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2018
Catalyst Grant Recipient:

CASA of Travis County

Project:

Increasing Volunteer Diversity through Targeted Marketing and Recruitment

Grant Award:

$111,500


CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who have been abused or neglected by empowering the community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make...

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2018
Catalyst Grant Recipient:

CASA of Travis County

Project:

Increasing Volunteer Diversity through Targeted Marketing and Recruitment


CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who have been abused or neglected by empowering the community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained CASA volunteer to make independent and informed recommendations in the child’s best interest. CASA of Travis County will use the Impact Austin grant to help address the critical challenge of diversifying CASA’s base of volunteers to better represent the community and the children CASA serves. They will create a dedicated staff position focused on this need, and will launch an intensive marketing and outreach campaign to recruit more African-American and Latino community members to serve as CASA volunteers.

For more information, visit https://www.casatravis.org/


2018
Community Grant Recipient:

Jeremiah Program

Project:

Empowerment and Life Skills Classes for Single Moms

Grant Award:

$111,500


Jeremiah Program helps transform families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. The nonprofit provides single mothers and their preschool-aged children with safe affordable housing, support for college, high-quality early childhood education, empowerment and life skills classes, all within a supportive community on the Jeremiah Program campus....

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2018
Community Grant Recipient:

Jeremiah Program

Project:

Empowerment and Life Skills Classes for Single Moms


Jeremiah Program helps transform families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. The nonprofit provides single mothers and their preschool-aged children with safe affordable housing, support for college, high-quality early childhood education, empowerment and life skills classes, all within a supportive community on the Jeremiah Program campus. The grant will support empowerment and life skills classes, which aim to build confidence, competence, and community among young single mothers in Austin. The life skills curriculum is offered on a rotating calendar which runs26 weeks a year and focuses on Health & Wellness; Financial Literacy; Parenting & Child Development; and Career Development & Education.


For more information, visit https://jeremiahprogram.org/austin/
 


2018
Education Grant Recipient:

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Central Texas

Project:

ASPIRE Family Literacy Program

Grant Award:

$111,500


Communities In Schools (CIS) of Central Texas supports students in 66 schools, meeting immediate needs such as food or clothing and more complex ones like emotional support or counseling, empowering public school students to stay in school and achieve in life. For 23 years, the CIS-ASPIRE Family Literacy Program has provided...

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2018
Education Grant Recipient:

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Central Texas

Project:

ASPIRE Family Literacy Program


Communities In Schools (CIS) of Central Texas supports students in 66 schools, meeting immediate needs such as food or clothing and more complex ones like emotional support or counseling, empowering public school students to stay in school and achieve in life. For 23 years, the CIS-ASPIRE Family Literacy Program has provided integrated two-generational services—including comprehensive early childhood, adult, and parenting education—to high-need families with very young children. Our grant will support ASPIRE’s core operating costs which will help CIS provide services to a minimum of 100 families in southeast Austin, preparing children for kindergarten and equipping their parents with the skills and education to help their entire family succeed.

For more information, visit http://ciscentraltexas.org/


2018
Health & Well-Being Grant Recipient:

Helping Hand Home for Children

Project:

Families First

Grant Award:

$111,500


Helping Hand Home for Children provides nurturing and therapeutic homes for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. The nonprofit’s goal is to heal these children and ultimately return them to healthy and permanent families. The Impact Austin grant will be used to expand the capacity of...

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2018
Health & Well-Being Grant Recipient:

Helping Hand Home for Children

Project:

Families First


Helping Hand Home for Children provides nurturing and therapeutic homes for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. The nonprofit’s goal is to heal these children and ultimately return them to healthy and permanent families. The Impact Austin grant will be used to expand the capacity of the Families First Program which recruits, trains and supports families that will foster and adopt children with complex trauma in the foster care system. The grant will allow Helping Hand Home for Children to hire staff to recruit an additional 25 families and place an additional 30 children in highly trained homes.


For more information, visit http://helpinghandhome.org/


2017
Catalyst Grant Recipient:

The Seedling Foundation

Project:

Building Seedling’s Brand and Business Case

Grant Award:

$80,600


Seedling Foundation supports children challenged by parental incarceration through innovative, research driven, school­-based mentoring. Each year, the program helps more than 600 students in over 100 schools. The Catalyst Grant will sustain and grow this program by increasing awareness of this vulnerable population through enhanced marketing efforts to recruit...

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2017
Catalyst Grant Recipient:

The Seedling Foundation

Project:

Building Seedling’s Brand and Business Case


Seedling Foundation supports children challenged by parental incarceration through innovative, research driven, school­-based mentoring. Each year, the program helps more than 600 students in over 100 schools. The Catalyst Grant will sustain and grow this program by increasing awareness of this vulnerable population through enhanced marketing efforts to recruit mentors and engaging new school districts as potential partners. 

For more information, visit: The Seedling Foundation