2019 Non-Profit of the Year
This Westie is awarded to a non-profit organization that has recognized a need within our community and who through community responsibility, innovation, growth, sound business practices and community partnerships has served our community with vision and integrity.
Finalist: Eanes Education Foundation
The Eanes Education Foundation has one mission- TO FUND TEACHERS in EISD.
Since 2004, EEF has granted over $21 million to fund more than 421 teachers.
With 85% of the district’s budget dedicated to personnel, the difference is our teachers! By funding vital teacher and staff positions, EEF bridges the gap that would exist without these teachers.
Approximately 67% of Eanes property tax dollars leave our district and never make it to our classrooms - EEF helps to fund positions such as nurses and librarians in all of our schools, keeps class sizes as low as possible, and provides district-wide opportunities that other districts do without.
Finalist: Start-Up! Kids Club
Start-Up Kid’s Club (SKC) began impacting Austin’s youth in 2017 by offering a class that taught social emotional learning through entrepreneurship. When our Founder saw a need to provide children the skills they needed to be successful in life, she began to partner with the local community to provide an innovative enrichment program for children to become career ready. Together with their volunteers, corporate partners, schools, and community, they have grown from 1 class to 19 around Austin and have impacted over 1000 students. Their students have taken their model even further and have given around $250,000 back into the economy with their businesses alone, with a majority of them donating 20%-50% of their proceeds to charities that they themselves are passionate about. By partnering with the local community, SKC will continue to ensure that every child is afforded the opportunity to succeed beyond the classroom.
Finalist: The Austin 20
The Austin 20 advocates for children who have been sexually trafficked and funds gaps in their continuum of care for prevention, protection and treatment.
Passionate supporters recognized a great, unfulfilled need in our community for a safe, short-term home where law enforcement could immediately take children to be assessed after their traumatic ordeal. Otherwise, they could be back on the street.
This dream will soon be realized in Nicole’s Place; conceptualized, developed and funded by The Austin 20 in nine months. In this tranquil, wooded setting, trafficked survivors will receive a comprehensive needs assessment while living in warm and secure cabins. The next step is a treatment journey filled with the promise of a new life.
The Austin 20 also advocates for legislation that keeps children safe, directly mentors survivors, provides legal support for trafficked children, educates the public on signs of enslavement, funds training to educate law enforcement, and much more.
Last Year's Winner: Foster Angels of Central Texas
2018 Winner: Mobile Loaves & Fishes
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