The St. David’s Foundation will donate $1 million in matching funds during Amplify Austin’s fifth annual philanthropic online fundraising event in March, officials said Wednesday morning.
The donation was announced by I Live Here, I Give Here, the organizers of Amplify Austin, which last year raised more than $8.5 million for more than 600 Central Texas nonprofits. This year’s event will take place over a 24-hour period beginning at 6 p.m. on March 2.
Officials with Amplify Austin said that this year they hope to raise over $9 million for more than 700 nonprofits in seven Central Texas counties, as well as an additional $1 million throughout the rest of the year.
“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 the 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 the foundation to more than $4.2 million over the past five years, since Amplify Austin’s inception in 2013. Officials with I Live Here, I Give Here said the new funds will be distributed on a prorated basis to more than 60 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners that participate in Amplify Austin.
“We 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 work,” said Celeste Flores, executive director.
Beginning Jan. 25, individuals will be able to schedule donations for their favorite nonprofits. Donors will be able to search for nonprofits that have additional matching dollars available, Amplify events around town and find nonprofits in specific cities in surrounding counties.
For more information, visit AmplifyATX.org.