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

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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…

Why this famous cause still matters

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With the ubiquity of the pink ribbon, it would be hard to imagine that there are people who aren’t aware of the fight against breast cancer. The fight against breast cancer took center stage in 1982 with a sister’s promise to end breast cancer forever. When Susan G. Komen was battling for her life against…

TREND: More Austin businesses giving back

In Austin, we just may be at the tipping point for charitable giving from local businesses. Ask Debbie Johnson, who manages Austin Gives, a program that recruits and recognizes local businesses that give back. Though the program is less than two years old, it already has almost 200 members, many of which stepped up their…

Nonprofits Push for Hispanic Leaders in Austin

Whatever you think of Austin’s surge in the Hispanic population, there’s no denying that it creates a need for more Hispanic leaders. And as usual, Austin’s nimble nonprofit organizations are responding to the need. By the year 2050, 1 in 3 Americans will be Latino, according to demographic projections. In Travis County it’s already happening:…

Love, Jane Rose

Last week, nonprofits across town recognized National Volunteer Week, which was conceived by the Hands On Network and the Points of Light. One of the warmest, most heartfelt thanks came from Jane Rose, volunteer services coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin. “I created something of a ‘love letter’ to all volunteers, not just…

Donate: The man is selling space on his arms, people.

On September 2, Rob Cunningham will swim in Town Lake from the 360 Bridge to Tom Miller Dam, 4.1 miles total. Then, in October, he’ll ride his bike from Dallas to Austin, 200 miles. He’s not a “fitness freak,” per se. No, Rob’s more of a philanthropy freak. Because you don’t just jump in the…