Who We Are

We are a dynamic collective giving organization located in Austin and serving four Central Texas counties. Our membership includes women of all ages, perspectives, as well as professional and volunteer experiences. Each of us is in a different spot on her philanthropic journey.

Our new strategic plan calls for engaging education, empowerment and growth experiences for our dynamic membership. And, as our organization expands, we strive to include the diversity of cultures and perspectives that are richly represented in our Central Texas communities in our membership and in those we serve.

Community

Education

Health & Well-Being

Catalyst

 

 

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Our Mission

We cultivate the collective wisdom and strength of women to transform ourselves and our communities through philanthropy.

Our Vision

We unlock the potential of our communities when we help women achieve their full philanthropic capacity.

How We Work

Impact Austin launched in 2003 with more than 100 enthusiastic members eager to pool resources for a combined larger impact. We are now one of the nation’s largest women’s philanthropy groups. Impact Austin is dedicated to helping women achieve their full philanthropic capacity. Our membership requirements are simply to be female and to donate $1,250 each year. Using a collective giving model, we combine $1,000 from each member’s annual gift to fund the high-impact grants we award in June. We then apply a $250/member investment toward community education, due diligence and Impact Austin operations. While there are many hands-on learning and leadership roles available within Impact Austin, there is no minimum time requirement.

Each winter, grant applications are accepted from nonprofits in four Central Texas counties. Members may choose to serve on one the Grant Review Committees (GRCs) that fuel Impact Austin’s grantmaking process. This is a fantastic high-touch learning opportunity to see first-hand how the grantmaking process works and learn the core elements of due diligence. We award two types of grants: program and catalyst grants. Program grants are awarded in three categories: Community, Education, and Health and Well-Being.

Each GRC presents to the full membership two finalists in each grant category. We gather at June’s Annual Meeting to hear presentations from these finalists and vote for our new grant recipients. Each of our members has an equal voice in selecting these Community Partners.

We are volunteer driven and our members use their diverse skills and talents to make our organization great. Members have many opportunities to participate in Impact Austin, supporting the organization, learning more about local nonprofits and becoming knowledgeable philanthropists in the process. However, there is no time commitment required. Members of all experience levels and capacity to give time, talent and treasure, are welcomed and encouraged along their philanthropic journey!

Core Values

Collaboration and Inclusivity

We believe we are stronger together than we are alone.
We intentionally seek out new perspectives, respecting all voices.
We welcome any woman, wherever she is on her philanthropic journey.​

Wisdom

We balance empathy with analytics to address our communities’ needs.
We educate our members and communities on issues and solutions for tackling them.
We view failures as an opportunity for improvement.

Trailblazers

We embrace our role as leaders for collective giving groups.
We take calculated risks, embracing ideas that push us to grow.

Impact

We transform our communities with funding, time and expertise.
We challenge ourselves to address underlying, systemic issues.
We entrust future generations with everything we build to continue our work on their terms.

Stewardship

We honor our commitments to our members and our communities.
We set clear goals and align our resources appropriately, striving for continuous improvement.
We judge our success based on our alignment with our core beliefs.