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Cecilia Abbott, Neil Bush Join Bank Of America Program On Volunteerism At Texas A&M

Renowned experts on nonprofit organizations will speak at the Bush School of Government & Public Service on Tuesday, March 26.
By Denise Parker, Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service March 14, 2019

This year’s Bank of America Program on Volunteerism at the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service on March 26 will serve as a celebration of service, volunteerism, and philanthropy in the state. The event will highlight the work of innovative nonprofits, statewide efforts to support volunteerism, and exemplary corporate citizens that support service and community engagement.

The evening will begin with a reflection from Neil Bush, son of former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush, on his family’s commitment to service. Following Bush, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will discuss her focus on “Texanthropy” and increasing volunteerism and philanthropy across the state. Abbott believes Texans are called to service, and her top priority as First Lady is to promote volunteerism and service to others through her Texanthropy initiative.

The Bank of America event will then feature a moderated discussion between three leaders from the public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors that are currently operating in Texas. The participants will discuss their approach to supporting volunteerism and philanthropy in Texas and beyond.

The panel features:

  • Larry James, CEO CitySquare in Dallas, has served as CEO since 1994 and leads an innovative nonprofit organization that fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship.
  • Elizabeth Darling, CEO, OneStar Foundation, has a broad background in public policy, community development, and social service delivery at the local, state, and federal levels.  OneStar Foundation works so that every Texas community engages partners and volunteers to address local needs.
  • David O’Neil, Region Bank President, Central Texas Region, Wells Fargo, has served for twenty-five years as a bank executive. He is engaged in numerous community service activities and has served as a leader in philanthropy in Bryan/College Station and now as Regional President in Austin, Texas.

The panel will be moderated by Director of the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy and Bush School Professor, William Brown.

The event is open to the public and will include a reception, which begins at 5 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on the Texas A&M University campus.

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Media contact: Denise Parker, Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service, 979-862-3195,

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