About Us


Austin Community Foundation is the catalyst for generosity in Austin. We bring together philanthropists, dollars and ideas to shape Austin's future, today.

A trusted local partner

Austin Community Foundation has a 40-year track record of investing in Austin and an unmatched, in-depth understanding of Austin's needs and opportunities. We provide financial management and easy administration for our fundholders, while allowing their money to stay local.

A data-driven approach

We apply data to understand the areas of greatest need in Central Texas. We believe that when we know better, we do better.

A place for convening conversations

We provide the gathering place for a shared vision for Austin. We lead the way in bringing together philanthropists, community leaders and organizations.

Our tax-exempt status 

We are a tax-exempt organization under 501 (c) 3 of the IRS code. That means donations made to any fund at the Foundation, or to the Foundation itself, are immediately tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. 

At a Glance

  • Founded: 1977
  • Assets : $239 million
  • Endowed assets: 49%
  • Funds: 1,126
  • Total Grants awarded in 2017: $31.1 million (90% from donor advised funds)
  • Scholarships awarded in 2017: $600,000
  • Tax ID -74-1934031

In 2017, Austin Community Foundation marked its 40th anniversary. To celebrate, we shared stories of giving. Whether it's keeping local musicians healthy, helping Latinas go to college, empowering formerly-incarcerated individuals, honoring Austin’s first African American school principal with a scholarship in his name, creating affordable housing or building the Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk, we’re part of Austin.  Learn more

"Austin cannot, and should not, leave its human, health, cultural and recreational needs to chance. The Austin Community Foundation can play a vital role in seeing that this does not happen."

Cecil Hayes, Executive Director of the United Way, 1980

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