Weaving Philanthropy through a Family

A Donor-Advised Fund helps four generations give grants that reflect all their interests

 “My father cared deeply that after he and my mother were gone there would be a common thread for my family,” Steve Saunders says. An estate attorney, Saunders has served on the Austin Community Foundation’s Board of Governors and has helped his clients realize their philanthropic goals by creating funds at the Foundation. When the opportunity arose for the foundation his father established to find a new home, Saunders decided to open a fund at the Austin Community Foundation that allowed four generations to give grants within their community.

“Austin Community Foundation was the cost-effective choice to continue our family’s philanthropy,” says Saunders. “ACF does a really great job for a reasonable cost.”

“Thanks to Austin Community Foundation, philanthropy is woven into our lives,” says Saunders. “Everyone in my family-- from my 89 year-old mother to the teenage grandkids—is able to make grants. We get to do the fun part and leave the work to Austin Community Foundation. My father would be so pleased--having a Donor Advised Fund at Austin Community Foundation has worked precisely as he would have wanted.”

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Music Benefits and Online Auction Help Raise Funds for Accident Victims

From now until April 20th you can visit your favorite local music venue or bid at the online auction to donate to the SXSW Cares Fund and help those most affected by last month's accident.

Music Benefit Line-Up

With new venues, partners and lineups added daily to the SXSW Cares Fund Big Benefit, visit do512 to plan your music listening or learn more from SXSW

Read what the Austin Chronicle says about the Big Benefit!

Find out how your band's show can get included in the SXSW Big Benefit.

SXSW Cares Fund Online Auction

Check out the SXSW Cares Online Auction and bid on coffee, guitars, LPs, tattoos, SXSW tickets, band posters and even a visit to The Thinkery! All proceeds go directly to the SXSW Cares Fund.

Thank You for Donating More than $180,000 to the SXSW Cares Fund

The SXSW Cares Fund was created by SXSW, the Mohawk and the Austin Community Foundation within hours of the tragedy. 

Austin Community Foundation will disburse funds donated to the SXSW Cares Fund to those most affected for expenses not covered by other sources, working closely with Victim Services Division of the Austin Police Department and the American Red Cross.

More than 1,500 people and businesses--local and from around the country and even the world--have donated to help accident victims.

“The community has really come together and exceeded our expectations, these folks need our help.  Please continue to share and give when and how you can.” -James Moody, The Mohawk nightclub


Donations are tax-deductible. Gifts made here to the fund will appear on your credit card statement as AUSTIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. Checks may be made out to "Austin Community Foundation" with a note in the memo line "SXSW Cares Fund" and mailed to: Austin Community Foundation, 4315 Guadalupe St., Suite 300, Austin, TX 78751.

Read here about the creation of the SXSW Cares Fund!

Watch this news story to learn more about Austin Community Foundation's role with the SXSW Cares Fund!

Read the latest press release about the SXSW Cares Fund!


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