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Impact Austin

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: We’re a progressive leader in women’s philanthropy, bringing new resources to the community and making philanthropy accessible. Through high-impact grant making, we engage, develop and inspire women to effect positive change.

Results: To date, Impact Austin has made grants totaling $2,087,000 and by June will reach $2,612,000.  On June 8th, we will award grants of $105,000 each to five nonprofits in the greater Austin area.

Target demographics: Women in central Texas.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Five Central Texas nonprofits

Geographic areas served: Central Texas

Programs: Impact Austin members review grant proposals submitted at the end of the calendar year in five focus areas: Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health and Wellness. After rigorous review, one proposal in each focus area is selected to receive a $100,000 grant. Selection is done by the membership at large at the annual meeting in June.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

Women control more than 60 percent of all personal wealth in the U.S. and this proportion will grow steadily as women continue to out number men at universities and excel in business and as entrepreneurs. Foundations like Impact Austin are critical in our community in that they educate and provide philanthropic access to women of all ages, which has traditionally been a male dominated space.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the founder through a mutual friend and once I heard the story of the organization and mission, it was an easy decision to join. The three most important aspects of the organization for me are: 1. All of our donations are pooled to help the community in significant ways through large grants 2. Impact Austin is run professionally so that everything we do is done with excellence ... and we maintain this excellence through continuous learning and staying on top of trends in philanthropy 3. It is an absolute joy to work among such a caring and committed group of women who are share our values and are intent on seeing positive change in the community. I have learned SO much ... about philanthropy, about our community's issues, about myself ... and have met the most amazing women, many who have become great friends. What a fabulous organization!