From overseeing a complex investment group that puts money into both for-profit startups and nonprofits to serving on multiple boards and commissions to spending time relaxing at Barton Springs, Dan Graham certainly stays busy (and you'll find him juggling coffee meetings all over town). Here are his tips for effective time management.
I recently took a three day trip to San Antonio where we are working to launch Philanthropitch. The event will be held on February 27th, 2018. I met with so many great people and organizations and had so many great takeaways.
The Bolder Board Training was full of bold dreams and actionable ideas. Thank you to every director, board member, organization, small business, staff member, etc. that took the time to join Dan Pallotta, the Notley team and I Live Here I Give Here on Saturday, October 7th.
This kind of analysis is hard and it requires a lot of thought and up front work, and sometimes even rejection of needy kids from the organization’s program in order to create a solid control group. Decisions like that can be hard, but are likely to pay off with solid data for future programs and funders.
"Drop the notion that board members are just check writers. They are often your biggest advocates, and at the very least and in the best cases, are business advisers, marketing experts and fundraisers."
One of the toughest things for an organization to balance is: Impact vs Scale vs Time Frame.
This is similar to the choice companies have between investing in advertising (dollars today) and R&D (dollars tomorrow). There are often easy grant or direct service and impact decisions an organization could pay for, whether you cause is feeding the homeless, providing grants to musicians, or housing for refugees. The harder decision comes when you decide you want to invest in infrastructure, planning, or scaling efforts.
Glasshouse Policy works as a forum in the public to bring policy closer to the people. Traditionally, policy makers will attempt to sell solutions to the public, most of which are difficult to understand. Glasshouse Policy takes a more innovative approach by creating easy to understand games and resources that bring people closer to the issues.
I get a lot of questions about tax deductibility surrounding donations and events. There’s specifically a lot of confusion around businesses donating vs individuals. It’s certainly not straightforward and so I thought I’d break it out briefly although I recommended talking to a tax attorney for ‘legitimate’ advice.
I was having lunch last week with my good friend and founder of Moonshots Capital, Craig Cummings, discussing the veteran entrepreneurial ecosystem and the need for more collaboration and cohesiveness.
Yesterday I hosted a fireside chat for nonprofit executives with my good friend, Blake Absher, market President for BB&T. We talked about the right way (and the wrong way!) to ask for donations, sponsorships and corporate partnerships. Check out the Facebook Live video.
Yesterday we had an intro call with Give Back Hack founder, Suzy Bureau. Needless to say, we are pumped! Suzy has created a model that is a variation on the widespread and popular Startup Weekend event for social enterprises, and we want to bring it to Austin.
The Bolder Board Training liberates Nonprofit Organizations and Social Impact companies from the cultural and financial constraints they feel and empowers them to discover new paths to reach their goals.
It was standing room only in the Junior Achievement's Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center for the inaugural Philanthropitch in Atlanta introduced by ChooseATL. The excitement on the stage and in the crowd made for a night of high energy and community engagement.
Congratulations to the eight Philanthropitch finalists who inspired an audience of almost 500 with their innovative social impact pitches. Overall we were able to award $140,000 bringing Philanthropitch total giving in Austin to $500,000!
The quality of the applications for Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator this year blew us away. Our selection committee was challenged to narrow down the pool of exceptional organizations to only eight finalists who will compete for $125,000 and acceptance into the Mission Accelerator. These finalists really do represent some of the most exciting and innovative social impact efforts in Austin right now.
The dog days of spring are finally here and I want to spend a few minutes wagging my tail about a really cool competition debuting this year in Austin to support our pets. Remember the classic movie, Best in Show? Well… it’s happening! get your tickets !
Amplify Austin is Austin’s annual community-wide day of giving. On March 8, Central Texans will come together for 24 hours with a goal of raising $9 million for local nonprofits! Check out some of Philanthropitch’s alum to learn more about their impact and how you can support their amazing work:
Co-founder and CEO of Tiff’s Treats, Leon started Tiff’s Treats in 1999 in partnership with his wife Tiffany while sophomores at The University of Texas. Since then, the company has grown to over 350 employees and 20+ locations in Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, with national expansion plans in the works. In addition to running Tiff’s Treats, Leon was a former Director at Epic Brands, which sold to General Mills in January 2016. He has also been involved in SKU, an Austin based consumer packaged goods incubator. His volunteer work includes being the past Chair of the Small Business Council, on the Board of Directors at The Austin Chamber of Commerce, Past Chair of The Fifty and being on the board at the Foster Angels of Central Texas.
Eight nonprofits from greater Austin will come together on May 2 to pitch their innovative and scalable program in front of a panel of business leaders and an audience of more than 400 individuals. The fourth annual Philanthropitch Austin will be held at ZACH Theatre where nonprofits will have the chance to receive more than $100,000 in cash grants and entrance into the Mission Accelerator, a five month program designed to fast-track the growth and impact of nonprofits in Greater Austin.
We are thrilled to be joined by Meg Erskine, Co-founder and Executive Director of Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) and 2015 Philanthropitch finalist. Last year alone, Austin resettled more than 1,500 refugees from 25 countries. MRC is helping these families build a life of self-sustainability and successfully integrate into the Austin community.