Endowed Funds

You've lived here. You've worked here. You are part of Austin's past and present. By opening an endowed fund with the Foundation, you can invest in our community's future. Your gift can grow and benefit Austin forever. 

How it works

  • When you open your fund at the Foundation with the intention of donating $5,000 or more in the coming years, you can choose to endow it. You can always continue to give to your fund. 
  • If you already have a fund at the Foundation, you can choose to endow it whenever you reach a $5,000 balance or express your intention to do so in the coming years.
  • The principal of your endowed fund is never spent, and it can grow over time to generate an increasing stream of funding devoted to the causes you're passionate about.
  • Earnings are used to make grants that meet community needs. Your gift--and all future income from your gift--is a permanent source of community funding that makes good works possible, forever.


Investing the charitable dollars that you have entrusted to us is an important part of our work. We use long-term investment strategies to ensure that your giving will go further in our community. 

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The power of endowment

When Georgia Lucas died in 1994, her estate was valued at $5 million which she donated to create an endowed fund at the Foundation. Since then the fund has granted $10 million in Austin yet the fund has grown. That's the power of endowment.

How we make a local impact

We help you do good locally through grantmaking, impact investing, community leadership, leveraging resources and collaborative problem-solving.