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Impact Austin
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!

The Great!

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.

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped determine who would get $105,000 locally to further the work of their organization and better the community.