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Creating Texas-Sized Social Impact


Hosted bythe Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Event partners: Houston Endowment, Philanthropy Southwest and Social Venture Partners Dallas

“Creating Texas-Sized Social Impact” highlighted social impact approaches that can unite communities and philanthropic organizations to increase opportunity for low-income Texans.

To create the greatest possible impact in addressing social issues like financial well-being, education and health, funders must invest strategically and collaboratively. This convening brought together grantmakers from across Texas to explore investment approaches that go beyond traditional philanthropy to maximize impact and strengthen existing systems. Speakers included regional and national funders and social impact organizations.


Friday, December 9

9:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.


  • Alfreda B. Norman, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

10:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Introduction: Ann Stern, Houston Endowment and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board
  • Rob Kaplan, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

10:30 a.m.

Venture Philanthropy and Sparking Social Change

  • Jim Bildner, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

11:00 a.m.

Stories from Social Entrepreneurs

  • Moderator: Christy Chin, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
  • Mark Edwards, Upstream USA
  • Jennifer Green, Urban Teachers
  • Vineet Singal, CareMessage

12:10 p.m.

Lunch Buffet

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Presentation

  • Introduction: Roy C. Lopez, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Andrea Levere, Corporation for Enterprise Development

1:00 p.m.


1:10 p.m.

Investing in Texas for Social Impact

  • Moderator: Tony Fleo, Social Venture Partners Dallas
  • Ann DeRosa, New Society Portfolio
  • Matt Kouri, Mission Capital
  • Kate Knight, GroundFloor, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Elena Marks, Episcopal Health Foundation

2:20 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Kevin Dancy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch
  • Molly Hubbert Doyle, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

2:30 p.m.