Resources, Updates, & Next Gen Testimonials
The KFG community has been working diligently to best serve others during this time. In addition to providing Gen Z & Millineials with the most up-to-date information, our next gen advisory board members have been organizing city wide donation drives with universities and hospitals, gathering bio-medical engineers and necessary materials for prototyping DIY medical supplies and 3D printing options, and throwing digital online art auctions to support artists impacted by various festival closures and the Covid 19 virus. Please join us in our efforts and know just 1 person and a group of their friends can truly change the world. For help navigating how to start your philanthropic journey during this time please read the information below.
Resources & Updates:
How to best support locally?
1. Donate - We are working on a healthcare fund for Austin. If you are interested in contributing, pledging a gift, or learning more please email - (every gift amount matters and can make a big impact).
2. In-Kind Supply Donations & Volunteering - Our hospital workers need supplies and volunteers! Have a 3D printer you can utilize? Want to volunteer to sew medical masks? Are you willing to go pick up supplies? Does your school have medical supplies to donate? Please provide your contact information in the shared google doc(s) below.
3. Make sure to join the fun online Art Auction Party "Beautify Today, Sustain Tomorrow" on March 25 (noon-midnight) that KFG advisory board member Susannah Haddad organized to support Austin Artists during Covid 19.
KFG Next Gen Community Testimonials on Covid 19:
“In this unprecedented time, it can feel strange to adopt new behaviors and press pause on our normal lifestyles. But we’re being presented with a unique opportunity to serve our community by thinking in terms of ‘us’ and ‘we’ instead of ‘me.’ American society prizes individualism, but without working together, the risk is much greater to all of us. I’m hopeful that by wholeheartedly embracing this opportunity to think about implementing lifestyle changes for the good of those around us, a cultural renaissance embracing the importance of relationships and innovative cooperation will emerge in our society as a whole.”- Vice Chair of KFG, Michal Ann Morrison
“These past few weeks have been difficult and emotional for us all, but have been particularly scary for the ill, the immunocompromised, the elderly, and the small business owners. Before you think that social distancing does not apply to you, please think about the ramifications it could have on someone close to you.” Vice Chair of KFG, AnneMarie McComb
"As a fifth generation board member, and native Houstonian now residing in Austin, I have been able to see the importance of supporting your community especially through crisis. This is just the beginning, and we have a duty to stay home and keep our community healthy. If you have the means, consider donating to those who will not be covered or have lost their source of income. If you have ideas, share them with fellow leaders so we can emerge better than we were before." Director of Development for Notley & Fondren Foundation, MC Deskins Fondren
"I was excited to finally be SXSW official this year, and took two weeks off of my job to to prep, record some, and then play for a week and a half. Once all of my shows canceled and the corona virus got more serious, I realized that as someone with a compromised immune system I needed to be more careful than others. However, now all of the store fronts for our jobs are either completely shut down, or the hours have been cut tremendously, so I’m very much cut off from my regular life. Probably over the course of the next two months without my shows and without our jobs we will lose more money than I want to even think about. Our band works pay check to pay check so we can do what we love and play music. The idea we won’t be playing a show, and I won’t be around people until possibly May is heart breaking. However if keeping myself shut away for now helps keep my friends and family safe, it’s what needs to be done." Lili Hickman Waldron (daughter Sara Hickman and a part of Austin's beloved Hickman Family )
“I am hopeful that a lot of good will come from this. Look at the canals in Italy and how they’ve cleared. How animals have started to return. Look at the pollution clearing in China...look at what can change when we take a step back. As for the individual, read, paint, draw, or write. Find a new passion or dive into one that you never had time for. Reflect on yourself and your life and make plans for the future” - KFG Advisory Board Member, Teva Ferguson
Email to submit your testimonial or a helpful resource!