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.
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.
Philanthropitch Austin is thrilled to announce six of the seven nonprofit finalists that will go on to pitch at the LBJ Auditorium on May 8th. Finalists include half Helen Foundation, VentureLab, Code2College, College Forward, AIDS Services of Austin, and Generation Citizen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first Startup Games Atlanta 2018 is a wrap! Thank you to all of our amazing teams, spectators, sponsors, and volunteers for coming together to #crushitforcharity! The fierce competition between these 11 startups helped us donate $25,000 to their favorite nonprofits.
Believe it or not, playing games like ping pong and Mario Kart can help support the nonprofit community in Austin! As a result of Saturday’s games we were able to donate a total of $50,000 to the following Austin nonprofits:
Philanthropitch San Antonio has identified the seven organizations that will go on to pitch at the H-E-B Performance Hall of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The full Philanthropitch experience culminates with each organization's final pitch on February 27, but before that each organization will go through 2 workshops, mentoring, and pitch practices in preparation for the event.
With Level Up Games Austin presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka on the horizon, we wanted to highlight the amazing nonprofits involved. Each of the 16 companies competing in the games chooses a nonprofit to donate their winnings to, the better a team performs the more money they are able to donate.
Believe it or not, playing games like Jenga and ping pong can help support the nonprofit community in Austin! As a result of Saturday’s games we were able to donate a total of $50,000 to the following Austin nonprofits:
Wendy Davis, former Texas State Senator and Director of Deeds Not Words, has no shortage motivation or drive. Her organization, Deeds Not Words serves to help young women become engaged in the political process. This year, they worked with a group of high school students in Austin and Dallas to pass a bill requiring preventative education related to sex and human trafficking in schools. Armed with guidance from Deeds Not Words and statistical information from Allies Against Slavery, the students were involved in every step of the legislative process.
I’m often asked for business book recommendations. While I love many of the more traditional business books, I’ve actually found reading in other genres to be more helpful than your typical Difficult Conversations, 7 Habits of Effective people, or even Shoe Dog, the newest worthy member of the canon.
Everyday we get to meet with individuals, organizations, and companies with ideas that could change the world, and we want to tell their stories. We decided that a podcast was the best way to distribute these stories, so we dove in head first. Here are a few things we've learned along the way.
“Hustle” is on the wall for a reason. It’s our mantra. It doesn’t mean frantic or busy, it means a purposefully lean approach to creating something out of nothing. It’s the art of pushing balls downhill or putting yourself in a place to be the beneficiary of serendipity. Hustling is a practice or approach to your work, it’s not a discrete thing you do - it’s a way of living and working.
Earlier this month, I hopped over to Philadelphia to participate in the city’s inaugural Give Back Hack, a 3 day hack event from Columbus, Ohio that focuses on creating and launching ideas for social impact. I joined a local team to create a new business called Cali Box, an on demand box experience that empowers young girls to create and foster healthy relationships with their bodies through their first bra. It was a rewarding experience and I loved being able to mentor the idea owner to make her first pitch.
250+ of Austin philanthropic leaders attended last weekend’s The Bolder Board Training with Dan Pallotta. The energy that bubbled from the attendees was inspiring and over and over again, we kept hearing people say “I wish the whole board was here.”
We are constantly asking organizations to measure more metrics, collect more data and set more goals, but are we measuring the right things? You’ve probably heard a lot about measuring outcomes and not outputs; what’s the difference and why is it important?