Downtown Austin

Amplify Austin, Austin’s community-wide day of giving, kicks off March 4th, and now more than ever beloved organizations across Central Texas could use your support. The ongoing pandemic followed up by the winter storm took a toll on so many establishments that do so much good for our Austin community. Amplify Austin is our chance to give back to those who have given so much to us, without us even realizing.

Amplify Austin is near and dear to us for many reasons and this year it has the opportunity to be the most powerful round of giving to date. Click here to learn more about Amplify Austin and their “I Live Here I Give Here” mission to make Central Texas the most generous community in the nation. Hundreds of organizations are participating this year, and you can find the full list here. The list that we put together below consists of different groups who have stood out to our team over time. We invite you to join us this year in Amplify Austin’s I Live Here I Give Here initiative to ensure that Austin thrives for decades to come!

Save Our Springs Alliance

Since 1992, the Save Our Springs Alliance (SOS) has worked to protect the water quality of Barton Springs, the Edwards Aquifer, and all of the beautiful creeks and rivers of the Texas Hill Country. They made the landmark Save Our Springs Initiative Ordinance possible, which to this day embodies the gold standard of water quality protections in Texas.

Save Our Springs Alliance is working to expand its efforts in the Texas Hill Country to better manage the limited water resources and to encourage cities to invest in land conservation. This Amplify Austin Day, they hope to raise the necessary funds to continue to expand their critical work. When you support Save Our Springs, you are standing up for environmental education, responsible growth and development, protecting natural resources, clean water and so much more.

Banding Together ATX by Red River Cultural District 

Red River Cultural District is participating in Amplify Austin to raise funds for the nonprofit’s emergency relief grant program, Banding Together ATX. Banding Together ATX is intended to support Austin’s live music community including the music, service, hospitality, and creative sector workers that rely on regular programming and continual income to survive. The program has now awarded over $225,000 across 3,000+ individual grants to local displaced workers since its inception last March.

In support of the Banding Together ATX fun, two restaurants within the district—Hoboken Pies and Pelons Tex-Mex—have partnered with RRCD to donate a portion of proceeds from a special menu item back to the nonprofit organization beginning now through Friday, the 5th. Local residents are encouraged to not only donate day-of Amplify but also stop in next week to support these two local businesses.

Pease Park Conservancy

Pease Park Conservancy staff have been busy assessing and responding to the damage across all 84-acres of the park from the devastating winter storm. The population of cedar trees appears to have been the hardest hit, in fact almost every cedar tree in the park was damaged to some extent. PPC needs your assistance restoring Pease Park after this disastrous freeze, and Amplify Austin is your chance to help.

PPC Board Member Kate Thompson has made an incredibly generous challenge gift. She will match all Amplify gifts dollar-for-dollar up to a combined total of $25,000. Together with Kate, you can help Pease Park Conservancy restore the park.

Beautifully Loved

Beautifully Loved works to improve confidence and self-worth of families dealing with pediatric cancer and other childhood chronic illness through experiences of wellness, beauty and fashion. A few of their programs include the Annual Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Fashion Show, Beautifully Living Mindfulness and Self Esteem Workshops, Mom to Mom Support Programs, In Hospital Beauty Services, Mentorship Programs, Beautifully Loved Pamper Boxes, and more.

A donation to Beautifully Loved helps support their therapeutic programs and their ability to purchase items needed for their ten programs. Your much-needed support helps young patients battling chronic illnesses and their families to feel valued, cared for, empowered and so Beautifully Loved!

Austin Pets Alive! 

2021 is a turning point for Austin Pets Alive!, and Austin as a whole, as APA! works to continue to have our city be the model for No Kill across the country and internationally. They’re calling on everyone in the APA! family to support their historic plans for this year because they couldn’t save the lives that they do without the help of people like you! You have given over 80,000 animals a second chance at life over the last decade but the work is far from over.

Austin Pets Alive! is only able to exist because of the support of the community, and they need your help to be able to continue to save the lives who need them the most. A small donation of $10 buys microchips and enrichment toys for a couple of dogs or cats; $25 buys one week of milk for a litter of kittens; $50 vaccinates a litter of puppies, and that’s just the beginning! Help save our four-legged friends here.

Good Work Austin

Good Work Austin works together as a growing community of small independent local Austin businesses invested in creating good jobs, ensuring a quality workplace, and amplifying like-minded voices. At city and state levels GWA advocates for progressive legislation on behalf of small, locally-owned businesses and their workers to support a growing economy where we can all thrive.

Through their Community Kitchen program, they are keeping local businesses open, keeping staff employed at a living wage, and providing meals for underserved populations.  The money to fund these programs stays in the local community and also supports the local farmers and suppliers that our restaurants source from. Consider donating to GWA to help their mission of creating good work, for Austin and beyond.

Austin Justice Coalition

Austin Justice Coalition is a Racial Justice Group that educates and builds community power for people of color who live in Austin, Texas that need support, community, and liberation during a time of systemic injustice in America.

A donation to the Austin Justice Coalition will help provide items given to people experiencing homelessness, and provide meals to families who have been affected by COVID. There is also a $70,000 donation match in place courtesy of ILHIGH Amplify: Disaster Relief Fund for organizations helping with urgent immediate needs and subsequent aftereffects due to the winter storms.

Friends Of The Children Austin

Friends of the Children Austin’s mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty. Their model is to achieve this goal through intentional relationship with a professional, salaried, full-time, bilingual mentor called a “Friend.” They commit to these children through high school graduation—for 12+ years, no matter what. Friends focus on goals and core assets, such as school success and self-determination, proven to counteract three key risk factors associated with poverty: early parenting, incomplete education, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Your support is crucial to ensuring the continued success of their long-term, wrap-around program. When you give to Friends Austin, you are investing in a brighter future for our community’s children who are facing the greatest obstacles to success.

Shadow Cats

Shadow Cats is the largest Sanctuary in Central Texas providing lifetime care for feline leukemia cats. They have been serving special needs cats both locally and nationally since 1997. In addition to our focus on Felv+ cats, their One Life Fund has helped several thousand ill and injured cats in the greater community and assisted hundreds in high kill shelters across the nation in addition to funding Trap-Neuter-Return days.

A significant percentage of their resident cats require ongoing veterinary care at any given time because of their age, prior injury, or chronic illnesses. Your donations will also provide food for community and sanctuary cats. Your support of their programs continue to help them make a tremendous and continued impact, both locally and nationally.

The Trail Foundation

Whether you have been in Austin all your life, are new to the city, or are just visiting for a conference or festival, chances are you’ve seen the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. The Trail—and its surrounding 200-acres of parkland—provides the only connection to nature that many people have in their daily lives and forms a connection between transportation corridors and diverse neighborhoods.

In 2021, The Trail Foundation’s goal is to raise funds in order to – continue ecological restoration on 200-acres of parkland, provide infrastructure improvements including the Butler Shores Exercise Equipment Enhancement project, Rainey Street Trailhead, and Holly Project, and increase connections to Austin neighborhoods from MoPac to Pleasant Valley Dr. Your gift today ensures The Trail Foundation will continue to provide this vital access to nature for residents and visitors to Austin.

Girls Empowerment Network

Girls Empowerment Network’s mission is to ignite power in girls by teaching them skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable. The agency accomplishes this through their self-efficacy curriculum which girls experience on their school campuses, through summer camps, and at We Are Girls Conferences. In their most recently complete year 78 percent of girls served come from low-income families, 79 percent are girls of color, and all are between the ages of 8 and 18.

With your support, you will provide young women access to Girl Connect sessions. These sessions strengthen their internal belief in their power. When they feel powerful, they can be unstoppable. Girls Empowerment Network knows girls are powerful and their mission is to help them know it too.

Drive A Senior Austin

Drive A Senior is Central Texas’ first free senior transportation agency and they believe no senior should be left without basic transportation to receive medical care or access to regular healthy food options. They strive to enable older adults to live independently, avoid social isolation, and age in place by providing volunteer-based transportation and other support services.

Your donation to Drive A Senior Austin will help expand their volunteer transportation services to serve the critical needs of more seniors in the greater Austin Metropolitan area. Funds will be used for the coordination of all client services, volunteer recruitment and training, extending their grocery shopping program and more.

Austin Humane Society 

For nearly seven decades, the Austin Humane Society has given a voice to the voiceless – providing endless love, care and compassion to every animal that passes through their shelter doors. Since 1952, they have given second chances to countless animals. But this past year has been like no other. Their world at AHS has changed so much. The pandemic brought with it a wave of uncertainty—but when the world shut down, they kept going.

They are so excited to share that they have some incredible donors who have made anonymous gifts for matching opportunities. They invite you to join them in supporting the critical programs at AHS.

Born and raised in Austin, Emily thrives off sunlight and a good happy hour. In her free time she enjoys finding hidden spots along the greenbelt and frequent trips to Austin Pets Alive! She graduated with a degree in PR and has spent the past four years as a social media manager and writer.