Nearly 600 nonprofits are gearing up for one of Austin’s biggest fundraising days as Amplify Austin, a program of I Live Here, I Give Here, is set to start in just a couple of hours, reports Fox 7. The 24 hour event kicks off at 6pm today, March 8.
From the Amplify Austin site:
Amplify Austin Day is our city’s annual community-wide day of online giving. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past three years, Amplify Austin has raised over $16.2M for hundreds of local organizations…We are hoping to raise over $9M for more than 600 nonprofits on March 8-9, 2016. All of these organizations play an important role in making Central Texas a place to live.
Donating during Amplify Austin days helps nonprofits even more than your standard donation (though those are always encouraged) because your gift will be amplified by matching incentive dollars from sponsors such as St. David’s Foundation, Tito’s Vodka, and University Federal Credit Union. There are also various contests run throughout the giving period that nonprofits may be able to win based on community support. And as these are all 501(c)3 public charities certified by the IRS, your gift is tax deductible.
The day supports a variety of nonprofits for donors to choose from, in a variety of areas including animal care and services, education, arts and culture, and more. Austinites are encouraged to support by donating themselves or by fundraising for the cause of their choice. Businesses and university students are encouraged to participate, as well as individuals, and all of the needed tools can be found on their website.
One of the tricky things about living in a city like Austin is that there are so many great organizations to support. For those of us without a large amount of donatable income, the Amplify Austin past requirement of a minimum $25 donation wasn’t necessarily feasible to support multiple donations. Though a $25 minimum is still encouraged, Amplify Austin has lowered the minimum donation to $10, making multiple donations a little easier.