Community Nonprofit PeopleFund will hold their annual economic summit and fundraising event at Austin Lumber Company on October 25th with a concentration on the impact of Austin’s arts and cultural industries.
Panel topics will focus on the intersection between arts and culture in the public and private business sector. Session leaders will discuss opportunities and challenges related to integrating the arts and business, as well as innovative approaches to funding, strengthening business skills, creative community development, and successful models happening in Austin.
PeopleFund creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved people by providing access to capital, education, and resources to build healthy small businesses. PeopleFund seeks to create social and economic justice by empowering women, veteran, minority and low income entrepreneurs in the worlds of nonprofits, small businesses, and start up organizations throughout the state of Texas. To date, PeopleFund has invested over $28 million, created over 2,500 jobs, and provided more than 28,000 hours of technical assistance, training, and business education to clients.
PeopleFund will host its annual economic summit and fundraiser gala on October 25th at the home of one of their clients, Austin Lumber Company. The event will feature keynote speaker Suzi Sosa, of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and the Dell Social innovation Challenge, as well as moderators, panelists and speakers from all walks of our community: Generous Art, Pegasus Planning, Austin Film Society, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, City of Austin, Austin ISD, Big Medium, E.A.S.T., Alamo Drafthouse, Foundation Communities, Capital Metro, MFI Foundation, and many others. Key influencers in conference content were Lisa Byrd of ProArts Collective and Ballet Austin, and Ann Graham of Create Austin and Theater Action Project.
The tremendous impact of the arts and cultural industries on the economy of Austin has been well documented with recent figures attesting to $4.35 billion in economic activity, over $71 million in City tax revenues, and the creation of almost 49,000 jobs. Conversations will include topics: capitalizing entrepreneur projects, creating partnership opportunities across the sector, develop your skills, to sustainable growth and vibrancy.
The evening portion of the event will take place immediately following the summit, offer live entertainment, post-summit dialogue, and a celebration of PeopleFund’s growth over the past year. The organization will recognize PeopleFund’s donors, volunteers, clients, and stakeholders. Interested attendees may register at www.peoplefund.org. Tickets are $35 for the summit portion of the event, $50 for the celebration portion of the event, and $65 for an all-day pass. To register for the Summit and Celebration, visit www.peoplefund.org/east-night-summit-celebration.
By Monica Pena