RGK Center in the News

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin

The Austin Chronicle - 04/28/2017

Dr. Francie Ostrower weighs in on the proposal to cut funding for the NEA: "[T]he nature of the current attacks against the endowment set this assault apart from its predecessors. In the past, 'the debates over cutting were often dominated by controversies over what the NEA funds. This time around, arguments are being made that there is no rationale for government to fund the NEA at all.'" Read article.

More donors starting funds rather than giving directly to charities

Austin American-Statesman - 04/14/2017

For the first time on record, the nonprofit that received the most in donations in the country is not what you typically think of as a nonprofit — and that has some in the nonprofit sector worried that the new model is upending traditional philanthropy. “Philanthropy is changing,” says Meeta Kothare of the RGK Center for Philanthropy at the University of Texas. Read full article.

What could make Americans — and Congress — care about Zika?

The Monkey Cage (The Washington Post) - 08/17/2016

Dr. Joshua Busby turns to findings from his 2014 survey experiment testing the efficacy of various persuasive messaging techniques regarding the Ebola virus to understand what may cause Americans to organize around efforts to combat the Zika virus. Read blog post.

Revitalizing Rundberg

Austin American-Statesman - 04/29/2016

Dr. David W. Springer was interviewed for a Sunday news front-page, in-depth special on Restore Rundberg. Read and watch.

Podcast Interview with Clare Zutz and Mark Hand

Bruggen Blog - 03/20/2016

Interviewed by Rik van Bruggen of graph database Neo4j, Clare Zutz and Mark Clayton Hand discuss some of their latest projects researching social innovation through network analysis. Read and listen.

Latest News

April 11, 2017

To celebrate this year's 40 Hours for Forty Acres, the RGK Center is enlisting the support of our alumni and friends to fund attendance at conferences by students in the Nonprofit Studies Portfolio.  Conferences are a great way for students to interact with professionals working in the nonprofit and social innovation sectors and make the connection from classroom to career.  Below find profiles of four students and learn about their goals and motivations.

August 4, 2016

Dr. Springer was selected for this recognition from among 300 top executives in the nonprofit sector. Other honorees include Bill Gates, Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States; Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS.


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