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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

And the winner is…

May 6th, 2010

Congratulations to Shining Hope for Communities! Not only did they win the $50,000 Grand Prize, but they also took home the People’s Choice Award at last night’s Final Event.

Thank you to everyone that attended! And congratulations to all three finalist teams for putting together such amazing projects and presentations. I know it was a tough decision for our judges.

Who will win $50,000?

April 26th, 2010

Disaster in Context: A Symposium on Haiti

April 13th, 2010

The Global Health Project is hosting Disaster in Context: A Symposium on Haiti. This event offers a diverse group of academics, activists, and professionals highly experienced in work related to Haiti. Some of these include individuals from Partners in Health and the United Nations.

The Global Health Project at UT is an organization dedicated to the idea of health as a human right. Their focus is improving health care quality and accessibility to under-served communities both locally and internationally while striving to illuminate under-reported health and humanitarian crises across the globe. GHP emphasize the importance of sustainable health care practices while incorporating an anthropological perspective for a more rich and effective understanding of medicine.

Another great TOMS event at UT

March 22nd, 2010

Join The Autism Project at The University of Texas at Austin for this great TOMS Shoes event benefiting children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Style Your Sole!

March 3rd, 2010

Thank you so much to everyone that came out to our Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes. It was a packed house! (I wonder if it had anything to do with the 100 pairs of free TOMS that we gave away?) About 650 of you showed up to listen to Blake’s amazing story.

Here are some pictures from the Style Your Sole party. We’d love to post your pictures from the event…or pictures of you in your TOMS. You can email them to me at skrueger@mail.utexas.edu, or post them to our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theRGKCenter.

Professional photos used courtesy: ©2010, Scott Van Osdol, www.vanosdol.com

3 Events with Kathryn Fuller

February 25th, 2010

The UT Law School welcomes Kathryn Fuller, chair of the board of trustees for the Ford Foundation and former president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund for three great events:

Want to meet Blake?

February 23rd, 2010

*Update: We have our VIP winner! Thanks to everyone for entering!

I’m giving away an invite to our VIP Meet and Greet with Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes. Blake will be speaking at UT Austin as part of the RGK Center’s Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture will be on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 PM. (RSVP) The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (1900 University Ave). The meet and greet will take place before the lecture.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

  • An invite for you and a guest to the VIP Meet and Greet with Blake before the lecture.
  • One pair of TOMS Shoes to decorate at the Style Your Sole party and take home with you.

How to win:

  • Answer the trivia question below by emailing your answer to innovation@rgkcenter.org with the subject line “TOMS VIP.” Include your name, email, and affiliation (company or university). A winner will be selected at random from those with the correct answer. Answers must be received by Tuesday, February 23 at 5 PM CST.

Here’s the trivia question:

Who was the most recent speaker for the RGK Center’s Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series?

Hint

Style Your Sole!

February 12th, 2010

We’re very excited that Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, will be the next speaker for our Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series. And judging from the response we’ve gotten, you are just as excited as we are! Well, we are happy to announce that the event just got even better – after Blake’s talk, we invite you to stay for a Style Your Sole party.

We’ll be giving away a limited number of TOMS Shoes for you to decorate and take home. So bring your creativity and we’ll provide paint, stencils and all the materials you need to style your sole! Shoes will also be available for purchase. Remember, for every pair of TOMS Shoes purchased, a pair of new shoes is given to a child in need.

Please RSVP for this free event at: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/rgk/events/tomsshoes.php

Style Your SoleTOMS Shoes

Founder of TOMS Shoes to speak at UT

February 4th, 2010

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin and RISE Austin welcome Blake Mycoskie, founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes, as part of the RGK Center’s Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series and the RISE Austin entrepreneurship conference. The lecture will be on Tuesday, March 2 at 6:30 PM. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (1900 University Ave).

Find complete event details and RSVP at http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/rgk/events/tomsshoes.php.

Blake Mycoskie

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie created TOMS Shoes, a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Since then, TOMS has given over 400,000 pairs of shoes to children in need. Blake will discuss the founding of TOMS Shoes and how he became a successful social entrepreneur. http://www.tomsshoes.com

The Moody Lecture Series promotes philanthropy, community service, and volunteerism by inviting philanthropic leaders to UT Austin to discuss how their personal values, beliefs, and experiences shape the mission and method of their giving.

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and The Moody Foundation of Galveston initiated this lecture series to explore how personal motivations and experiences inspire giving to others. The lecture series uses the theme of My Values, My Philanthropy to provide a public forum for discussing how individual values shape the philanthropic and nonprofit landscape.

The mission of the RGK Center is to build knowledge about nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and volunteerism, and to prepare students and practitioners to make effective contributions to their communities. For information regarding opportunities in nonprofit studies, executive education, and events, visit our website at www.rgkcenter.org.

RISE is a free conference for entrepreneurs of all types, providing a forum where you can connect and exchange ideas that inspire the entrepreneurial spirit. RISE is not your ordinary conference. Because RISE is designed for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, the format is hands-on, high-energy and free flowing. http://www.riseaustin.org