stakeholders engaged in the mission. The primary message — sent through social media, emails, and personal phone calls — was checking in:

“Are you O.K.? We’re O.K.” and “We’ll still be here when all of this is over!”

However, in the middle stage of the outbreak, when no one knows exactly how long the stay-at-home order will last — or what the ultimate impact on our nonprofit will be — how do we keep communication channels open in a way that honestly reflects what we are experiencing, but still shows empathy, inspires hope, and motivates donors to give?

Here a few helpful prompts and practical strategies to more effectively connect with clients, donors and volunteers (i.e. potential donors).

Poverty in the United States could reach highest levels in over 50 years Levels Not Seen Since 1967

To what extent will the COVID-19 pandemic increase levels of poverty in the United States? Official estimates of poverty in the United States are presented on an annual basis and with a considerable lag. In this brief, we apply a novel method for forecasting poverty rates in the United States using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) framework with a goal of providing projections of… Read more »

CITGO donates Kindles to support E-Learning During COVID-19 School Closures

CITGO Petroleum Corporation, in partnership with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), donated 150 Kindle tablets to the Houston and Alief Independent School Districts to help support low-income students’ e-learning needs during the COVID-19 school closures and subsequent move to remote learning platforms.  “We are very pleased to support Houston-area students as they remain safe at home while continuing their academic curriculum online under this unprecedented challenge to public… Read more »

This week, in coordination with DuPont, two initial shipments were transported from Vietnam to Texas carrying more than 450,000 Tyvek® protective suits. FedEx Activates Project Airbridge Operation

This week, in coordination with DuPont, two initial shipments were transported from Vietnam to Texas carrying more than 450,000 Tyvek® protective suits. In the weeks to follow, 500,000+ suits will be shipped each week. From pick-up and break-down, to document preparation, export/import clearance, cross-docking and storage, the FedEx Logistics team used its vast expertise to support the movement of critical PPE. “As a company, we are committed to providing our essential services as we help combat this pandemic,” said Raj Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Corporation.”

United Airlines Employees Convert Cargo Facilities Into Food Distribution Centers

United Airlines today announced that it has transformed one of its cargo facilities at George Bush Intercontinental Airport into a food distribution center to aid the Houston Food Bank’s efforts to feed families in need during the COVID-19 crisis.  The idea to convert the cargo space came from one employee, Mark Zessin, a United baggage team member who spends his days making sure customers’… Read more »

Amid COVID-19, TX kids need smart state policies

While much of the discussion about coronavirus has focused on the threat to adults, we all know that the way the virus is reshaping our lives has significant consequences for Texas children. So I want to take just a moment to highlight a few of our concerns and the ways that Texas can support children during this time. Children’s services — ranging from student mental… Read more »

Tito’s Vodka Sending Love & Kindness

For over 20 years, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has been making a product that brings people together both in celebration and times of reflection. As the individuals who make up this company, our hearts are breaking for our friends, our partners, and the communities affected and isolated by this pandemic. We owe everything to the folks in the service industry. Without them—their bars and restaurants,… Read more »