INNOVATION

 

Keeping Austin Music Alive and Well

“Live music brings over $2 billion into the Austin economy,” says Reenie Collins, executive director of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). Yet 80 percent of local musicians earn less than $18,000 a year. Austin Community Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship to enable HAAM to launch its work helping low-income, uninsured musicians access health care.

Investing in Local Ideas and People

In 2015, Austin Community Foundation announced the launch of its Impact Investment Fund. With challenges and opportunities outpacing grantmaking resources, it was time to expand the ways the Foundation supported solutions for local pressing needs.

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Building Capacity and Wagging Tails

In 2015 the Foundation had the opportunity to provide essential capital to help two nonprofits that provide veterinary care for the animal companions of people with low-incomes build their capacity through a merger.

Raising Expectations: Mothers and Daughters

In 2007, Con Mi MADRE graduated from a Junior League program to become a Fiscal Sponsorship project at Austin Community Foundation before fulfilling its goal to be a self-sustaining nonprofit organization.

Removing Barriers to Reentry

Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable was formed in 2004 as a fund at Austin Community Foundation, following the lead of the National Reentry Roundtable. This robust coalition works to support the successful reentry and integration of individuals with criminal histories.

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Helping Austin companies Give

In 1981, Austin Community Foundation hosted a seminar for local business leaders on a topic of growing interest: Corporate Citizenship. Speakers outlined four factors for a successful corporate giving program and invited Austin business leaders to "step out in front as you have done so many times before."