Sharing the Spirit of Giving
If giving to others makes us feel good, as recent social science research suggests, then there’s a lot of good vibes floating around Central Texas during the holiday season. For that we can thank the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring annual campaign.
Since 1999, Austin Community Foundation has helped the Statesman share the spirit of giving with its readers. The Foundation receives and processes thousands of charitable donations and distributes grant funds to charities that have nominated families in need.
Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the Statesman highlights, in print and online media, the needs of families facing major challenges and invites readers to help. Most of the Central Texans featured in the year-end campaign never thought they would need to ask the community for assistance.
“Austin Community Foundation has been with us since Day One” says Jeff Simecek who oversees Season for Caring at the Statesman.
Last year the campaign raised a record $815,000, including a $100,000 matching grant challenge.
"That's a huge success story,” says Simecek. “Austin Community Foundation managed the match and processed the payments. They did a great job.”
Donations beyond what the selected families need go to the sponsoring nonprofits, so they can help other Central Texas families. In addition to cash, generous in-kind donations include everything from cars and medical equipment to help with utilities and home repairs. Ongoing stories of Central Texans’ generosity fuels more giving.
Season for Caring is a unique collaboration of the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Community Foundation, local nonprofits and generous Central Texans, spreading the holiday spirit of giving.