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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.

2019 Sponsors

Meet Central Texas’ Funders
14th Annual Central Texas Funders Forum: Grants and the Art of Storytelling
Presented by the Grant Professionals Association & Austin Community College's Center for Nonprofit Studies

Monday, May 6, 2019, 8am-4pm
Austin Community College’s Eastview Multipurpose Hall (8500)
3401 Webberville Rd
8000 Building
Austin, TX 78702


Don't miss out on this year's Central Texas Funders Forum, presented by the Austin-Central Texas Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association & the ACC Center for Nonprofit Studies!. Meet grant makers and grant professionals from across Central Texas as we dive into the theme of storytelling. This dynamic day of learning will include:
-Panel discussions with area funders: "Effective Message-crafting for Cultivation: Insights from Grant Makers" and "Telling Your Story with Data."
-GPA's signature Giving Star Award
-Keynote presentation
-Relationship Relays: Small round table discussions with funders to learn more about their grant-making process and priorities.

Participants include the ACC Center for Nonprofit Studies, Andy Roddick Foundation, Applied Materials Foundation, the Moody Foundation, Reyda Taylor Consulting, Silicon Labs, and Texas Gas.

Keynote presentation by Kate Robinson: "Failing Forward: Why identifying failure means your organization is doing things right"
Social sector strategist and filmmaker Kate Robinson explores the possibilities of celebrating non-profit program failures as necessary steps toward measurable, sustainable social impact. With help from her film, Failing Forward (premiering at the Austin Film Society Cinema May 15, 2019) Kate will demonstrate the value of transparent funding and grantee relationships, curiosity about relevant internal data, and capacity to identify shortcomings to improve client outcomes.
About the film:
Failing Forward: The Road to Social Impact is a compelling case study examining how nonprofits can learn to embrace failure in order to grow and improve when they are given that space by their funders and stakeholders. Drawing from a dozen interviews with the staff, board members, funders, and clients of LifeWorks -- a prominent Austin, Texas, social service provider -- and narrated by filmmaker and social sector strategist Kate Robinson, this documentary short destigmatizes failure in the social sector, demonstrating that risk, rapid iterations, and continuous improvements are all necessary components on the path to achieving true social impact.

Tickets are only sold in advance:
$50 for current GPA Austin-Central Texas members
$65 for Association of Fundraising Professional members
$80 for non-members
Select $30 volunteer tickets available (see below)

Event registration includes morning coffee, breakfast tacos, and lunch. The Funders Forum sells out fast. Get your tickets today!

Interested in helping out at the event? We have select discounted volunteer tickets available! 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