Unlock the Potential of Women: Upcoming Fundraising Events in Central Texas

Are you looking for ways to support non-profit organizations in Central Texas? There are many fundraising events hosted by non-profits that can help you make a difference. From the Black Fund Awards Ceremony to the Women's Fund of the Austin Community Foundation, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and contribute to the local community. The Black Fund Awards Ceremony is an annual event that honors 21 black-led non-profit organizations selected to receive inaugural grants from The Black Fund. This remarkable partnership between the Austin Community Foundation and the black community of Central Texas is a great way to show your support.

The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., and is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress and challenges faced by women in our community. On International Women's Day, the Women's Fund of the Austin Community Foundation will publish the second edition of Women's Issues are Community Issues, a new report on the situation of women and children in Central Texas. To mark this occasion, they will host a roundtable discussion over lunch with experts who will analyze the data and share their unique perspectives on women's empowerment in the region. The Women's Fund will also host an in-person screening of “Aftershock”, a Hulu documentary that follows two grieving parents whose partners died due to preventable complications in childbirth and medical negligence as they fight for justice.

After the screening, panelists and guests will participate in an interesting debate on maternal health, the challenges faced by women and the solutions that can make a difference. The Vice President of Donor Relations, Cybil Guess, and Grant Management Specialist, Sara Watson, organized an informal conversation about Donor-Advised Fundraising (DAF) exclusively for partner non-profit organizations. They discussed current and future ACF grant opportunities. The Fund for Women also held a virtual roundtable on child care and early childhood education with leaders from the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Todos Juntos Learning Center and Mariposa Learning Center.

They discussed the landscape of child care and early childhood education and the impact of school and day care center closures on women's participation in the workforce. The Women's Fund also held a virtual roundtable on essential needs of women during COVID-19 with local leaders from Planned Parenthood for Greater Texas, SAFE Austin and St. David Foundation. They discussed current affordable housing and health needs of women in Central Texas.

To build a stronger and more equitable Central Texas, The Women's Fund hosted A Night to Invest in Women and Children. Attendees heard from non-profit partners and community leaders talk about the impact of the pandemic on post-secondary education and women's participation in the workforce. Ziauddin Yousafzai was Keyholder'20's featured speaker at this event. He spoke about how there are many different ways to raise money for non-profit organizations such as banquets, galas, sweepstakes, naming rights, silent auctions, golf tournaments etc.

He also discussed strategies for deciding which fundraising strategy is right for your organization and how to achieve it. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas celebrates 35 years keeping families close to the care their children need this month. In 1985, with eight bedrooms and a one-person staff, Ronald McDonald House Charities opened its doors on Brackenridge Hospital campus to provide housing and services to families with seriously ill or injured children. Since then they have supported more than 17,000 families by providing them with more than 100,000 nights of room in Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms located in Central Texas. Julie has worked with thousands of non-profit organizations as a former director of education at Constant Contact and as an adjunct marketing instructor at Austin Community College specializing in studies on non-profit organizations. Amplify Austin Day is another great opportunity to get involved this month. It is the largest giving event in Central Texas where you can make financial donations or donate your headquarters to help student and community organizations. Recently, The Austin Chamber recognized COTA as a finalist for the Greater Austin Business Awards for its excellence in business achievements and contributions to the community that impact Central Texas region. There are many ways you can support non-profit organizations in Central Texas through fundraising events hosted by them throughout the year.

From celebrating black-led non-profits to supporting essential needs of women during COVID-19, there are plenty of opportunities to make a difference.

Tara Hudspeth
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