Category Archives: Non-Profit

BCIC Offers Economic Development Grants


Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation is seeking nonprofit and city partners to partner with to promote economic development. BCIC looks to promote the development through the BCIC Partnership Grants which focus on community development projects. Both nonprofit organizations and city departments are the focus of the grants. By design, the awards engage in the necessary community development needed to promote economic development opportunities. Through the grants, the BCIC will supplement up to $5,000…

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Does Your Nonprofit Need a Website?

Local nonprofits in need of a website may apply until May 27 to have a WordPress website created specifically for them. The charity hackaton do_action takes place June 22-23, allowing the RGV community to create websites for local nonprofit organizations. Created by CodeRGV and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, the hackathon, providing five nonprofits with completed websites. The 24-hour event will be a platform for participants to works as teams, bringing unique…

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Code#RGV Geekout Seeks Sponsors

Code#RGV Geekout

The local non-profit Code#RGV, an organization which creates tech entrepreneurs and skilled professionals for local jobs, hosts its first organized fundraiser April 14. Geekout 2018 will feature One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk and local businesses and individuals are encouraged to support the event via varying level sponsorships. Code#RGV says the event puts the “fun back in fundraising.” Geekout will provide funding to continue “to push the envelope when…

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Turning a Profit for a Nonprofit

Nathan Pinkerton is director of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore operations in the Valley. (VBR)

A deciding factor for many people who give to nonprofit organizations is how much of their donation will go to administrative costs, because they want to know their money goes directly to fund charitable works. The answer to that question for the Rio Grande Valley affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is zero. The reason behind that is the success of Habitat for Humanity ReStore retail outlets in McAllen and Harlingen…

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Latina Hope Encourages Women Entrepreneurs

Businesswoman Elizabeth Aguilera Davis, left, and Laura Robles of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce at a recent meeting of Latina Hope. (Courtesy)

The spark of an idea to start a business can come from anywhere. It can be an example someone has demonstrated in inspiring budding entrepreneurs to set off on their own, or turning a passion and love of a hobby into a business. The seed of a business may even come from a dream. Rosie Castillo dreamt of bright angels fluttering all around her, with one brighter than the others.…

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CarFest Raises Thousands for Non-Profits

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was one of three non-profits receiving a total of $8,800 from McAllen International CarFest 2017 proceeds.

Three non-profits benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, Teach the Children and the Antique Automobile Club of America are the collective recipients of $8,800 from the McAllen International CarFest 2017. A portion of the proceeds from the 2017 festival are donated to non-profits of CarFest committee members’ choice. This year’s festival included more than 300 vehicles throughout both the McAllen Convention Center and parking lots. The next McAllen International CarFest takes place Jan 26-28,…

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AmeriCorps Seeks Volunteers For Training Assistance

An AmeriCorps VISTA member tutors a student in Washington, D.C. (photo AmeriCorps VISTA)

Partnership with STC assists in initiatives AmeriCorps and South Texas College are seeking participants for its Continuing Education volunteer program. Volunteers are needed to assist with GED, ESL, computer, workplace and literacy initiatives. AmeriCorps VISTA, along with STC’s Continuing Professional and Workforce Education, recently began the year-long program in an effort to assist low-income communities. “We need volunteers to help with these classes,” says Alyssa Garcia, VISTA coordinator of Basic…

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