Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

Even as Some Donors Cool on Charters, This Network of Schools is on a Fundraising Roll

These aren’t the best of times for charter schools, with political pushback growing and some disappointed donors losing interest. But IDEA Public Schools, a southern charter network, is doing better than ever. What accounts for its success?

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How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

How the Montgomery County Community Foundation Gives Close to Home in Texas

Texas has more counties—254—than any other state in the U.S. Not every county has its own community foundation, but many do, including Montgomery County. And the Montgomery County Community Foundation is interested in a lot of things going on in this part of Texas.

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Charles Butt's Philanthropy is Growing. Texas Nonprofits Should Pay Attention

Charles Butt's Philanthropy is Growing. Texas Nonprofits Should Pay Attention

With a net worth of around $10.7 billion, a grocery store empire that dominates the Texas landscape, and a growing track record of big gifts for education, as well as other causes, Charles Butt is a Giving Pledge member and a philanthropist to know.

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"We Always Dream Big." Another Public University Blows Past a Bold Fundraising Goal

"We Always Dream Big." Another Public University Blows Past a Bold Fundraising Goal

It seems like every week brings news of a regional school meeting an ambitious fundraising goal months, if not years, ahead of schedule. This isn’t a coincidence. We dig into a textbook case from Houston, a city with a famously robust philanthropic culture.

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New Name, Big Expansion: The Texas Women’s Foundation Takes Flight

New Name, Big Expansion: The Texas Women’s Foundation Takes Flight

The Dallas Women’s Foundation, founded in 1985, was a pioneer in women’s philanthropy. Now, it’s transforming itself into a statewide operation at a time when Texas is awash in wealth and women are playing a growing leadership role in philanthropy.

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More Than Oil Wealth: A Closer Look at Houston's Growing Philanthropy Ecosystem

More Than Oil Wealth: A Closer Look at Houston's Growing Philanthropy Ecosystem

Houston’s philanthropic old guard, steeped in oil riches, is welcoming a new crop of funders with diverse sources of wealth and interests as the city undergoes profound demographic and economic change.

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A Big Gift from a Houston Couple to Support Foster Kids Navigating College

A Big Gift from a Houston Couple to Support Foster Kids Navigating College

With a $17 million gift to the University of Houston to help foster kids complete degrees, a Texas couple joins the small but growing number of givers intent on assisting youth in the face of multiple challenges.

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A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

A Foundation Zeroes in on the Nexus Between Equity and Mental Health

Like so many funders these days, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is bringing a stronger equity lens to its work. It’s also looking upstream for better ways to promote well-being. Here’s how those threads are coming together.

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Three Things Texas Nonprofits Should Know About the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Foundation

Three Things Texas Nonprofits Should Know About the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Foundation

Robert Bass is a billionaire and a big name in Texas. He and his wife Anne are also active philanthropists. We take a look at where their giving flows and what grantseekers should know about their foundation.

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"Accelerate Everything." Meet the Campus Donor Cultivating a City's Tech Ecosystem

"Accelerate Everything." Meet the Campus Donor Cultivating a City's Tech Ecosystem

The effort of a wealthy tech entrepreneur to transform San Antonio is another example of “destination philanthropy,” as big donors step up place-based giving, often in partnership with local universities.

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“An Essential Priority.” What a Local Funder is Doing to Expand Opportunity

“An Essential Priority.” What a Local Funder is Doing to Expand Opportunity

With Central Texas experiencing rapid population growth and demographic change, the Austin Community Foundation is engaged in new efforts to close opportunity gaps for women and Latinos.

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A Mental Health Funder Looks to Rural Texas as It Shifts Upstream

A Mental Health Funder Looks to Rural Texas as It Shifts Upstream

The Hogg Foundation, one of the few stalwart backers of mental health, is looking to better address the underlying factors that determine well-being. We hear how the new strategy came about and why rural areas will get more attention.

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Public Allies: How a Small Family Foundation Got Behind Local School Teachers

Public Allies: How a Small Family Foundation Got Behind Local School Teachers

If you look past the attention to top K-12 funders, you’ll find that foundations in this space come in all shapes and sizes, including many who support traditional public schools. Here’s a case in point from Texas.

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