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June 1, 2010

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June 1, 2010

Impact Austin has opened my eyes to the needs in our community, allowed me to meet amazing individuals in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors, helped me grow as a young woman and as a leader and has changed my life forever. The ability to work with a group of passionate, strong women and young girls who are joined together for the same goals to give collectively and make an impact is a dream come true! I believe in the power of collective giving, educating myself on the organizations I seek to give time and money to and linking myself with positive role models in our community; all thanks to Impact Austin!

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

Since becoming a member of Impact Austin, I have utilized the services of some of our grant recipients and finalists and have shared the services offered to others.

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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 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I had always been a check-writing donor. My career required frequent travel and I never could find a way to be a dependable, contributing member of a volunteer organization. One day I saw a picture of an old friend representing Impact Austin in the local newspaper. When I contacted her about meeting for lunch, her first words to me were 'do you want to join?'. And after talking with her, join I did. What an opportunity and privilege it has been to donate to this organization and be a fully appreciated member. With Impact Austin I could also become fully involved in researching and getting to know the community partners applying for grants. Learning about all the wonderful organizations in Austin that support and make a difference to the community has been very eye-opening. With our $100,000+ grants, these nonprofits are better able to focus their efforts and increase results. And, I can see direct results of my financial contribution. But, the icing on the cake is that as I have learned more about nonprofits through Impact Austin, I've also found talents that I have that can be used to volunteer with other organizations in the community. As for that lunch with my friend, we are still trying to get together!

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

promoting volunteerism and giving back as a part of life by working with other nonprofits as well.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to get even more of the members involved by having some committees meet on weekends for those whose weekdays are already full.

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

Meeting all the wonderful women who ARE this organization.

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

Giving, friendly and professional.

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

Provide money to almost all of the worthy community partners who apply for grants and promote the philanthropic life to other communities.

Ways to make it better...

I had joined sooner!

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

Keeping members feeling like they 'belong' as it contines to grow.

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

Amazing that this organization has grown this quickly, this successfully and all with no paid staff as of yet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

With a very clear vision and mission, Impact Austin brings together some of the brightest, most thoughtful women in Austin. An annual donation of $1000 may seem like a lot of money, but the amount required is really right on target- $1000 is enough money to make a huge difference within a collective giving circle ($500,000 to the community each year), but not so much that the organization becomes exclusive (it's the equivalent of saving $44 a paycheck- so really, you can do it). This has helped to create a diverse, egalitarian, inclusive community of women who really care about the success of our community partners. As a member, I feel tied to something much bigger than myself(I know I only put in $1000, but i FEEL like I am personally giving away five $100,000 grants each year), and I rest easy knowing that the grant evaluation process is world class and transparent

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

IA has made me a much more educated community member and philanthropist. I am better educated on the overall needs of the community and have strong ties and interest in each community partner that has been awarded a grant.

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

The education- of the needs in the community and of feeling personally tied to the non-profits we research- those who are ultimately awarded a grant and those who go through the entire application process.

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

Intelligent, well-spoken, respectful, professional and thoughtful.

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

It would be great to hire a salaried Executive Director and also to have a facility where all of our annual meetings, focus area committees, discovery days, and Girls Giving Grants meetings could consistently convene.

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

Impact Austin is the perfect way to give. Becoming a member allows you to choose your level of involvement...you can write a check, or you can be a part of a very fair and democratic process that gifts worthy non-profits. We are a dedicated, savvy group of women who are empowered to make a difference in the greater Austin area. We are proud of the process and we are moved by the difference that we make.

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

by being an active involved member.

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

the friends I have made.

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

awesome....

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

gratefully support all who apply for our grants!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I had lived in Austin for 10 years when I became a part of Impact Austin but I did not know anything about the needs of our community. I was totally consumed with work and raising two children - I slept and ate here but did not truly "live" here. It has been a remarkable journey to help create and then learn from such an amazing organization. The members are so eager to learn about the non-profits who submit proposals for grants. And they do such an amazing job of recommending finalists for the full membership to vote on. But the icing on the cake is the joy of funding wonderful programs that span the full spectrum of needs in our community. I have such a deep respect now for those who dedicate so much of their time and spirit to help meet the needs of our community. My experience with Impact Austin has not only brought me closer to my immediate neighbors and their needs but has broadened my life experience through connections I have made through Impact Austin. I have traveled with Nobel Peace Laureates in support of women's rights around the world, visited the Achuar Indians in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador to recognize their right to protect their land, and joined a delegation to India to raise awareness of the exile of the Tibetan people. My experience keeps growing in so many unexpected and wonderful ways.

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

My experience in this organization has empowered me to personally make a difference in many non-profit organizations in the Austin area and throughout the world.

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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

Impact Austin provides me a thoughtful, engaging, and exciting opportunity to positively impact my hometown - Austin, Texas. With their unique volunteer driven structure and highly impassioned membership, I know I'm part of an organization destined to make a difference for those in our community who need help. I love the fact that I can give both my money and time to Impact Austin - knowing I'm going to see great results, both within the organization and in the community - thanks Impact Austin, you rock!!

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

seeing first hand the passion for educating membership about key community needs and trends, in addition to being a part of the focus area committees who review and recommend grants.

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

change nothing at all!

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

the people and the challenging volunteer work - i love it!

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

humble, impassioned, grateful, and full of energy!

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

drastically change the face of philanthropy and community well-being in Austin!

Ways to make it better...

I don't think I could make my experience any better at this point in time.

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

the ability to continue on as an all volunteer driven organization - we're experiencing good growth and with that comes increased responsibility to manage a fantastic organization of this size!

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

we have a fabulous culture - if you are a woman in Central Texas looking to make a difference and learn more about your community - check us out!

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

I learned about Impact Austin shortly after I had my 4th baby and was just retiring from my profession as an attorney. Becoming involved gave me an opportunity to grow into the next stage of my career -- being a philanthropist. Through Impact Austin, I learned so much about our nonprofit community, about grant-making, and about giving money. I became connected with a network of women who were like-minded. There were career women, "stay at home" moms and retired women. Words cannot express how much Impact Austin has given me -- wonderful friendships, an education, and a spirit of philanthropy that I will pass on to my children.

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

Impact Austin has given away over $2 million to local nonprofits in the years that I have been involved.

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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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