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.

Over $100,000 Awarded to San Antonio Nonprofits at Philanthropitch San Antonio

During last night's Philanthropitch San Antonio, everyone watched in awe as six incredible and innovative nonprofits took the stage at the Tobin Center in front of a live audience of San Antonio’s social impact movers and shakers.


Our expert panel of judges including Julián Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio, asked insightful questions on each nonprofit's ability to scale and sustain innovative and revenue-generating models. Other judges included Lew Moorman, Founder & General Partner of Scaleworks; John Eadie, Founder & Managing Director of Covenant;
Dr. Cristal Glangchai, Founding Director of the Blackstone Launchpad at The University of Texas at Austin and author of VentureGirls; Kate Rogers, Executive Vice President of The Holdsworth Center; and Lisa Fullerton, President & CEO of A Novel Idea.

Debi Pfitzenmaier from Youth Code Jam, a nonprofit empowering kids of all ages, abilities, and income to learn to code, wowed the audience as the Audience Choice Award winner. Youth Code Jam’s fast pitch also impressed the Philanthropitch judges and corporate supporters, winning their organization the largest donation amount of the night - a total of $50,000!


Philanthropitch San Antonio's other presenting nonprofits also won big as part of the evening's festivities.

At the end of the night, over $100,000 was donated to San Antonio nonprofits in the first and only social impact fast pitch event and award showcase.


Thank you to our corporate supporters and sponsors!

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Thank you to our presenting sponsor The Bank of San Antonio and Chairman, J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., for your support and co-hosting the event with Notley co-founder, Lisa Wilson Graham.

Philanthropitch San Antonio would also not have been possible without the support of our corporate supporters and sponsors including Argo Group, USAA, Valero, Hulu, Google Fiber, HOLT CAT, NuStar Energy, DOCUmation, CPS Energy, Jungle Disk, Whataburger, Overland Partners, The Tobin Endowment, NatureSweet, Bank of America, Covenant, The 80/20 Foundation, Rivard Report and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Get a glimpse or relive the night through our Philanthropitch San Antonio photo gallery.

Don't forget to mark your calendars! Philanthropitch Austin is taking place May 8th in Austin, Texas. All 501c3 organizations currently serving the Austin area are invited to apply.

Application deadline is 12:00 a.m. CST on March 11, 2018.

Philanthropitch Austin Application Is Now Open

Over the past five years, Philanthropitch has connected Austin's most innovative nonprofits with the human and financial capital needed to scale their impact in a sustainable way. And we're back again!

Applications are open for Philanthropitch Austin!

Philanthropitch helps innovative nonprofits receive the exposure and capital they need to grow and make a larger impact. To date, we have awarded $560,000+ to empower nonprofits to expand their impact. The Philanthropitch Austin alumni pool includes organizations such as College Forward, EcoRise, Explore Austin, Creative Action, and many more.

Know an Austin-area nonprofit that should apply? Nominate them here! We’re looking for organizations with revenue generating models who prioritize sustainable practices and aren't afraid to tackle the big challenges.

Interested in joining us for Philanthropitch San Antonio on February 27? Purchase your ticket today and see our six finalists pitch at our inaugural San Antonio event.

Announcing the Six Philanthropitch San Antonio Finalists

Announcing the Six Philanthropitch San Antonio Finalists

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.

Announcing Philanthropitch San Antonio Semi-Finalists!

Announcing Philanthropitch San Antonio Semi-Finalists!

After a record-setting number of applications and a rigorous review process, we’re proud to announce the 15 semi-finalists of Philanthropitch San Antonio.

We’ll be announcing the finalists later this month. In the meantime, get your ticket to Philanthropitch San Antonio on February 27 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Social Innovators: Wendy Davis | Deeds Not Words

Social Innovators: Wendy Davis | Deeds Not Words

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.