3 Who Made Austin A Giving City in 2014

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So much good in 2014! From Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ breaking ground with Community First! to St. David’s Foundation gift to help open a new mental health facility, Austin givers have also been movers and shakers, taking the lead in their communities and doing the work to make things right. If we had to narrow…

Four years after accident, a daughter’s life back on track

Kate Austin Dog Alliance

A unique program at the Austin Dog Alliance gave a young woman with brain injury a new direction and purpose. We had to share this story from them. Katie is the first student to complete the vocational training classes and start earning a paycheck through our S+CORE! (Students + Canines = Opportunities for Rewarding Employment)…

Freescale Ups Its Investment in Texas STEM

A team competes in a FIRST Robotics competition.

Freescale helped establish the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon in 1991. Today, they sponsor it and use the funds raised to support future science and technology leaders. Freescale uses its sponsorship of the Austin Marathon, which will take place on February 15, 2015, to build awareness for the Freescale Foundation and STEM education (science, tech.…

Season for Caring shows Austin’s potential for generosity

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I’m thinking about the Austin Community Foundation today as they pore through thousands of envelopes filled with checks from the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign. That campaign launched for the 16th year this past Sunday, profiling more than 10 families in our community who need the most help. Nominated by nonprofits that serve them,…

List of 2014 “Sponsor a Family” Projects and Toy Drives


Need a reminder of the true meaning of the season? Here are more than a dozen opportunities to give gifts to fellow Austinites who truly need your help. Our annual list of “Sponsor a Family” and Toy Drives offers a variety of opportunities for families, companies, organizations and individuals. Browse the projects below and get…