Non-Profits

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Peace Through Commerce, Inc.

(Civil Rights, Economic Empowerment, International Affairs, Poverty Alleviation)

Non-Profit Details

Peace Through Commerce (“PTC”) is a global, nonprofit, strategic organization committed to creating a world in which all people enjoy peace and prosperity. PTC fosters peace and prosperity through teaching about the Matrix of Peace. The Matrix of Peace shows peace results when a robust marketplace, a civil society and a conscious culture intersect.. PTC gives special attention to women and girls in its Accelerating Women Entrepreneurs (“AWE”) program. PTC and its affiliated partner organizations operate primarily in the U.S., Israel and the West Bank with staff headquartered in Austin,Texas.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate, train and collaborate about how to achieve sustainable peace based on the inter-dependent existence of a robust marketplace, rule of law, and a conscious culture. Our vision is to advance sustainable global peace by breaking the cycles of poverty, increasing prosperity, and raising consciousness.

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Urban Roots

(Children, Community and Service, Environment, Food, Health)

Non-Profit Details

Urban Roots provides paid internships to Austin teens who work on our sustainable farm in East Austin. Our annual goal is to harvest 30,000 lbs of produce with our youth Farm Interns and the help of community volunteers. We donate 40% of our harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries and sell the other 60% at farmers’ markets, through Community Supported Agriculture shares (CSAs) and wholesale. During the Spring and Summer, interns develop essential life and job skills while growing food for the Austin community. Each Fall we hire 24 youth Farm Interns, three youth Assistant Crew Leaders, and three youth Agriculture Interns. Youth Interns participate in workshops on sustainable agriculture, healthy lifestyles and food justice issues. Through our dynamic and holistic program, Urban Roots youth Interns grow into some of Austin’s youngest leaders, advocating for sustainable and healthy food systems.

Mission Statement

Urban Roots uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase the access to healthy food in Austin.

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The Settlement Home for Children

Non-Profit Details

The Settlement Home is a licensed, non-profit Agency caring for abused and neglected children in our on-campus school, residential treatment center, therapeutic group homes, foster families, an adoption program, independent living apartments and a conference center. The children we serve come to us from Child Protective Services after having been removed from their families due to abuse and or neglect. Our program focuses on positive relationships with family, peers, and adults in all of life's settings. We seek to demonstrate and teach that through respectful relationships with others come a sense of belonging and permanence, and a feeling of security and safety. When children leave The Settlement Home, they return to their own families, go into a permanent Settlement Home foster family or adoptive family, or enter into independent living. We serve some 250 children annually in our programs.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Settlement Home is to care for and promote the healing of troubled children and their families.

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Ten Thousand Villages

(Community and Service, Economic Empowerment, Education, Human Rights, International Affairs, Poverty Alleviation)

Non-Profit Details

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer whose sole purpose is to keep artisans in developing countries working for a living. Our goal is to sell crafts so artisans can feed their families and send their children to school. Ten Thousand Villages helps to alleviate global poverty by sustaining families with income, safe working conditions and fair prices. We rely on customer purchases to fund our operations. We provide customers with the stories of the people behind their purchase so they can see how their purchase makes a difference. In order to keep prices down, our organization is primarily volunteer run.

Mission Statement

Ten Thousand Villages' mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.

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Furaha House: African Family Center

(Children, Community and Service, Economic Empowerment, Education, Human Rights, Women's issues)

Non-Profit Details

There has been a drastic increase in Africans who migrate to America for a wide variety of reasons, including war, famine, health, and their own protection. Furaha House seeks to fill a gap in available services that provide cultural competence and expertise in dealing with refugees and immigrants from nations like Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo who have survived some of the worst violence of our generation and some who have spent years in refugee camps with little or no education.

Mission Statement

Furaha House strives to lead African refugee and immigrant families to become self-sustaining through culturally competent services and multidisciplinary programs in strategic partnership with like minded organizations by establishing a diverse, dynamic and sustainable community.

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Habitat for Humanity Texas

(Housing & Homelessness)

Non-Profit Details

We are a small organization which supports the efforts of the local affiliates across the State of Texas.

Mission Statement

Habitat for Humanity® Texas, chartered in May 2005 as a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is a collaborative effort of local affiliates and state leaders that functions as a state support organization. Habitat for Humanity® Texas is based in Austin, the State Capital of Texas.

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The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas

(Arts and Culture, Food)

Non-Profit Details

We are a public foundation raising money through best in class wine and food events to fund worthy causes in our community.

Mission Statement

We are a membership nonprofit using our passion for wine and food to better the health and well-being of our community hosting public wine and food events, educational opportunities and the finest wine auction in the Southwest funding culinary scholarships, educational grants and other deserving causes.

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BookSpring

(Children)

Non-Profit Details

Two important indicators of the success of a society are the level of literacy of its children and youth, and the extent of disparities in literacy skills among children and youth with differing characteristics and family backgrounds. The inability to read well can have a direct impact on an individual’s self-esteem and ability to advance socially and academically. The vast majority of high school drop-outs, welfare recipients, and prisoners score poorly on reading assessments, and low literacy levels are strongly associated with low paying jobs, unemployment, poverty, and, crime. By passionately driving early literacy development, BookSpring equips children, families, and communities with the tools and skills required for long-term success.

Mission Statement

Mission BookSpring provides books, reading experiences and tools to children and their families so they can develop a desire to read and succeed in school. Vision BookSpring’s vision is a community where all children have the opportunity to become literate.

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The Texas Observer

(Media and Public Debate)

Non-Profit Details

The Texas Observer is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political and social-justice reporting from the strangest state in the Union. Our award-winning magazine is published monthly, and our Web site features daily content. From our founding in 1954, our goal is not only to unmask corporate and governmental corruption, but to foster social and economic justice in Texas by promoting democratic participation and encouraging open government. Our reporting has prompted investigations and hearings in the Congress and Texas Legislature. With a staff of only 11 full time employees, (4 on the business side and 7 on the editorial side), the Observer is a scrappy organization. Located at 307 W 7th Street in Austin, TX 78701,(512) 477-0746.

Mission Statement

The Texas Observer is a monthly nonprofit, non partisan investigative reporting journal that writes about issues ignored or underreported in the mainstream press. Our goal is to cover stories crucial to the public interest and to provoke dialogue that promotes democratic participation and open government, in pursuit of a vision of Texas where education, justice and material progress are available to all. We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy. We will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit.

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Mainspring Schools

(Children, Education)

Non-Profit Details

Most commonly referred to as a preschool, our center serves children 6 weeks to 5 years old. While we have been around for close to 75 years, our mission has remained the same: provide the highest care and education to all of our children.

Mission Statement

Mainspring Schools provides the highest quality early education and care to Austin's most economically disadvantaged children along with comprehensive services for the children and families so each child will succeed in school and life regardless of socioeconomic status.

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Latino Leaders of America

(Children, Education)

Non-Profit Details

LLA was formed to empower Latino and Latina youth between 6th & 12th grade in to believing that they too can graduate high school and move forward to being productive citizens and /or college graduates. LLA will accomplish this by establishing its program in middle and high schools throughout Texas and eventually the entire country. The LLA program is currently administered at Decker MS, Manor MS and Manor HS. The LLA program currently has five (5) parts to it: Cultural, Leadership, College Prep, Mentorship and Community Service. The middle and high schools will each have certain objectives from each part that they will have to accomplish.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to close the academic and professional gaps in the community by providing Latino youth educational, cultural, leadership, and mentorship programs.

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