AUSTIN (KXAN) — As of Friday morning, people have already contributed more than $5 million to the Amplify Austin fundraiser.
The campaign ultimately seeks to raise $11 million during a 24-hour period. The donations will ultimately benefit more than 700 nonprofits in the area.
Matthew Stephenson, the executive director and co-founder of Code2College, set a goal of raising $25,000 from this year’s fundraiser. He told KXAN that his organization has participated in the campaign for the past three years.
In the past, he’s used the money to further the organization’s goal of increasing the number of minority and low-income high school students going into STEM fields.
Grace Holland, the development director for Breakthrough Central Texas, said her organization wanted to collect $20,000 this year through Amplify Austin.
Breakthrough provides programs and assistance to students from low-income communities who are the first in their families to go to college.
The local nonprofits that are currently receiving the most donations through Amplify Austin include the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, Hospice Austin, YMCA of Austin, Central Texas Food Bank, and AIDS Services of Austin.