EVENT: Creating Texas-Sized Social Impact

Learn about the event in Houston highlighting impact investing and other approaches uniting communities and philanthropic organizations to increase opportunity for low-income Texans.

Screen Shot 2016-11-29 at 10.17.47 AM.pngThe Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas will host “Creating Texas-Sized Social Impact” on Friday, December 9 at the Federal Reserve Bank’s Houston Branch. The event will bring together grantmakers from across Texas to examine different investment approaches that go beyond traditional philanthropy to help them maximize impact and strengthen existing systems.

The day-long presentation will highlight social impact approaches, including impact investing, that can unite communities and philanthropic organizations to increase opportunity for low-income Texans.

“Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.”
-Global Impact Investing Network

The event features presentations on venture philanthropy and sparking social change, stories from social entrepreneurs, and investing in Texas for social impact.

“To truly be good stewards of our resources, we must look creatively at all avenues for achieving our goals,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO and a panelist at the event. “Impact investing is one way EHF may be able to extend and leverage our resources to help communities address health from all angles.”

Speakers include regional and national funders and social impact organizations.

Creating Texas-Sized Social Impact

Date and Time

  • Friday, December 9
    9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m.


  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    Houston Branch
    1801 Allen Parkway
    Houston, TX 77019
  • Directions and map



Friday, December 9
9:30 a.m. Check-in

10:00 a.m.


  • Ann Stern, Houston Endowment and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board

10:10 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • 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.


For More Information:

Contact the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Kevin Dancy at or Molly Hubbert-Doyle at