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Amy Allen: Helping Austin Give for 25 Years
By Guest Blogger / July 25, 2017
"For every fund and donation, there is a person with a story," reflects Amy Allen, Senior Philanthropic Officer, on her 25 years at the Foundation.

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.

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 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 / 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 / November 9, 2015
Great momentum comes from a clear sense of purpose. When nonprofits focus on their clear mission, they can drive significant results and impact.

By Guest Blogger / September 9, 2015
Recently, New Orleans and Houston announced they’ve reached “functional zero” on the moving target of homeless veterans. Austin mayor Steve Adler says Austin will be the next city to honor and serve those who have served our country.

By Mike Nellis / July 13, 2015
Lately, the news has been both inspiring and heartbreaking.Our founding fathers wrote these unequivocal words: all men are created equal. Yet there remains an enormous gap between our conviction that everyone is equal--and the actual experience many people have living in Austin

By Guest Blogger / June 8, 2015
Austin was named by Forbes the best place in the country for tech jobs but data shows there aren't enough local high school students heading to college in science, technology, engineering or math. A group of community leaders, funders and tech companies aims to change that by funding quality K-12 "STEM" programs across Central Texas.

By Mike Nellis / May 15, 2015
Something remarkable is happening in the center of Austin at this very moment and I want you to know about it.