Central Austin Nonprofit Roundup—September 2015

1. Greenlights, an Austin nonprofit that helps organizations address complex social issues, announced Sept. 10 plans to rebrand. Now called Mission Capital, the nonprofit’s focus will continue to be on solving specific social issues by helping to raise financial and physical support. Mission Capital’s first major event since the rebranding occurs at 6 p.m. Nov. 17 during the organization’s annual Party For Good, an annual nonprofit excellence awards ceremony. Jeff and Deanna Serra will be named Community Leaders of the Year as part of the awards ceremony, which also honors the year’s best nonprofit executive, the highest-performing nonprofit and the most innovative nonprofit in Austin. The awards ceremony takes place at the Hyatt Regency Austin. www.missioncapital.org

Central Austin Nonprofit Roundup—September 2015 In August Celeste Flores was named executive director of I Live Here, I Give Here, the nonprofit group in charge of the annual mega-marathon Amplify Austin.[/caption]

2. In August Celeste Flores was named executive director of I Live Here, I Give Here, the nonprofit group in charge of the annual mega-marathon Amplify Austin. The organization honored ACE: A Community for Education as the 2015 Nonprofit Award winner during its Aug. 28 BIG Give event. Amplify Austin takes place March 8-9 next year. www.ilivehereigivehere.org

3. Goodwill of Central Texas in late August opened The Goodwill Excel Center, the first Austin public charter high school for adults ages 17 to 50, at 1015 Norwood Park Blvd. The high school, which specializes in occupational training programs, graduated its inaugural class—40 students—in late June. A $100,000 grant from The Sooch Foundation, an Austin-based education charity, received in July will help expand programming for 432 students this school year. www.goodwillcentraltexas.org

4. Dance International hosts its annual Winter Dance Showcase at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at its studio, 2417 Buell Ave., Ste. A. Students and teachers perform as part of the community fundraising event. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. www.dancein.org

5. A four-month-long leadership series from Austin Youth Leadership and Counseling kicked off in September to increase mental health awareness. The nonprofit counseling and leadership group will hold three more teen-focused leadership presentations Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1107 E. Oltorf St. www.austinyouthleadership.org

6. Austin City Council members successfully increased the city’s annual health and human services budget by $6.7 million to increase health initiatives and partnerships that aid in helping vulnerable populations. One-third of the population struggles to make ends meet, according to One Voice Central Texas, a 75-member coalition of nonprofit human services groups that endorsed the increased expenditure. www.onevoicecentraltx.org

7. A free six-week writing workshop for caregivers of the elderly will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and run through Nov. 14. During the workshop, which is hosted by the Austin Public Library, elderly participants will take part in a Mobile Art program. The end products will be published in a hard-bound, full-color anthology. www.mobileartprogram.org
By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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