Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.
The Colorado River Foundation supports natural science education and outdoor recreation programs that encourage the stewardship, awareness, and protection of the Colorado River, particularly to at-risk youth. The foundation also partners with other organizations to organize clean-ups of the lakes that make up the Colorado River.
Ecology Action’s mission is to create a healthier environment through resource recovery operations, Brownfield remediation, and zero waste initiatives. Our vision is a world where landfills are no longer necessary. We meet this visionary challenge at our Downtown Recycling Center by diverting recyclable, hard-to-recycle, and reusable material from area landfills, striving to create closed-loop lifecycle systems where waste is a resource. Ecology Action is also transforming a 10-acre Brownfield, called Circle Acres, in East Austin into the Center for Sustainable Futures. The Center for Sustainable Futures engages volunteers in environmental stewardship—including litter abatement, creek restoration, and sustainable building systems. Lastly, Ecology Action advocates for zero waste policies and practices, including increased access to recycling services, product stewardship, and materials management, at the public and private levels.
EcoRise Youth Innovations inspires a new generation of green leaders to design a sustainable future for all. Our school-based program empowers youth to tackle real-world challenges in their schools and communities by teaching environmental literacy, social innovation, and hands-on design skills.
Hill Country Conservancy is the only professional conservation organization working every day to preserve open space in the Barton Springs Aquifer region. HCC was founded in 1999 to preserve – forever – large strategic natural areas that conserve critical water features, preserve outdoor recreation opportunities, and help maintain the Hill Country’s unique quality of life. Their philosophy is simple. Once Hill Country land is gone, it’s gone for good. When HCC preserves it, it’s here forever.
Keep Austin Beautiful provides resources and education to inspire the Austin community towards greater environmental stewardship. KAB programs clean, beautify, restore and protect the Austin environment through physical improvements and education.
Schools & Schoolyards: Research shows student achievement is enhanced when educators use the natural world as a context for learning. National Wildlife Federation’s Austin office is working with local schools to incorporate outdoor environmental education into their regular curriculum and engage entire school communities in sustainability initiatives.
Water & Habitat: NWF is working to transform the way Texas manages and allocates its water resources to better protect the state’s natural heritage, balancing human demands for water with the need to ensure adequate water for fish and wildlife.
Kids & Nature: NWF is on a three-year campaign to get 10 million more American children out of their indoor habitat and into the great outdoors, creating a generation of happier, healthier children with more awareness and connection to the natural world. These connections in early life teach children to appreciate, respect and protect the natural world.
The Pease Park Conservancy is dedicated to the rehabilitation, beautification and support of Austin's central city park for the enjoyment of all of Austin and our future generations. Since our founding in 2008, we have planted almost 500 new trees, installed an irrigation system for the turf and trees, spread tons of mulch and Dillo dirt, removed storm damage and brush, repaired the historic Tudor Cottage, restored the picnic tables and held scores of work days with thousands of volunteers. In 2012, we established a permanent financial endowment for the park with the Austin Community Foundation that we hope will grow and provide a safety net for park. We plan to partner with the Austin Parks Department in developing a Master Plan for the park that will guide its future.
The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that educates Texans on and advocates for clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of parks, opens spaces, and wildlife habitat. The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund also works to empower the citizens of Texas to become civically engaged and have a voice in how the decisions on environmental policy which affect their lives are made.
The Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund accomplishes this through the convening of town hall meetings and forums with elected officials and government officials, civic and environmental education work targeted at middle and high school-age students, and voter registration in areas with low registration numbers.
TreeFolks mission is to grow Central Texas’ urban forests through tree planting, education and community partnerships. Our programs work closely with schools, community organizations, government municipalities and neighborhood associations to educate and involve citizens in tree planting and care. During the 2011-2012 planting season, TreeFolks planted and distributed 13,000 trees, coordinated more than 30,000 volunteer hours and provided education services to over 10,000 individuals in Central Texas.
Westcave Preserve serves 7,000 people each year at its extraordinary 30-acre nature preserve and award-winning environmental education center in the Hill Country. Westcave connects kids and families to nature through experiences and programs that encourage discovery, exploration, and conservation of nature, and inspire lifelong practices of valuing and enjoying nature.
Austin Parks Foundation is committed to creating and sustaining beautiful and active parks throughout Austin. We seek to fill the gap between what needs to be done and what our parks department can afford to do. Since 1992, Austin Parks Foundation has initiated and facilitated physical improvements, new programming, and greater community involvement for Austin's parks.
The Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project promotes sustainability by providing data and analysis of the inter-connected nature of social equity, environment, economy, and engagement in our region.
CHULA works to ensure that the arts and public ourdoor spaces play a valued role in the educational, economic and cultural well being of Cherrywood Neighborhood in Austin, Texas and adjacent East Austin Neighborhoods. We are proud founders and sponsors of the well-acclaimed Cherrywood Art Fair (now in its ninth year) and Big Artist, Little Artist, a program that pairs Austin artists with underpriviliged future artists for mentoring and teaching.
The CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding and improving air quality in Central Texas. Founded in 1993, the CLEAN AIR Force Board consists of 39 members united in the common goal of finding workable solutions for improving our region's air quality.
The mission of Earth Share of Texas is to support our participating environmental and conservation organizations and their program work by representing them in payroll contribution programs at public and private worksites throughout Texas.
Environment Texas Research and Policy Center is dedicated to protecting Texas' air, water and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help Texans make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives.
The Green Corn Project (GCP) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1998, that educates and assists Central Texans in growing organic food gardens. GCP serves people with limited access to nutritious, affordable food by partnering with them to build their own gardens at homes, schools, and community centers.
The Austin American-Statesman's Lady Bird's Legacy Campaign, created in 2008, buys wildflower seeds to plant along highways and in communities throughout Central Texas. It also gives seed packets to thousands of fourth-graders each year to create their own gardens. Help keep alive Mrs. Johnson's dream of beautifying America.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 15 million acres in the United States.
“The mission of the Pines and Prairies Land Trust is to protect significant open space and natural, historic, and cultural resources, and to promote and encourage sustainable agricultural and wildlife practices and values in order to preserve the quality of life for current and future generations, through educational programs and through owning and protecting easements and land.”
We own and manage wildlife refuges in Bastrop and Lee County, operate a free refuge park with over 3 miles of trails along the Colorado River near downtown Bastrop, provide free Nature Lessons to 5th grade level children and provide information and support to area landowners. We work with private landowners to help them keep their land intact and productive as well as partnering with local business and government to help keep our rural quality of life high and our towns, farms, ranches and wildland healthy and vibrant.
The mission of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling is to promote and enhance recycling and diversion activities in the State of Texas.
TCE Fund is a Texas non-profit research and public education organization established in 1997. TCE Fund's primary mission is to empower people to protect the public health through a cleaner environment, and promote increased access to the governmental policy-making process so that people and community groups can help shape the decisions that affect their lives.
The Texas Land Conservancy (TLC) has protected almost 85,000 acres of vital Texas land through 109 conservation projects. TLC preserves and protects natural areas from the negative effects of land fragmentation and poorly-planned development. Land conserved by TLC will be protected forever from becoming a subdivision, strip mall, or parking lot.
TLC helps landowners find an economical, realistic alternative to selling their land to a developer that allows ownership to remain in their hands, but puts the responsibility of conserving the land in ours. Many of these properties are working farms or ranches, while others contain important habitat for wildlife and native plant communities. All of these lands are beautiful examples of Texas’ natural heritage. TLC’s work ensures that economic viability and growth is balanced with what makes us Texan: our rural heritage, our open-spaces, our farms and ranches, our scenic vistas, and our natural resources.
The Trail Foundation devotes its efforts to restoring, improving, expanding and beautifying the Town Lake Trail. Our mission is fulfilled through careful improvements to the Trail's infrastructure and environment. In a distinctively collaborative effort, we work in cooperation with the city, while honoring the original vision of the Trail's founders.
We promote the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in Central Texas.
Our mission is to accelerate the transformation toward sustainable building and land development practices in Central Texas through innovation, advocacy and partnerships.