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Discovery Days 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.

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Discovery Days 2023

January 27  |  February 10  |  February 24

12:00 - 1:00 PM CT 

Online Event

Welcome to Discovery Days 2023! Join us for three days of thoughtful conversations as we take a deeper dive into impact: how to define it, how to measure it, how to compare impact equitably, and how to collaborate for greater impact.

Check out the schedule of events below!

Session 1: How Do Nonprofits Measure Impact?​  |  FRI, JAN 27  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM  |  [Watch Now] [Read Recap]

This session focuses on the specifics of measurement - what a nonprofit typically measures, how it's done, and how we can assess the data for philanthropy/grantmaking.

  • Welcome:

    • Demetria George Caston, MS, CFRE - Executive Director at Impact Austin

  • Presenters: 

    • Brenna Cummings, MGPS - Data Delivery Manager at Mission Lane

    • Jerrica Witte, CSPO - Product Manager at PowerSchool

  • Download the presentation slides for additional resources.

Session 2: Data Equity & Impact  |  FRI, FEB 10  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM  |  [Watch Now] [Read Recap]

This session pertains to data equity: using an equity lens to consider how data is collected, analyzed, and interpreted. We will cover the challenges that exist when equity is not centered in data, and best practices for developing a data collection and analysis framework for driving meaningful impact.​

  • Welcome:

    • Demetria George Caston, MS, CFRE - Executive Director at Impact Austin

  • Presenter:  

    • Ashley Hickson, DrPH, MPH - Senior Health Equity Advisor at Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • Download the presentation slides for additional resources and contact information.​

Session 3: Collaboration for Greater Impact  |  FRI, FEB 24  |  12:00 - 1:00 PM  |  [Watch Now] [Read Recap]

Many social problems can be so complex and cross-disciplinary that it is unlikely that any one organization can solve such problems alone. This session discusses how impact can be greater through collaboration among nonprofits, corporations, and individuals. 

  • Welcome:

    • Nicole Genovese - Operations Manager at Impact Austin

  • Presenters:  

    • Jenny Everett - Social Impact Advisor at Social Venture Partners Austin

    • Karen LaShelle - Executive Director at Austin Together

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We’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary with fun giveaways at this year’s Signature Events


This fabulous prize package includes:

Wine tasting for 6 at Messina Hof Winery

Tiff's Treats Gift Certificate

Qué Bueno Bakery Gift Certificate

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill Brunch for 2

Chuy's Gift Certificate

To be entered in the raffle, make a gift of $20 or more to the Annual Fund as tribute to Impact Austin’s 20 years of community commitment. Donations must be received between January 10 - February 23, 2023 at 11:59PM CTWinner will be announced at Discovery Days session on Feb 24!

Your gift to the Annual Fund allows us to maintain everyday operations, improve technologies used in the grants process, and host inspiring educational events for our members and Community Partners. We appreciate your support.



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 2023 Discovery Days Sponsorship Brochure.





Margaret von Flatern



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Deanna DeHaven


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.

Beginning in 2021, Impact Austin took our signature event to a whole new level - virtual! You'll find 2021 session recaps and recordings in our blog post: Inspirational Takeaways. For 2022, key takeaways from each session are here: Session 1 - Real People, Real Experiences; Session 2 - Building Trusted Partnerships; and Session 3 - Funding Landscape in Central Texas. 


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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