Houston Public Library’s Community Book Collections is an exciting new service available to community partners! Partnership organizations are invited to participate in this pilot program which seeks to place temporary, mini library collections in daycares, senior facilities, and other community gathering places. These collections remain onsite for 6 months at a time, and comprise collections of 50-200 books (specified by partner).

The items in the Community Book Collections are not designed to check out to individual readers, but rather are intended to be onsite, temporary, mini libraries for customers to use while in the building. The book collection will be delivered to and picked up from the partner site by Houston Public Library staff. If the partner wishes for a new collection, they can indicate interest prior to materials pick up so that a new collection can be brought at the same time as the old collection is returned. Materials in the Community Book Collections will reflect the partner institution’s preferred audience ages, genres, and languages as closely as available Houston Public Library materials allow. No fines or fees for lost or damaged items will be associated with the Community Book Collections. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Rebecca Denham, Library of Things Coordinator, at

Enroll here: Community Book CollectionApplication (

Every year Shipt invests in organizations and nonprofits that are innovating to advance economic mobility, address food insecurity, and support communities in need.

Shipt’s purpose is to “spark the connections that show why every person counts”. We focus on high-impact initiatives dedicated to meeting the many needs of our communities. As such, we invite interested organizations across the U.S. to apply for grants ranging from $1,000-$25,000.

For this cycle, Shipt is prioritizing applications that serve the following markets: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; and New York City, NY. However, applications serving other markets will still be considered.

APPLY HERE: 2023 Shipt Community Impact & Innovation Grant Application (

September 1, 2020 10:30 AMRegister here!

501(c)(3)s play an important role in educating the public about policy issues and actions taken by elected officials. Elected officials vote on bills, make public statements and executive decisions, and set the course for public policy on a wide range of issues. These actions may be consistent with or conflict with a nonprofit’s mission. After this workshop you will have a clear understanding of how to maximize your advocacy, the kinds of advocacy activities 501(c)(3)s can engage in, and when a communication is considered lobbying.

Participants will learn:
– How federal tax law and Texas law permit lobbying for charities and how lobbying is defined;
– One easy step most charities can take to maximize the amount they’re allowed to spend on lobbying;
– Yearly lobbying limits for charities;
– Tips for taking advantage of the narrow definitions of lobbying – which will help charities make the most of their lobbying limit; and
– The application of these rules to ballot measure activities.