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Impact Stories

Doing Good Well

Lisa and Dan Graham are the rare breed of people who are dreamers and doers. The couple consolidated their philanthropy and social entrepreneurship with help from the Foundation. Read more

Giving Until It Feels Good

Anita and Scot Salmon are a local hi-tech couple whose dedication to improving the lives of others borders on a second career. Read more


Making a Local Difference in an Extraordinary Way

When Bill Danforth's financial advisor suggested he open a Donor Advised Fund to consolidate his charitable giving and maximize his tax advantages, Danforth, a native Austinite, chose local. He also chose a cause very close to his heart. Read more

Making the World a Better Place for Everyone

With a busy young family, Micaelan and Graham Davis value efficiency and effectiveness. Deeply committed to community service, they budget their charitable giving with their donor advised fund. Read more

Weaving Philanthropy through Generations of a Family

An estate attorney, Steve Saunders helps his clients realize philanthropic goals. When his family’s foundation sought a new home they chose to open a fund at the Foundation. Read more

Giving Away Money is More Fun than Making It

Sara and Dick Rathgeber are a powerful force for philanthropy in our community. Several years ago when Dick wanted to donate land where two of his favorite nonprofits could expand, he depended on the Foundation to make a smart gift. Read more

Investing in the Community You Love

Marion and George More created a fund to provide enduring support for their favorite charities. By giving stock that appreciated in value, the couple was able to reduce their income tax bill, invest their assets and drive social good. Read more

Ready for Austin’s Changing Needs

The fund Frances and Lloyd Lochridge began with their savings nearly 40 years ago has given back to the community ever since, making a quiet mark on nearly every aspect of the city--the arts, basic needs, education, the environment, and care for the elderly and for animals. Read more

Creating a Shared Legacy

After meeting at the University of Texas as college students, Helen and Marlin Bownds married and raised their family in Austin. Their generosity and careful planning express the lasting power of their lifelong partnership. Read more

How One Gift Makes a Difference

While many community foundations were created by community leaders coming together with many gifts, the Austin Community Foundation was created thanks to the generosity of one woman. Read more

The Power of Endowment

When does $5 million minus $10 million add up to $18 million? Anyone can turn their passion into philanthropy and invest it for the community good. Georgia B. Lucas, native Austinite, animal-lover, artist and businesswoman certainly did. Read more