New partners, new initiatives to help Amplify meet its $10 million goal

Amplify Austin

I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) is excited to announce several partnerships, both brand new as well as expanded from previous years, with trusted community-favorite brands in support of Amplify Austin Day 2018. The city’s annual community-wide, 24-hour day of online giving is slated to return for a sixth consecutive year in 2018, taking place from 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, through 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka continues to be a tenured sponsor of the event and major supporter of ILHIGH, the nonprofit organization that connects Austin with programs like Amplify Austin Day. In support of this year’s Amplify Austin Day event, Tito’s Handmade Vodka has donated $10,000 for the Amplify Austin Stretch Fund, which will reward all participating Central Texas nonprofits. In addition, the community can donate on Tito’s website at, and Tito’s will match all donations made on the page up to $10,000. This partnership with Tito’s will potentially lead to a $20,000 total donation that will touch over 700 local nonprofits. Tito’s will also be supporting a special Amplify Austin Day kick-off party on Thursday, March 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lustre Pearl East featuring specialty cocktails and donation stations.

“It’s an honor to be a part of Amplify Austin this year,” said Amy Lukken, chief joyologist at Tito’s Handmade Vodka. “Amplify Austin embodies all the characteristics we strive for in a philanthropic partner, and we can’t wait to see the community come together to raise money for our deserving local nonprofits.”

Additionally, Texas-based, on-demand delivery app Favor has partnered with ILHIGH in support of this year’s Amplify Austin Day. With the goal of raising $10,000 in total, beginning Monday, February 26, and running through Sunday, March 4, Favor customers can contribute any dollar amount to the 2018 Amplify Austin Stretch Fund after completing their Favor app transaction. All contributions from Favor patrons during this campaign will then be distributed to the 700 local nonprofit organizations participating in Amplify Austin Day through the Amplify Stretch Fund.

Being introduced for the first time through a brand new partnership, residents in Central Texas—and now across the globe!—can give back on Amplify Austin Day and throughout the year with the socially-conscious cash-back credit card Charity Charge. In this new partnership, Charity Charge has pledged $5,000 toward the 2018 Amplify Austin Day Stretch Fund to support all 700 participating nonprofits. In addition, Charity Charge will pledge an additional $25 to the Fund for each new user’s first Charity Charge card purchase made through ILHIGH’s dedicated signup page. To learn more, please visit

Amplify Austin Day is an initiative designed to increase philanthropy through online giving for hundreds of Central Texas nonprofits during a single 24-hour period. This year, Amplify Austin aims to raise over $10 million in one day for 700 nonprofits across seven Central Texas counties—Travis, Hays, Williamson, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell, and Blanco.

The sixth annual Amplify Austin event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, through 6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018. Givers can plan ahead for Amplify Austin Day and schedule donations to their favorite nonprofits. This year, givers are also able to search for nonprofits that have additional match dollars available, like St. David’s Foundation. It’s easier than ever for those interested in giving to find nonprofits located in specific counties, areas, or by a cause important to them on

ILHIGH is grateful to all the corporate and media sponsors helping to make this year’s Amplify Austin event possible, including major sponsors St. David’s Foundation, University Federal Credit Union, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Austin Community Foundation, Bazaarvoice, Mercedes-Benz of Austin, Silicon Labs, NXP Semiconductors, Google Fiber, Shield-Ayres Foundation, Lee and Roger Kintzel, Drillinginfo, Charles Schwab, and Charity Charge.

Local businesses Cirrus Logic, SolarWinds, Charles Schwab, Drillinginfo, and Bazaarvoice have planned major Amplify Austin Day campaigns and stepped up their efforts with exciting plans and matching dollars to encourage their employees to give local and support the causes they love. Last year, as a group, these companies raised one third of the $914,000 raised by 68 local businesses.

New this year, Amplify Austin Day has also secured category-dedicated match dollars to reward all participating nonprofit organizations of a certain cause with extra matching dollars. Category stretch funds are being sponsored by various foundations and companies. Sponsored categories currently include the following: Animal Care & Services sponsored by an anonymous donor; Education sponsored by Google Fiber; and Environment sponsored by the Shield-Ayres Foundation.

To learn more about Amplify Austin 2018, including sponsorship opportunities and participating organizations, visit If interested in staying up to date on ILHIGH and Amplify Austin happenings, be sure to also follow along on Facebook at, as well as on Twitter @ILH_IGH and on Instagram at @AmplifyATX.

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