Texas Cities that Give

Texas Cities that Give

Texas is home to some of the largest and most successful businesses in the country, dominating the Fortune 500 list and ranking as one of the wealthiest states in the country. The Lone Star state has one of the biggest state-wide populations, a huge economy, and a business climate that is ripe to cultivate entreprises. But not only does Texas have a large footprint, it is on the brink of being the state the gives back the most growing impact. In 2016, Texas ranked sixth in the nation for charitable giving. It’s also home to some of the most philanthropic-minded communities that have far surpassed previous year’s charity.  Let’s take a look.

Impact at Scale Profile: Austin Buchan of College Forward

Impact at Scale Profile: Austin Buchan of College Forward

The Impact at Scale Profile Series brought to you by Philanthropitch spotlights finalist alumni from Philanthropitch. Every month we profile different finalists and how they are expanding their impact and scaling the programs they pitched at Philanthropitch.

Austin Buchan is the CEO at College Forward, a nonprofit whose intensive, culturally-appropriate mentoring programs propel students from underserved backgrounds to collegiate success and remunerative careers. They collaborate with respected practitioners to distill best practices into high-efficient program models, supported by a technology platform. Austin presented at this past Philanthropitch Austin as part of his second year participating in Philanthropitch.

Scaling Your Impact to New Cities

Scaling Your Impact to New Cities

Scaling your nonprofit organization beyond your existing network and client base can be daunting. Not to mention, even figuring out where to start can be a massive challenge.

Where will new donors or new clients come from? Who do you need to hire to support the scale? Is the current infrastructure sufficient? Should I scale geographically, program selection, client type, or in some other way first? Where's the lowest hanging fruit?

A Look at the 7 Essential Elements of Being a Scalable, Innovative Nonprofit & Why They’re Important

A Look at the 7 Essential Elements of Being a Scalable, Innovative Nonprofit & Why They’re Important

Identifying your core values and foundation is essential for the success of your nonprofit. While there are seven core elements necessary to understand your organization, only 11% of nonprofits excel at all seven, and more than 80% struggle with at least one. Make sure your organization knows and can clearly define each element to ensure future stability and viability.


How to Create an Event Host Committee

How to Create an Event Host Committee

Fundraising and community engagement events are crucial drivers for nonprofit organizations. However, these events are hard to plan, and nonprofits do not usually have the time or resources to do so. Leveraging the networks and knowledge of a host committee in addition to your own can save your organization time and ensure that your event is a well-run hit.

When looking for potential members of your host committee, it is important to look for people with strong connections to high-net worth individuals and a widespread personal or professional network. They can capitalize on these connections to plan your event and expand your cause to people in their network.

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Practicing Environmental Stewardship: Keep Austin Beautiful

Practicing Environmental Stewardship: Keep Austin Beautiful

Keep Austin Beautiful provides resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities. The organization was established by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1985 to preserve Austin’s quality of life. Their vision? For Austin to be the cleanest, most beautiful community.

Social Innovators: Zoe Schlag of Techstars Impact Accelerator

Social Innovators: Zoe Schlag of Techstars Impact Accelerator

Techstars is the global network helping entrepreneurs succeed through accelerator programs, mentorship, funding, and resources.  This year, they announced their newest track, the Techstars Impact Accelerator and we caught up with Zoe Schlag, Managing Director to get the full story on how they are changing the impact investment landscape.

Introducing Relay Coworking: Where Texas-Sized Impact Takes Off

Introducing Relay Coworking: Where Texas-Sized Impact Takes Off

Relay Coworking is a new space for ambitious, no-nonsense social entrepreneurs creating scalable change in the world. 

We started by asking a simple question, "Can we scale and sustain more social ventures through an immersive, cause-based community?". That question was asked over three years ago and has since evolved to what we're proud to debut today - Relay Coworking at The Center for Social Innovation.

Relay means the transfer of information amplified over an interwoven network. The network is our community of members that share something important in common - they are all making an impact. We're looking for determined social entrepreneurs who are ready to take their idea to the next level. Whether you just started developing a cause-based application or are in the middle of raising capital, we surround you with everything you need to scale and be successful.

We know how hard it can be to create impact without the right resources or connections. That's why it is in our DNA to provide great teams with educational programs, capital resources, entrepreneurial support systems, and the best impact-minded network around.