Austin Civic Fund

The Austin Civic Fund identifies and supports innovative projects and leaders that will lead to greater civic engagement, common sense leadership, and prosperity for all Austinites. 


Supporting local innovation.


3 Day Startup activates entrepreneurial potential in students of all kinds through experiential education and a global entrepreneurship ecosystem. What began as a student organization at the University of Texas in 2008, has since grown into a non-profit reaching across 179 schools, teaching 13,000 students, and with alumni that have raised over $150 million.

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The Half Helen Foundation is committed to improving school-age children’s vision and hearing through innovative delivery of care. This includes using photoscreening technology to identify potential problems, connecting families to appropriate medical care, and ensuring children have access to corrective wear. As of 2018, the Half Helen Foundation will have screened over 40,000 children.

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The Austin Creative Alliance advances, connects, and advocates for Austin’s arts, cultural, and creative communities in order to strengthen and protect the character, quality of life, and economic prosperity of Austin. They compile and disseminate research, provide marketing and communication tools, convene planning, training, and discussion sessions, and offer umbrella services such as liability insurance and fiscal sponsorship.

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PelotonU partners with the best nonprofit online education programs in the nation and gives students the support they need to earn their college degree. PelotonU matches students with the right online university and then offers them scholarships, tutoring, study spaces around Austin, and a personal coach. PelotonU cuts the cost of regular accredited degrees in half and ensures each degree is accredited and in-demand in today’s workforce.

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Mobile Loaves & Fishes provides food and clothing, cultivates community, and promotes dignity to the homeless population in Austin. With the support of more than 19,000 volunteers, Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless in Austin and has spawned similar food truck programs in other cities across the country.


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