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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.

This year Austin Community Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary. To celebrate, we are sharing 40 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

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. 

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 adminstration 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.

At a Glance

  • Founded: 1977
  • Assets : $215 million
  • Endowed assets: 60%
  • Funds: 1,000
  • Scholarships awarded in 2016: $600,000 to 350 students
  • Community Grants awarded in 2016: $2.3 million 
  • Total Grants awarded in 2016: $23.5 million (including Donor Advised Funds)
  • Tax ID -74-1934031

"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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