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Dallas, Texas – Oct. 17, 2015 – Social Venture Partners (SVP) Dallas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas have partnered to present the sixth annual bigBANG! 2015. The event, powered by The Dallas Foundation, will be held at Paul Quinn College on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

The theme for this year’s event is “Innovations in Collaborations,” and aims to bring together local business, political and community leaders who are eager to promote positive change in North Texas. Attendees will discuss challenges facing the community today, analyze innovative approaches for problem solving and build lasting partnerships that maximize social impact.

“Our signature event has become a leading example of how local experts can collaborate to bring about solutions and provide resources to impact our community here in Dallas,” says Tony Fleo, SVP Dallas CEO. “It’s applied theory, or continued learning that we want to give everyone the opportunity to experience first-hand at bigBANG!”

Keynote speakers include Bill Strickland, CEO and president of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and John Kania of FSG Boston. Additionally, Mina Chang, CEO of Linking the World, will speak during the Legacy of Philanthropy Luncheon catered by Café Momentum.

Participants will then attend various breakout sessions, followed by a presentation of “For the City: The Dallas Festival of Ideas Five City Committees,” where committee members will present updates on their work. The event will conclude with the Fast Pitch competition, during which city committees have the opportunity to win up to $20,000 in funding, and a closing reception.

Throughout the day, attendees will also have an opportunity to shop in the Marketplace which will feature organizations including:

Tickets can be purchased at www.bigBANGtx.com. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Augustine Jalomo at ajalomo@svpdallas.org, 214.855.5520 or 214.718.2384.

About The Dallas Foundation

The Dallas Foundation, established as a community foundation in 1929, serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy by providing donors with flexible means of making gifts and bequests, the income from which primarily supports the charitable causes of the city and county of Dallas. For more information, visit dallasfoundation.org. 

About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas offers North Texans highly effective ways to help people change their lives forever. United Way is the largest non-governmental funder of programs to improve Education, Income and Health in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. By breaking the cycles of dropouts, poverty and poor health for hundreds of thousands of people over the next ten years, United Way donors, volunteers and advocates will create long-term improvements throughout the region. To learn more, please visit UnitedWayDallas.org

About Social Venture Partners (SVP) Dallas

SVP Dallas, founded in 2000, is committed to improving lives and maximizing social impact through thoughtful application of collective resources and expertise. Since its founding, SVP Dallas has collectively invested more than $3 million in more than 25 local nonprofits, engaged 500+ Partners in volunteerism volunteer and collaborated with a multitude of non-profit organizations, or “Investees”. SVP Dallas goes beyond philanthropy. SVP Dallas does good better. For more information on SVP Dallas, visit socialventurepartners.org/dallas. Connect with SVP Dallas on Twitter @SVPDallas or via facebook.com/DallasSVP.

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