Last Friday, the Blackbaud Austin team took part in Amplify Austin Day, one of the largest giving days in Central Texas. It’s a local generosity movement that connects individuals, families, businesses and foundations with the causes they are passionate about to create real, lasting change for the local nonprofits that address our most pressing needs.
I spent the day with a few of my colleagues from the Austin office at Ampify Austin’s Command Central where we shared why Amplify Austin Day is so important to us. Our mission at Blackbaud is to provide cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence to empower and connect people to drive impact for social good. Giving back is ingrained in all that we do at Blackbaud – it’s who we are, so we couldn’t be more pleased to support Amplify Austin. Blackbaud employees who chose to participate in Amplify Austin raised nearly $10,000 during this 24-hour generosity movement.
Over the past eight years, Amplify Austin Day has raised more than $69 million for hundreds of local nonprofits, including more than $12M for 760 Central Texas nonprofits in 2020. On Amplify Austin Day, gifts had the opportunity to be amplified through matching gifts, challenges, hourly prize incentives and through the I Live Here I Give Here Amplify Fund, which is distributed to all participating nonprofits. I’ve seen Amplify Austin personally have an impact on local charities near and dear to me like Generation Serve, which engages children in volunteerism and empowers them to make a difference in their communities creating generations of youth who develop into community-minded leaders.
While the landscape of Austin has changed over the years, the heart of the city has not. We still smile at the stranger on the street, hold the door for the person behind us, love our festivals and green spaces and take pride in being one of the nation’s best places to live. This event inspires neighbors, friends and families to join together to give back on Amplify Austin Day, helping our hometown thrive for decades to come!