|The Fall of FamilyConnections: How Fraud Cheated Families||
The news hit like a tornado in April: FamilyConnections, arguably the best-known family assistance nonprofit in Austin, would shut its doors.
The reason? Suspected fraud.
A real tornado could not have been any more devastating.
|Preventing Fraud in the Nonprofit Sector||
The financial meltdown that destroyed FamilyConnections is not uncommon in the nonprofit world.
A 2008 report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that the nonprofit sector falls victim to $85 billion in estimated fraud each year.
“There has been a significant...
|Editor's Note - July 2010||
“Show respect for those who have served. Most important of all, show your gratitude by enjoying the freedoms and rights that so many have fought and died for. Don't let their deaths be in vain.
|FamilyConnections Library Lives On||
Three months after the Austin nonprofit FamilyConnections closed amid allegations of fraud by its executive director, a former employee is gearing up to re-open the organization’s library.
Melissa Fuentes, who worked as the library director for FamilyConnections, recently was hired by...
|Summer Food Service Up and Running||
The Austin Independent School District and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department are offering free food at school campuses and parks this Summer.
The meals are part of the Summer Food Service Program, which offers free meals to children regardless of their families’ income.
|News Notes - National History Day Winners||
Local Students Take Top Honors at National History Day
Knowledge of the past may end-up paving a bright future for two Austin boys.
|Kids Get Noticed for Giving||
Thirteen local kids got a pat on the back from Kohl’s Department Store in its national Kids Who Kare Scholarship Program.
Earlier this year, Kohl’s asked kids, parents and teachers to nominate kids who excel at volunteering. The organization then narrowed down the nominees to a group of...
|Austin 8th Graders Win Rourke Scholarships||
Three Austin eighth graders have a jump start on their college funds, after winning the prestigious 2010 Seedling Foundation Rourke College Scholarship.
Shvanaka Ross, of Kealing Middle School, and Desmon Barrett and Monica Castillo, both of Martin Middle School, each received a $5,000...
|Mama, The Triathlete||
So. A triathlon. Otherwise known as “the day I almost went gently into the light while wearing a bike helmet and a discount sports bra.” It was no bueno, people. No bueno at all.
|Walking in the Shadow of Death||
She was getting old. We knew it would happen sooner rather than later, but still we weren’t prepared for the end to come when it did.
|Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars||
Children love planting things and watching them grow and this activity-filled book offers more than 100 ideas for gardening and nature projects that are educational and entertaining.
At first glance this might appear to be a book about the moon but in fact it is a beautifully illustrated book about the endangered Asiatic black bear of Southeast Asia.
|The Declaration of Independence from A to Z||
Most alphabet books string together a variety of objects with little text to explain anything about the items. This book is different.
|Anna Maria's Gift||
When her father, a well-known violin maker, dies Anna Maria goes to live at the Pietà Orphanage.
|Sweet Songs Music for Families - CD||
Austin artist Monica Cravotta dreamed up the idea for this CD as a way to raise money for the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin.