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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.