Nonprofits and NGOs

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    October 9, 2014

    Urban Harvest Farmers Market Celebrates 10 Years with Fundraiser Dinner at Underbelly

    The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has been in operation for ten years. The non-profit organization, Urban Harvest, was started 20 years ago in 1994, but over the past decade, the farmers markets (Saturdays at Eastside and Wednesdays at City Hall) have become the place to buy fresh vegetables, support ... More >>

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    June 10, 2014

    Houston Right-to-Life Groups Sues Senator Over Radio Ads

    State Senator Robert Deuell is being sued by Houston-based Texas Right to Life because according to court papers the Greenville senator had his lawyers try and stop radio ads the pro-life group was airing against him. First some background. Deuell, who is a doctor, had introduced SB 303, a bill tha ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Is This Houston Woman Running a Nationwide Scam?

    Kimberly Humphrey of South Carolina had a simple and noble goal: She wanted to start a nonprofit group, Teens of Power, to "encourage [t]eens to continually excel in their personal lives and environment." The dream got derailed, she says, when she entrusted a Houston woman to incorporate the group ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Group to Release Update on Homeless Population

    Houston's homeless problem has been considered in decline for a couple of years running. At least the stronghold that is downtown is reportedly showing a thinning of the homeless population. With around 8,000 homeless people living on the streets, it's still hard to tell if that's the case. Read: ... More >>

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    April 25, 2014

    Hopefully On Steadier Ground, iFest Turns a Corner

    It's hard to believe that the Houston International Festival was once just a street fair in front of Jones Hall and the Alley Theater, but that's but one wrinkle in a fascinating history that stretches back to 1971. iFest has been all over the city, from Main Street downtown to Reliant Park, but off ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    TransCanada is Trying to Buy a Little Texas Love, Since D.C. Keeps Avoiding Keystone Issue

    The people at TransCanada are by no means stupid. While the fate of the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is still in regulatory limbo, the southern end is up and running. It's also still unpopular but TransCanada is stepping up and doing what all oil and pipeline companies should do -- provi ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Who Are These Texas Animal Welfare Groups Protecting, and Why?

    The Texas Humane Legislative Network pushes for animal-friendly laws, and encourages responsible ownership, a la spaying and neutering your pet. But it appears that the Network itself is neutered when it comes to supporting its dedicated volunteers. We're talking about an alleged incident where the ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Toxic Time Bomb?

    Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

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    December 18, 2013

    Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?

    Houston wasn't hit by a hurricane this season, but there are questions about what will happen to the San Jacinto Waste Pit superfund site the next time a hurricane roars through town. The highly toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been sitting in the middle of the San Jacinto R ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Free Tommy! New Lawsuit Argues Chimpanzees Have Human Rights

    Yale law professor Jack Balkin is credited with coining the term "off the wall" legal arguments and has written how "off the wall" arguments can become accepted as mainstream or obviously correct. Some examples: it would have been "off the wall" for an antebellum Southern lawyer to argue that slaves ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    July 25, 2013

    Getting Stuck: Uninsured Patients Slammed with Lawsuits by Not-for-Profit Hospital

    Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.

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    May 15, 2013

    Need More Camo in Your Life? Spruce Up Your License Plate for a Good Cause

    If you've never felt the need to accessorize every last thing in your life, you may have no idea about the world of options that exist when it comes to license plate customization. We're not just talking the six-letter/number message you can display, either; there are over 140 license plate backgrou ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    White Linen Fight

    As event grew, so did promises, expectations and disappointments.

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    June 14, 2012

    Youth Concussion Crisis: Big Changes Coming to Kids' Football

    On Wednesday, Pop Warner, the nation's largest youth football organization, announced some rule changes that could significantly alter how the overall game is played. During Pop Warner practices, players are no longer permitted to line up more than three yards apart during blocking and tackling dri ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    State of Texas Announces Live Music Grant Program for Free Concerts

    The Texas Music Office, a division of the Office of the Governor, announced Friday the creation of the Live Music Grant Program, funding free concerts across the state. But don't get all excited yet. This is the Texas guv'ment we are dealing with, after all, so there are a few catches. This is all ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Lynn Tran: Ripped Off Breast-Cancer Charity, Cops Say

    When you work for a nonprofit that provides health services to indigents, you can get inspired. Or you can get greedy. Lynn Tran, 38, apparently chose the second option, if what court documents say is true. Tran was a staffer at The Rose, a 25-year-old breast-cancer organization which provides me ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Report: Texans Use Mobile Broadband More Than Any Other State

    The next time you are driving down the freeway and some guy starts weaving over into your lane because he is busy on his phone, it's a safe bet it is happening in the Lone Star state. According to a report from the non-profit organization Connected Texas, Texans utilize broadband mobile services on ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Librotraficante: Texas' Banned-Books Caravan Finishes Up In Arizona

    The Librotraficante made it back to Houston late last night, ending a generally successful caravan designed to bring attention to Arizona's noxious law prohibiting Mexican American Studies and to promote minority literature. A final event in Tucson, Arizona was held Friday and was sold out, Librotr ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    Kony: Some Thoughts from a Local Expert (and General Crankiness from Us)

    If you're a sentient creature, chances are you've seen, or heard tell of, Invisible Children's Kony 2012 campaign, and chances are you have an opinion about it. There's also a good chance that, regardless of which camp you're in, you're an insufferable, sanctimonious dillweed. (Sorry; we've just had ... More >>

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    December 7, 2011

    Denise Gonzales: Admits Running Amok with Children's Museum Credit Cards

    MyspaceDenise Gonzales: Says hard times made her do it.​Former Children's Museum of Houston assistant gallery director Denise Gonzales used the nonprofit's credit cards to fund over $13,000 in illicit purchases, court documents say. According to a criminal complaint, Gonzales, 41, was issued ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    August 1, 2011

    Houston Literary Magazine Tries To Convince the IRS It's Not Porn

    Purveyors of filth​NANO Fiction, a bi-annual publication of "flash fiction, prose poems, and micro essays of 300 words or fewer," is holding a fund-raiser. Why? So it can prove to the IRS it isn't porn. Eric Todd, an associate editor, says NANO Fiction is trying to qualify as a non-profit, ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    March 1, 2011

    Noah's Kitchen Locked Out, But Not Locked Down

    Noah's Kitchen on FlickrVolunteers prepare meals at what was until recently Noah's Kitchen's prep space.​I got Amber Rodriguez on the phone in the middle of a run to Sam's, restocking on supplies to reopen her business. Her business is Noah's Kitchen, a non-profit charity organization that mak ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Lovett Inn: Sold to Become a Youth Hostel? (Update: Looks Like It)

    Lovett Inn: A youth hostel?​Rumors are flying around Montrose that the Lovett Inn, the renowned bed and breakfast in the very heart of the neighborhood (and a Best of Houston winner for Best In-Town Get-Away) is being sold to a non-profit group that will turn it into, of all things, a youth ho ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    This Year's MasterMinds Are....(With Video)

    Once again the Houston Press is trying to lend a hand and give a shout to deserving nonprofit groups and creative people in town with our MasterMind awards, which not only include high honor but, perhaps even more important, a $2,000 check. Last year the winners were Opera Vista; Reginald Adams, fo ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    For the Sake of the Song

    PR maven Sarah Gish celebrates a decade of success

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    June 3, 2010

    Sweet Summer Soirée

    ​If it were a recipe, it would read like this: One giant heaping of dog rescue efforts 40 hungry people Lots of desserts made by Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson A little bit of cheese Maybe a salad Some champagne A couple cocktails Combine all thoroughly on Sunday, June 6, at Ralph Smith ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    A Little Day Music: Sarah Rothenberg

    Where's the boss? Oh, that's her onstage

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    January 4, 2010

    Urban Harvest's 10th Annual Fruit Tree Sale

    Photo by chotda​I had a hard time choosing between kumquat, grapefruit and Meyer lemon when I decided to plant a citrus tree last month. I guess I should have taken a class or something. Houston is a great place to grow citrus trees, and this week is a great time to plant one. Tomorrow (Tuesd ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Animal House at HHS and is HPD Guilty of Elder Abuse?

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    December 22, 2009

    More Allegations Of Sexual Harassment And Abuse At The Houston Humane Society

    Edward Perez​In the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit against Houston Humane Society Shelter Director Edward Perez, former HHS employees have told Hair Balls they were driven to quit because of Perez's verbally assaultive behavior, condoned by Executive Director Sherry Ferguson and at least one ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Dynamo Charities Cup

    A little soccer, a little doing good - not a bad afternoon

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    September 1, 2009

    Protect The Texas Fawnsfoot And Pimpleback, Even If They're Not Cute

    ​A couple of months ago we brought you the sad tale of the dwindling jaguarundi, and how an environmental group was suing the U.S. Department of the Interior demanding that the agency create a conservation and survival plan for the endangered cat from South Texas. Now that same environmental group ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009
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    May 28, 2009
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    April 9, 2009

    Everyone Loves a Good Tsunami

    Which is worse - the storm or the helpful rescuers?

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    February 27, 2009

    This Year's Rodeo Scandal: Diversity, Or The Lack Thereof. With Dueling Memos!

    This year's rodeo brouhaha -- there usually is one -- surrounds the alleged lack of diversity of the event's staff, vendors and performers.State Sen. Mario Gallegos has filed a bill calling on the rodeo to open its books and get better about being inclusionary; local ctivist ben Mendez has circulate ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Tonight: Twestival Houston at Caroline Collective

    Tonight at Caroline Collective, Houston will be joining over 175 cities across the world for the Twestival. The Twitter-spawned event was set-up to benefit Charity:Water, a nonprofit group that helps build wells in underdeveloped countries to help bring fresh water to their communities. The all-volu ... More >>

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    September 17, 2008

    Get Off Your Fat, A/C'd Ass And Volunteer

    Relatively well-off after Ike? Feel like helping those who aren't? Then the life of a disaster-relief worker is for you! See exotic PODs! Hand out wonderful MREs! Here's the info from the county emergency-management office: Volunteers are urgently needed to assist with Hurricane Ike relief effo ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007

    Jihad Abdulmumit

    Former Black Panther heads to Houston for lecture and dramatic performance

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    June 14, 2007

    Tunnel Mole on the Have Nots

    The tunnel will fix you up, brotha. Do you right! It's got infinite ways to get annoying chores done, except it's devoid of the most annoying ones that you want to do while you're on the clock, like upgrading your cell phone. And here's what else you don't have in the tunnel:

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    May 25, 2006
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    May 30, 2002

    Beyond the Womb

    A questionable charity cashes in on 9/11 and the Allison flood

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    August 14, 1997

    Shifting Foundation

    Two decades ago, the Burkitt Foundation saved the historic enclave of Hyde Park. But now the foundation is pulling out, and Hyde Park -- as well as many of the social service agencies it houses -- may really become a thing of the past.

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