What can 88 high school girls do? Impact Austin's Girls Giving Grants program, which has each participant raise $100 for charity, is giving $8,800 to help fellow girls go on educational field trips.
The recipients are all at The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking)'s new Refuge Ranch, a long-term, live-in rehabilitation facility that helps deal with the trauma of being trafficked.
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Each year Girls Giving Grants participants do the research on what causes their money should go toward and then vote as a group to support one program at one nonprofit organization. Girls Giving Grants has given more than $80,000 to local charities since 2006.
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On Monday, Girls Giving Grants will present their check at City Hall. Impact Austin, a women's philanthropy group, will also present their grants in the amount of $100,000 each to four local nonprofit organizations:
Austin Bat Cave will get support for the ABC Bat Mobile classroom on wheels. Austin Bat Cave helps teach writing to children in Title I schools as well as holds free writing workshops and summer camps for kids of all ages.
Con Mi Madre will be able to help lift an additional 180 mother-daughter teams out of proverty through education.
American Gateways helps people navigate the immigration system. The grant will fund a development coordinator, grants and operations manager, and a communications and pro bono coordinator.
Half Helen Foundation will be able to screen an additional 10,000 students for vision problems.
Each member of Impact Austin gives $1,250 and can participate in the grant-giving process.
This year Impact Austin is creating a new Social Innovation Grant, which will be given to a collaboration of two or more organizations who are working on a project that focuses on equity among women and girls of color. The grant will be $110,000. Impact Austin is seeking grantees, and people can email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to apply.
Find more information on ImpactAustin.org.
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