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Focusing on Doing Good
By Guest Blogger / May 16, 2017
Fiscal Sponsorship is a service the Foundation provides to help address community-wide problems as an alternative to starting and running a nonprofit organization.

Charitable Investing that Fits Every Need
By Guest Blogger / March 31, 2017
Recently we announced new investment options that speak to donors’ varying objectives and investment philosophies. These new choices allow donors to select investment strategies that match their time horizon goals as well as their investment cost philosophy.

Forty Years of Evolving with Austin
By Mike Nellis / February 2, 2017
In 1977 a small group of community leaders envisioned Austin's future when they founded Austin Community Foundation. Since then, the Foundation has grown and evolved just as Central Texas has.

By Guest Blogger / September 27, 2016
For Russell Bridges, who oversees community giving at 3M, giving is a big part of life. Learn why his fund at the Foundation makes giving “less taxing.”

By Mike Nellis / June 21, 2016
As Central Texas settles into summer, it’s a great time to take stock of the work we are doing together in our community. In the 18 months since I became CEO, we have accomplished a lot.

By Guest Blogger / May 17, 2016
Steve Guengerich is a life-long entrepreneur, award-winning author and co-founder of an information technology services firm. When his job brought him to Austin, his philanthropic spirit brought him to Austin Community Foundation.

By Guest Blogger / April 18, 2016
Dr. Paul Cruz, superintendent of Austin ISD, shares how local schools are leading the country in putting social and emotional learning on par with academics, with help from Austin Community Foundation.

By Guest Blogger / March 14, 2016
We invited the co-chairs of the grants committee for the Women’s Fund of Central Texas to share their memories and thoughts about the process of selecting which nonprofits helping women and children receive grant funds. A program of the Foundation, the Women’s Fund aims to improve the status of women and children in our community.

By Mike Nellis / January 25, 2016
Recently I invited Suzi Sosa, co-founder and CEO of Verb, to lead a conversation about social innovation and entrepreneurship with representatives from local charitable foundations. Suzi is a firm believer that by 2050, most nonprofits will not look anything like they do now.

By Guest Blogger / November 30, 2015
Before you celebrate the end of 2016, take a few minutes to review your philanthropic goals and maximize your giving.