9 Austin Non-Profits We Love
We live in such a beautiful place, and there's so many great local organizations that work tirelessly every day to keep it that way. From animal shelters to health care providers, environmental preservation work, female empowerment, and everything in between, these non-profits are what keep Austin so great and it's as important as ever to thank them with your support.
That's why we're participating in Amplify Austin Day, the annual day of online fundraising for Austin non-profits. Last year Austinites donated over $9.8 MILLION to organizations they love, and this year we want to help top that! We know that the amount of non-profits to choose from can be overwhelming, so we put together this list of local organizations that we love to help you out:
Alzheimer's Association Capital of Texas Chapter
The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and reasearch; the Alzheimer's Association aims to eliminate the disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The SIMS Foundation provides access and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals, and their family members.
The Seton Fund
Seton's mission is to care for and improve the health of those we serve, with a special concern for the poor and the vulnerable. With the help of our generous supporters throughout the community, we've been able to carry out this important mission since the Daughters of Charity founded Seton more than 100 years ago.
Austin Humane Society
The Austin Humane Society's mission is to provide comprehensive, humane, and life-saving animal services, transforming the lives of animals and those who love them. As the largest no-kill, non-profit pet adoption center in Austin, the Austin Humane Society is dedicated to: Saving Austin's homeless cats and dogs; Educating our community about responsible pet ownership; Reducing pet over-population
Chris Mosser's Pick
When our son was born, he had to undergo a pretty serious intestinal surgery - scariest moment (so far) for us as parents, and I've never forgotten Dr. Robert Schlecter, who performed the surgery perfectly and with a kind manner that helped us get through a very stressful time. He's now the Surgeon-in-Chief at Dell Children's Medical Center, which gives me a personal reason to support that world-class facility at every opportunity.
Emily McIntosh's Pick:
Keep Austin Beautiful
One of my favorite things about Austin (not always mentioned in a tourism brochure along with amazing food, expansive live music and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet) are all the beautiful, natural green spaces our city has to offer. And as we rapidly grow and expand, the need continues to keep our green spaces green. Keep Austin Beautiful is perhaps most famous for their programs to reduce litter and encourage recycling. They also do an awesome job hosting educational opportunities and public awareness campaigns about living more environmentally consciously. And I love seeing the cleanup efforts every year on Keep Austin Beautiful day; which this year is Saturday April 14th!
Andy Langer's Pick:
Austin is a famously tolerant and pleasant city, but I’m still relieved there’s folks fighting to make sure that’s always our story, by battling on a daily basis against racism, hate crimes and discrimination. And while the Anti-Defamation League has a great track record of working with law enforcement and victims when a hate crime occurs, they also does incredible work educating our kids before there’s a problem- their efforts to combat bullying with a school program called No Place For Hate is one of the most important, life-changing initiatives in all of the Austin non-profit world.
Loris Lowe's Pick:
My favorite local nonprofit to support is the Health Alliance For Austin Musicians. I've seen firsthand how this organization literally saves lives. I consider our Austin musicians a treasure, and I admire them so much for following their muse, even though it often comes with a lot of financial struggle. HAAM can be a lifesaver in desperate situations for our local artists. They also help provide affordable preventative care, so that many medical problems can be avoided. Please consider supporting them on Amplify Austin Day.
Kelly Stocker's Pick:
GEN Austin has been doing fantastic work for years but it's so important right now to support girls as they become women - to help them grow in confidence, leadership and learning. Teaching girls how to navigate adolescence feels especially relevant with the paradigm shifts happening around #metoo and equal pay.
Forrest Griffen's Pick:
I was raised by full-time, professional musicians who met and married down the way in San Antonio. And before moving here all my local friends were Live Music Capital veteran musicians. Every one of them has told me how HAAM makes a difference, and how it sets Austin apart from other cities. Thank you, Austin musicians, for making Austin, well, Austin.