St. David’s Foundation announces $1M match for Amplify Austin!

Continued Partnership Aims to Encourage Local Residents And Businesses To “Give Back” During Amplify Austin Event This March

— Fifth Annual Amplify Austin Day Set To Take Place March 2-3 —

Following the incredible success of Amplify Austin 2016, which raised over $8.5 million for more than 600 Central Texas nonprofits, I Live Here, I Give Here (ILHIGH) announces that St. David’s Foundation will donate $1 million during Amplify Austin’s fifth annual event, which is slated to take place March 2 through March 3, 2017.

Amplify Austin is an initiative designed to increase philanthropy in Central Texas through online giving for hundreds of Central Texas nonprofits during a 24-hour period. For this year, Amplify Austin aims to raise over $9 million in one day for more than 700 nonprofits across seven Central Texas counties—including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell and Blanco—as well as an additional $1 million throughout the rest of 2017.

St. David’s Foundation is proud to support one of our community’s most beloved days of the year, especially one that touches so many lives here in the Austin area,” said Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation. “Our partnership over the past five years has been truly rewarding, and we hope that this donation will inspire potential donors, new and old, to support local nonprofit organizations that provide vital services in and around our Central Texas community.”

This year’s commitment brings the total matching contributions by St. David’s Foundation to more than $4.2 million over the past five years, since Amplify Austin’s inception in 2013. The new funds will be distributed on a prorated basis to over 60 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners that participate in Amplify Austin.

“Our entire organization could not be more grateful for the continued support that our friends at St. David’s Foundation have continued to demonstrate over the past five years,” says Celeste Flores, Executive Director at ILHIGH. “They continue to be so very instrumental in the success of our annual Amplify Austin event, and have helped shaped this important campaign for the benefit of the entire community. We now hope the Foundation’s generous gift will encourage others in the greater Central Texas area to give more during this campaign, knowing their dollars will go further, creating more good, important work.”

The fifth annual Amplify Austin event is scheduled to run from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. Interested donors can plan ahead for Amplify Austin Day, and beginning January 25, 2017, patrons will be able to schedule individual donations for their favorite nonprofits. Donors will be able to search for nonprofits that have additional match dollars available, and find nonprofits located in specific cities in surrounding counties. Nonprofit profiles will feature a thermometer to track their fundraising goal progress and ability to list ongoing volunteer opportunities and event listings including Amplify Austin Day events around town at AmplifyATX.org.

ILHIGH would like to thank all of the corporate and media sponsors who are helping to make this year’s Amplify Austin event possible, including major sponsors, University Federal Credit Union, who is supporting Amplify Austin for the fifth consecutive year, as well as Tito’s Handmade Vodka and NXP Semiconductors.

To learn more about Amplify Austin 2017, including sponsorship opportunities and participating organizations, visit AmplifyATX.org. If interested in staying up to date on ILHIGH and Amplify Austin happenings, make sure to also follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmplifyATX, as well as on Twitter @ILH_IGH and on Instagram at @AmplifyATX.

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