Building A Development Funnel Strategy, presented by NotleyEDU

Building A Development Funnel Strategy, presented by NotleyEDU

NotleyEDU invites you to join us for a free breakfast discussion on Funnel Strategy: The Key to Closing More Nonprofit Donations and Sales. In this discussion, you will learn how to create a donations and sales funnel that meets and exceeds your nonprofit revenue goals.

Like many nonprofits, having a strong development program that captures, nurtures, and converts new donors and sales leads is essential to sustaining and scaling as a cause-based organization. Join us to learn tips and tricks on funnel strategies and come away having learned how to begin building a strategic development funnel for your organization ahead of the Fall fundraising season.

Staying Mission First: Why Zero-Sum Thinking Doesn't Work in Social Impact

Staying Mission First: Why Zero-Sum Thinking Doesn't Work in Social Impact

One of the most startling aspects of the not-for-profit ecosystem is the fierce competition that exists between organizations. Who will get the donor funding? Are we protecting our sponsor list from prying eyes? Is our brand getting prime placement in the brochure? What's our market share for serving the community?

This type of zero-sum thinking is the status quo in the capitalistic, for-profit markets. After all, a dollar of profit for one shoe company is a dollar of profit not made at another shoe company. But should that type of organizational competition exist in the nonprofit space? What does it even mean to "win" as a impact-driven organization?

Meet the Team: Emily Seropian

Meet the Team: Emily Seropian

Insightful, empathetic, independent, sarcastic, and amusing. Say hello to Emily Seropian! She is our Event Coordinator here at Notley, meaning she is in charge of every facet of our events. She loves the variety of people/partners/vendors that she gets to meet and work with every day. In her own words, “every day is different, you definitely never get bored.”

Meet the Team: Kelly Ballard

Meet the Team: Kelly Ballard

Kelly is the Director of Youth Entrepreneurship here at Notley, which means she works to make sure that our local youth population has an abundance of entrepreneurial opportunities. Kelly recently joined the Notley team in this role through her work at Student INC, the creator of the nation’s first K-12 entrepreneurial education pathway model is raising the bar on youth entrepreneurship in Austin. Student INC empowers local students to become innovative leaders in their city through entrepreneurial education.

Clarice Blanco | PR & Content Intern

Clarice Blanco | PR & Content Intern

Hi there! My name is Clarice Blanco and I hail from the heart of Texas (Austin), though I was born in San Diego, California. I am currently studying English at Texas State University-San Marcos with a minor in Studies in Popular Culture. Everyone seems to wonder what exactly Studies in Popular Culture means, but it’s the basic analysis of significant aspects of everyday life ranging from mass media through the history of cultural trends and phenomenon.

Episode 1 of EPIC

Episode 1 of EPIC

On the first Wednesday in May, entrepreneurs, innovators, and community leaders gathered for an evening of Texas bourbon, tasty bites, and great music. The first episode of the EPIC (Entrepreneurs with a Purpose Influencing Change) happy hour was a magical one, comprised of influencers that are defining and shaping the social innovation ecosystem in this city.

Philanthropitch Austin Hosts Record-Breaking Social Impact Competition

Raises Over $200,000 for Innovative Charities In Austin!

On May 8th Austin’s social impact community convened at the LBJ Auditorium for the fifth annual Philanthropitch Austin presented by Google, the social innovation fast pitch competition scaling sustainable nonprofits. Co-hosts Lisa Graham, Cofounder of Notley the producers of Philanthropitch, and Gerardo Interiano, Head of External Affairs at Google, kicked off the night’s festivities welcoming an audience of over 650 to the unique social impact celebration.

Last night’s event raised a record-breaking amount - over $200,000 - for Austin area nonprofits.


Seven local nonprofits took the stage for a 3-minute pitch meant to inform the judges and audience of their innovative, caused-based solutions. Presenting nonprofits included Generation Citizen, College ForwardVentureLab, Thinkery, Code2College, half Helen Foundation, and AIDS Services of Austin.

Chelsea Elliott from half Helen Foundation took home the greatest total award amount of the night, raising over $64,000!  Funds raised during Philanthropitch will go toward launching half Helen’s C-MORE platform, an innovative new care solution for improving undiagnosed vision and hearing impairments for children.


The event’s all-star panel of judges featured Leon Chen, Gay Gaddis, Kendra Scott, Clayton Christopher, Mellie Price, and Jag Bath. Each judge asked insightful questions on the nonprofits plans to maximize impact, educating the audience on what it means to scale and sustain positive change in our community.

To kick off the event, VIP patrons were treated to a reception including an early preview of the participating charities, plus a Kendra Scott Color Bar with a portion of proceeds going to the evening’s Audience Awards.

Throughout the show, audience members and judges alike were informed of causes ranging from the need to increase youth entrepreneurship and underrepresented groups in technical careers, to empowering our youth to be more active participants in our democracy and paving the way for an HIV free generation.

During intermission, attendees were invited to participate in the Audience Awards via Modern Giving, a mobile giving platform powered by Pinkaloo Technologies. In collaboration with Austin Community Foundation, Modern Giving offered a new way for audience members to engage and give back while watching in real-time as Philanthropitch finalists reached their donation goals.

Supporting social impact in the Austin community was at an all-time high. Philanthropitch debuted the Friends of Philanthropitch program -- a new annual giving network of individual supporters helping increase the impact of effective nonprofits nationwide. With events and growing communities in Austin, San Antonio, Atlanta, and soon Columbus, Friends of Philanthropitch is a fun and meaningful way to spread your impact nationwide.


Partners including United Way for Greater Austin and St. David’s Foundation put on their own show of support for social innovation. United Way for Greater Austin awarded $35,000 to Thinkery, the winner of their Click for the Cause contest. The first Philanthropitch Health Track awards powered by St. David’s Foundation went to AIDS Services of Austin ($20,000) and half Helen Foundation ($30,000).

Culminating in a celebratory awards ceremony, corporate supporters including ARK Financial, BB&T, Alamo Drafthouse, Kendra Scott, and Legacy Collective each awarded their chosen nonprofit a corporate gift ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

Stay tuned for more about Philanthropitch Austin 2019! Interested in getting involved? Email us at

Thank you to our sponsors!

Google, Austin Community Foundation, ARK Financial, BuildASign, BB&T, Kendra Scott, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, Winstead, Blackbaud, Alamo Drafthouse, Khorus, PwC, and Sailpoint.

We appreciate your support!

About Philanthropitch
Founded in 2013 in Austin, Texas, Philanthropitch has awarded over $800,000 dollars to empower nonprofits to expand their impact. Philanthropitch is an initiative of Notley, a catalyst for social innovation unlocking new opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. Learn more at

Announcing the 2018 Notley Fellows

The team at Notley is excited to announce the first class of Notley Fellows, comprised of 22 emerging leaders with a passion for social impact.

We received a large number of incredible applications, which made the task of selecting our first class members a difficult one. The individuals who applied and were accepted for the Notley Fellowship are young professionals across a broad spectrum of industries, all emerging leaders in their fields with a heart for giving back to the community.

Follow @notleyfellows to see their amazing work over their two-year journey in this program.

“This Fellowship enables high-potential individuals to expand and apply their professional skills to deliver incredible impact, while getting a manual learning experience and developing their own career growth.”
- Rachel Jamail, Committee Chairwoman

Jeffrey runs operations for Mastodon Ventures, OzRey-a national investment and operating firm focused on a range of innovative restaurant, hospitality and commercial real estate developments. Prior to OzRey, Jeffrey was a Lead Expansion Manager for UberEATS. He was a member of the inaugural product launch team and was then responsible for launching UberEATS across North American markets. Jeffrey also co-founded a gifting startup in Austin, He has spent time in LA focused on business development for Sony Pictures and started his career in Finance at Jefferies Investment Bank in NYC.

Jeffrey attended UT Austin, graduating from the Business Honors Program. He is a past rider and board member of Texas 4000 for Cancer and currently lives in Austin with his wife Haylie, their son and 2 dogs.

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Elizabeth Pishny works at Facebook, leading the sales team focused on clients in the Consumer Product Goods space.  Her team advises advertisers on campaign strategy and business growth, managing a portfolio in excess of $130M.

Prior to her current role, Elizabeth provided change management consulting to Fortune 500 clients at Accenture working in Mexico, Spain, and Russia.  She later led digital marketing and client services efforts with Bazaarvoice, starting their Asia Pacific operations in Singapore. Most recently she served Esperanza International in the Dominican Republic, focused on poverty alleviation through economic empowerment for women.  

Outside of work Elizabeth plays tennis and enjoys traveling, having visited over 50 countries.  She received her B.B.A. with Honors in Finance and Marketing from Texas Christian University.


Elisa has spent her career galvanizing communities in the technology industry, particularly for entrepreneurs and technologists. Elisa attended Cornell for her MBA and a Masters in Organizational Psychology before moving to Texas, where she worked for IBM. She participated in their acclaimed management rotational program, holding positions in HR, marketing, and finance, before building Watson’s initial R&D and sales and marketing teams. Austin’s entrepreneurial scene took hold and she moved on to help build two artificial intelligence companies before joining Galvanize as the evangelist for Austin. At Galvanize, she unites the technology community through events, partnerships, and marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Miniature Schnauzer, Lola, riding and showing her horse Hudson, traveling, and cooking international food.


With deep experience in design and strategy, creative problem solving is a common denominator in much of Dante's work. Her experience includes work in product management, digital optimization and production, strategic design and architectural planning.

Dante is an Optimization Director at Clearhead, an Accenture Company, and is a Visiting Lecturer in the Design Management graduate program at Pratt Institute. She has served on the board of Architecture for Humanity New York and the communications committee of the New York Urban League Young Professionals. Born and raised in New Orleans, Dante earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana Tech University and a MPS in Design Management from Pratt Institute in New York. She joyfully resides in Austin, Texas.


Glynn was born in Houston and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Business. She moved to Austin to work at Mass Relevance (acquired by Spredfast) and immediately fell in love with young startups because of the ability to "wear many hats" and have a large impact on the business. Glynn has spent her career focused on scaling and building Customer Success teams. She was previously at YouEarnedIt and recently had the opportunity to fulfill her dream of traveling around Asia with her sister. Glynn is now the Senior Customer Success Manager at Shopgate, a mobile commerce startup.

Glynn enjoys volunteering for the Anti-Defamation League and Urban Roots. She also enjoys the stereotypical Austin things like yoga, farmer's markets, and dog kisses.


Howard Rauscher is currently VP of Engineering at Spredfast. He has spent over a decade building products at multiple Austin based internet startups. Along the way he was part of a team that was awarded a Technical Emmy for work on the Obama Town Hall. He was on the committee that organized the first Startup Games and lit the ceremonial opening flame for the same games. He also gives technology talks on web architecture at meetups around town.

Around Austin you can see Howard, wife Audrey, and son James eating at new restaurants, inelegantly on walks with their loving but untrained dogs around their neighborhood, and if they can find a babysitter, watching a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse.

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Albert has been an entrepreneur since birth and now is lucky enough to do it as an adult.  He has a master's in Mechanical Engineering, is using deep neural networks to reduce background noise in audio signals, has a consulting business where he works with companies like Tiff's Treats on their technology, and has created a consumer product that is in over 300 stores in Texas. He has been big brother of the year in Central Texas and has served on the board of Latinitas and junior board for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He lives in Austin with his beautiful wife Sarah and two sons Elliott and Everett.



Pervez loves technology, personal finance, career development, and anything that physically and mentally challenges him.

His passion lies somewhere between helping startups grow through sales and helping (hopefully inspiring) people to meet their personal and professional potential.

When he's not working with his awesome team at Andela, coaching someone through an interview for a job they want, talking to a company about revamping their sales strategy, reading through a resume, or speaking to a younger audience about personal finance or career growth, you can find him strolling the streets of NYC & Austin with his dog daughter Bella.


Krishna is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently works at Keller Williams Realty International as a technology research analyst where she gets to determine the impact of real estate technology startups in the real estate industry. Krishna loves learning about investing in real estate with a purpose for profit. She is passionate about empowering people to better impact and serve others. She’s an unreasonable innovator and loves brainstorming solutions to create a more sustainable future. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, kayaking, or traveling.


Courtney Groos is a digital marketing professional who is passionate about creating positive social change in the world. Her mission is to support nonprofit and social impact organizations as they equip the poor, empower the disenfranchised, and restore basic human rights to those in need. Through digital marketing, brand development, content creation, and strategic planning efforts, Courtney equips social impact organizations to drive audience awareness and engagement across their digital platforms. She has consulted global humanitarian organizations including World Vision International and Esperanza International and continues her work in digital strategy through the private sector. Her goal and commitment is to create positive change through strategic marketing efforts and see an end to the world’s most pressing issues


Aimy is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Office for BeatBox Beverages. She is a double-Longhorn, earning both her B.S. in Advertising and M.B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. Aimy co-founded BeatBox while pursuing her MBA in entrepreneurship. Her past experience includes working in online marketing at agencies and in-house at the Central TX Food Bank, running her own online marketing agency, and helping run the UT-based start-up incubator Texas Venture Labs.


Ellen Ray is an urban planner, committed to creating a more equitable built environment. Her work at Cambridge Systematics provides municipal, state, and federal transportation planning and policy solutions. She recently completed a master’s in City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While pursuing graduate studies, she worked at the Urban Land Institute, Federal Reserve Bank, and Jamestown L.P. and also served as president of her planning program’s student organization.  

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ellen received a BA in American Studies from Yale in 2012. Following graduation, she fled the Northeast to work as an Americorps VISTA in Mayor Leffingwell’s office in Austin, then coordinated community involvement initiatives for Capital Metro.

She bikes everywhere and is currently learning to play country-western bass.

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Since 2008, Seth List has been a part of Austin's thriving start-up scene. He currently runs Market Development and Strategic Sourcing for YouEarnedIt, who recently joined the Vista Equity portfolio. 

Outside of the office, Seth is heavily involved with the Hill Country Ride for AIDS and Equality Texas. Leveraging his network of personal and professional relationships, Seth has excelled at recruiting, fundraising, and local business development efforts for both organizations. 

When not at the office or holed up working on EQTX business, Seth can be found training and coaching at Atomic Athlete, running one of Austin's many trails, or checking out one of our latest and greatest new restaurants. He also loves to travel, run trail races, backpack, hike, and camp. 


Amanda Horvath runs a boutique video production house that operates in the space between video creation and marketing.

Having lived through the video marketing evolution from website content to the emergence of social media, her trained eye is consistently aware of the future of video and how businesses should harness its power. Rather than focusing on pure visual aesthetics, Horvath and her team leverage marketing techniques to ensure their videos inspire results.

She’s worked with entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss and Ryan Holiday, as well as other locally known household names.


Hailey O'Neill is the Director of Sales at Verb. Verb is a for profit company that focuses on connecting corporations with non-profits to help in solving the world's most wicked problems.

She grew up in Austin, went to college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, then moved to Sydney, Australia for one year. Hailey has volunteered at the Austin Animal Shelter, Goodwill, and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

She loves traveling, anything health / fitness related, reading, movies, happy hours (good wine and margaritas), and spending time with friends and family.


Clark Nowlin is from Fort Worth, Texas. He moved to Austin three years ago after graduating from Baylor University with degrees in finance and entrepreneurship. Clark has primarily worked in sales since. He loves to rally people around exciting/important ideas and started two organizations while at Baylor – an entrepreneurship book club and an enneagram study group (personality tool). Today he helps run a music nonprofit called "ALL ATX" with the mission to keep Austin a music town through supporting affordability solutions for musicians. Clark was a full-time touring musician for four years prior to moving to Austin and now makes music for fun with friends in his home studio. Clark love tacos and meeting new people.


Annabel Landaverde leads communications for Whole Foods Market’s philanthropic arm, Whole Cities Foundation. She also runs her own copywriting business.

Her goals are to inspire people to vote with their dollar, influence industries to lead ethically, and impact public policy. Ultimately, she aims to merge her interests in Latin America, health, and economic empowerment to create lasting social impact.

Before joining Whole Foods Market, Annabel worked with the World Affairs Council to broadcast online events to a global audience. She also advised city governments in Minnesota and Mexico on leveraging social media to foster global engagement. Annabel holds a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Latin American Studies. In her spare time, you can find her cooking, dancing and traveling!


Jonathan is a business analyst who helps scaling organizations establish and optimize fundamental business processes on the Salesforce platform. He recently joined Ascendant Capital, an Austin-based investment firm, to lead Salesforce integrations and projects. Before this, Jonathan was an early employee at Tenfold, where he helped the startup grow to $10 million ARR in less than three years. A firm believer in the maxim “if you can see it, you can achieve it,” Jonathan is also a co-founder of BLNDED Media - a platform dedicated to highlighting the voices and stories of diverse and underrepresented entrepreneurs and hopes to continue showcasing people doing exceptional work in their communities.

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Committee Chairwoman

Rachel is a passionate leader in both the business and non-profit sectors of Austin. She is the Site Lead at Facebook and previously served as the Director of Global Brand Marketing at Spredfast. She serves on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League, Texas Enactus, and the University of Texas Psychology Department. She is also a member of UT's 1883 Council. Rachel earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a Master's from Harvard.

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Katie is a user experience designer, artist, and friend committed to building thoughtful products that place human values at the center of the experience and bring people together. She is currently a Senior Product Designer at WP Engine and has previously designed products at Mass Relevance, Spredfast, and Civitas Learning. She co-founded the digital agency Bohemian Innovation in 2010 and has served as an advisor to local grown brands Sway Water and Mockingbird Domestics. She was a 2017 Mission Capital Social Venture Fellow and looks forward to discovering more ways the Austin communities can work together and drive positive change. Katie earned a bachelor's degree in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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Lyndsay is the director of product operations at Juniper Square, a real estate technology company. She is committed to social impact and is particularly interested in sustainability, affordable housing, creating fluid indoor-outdoor space, adding art to communities and creating interactive and resilient community centers. As someone who spends a significant amount of time outside, she is also focused on conservation of our natural resources. Lyndsay currently sits on the board of Art in Action, a nonprofit based in California whose mission is to give every student access to arts education by providing the training, materials and curriculum for complete K-8 visual arts experiences. Prior to joining Juniper Square, Lyndsay spent nearly a decade working in investment banking in New York and in real estate private equity in San Francisco. She graduated from Stanford with a BS in math and MS in management, science and engineering. 

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Elizabeth has devoted her career to building SaaS products which leverage Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning to extract meaning out of massive amounts of data. She is currently the Director of Product Management at Anaconda, the most popular Python data science platform in the world. Previously, she built products at Atlassian, Salesforce, Spredfast, and a medley of startups. Elizabeth has a passion for social entrepreneurship and business models that favor social responsibility. She has served on the Board of Directors of Urban Roots and was a 2017 Mission Capital Social Venture Fellow. She is an avid world traveler and a polyglot, fluent in English, French, Spanish, and quasi-fluent in Italian.

4 Easy Ways to Make an Impact as a Board Member

This past weekend was the University of Texas at Austin's commencement ceremony, a celebration and hope-filled farewell to the University's 135th class of world-changing graduates. Earlier this year, we had the honor to engage with a select group of these graduates from the McCombs Board Fellows. The McCombs Board Fellows is a student-run organization that places students on the boards of local nonprofits as non-voting members for a year. Notley co-founder, Dan Graham, had the honor of kicking off their 2018 speaker series at The Refinery.

Check out highlights from his talk on how to position yourself to make a lasting impact as a board member.

1. Be on a board that solves a problem that really matters to you.

Being on a board is often hard work! Make sure that the problem your board is trying to solve is an issue that really frustrates you, or is a community topic that you have apassion for. A board full of members who are fired up is most effective when solving tough challenges.

2. Build relationships outside of the boardroom.

Take time to cultivate relationships outside of your board. Networking is the most valuable skill that they don’t teach you in school - practice it! If you connect with individuals outside of your organization, you’ll expand the perspective and resources necessary to truly tackle the issues that you’re dedicated to fixing.

3. Fill your board with people who care, not just your friends.

It is important to include members that represent a diverse range of skills, professions, and perspectives. A homogeneous board is likely not going to challenge each other, which results in
slow-moving change, if any at all.

4. Speak up!

Perhaps the most important element to being an effective board member is to find your voice and speak up. Own your position and get involved anywhere that you can.

We want to extend a special thank you to the sponsors that made this event possible, UFCU, AffiniPay, and A.B. Porter.

Meet This Year’s Philanthropitch Judges Including Kendra Scott, Clayton Christopher, and Gay Gaddis

Meet This Year’s Philanthropitch Judges Including Kendra Scott, Clayton Christopher, and Gay Gaddis

Join Us as Some of Our Community’s Most Creative and Inspired Thinkers Change the ‘Good’ Growth Trajectory of Austin Nonprofits

On May 8th, six diverse visionaries from the worlds of technology, healthcare, and consumer goods will lend their years of operation and business expertise to the social sector. This year’s judges epitomize the socially responsible spirit, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial drive that Philanthropitch cultivates.

Introducing the Notley Fellowship

While growing, I had the great fortune to work with amazing, brilliant, motivated young professionals. In Austin, there are many incredible young leaders emerging in promising careers across a broad spectrum of industries. One of the challenges they face is how to expand their engagement, experience, and growth beyond the walls of their offices. Connecting with other young community leaders, joining boards, jumping in on projects, and creating valuable mentor/mentee relationships isn't easy, especially when you are heads-down in a quickly-growing, fast-paced organization.

Notley's mission is to help tackle our world’s toughest problems by bringing the best minds, strategies, and entrepreneurial spirits to the table; we constantly see the opportunity to foster the type of leaders that our community needs. The Notley Fellowship borrows from the models of multiple amazing organizations like the Aspen Institute, Leadership Austin, Entrepreneurs Organization, and UT’s Board Fellows to create something I know will be really special.

The Notley Fellowship is the newest Notley initiative, designed for young professionals who are hungry to elevate their impact in the community.

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With applications opening today, the Fellowship aims to catch emerging leaders early in their career and provide direction, guidance, and acceleration in areas of growth in which they are passionate. We are looking for Fellows who desperately want to do good while doing great, and we want to do everything we can to make their passions come to life. The Notley Fellowship focuses on innovative solutions, entrepreneurial approaches, and hands-on project support through the growth and cultivation of our community's next generation of visionaries.

This is a unique opportunity for promising young professionals to step into a program that facilitates co-ownership over entrepreneurial projects that tackle Austin’s toughest challenges.  An amazing lineup of speakers will be visiting with the Notley Fellows each month, answering questions, and helping connect them to resources that will enable them to build an unparalleled network in Austin’s business, nonprofit, and government sectors. We carefully select our speakers in concert with our Fellows to make sure we are creating inspiring, educational and engaging experiences.

Speakers include:

Wendy Davis: Wendy Davis is the founding director of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young women.
Mayor Steve Adler: Since 2015, Mayor Steve Adler has served as Austin's 52nd mayor after 35 years practicing civil law.
Meredith Walker: Meredith Walker is the Executive Director and cofounder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, an organization dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.
Gerardo Interiano: Gerardo Interiano serves as Google's Head of External Affairs for the Southwest U.S. and is  actively engaged in the nonprofit community.
Mellie Price: Mellie Price is the Executive Director of Commercialization at the Dell Medical School and the co-founder and Managing Director of Capital Factory.

To learn more about how The Notley Fellowship will empower young professionals to become community leaders, visit our program website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay connected! Applications open today, Tuesday, April 10th.

About Notley
Notley is a catalyst for social innovation that unlocks new opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. Notley’s mission is to fund and support businesses, nonprofits, and programs making positive change and social impact in the world, which they do by creating an ecosystem where social good organizations can thrive. Notley was founded in 2015 by Dan Graham, founder of, and his wife, Lisa as a way to leverage their own business and investing success. Notley partners with seed and early stage social impact companies and nonprofits ready to scale. For more information, please visit

About Dan Graham
Dan Graham is the founder of Notley Ventures and Executive Chairman of, which he founded in 2005. Dan is a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2013 Central Texas award. He is also a recipient of the Austin Business Journal's 2012 Best CEO Award, and was named 2012 Austinite of the Year and the Business and Entrepreneurship category winner by Austin Under 40, recognizing his success as a business owner as well as his commitment to philanthropic work.

As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community by serving as a mentor to many aspiring young entrepreneurs working with Capital Factory and SKU. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

The Results Are In: Startup Games Denver Presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka

Startup Games Denver presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka was an absolute blast! EXDO Event Center was filled with talented startups from all around the Denver area competing for their chosen nonprofit organizations. We kicked the day off with a sign contest for an extra point, which put Baker Technology in the lead as we jumped into the games. After a full day of games like ping-pong and cornhole, everything came down to a rousing game of giant connect 4. The day ended with an impromptu dance battle between DrillingInfo and HomeAdvisor for the second place tiebreaker, making AdAction your champion followed by HomeAdvisor then DrillingInfo. Check out the leaderboard to see who placed in each game.


This year, we gave away two special awards. The Tito’s Handmade Vodka Team Spirit Award was given to our friends at Cloud Elements for their sportsmanship, outfits, and commitment to the competition. We also awarded one lucky athlete from DrillingInfo with the MVP award, sponsored by BCycle.

We were so happy to spend the day CRUSHING IT for charity with our 8 Denver teams, our supportive sponsors and our nonprofit friends. Thank you to everyone who attended and made our second Denver Startup Games so great!


1st Place - $6,000

AdAction Interactive - United Way Denver

2nd Place - $4,000

HomeAdvisor - Open World Learning

3rd Place - $2,500

DrillingInfo - Denver CASA


Cloud Elements - Roundup River Ranch

Baker Technologies - Sensible Colorado

Do 303 + Friends - Colorado Music Coalition

Return Path - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

SpotX - Greenhouse Scholars


 Ad Action takes home the gold!

Ad Action takes home the gold!

 Cloud Elements wins Team Spirit

Cloud Elements wins Team Spirit

 Excited to crown our first Startup Games MVP

Excited to crown our first Startup Games MVP

Stay tuned for more photos from the event.

Interested in playing next year? Email to reserve your spot today!

Philanthropitch Partners with United Way of Greater Austin for Social Innovation Award Presentation on May 8th

Philanthropitch Partners with United Way of Greater Austin for Social Innovation Award Presentation on May 8th

Powered by Philanthropitch, the social impact fast pitch competition, United Way of Greater Austin (UWATX) will be presenting a social innovation award to the winner of Click for the Cause, a United Way program designed to build social clout and infuse funding into local nonprofits. United Way of Greater Austin will present their award to the Grand Prize Winner of Click for the Cause on stage at Philanthropitch Austin on May 8 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium. Tickets available here.

Announcing the 13 Philanthropitch Austin Semi-finalists

Announcing the 13 Philanthropitch Austin Semi-finalists

We received a total of 42 applications for Philanthopitch Austin 2018, and after a rigorous selection process, we have chosen the 13 semi-finalists. We now begin narrowing down this group to find our 6 finalists who will pitch during the event. We want to extend a big thank you to all of our applicants and encourage you to stay tuned for more opportunities with Philanthropitch in the near future!

We’ll be announcing the finalists early next month. In the meantime, get your ticket to Philanthropitch Austin presented by Google on May 8, at the LBJ Auditorium. 

The 5th Annual Philanthropitch Presented by Google Celebrates Social Innovation in Austin This May

The 5th Annual Philanthropitch Presented by Google Celebrates Social Innovation in Austin This May

Philanthropitch, the social impact fast pitch competition helping innovative nonprofits scale sustainable models, is proud to announce the fifth annual Philanthropitch Austin presented by Google taking place May 8, 2018, at the LBJ Auditorium. Every year the event attracts a live audience of nonprofit, business, and civic leaders for a series of fast pitch presentations, charitable awards, networking and more. General Admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase now.

Announcing the First Philanthropitch Health Track Supported By St. David’s Foundation

Announcing the First Philanthropitch Health Track Supported By St. David’s Foundation

Philanthropitch, the social impact fast pitch competition, is proud to work with St. David's Foundation to deliver the first Philanthropitch health track supporting health and wellness focused nonprofits. St. David’s has generously provided a $50,000 sponsorship toward Philanthropitch health track award recipients focused on supporting new approaches to improving community health.