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Our membership requirements are simply to be female and to donate $1,250 each year. If you choose, you can then participate in the grant selection process. Our members review grant applications, go out and ask questions, visit groups and see how our dollars will make a difference. Then, once a year, we award grants to those applicants we think will have the most positive impact on the lives of people throughout the greater Austin area.

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To pay now, print and complete the membership form, attach your check and mail it to the address shown on the form. If you prefer to pay by credit card, submit your payment through our online donation page or by clicking the Join Impact Austin Today button to the right.

To submit a Count Me In commitment with deferred payment to be completed on or before December 31st for your annual membership contribution of $1,250, as a new or returning member, sign up here or click on the “Count Me In” button to the right.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Impact Austin give large, lump sum grants to a single organization?

We want to make an extraordinary impact. By funding a large grant, we can make a significant impact in a selected area. In addition, when a nonprofit receives a large sum from several different grants (e.g., 10 grants totaling $100,000), the nonprofit incurs the burden of reporting to multiple organizations and related administrative costs for each of those grants. By giving one large grant, we can have more impact and keep costs low for the grant recipient.

Is my donation to Impact Austin tax deductible?

Yes, contributions are tax deductible. Impact Austin is a non-profit organization exempt from federal taxes under U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

How do you decide who gets the grants?

Each year, we accept grant applications for our program grants in our focus areas of culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness.  Additionally our previous grant recipients and finalists may apply for our Catalyst Grant. We form Grant Review Committees, made up of our members, for our Catalyst Grant and for each of the focus areas selected for program grants. An Impact Austin member who has been trained in facilitating the grant review process chairs each Grant Review Committee. The committee evaluates grant applications - by researching and visiting applicants - to arrive at the finalists. We deliver information on the finalists to each Impact Austin member for review. We then hold our Annual Meeting where the grant finalists give a short presentation. At that meeting, all members vote and decide on that year's grant recipients. Each member has an equal voice of one vote.

When do you award the grants?

We award grants at our Annual Meeting in June of each year.

Why do we consider our grant recipients to be our Community Partners?

The relationship with our grant recipients is maintained over time.  Once the grant is awarded, an Impact Austin member acts as a liaison with the recipient to administer the grant over time.  The most common grant period is two years.  Our Community Partners keep Impact Austin informed of the status of the grant program though progress updates and they provide us with a final report.

What are my obligations if I join?

Our only requirement is a $1,250 donation. Of course, we hope you’ll take the time to make an informed decision when you vote for a grant recipient. You have the option to serve on one of the committees that evaluates grant applicants. However, it is not a requirement.  Click here to see other opportunities to get involved.

How long is my membership valid?

Each $1,250 donation provides membership for the current grant year, which is July 1st through June 30th. Membership continues year-to-year as long as we receive your $1,250 annual donation by the December 31st prior to the upcoming June grant awards. Although we will accept membership contributions until December 31st, we request that contributions be paid by November 15th to lessen the burden on our volunteers who donate their time during the holidays. While many of our members renew their commitment year after year, we always welcome new members.

Do I have to live in Austin to join?

No. Members can live anywhere.

I have a male friend who is interested in Impact Austin. Can he participate?

Men can participate directly as a donor to Impact Austin, or they can encourage the women in their lives to participate as members.

I want to give more than $1,250. Do I get more than one vote?

No. Every member gets one vote even if they give more than $1,250. Any amount given over $1,250 goes first to offset administrative costs. If we receive more money than we need to cover our administrative costs, our board of directors has the discretionary power to add that money to the grant funds.

Can I pay my $1,250 over time?

Yes, as long as your membership is paid in full by December 31. Please fill out a membership form and debit authorization form, as well as provide us with a voided check or deposit slip. You can either scan these three items and send to treasurer@impactaustin.org or mail them to Impact Austin, PO Box 28148, Austin 78755.

Can I contribute publicly traded stock to cover my $1,250?

You have the option of donating stock to cover your $1250 membership contribution. We sell the shares as soon as possible after transfer to Impact Austin. The net proceeds must equal or exceed $1,250 (which means you’ll need to cover all sales commissions and expenses).

By donating stock, you can support Impact Austin while gaining tax benefits by giving appreciated stock. Impact Austin accepts donations of stock in publicly traded companies.

If you would like to make a gift of stock, please contact us and we will send you instructions to provide to your broker to make the electronic transfer to us.

A donation using appreciated stock can provide tax advantages to you, including:

  1. Allowing you to avoid paying federal (and state, if appropriate) taxes on the capital gain.
  2. Providing an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of your gift, if you itemize deductions on your tax return and have held the assets for one year or longer.
  3. Enabling you to make a larger gift than you could if you simply sold the stock, paid capital gains taxes and donated the net proceeds.

(NOTE: Before you make a gift of appreciated securities, please consult your financial planner or tax advisor to determine how the potential tax advantages described here apply to your specific situation.)

Can I make an in-kind donation of services or products to cover my $1,250 donation?

No. We do accept in-kind donations to offset our administrative costs, but we don’t accept these donations to cover the $1,250 membership contribution.

If I’m unable to attend and vote at the annual meeting, can I still cast my vote?

Yes. Although we strongly encourage attendance at the meeting, you can vote by absentee ballot. Prior to the annual meeting, every member receives information on each finalist in the five focus areas. Included in this information is an absentee ballot and instructions on how to cast your vote before the meeting if you’re unable to attend.

My company matches funds for charitable donations. Can I give $625 and have my company match it to make my total $1,250 donation?

Yes. Please contact us for more details.

What is the Impact Austin “Conflicts of Interest” policy?

We’re committed to acting with integrity in all of our relationships and in selecting grant recipients through an honest and fair process. In support of this commitment, our conflict of interest policy requires disclosure of relationships between our board and committee members with any grant applicant or potential grant applicant. We also require a board or committee member to recuse herself from the discussion and/or vote on any topic where a conflict arises.

We formally require only those members serving on our board or on a committee to disclose conflicts of interest. However, Impact Austin expects all members to act in an objective and fair manner. We expect all members to refrain from any attempt to gain an unfair advantage for a particular grant applicant by, among other things, disclosing confidential information and/or attempting to influence the vote of an Impact Austin member.

What is IMPACT-edu?

IMPACT-edu is the initiative from our Philanthropy Education Committee to provide education opportunities to our membership, allowing them to develop skills to fulfill their philanthropic potential. We’ll be offering education modules and information sharing through presentations, panel discussions, and other forums.

What is Grants Innovation Committee?

We support our members’ enthusiasm for discovering ways to help fill the gap in needed services throughout our Central Texas community.
 
As part of the strategic planning process, a Grants Innovation Committee was formed to explore various innovative grant making options, including those that serve critical needs to growing organizations with important non-programmatic needs.  This committee consists of a broad cross-section of Impact Austin committee and board members, Community Partners, Central Texas non-profit and Foundation leaders, as well as community philanthropists.
 
Based on the comprehensive research and analysis efforts over the past year by the Grants Innovation Committee, we are introducing a ‘pilot test’ grant in 2015, to be awarded in addition to the five programmatic grants.  This new grant, which we are calling a Catalyst Grant, will provide much needed funds for organizations to build and strengthen their infrastructure, thereby improving their long-term sustainability.
 
After testing the implementation of the Catalyst Grant, we will assess the grant process and outcomes and determine any necessary adjustments needed to continue this type of grant in future cycles.

What is a Catalyst Grant?

A committee of Impact Austin members conducted comprehensive research and analysis with grant applicants and recipients and found that what these nonprofits most needed was funds to build and strengthen their infrastructure, thereby improving their long-term sustainability. The Catalyst Grant, launched in 2015, is designed to do just that, improving a nonprofit’s future performance, impact and sustainability. Impact Austin was the first philanthropic collective giving organization in the United States that offered such a capacity-building grant. This grant aims to serve a well-qualified nonprofit organization that has achieved finalist status during a prior grant review cycle.