Girls Giving Grants high-schoolers help Foster Angels

Last week, 82 Austin-area girls participating in the Girls Giving Grants gave $8,200 to the Foster Angels of Central Texas. The grant is the biggest one that the Impact Austin program for eighth through 12th grade girls has given out.

Girls Giving Grants gave Foster Angels a grant for $8,200. Impact Austin

The girls participating in the program do the research on potential grantee nonprofits organizations, argue their case for the grant of their choice and then vote on which grant to give out.

Each of the girls donated $100 of their own money to fund the grant.

“After reviewing nearly 40 grant applications and conducting two site visits, our membership selected Foster Angels of Central Texas because of its mission to improve the lives of children in foster care,” said Akshara Anand, Girls Giving Grants’ 2017-18 president and a recent graduate at Liberal Arts and Science Academy, in a press release. “We are always incredibly humbled by the impact each nonprofit we review has on our community. Their work has further inspired us to incorporate philanthropy into all stages of our lives.”

Since 2006, Girls Giving Grants has given more than $70,000 to local nonprofit organizations. Girls can now enroll in the 2018-19 class. Girls who cannot afford the $100 contribution are eligible for one of six scholarships, raised by Girls Giving Grants members. Find out more or apply at

The grant was given the same day as Impact Austin, which empowers women to be philanthropist, presented $446,000 to four local nonprofit organizations:

  • CASA of Travis County, Inc. – Catalyst Grant
  • Jeremiah Program – Community Grant
  • Communities in Schools of Central Texas – Education Grant
  • Helping Hand Home for Children – Health and Well-Being Grant

RELATED: Girls Giving Grants helps Center for Child Protection get a new therapy dog

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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