Central Texas Funders Forum

Each year in May, GPA Austin/Central Texas hosts a day of learning, sharing, and networking for grant and fund development professionals. This exciting event brings 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.

Funders Forum 2017
"Collaboration for Community Impact"

Friday, May 12, 2017, 8am to 3pm
Region 13 Education Service Center
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, Texas 78723

We hope you'll join us for a day of exchanging ideas and developing more effective ways to work together for the betterment of our community. The event will include:

Panel Discussion 1: Looking Forward: Partnerships for Sustainable Impact
Panelists: Andy Roddick Foundation, Meadows Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and Mitte Foundation.
Moderated by Dr. Francie Ostrower, professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and College of Fine Arts, and a senior fellow in the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service.

Panel Discussion 2: Best Practices in Corporate Grant Seeking: Perspectives from Funders
Panelists: AMD, BBVA Compass Foundation, and Silicon Labs.
Moderated by Angela Osborn, CFRE, CFRM, Cheif Develeopment and Communications Officer, Austin Humane Society, and President, Association of Fundraising Professionals-Greater Austin Chapter.

Keynote Presentation by Rick Ybarra with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
GPA’s Signature Giving Star Award, honoring an outstanding member of the philanthropic community for their individual contributions of time, talent, and treasure to improving Central Texas.

Relationship Relays: Small, roundtable discussions with Central Texas funders
Participants: AMD; Applied Materials; Austin Community Foundation; BBVA Compass Foundation; Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation; Greater Round Rock Foundation; Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; IBM; Moody Foundation; and Texas Gas.

Tickets are only sold in advance: $50 for current GPA Austin-Central Texas members; $80 for non-members.

Event registration includes morning coffee, breakfast tacos, and lunch.

There are select discounted volunteer tickets for those who volunteer at the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Corinna Archer Kinsman at corinna@creativeaction.org for more information.

"Best Practices for Better Partnerships"
May 3, 2016

Panel Discussion 1:
Smarter Grantmaking: Strengthening Partnerships Between Funders & Grantees

Moderator Sally Blue, Sally Blue Consulting, and President, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Austin Chapter
Nikki Graham, Bank of America
Marisol Foster, Webber Family Foundation
Mitchell Long, The Long Foundation

Panel Discussion 2:
Communicating Impact: Perspectives from Funders

Moderator Elizabeth Darling, CAE, CFRE, Executive Director, OneStar Foundation
Nichole Aston, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Virginia Potter, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Nikki Graham, Bank of America

Beyond Best Practices – What Does it Take to Create a High Performing Development Program?

Fayruz Benyousef, CFRE

Relationship Relay

Giving Star Award Presented to Bobbie Barker, St. David's Foundation

"Partnering for Greater Impact: Connecting the Dots"
May 8, 2015

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