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Robert Godwin

Robert Godwin has been covering the non-profit scene in Austin from the time of blue jeans and backyard barbeques to the black-tie galas of today. With over 20,000 events recorded by word and photo, Godwin leads the leagues in rubber chicken consumption. As a constant witness to the power of publicity, he now seeks to enlist a legion of assistants by sharing his knowledge of the publicity process.

Austin Community Foundation–Generosity Multiplied

Posted at December 6, 2013 by Comments Off on Austin Community Foundation–Generosity Multiplied


Austin Community Foundation’s annual Celebration of Giving on October 16th was a winner! On the first evening of fall weather, more than 300 guests enjoyed a fun night at the Circuit of the Americas F-1 racetrack. The evening included a thrilling tour of the 250-foot tall Observation Tower overlooking the track, a sneak peek at a F-1 race car and cool jazz by Felix and the Bonobos. Later, during a hearty surf and turf dinner, Esther’s Follies performed favorite skits, including a few humorous takes on the Austin Community Foundation. President & CEO Jim Pendergast premiered the organization’s new video focusing on the evening’s theme of “Generosity Multiplied” and followed with brief remarks, while displaying an old banker’s desk drawer, on how a single estate gift, from Fannie Gray Leo in 1975, created the Austin Community Foundation and grown into $140 million in assets. Finally, it was time for the evenings awards. ACF Board of Governors chair Steve Shook presented Kelly White, CEO of Austin Children’s Shelter, with the Founders Award, for the organization’s courage and commitment to children in foster care in changing times. Jan Lehman, ACF Board of Governors member and chair of the evening’s event, then honored Luci Johnson & Ian Turpin with the Philanthropy Award for their family’s generations of giving and philanthropic leadership in our community. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Austin Community Foundation’s philanthropy and grantmaking work.

 Luci Johnson’s remarked “Few know Austin’s community better than ACF. After all, the Austin Community Foundation is the arm for many Austinites’ philanthropy. You help so many do so much good. You do it all with no other motive than it’s the right thing to do. You have been our invaluable ally in helping us give wisely to the causes we believe in. Thus it is the ultimate compliment to see that you who really know us still want to honor us.”

Ian Turpin’s added, “ACF is such an invaluable partner in helping Central Texans preserve their family’s dreams for countless local worthy causes. This helps to ensure that Central Texas continues to be a vibrant community with a conscience for all to embrace & enjoy.”

About Austin Community Foundation:  Since 1977, Austin Community Foundation has helped caring people give more than $200 million in grants to make Austin the best place to live for everyone. We help people find creative and effective ways to give to the special causes dear to their hearts—or respond to our growing community’s changing needs. Your desire to give back plus our lasting commitment to Austin creates a positive impact.  Together, we are generosity multiplied. For more information:


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