Wild success with crowdfunding is like the nonprofit equivalent of winning the lottery. But what's the secret to raising the big bucks—and the challenges of giving it out? We look at J.J. Watt's $37 million touchdown.
Building construction and equipment costs are often on foundations' "do not fund" list. But here's a funder in Texas that sticks almost exclusively to these types of grants to serve local needs.
Amid growing research on trauma and other mental health issues affecting children, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is giving this area lots of attention in one state.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has been giving for animal welfare since it started in 1998, and in recent years, has become a top animal funder in Indiana and Arizona.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has been giving to environment and community issues in Indiana and Arizona since 1997. It’s sharpening focus lately, and just gave $4.9 million to restore a troubled river.
Two funders in Arizona came together to make an investment of nearly $3 million to the often-overlooked area of end-of-life care and planning. Here's a closer look.
Forget charters and choice. The grocery mogul Charles Butt is looking to improve the traditional public schools that educate some 5 million Texas children—a tenth of America's K-12 students.
Ivy League schools aside, universities across the country have local funders backing their research departments. In San Antonio, the Voelcker Fund has donated millions to Texas state schools.
Even as chronic disease worsens in rural Texas, hospitals are closing and accessing care is increasingly difficult. Episcopal Health Foundation is on the case. What are its ideas?
With an eye out for vulnerable people who can't afford healthcare, the St. David’s Foundation is an important grantmaker in Central Texas. And its makes some seriously large grants.
Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill approaches science funding by supporting emerging fields and scientific solutions to problems. Here's what this big-league giver has been up to lately.
What some chemists might not realize is that all of this funder's power is contained within the state of Texas. Underwriting basic research at universities is a top priority.
It’s been a little while since we caught up with the San Angelo Health Foundation, a Texas grantmaker that takes a broad approach to its work as a health funder. Where have recent grants gone?
We’re always interested to learn how professional sports teams are giving back to the communities they play in. Recently, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation caught our attention.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation does more than you might think. Until June 1, it's accepting letters of inquiry for capital funding requests related to education and health.
A foundation bails out a debt-ridden performance hall in Dallas, a city facing fiscal problems, and provides $10 million to smaller organizations in the process. What's not to love? Quite a bit, it turns out.
The Thornburg Foundation has found a niche for itself by focusing on issues important to New Mexico through a policy lens. We look at what this funder is up to.
Local nonprofits in this region should definitely get to know this funder a bit better and understand where recent funds have been flowing. Let’s take a closer look.
When a funder we've never heard of makes an eight-figure neuroscience gift to an out-of-the-way university, we can't help wondering what the backstory might be.
Hollywood TV producer Thomas C. Werner's philanthropy not only involves Boston and Los Angeles, but several other cities in the U.S. We take a look at this family's multiregional giving.
The Arizona Community Foundation's latest round of grants offers a good glimpse into the priorities of this prominent funder right now. Here's a look.
Add Austin to the list of cities where foundations are backing prominent downtown parks projects. How's the usual public-private formula working out in this case?
The Cullen Foundation has been on the local philanthropy scene in Houston since 1947, but recently caught our attention because a new leader stepped in to take charge. We take a closer look.
Funders who can find the right leverage points for improving big, traditional public school systems can have a huge impact. That's the goal of a $100 million gift in Texas, focusing on leadership.
2016 was a challenging year for donors and nonprofits in West Texas. We look at how the Permian Basin Area Foundation is responding and two big priorities that have emerged.
The Episcopal Health Foundation in Texas is one of the largest state-focused health funders in the country. Its priorities offer a broader window into where healthcare philanthropy has been heading.
What really stood out with the Inasmuch Foundation's end-of-2016 grantmaking is this funder's unwavering support for capital campaigns.
GKFF funding is down a bit with just $4.7 million in new grants around Tulsa. But yet again, human services causes emerged as a top priority for this locally focused funder.
Central Texas has one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country right now, and those seniors are looking for services to meet their increasing needs. St. David's Foundation is on the case.