GivingCity Austin Events

2017 Events

July 18, 2017: Volunteers & Activists Meetup by GivingCity Austin

By popular demand, we’re organizing regular meetups for anyone who takes their volunteering and activism seriously. Nonprofit professionals have their resources, but we believe volunteers, board members, advocates, committee members, nonprofit startups and activists need support and networking, too! Join us to learn from each other and from a generous professionals happy to share their experience and knowledge. RSVP on Facebook or on Meetup



March 11, 2017: The New Philanthropists Presents Van Jones

GivingCity’s cross-sector project with Mando Rayo + Collective, The New Philanthropists, presented Van Jones, the CNN commenter, New York Times bestselling-author, and founder of several mission-based organizations. Jones spoke to 300+ in the Huston-Tillotson chapel on the opportunities we have now to have an impact on our communities. See photos from the event. 


March 8, 2017: Modern Media – What Nonprofits Need to Know

The St. David’s Foundation hosted a panel discussion, moderated by Monica Maldonado Williams of GivingCity Austin and featuring Emily Donahue of KUT, Judy Maggio of KLRU, Mike Kanin of Austin Monitor and Joe Lanane of Community Impact. Nonprofits learned how to build relationships with local media and increase their opportunities for media coverage.


March 1, 2017: SXSW Social Impact Preview

We invited Tammy Lynn Gilmore and Julie Yost from SXSW Interactive to share what’s new in the programming for the Social Impact track and the Social Good Hub. Thanks to Impact Hub Austin for hosting at their new north location.



Feb. 13, 2017: Art of the Gala

More than 120 attendees representing 100 local nonprofits heard from 20+ speakers on how to produce more effective fundraising events. GivingCity Austin partnered with St. David’s Foundation and Austin Social Planner to host this learning and networking event for the second time. Special thanks to our host sponsor Hyatt Regency Austin, leading sponsor Lexus of Austin and panel sponsor For photos and more about the event, click here.

2016 Events

tech in philanthropy austinOct. 5, 2016: Tech’s Emerging Role in Politics, Policy and Philanthropy – with Austin Monitor
Part of Austin Startup Week- Free

The Austin Monitor and GivingCity Austin led a panel discussion featuring Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Barbary Brunner of Austin Technology Council and Joshua Baer of the Austin Tech Alliance to discuss how the tech community can be more effective in leveraging its voice to effect issues the city is grappling with, from managing its growth to dealing with economic disparity and creating a more hospitable environment for entrepreneurs and investors. To read a summary of the event, click here. 


TNP Smith at stageMarch 8, 2016: The New Philanthropists Presents Michael Smith
KLRU Studio 6A – Free

The New Philanthropists Project partnered with Jelani Consulting to present a conversation with Michael Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for My Brother’s Keeper at the White House. Mayor Steve Adler gave the welcoming remarks. More than 150 joined us for a meaningful community discussion on leadership, diversity and how to create a more inclusive nonprofit sector.

2015 Events

Art of the Gala

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin

More than 150 volunteer event planners joined us at The Four Seasons Hotel Austin to learn from the most experienced event planners, vendors, volunteers and professionals about how to throw a more effective fundraising event. Thanks to our table leads and to Michael Barnes, Marji Calvert, Lance Avery Morgan and Carla McDonald for being our featured panelists. Watch for this even again in 2016.


TNP July 28 panel angleSOLD OUT buttonJULY 28, 2015: THE NEW PHILANTHROPISTS PANEL DISCUSSION – Seating Limited

More than 150 people joined GivingCity and Mando Rayo + Collective for the inaugural event of The New Philanthropists, featuring a thoughtful panel including Christopher Kennedy of Leadership Austin, Erica Saenz of UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Ken Gladish of Seton Foundations; Llyas Saluhud-Din of VChain Solutions, Sonia Kotecha of CASA of Travis County, and Virginia Cumberbatch of Hux Storyhouse, led by moderator Vanessa Sarria of Austin Mayor Adler’s Office. Special thanks to David Springer and his team at RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Engagement for hosting. See the event summary and more photos from this event.



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Thanks to Google Fiber Space for hosting, to everyone who attended this event, and especially to our speakers Aaron Weiss, Founder/Director of One Story Productions; Marty Butler, Co-Founder and Creative Chief of the creative communications firm Butler Bros; Rachel Clemens, President & Founder of Creative Suitcase; andMando Rayo, CEO & Engagement Strategist of Mando Rayo Collective. See more photos from this event.