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.
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."
Original article published on the Austin Business Journal. Read more here.
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 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.
I gave a presentation about fundraising at a Team Austin event on August 29th. The goal of this presentation is A) to help the reader determine which fundraising option is right for her business, if any; and B) once that determination is made, provide some practical advice about how to complete the desired raise.
If you'd like the deck of that presentation, fill out the form below to download. Don't worry, we won't bother you, probably just provide resources like these or let you know about similar future events.
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