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Girls Giving Grants Awards $9,200 to Texas Family Initiative to Support Human Trafficking Survivors

With this award, Girls Giving Grants surpasses $100,000 in grants since its inception in 2006

AUSTIN, TexasApril 26, 2022 – The 61 members of Girls Giving Grants (g3) voted this weekend to support Nicole’s House: Creating a Space for Texas Girls to Recover from Human Trafficking. Nicole’s House is part of Texas Family Initiative, a leading child welfare organization providing a broad array of services to children and families. Nicole’s House is located in Texas and will serve female victims of human trafficking between the ages of 12-and 17. The house will provide a safe space and therapy for the girls to recover. The g3 funding will provide outdoor furniture to the home.


“Soon after last year’s grant was awarded to the Center for Survivors of Torture’s digital equity project, Austin welcomed refugees from Afghanistan, and more recently, from Ukraine,” said Girls Giving Grants President and LBJ High School senior Lilah O’Brien. “I’m more aware of the impact these crises have and how g3’s grant will help the affected children,” she said. “Girls Giving Grants has kept me attuned to the issues facing my community.”


To enable more Central Texas girls to have an even larger impact in the community, a local family foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to fund g3 scholarships and match awards over the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years. Through an ongoing collaboration with Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy, a tuition-free, all-girls academy located close to downtown Austin, 24 eighth-grade leaders will have the opportunity to join Girls Giving Grants. In addition, the school hosts g3 in-person meetings and g3 members have the opportunity to learn about the school’s namesake.


“This year we learned specifically about Bertha Sadler Means and her work in desegregating UT Austin,” said O’Brien. “I am awed by her courage in the face of a battle no person should have to fight and am incredibly proud of the school that fosters students in Sadler Means’s image.”


The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy published a report in 2017 that supports the importance of engaging young people in philanthropy. Researchers reported that adult facilitators and supporters of youth philanthropy programs commonly observed that the young people with whom they worked remained engaged in their communities and in nonprofit work for several years.


Since 2006, g3 has awarded $107,200 to the Greater Austin community. This year’s class of Girls Giving Grants includes 61 young women in grades 8 – 12. The g3 membership contribution is $125 ($100 directly to the grant and $25 for g3 program materials and administration). Each year, $100 donations are combined into one meaningful grant of the group’s choice to a Central Texas nonprofit serving youth. g3 is a model of collective giving designed by Impact Austin to educate and engage young philanthropists.


The 2021-22 Class of Girls Giving Grants includes students from the following Austin-area schools: Anderson High School; Ann Richards School for Young Women, Bertha Sadler Means YWLA, Bowie High School, Harmony School of Endeavor, Hill Country Middle School, Hyde Park Academy, Kealing Middle School, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, McCallum High School, St. Andrew's School, St. Michael's Catholic Academy, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Westlake High School, and Westwood High School.


Enrollment for the 2022-2023 class will open in late summer. For further information on joining the g3, please contact g3@impactaustin.org.


About Impact Austin

Impact Austin’s mission is to cultivate the collective wisdom and strength of women to transform ourselves and our communities through philanthropy. Impact Austin has now granted nearly $7.87 million to nonprofit organizations and collaboratives in Central Texas. Learn more at impactaustin.org.

About Girls Giving Grants

Impact Austin’s youth initiative, Girls Giving Grants (g3), creates learning and leadership opportunities for Central Texas girls in grades 8-12. Each participant contributes $100 towards a Central Texas nonprofit working to improve the lives of children; g3 has awarded $107,200 since 2006. Learn more at impactaustin.org/girls-giving-grants.