List of free meeting spaces for Austin nonprofits

Since posting this two years ago, we have received about 10 phone calls, emails and in-person requests to edit or delete this post altogether. Seems like some of these places do not want you to use their space.

Apparently, there is a huge unmet need for free meeting spaces for nonprofits. These locations are overrun with requests, so please do not call them. As for places your nonprofit can have a meeting, see the un-crossed-off items and the comments.

1. Austin Community Foundation – Central Austin, by the Triangle
4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300
Open to any nonprofit
There are two conference room possibilities at ACF. Ammenities include chairs, tables, white boards, password-free wifi, free covered parking and motion lights. So you’ll have to keep moving if you want to be able to see.
To reserve: Call 472-4483 and ask for Hessie

 

2. Greenlights – Main Office – Central  near Lamar/183
7703 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 400
Members only
Small, medium and large rooms are available. Same type of amenities here as at ACF. But – and here’s a big but – you have to be a member to use a room. No problem—just join! You must also complete a user agreement and review a user checklist. See all on their website.
To reserve: Reserve online

3. Greenlights – Mitte Carriage House – Downtown
1008C West Avenue
Members only
This place looks nice! See the Web page for photos. Again, you have to be a member of Greenlights. Oh, and they’ll need a credit card just in case “the facility is not left in satisfactory condition after your event, or if the alarm system has to be disarmed due to improper use.”
To reserve: Reserve online

4. LIVEStrong Foundation – East Austin
2201 E. Sixth Street
Open to any nonprofit
Just a beautiful building on the east side with a large conference room open to any nonprofit. They ask that you give them about six weeks notice and you can’t set up recurring meetings. Also, you can serve food and drinks, but alcohol and smoking aren’t permitted within 100 miles. (Not really, but kind of. They’re bad for you anyway.)
To reserve: Reserve online

 

5. Goodwill Industries of Central Texas – Community Center -North at 1-35/183
1015 Norwood Park Blvd
Open to any nonprofit
You’ll have to check out the virtual tour. What a great space!I’m not sure what you have to do to reserve this space, but I’d make this one of the first places I’d consider. If I didn’t work at ACF, that is. Also ask about the space at their Recycling Center.
To reserve: Give them a call! 637-7100

6. Convio (Doubly not sure about this one now, but you can try)- North at the Domain
11501 Domain Drive
I’m not sure about this one. (Did I mention I was writing this in the middle of the night? I’ll call tomorrow.) But if they do have a space you can use, please note that their offices are at The Domain, which as you might know, are way uptown.
To reserve: Give them a call; tell them GivingCity Austin sent you.

7. BuildASign.com – I got an email from them recently asking me to list their space. It’s HUGE! Seats 100-200 people. Offers screen, projector. They’re also up by Domain but I have never heard of a space this big that’s offered to nonprofits for free.
To reserve: Contact Chelsea Manning at chelsea.manning@buildasign.com

8. Microsoft Store at Domain – Gorgeous spot, gorgeous location and as free as can be. This space is in the back of the store so not 100 percent private. But what it lacks in privacy it more than makes up for in display capabilities. All you need to bring is a thumb drive. The screen is at least eight-feet wide and almost as tall. This space can seat about 20-3o comfortably and they let you bring in food and drink.
To reserve: Call Brynn Biddle at the Microsoft Store at the Domain, brynn.biddle@microsoft.com

NOTE: There are a few other meeting spaces available for nonprofits but… well, they asked to be removed from this list. They simply can’t handle all of the requests! So as much as I try to be exhaustive, I also must respect the wishes of the over-burdened nonprofits who find that managing their meeting rooms detracts from the core services they offer. Thanks for understanding!

Know any other free meeting spaces for nonprofits in Austin? Please add their information to the comments! Thanks.

9 comments for “List of free meeting spaces for Austin nonprofits

  1. April 22, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Ronald McDonald House has a great meeting room that holds around 40-45.

  2. April 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Ronald McDonald House – has a community meeting room available. Small kitchen attached. Great for all-day retreat or lunchtime mtg for about 20 ppl. Must complete small contract. Contact: Jan Gunter at jgunter@rmhc-austin.org or 472-9844.

  3. Julie Ann
    June 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Austin Public Library. The new Twin Oaks branch (S. 5th) is so cozy and nice!

  4. January 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Wait, what? Me, pressure someone? Never! I’d like to second Julie’s suggestion of the libraries. I’ve held a number of meetings at the Carver Branch, and library rooms are high on functionality, if not ambience. P.S. There’s also a need for a list of free or low-cost meeting places that serve food & drink, like restaurant banquet rooms…

  5. Eva Watkins
    June 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    It’s a part of the Austin Public Libraries (though not everyone knows it) – The Austin History Center! It’s a beautiful space and fits about 60 people. Great central location and, like all the libraries, it’s free to use!

  6. Margaret Stambaugh
    August 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    La Madaleine on Brodie has a meeting space. They charge $50 but you can pay that in food/drink.

    Also, doesn’t REI make their meeting space available to non-profits?

  7. April 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Here’s a link to the Ronald McDonald House community meeting room. https://rmhc-austin.org/community-room

    It is not technically free. The way it works is this: We do not charge for the use of the room, but we do ask groups to do something to support us, such as making a donation, getting involved in one of our fundraising events, bringing wish list items, etc.

    Visit the website first, and then email me with your request.

    Jan Gunter – RMHC Austin

  8. March 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Goodwill is no longer renting out their space.

  9. June 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    FYI – Build A Sign is NOT open to all non-profit groups. Strange but true.

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