Goodbye Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday — we’ll see you next fall. Tomorrow, Nov. 28 is Giving Tuesday: a day dedicated to giving back.
Giving Tuesday started in New York City in 2012 and is now a national nonprofit that encourages people to show generosity to their communities. Austin celebrates Giving Tuesday through I Live Here I Give Here, which also puts on Amplify ATX, and connects residents to hundreds of organizations accepting donations.
If you’re feeling generous this holiday season, consider giving to one of these local nonprofits.
Art From the Streets | Culture
Support the artistic endeavors of Austin’s unhoused population through this foundation, which gives creatives a studio and gallery shows.
Austin Habitat for Humanity | Housing
Help support the creation of 60,000 affordable units over the next 10 years in a city that is growing every day.
Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation | Community empowerment
This organization helps further the ideas of the late Texas politician Barbara Jordan.
Bat Conservation International | Animals
Help some of Austin’s smallest residents by funding research, educational outreach, habitat conservation, and endangered species protection.
Casa Marianella | Immigration services
This nonprofit serves as a “casa” to homeless immigrants and helps prepare them for life after the shelter with work training, ESL classes, a medical clinic, and more.
Central Texas Food Bank | Food insecurity
With the help of the community, our local food bank has been keeping Austinites fed for more than 40 years.
Dell Children’s Foundation | Medicine
This medical center is the only Level One pediatric trauma center and the only Level Four epilepsy center in Central Texas.
East Austin Conservancy | Community empowerment
A donation to this nonprofit helps strengthen the fabric of East Austin through promoting its diversity, small businesses, and affordable housing.
Emancipet | Animals
This nonprofit provides low-cost veterinary clinics to help everyone take care of their furry friends.
Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas | Medicine
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, so you can help support research and free seizure first aid training to help save a life.
Equality Texas Foundation | LGBTQ+
This is the largest statewide organization working toward equality for Central Texas’ LGBTQ community though political action, education, events, and collaboration.
Friends of Elisabet Ney Museum | Culture
In remembrance of sculptor Elizabet Ney, the museum provides access to the arts, dozens of free programs, and serves 20,000+ community members.
Future Front Texas | Culture
Support women and LGBTQ+ creatives and their art with this organization that hosts The Front Market and Festival, plus creates resources and nurturing spaces.
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians | Culture
Help provide the local musicians of the Live Music Capital of the World with affordable healthcare services.
Huston-Tillotson University | Education
This historically Black institution helps support academic excellence in East Austin.
Not seeing a nonprofit that speaks to you? View the full list.