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Impact Stories

Investing in Local Ideas and People

Austin Community Foundation announces a $200,000 investment that will provide capital to low-income or minority entrepreneurs through PeopleFund, a local nonprofit provider of small business loans. Read more

Building Capacity and Wagging Tails

When two well-loved groups, Emancipet and Animal Trustees of Austin combined forces, they created an organization that is greater than the sum of its parts. Read more

Statesman Swim Safe: A Life-Saver for Austin’s Newest Swimmers

Summertime in Central Texas means staying cool with water play and swimming, but in 2000 when the Austin American-Statesman discovered that children in some economically disadvantaged neighborhoods had not been offered swimming lessons in 10 years, they decided to do something about it. Read more

Helping Superhero Kids Help Super Families

When some volunteers wanted to help children living with cancer and blood disorders and their families, they turned to us for help. Superhero Kids aims to improve the quality of life for the small superheroes called “patients.” Read more

Helping to Kick AIDS

Central Texas HIV/AIDS and Aging Coalition, a collaboration of leading local social service organizations, is doing what once seemed impossible: helping people with HIV/AIDS grow old gracefully. Read more 

Wild Basin Project SUSTAIN: Teaching Kids to Be Nature-Smart

“The future will belong to the nature-smart,” wrote Richard Louv recently in his book The Nature Principle. “The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” Few would argue with the idea that preserving nature and spending time in a natural setting is essential to the human experience, yet many children don’t have a chance to explore a creek, take a walk in the woods or even observe an ordinary bumble bee. Read more

Keeping Austin’s Artistic Vision Clear

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or HAAM, has provided access to affordable healthcare to Austin musicians who are uninsured and have low incomes for nearly a decade. During that time almost $30 million dollars in healthcare services has been provided to nearly 4,000 musicians. Read more

Capital IDEA: Believing in People Until They Believe in Themselves

Since 1998, Capital IDEA has aimed to lift Austinites with low incomes out of poverty and into highly-skilled positions in the healthcare and high-tech industries. With Austin Community Foundation’s support through the community grant program, Capital IDEA has given hundreds of hard-working adults, like Tishika, the necessary support to have an opportunity to transform their lives and that of their families by becoming Registered Nurses. Read more

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker, an Austin Tradition for Over 50 Years

Each year over 42,000 people across Central Texas attend performances by Ballet Austin, the twelfth largest ballet company in the country. Ballet Austin is known for their efforts to create, nurture and share the joy of dance through classically innovative arts and arts education programs and Austin Community Foundation has helped them do just that since 1995. Read more