June 15, 2019 - Member Spotlight, Membership, Organizational Update, Volunteering

Celebrating Board President Lauren Paver’s Inspiring Leadership

Celebrating Board President Lauren Paver’s Inspiring Leadership

Impact Austin Board President Lauren Paver has a knack for helping organizations achieve their goals. In her professional life, she’s a consultant who works with $5 million to $30 million entities experiencing rapid growth that need help strategizing, turning strategy into operating plans and leveling up their talent and operations along the way.

“Companies hire...

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May 31, 2019

Member Spotlight: Janice Friesen

Member Spotlight: Janice Friesen

Janet Friesen is a great person to know if you need computer guidance (like how to organize your digital photos or create a website) or social media help. At this past Discovery Day, for example, she was able to provide on-the-spot, simplified directions for a marketing committee member who was new to Instagram stories. She obviously has a knack for helping...

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May 23, 2019

Member Spotlight: Faiza Khan

Member Spotlight: Faiza Khan

Faiza Khan has viewed the world through an international perspective since she was just weeks old. After being born in Pakistan, she moved to Zimbabwe when she was six weeks old and lived with her physician mother and international banker father. She remembers a wonderful childhood in the small African country. 

“Zimbabwe is amazing. Growing up in there, I can’t...

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May 02, 2019 - Girls Giving Grants, Impact Through Involvement, Member Spotlight, Membership, Volunteering

Celebrating Moms and Daughters Making an Impact Together

Celebrating Moms and Daughters Making an Impact Together

Many mothers and daughters share a special bond and often do things together. But these three mom and daughter duos also share something really important in common. They all give back to their community through Impact Austin! In celebration of Mother's Day and Impact Austin, here are the inspiring stories of these mother/daughter members:

Carol Dochen (Mom) and...

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May 01, 2019 - Highlights, Impact Through Involvement, IMPACT-edu, Membership, Organizational Update

Impact Incubator Begins!

Impact Incubator Begins!

By Robin Loving, Leadership Austin Fellow

Wow! When I aimed to work with women, philanthropy, and legacy giving, I could not have imagined a better fit than Impact Austin. Impact Austin women universally seek to tackle big issues in new ways by leveraging collective resources, thought leadership, and data-driven grantmaking.

Since I began working in March to...

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April 18, 2019 - Grants, Impact Through Involvement, Member Spotlight, Volunteering

Member Spotlight: Jessica Odeyemi, Chair, Social Innovation Grant Committee

Member Spotlight: Jessica Odeyemi, Chair, Social Innovation Grant Committee

The first time Jessica Odeyemi flew on an airplane was when she was 17 and went to visit Princeton University, where she’d been accepted for the class of 2009. Her experience at Princeton, where she majored in mechanical and aerospace engineering, was transformational for the girl from Missouri City, Texas (near Houston). “I was surrounded by so many intelligent...

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March 03, 2019

Member Spotlight: Amreen Rajabali

Member Spotlight: Amreen Rajabali

It was in 2018 at a member coffee she attended with her friend Kimberly Klein where Amreen Rajabali first heard Rebecca Powers’s powerful story of how she started Impact Austin.

“I was in tears as Rebecca talked about her brother’s death and how in the aftermath she started the organization as an outlet to help others. It was a revelatory moment for me because...

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February 13, 2019

Seven Nonprofits Invited to the Next Stage of Catalyst Grant Review

Seven Nonprofits Invited to the Next Stage of Catalyst Grant Review

Members of Impact Austin's Catalyst Grant Review Committee have completed first-round assessments of proposals from 28 nonprofit organizations. Of these, seven have been selected for the next stage in the review process.

The proposals moving forward are listed below. After deep-dive review, this list will be further narrowed down for site visits conducted in...

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February 12, 2019 - Member Spotlight, Volunteering

Member Spotlight: State Representative Vikki Goodwin

Member Spotlight: State Representative Vikki Goodwin

Impact Austin member and State Representative Vikki Goodwin believes we all have an obligation to serve our communities. And serve she does! Besides her involvement with Impact Austin, Vikki’s service now extends to the Texas Capital, where she just began her first term serving her constituents in House District 47. Read on for her inspiring perspective on...

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February 01, 2019 - Grants, Organizational Update

18 Nonprofits Invited to Submit Impact Austin Program Grant Proposals

18 Nonprofits Invited to Submit Impact Austin Program Grant Proposals

18 Nonprofits have been invited to submit Impact Austin Program Grant Proposals.

Members of three Impact Austin Grant Review Committees have narrowed down 89 Letters of Inquiry for Program Grants to 18 nonprofits that have been invited to submit full Program Grant proposals. Finalists in the three program areas are listed below.  Additionally, there are 28...

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