2016 Central Texas Funders Forum

"Best Practices for Better Partnerships"

Presented by the Austin-Central Texas Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association

Join your grant and fund development colleagues for a day of learning, sharing, and networking at the 11th Funders Forum on May 6. This exciting event will bring together Central Texas’ major philanthropic foundations/corporations and grant-seekers to exchange ideas and develop ways to work together for the betterment of our community. In addition to getting to learn from and connect with funders, attendees will also experience “Best Practices” – a professional development presentation on MOVES management and the development of a high performing grants and development program. We will also present our annual Giving Star Award to a worthy “connector” who exemplifies the heart and soul of philanthropy.

This event always sells out quickly, so make your reservation today. Reservations through Eventbrite are required for this event as space is limited. Registration closes on May 3 or when we reach capacity; we cannot handle walk-ins on the day of the event. Get your ticket today!

Confirmed Funders:
  • Anderson Foundation
  • Austin Community Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Episcopal Health Foundation
  • Futuro Fund
  • Greater Round Rock Community Foundation
  • Impact Austin
  • Long Foundation
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • Moody Foundation
  • OneStar Foundation
  • RGK Foundation
  • Samsung
  • Webber Foundation
Tentative schedule is as follows:
8:00 Check-in / Coffee / Networking
8:30 Opening Gavel & Welcoming Statements
9:00 Panel 1: Smarter Grantmaking: Strengthening Partnerships Between Funders & Grantees
10:00 Panel 2: Communicating Impact: Perspectives from Funders
11:00 Best Practices Presentation
12:00 The Austin Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association Giving Star Award and Lunch
12:30 Up Close with Funders: "Relationship Relays" for discussions with area funders
3:00 Raffle and Final Thoughts
Registration includes morning cofee, light breakfast/morning snack, and lunch (with gluten free/vegetarian/vegan option). Please note that, by registering for this event, you are consenting to any photographs taken of you being used by GPA in print, social media, and other forms of media.

For directions to the Funders Forum, please visit http://www4.esc13.net/directions.

To learn about joining our chapter, please visit the Grant Professionals Association's membership website.
Call for Volunteers:
This annual, one-day educational event is produced by a core group of volunteers. Pre-event tasks include coordinating the venue, soliciting meal donations/purchase, marketing, coordinating volunteers, and engaging speakers. Day-of event tasks include check-in and much more. Volunteers who help on the day of the event may be eligible for reduced price admission. Find out more by emailing Co-Chair Vanessa Davila.

2015 Central Texas Funders Forum
"Partnering for Greater Impact: Connecting the Dots"

On May 8, 2015, GPA Austin/Central Texas hosted a day of learning, sharing, and networking for grant and fund development professionals. This exciting event brought together Central Texas’ major philanthropic foundations/corporations and grant-seekers to exchange ideas and develop ways to work together for the betterment of our community.

The day's activities included:

Panel Discussion 1: Powerful Partnerships between Funders and Nonprofits

Moderator Charles Scarborough, CFP, CFRE, Seton Healthcare Family
Shelby Montgomery, Dell Inc.
Melanie Moore, KDK-Harman Foundation
Rick Ybarra, The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Panel Discussion 2: Connected Philanthropic Communities

Moderator Adrienne Longenecker, CFRE, the Thinkery and Austin Chapter of AFP
Becky Pastner, St. David’s Foundation
Cindy Patrick, Meadows Foundation
Judith K. Voress, Donald D. Hammill Foundation

Relationship Relay

Participants meet with Julie B. Johnson, Project Manager at Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, just one of the many funders available during the Relationship Relay.

Giving Star Award Presented to Amber Carden, US Trust/Bank of America