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.

"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