Refer to the frequently asked questions below for information about the Stand with Austin Fund.
The Stand with Austin Fund was created by Austin Community Foundation and the Entrepreneurs Foundation to receive charitable donations to support nonprofits assisting individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW and least able to recover on their own.
The Stand with Austin Fund was just one of several fundraising campaigns created to assist those impacted by the cancellation of SXSW.
Austin Community Foundation and the Entrepreneurs Foundation appointed a community advisory committee to help establish fund governance, process, and criteria for disbursement of the funds.
The advisory committee included the following individuals:
- Akina Adderley, Austin-born musician & educator
- Hoover Alexander, Hoover’s Restaurant
- Emmett Beliveau, C3 Presents
- Elaine Garza, Giant Noise
- Jose Garza, Worker’s Defense Fund
- Lisa Huddelson, Titos Vodka
- Jennifer Houlihan, houilUX (formerly Austin Music People)
- Lynn Meredith, MFI Foundation
- Mike Nellis, Austin Community Foundation
- James Russell, on behalf of Mayor Steve Adler
- Eugene Sepulveda, Entrepreneurs Foundation
The Stand with Austin Fund awarded $687,500 to 15 to nonprofits providing assistance to individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW.
The funds distributed do not nearly reach the level of potential economic loss associated with the cancellation of SXSW. However, the funding provides the community with some measure of relief to those in the greatest need.
The Stand with Austin Fund awarded $687,500 to 15 Austin-area nonprofits serving individuals in the music/creative, hospitality, and service/bar industries.
Austin Community Foundation plans to distribute the full amount raised for Stand with Austin Fund to the 15 nonprofits announced on May 1. Once the funds have been fully disbursed, Austin Community Foundation will retire the Stand with Austin Fund.
Q: I created a fundraiser for Stand with Austin Fund, but I haven’t sent the donation yet. Will ACF still accept my donation?
Yes, please contact us about any further donations to Stand with Austin and we’ll help coordinate how your donation is disbursed. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.