AUSTIN (KXAN) - Local organization Impact Austin is giving out $518,000 on Monday to five area nonprofits.
Members of Impact Austin say their group is made up of diverse women who come together to bring new resources to the community to make philanthropy possible.
"We are proud that we can provide funds to these terrific organizations that do so much to improve our community in so many ways," said Impact Austin Executive Director Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
In addition, they say their vision is to create women who are inspirational role models, reaching their full potential for a better quality of life in the community.
Impact Austin combines annual donations of $1,000 from its members and gives multiple grants of more than $100,000 each June to local nonprofit organizations.
Winners of the 2012 grants
- Theater Action Project
- AVANCE - Austin
- Ecology Austin
- Partnerships for Children
- The Boy and Girls Clubs of the Austin area
Each group is getting $103,600 to be used to implement new programs throughout the Austin area.
"These grants will help each group with a new initiative or program that they are working on for the year, and we are glad we can help make a difference," added Fitzgerald.
Impact Austin is visiting each nonprofit group to meet board members, employees and friends of each organization.
"We have a wonderful membership group that understands how impactful this program is to the five groups we highlight each year," said Fitzgerald.
Each year, Impact Austin has five areas they focus on when considering who will get the grants.
Areas they focus on:
- health and wellness
Committees evaluate proposals and do site visits before making suggestions to the general membership, and finalists are then chosen.
This is the ninth year that Impact Austin donates back to the community.
"For Impact Austin to give close to $4 million in nine years is amazing and shows the true impact that we can make on the community, one member at a time," said Fitzgerald.
Impact Austin will make an award presentation to each group on Monday starting at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
The Austin City Council is set to vote Thursday on design changes for the Auditorium Shores Dog Park.
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.
Light snow flurries were reported early Saturday just north of the KXAN viewing area. Sub-freezing temperatures along with a slight chance of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue through Sunday morning.