Non-Profits

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El Buen Samaritano

(Children, Economic Empowerment, Education, Food, Health, Poverty Alleviation)

Non-Profit Details

Volunteers play a very important part in all programs and services at El Buen Samaritano. We operate with more than 60 staff members and nearly 600 annual volunteers. We utilize volunteers to teach ESL to adults, assist in a bi-lingual early childhood classroom, provide food assistance and serve as tutors and mentors to youth. In the fall of 2012, we are launching a new program to train volunteers as client advocates to help provide assistance to families and answer questions about our programs and services. Throughout the year, we look for pro bono assistance with marketing, fundraising, event-planning, data entry, teaching, and technology assistance. Feel free to contact us to visit or to learn more about the wonderful work taking place at El Buen!

Mission Statement

El Buen Samaritano is committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive, and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education, and economic stability services.

1 Available Projects

  • Looking for a talented photographer for our Thanksgiving and Christmas community events! (project details)
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Writers' League Of Texas

(Arts and Culture)

Non-Profit Details

Established in 1981, the Writers' League of Texas is a nonprofit professional organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers, to help members improve and market their writing skills, and to promote the interests of writers and the writing community. With approximately 800 members nationwide, we are composed of published and unpublished writers as well as those who recognize the written word as art and simply love to read. Our name, Writers' League of Texas (formerly Austin Writers' League), represents our membership base with approximately 50% of our members residing outside of the Central Texas area. To inform the public and to promote our events and activities, we maintain a Web presence at www.writersleague.org, offer our online blog, Scribe, share a bi-weekly Footnotes email newsletter, and engage our community in social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Mission Statement

The Writers& League of Texas promotes literacy and elevates the art of writing. We support our membership by teaching the craft of writing, the business of publishing, and how to develop a supportive peer community and audience.

1 Available Projects

  • Logo for 2013 Writers' League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference (project details)
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HealthStart Foundation, Inc.

(Children, Education, Health)

Non-Profit Details

Founded in 2010 in Austin, Texas, HealthStart’s goal is for every child in Texas to be able to answer the question, “Did you take care of your body today?” and know how they did so. Our Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!) curriculum takes young children on a journey through their bodies to learn about the food and fitness activities needed to keep them healthy their whole lives Since HealthStart was founded, participation and interest in our programs has really grown. We started with four preschools and 40 kids participating. Today 12 schools are teaching HEY! to about 350 children ages three to eight. We evaluate our project through pre-and post-assessments of student learning, teacher surveys and parent participation. These tools measure the effectiveness of HealthStart’s approach to child health. Early results indicate HealthStart is making a difference in the health habits of children, their families and those who teach HEY!

Mission Statement

VISION: HealthStart transforms the health of the nation through early health education that creates health literate children and families. Mission: To create healthy communities starting with early health education.

1 Available Projects

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Austin Pregnancy Resource Center

(Children, Community and Service, Human Rights, Religion, Women's issues)

Non-Profit Details

• Almost three-quarters of our clients are minorities and live in east and central Austin or in university neighborhoods. • We offer pregnancy tests; material assistance such as diapers, wipes and formula; and a boutique with baby and maternity clothes. • Our trained volunteers provide abdominal ultrasounds by appointment and give printouts of the images to clients. Referrals are given for prenatal care through our partnership with St. David’s Medical Center. • We conduct or make referrals for classes on parenting, sexuality and abstinence, life skills, ESL and other relevant topics. (When a need for professional counseling or medical service is indicated, we refer clients.)

Mission Statement

Our mission at the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center (APRC) is to save lives in the name of Jesus Christ. We have positive solutions concerning unexpected pregnancies and share God's grace with those in need. We educate on abstinence/sexuality and offer compassionate care to each of our clients.

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Phoenix Arising Aviation Academy

(Children, Economic Empowerment, Education, Science & Technology)

Non-Profit Details

Phoenix Arising has partnered with the Austin Independent School District to bring our programs to economically disadvantaged youth. In these weekly after school programs, students are engaged in hands-on learning experiences that challenge them to explore math and science concepts in new ways. In this on-going program, students start with learning the basics of aerodynamics and flight simulation, exploring geography, and building model aircraft and then gradually increase in complexity throughout the school year, resulting in increased comprehension, confidence and commitment. We are seeing incredible growth and perseverance in our students through our various team building and mission based exercises.

Mission Statement

We develop unique learning experiences that empower, challenge and inspire economically disadvantaged youth to embrace a deeper understanding of science, technology and engineering through aviation.

1 Available Projects

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Jdrf Austin

(Health)

Non-Profit Details

JDRF, the world's leading non-profit, non-governmental funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes--a disease which can suddenly strike individuals at any age. It makes them insulin dependent for life and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Diabetes affects the health and lives of more than 26 million men, women, and children and kills one American every three minutes. To date, JDRF has raised over $1.6 billion in support of its mission. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments and even prouder of the many generous contributors who have helped us get even closer to finding a cure.

Mission Statement

The mission of JDRF is to raise money to fund research to treat, prevent and cure type 1 diabetes.

1 Available Projects

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Beyond Batten Disease Foundation

(Children, Health, Science & Technology)

Non-Profit Details

Craig and Charlotte Benson established Beyond Batten Disease Foundation in August 2008 after their then five-year-old daughter, Christiane, was diagnosed with juvenile Batten disease. Together with hundreds of families affected by Batten disease, and many more supporters who share their hope and resolve, they are working tirelessly to create a brighter future for Christiane, and all of the other children with Batten disease.

Mission Statement

Beyond Batten Disease Foundation was established to eradicate Batten disease. We seek to accomplish our mission in two ways: 1) Raise awareness and money to accelerate research to find a cure for Batten disease; and 2) Develop an easy and inexpensive blood test to detect the gene mutations for Batten disease, and hundreds of other rare conditions like it, that claim the lives of thousands of children each year.

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H.A.N.D. (Helping The Aging, Needy And Disabled)

(Community and Service, Health, Senior Citizen Issues)

Non-Profit Details

For 40 years, H.A.N.D. has provided in-home personal attendant services to assist with daily tasks like cooking, shopping, meal preparation, laundry, bathing, dressing, grooming and more. To enhance these services, we recently added a social work position to assist with other needs. We additionally have a grant from the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help provide home assistance to those coping with breast cancer.

Mission Statement

Enhancing dignity and independence for the elderly and people with disabilities by providing compassionate, quality care.

2 Available Projects

Global Austin

(International Affairs)

Non-Profit Details

We are a small non-profit providing programs and services for international visitors. We are largely dependent on volunteers. We work closely with the U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program to welcome over 400 established or emerging leaders from around the world each year. The emphasis of our programs is people-to-people contact - citizen diplomats helping to shape U.S. foreign relations 'one handshake at a time'.

Mission Statement

GlobalAustin strengthens international bonds and friendships by roviding a forum for the exchange of ideas and cultural symbiosis through appropriate training programs, community activities, and family hospitality. GlobalAustin focuses efforts on three key international sectors: students, government representatives, and business leaders.

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Casa Mea

(Children)

Non-Profit Details

- Casa Mea is a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries, as alternative to orphanages. - Casa Mea believes that every child should be loved and wanted and deserves to grow within a loving, safe, and nurturing environment. - Motivated by facts about the consequences of institutionalization, Casa Mea aims to provide a safe place for world’s most vulnerable people: orphan and abandoned children. - Casa Mea serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. - Casa Mea focuses on children in especially difficult circumstances and contexts, such as children in countries where there are no resources or infrastructure to protect orphaned or abandoned children. - Casa Mea hopes to raise awareness regarding the causes of child abandonment in Eastern European countries such as Romania and elsewhere. - Donors and/or volunteers are invited to become involved in Casa Mea’s work.

Mission Statement

Casa Mea is a 501c3 philanthropic, nonprofit Texas corporation dedicated to providing loving group homes for orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries from birth through adulthood.

1 Available Projects

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Radical Advocacy

(Community and Service)

Non-Profit Details

Radical Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating advocacy for non-profits, and helping advocates grow advocacy for their non-profit’s campaigns and causes. We do this through our Non-profit crowd funding and Advocacy building platforms. Currently in development is GospelFunder™, a crowd funding platform for Christian Faith-based initiatives. Planned development of Radvocacy™, an advocacy and funding platform for all 501(c)3 non-profits is in the works. Radical Advocacy is a Non-profit 501(c)3 Organization. All gifts are Tax-Deductible

Mission Statement

Radical Advocacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating advocacy for non-profits, and helping advocates grow advocacy for their non-profit's campaigns and causes.

1 Available Projects

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3 Day Startup

(Economic Empowerment, Education, Science & Technology)

Non-Profit Details

3 Day Startup (“3DS”) is an academic program designed to teach entrepreneurial skills in an extreme hands-on environment and enable students to start companies. The 3DS program creates a living entrepreneurship laboratory on university campuses by bringing together students ranging from freshmen to freshly-minted PhDs, with diverse backgrounds, including computer science, business, engineering, law, design, communications and others. Participants gain experience in cross-disciplinary collaboration, brainstorming and ideation, and group productivity, including ad-hoc leadership and decision-making under severe time constraints. The resulting experience is just like that of working with a budding startup company. The 2000+ 3DS alumni from 40 events over the last three years have started over 33 technology companies that have collectively raised over $8.5 million in investment capital.

Mission Statement

The 3DS vision is ubiquitous entrepreneurship at the university level. Our belief is that the 3DS program is the best way to build entrepreneurial capabilities and communities around a university, because these capabilities and communities create an environment for (1) collaborative and interdisciplinary entrepreneurial exchange, (2) engagement with local entrepreneurs through sponsorship, mentorship and recruiting, and (3) leveraging university resources and talent. This environment gives students connections to community and mentors, which promotes their success in future startup endeavors. 3DS events expose students to numerous startup ideas and methods for vetting the ideas, which helps students get started in the right direction. Our mission is to help all universities organize 3DS programs for their students and the surrounding cities and regions.

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Tapestry Dance Company

(Arts and Culture)

Non-Profit Details

Dance Company and Academy

Mission Statement

To share the power of dance through education and performance.

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Well Aware

(Children, Economic Empowerment, Education, Health, Humanitarian Relief, International Affairs, Poverty Alleviation, Women's issues)

Non-Profit Details

WELL AWARE is a 501(c)3 non-profit and a team of professionals dedicated to providing life-saving water to those who have none. Since 2006, we install sustainable clean water systems for the people of East Africa, along with community education and involvement to ensure long-term and scalable impact.

Mission Statement

To add capacity and access to clean, sustainable water with community education and involvement to support current and future needs in east Africa.

3 Available Projects

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Fusebox Festival

(Arts and Culture)

Non-Profit Details

Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that takes place in Austin, TX each April. The tenth annual Fusebox Festival will be April 16-27, 2014. Fusebox Festival, held each spring, has grown into a citywide event of international significance, with over 30,000 people attending the 12-day festival. In 2013, Fusebox presented 60 unique artistic events by over 300 local, national, and international artists and companies in 24 venues around Austin. For ten years, Fusebox has presented a diverse body of work, including visual art, music, literature, theater, dance, and everything in between. Fusebox presents local, national and international artists. The intention is to create a dynamic platform for different artists from different backgrounds (different artistic disciplines/different geographies) to come together to share ideas and present work.

Mission Statement

Fusebox champions innovative works of art across a variety of different mediums. The festival acts as a catalyst for new ideas, new artistic models, and approaches to help us engage with the issues and questions that define contemporary life.

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Hispanic Scholarship Foundation

(Education)

Non-Profit Details

HSC was founded in 2004 as an effort to increase the number of Hispanic students accessing higher education. The magic behind the model was an innovative funding approach where HSC would raise its own funds and then match the funds of other scholarship-minded organizations to make more substantial awards. After the first year, it quickly became evident that in order to be truly impactful, HSC would need to offer more than simply cutting a check. HSC began offering workshops and training to more fully engage and support its scholars. Those two components are now integral facets of the HSC experience. They focus HSC’s efforts on consistent support that research and best practices show to be most influential in helping students reach degree attainment.

Mission Statement

The Hispanic Scholarship Consortium collaboratively leverages resources to provide scholarships to Central Texas Hispanic students and offers a network of support that mentors and empowers scholars to graduate from college as workforce ready leaders engaged in our community.

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Accessible Housing Austin!

(Housing & Homelessness)

Non-Profit Details

AHA! was created in 2005 to empower low-income people with disabilities by making them controlling stakeholders in their housing options. To reflect this, AHA!’s Board of Directors is composed of people with disabilities, low-income residents, and disability professionals. In the pursuit of its mission, AHA! collaborates with a broad coalition of community members, nonprofit organizations, public entities, and private donors. AHA! is the only Community Housing Development Organization that operates in the City of Austin with the exclusive purpose of developing physically-accessible housing for households earning at or below 50% of Austin’s Median Family Income (no more than $37,950 for a family of four). AHA! strives to be the housing developer that the Austin disability community can call its own. AHA! currently owns and operates 9 units of affordable rental housing with 20 units in development.

Mission Statement

Accessible Housing Austin (AHA!) is a nonprofit Community Housing Development Organization dedicated to developing and advancing affordable, accessible, and integrated housing options in Austin, Texas for low-income people with disabilities and their families.

1 Available Projects