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Town Hall Meeting, November 6: Social Innovation Grant Vote & The Changing Face of Philanthropy

This year’s Town Hall on November 6th will give Impact Austin members the opportunity to network with other members, vote to select the first-ever Social Innovation Grant (SIG) recipient, and learn from experts in the field of philanthropy. Register now for the event, which will take place from 5:30 to 9:00 PM at AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin.

Registration Details

There is limited capacity for this event, so don’t miss your chance to register early!

  • Early Bird registration is available through Oct 9th: $20 for members only

  • Regular registration starts Oct 10th: $30 for members and $40 for guests

Evening Schedule

5:30 – 6:30 PM Opening Reception with refreshments

6:30 – 6:45 PM Welcome and opening remarks

6:45 – 7:30 PM Presentations by two grant finalists and voting

7:30 – 8:30 PM Panel discussion and audience Q&A

8:30 – 9:00 PM Grant voting results revealed and check presentation

Panel Discussion

The evening’s panel will feature leaders in the field of philanthropy to present data and insights on how our communities, grantmakers, family foundations, and individual donors are driving new approaches to giving and how the face of philanthropy is evolving. Town Hall attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions after the panel presentation.

Panelist: Andrea Pactor, Interim Director, Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Lilly School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana

As interim director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Andrea is responsible for program and curriculum development and implementation, marketing, social media, and operations. She has organized four national symposia on women and philanthropy for the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and five national conferences on the same topic in partnership with CASE. She co-developed the first-ever online course about women and philanthropy, Women and Philanthropy—The Time is Now, for The New York Times Knowledge Network and the online conference, SHEMAKESCHANGE, about the intersection of women, money, and philanthropy.

Andrea is co-author with Dr. Dwight Burlingame on a chapter on the history of donor education and with Dr. Debra Mesch on research and women’s philanthropy for From Donor to Philanthropist: The Value of Donor Education in Creating Confident, Joyful Donors (2013). She is also co-author of chapters on women and philanthropy, notably in Fundraising Principles and Practices, Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, and Achieving Excellence in Fundraising.

Panelist: Dianne Chipps Bailey, Managing Director, National Philanthropic Strategy Executive, Bank of America

In her role, Dianne and her team deliver customized consulting and advisory services to Merrill and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch private bank institutional clients’ boards of directors, investment committees, and senior professional leaders. Her team’s areas of focus for their nonprofit and family office clients include strategic visioning, mission advancement, risk management, governance, and board dynamics. Dianne is a frequent speaker and commentator on topics related to best practices and trends in philanthropy. In her TEDx Talk, she made “The Case for Fierce Optimism.” Dianne has more than twenty years working with non-profits. Previously as an attorney, Dianne’s practice was dedicated to nonprofit organizations. She is a founding member and past president of Women’s Impact Fund and currently serves as vice chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute national council. She graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkley, and cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

Facilitator: Simone Talma Flowers, Executive Director, Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)

iACT’s mission is to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration, and Simone advances the mission by bringing people of diverse faiths, cultures and backgrounds together to break down the barriers that divide us. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, she believes everyone—regardless of age, gender, religion and culture—should have access to opportunities, so they can live up to their fullest potential. Simone has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University, with over 27 years of extensive experience in nonprofit management.

Additionally, Simone is a member of Impact Austin, the Austin Area Research Organization, and the Town Lake Chapter of the Links Incorporated. She currently serves as a director or advisor for Community Advancement Network, Austin Housing Repair Coalition, One Voice Central Texas, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Texas Impact, National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation, Swan Songs, and Urban Roots. Simone served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities and serves on the Mayor’s Health & Fitness Council. She is the recipient of the Gulen Peace Award from the Dialogue Institute of Austin, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Leadership Austin, and the Anne Durrum Robinson Creative Initiative Award from Women Communicators of Austin.

Don’t miss this exciting and educational event! Register now to secure your spot.


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