Fifth Annual Amplify Austin Day Raises More than $9.8 Million in 24 Hours for Local Nonprofits
I Live Here, I Give Here (ILHIGH) is excited to announce the community has raised more than $9.8 million for nearly 700 participating nonprofit organizations during the 5th annual Amplify Austin Day, exceeding last year’s total of $8.5 million. Nearly 65,000 donations were made during the 24-hour day of giving, which began at 6 p.m. on March 2 and concluded at 6 p.m. on March 3.
“Once again Central Texans came together for Amplify Austin Day to support causes that are near and dear to their hearts, and they found some new ones as well,” said Celeste Flores, executive director of ILHIGH. “In this fifth year of Amplify, total donations increased by 5 percent, and more Central Texans participated in the giving than ever before. We want to challenge the community to keep the giving going throughout the rest of 2017. It is critical that we come together, not for just one day of the year, but everyday, to support area nonprofits who provide vital services to the community. ”
Grand prizes ($5,000 each) were given to nonprofits for the most funds raised before midnight, the most funds raised by a large nonprofit in 24 hours and the most funds raised by a small nonprofit in 24 hours, as well as the nonprofit with the most volunteer fundraisers. Hourly prizes ($1,000 each) were also given to nonprofits for the most funds raised per hour, as well as the most donors per hour. All prize winners can be found at AmplifyATX.org.
Included in the total is the generous $1 million donation by St. David’s Foundation, which matched funds for its nonprofit grant partners, as well as donations by lead corporate sponsors Heritage Title, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Drillinginfo, Mercedes-Benz of Austin, NXP Semiconductors, Silicon Labs, TicketCity, and University Federal Credit Union. These sponsorships provided funds for all participating organizations.
The funds raised through Amplify Austin benefit nonprofit organizations in seven Central Texas counties, including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell and Blanco counties.
“We hope the amazing result of this year’s Amplify Austin Day will also help illustrate the need for year-round giving,” Flores said. “The Amplify Austin platform accepts donations all year for your favorite causes. We are challenging the community to raise a total of $10 million throughout the rest of 2017 in honor of I Live Here, I Give Here’s ten-year anniversary. ”
AmplifyATX.org makes it possible for anyone to make a donation to his or her favorite cause or to create a fundraising page at any time—whether it’s for a special event or a specific project. The site is also a starting point to giving for newcomers or new companies to the area. Central Texans who would like to continue giving can visit AmplifyATX.org 365 days a year to give local.
To learn more about I Live Here, I Give Here, visit AmplifyATX.org. Follow ILHIGH on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmplifyATX, as well as on Twitter @ILH_IGH and on Instagram at @AmplifyATX.
[Note: Because local businesses and organizations often provide matching funds and donations for specific causes without reporting these gifts to I Live Here, I Give Here, the total amount donated during Amplify Austin is likely far beyond the $9.8 million total reported.]
Amplify Austin 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 four years, Amplify Austin has raised $25 million for hundreds of local organizations. In 2016, 41 percent of all gifts given were new gifts to organizations. Amplify Austin is produced by I Live Here, I Give Here, whose mission is to cultivate the power of giving back. Programs such as Amplify Austin, See Jane Give, Give Back Jack and Austin Involved are designed to encourage participants to find the issue they care most about and take action to become part of the solution. For more information, visit ILiveHereIGiveHere.org.