Please be aware, the ACF office is closed to visitors, however, our staff is able to assist donors and grant partners remotely during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Although our office is closed, we remain hard at work – in partnership with you – to meet critical needs across Central Texas and beyond.
Please refer to austincf.org/about/staff to contact any staff member by email. Voicemails to the main office will be returned within one business day.
An update from Foundation CEO, Mike Nellis
It’s been nearly 60 days since we closed our office, transitioned to working remotely and began social distancing to keep our selves and loved ones healthy. While many of us have adjusted to a much different lifestyle due to the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare professionals, first responders, grocery store clerks, nonprofit staff and other essential workers continue to be on the frontlines of this pandemic. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for serving our community with bravery and providing stability during an unsettling and evolving situation.
Over the past 43 years, you’ve trusted us to convene people, pool resources and help tackle the big issues. There has never been a bigger issue in our lifetime than this, and how we respond should be just as significant. Since March through mid-May, ACF has increased its giving by 57% in comparison to the same time last year.
This is a critical time for nonprofit organizations. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that need your help at this critical time. Austin Community Foundation continues to fundraise for our coordinated philanthropic effort, All Together ATX, in partnership with the United Way for Greater Austin.
From all of us at ACF, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our community. Please stay safe and healthy.
CEO, Austin Community Foundation
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Additional information for ACF partners
During this time, we please ask that all payments and deposits be conducted virtually (credit card, ACH) or through direct mail. Our office is not open to visitors and you will not be able to drop off payment in person.
Nonprofits in our community need your support more than ever. As a reminder, you can access and grant from your fund online 24/7 via the donor portal. At this time, we do not anticipate any delays in online grantmaking through your fund.
Account Payable requests will still be processed on a weekly basis. However, we will not be able to accommodate rush requests during this time. If you have concerns about making timely payments to your vendors, don’t hesitate to contact Jonathan Barona at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grantmaking through our Community Grants Program will continue without disruption. Applications are accepted year-round and are fully virtual. The Hispanic Impact Fund and Women’s Fund grantcycles are currently closed and we do not expect disruption in grantmaking from these funds in the future. Please refer to the Apply for a Grant section of our website for more details.
Community Impact Updates
Community Grants Program
Our Community Grants programs connects our donor-advised fundholders to support the greatest needs in Central Texas. In response to the current crisis, we converted all active grants to general operating support, allowed pending grant applicants to update their applications with the impact of the pandemic to their organization, and informed our donor-advised fundholders of these developments and encouraged them to increase their support.
Hispanic Impact Fund
In our work to close the economic opportunity gap for Central Texas’s most vulnerable populations, we know that the Hispanic communities we serve will be disproportionately impacted by the current economic downturn associated with COVID-19.
On April 15, 2020, we announced $70,000 in rapid-response, general-operating grants to nine local nonprofit partners poised to respond to the immediate healthcare, financial, and food needs of Latino families. Additionally, we understand the current need for flexible capital in ensuring our nonprofit partners can both meet the current and evolving needs of their clients while also being able to weather this crisis as an organization. As such, all ongoing grants through the Fund have been converted to general operating support.
We know that women, especially those already facing economic insecurity, will be disproportionately impacted by this crisis. The Women’s Fund is committed to best deploying philanthropic resources in a manner most responsive to our community.
The Women’s Fund increased its 2020 grantmaking from $300,000 to $400,000 and revisited the grants process to serve more nonprofits. In total, the Fund awarded the full $400,000 to 16 deserving local nonprofits.