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American Honey Bee Protection Agency

We have a stellar team in place that's ready to take on this next Bee Season head on!! We've recently revamped our websites and will be adding Bee education Programs for people with PTSD. We've also been updating our current systems for bee removals and co-op programs!

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Austin Astronomical Society

During the last year, AAS decommissioned our 16" Ealing Educator scope and installed a truss Dobsonian design with 25" of aperture. We have collaborated with Canyon of the Eagles Resort to install a handicapped-accessible portable restroom and improved the paths from the parking area to the restroom and the observatory to better accommodate all our visitors. Visitor count to the Eagle Eye Observatory was up roughly 28% year over year to over 6,000 visitors per year. We have added Girlstart's monthly Starry Nights event to the calendar of regular events at which our members conduct public outreach and education. We are adding UT Austin's Girl Day as a high profile STEM-related activity we will participate in. We have established collaborative relationships with area STEM consortia, and have joined NASA Texas Space Grant Consortia. We will again be a donor and provide volunteers to the Texas Night Sky Festival in support of preservation of Central Texas' dark skies.

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Austin Bat Refuge

For many years we've been the only Central Texas group that exclusively rehabilitates orphaned and injured bats, but we are just now celebrating our first year as an official NPO. In this short time, we have already attracted a solid nucleus of volunteers and collaborators, to ensure this work continues far into the future.

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Austin Boxer Rescue

In 2016, Austin Boxer Rescue is proud to have surpassed 3500 adoptions since its inception in 2006. We also expanded our social media presence to include Instagram and Twitter allowing us to reach more supporters than ever, spreading our adoption and education message to even more far-reaching areas. Although we celebrate every dog we are able to save and are thankful for the opportunity to save the 388 boxers we adopted out in 2016, there were still so many dogs left behind that we were unable to help. Our goal this year is to continue to build and expand on our rescue network relationships reaching out to other boxer rescues to help save even more dogs and increase our adoptions to over 500. Fundraisers like Amplify Austin help us say YES to dogs in need and ensure that no adoptable boxer is left in a shelter to die alone.

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Austin Creative Reuse

Austin Creative Reuse is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization that collects, sells, and distributes donated reusable materials. Our organization is dedicated to exploring innovative ways to combine reuse and creativity. We want to educate the Austin community on conservation and how to transform materials in creative and dynamic ways. Last year ACR experienced phenomenal growth as Austin's first creative reuse center. In 2016 we have more than doubled our days and hours of operation, began a series of free artist led workshops, and now have weekly open volunteer events. We held 16 community building events and an Educator's Open House. All while diverting over 57,000 lbs. of materials from local landfills. In 2017 Austin Creative Reuse needs your help to support the expansion of our center operations and help grow our educational programming so that more participants can learn how to reuse creatively. We would like more educators to benefit from our resources, more artists to be supported with affordable tools and supplies and more community members to learn the enduring power of sustainability by giving materials a new life. Please DONATE now and help to grow our mission and ignite creative minds with the possibilities of reuse!

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Austin Parks Foundation

While Austin appears at the top of almost every "best of" list, ParkScore, the Trust for Public Land's index, ranked Austin 47th out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities for how well we meet our residents' needs for parks. When compared to other cities, we shine in the amount of dedicated parkland we have. But when it comes to ensuring that all Austinites have access to parks and recreation, and that we are investing and maintaining our parkland, we fall incredibly short. At APF, we feel a critical responsibility to invest in and maintain our parks for future generations, and a desire to do much more over the next 25 years. We hope you will agree, our parks deserve better than #47. We believe our public parkland should be preserved and maintained. We believe all Austinites, regardless of where they live, have the right to safe, accessible parks. We believe access to free recreation will make our city healthy and vibrant for years to come. And we believe that citizens should be able to actively come together to improve their parks, and therefore their neighborhoods.

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Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps

Thanks to generosity of many Amplify Austin donors, last summer hundreds of Austin's low income youth experienced a world outside of their own and received the gift of a FREE overnight summer camp. The gift of a FREE summer camp and afterschool programs helps to transform lives by continuing to provide a haven where our community's low income youth experience the natural beauty and wonder of the outdoor environments within Zilker Park and on the shores of Lake Travis. Out of school educational opportunities within Austin Sunshine Camps(ASC) do not stop when the summer is over. Our Sunshine Afterschool Program extends learning and engages middle school students in STEM, life skills, and outdoor experiences five days a week. The target population for Sunshine Afterschool is 6th through 8th grade whose family income is 180% of the Federal Poverty Line. The families of students in this program must qualify for free or reduced lunch in order to participate. The primary goals of the program are to provide academic outcomes, promote social and emotional development and provide innovative outdoor experiences for middle school students in the ASC community. ASC uses our extensive background in outdoors and education to provide an exceptional opportunity for students to go to "camp" every day of the week.

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Barton Springs Conservancy

Austin regularly ranks as one of the top places to live and visit. To fully appreciate this celebrated city, we should look at the story of how Austin grew to be the iconic city it is today. Barton Springs plays a key role in Austin's rich past. In many ways, the story of Barton Springs is the story of Austin. Join Barton Springs Conservancy in Amplifying Austin by helping tell Austin's richest story. Let's honor the history of the Springs and contribute to the legacy. Our City, Our Springs, Our Story.

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Bat Conservation International

Austin is weird. And we love it. The city is famous for embracing its many different communities, including the more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats that call it home. But being Bat City is not always easy. As the city grows, Bat Conservation International (BCI) is helping both our human and batty residents to adjust to living together in harmony. Working with property developers, councils and other Austinites, BCI is helping the city to build and grow in ways that help protect our nocturnal neighbors. Austin has one of the most unusual and fascinating tourist attractions anywhere. The batty residents under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge attract more than 140,000 tourists to the city every year, generating approximately $10 million for the local economy. In fact, the city is now known around the world as one of the best examples of urban wildlife-friendly community. BCI education programs reach thousands of tourists and locals alike every year, helping to spread the bat conservation message here at home and all around the globe.

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Bike Austin Education Fund

Victory! Thanks to the support of our members, supporters and allies. Over the past forty years in Austin, Bike Austin & the Education Fund has secured tens of millions of state and federal dollars for local bike and pedestrian trails, provided the grassroots support for the build-out of a 200+ mile bike lane network and passed a local 3- foot-passing law, Complete Streets policy and a Vision Zero Action Plan. Just this year, we led the fight and won to secure over $120 Million for active transportation infrastructure through a $720 Million mobility-focused bond election. With all this new infrastructure, the real work will begin through education. This fall BAEF piloted two neighborhood-based Ciclovía's, which drew neighbors to car-free spaces for recreation and exercise. At the events, we distributed free bicycles and provided bicycling education classes as well as lights and locks. We will continue this effort throughout Austin in underrepresented areas. Our vision for Austin is simple: We believe that every Austinite has the right to access healthy food, parks, school and work on two wheels, regardless of their age, socio-economic background or comfort level on a bicycle. Every day, people like you - our volunteers, members and supporters - work tirelessly to make this vision a reality. See you on the streets! Help us continue our efforts and donate today!

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Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Our ability to help horses is limited by having the resources to take them in and rehabilitate them. We have many foster homes who would take in an additional horse or two but who cannot afford the cost of rehabilitating horses. In 2016, we started offering a $20/month/horse stipend to help with the costs of feeding the horses. In 2017, we plan to increase the amount of stipend to make fostering more affordable (feeding a horse can cost from $75-$300/month depending on the horse and his/her health).

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Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown

The Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown (BGCGT) has been in existence since 2006 serving local youth and families. In that time, it has seen a large growth in membership and in the need for its critical services. 2015 was a year of excitement and change for the Club with a parcel of land being donated for future development, as well as a move to consolidate locations at the old Carver Elementary School in Georgetown (currently fallow). BGCGT is now serving more children after school than ever before and so the need to expand our donor base is obviously important. Local partnerships have given Club Staff and Board Volunteers the opportunity to build these relationships further and also begin strategic dialogue to move forward over the next 3-5 years. BGCGT is still the only Boys & Girls Club in Williamson County and is proud of the fact that the Annual Membership Due is still $10 per year per child, as it was upon opening in 2006. The need for sustaining funds and potentially capital funds in the future is therefore large so we hope you will support our efforts in 2017 and beyond.

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Camp Fire

Camp Fire Central Texas is thrilled to announce a new location for our Summer STEM Camp. Camp Balcones will be held at Emma Long Metropolitan Park starting on June 5th, 2017. Austin's premier urban nature and science day camp sparks curiosity and inspires learning in kids ages 6 - 12 years old while preventing summer learning loss. Each week features a nature or science theme in addition to swimming, hiking, games, archery, creative expression, and other fun-filled activities. Camp Balcones provides five unique weekly STEM-based themes which incorporate hands-on, project-based activities. The 2017 Weekly STEM themes are: Camping 101, Week of Wings, Urban Wildlife, Farm to Table and Science, Naturally! In preparation for a summer filled with learning and growing, we are hosting a Community Cleanup at Emma Long Park on April 1st. We need community volunteers to help us get the park ready for our campers - by picking up trash, building a safe deck, replacing old fencing and painting our camp house. You can visit www.camp-fire.org to learn more about our Summer Camp and register to volunteer at the Community Cleanup.

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Candlelight Ranch Foundation

Candlelight Ranch offers a pristine 40 acre retreat where special needs children, at-risk youth, and under-served children and families can spend a carefree, fun-filled day, overnight or weekend in nature. In 2017 Candlelight Ranch launched Military Family days in partnership with the Hope Project. These monthly family days are open to veteran and military families with children and are FREE. In addition to our monthly family days, we are strengthening our relationships with our nonprofit partners and focusing on increasing each child's time in nature by encouraging more overnight camps where children will star gaze, eat s'mores and be fully immersed in the benefits of an overnight experience in nature. Your important contribution helps enhance our programs and the experiences we are able to provide the children we serve.

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Central Texas Tortoise Rescue

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