First of all, we are grateful that you are here - on the Amplify Austin website! We hope that you will take the time to "shop around" and explore the hundreds of hard-working nonprofits that are represented on this site.
We are working hard to ensure that Amplify Austin continues to make giving back to Central Texas nonprofits fun and impactful. We are expecting tens of thousands of donors to participate in Amplify Austin this year and we appreciate your efforts to improve the quality of life for all Central Texans.
Amplify Austin 2015 is going to be bigger and more impactful than ever and want to extend special thanks to the St. David's Community Foundation for providing $1 million in matching money for their partner organizations. Special thanks also go out to all of our sponsoring businesses, especially University Federal Credit Union.
Beyond Amplify Austin, be on the lookout for our other signature events: See Jane Give, Give Back Jack and The BIG Give. Also, check out our Community Needs Spotlight pieces in the Austin American-Statesman.
Say it with us, "I Live Here, I Give Here!" Giving back… it feels good!
On March 20-21, Austinites truly changed their beloved home for the better. Donors really stepped up, giving to their choice of more than 500 local nonprofits through I Live Here, I Give Here's AmplifyATX website and surpassing our goal of $4,000,000 by 45%!
• $5.7 million raised in 24 hours
• $189,000 raised for our incentive fund and cash prizes
• Nearly 20,000 individuals made gifts on AmplifyATX day 2014
• $1,000,000+ of "in-kind" advertising and "earned" media support
• Over 90,000 AmplifyATX.org hits in two days
COMMUNITY NEEDS SPOTLIGHT
In 2014 we unveiled a new partnership with the Austin American-Statesman. Starting in January, the Statesman began publishing monthly articles that focus on the needs of our community and how nonprofits are meeting those needs. Each month, the Community Needs Spotlight (CNS) recognizes a different cause. In 2014, we spotlighted causes such as animal welfare, education, assisting veterans and fighting obesity. Thanks to this partnership with the Statesman, we've been able to showcase the great work of our local nonprofits to a wider audience than ever!
THE BIG GIVE
The Big Give is I Live Here, I Give Here's annual celebration of giving, continuing our mission of inspiring Central Texans to give more and for more Central Texans to give. This event is an amazing fun-filled evening. Of course, the event is really about honoring our outstanding local donors with our Big Giver award. This year we were honored to recognize Julie Stevenson for her unbelievable efforts in supporting two of our local nonprofits, Any Baby Can and SafePlace.
The Jefferson Award: This is the second year that we are teaming with the Statesman for the national Jefferson Awards nominations. Each year the Big Giver winner represents our region as the nominee for this prestigious award that goes to a private citizen for excellence in public service.
Big and Little Prizes: We awarded the Mercedes-Benz of Austin $10,000 BIG Prize and the RetailMeNot $5,000 Little Prize to two nonprofits that excel at stewarding and thanking their donors.
• Membership donated over $21,000 to 12 nonprofits
• Over 800 volunteer hours were given to service projects
• Board Internship Program trained 15 young professionals to be effective community board members
• Over 50% increase in Twitter followers keeping up with our work
• Visitors to our website increase 89%
• Visitors to nonprofit splash pages increased by 78%
• Facebook likes increased by 58%
• Twitter followers increased by 54%
Your gift to I Live Here, I Give Here changes lives in Central Texas by encouraging others to give as generously as you do, and by building the capacity of our nonprofit sector.
- Tony Budet, CEO -UFCU
"As a leader in the non-profit community, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas is honored to be a partner of Amplify Austin. Through our experience with participating in Amplify Austin, we've witnessed transformational philanthropy through concentrated giving and awareness. This has elevated our cause and giving throughout our community, allowing us to do our mission of nourishing hungry people bigger, bolder and better".
- Hank Perret, President and CEO, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.
"Truth Be Told was founded in 2003 by three Austin women who were providing personal development programs to women in prison.
We heard about Amplify Austin the first year, but weren't organized enough to participate. In 2014, we decided to jump in less than a month before the event and felt pretty clueless. We picked what we thought was an ambitious goal of $10,000 and surpassed that before the event day. With our matching funds we raised a total of $24,000 which was 27% of our budget for the year. And Amplify is the gift that keeps of giving! Of our 295 donors, 207 were first time donors, many of whom made additional contributions during the year."
We so appreciate I Live Here, I Give Here. All the sessions we have attended have been great. Keep up the great work! You provide a platform for small organizations like ours that doesn't exist any where else."
- Allison Gueli, Truth Be Told
It [Amplify Austin] was a moment that future historians should note writing about the development of modern Austin. It's not a Capitol fire or a school desegregation order, but what Amplify Austin has in common with those events is that they test a city's character.
- Austin American Statesman Editorial, March 7, 2013