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GROWTH AND CHANGE: The Community Takes Notice

In celebration of our 20th year, Impact Austin looks back on challenges and opportunities that helped us to grow and mature as a circle of women philanthropists and collective giving grantmaker in Central Texas.

As Impact Austin began to grow, make grants, and thrive, Central Texas took notice.

Member-volunteers worked hard to promote Impact Austin's results and to attract NEW members to our ranks. Member Karen Frost (Frost Media Relations), Dina Mavridis, and Laura Green wrote news releases and organized print, TV, and radio coverage. The visibility paid off. What follows is a partial list of awards, recognitions, and exceptional news coverage, not even including reports of our annual grants. The list includes honors for Impact Austin as an organization and also praise for our founder Rebecca Powers.

2005 Woman’s Day Magazine: ‘Sudden Impact’

2005 Ballet Austin Guild: Women on Their Toes award to Rebecca Powers

2006 Austin American Statesman: ‘Big hearted brother inspires charity’

2006 University of Richmond Alumni Magazine: ‘Making an Impact’

2006 KVUE TV: 5 Who Care award to Rebecca Powers

2007 Rotary Club of Austin: Service Above Self award to Rebecca Powers

2008 Austin Monthly Magazine: ‘Like Mother, Like Daughter. Making an Impact’

2008 Austin Association of Fundraising Professionals: Outstanding Philanthropic


2008 Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce: Community Advocate Award, Nonprofit

2009 Austin Woman Magazine cover story: ‘Her Power, Their Impact’

2009 Austin Business Journal: Profiles in Power Central Texas Standout

2009 Women's Philanthropy Institute, Indiana University: Women's Giving Circles:

2010 Girl Scouts of Central Texas: Woman of Distinction award to Rebecca Powers

2011 Concordia University: Excellence in Leadership award to Rebecca Powers

2012 Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce: Community Advocate Award in

Community Relations Category, Nonprofit

2013 Camp Fire Balcones Council: Promise to Children award to Rebecca Powers

2018 Austin American Statesman: 'Women lead second wave of giving sparked by

2018 Austin Woman Magazine: ATX Woman to Watch

2018 Austin Business Journal: From personal to societal change: Two women

2018 City of Austin proclaims Impact Austin Day on June 28, 2018. The proclamation

was read by Impact Austin member Alison Alter, also District 10

Representative, Austin City Council

2021 Austin Under 40 Awards: Rebecca Powers, Mentor of the Year

*A CBS Evening News crew visited the Impact Conference hosted by Impact Austin to get a bird's eye view of women 'giving together'. Held at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, the event included giving circles from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Owensboro, Pensacola, and San Antonio. During the week of Thanksgiving, 2006, Katie Couric aired a segment about the growing trend of women's giving circles across the country which featured Impact Austin and LifeWorks. You can see the news feature here. Kudos to former Impact Austin board member Karen Frost for organizing the opportunity.


Impact Austin was honored as 2017 Outstanding Philanthropy Organization of

the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Austin

Chapter. Offered at AFP’s annual Philanthropy Day, this award was established 20 years ago [per original blog date] to recognize outstanding commitment demonstrated through financial

support, through encouragement of others to take leadership roles in philanthropy,

and through community involvement. Fifty Impact Austin members attended to

support the Philanthropy Day event.


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