Big Bucks for Austin

Austinites raise impressive $8.5 million in record-breaking event

Austinites raise impressive $8.5 million in record-breaking event

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Austin raised more than $8 million in 24 hours. Photo courtesy of I Live Here, I Give Here

This deserves a pat on the back: Austin has raised more than $8.5 million for local nonprofits in just 24 hours.

Amplify Austin — the online fundraiser spearheaded by I Live Here, I Give Here — shattered last year's record of $7.7 million but fell just short of the ambitious $9 million goal. From March 8 to 9, nearly 62,000 individual donations were given to more than 600 nonprofits.

"This year, we saw an increase of more than 10 percent in total donations, and more Central Texans participated in Amplify Austin than ever before. We are excited to have surpassed last year's fundraising event. In doing so, we have also raised awareness of the important services provided by area nonprofits," said Celeste Flores, executive director of I Live Here, I Give Here, in a press release.

Once again, The Boys & Girls Club raked in the most donations ($488,270), followed by YMCA of Austin ($315,051.29), and Hospice Austin ($222,894.14). I Live Here, I Give Here and Austin Pets Alive! received the most individual donations.

Now in its fourth year, the Amplify Austin event has brought in a grand total of $24.7 million for the community — but the giving shouldn't be limited to the 24-hour period.

"The Amplify Austin platform is available year-round to donate to or fundraise for your favorite causes. We hope to inspire the people of Central Texas and their neighbors to make a difference in their communities by connecting them with the causes they're passionate about on one easy-to-use platform," Flores said.