Friday, December 7, 2012

December 2012 ENGAGE Wrap-Up

This week's ENGAGE breakfast explored new and innovative models for philanthropy in Central Texas. Blogger and author Thom Singer (ESSENTIAL 2008) was there and shared his thoughts on his blog Some Assembly Required. Here's a snippet:
Arguably, Austin has more charitable organizations per capita than any other city. Our entrepreneurial culture lends itself to a variety of philanthropic start-ups appearing each year. But with so many choices, how do people know where to give? (and are many simply repeating the infrastructure and not maximizing the impact they can have on the greater good?) The trick is to get the human capital involved and connect the smart people to the smart ideas. The issue is not about more charities, but instead it is unleashing a culture that allow the most effective to thrive.

"Venture Philanthropy" is a new concept, and Austin is well positioned to become the center of "Social Innovation". Each panelist shared exciting ideas and their success leads the way for a better future for giving.

Read the full post
Below is the full podcast of the event, along with links to media coverage and resources from the discussion.

Left to right: panelists Dennis Cavner, Laurie Loew, and Nichole Aston
with moderator Robert Maxwell. Photo by Peter McCrady.
Audio Podcast

Media Coverage

List of Resources

Our next ENGAGE breakfast will be Tuesday, January 15 when we will take a look at job creation in Austin. Click here for more details and ticket information.

We hope to see you there!

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