non-profits http://kut.org en How Sequestration Threatens Austin's Most Vulnerable Seniors http://kut.org/post/how-sequestration-threatens-austins-most-vulnerable-seniors <p></p><p>Little by little, the effects of sequestration are becoming more tangible in the everyday lives of some Americans. And though the federal government has reinstated some agencies’ funds, cuts are coming to the programs destined to feed some of the country’s most vulnerable adults.</p><p>But there’s at least one Austin non-profit that’s looking for ways to keep feeding adults in need.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:06:47 +0000 Joy Diaz 7535 at http://kut.org How Sequestration Threatens Austin's Most Vulnerable Seniors Austin Amps Up Giving: Non-Profits Net $2.8 Million http://kut.org/post/austin-amps-giving-non-profits-net-28-million <p><strong>Update</strong>: Amplify Austin ended its 24-hour fund drive with nearly $2.8 million in donations.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original Post</strong> (2:48 p.m.): Non-profit funding initiative&nbsp;<a href="https://amplifyaustin.s3.amazonaws.com/leaderboard.html">Amplify Austin</a>&nbsp;doubled its initial goal of raising $1 million in 24 hours – with time to spare.</p><p>Donations to more than 300 non-profits in Austin passed the seven-figure mark around 9 a.m., with the amount still climbing as the donation drive rolls on.</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 03:28:23 +0000 Andrew Weber 6831 at http://kut.org Austin Amps Up Giving: Non-Profits Net $2.8 Million Group Helping Austin's Homeless Hits the Ground Running http://kut.org/post/group-helping-austins-homeless-hits-ground-running <p><a href="http://austin.backonmyfeet.org/">Back on My Feet</a>, a national non-profit that helps homeless people through running, is launching an Austin chapter today.&nbsp;</p><p>“Our members don't want to be homeless, they just don't know how not to be homeless,” founder and president Anne&nbsp;Mahlum&nbsp;says.&nbsp;The idea is to build the health and self-esteem of homeless individuals through running, before putting them in touch with employment opportunities.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:58:21 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 6365 at http://kut.org Group Helping Austin's Homeless Hits the Ground Running Austin, Don't Be Duped by This Phony Salvation Army Bell Ringer http://kut.org/post/austin-dont-be-duped-phony-salvation-army-bell-ringer <p>The <a href="http://www.salvationarmyaustin.org/" target="_blank">Austin Salvation Army</a> is warning people to keep an eye out for imposter bell ringers after a man was spotted with a red kettle at the corner of Parmer and Metric yesterday.</p><p>The Salvation Army says bell ringers who are collecting money legitimately for the organization will have necessary signage and identification and won't be positioned on street corners. Instead, Salvation Army bell ringers are located at stores and malls. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:06:00 +0000 Laura Rice 5816 at http://kut.org Austin, Don't Be Duped by This Phony Salvation Army Bell Ringer AM Update: AISD's Billion Dollar Budget, Funding for Nonprofits, Texas Preps for Isaac http://kut.org/post/am-update-aisds-billion-dollar-budget-funding-nonprofits-texas-preps-isaac <p>Good morning. Expect <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=30.2729209&amp;lon=-97.74438630000003&amp;site=all&amp;smap=1&amp;searchresult=Austin%2C%20TX%2078701%2C%20USA">a high near 95</a> and a slight chance of showers this Tuesday. Here’s some of this morning’s top stories.</p><p><strong>Austin School Board Sets Budget </strong></p><p>The Austin ISD Board of Trustees gathers to act on a budget this evening.</p><p>The board will vote on a $1 billion spending plan Tuesday night that provides a one-time three percent pay raise for staff by drawing money from its emergency checking account. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:18:00 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 4961 at http://kut.org AM Update: AISD's Billion Dollar Budget, Funding for Nonprofits, Texas Preps for Isaac Austin Tech Firm Convio Acquired by Competitor http://kut.org/post/austin-tech-firm-convio-acquired-competitor <p>Austin based tech firm <a href="http://www.convio.com/">Convio</a> &ndash; which sells fundraising and outreach software to non-profits (including KUT) &ndash; has agreed to be purchased by South Carolina-based <a href="https://www.blackbaud.com/">Blackbaud</a>, a competitor that sells similar software.</p><p>The agreement was announced today on Blackbaud&rsquo;s website. <a href="https://us.vocuspr.com/ViewAttachment.aspx?EID=xmHMwNDIK8orweDtwaxVjO2P%2fAazffD2hZYgkvCnJmc%3d">In a press release</a>, the company wrote &ldquo;The acquisition of Convio will combine the two companies&rsquo; strengths to accomplish a common mission &ndash; making multi-channel supporter engagement a reality &ndash; at a faster pace than either company could achieve on its own.&rdquo; Tue, 17 Jan 2012 20:11:37 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3465 at http://kut.org Austin Tech Firm Convio Acquired by Competitor Austin Non-Profit Girlstart Expands Nationally http://kut.org/post/austin-non-profit-girlstart-expands-nationally <p>A local organization that wants to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is beginning to branch out across the United States. Girlstart began in Austin in 1997, and provides free after-school programs, summer camps, and Saturday classes for girls.</p><p>&ldquo;STEM is a national priority. There aren&rsquo;t enough graduates in America than can fill STEM jobs,&rdquo; Girlstart executive director Tamara Hudgins told KUT News.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:15:56 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2301 at http://kut.org Austin Non-Profit Girlstart Expands Nationally Ex-KVUE Anchor Joins Philanthropic Effort For Sick Kids http://kut.org/post/ex-kvue-anchor-joins-philanthropic-effort-sick-kids <p>Former KVUE broadcast journalist Olga Campos has joined Austin philanthropist Milton Verret to work on charitable efforts for children with serious medical conditions.</p><p>Campos will begin by managing the <a href="http://cowparadeaustin.com/">CowParade Austin </a>program Veret began, which will auction painted cow statues to benefit the <a href="http://superherokids.org/">Superhero Kids Fund</a> for the Blood and Cancer Center at the Dell Children&#39;s Medical Center.</p><p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 21:11:04 +0000 Katrina Tollin 2211 at http://kut.org Ex-KVUE Anchor Joins Philanthropic Effort For Sick Kids Front Steps Executive Director Fired http://kut.org/post/front-steps-executive-director-fired <p>After three months at work, <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/front-steps-hires-new-executive-director">Front Steps Executive Director Jim Ormand</a> was fired August 5 after just three months on the job.</p><p><a href="http://www.frontsteps.org/">Front Steps</a> is a non-profit organization that operates the city-owned Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, one of the largest homeless shelters in Central Texas. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:08:12 +0000 Kelsey Sheridan 2210 at http://kut.org Front Steps Executive Director Fired IRS Revokes Non-Profit Status of Hundreds of Austin Organizations http://kut.org/post/irs-revokes-non-profit-status-hundreds-austin-organizations <p>More than 1,200 Austin organizations have had their non-profit status revoked by the Internal Revenue Service because they failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years. The IRS revoked the status for <a href="http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=239696,00.html">more than 275,000 organizations</a> nationwide.</p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:33:01 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1674 at http://kut.org IRS Revokes Non-Profit Status of Hundreds of Austin Organizations Four Fun Ways To Help The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season http://kut.org/post/four-fun-ways-help-less-fortunate-holiday-season <p>Austin's bustling non-profit community is brimming with need over the holidays. There's no way we can mention them all, but here are four charities that could use your help. Please add your favorite non-profit to support in the comments section below.</p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:59:37 +0000 Nathan Bernier 493 at http://kut.org Four Fun Ways To Help The Less Fortunate This Holiday Season 35,000 Local Children Will Get Free Coats Tomorrow http://kut.org/post/35000-local-children-will-get-free-coats-tomorrow <p>The annual Coats For Kids Program reports a record breaking number of donations this year. More than 35,000 coats will be distributed to low income children tomorrow at the <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&amp;q=Palmer+Events+Center&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;z=16">Palmer Events Center</a>.</p><p>All the coats are new or gently used.</p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:45:14 +0000 Nathan Bernier 447 at http://kut.org 35,000 Local Children Will Get Free Coats Tomorrow Woman Accused Of Stealing From Non-Profits Appears in Court http://kut.org/post/woman-accused-stealing-non-profits-appears-court <p>Local media are all over Louanne Aponte's court appearance today. She's the 52-year-old former director of Family Connections who fled to Venezuala after she was accused of siphoning funds from a number of local charities and spending the cash on <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?t=h&amp;hl=en&amp;q=6437+aden+lane,+austin&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=6437+Aden+Ln,+Austin,+Travis,+Texas+78739&amp;ll=30.185793,-97.898226&amp;spn=0.013336,0.01929&amp;z=16&amp;layer=c&amp;cbll=30.185856,-97.898331&amp;panoid=GnclBAxgS87h0pmYlrdlUw&amp;cbp=12,214.38,,1,-2">a home in Circle C</a>, a Mercedes, and a 20-foot boat.</p><p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 18:57:14 +0000 Nathan Bernier 396 at http://kut.org Charity for Intellectually Disabled Needs Money to Build Athletic Center http://kut.org/post/charity-intellectually-disabled-needs-money-build-athletic-center <p>The non-profit residential community <a href="http://www.marbridge.org/">Marbridge</a> in deep south Austin helps adults with intellectual disabilities live independent lives. The facility has been around for more than 50 years, and now it's trying to raise money to build a gym and events center for its 240 residents.</p><p><a href="http://www.austinpolice.com/c4c/">A charitable wing of the Austin Police Association</a> yesterday donated $10,000. But Marbridge still has a long way to go; estimated cost of the project is more than $2 million.</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:50:57 +0000 Nathan Bernier 395 at http://kut.org Charity for Intellectually Disabled Needs Money to Build Athletic Center Woman Accused Of Stealing From Local Non-Profits Surrenders http://kut.org/post/woman-accused-stealing-local-non-profits-surrenders <p>The former executive director of the local non-profit Family Connections, Louanne Aponte, is in Travis County police custody and headed back to Austin. Aponte is accused of misappropriating more than $327,000 from the organization between 2004 and 2009. &nbsp;She is also accused of stealing from other local charities.</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 20:25:12 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Ian Crawford, KUT News 376 at http://kut.org Woman Accused Of Stealing From Local Non-Profits Surrenders