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Our Philanthropic Response

In an effort to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin have partnered to create All Together ATX. This community-led philanthropic fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

All Together ATX brings together a coalition of philanthropic, government, and business leaders across the community to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as effectively and efficiently as possible.

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Staying together while being apart.

As Central Texas navigates the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Austin Community Foundation is taking steps to promote the overall health and safety of our staff and their families, donors, and the general public. Austin Community Foundation has transitioned to remote work until further notice to prevent spread of COVID-19.

The ACF office will be closed to visitors, however, staff will be 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. Any further updates will be posted here. Thank you for your support and patience as we adjust to this rapidly-evolving situation.

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 is in talks with community leaders and local foundations on a coordinated philanthropic effort to support our community during this unprecedented crisis. More information will be shared in the coming days.

From all of us at ACF, thank you for your unwavering commitment to our community. Please stay safe and healthy.

Mike Nellis
CEO, Austin Community Foundation

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.

FUNDHOLDERS

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.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIPS

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 jbarona@austincf.org

NONPROFITS

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

 

Women’s Fund

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.

We are increasing the 2020 Women’s Fund grants from $300,000 to $400,000 and revising our grants process to serve more nonprofits. This decision was not made hastily. We remain committed to an engaging and thorough grants review process, and yet understand the greater community needs and the role philanthropy can play.

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