The mission of Austin Ed Fund is to support excellence and innovation in the Austin Independent School District. As champions for the work of Austin ISD, Austin Ed Fund aligns the investments of foundations, corporations, community organizations, and individual donors with the strategies that will ensure that Austin ISD students continue to excel.
Community investment through Austin Ed Fund ensures that every Austin ISD student has access to innovative opportunities and enriching experiences. Since the Fall of 2015, Austin Ed Fund has awarded over $300,000 to 65 different campus-based projects. Our Innovation Grants program supports creative teacher-generated projects while the Student Opportunity Fund provides academic enrichment to economically disadvantaged students. Funded projects range from an afterschool virtual reality club and a parent-child literacy program to incentive-based field trips and tutoring for refugee students.
In 2018, Austin Ed Fund plans to award our highest amount ever to Innovation Grants and Student Opportunity Fund grants - $160,000 in total! We'll also continue to champion and help fundraise for Austin ISD's nationally-recognized Social and Emotional Learning initiative, which teaches students the skills to resolve conflict, manage emotions, and succeed in the classroom, career, and life.
Impact StatementThanks to generous community support, Austin Ed Fund supports innovation and excellence for nearly 82,000 students across Austin ISD.
Needs StatementIn a time of severe public budget cuts, your generosity directly empowers Austin ISD teachers to develop and implement innovative initiatives that will shape our next generation of scholars, professionals, and community leaders.
Contributions made during Amplify Austin are not subject to the Texas recapture law, therefore your tax-deductible donation stays locally in Austin to help advance learning for more than 82,000 Austin ISD students. To learn more about how recapture affects Austin ISD, visit https://www.austinisd.org/legislature.
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"I strongly believe that this course (MAPS) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) have made a big difference in my son's life and on his outlook of school now and for the years to come." - Parent of an Austin High School student
"I worked harder at the end of the school year by going to tutoring during lunch so I could come on this trip." - 7th grade student at Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy, Student Opportunity Fund project
Matching Funds DescriptionDuring our "Power Hour" from 8 - 9 am on Friday, March 2, Horace Mann will match each gift dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. Donate that hour to double your impact! We are so very grateful that this support from Horace Mann, St. David's Foundation, and Google Fiber empowers us to maximize the impact YOUR donation has on our students and teachers.
St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2018 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.
Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.