Impact Austin began in 2003 and we are one of the largest women’s philanthropy groups in the nation. We are dedicated to helping women become philanthropists right here in our community. We combine our members’ annual donations to give multiple high-impact programmatic and Catalyst grants of approximately $80,000 - $100,000 each to local nonprofits. Our membership requirements are simply to be female and to make a $1,250 donation each year, with $1,000 going to provide grants for the important work done by our grant recipients and $250 going back into Impact Austin to support our daily operations and membership development.
Grant applications are accepted each winter, and members can choose to serve on a grant review committee throughout the spring to choose finalists in each focus area.
In June our members gather at the Annual Meeting to vote on which worthy causes will receive a grant from Impact Austin. The final two grant applicants in each category make a presentation to the membership, votes are cast (each member gets one vote in each category) and the winners are announced that evening.
We are volunteer-driven and our members use their diverse skills and talents to make this organization great. Members have many opportunities to participate in Impact Austin. From membership recruitment coffees, to event planning, to committee memberships, to reviewing grant applications, we provide a variety of opportunities for members to learn more about local nonprofits and to become knowledgeable philanthropists. However, there is no time-commitment required. Some members simply like knowing their donation will be put to good use in the community.