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What is a Community Foundation?

A community foundation is a grantmaking public charity dedicated to improving the lives of people in a specific region and beyond. Austin Community Foundation brings together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support local causes. We primarily serve Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties.

Our Mission

We mobilize ideas and resources to strengthen Central Texas.


Our Vision

A vibrant and equitable community where everyone can contribute and find opportunity.

Our values


We build partnerships and serve as a bridge that connects resources to the community.


We embrace learning through data and community experiences to understand the most meaningful opportunities for change.


We create pathways for giving and provide opportunities for collective impact.

Local Impact

We are of and for Central Texas. We prioritize solutions to the evolving issues of our diverse region.

Our history

Austin Community Foundation was created through the generosity of one woman, Fannie Gray Files Leo. She wanted a way to provide for her favorite charities and upon her death, she earmarked five percent of her estate ($30,000) to create Austin Community Foundation. In 1977, a group of business leaders, led by Fannie Gray’s bank trust officer, officially founded Austin Community Foundation. In creating the foundation, Austin followed the example of hundreds of cities across the country with the goal to meet community needs and inspire local philanthropists to create endowments to generate earnings and distribute grants.