News Releases

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.

March 11, 2016

As social entrepreneurs and impact investors descend on Austin for South by Southwest’s SXGood programming, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service are launching a map that allows visitors to easily find the city’s social innovators. A collaboration with social enterprise accelerator UnLtd USA, the map displays key organizations and players in the sector and the relationships that connect them.

March 8, 2016

Under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, Azerbaijani dignitaries Dadash Ahmadov, Deputy Chairman and Coordinator of Azerbaijan Children’s Union and Solmaz Aliyeva, Director of Azerbaijan’s Young Accountants Union, visited the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

December 10, 2015

Fellows are selected from among LBJ School applicants and receive two years of tuition assistance.

December 3, 2015

Across the three hotspots targeted as part of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program, violent crime is down 15% and property crime has been reduced by 11%.

November 30, 2015

Eight finalists have been selected by the [Re]verse Pitch Competition judges to move forward and pitch their business ideas on December 9.

October 19, 2015

The first "reverse pitch” of its kind focused on pitching to entrepreneurs, the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a collaboration between the City of Austin, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, Impact Hub Austin, and the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service.

July 22, 2015

Dr. Francie Ostrower is the recipient of a $3.5 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to study how performing arts organizations can develop approaches to attracting new audiences with the aim of generating useful lessons for arts organizations across the nation.

June 9, 2015

RGK Center students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs published a report on mental health services for Texas veterans that informed priorities for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The MMHPI was instrumental in the passage of SB 55.

June 3, 2015

RGK Center Professor of Public Affairs and Fine Arts Francie Ostrower will serve as Visiting Professor at the IAE Paris Sorbonne Graduate Business School during the last week of June.

May 13, 2015

Boren Fellow Katie Casstevens reflects upon her time in one of Brazil’s most infamous favelas

May 1, 2015

RGK Center Advisory Council member Dr. Ken Gladish offers a sneak peak into his summer course, Perspectives of Philanthropy, Civil Society, and American Life

January 29, 2015

Alexandra I. Toma, Executive Director of Peace and Security Funders Group, sat down with students and professors at the LBJ School for Public Affairs at The University of Texas to discuss the topic "Turning Passion into a Profession: NGO Advocacy and Philanthropy on Nuclear Terrorism". During the event, which was part of the Global Civil Society Speaker Series, Alex presented her seven secrets for success in the NGO sector.

July 11, 2013

A paper by Durgish Kumar, RGK Faculty Fellow Dennis L. Poole, and RGK Interim Director Sarah Jane Rehnborg,  has been nominated for the Award for the Best Paper Presentation at the 2012 annual research conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).