All Together ATX Fund Will Support Vulnerable Populations Hit by COVID-19
New philanthropic effort bolsters Austin nonprofits
By Kimberley Jones,
7:00AM, Fri. Apr. 3, 2020
There are so many people in need right now, it can be hard to know the best possible place to put your resources. The newly created All Together ATX fund might be a good place to start.
A joint effort of Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin, this brand-new philanthropic fund was created to aid community relief efforts in and around Austin. Specifically, the fund will award grants to local nonprofit organizations already working with our most vulnerable populations and addressing immediate needs including food insecurity, medical needs, employment, and child care.
“Many individuals and families in Central Texas were already struggling with economic, social and health hardships before the COVID-19 outbreak shook our community and this crisis will only further widen the opportunity gap,” says Mike Nellis, CEO of Austin Community Foundation. “For these reasons, Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin are working to quickly deploy philanthropic capital to nonprofit organizations working on the frontlines by supporting local workers and families most affected by this pandemic.”
“For nearly 100 years, United Way for Greater Austin has been dedicated to those in our community who are suffering and creating opportunity for all people, children, and families,” says David C. Smith, CEO of United Way for Greater Austin. “The work we’ve been doing all along has prepared us for this moment.”
The first phase of the fund aims to distribute grants of varying size (up to $25,000) to nonprofits working with those in most dire need. Future phases will focus on long-term recovery. Grant applications for the first phase will be accepted until April 10, 5pm, with grant money going out by May 1.
All Together ATX joins Austin Community Foundation’s previously launched fundraiser Stand With Austin, which seeks to address the economic fallout of the SXSW cancellation within the music and service industry; the infographic below lays out the timeline and mission of both relief funds.
On Friday, April 3, nearly two dozen Austin media outlets have collaborated to host an all-day digital telethon to raise funds for the All Together ATX fund. You can donate anytime, but if you do it on April 3, you’ll also be making a statement that Austin media matters to you. Thank you for your support.