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.
Jackie Cooper was a successful businessman but was just as well known for his dedication to the issue of HIV/AIDS. Here’s how the fund that he and his wife established gives in Oklahoma.
The Paso del Norte Foundation and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation have been two separate but interconnected entities for the past five years. That’s changing. Which means what?
Like a lot of health funders, the Episcopal Health Foundation in Texas is taking a systemic, “upstream” approach. Part of that strategy is about strengthening health systems in a rural state with millions of uninsured people.
As more health funders focus on the underlying causes of poor health, some are zeroing in on the critical role of adverse childhood experiences. We look at a Texas foundation’s new initiative in this area.
Experts and top funders in rural America say there’s far more activity and sophistication in this corner of philanthropy than most people realize. But also some challenging issues, especially for newcomers to the field.
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.
Houston has emerged as one of the most green-forward cities in the nation, largely due to private philanthropy. No couple has given more than Richard and Nancy Kinder, who just made their biggest park gift yet.
Health and human services continues to be the top funding area for the Inasmuch Foundation. Here we look at four ways the funder gives within these high-priority categories.
Worried about urban equity? Or obesity rates and public health? Or environmental education for young people? Grantmaking for parks is a way to achieve a range of goals. We look at what’s happening in Austin.
In places like rural Arizona, there aren’t necessarily enough local donors to keep multiple community foundations afloat. This is where affiliate foundations really come in handy.
Perhaps no city has benefited from the surge in regional philanthropy more than Houston. We dig into a huge gift to Houston Zoo and the various factors contributing to the city's emergence as a philanthropic power center.
An organized push has been underway over the past few years to build the capacity of local and regional funders working on LGBTQ issues. Here's how that effort is playing out in Texas.
The Grant County Community Foundation was established back in 2012 but just recently made its very first round of grants. Let's take a look at how and where this emerging New Mexico funder gives.
Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. This issue is finally getting attention from government and at least one big private funder in the state.
Health legacy foundations have become big, important players in regional philanthropy. And more of them are tackling the social determinants of health. A case in point: a Texas funder with $1.2 billion in assets.
The Southwest is another region where women’s foundations are doing well and have some big things going on. We look at funders in Dallas and Tucson.
The Greater Texas Foundation crossed our radar when it announced a new $3 million grant for a rural student success initiative. What else is this funder doing?
For many family foundations across the country, human services are often just one among several priorities. The George Kaiser Family Foundation puts such critical needs at the center of its mission.
St. David's Opportunity Grants initiative is still going strong, which is great news for groups with fresh, new ideas.
The growing resources and sophistication of local health foundations is one of the most important stories in institutional philanthropy right now. Here's a good case study from the Lone Star State.
The Zarrow name has become synonymous with philanthropy in Oklahoma. Here we look at the growing local commitments of the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.
The latest grocery funder that we’ve gotten to know is the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, which is based in Phoenix. One of its priorities is educating kids about food.
Walter Oil and Gas is one of the largest private oil companies in America, and the Texas family’s net worth has been estimated at around $1.9 billion. We look at family's latest hospital giving.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.
Budgeting for grantmaking every year isn't as easy as it looks. And for newer health legacy foundations in particular, which have often experienced rapid growth, it can be especially tricky.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
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.