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Philanthropitch Austin 2017 Judges

We are proud to have the support of eight incredible judges for Philanthropitch Austin on May 22, where seven nonprofits will pitch for human and financial capital. Get to know our judging panel.

Amber Carden

Amber Carden

Amber Carden is Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor at U.S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management, where she has worked since joining the bank in 1983. She manages a financial team who advise clients in the area of wealth management, focusing on wealth preservation, estate and tax planning strategies, philanthropy and customized credit opportunities. She and her team are designated to cover institutional philanthropic clients and have a number of non-profit organizations and foundation clients within their portfolio of business.  Amber joined Bank of America after graduating from Baylor University in 1982 (BBA) and 1983 (MBA) with finance degrees. She currently serves on the local Bank of America Foundation selection committee and is a member of U.S. Trust Associate Advisory Board.
Amber’s past and present community board activities include Caritas of Austin, Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas, Dell Children’s Hospital Foundation Council, Les Ami de Hospice, The Junior League of Austin, National Charity League of Austin, AARO, and Leadership Austin. She has also chaired fundraising events for Dell Children’s Hospital of Central Texas, Hospice Austin, Phoenix House, I Live Here/I Give Here, Anderson High School, Breakthrough, Caritas, Con Mi Madre, Heartgift, Helping Hand Home, and Leadership Austin. Amber was a past recipient of both The Junior League of Austin’s Community Service Award and Volunteer Extraordinaire, as well as AFP’s Fundraising Volunteer of the Year, the Grant Professionals Association 2015 Giving Star Award, and a finalist for Austin Under 40’s Mentor of the Year 2015. This will Amber’s first year as a Philanthropitch Judge.

Clayton Christopher

Clayton Christopher

Based in Austin, Texas, Clayton is strategically positioned at the epicenter of a growing culture of consumer innovation. He is the Founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea, a company he started in 1998 with $12K in savings and a recipe from his grandmother. Sweet Leaf grew to a nationally recognized brand, and was sold to Nestle in 2011. Following his success at Sweet Leaf, Clayton co-founded and was Chairman of the Board of Deep Eddy Vodka. Deep Eddy became the fastest growing spirits brand in the United States and was sold to Heaven Hill Distilleries in August of 2015. He is also the Co-founder/Chairman of Rhythm Super Foods, Chairman of SKU, an incubator/accelerator for consumer brands. In 2006 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year for Central Texas, and is a recipient of Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year Award. Clayton is now a Partner at CAVU Venture Partners, a consumer-focused investment firm founded by operators to partner with operators in building high growth and disruptive businesses. Philanthropitch is excited to have Clayton back as a judge for the fifth year in a row.

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Dan Graham

Dan Graham co-founded in 2005 and transitioned from Chief Executive Officer to Executive Chairman in early 2017. Dan also co-founded Notley in 2015 with his wife, Lisa. He is a recipient of various awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Central Texas Award, Austin Business Journal’s 2012 Best CEO Award, and Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year. Dan was also named a winner in the Business and Entrepreneurship category in 2012. As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community through participation on the Board of Directors for numerous philanthropic organizations including Austin Community Foundation, Glasshouse Policy, and Mission Capital among others. He also acts as a mentor to aspiring young entrepreneurs working with Capital Factory and SKU. Dan is a member of esteemed local and national organizations including University of Texas at Austin’s College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council, Young President’s Organization, Startup Games (Board Member), The Texas Lyceum, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin (2003), and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2005). As the father of three incredible daughters, Dan spends his free time with them and his wife. Dan is an avid reader and enjoys practicing yoga a few times per week. Dan has been an integral member of Philanthropitch since the beginning, we are honored to have him back once again.


Fayruz Benyousef

Fayruz Benyousef

Fayruz Benyousef is a seasoned certified fundraising professional who has helped numerous organizations and their leadership achieve success. She is a philanthropy advisor and expert working with nonprofit executives for 23 years. Fayruz has an extensive background, serving as the CEO of an international NGO, a Partner a national consulting firm, where she was the youngest in the firm to make Partner, a Development Director with Ballet Austin, and the Associate Director of Annual Giving at her alma mater, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

She served two terms as Board President for AFP – Austin where she helped to shape and implement the organization’s strategic goals, leveraging the fundraising profession and ethical philanthropic practice in the Austin community. She has been awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Professional of the Year award by AFP Austinthe Con Mi MADRE 2017 Corazon Award and has been named a Woman of the Year Candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Fayruz is civically engaged with organizations including the Boards of the Sustainable Food Center, Trinity Episcopal School, The Texas Lyceum and is a founding Board member of Libyan Hearts.  She is also a member of the Central Texas Women’s Fund Steering Committee at the Austin Community Foundation. Fayruz is a member of AARO, The Austin Area Research Organization and was a 2014 McBee Fellow. We are excited to welcome Fayruz to the Philanthropitch judging panel for the first time.

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Joe Ross

With more than 15 years of experience in managing and directing corporate operations on an international level, Joe is responsible for all aspects of global operations, sales, marketing and client services at CSID. Widely recognized as an identity protection industry leader, Joe is a frequent speaker and contributor for industry events and publications. This will be Joe’s first year as a Philanthropitch judge.

Kelly Hopping

Kelly Hopping

Kelly Hopping is an experienced brand director and marketing strategist who is passionate about defining and implementing a brand promise for a company, product or service. Significant brand strategy experience in high tech and consumer packaged goods. Believe that in the absence of product knowledge or expertise, brands are a surrogate for quality…they come to life every time we interact with a customer, partner, employee, or analyst through marketing, sales, and support. Every decision we make as a company or individual affects our brand in some way. Philanthropitch is excited to have Kelly as a judge for the first time.

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Mellie Price

Mellie Price, a 25 year Austinite, is the inaugural Executive Director of Technology Innovation at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. She is an experienced investor, executive, fund manager, technologist, and eight-time entrepreneur with a range of business experience from small private sector to a large publicly traded organization.

Mellie is a co-founder and Managing Director of the nationally recognized startup accelerator program and entrepreneurial hub, Capital Factory, as well as a General Partner to its investment fund. She is also the co-founder of SoftMatch, a service company that connects Fortune 1000 enterprises with the highly fragmented global startup ecosystem. Ms. Price was also the Founder & CEO of Austin’s own Front Gate Solutions and Front Gate Tickets, one of the largest privately held ticketing companies in the US/Canada from 2002 to 2015 when it was sold to Live Nation.

A frequent presenter and keynote speaker, Ms. Price is an active member of the Texas entrepreneurship community and a winner of the prestigious Austin Business Journal’s 2015 Profiles in Power Award as well as the 2014 Tech Titan Award. She is a proud member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Austin and the Sustainable Food Center. She is also a founding Advisor to Texas Competes and currently serves on the Social Innovation Council and the Technology Advisory Committee for Austin Mayor Steve Adler. This will be Mellie’s first year on the Philanthropitch judging panel.

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Manish Patel

Manish Patel is Co-Owner and President of Nutrabolt Life Sciences. Nutrabolt is a leading nutritional life sciences company focused on sports nutrition and lifestyle wellness products. Manish recently co-founded SeedSumo, a mentor-driven seed fund accelerator that helps startup companies achieve Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and raise follow-on financing. Seed Sumo is focused on mobile first technologies and niche based consumer product companies.

Before joining Nutrabolt, Manish served as a consultant, educator, and investor within the residential and commercial sectors of the real estate industry. He has significant financial modeling and due diligence experience, with over $5 billion in real estate acquisition, development, and portfolio assignments completed since 2005. Manish is currently developing a mixed-use project in downtown Austin stacked with retail, office, co-working, and residential uses. The focus of the development is to provide a destination for entrepreneurs and freelancers to collaborate, create, and receive funding. This will Manish’s first year as a Philanthropitch judge.

Call for Applications for the 2017 Philanthropitch Austin and Mission Accelerator!

Accepting Applications: February 8 – March 3

Does your nonprofit have an innovative program, product or service that you’re ready to dramatically grow? Do you need an infusion of capital to bring your vision to life?

On February 8th, the call for applications for the 2017 Philanthropitch Austin and Mission Accelerator goes live.

Philanthropitch Austin is a social impact, fast-pitch competition that spotlights some of Austin’s most promising nonprofits and the innovative solutions they bring to local challenges. Finalists pitch for financial and human capital to fast-track organizational growth, including more than $100,000 and acceptance into Mission Accelerator.

The Mission Accelerator is a five-month program designed to fast-track the growth and impact of Austin-area nonprofits. Accelerator participants engage in group classes and receive one-on-one guidance from nonprofit consultants and some of Austin’s most successful business leaders and social entrepreneurs. This unique opportunity brings new, high-value resources to a select group of nonprofits each year. Some of our Accelerator alumni include: CareBOX Program, Caritas, Con Mi MADRE, E3 Alliance, Easter Seals Central TX, Goodwill, Mothers Milk Bank, Multicultural Refugee Coalition, and Society St Vincent de Paul.

This year, organizations may choose to apply for acceptance into both Philanthropitch and the Mission Accelerator, or those organizations not ready to leverage the intense human capital resources of the Accelerator may choose to apply for only the pitch competition.

All finalists will present their case at Philanthropitch Austin on May 22, where more than $100,000 will be awarded and the 2017 Mission Accelerator class will be selected!

We encourage you to attend one of these optional information sessions to learn more, ask questions and build a winning application.

In-Person Session
February 16, 2017 / 9:00-10:00am / Click here to register

February 22, 2017 / 12:00-1:00pm / Click here to register

Applications can be found starting February 8 at and

Deadline for applications is March 3. Questions? Contact

Philanthropitch 2016 Finalists Chosen as Mission Capital Investees

We are thrilled to announce that CareBOX, Con Mi MADRE and The Goodwill Career and Technical Academy have been selected as 2016 Investees by Mission Capital. All three organizations were 2016 Philanthropitch finalists and were chosen for this opportunity by the Mission Capital Partner Investee Selection Committee. The process began when 5 different Philanthropitch finalists were accepted into the Mission Capital Accelerator, where they received a $3,000 investment and a devoted mentorship. The accelerator concluded on October 27th, when CareBOX, Con Mi MADRE and The Goodwill Career and Technical Academy were chosen as 2016 investees. Each of the three organizations will receive some form of assistance from Mission Capital.

CareBOX will receive a three-year engagement of partner time ad an initial investment of $30,000. The Mission Capital Partner Investee Committee decided on the three-year partnership based on the willingness of the leadership team and their motivation for growth. CareBOX is committed to improving the lives of cancer patients by providing high quality essential care supplies, and through this partnership they will have the opportunity to scale and reach a larger population of patients in need. Jillian Domingue, the Executive Director of CarBOX noted that the partnership with Mission Capital “surrounded the CareBOX Program with an invaluable team of advisors to help our small team further develop our business model, strategize for growth, and determine avenues for accessing sustainable funding. This has all been critical as we head into the third year of the CareBOX Program and continue to scale to serve more cancer patients.”

Con Mi MADRE will receive a one-year engagement of partner time and expertise. The committee voted on the one-year partnership with the hopes of expanding into new markets while retaining the quality of the program. Working together, they will construct a new model that is able to reach a larger audience. Through Con Mi MADRE, young Latina women are provided the resources to graduate high school and enter college through a 4 step holistic approach. The program also requires the involvement of a mother or legal guardian to mentor the student through the 13-year journey. Due to the expansive growth in the Latina community, this partnership will allow Con Mi MADRE to magnify their reach and make an even larger impact.

Goodwill Career and Technical Academy will receive a one-year engagement of partner time and expertise. The goal of this partnership is to provide strategic support in shaping the program so that more Texans will be able to find employment. The Goodwill Career and Technical Academy provides participants with affordable and accelerated career certification. The program includes certifications in the fields of healthcare, technology, skilled trades, and business professions. Through this partnership more Texans will receive the education needed to secure long-term employment.

We look forward to seeing how each organization utilizes this strategic partnership, and we extend our most sincere congratulations to CareBOX, Con Mi MADRE and The Goodwill Career and Technical Academy.


Philanthropitch Finalist, Goodwill, Amplifies Impact in Central Texas

Three months ago, Matt Williams, Vice President of Education at Goodwill of Central Texas, stood on stage at the Zach Theater and shared the Goodwill Career and Technical Academy’s (GCTA) vision for a new approach to workforce development.  An approach designed to bridge the gap between employers with good jobs and the un-and underemployed eager to fill those positions.

It was Austin’s fourth annual Philanthropitch, and GCTA was granted $25,000 that night, including the 2nd place Audience award. The audience proved to be more valuable to Matt than he could have known leaving the Zach that night. From her seat in the audience, Virginia Potter heard Matt’s pitch. When it came time to text in her vote for the Audience Choice Award, she texted GCTA. She also heard Matt explain that to truly launch GCTA would need a total of $125,000 in initial capital. Lucky for Matt, Virginia is Portfolio Director of Central Texas with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and knows how to make GCTA’s vision a reality.

“I am really excited about this partnership with GCTA,” said Virginia Potter. “They have an incredible vision of how to bridge the workforce gap in Austin which aligns with the foundation’s desire to close the poverty gap in Central Texas.”

In his pitch, Matt described two Austins: One with low-wage workers seeking employment opportunities and another with employers hard-pressed to find qualified workers. In partnership with industry, GCTA pitched an initiative to bridge this gap with trainings that put people to work in higher paying roles quickly. Virginia saw a connection point with her work at the foundation in K-12 education by providing high school seniors job training as well.  

With the money received at Philanthropitch and the extra funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, GCTA has surpassed their initial goal reaching $150,000!  

And it’s not just about the money.  Virginia envisions a truly collaborative process to develop a strong program to measure impact. “The great thing about the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is that they’re in it with us and they understand it’s total innovation,” said Matt. Instead of relying on traditional industry benchmarks, their joint goals are focused on long-term success in the workforce development sector.

GCTA will continue to fundraise to ensure the sustainability of the program. They are also participating in the Mission Capital Accelerator program – a spot awarded to them by the Social Venture Partners at Philanthropitch. According to Matt, the Accelerator has already been helpful in developing the model and their network.

Matt and GCTA appreciate the value of participating in Philanthropitch. “This network is really valuable and the most important piece is to truly understand who is in the room at the event,” said Matt.

Inaugural Philanthropitch Atlanta Invests More Than $60,000 in Local Nonprofits


It was standing room only in the Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center for the inaugural Philanthropitch in Atlanta introduced by ChooseATL. The excitement on the stage and in the crowd made for a night of high energy and community engagement.

Seven local nonprofit organizations each presented a three-minute pitch before a panel of six judges and an audience of more than 200 for funding to expand or scale truly innovative solutions to issues impacting their community. Our judges and sponsors were so impressed they increased their funding on the spot, raising our investment total from $55,000 to $61,500.

Rohit Malhotra, Center for Civic Innovation, was our MC for the night. In addition to inspiring the audience with his passionate introduction to social impact in Atlanta, he also had them singing Outkast lyrics and laughing to nonprofit jokes only a philanthropically engaged community could love.

If you missed the excitement, check out the ChooseATL Periscope of last night’s excitement here and here.

We’re taking a much deserved weekend off, and then we will be back at work planning for Philanthropitch Atlanta 2017.

Philanthropitch Atlanta 2016 Awards

  • Audience Choice Award: The Scholarship Academy
  • EO Atlanta Award: The Community Guild STE(A)M Truck
  • Sage Foundation Award: Next Generation Men
  • Total Funding
    • Community Farmers Market: $13,500
    • GCAPP: $2,000
    • Moving in the Spirit: $2,000
    • Next Generation Men: $17,500
    • re:imagine/ATL: $4,000
    • Scholarship Academy: $10,000
    • STE(A)M Truck: $12,500





Philanthropitch Atlanta 2016: Finalists Announced

Philanthropitch is coming to Atlanta on June 9th! We are partnering with Choose ATL, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) to highlight and support some of the most innovative social impact organizations in Atlanta.

“We’ve been spotlighting impressive nonprofits here in Austin for the past four years. When we started our expansion plans, we knew we were looking for a city with the same type of innovative and entrepreneurial culture and a city with high civic engagement. Atlanta was exactly the right choice for the first Philanthropitch expansion city outside of Austin,” said Sara Reeves, Philanthropitch Program Director.

For our inaugural year in Atlanta, the selection committee had a difficult time narrowing down the applications to this standout group of seven finalists.

“The applications in Atlanta came from organizations addressing top local issues including transportation, education, and food security. Though all the applicants are doing important work, we’ve selected our seven finalists for their innovative visions and potential to scale. We’re looking forward to giving our finalists a platform to reach a wide audience and financial support to ramp up their efforts,” said Chelsea Manning, Philanthropitch Atlanta Program Officer.

Philanthropitch Atlanta 2016 Finalists

CFM Web LogoCommunity Farmers Markets envisions a future in which Atlanta will be home to a diverse, interconnected food system that promotes healthy food, sustainable ecosystems and living wage working conditions. Over the past few years, they have discovered the transit divide in the city is limiting lower-income communities’ access to fresh, local products. To help put healthy foods in the hands of all Atlanta residents, CFM is partnering with MARTA to launch the Fresh MARTA Markets in transit stations – making local farmers’ produce available to Atlantans on the go.

steam truck logo high resFor Community Guilds, access to hands-on, interactive education in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math is a vital component in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and underrepresented youth. Their STE(A)M Truck targets elementary and middle school students with an on-campus, 20-day maker-space curriculum that gives the students access to a mobile workshop of equipment and the expertise of local “maker-mentors.”

PrintCan you remember when you had “the talk” with your parents? Was it awkward? Were your questions answered? Or did you need to turn to friends or older siblings – or for kids today, the internet? Since 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential has empowered young people to make healthy decisions about their bodies. In this new program, they will focus on communication between parents and teens and tweens by developing digital content that will arm parents with the information they need to have on-going communication with their children.

Moving in the Sprit Web LogoMoving in the Spirit uses the art of dance to positively transform the lives of children and teens in Atlanta. An important part of their effort is instilling confidence and resilience in their students while creating a nurturing environment. However, for many dancers it is difficult to feel confident and welcomed when dance wear brands ignore your body type or skin tone. Moving in the Spirit believes you deserve to feel good in what you are wearing and no matter your body shape, you are still a dancer. They are developing a dance wear line for children of all body types and skin tones that will make them feel welcome in the dance community.

NGM-8Next Generation Men believes that for men to strive for success, they deserve to be shown what success is and how to reach it through real-world exposure, service projects, leadership development, and professionalism training. NGM has developed a cohort-style, year-long program for young men in Atlanta schools and are now looking to scale – including their first cohort of women next year and work on a for-credit elective course offered to 9th graders.

reimagine logo_150px_whiteBGre:Imagine/ATL brings together diverse groups of young people from across Atlanta to share their stories through multimedia productions. However, their goals go much deeper as they seek to take these youths from apathy to empathy and on to action. For the re:Imagine/COMMUNITY program the students become problem solvers when paired with a local nonprofit to research and tackle local problems with storytelling and community outreach.

TSA-LOGO-WIDEThe Scholarship Academy recognizes the difficulty many students have covering the ever-rising costs of a college education. They address this issue through a comprehensive scholarship preparatory program that teaches low-income, first-generation college students to navigate the maze of financial aid in order to fund their college education. In addition to the curriculum that addresses funding in a holistic manner, they are also launching an online platform to connect all the relevant players – students, parents, school counselors and the organizations offering scholarships.

These seven organizations will spend the next few weeks developing their three-minute pitches following a Pitch Workshop with CCI, GCN and Speakeasy. Then, on June 9th, they will take the stage at the Junior Achievement Discovery Center to pitch to an audience of judges, corporate sponsors and audience members for $50,000 in funding. We’d love to see you in the audience too. You can purchase tickets here.


Social Impact Organizations Win Big at 4th Annual Philanthropitch Austin

blog grapicWhat an amazing night!

Congratulations to the eight Philanthropitch finalists who inspired an audience of almost 500 with their innovative social impact pitches. Overall we were able to award $140,000 bringing Philanthropitch total giving in Austin to $500,000!

Con Mi MADRE won the Audience Choice Award and acceptance into the Mission Capital Mission Accelerator. Overall, the organization that hopes to expand its successful model supporting Latina youth from sixth grade through university was awarded $37,500.

The second place Audience Choice Award went to the Goodwill Careers and Technical Academy. GCTA was also selected into the Mission Accelerator by the Social Venture Partners.

ECORise Youth Innovation and BookSpring took the and SailPoint corporate awards respectively.




Philanthropitch 2016 Awards

  • Mission Accelerator Class of 2016: BookSpring, CareBOX, Con Mi MADRE, ECORise Youth Innovation, Goodwill Central Texas.
  • Con Mi MADRE: $37,500 including the Audience Choice Award
  • Goodwill Central Texas: $25,500 including the Second Place Audience Choice Award
  • BookSpring: $21,000 including the SailPoint Corporate Award.
  • ECORise Youth Innovation: $17,500 including the Corporate Award.
  • Black Fret: $15,500.
  • CareBOX: $12,000
  • Creative Action: $6,000
  • Circle of Health International: $5,000

Last night was particularly meaningful for those of us on the Philanthropitch team. We were excited to see our total giving top $500,000, and we took the opportunity to look back at Philanthropitch’s origins at We were lucky to have all three of the founders, Chelsea Woodhead, Dee Miller, and Chelsea Manning, with us last night to celebrate this milestone. We are excited to continue to build on their vision. Chelsea Manning was on her flight back to Atlanta Tuesday morning where she’s already planning Philanthropitch Atlanta for June 9th.



Philanthropitch Austin 2016: Finalists Announced

The quality of the applications for Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator this year blew us away. Our selection committee was challenged to narrow down the pool of exceptional organizations to only eight finalists who will compete for $125,000 and acceptance into the Mission Accelerator. These finalists really do represent some of the most exciting and innovative social impact efforts in Austin right now.

Philanthropitch 2016 Finalists

black fretBlack Fret is creating a thriving middle-class of working musicians here in Austin by developing a sustainable funding model that pays high-quality local artists to live, create, and perform. Philanthropitch investment and acceptance into the Mission Capital accelerator could help Black Fret expand their efforts here in Austin and scale this model to other top music cities.


BookSpring Vertical Logo-300-with TaglineAt BookSpring, they believe all children should love to read. Through their ReadWell program, they are putting books in pediatricians offices — allowing doctors to prescribe nighttime reading for their patients. Philanthropitch investment and acceptance into the Mission Capital accelerator could help BookSpring reach up to 22,000 children in Central Texas and expand nationally.


CareBoxProgram (1) (1)One in five cancer patient deaths will not be from the disease, but rather from malnutrition, infection, or falls. CareBOX provides the in-home, post-hospital supplies not covered by insurance necessary to stop these preventable deaths. They are seeking investment and accelerator support to expand to Dallas, Houston, and five other Texas cities.


COHI logoCOHI provides quality care to women and children in crisis situations around the world. Through the COHI Cloth Network, they will tackle poverty reduction by selling a line of sustainable cloth diapers produced by low-income women. The financial and human capital from Philanthropitch and the Mission Accelerator will give them the runway and expertise needed to launch this effort.


con mi madreCon Mi MADRE improves secondary education outcomes for young latinas through an intergenerational support program for both the young women and their mothers. They are poised to scale their services to school systems in additional counties and ramp up for a national expansion with investment and accelerator support.


creative actionCreative Action supports the academic, social, and emotional development of young people through the arts. Their intensive collaboration with Campbell Elementary School that provided arts programing for every student, every day has shown impressive turnaround results for this failing school. Creative Action is ready to expand these efforts to additional schools in Austin through investment and Mission Accelerator support.


ECORise is developing the next generation of innovative leaders through a school-based curriculum focusing on environmental literacy, social innovation, and hands-on design skills. They are seeking Philanthropitch investment and accelerator support to leverage new partnerships and grow their impact from 600 to 5,000 schools in 35 countries and raise their sustainable revenue to more than 50 percent.


gctaGCTA sees two Austins. One with low-wage workers seeking employment opportunities. The other with employers hard-pressed to find qualified workers. In partnership with industry, GCTA bridges this gap with trainings that put people to work in higher paying roles quickly. Philanthropitch investment and Mission Accelerator acceptance will allow GCTA to pilot and test additional programs in Central Texas for roll out nationwide through the Goodwill network.


Over the course of the past week, the finalists developed their three-minute pitches following a pitch workshop with Monique Maley of Articulate Persuasion and ongoing feedback from Notley, Mission Capital, and Social Venture Partner representatives. And on Monday, May 2 they will pitch their programs to an audience of more than 400 including investor judges, Social Venture Partners, corporate sponsor employees, and community members.

With the awards on Monday night, Philanthropitch will bring its total four-year giving to $500,000.

“Philanthropitch has had such a significant impact on the community during the last four years, not just because we’ve granted half a million dollars, but also because we’re highlighting some of the most innovative nonprofits in Central Texas,” said Sara Levy, executive director of Philanthropitch and the Notley Fund.



Philanthropitch Alum: Amplify Austin Giving Guide

Amplify Austin is Austin’s annual community-wide day of giving. On March 8, Central Texans will come together for 24 hours with a goal of raising $9 million for local nonprofits! Check out some of Philanthropitch’s alum to learn more about their impact and how you can support their amazing work:


  • Colin’s HopeDid you know that just $25 can purchase a life jacket for a loaner board at the lake or $75 can provide swim lessons and water safety education for a four-year-old in their Pre-K Swim Safety Program? Help Colin’s Hope amplify water safety and drowning prevention to save lives!
  • Easter Seals – Help Easter Seals raise $12,000 and support children and adults with disabilities.
  • EGBIA donation of $25 to EGBI will help provide high-quality entrepreneurship training accessible to underserved communities in Greater Austin.
  • Habitat for HumanityHelp fund the construction of a home for Whitney & Aaden and change a family’s life forever.
  • Multicultural Refugee CoalitionHelp refugees resettle in Austin and support programs such as Open Arms, a social enterprise that provides living wage work for refugee women through textile manufacturing, or New Leaf Agriculture Program, which provides growing opportunities for refugees at 3 area community gardens and a weekly community resource center.


Amplify Austin Events

March 8

    • Amplify Austin Assembly Event – a FREE kick-off event for Amplify Austin along with 40+ other local nonprofit organizations on March 8th from 6pm to 9pm at Austin Public (1143 Northwest Ave., Austin, Texas 78702) – EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND. RSVP:
    • Habitat for Humanity Kick-off Party –  Festivities begin 6pm at Radio Coffee & Beer. All attendees 21+ will receive 3 drink tickets.
    • WeViva Amplify Austin Party – Amp up the giving for WeViva! Join for free appetizers and watch as the donations roll in. 6pm at Gloria’s Downtown (300 W. 6th St. Unit 100).
    • Lake Travis Amplify Austin Event – Get to know 8+ nonprofits working in Lake Travis (including Colin’s Hope). Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a full bar, and live music! (

March 9

  • MRC Amplify Austin Open HouseCome learn more about MRC and its social enterprise- Open Arms (12pm at 200 East 8th Street on the 3rd floor of Central Presbyterian Church).
  • Going Away Party for St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store – From 9:30am-12pm, breakfast tacos, coffee, and mimosas will be served (1327 S. South Congress).  As part of Amplify Austin, Society staff will be on hand to help donors make a gift to launch the Vincentian Family Center or to help any nonprofit of their choice. During the event, shoppers will be treated to 30% off all items in the store. Shoppers will also receive coupons for the new thrift store, and donors to SVDP and other local nonprofits through the Amplify portal will receive an additional 10% off coupon to use at the new store.

To make a donation, you can visit the Amplify Austin site ( either before or during the 24 hour blitz!