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A+ Education Foundation

A+ Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation, is a philanthropic arm of A+ Federal Credit Union, is devoted to providing grants for educators in the Greater Austin Area. In 2015 the Foundation awarded over $72,000 to 76 grant recipients!

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ACCESS to Learning, Inc

In 2016-2017 school year, ACCESS to Learning, Inc. has offered Field Trip Scholarships for $200. each to 10 Austin-Area schools. We hope, through Amplify Austin 2017, we can double the Field Trip Scholarships to offer 20 field trips for the 2017-2018 school year. Our organization believes strongly that collaboration between schools and cultural and educational sites provide an excellent opportunity for learning. Through student field trips, that are curriculum-based, students are provided experiential learning lessons which will give students increased opportunities to enhance their learning beyond the classroom. Through further donations, ACCESS to Learning, Inc, will be able to provide more opportunities to promote and facilitate more opportunities for experiential learning at cultural and educational sites through field trips, traveling exhibits to schools and solar classroom lessons, for teachers and their students. Thank you for your support of ACCESS to Learning, Inc. Dr. Donna Love Vliet Founder/Director ACCESS to Learning, Inc.

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AHB Community School

School + Home Connection Because AHB is a part-time school, the connection between learning done in the classroom and learning done outside of the school day is a key aspect of each student's educational experience. To that end, AHB teachers work with students and parents to create Projects and Practice that are relevant, meaningful, and appropriate for each child's ability. Such projects and practice are done at school and at home, with and without adult guidance, and are accompanied with support from the teachers to ensure that students and parents can be successful. Projects and Practice work is provided and assigned as necessary throughout the week, and is often to be returned after the long weekend. Assignments are varied by classroom and by the specific skills that students are tackling in a given quarter. Students should be able to complete their Projects and Practice within a reasonable amount of time. Ongoing reading and math skill development are a natural part of the growth of a lifelong learner and are expected to be a normal part of home routines beyond the Projects and Practice. Educational research (along with AHB's own experience) suggests that daily minimums of reading and math practice help keep students progressing through their development. Parents and students are asked to communicate with teachers if they consistently require more time than expected to complete their work, or if they have any other questions about the amount and/or quality of the assignments. Because of the shorter amount of time in school, Projects and Practice are important to each student's success. Parents must commit to ensuring that their child is completing Projects and Practice and that their work is on-time, neat, complete, and representative of appropriate effort. Parent Life The beauty of a community school is that the community extends beyond the classroom. Many families at AHB forge bonds of friendship that last far beyond the Elementary and Middle Years that their kids are in school. We provide ample opportunities for families and parents to connect with each other throughout our school year. Family Involvement At AHB Community School, one thing you will often see is parents and families interacting with students, teachers, administration, and even our broader community. Families are always welcome to find a place and a way to actively participate in their child's education. We offer several events each year where we formally gather as a community and celebrate. Portfolios on Parade (or POP) is an inspiring showcase of the schoolwork and projects that students have worked on throughout the semester. For one day at the end of each semester, families, students, teachers, and administration all gather for performances and tours through each classroom where students proudly discuss their work from the past semester. We often say that Portfolios on Parade is the "magic" of AHB - the chance to see what inspired learning looks like in the most direct way. Additional community opportunities include Around The World (an exciting all-school potluck inspired by a chosen country, with authentic foods, art activities, dances, games, and speakers from the chosen country), Parent Support Nights, and Parent Coffees. We also have additional academic events that parents attend as they are able - Science Fair, Literacy Day, and performances at the end of various classes. Service Jobs Each family is asked to contribute to the operation of AHB Community School by signing up for a service job. By having each family pitch in a small amount of volunteer work throughout the school year, we are able to keep tuition costs low. We offer a wide range of jobs that match a variety of interests and skills - from gardener, to chaperone, to IT support. Besides allowing the school to allocate more funds directly toward educating its students, service jobs help us model the act of service to our own children. Fundraising Our fundraising model evolved from our founder, Georgie Georgakis, who felt that every fundraiser should be a FUNdraiser. We hold several exciting events each year - from our annual Skate Party to community-sponsored shopping and dining events to our signature fundraiser, the Austin Homebrew Festival. We encourage all families to participate in these events at a level that feels comfortable. A list of our upcoming fundraisers and events is available on the Support Us page. Students play a critical role in our fundraising efforts as well, selling their wares at Winter Faire and collecting pledges in the spring for our annual Bowl-a-Thon! As our fundraising efforts grow, we are able to fund our scholarship program at higher and higher levels, thus bringing our progressive educational model to a wider population of students. Follow Us! AHB Community School Since 2004 4001 Speedway Austin, TX 78751 Email · hello@ahbcs.org Phone · 512-299-5487

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allgo

allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond. We do this through cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming by: supporting artists and artistic expression within our diverse communities; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation/sexual identity in order to enact change. In April 2016 we launched a LGBTQ Sexual Health & Wellness program for queer/lgbt people of color in the Austin and surrounding counties. We also formally came together with Communities of Color United: Coalition for Racial Justice (CCU) - a grassroots coalition of Individual people of color and organizations including: Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman, ICE Fuera de Austin/ ICE Out of Austin and the Alliance for African American Health of Central Texas (AAAHCT) Food for Black Thought and Rootwork - we are presenting a collective proposal to advance racial equity and social justice in Austin, TX working with the City of Austin Equity office. Activities will include our continued work and collaboration with the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, ICE Fuera de Austin/ICE Out of Austin Mama Sana/Vibrant Woman on working with the City of Austin on the development and implementation of a health equity tool. Our cultural arts work will include artist in residencies with Andrea Jenkins, Cindy Elizabeth, Harrison Guy, Kay Ulanday Barrett and Zanele Muholi. The artists will offer skill sharing/building workshops, artistic performances, readings, screenings and exhibits.

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Anderson Mill Memorial, Inc.

The third replica mill wheel was dedicated in 2013. An 1872-model grist mill was rebuilt, connected to the millwheel shaft, and in 2014, we ground corn using water power at Anderson Mill, for the first time in 130 years. With the assistance of an Eagle Scout project, we are adding 140 feet of concrete pathways and viewing platforms to park that are fully handicap accessible.

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Andy Roddick Foundation

For the first time this summer, students at Harris Elementary will discover new ways to ignite their passion through our acclaimed six-week summer learning and enrichment program. Students will participate in hands-on academic, physical and arts activities free of charge. The groundbreaking all-day, week-long program focuses on building resilient, healthy students who are ready for the next school year to start. Beginning in June, students will be "traveling" the globe visiting a new continent each week. Students will travel from Africa, to Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and end in North America. Send a child "abroad" for one week by donating $278. Or the entire camp of 6 weeks for $1,668!

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Ann Richards School Foundation

One day, Ann Richards School students will change the world. As the first in her family to attend college, Governor Ann Richards was committed to creating an environment that would empower young women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to obtain the skills and confidence necessary to pursue college educations and careers. The Ann Richards School is the only 6th-12th grade school in the Austin Independent School District where 100% of students are engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Through our STEM-focused curriculum, we are creating a female workforce prepared to support the nation's high-tech and leading STEM employers in industries where women are traditionally under-represented.

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Anthropos Arts

• We have increased our Music Mentor program by 36% over two years, serving more students and more schools with music lessons. This year, we will double the number of lessons for each student! • Our students will perform this Spring and Summer during SXSW, FuseBox Festival, Pachanga Festival, Shady Grove, and more. • Over the last 10 years, 100% of our seniors have graduated from high school, with over 85% continuing on to college on scholarship! • Touring artists like Rebirth Brass Band, Grupo Fantasma, and Esperanza Spalding lead master classes for students in their schools. Help us bring more high quality music into the schools!

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Armstrong Community Music School

Wonderful Happenings in 2016 ACMS has identified itself as an organization dedicated to providing quality experiences to special needs families. ACMS is now an active partner to Education Service Center Region 13, Easter Seals, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The number of weekly classes for infants and children at SafePlace (now The SAFE Alliance) has grown from 3 to 7. Where there had never been a music program before, funding helped us launch classes for K-8th grade at the University of Texas University Charter School at George M. Kozmetsky, located at the shelter. This was at the special request of SafePlace staff who had experienced the transformative nature of our music. Classes at Querencia at Barton Creek have led to strong relationships built among the participants. Some families have taken to visiting their "grandfriends" outside of class time. We are the Chorus welcomed students from Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired as new members. The members of the Veterans Guitar Project have formed a tight-knit group. They now perform original compositions and two vets have begun taking voice lessons in addition to guitar. The infants and toddlers at Travis High School Child Development Center have shown enormous growth in their ability to communicate and connect with others. The staff at the CDC has found the classes so beneficial that in 2016 we held our first Parent Education class to encourage the teenage parents to make music with their children at home. It's been a happy, musical year!

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Art Alliance Austin

This year, all gifts to our Amplify campaign will allow us to continue investing in our community by providing access to Art City Austin. Our goal is to provide free admission to 2,000+ Austinites for our new Community Preview Event on Friday from 4-8 PM as well as throughout the weekend, providing unprecedented community access to this exceptional visual arts experience. Each donation helps us reach our goal of supporting galleries and artists, while also supporting youth and families across Austin's diverse population, creating an enriching experience for everyone involved.

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Art From The Streets

With the tremendous success of last year's Annual Show, Art From the Streets is excited about what 2017 has to offer! • We will host our 25th Annual Homeless Art Show & Sale on December 2nd and 3rd at the Austin Convention Center. We look forward to our return to this spectacular venue that generously accommodates the huge array of artwork produced by our homeless and at-risk artists, as well as the visitors who come to meet them and view their work. • Our online Gallery continues to grow, eventually creating the opportunity for all of our participating artists to earn year-round income through the sale of their work. Check it out! www.artfromthestreets.org • We produce a calendar, T-shirts, tote bags and a beautiful set of greeting cards featuring the work of some of our most talented artists, for sale at our annual show. • We continue to increase art sales for the public throughout the year. In 2016 we had shows and sold artwork in the EAST and WEST Studio Tour, Jewish Community Center, Vintage Villa's, St. Davids Episcopal Church and are eager to have future shows in 2017 in the Austin community. • We are partnering with local museums to give our artists tours of exhibits for inspiration and education. Our artists enjoyed a tour of Laguna Gloria and The Blanton Museum in 2016 and we look forward to future enrichments opportunities in our community.

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ATX Kids Club

As one of the most active, educational, and fun programs in Austin, ATX Kids Club celebrates the richness and diversity of our incredible city. We welcome children, ages 4-12 year olds to experience culture, art, music, history, and pure fun through our daily field trips! Your donations will allow us to provide more financial assistance and scholarships to children wishing to participate in our School Holiday, Saturday, and Summer Camp programs. Within our 3 programs (school holiday, Saturdays, and summer camp), children visit museums, city buildings, parks, playgrounds, and gardens. These daily adventures expand their knowledge, make academic connections, create lifelong memories, and inspire them to explore their world. Within our Summer Camp and School Holiday program, children ride daily on CapMetro with their Camp counselors to take their field trips. They become familiar with the routes and how to maneuver around our city on a bus. Included in Summer Camp is a 1 hour community service project per week. This experience will teach children the power of giving back to a city that gives them so much. All of our programs focus on children learning by experience. As a 100% mobile organization, Austin and the surrounding cities become our classroom without walls. How your donation can help: $50 provides a child with one full day Adventure. $250 provides 5 children a full day Adventure or one full week of Summer Camp. $500 provide 10 children a full day Adventure. $750 provides 15 children a full day Adventure $1000 provides 4 children a week of Summer Camp.

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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 Cave

Your investment in Austin Bat Cave will enable us to continue offering free writing programs to kids while also helping us publish our annual anthology of kid-written work. ABC believes that publishing students' work is a key component of building their self-confidence and self-efficacy; when students see other people paying attention to their stories, they gain a sense of validation and pride. In our annual anthology, we include work from as many programs as we can, and copies are free for students. Kids are thrilled to see their work published in a real, professionally bound book. The books themselves are beautifully designed. Plus, we throw a huge party in May to celebrate the publication and all Amplify donors will get an invitation!

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Austin Book Arts Center

ABAC opened its doors to all book lovers in Austin and central Texas in 2015. In its inaugural year, ABAC has spread the good news of the book arts to thousands throughout the region by offering 57 workshops in bookmaking and participating in numerous outreach events. ABAC is located at Flatbed Press World Headquarters in East Austin. ABAC offers a full schedule of workshops throughout the year in letterpress printing, bookbinding, decorative paper making, typography, calligraphy, book history and design, and various arts of the book. All workshops are "hands-on" and are appropriate for beginners, artists, and anyone interested in exploring the arts of the book. In addition, ABAC provides access to the traditional tools and equipment used in book production through its Open Studio program. ABAC is home to a fully-equipped bindery and letterpress printshop, enabling students and artists to create books and printed materials, thus preserving historical crafts for future generations. The third aspect of ABAC's core programming involves Children's Bookmaking Workshops and Teacher Trainings. ABAC partners with literacy organizations, summer camps, and primary and secondary schools to provide bookbinding, printing, and paper making workshops. ABAC offers workshops for teachers, where educators learn to create simple, age-appropriate bindings they can teach in their classrooms. Through these workshops, ABAC presents an opportunity for children to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the art of the book in our increasingly digital environment.

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