It’s Time to Amplify


One of the great things about Austin is the number of people who are engaged and passionate about making the community a better place. And that’s why the 24 hours from March 4 to March 5 are going to be so exciting – starting at 7:00 p.m. on the 4th, the city’s first community-wide giving festival will go into full swing.

Amplify Austin, created by I Live Here, I Give Here, is a 24-hour online giving event with a goal of raising $1 million (or more!) for participating Austin nonprofits. Chances are if you’re passionate about a cause, it’s going to be represented during Amplify. More than 300 Austin nonprofits are participating (all are 501 (c)(3) charities.) Nonprofits working in the arts, education, healthcare, basic services, animal welfare and more are hoping to get a slice of the donations that roll in that day. And while year-round giving is always encouraged, $160,000 in incentive dollars from the event’s sponsors University Federal Credit Union and the Austin Community Foundation will “amplify” the giving on that day.

Although all the Amplify giving is done online, there will be events all over town on the evenings of March 4 and 5. So if fundraising with a glass of wine in hand is your thing, you’ll have plenty of opportunities. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the 4th, The Long Center will host a kick-off party with live music, food, and drinks (RSVP is required, and can be sent to Click here to see other events and parties that will take place during the 24 hour event. You might even get an impromptu serenade – Austin musicians will make surprise visits to donors at random on March 5. So start researching your favorite nonprofits and get ready to give!




A native New Englander, Kate moved to Austin in 2002 to attend graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where she got her master’s degree in journalism. She spent several years as a reporter with the Austin Business Journal, where she covered health care, development and real estate. Kate now runs Thumbtack Communications, where she provides ghostwriting, copywriting, social media strategy and PR in addition to writing bylined articles. She lives in Central Austin with her husband, son, and two cranky cats. When she’s not writing, she’s playing guitar, gardening or hiking.