Amplify Austin sets record $9.8M as successful 2017 campaign concludes

Local nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here is responsible for Amplify Austin each year.

Local nonprofit I Live Here I Give Here is responsible for Amplify Austin each year.

Updated 7:30 p.m. March 3

Amplify Austin's 2017 fundraising goal was met Friday, with more than $9.8 million riased over the past 24 hours for area nonprofits.

More than 64,500 individual donations were made to roughly 700 nonprofits serving seven Central Texas counties. Boys & Girls Club of The Austin Area topped all donors, raising nearly $450,000 since 6 p.m. Thursday. The entire leaderboard can be found at the Amplify Austin website.

“Once again, Central Texans came together for Amplify Austin Day to support causes that are near and dear to their hearts, and they found some new ones as well,” said Celeste Flores, executive director of I Live Here, I Give Here, in a statement. “In this fifth year of Amplify, total donations increased by 5 percent, and more Central Texans participated in the giving than ever before. We want to challenge the community to keep the giving going throughout the rest of 2017. It is critical that we come together, not for just one day of the year, but everyday to support area nonprofits who provide vital services to the community. ”

Updated 12:11 p.m. March 3

With 6 hours to go, Amplify Austin nearing $6 million mark

With less than six hours to go, Amplify Austin is approaching $6 million in donations.

The fundraiser has seen nearly 445,000 donations made in the last 18 hours, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area receiving the highest dollar amount at $315,000 as of 12:10 p.m.

Amplify Austin ends at 6 p.m. today.

Updated 6:15 a.m. March 3

Amplify Austin nearly halfway to $9 million goal after 12 hours

By 6 a.m. today, more than $4 million had been donated to Amplify Austin.

With 12 hours left before the fundraising marathon's 2017 end time of 6 p.m., about 660 nonprofits received a donation, with Hospice Austin still in the lead, on track to reach its $225,000 goal early in the game.

Any Baby Can, a nonprofit organization that helps children with illnesses and offers parenting skills, received the most amount of donations after Hospice Austin, reporting $171,000 around 6 a.m.


Updated 12:12 a.m. March 3

Amplify Austin raises nearly $1.5 million by midnight

Nearly $1.5 million has been raised in the first six hours of Amplify Austin, a 24-hour megamarathon that benefits more than 700 Austin-area nonprofits.

Hospice Austin has raised approximately $122,000, or more than twice as much as the next organization. Austin Pets Alive has received nearly 400 donations, tops among all nonprofits.

Updated 9:05 p.m. March 2

Amplify Austin donations reach $1 million in three hours

Three hours into Austin's fifth annual day of giving, Amplify Austin is reporting $1 million in donations.

The annual day of giving wraps up at 6 p.m. tomorrow. Nearly 600 nonprofit organizations have already received donations varying from $10 to $20,000, with St. David's Foundation committing to giving $1 million during the 24-hour donation marathon.

As of around 9 p.m. today, Hospice Austin was still in the lead for most donations raised at nearly $120,000.


Updated 7:26 p.m. March 2

Hospice Austin leads in donations during Amplify Austin

In the first hour of the 2017 megamarathon, Hospice Austin topped the Amplify Austin's leaderboard, reporting close to $100,000 by 7:20 p.m. The nonprofit organization, which provides compassionate end-of-life care, has a goal of $225,000 donations.


Updated 7:03 p.m. March 2

5th annual Amplify Austin kicks off with scheduled donations being tallied

Amplify Austin is officially underway, with donations already pouring in for the more than 700 nonprofit organizations participating.

Watch parties across the city are forming as the 24-hour fundraiser continues throughout the night. Many nonprofits are reporting scheduled donations.

As of 7 p.m., an estimated $400,000 has been raised. View the live donation dollar amount here.

Amplify Austin 2017 From Left: Mandy Brooks, Katie Felice and M.J. Korpela from Mainspring Schools hold an Amplify Austin watch party at Phil's Icehouse on South Lamar Boulevard.[/caption]

Mandy Brooks, managing director of Mainspring Schools, said the organization has already received $3,500 of scheduled donations. The organization's goal is $25,000 in donations.

Posted 1:57 p.m. March 2

St. David's Foundation donates $1 million to kick off annual Amplify Austin

When Austin's massive annual nonprofit philanthropy day kicks off tonight, its donation bucket will be $1 million heavier.

St. David's Foundation, which reinvests proceeds from St. David's HealthCare to create programs and collaborations with nonprofit organizations, will be giving its $1 million to more than 60 nonprofit grant partners that participate in Amplify Austin, now in its fifth year.

More than 700 nonprofits are participating in the annual event, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. today and run for 24 hours.

I Live Here I Give Here, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, organizes the citywide day of giving. Donations can be made here.

The St. David's Foundation donation will bring Amplify Austin one step closer to this year's $9 million goal, which was not quite reached last year.

Several participating nonprofits have set their own goals, including Easter Seals Central Texas, Little Helping Hands, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum and the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation.

A $5,000 award will be given to each of the four grand prize winners. To receive a grand prize a nonprofit must either raise the most funds before midnight, raise the most funds by a large nonprofit in 24 hours, raise the most funds by a small nonprofit in 24 hours or have the most volunteer fundraisers.

Community Impact Newspaper will update this story regularly with the total amount raised during Amplify Austin.
By Marie Albiges
Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.


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