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Impact Austin Members in Community News – Austin’s Fab Five

Collective giving is a powerful way to practice philanthropy. One of the benefits of gathering a group of philanthropic women together is that we also get to celebrate their community service accomplishments with them!

Kali´ Rourke is a long-time member and supporter of Impact Austin. She has filled many roles in the organization since joining in FY2005, volunteering on multiple Grant Review Committees, serving as a member of the Board of Directors (2011-2013), and volunteering on the Marketing Committee.

Recently, she was chosen as one of Austin’s Fab Five for 2016. Austin’s Fab Five is a gala event that honors “5 Heroes for Children” in the Austin area, and benefits Seedling Foundation. The event is scheduled for the evening of April 16, 2016, and our own Kali´ will be joined by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo; Travis County Judge, 126th Civil District Court & NCJFCJ Board President Darlene Byrne; Attorney and Former Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, and Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner, Texas Health & Human Services Commission, Charles Smith as this year’s honorees.

Kali´ has been donating her time, talent, and passion to Austin’s children for decades and the list of her accomplishments is long, but Seedling is honoring her in particular for her role as Founding Board President of the Foundation, and as one of the architects of the highly respected and award-winning Seedling Mentor Program. Kali´ led the Seedling Board through the creation, implementation and metrics processes of this school based, highly supported and research driven mentoring program that has touched the lives of thousands of Central Texas school children, who deal with the challenge of parental incarceration.

She credits Impact Austin with teaching her to recognize excellence in nonprofits and the programs they provide to the community, and says,

“Everything I learned in reviewing grants through my Impact Austin membership, influenced what I looked for from Seedling’s programs and metrics. It was ‘on the job’ training to be a better board member and a better leader.”

We congratulate Kali´ on this great honor, and know that many Impact Austin members will be in attendance to cheer on one of our own.


We encourage our Impact Austin members to inform us when you, or other members you know, are recognized for your service to the community.

Impact Austin would be proud to recognize these members and congratulate them!  Our congratulations may be in a blog post and/or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

The Guidelines:

·       Eligible awards are for public or volunteer service in keeping with our philanthropic mission. No professional or business awards, please.

·       The recipient must be a current Impact Austin Member.

·       The award must have occurred within the last 60-90 days.

Contact to alert us to a civic or community award for a current member, and that will start the process. If you are recommending someone else, please include her contact email in your referral.


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