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May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

Impact Austin gives the women of our community a chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. There are currently 20 community partners (nonprofits) who have received a grant of $100,000 or more from Impact Austin, with another 5 more to be added next month. Impact Austin not only changes the lives of those in our community, but it has been a wonderful experience personally as well. I had looked for quite some time for an organization where I felt I was truly making a difference. The beauty of IA is that you can be as involved as you want to be...from reviewing grant applications to membership recruitment to event planning. Or, you can simply donate ($1000/year requirement per member) and watch your money at work. I have chosen to be very involved this year, but I love the fact that I'm still an important part of Impact Austin should I not have the time to donate in the future. I cannot speak highly enough of every single experience I have had with this organization...the leadership is exemplary and the success stories of the community partners are remarkable. There aren't enough words to explain the impact IA has on the lives it touches!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a committee member who reviews the grant applications of nonprofit organizations seeking a $100,000 grant from Impact Austin.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Impact Austin provides its members with the opportunity to pool their money and make a larger impact on the community while supporting projects that enhance the standard of living for many in our area. Members are encouraged to learn and participate in the non-profit focus areas as committee members and as voting members in the decision making process of grants. It is an exciting way to see how women can make a difference!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By seeing how the grants are used to support and provide services in our area.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Joining Impact Austin literrally changed my life's path! I am a founding member and have been very involved from the start. I soaked up the learning opportunities when I joined a Focus Area Committee and grew knowledgeable about all the various non profits in Austin. I've actually gotten involved in and become an individual donor to several non profits because of my Impact Austin experience!! Our values of integrity and excellence really fit with my view of how organizations should operate. Join now, and it will change your life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how all of our dollars have impacted the non profit community all over Austin

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I have been a member of Impact Austin for five years now and have been privileged to meet and join with women in funding over $2 million to worthy non-profit programs/projects in the Austin area. This is an organization of utmost integrity and commitment to our mission, which in addition to funding high-impact projects, seeks to empower women and harness their passion in service to our community. I have served in numerous capacities and they have been some of the most meaningful experiences I have had. IA has also provided the opportunity for me to get to know and become friends with some of the most amazing and talented women on the planet!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting to see the success and impact of the projects we have funding on our community and the various populations they seek to serve.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

I've been a member of Impact Austin for 5 years now and have joined with over 500 women to make a difference in Central Texas. IA has donated over $2 million to the local non-profits to address the health, education, family, environmental and cultural needs of our citizens through its focus area committees (FAC). Each time I have worked on an FAC, I have learned a little more about what makes a good non-profit, a good program, and the needs in my area. Impact Austin makes informed donors and informed donors are priceless!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working in focus area committees for grants in Health & Wellness, Family and Culture areas.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

I've been a member of Impact Austin for 5 years now. This organization is full of 500 plus amazing, smart, talented women who come together to make a large impact on our local community. We've donated over $2 m to the local community to address the health, education, family, environmental and cultural needs of our citizens. Volunteering for a committee has been a rich rewarding experience and allowed me to understand the needs of our community and the wonderful organizations working to address those needs. By myself, trying to make an impact would seem overwhelming if not impossible. But with this army of 500+, we make a huge impact each year adn I'm very proud to be a part of it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the feedback from the organizations Impact Austin has granted funds to in prior years. Lives have been transformed.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

Over the past 6 years, I have had the chance to work with the most remarkable women in Austin. Through a shared vision of giving, we are making a huge impact on our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Impact Austin has taught me so much about the process of grant making and how to energize a whole community of women to being powerful results.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

When I found Impact Austin I had been searching for another challenge in my life - something that would satisfy my need to volunteer, to be more engaged in my community, and to be intricately involved in the works of a good organization. I found all of that and much more. I found a group of incredibly smart, talented and savvy women who truly care about making positive changes in their community. I found an organization that has a stellar reputation in the non-profit community in Austin and the surrounding area. I found a progressive organization that operates ethically and lives its mission and values and continually strives to be better. I’ve learned more about my community and myself than I ever dreamed possible, I’ve made some wonderful friendships, and I’ve been able to utilize my talents and skills in a way that I know make a distinct difference. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to be a member of Impact Austin because it has truly changed my life for the better.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've become a better, more focused philanthropist through my association with Impact Austin. I've met many people in the non-profit community who have impacted my life in some fashion.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue on our growth path with the hiring of a paid executive director.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful women I've met and the many things I've learned about the non-profit needs in our community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Phenomenal, welcoming, supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

We would fully investigate the ways to spend this fortune that would result in the best and greatest impact.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing could make it better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Sustainability and capacity building, finding the funds to achieve our long-term goals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is an incredible organization that has planted many seeds in our community and beyond.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 21, 2010

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May 21, 2010

Impact Austin has been a phenomenal experience for me. I have been introduced to and learned about so many non-profit organizations that are doing such great work for our community. Without my involvement with Impact Austin, I would have never have had this exposure. Impact Austin helps those non-profits continue to make an impact to our communities. Impact Austin has shown me the power of collective giving. It is truly an organization of ordinary women making an extraordinary impact. (Actually, there is nothing "ordinary" about these women and the organization.)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the great satisfaction of seeing the $105,000 be rewarded to five very deserving non-profits. Collective gift giving is awesome.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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