Discovery Day is one of Impact Austin’s Signature Events. This winter educational event is full of engaging presentations and panel discussions that inform members and guests about pressing community needs in Central Texas as well as exciting new trends in philanthropy.


"Grow. Engage. Impact"

January 5, 2021 - February 12, 2021

General Sessions - Tuesdays at 7:00PM

Track Sessions - Fridays at 12:00PM

Online Event

#JoinImpactAustin for 2021 Discovery Days, our Signature Event re-imagined! This traditional day of learning will expand to six weeks of engaging virtual sessions covering multiple tracks! With broader content than ever and even more opportunities to connect, Discovery Days will challenge us to grow in our impact, both personally and as a grantmaking organization.


  • Welcome & Impact Austin Updates  |  TUE, JAN 5  |  7:00 - 8:00 PM  [Watch Now]

Hear Impact Austin’s latest news and the feedback of our Member Survey and how both will inform the Strategic Plan.

  • Impact Austin 101  |  TUE, JAN 19  |  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Learn about Impact Austin’s inclusive, trust-based practices and how these will benefit both members and

nonprofits. This general overview also shares how to start getting involved.

  • Increase Your Impact  |  TUE, FEB 2  |  7:00 - 8:00 PM

Learn more about volunteering, grant review, leadership development, and board service and how these

increase YOUR impact.


  • History of Race, Racism, & Philanthropy in Central Texas  |  FRI, JAN 8  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM  [Watch Now]

A deep dive into DEIB considers the historical context of race and racism in Austin to better understand its impact on philanthropy and our role as philanthropists.

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging in Action  |  FRI, JAN 15  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM  [Watch Now]

Discover the characteristics of becoming an Inclusive Leader and how DEIB values are essential to disrupt norms and create a cultural shift at the board table and across all leadership circles.


  • Issues Facing Central Texas Women  |  FRI, JAN 22  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM

Hear Texas Women’s Foundation research on economic issues facing Texas women of all ages, ethnicities, incomes, and geographies in a moderated session with Q&A. Dr. Dena Jackson provided these resources for your reference. 

  • Building a Resilient Austin  |  FRI, JAN 29  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM

In the midst of the pandemic, how can we work together to build long-term health, economic wellness, and resilience for our community?


  • Corporate Social Responsibility Panel  |  FRI, FEB 5  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM

Local corporate leaders share their CSR expertise, outlining their best strategies to create impactful programs. They will also share their learnings from 2020 and how these will reshape plans moving forward.

  • Strengths-based Investments in Low Income Communities  |  FRI, FEB 12  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM

Local nonprofit leaders discuss a strength-based approach to empower our neighbors through economic hardship and life challenges.



Thank you to our wonderful Discovery Days Sponsors!

We invite you to support these community-minded organizations and individuals. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please view the 2021 Discovery Days Sponsorship Brochure.




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Carol & Katie Dochen




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Sue Breland


Margaret von Flatern


Tracey Nelson




Allison Marshall

YourCause/Blackbaud, Inc. 


Past Discovery Day presentations from area experts included: innovation and trends in Central Texas education and health; the job skills gap; domestic violence as it affects families; protecting immigrant families in Central Texas; the lifecycle of giving; impacting equity; and using data to drive grantmaking.

Check out our blog post: Takeaways from Discovery Day 2020


Signature Events require the support of a diverse group of member-volunteers, sponsors, and guests, making these programs a shining example of the commitment and collaboration fostered by Impact Austin. 


Showcase your support of Impact Austin's mission today! 

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Impact Austin Foundation is incorporated in the state of Texas and is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxes under U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Contributions are tax deductible.  EIN 56-2367666.