Are Governments Efforts to Help Poor People Manage their Money Working?

To learn about efforts around the country to help low and moderate income individuals escape the grip of poverty click here.

Competence and Collaboration in the Joining Forces Initiative for Veterans

The King Foundation participated in the second Joining Forces philanthropy program for veterans hosted by the Council on Foundations.  Click here to learn more about this effort.

Helena’s Renewal Becomes Tangible After Years of Work

Click here for an article that appeared on the front page of the March 1st business section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  This article provides an in-depth look at Helena-West Helena, a community in the Arkansas Delta that has faced many challenges over the years, but with the help of Southern Bancorp and others is making strides toward overcoming obstacles ranging from high poverty to low employment to economic decline.

The King Foundation has funded several nonprofit agencies operating in Helena-West Helena and provided $35,000 in support toward the production of educational content around Civil War Helena in 2011.

Increases in Charitable Giving Projected, But Where Will That Money Land?

A new report from the Lilly School of Philanthropy projects a healthy increase in giving over 2015 and 2016, and the increases, if they occur, are nothing to sneeze at on the surface. But NPQ cautions our readers not to count their chickens before they are firmly in the henhouse.  Click here for the article

Decreasing Arts Attendance: What You May Not Know – NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly

Do you want to learn more about this topic?  Recently, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released three separate studies relating to audience arts attendance, the reasons for attendance, and how this affects the overall U.S. economy.  Click for the link to the article in the Nonprofit Quarterly.


West Texas Rural Philanthropy Days Extra!

Learn from an expert:  Paul Fulham, CFRE and president of Zachry Associates will offer tips on creating appeal letters through a day-long, hands-on workshop open to West Texas nonprofit agencies.  The group size will be small and the training will take place Thursday, February 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fort Davis, Texas at the Indian Lodge located at the Davis Mountains State Park.  The cost to attend is $20 and includes continental breakfast along with lunch.  For more information contact the Nonprofit Management Center of the Permian Basin at 432.570.7971 or  Go to to register.

WTXRPD periodically present small-group trainings for nonprofit organizations in the years between the main conference held biannually.  The dates for the next full conference are set for July 29-31, 2015 and will take place on the campus of Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas.  Registration for the conference will open in March. Stay tuned to the WTXRPD website for more information and to register.

King Foundation releases new North Texas grant guidelines

On November 1, 2014, the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation released its new grant guidelines for North Texas. The new guidelines will apply to competitively-awarded grants for funding of direct services to residents of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, and Rockwall Counties, beginning with the Spring 2015 grant cycle. Letters of inquiry for that cycle are due December 15, 2014. (more…)

Boards get a B-

BoardSource recently issued preliminary findings from its national survey of 850 nonprofit chief executives and 246 board chairs about board performance. Overall, the survey respondents gave their boards a B- average. More detailed results will be issued later in 2014. (more…)

Nonprofits big players in U.S. economy

The Urban Institute’s 2014 almanac reported the nonprofit sector contributed nearly $890 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012, representing 5.4% of GDP. See more details here. The Institute also reported on its blog that there are 11.4 million nonprofit employees—almost 10% of the private U.S. workforce—according to new estimates by the federal government.