The Office of Innovation and Development can help you research funding opportunities and develop strategies to meet your school’s needs and goals.

Ways to Give

General District Guidelines on Donations

Any restricted donations (i.e. the donor designates a specific purpose for the use of the gifted funds) over $10,000 must be directed to Central Office to be placed in a special revenue account. 

If the donation is under $10,000 or is unrestricted (the donor has not specified a purpose for the donation, or has said the campus may decide how to use the funds), it can be deposited to the campus KEV account.

Giving by Credit Card

Donors can give by credit card by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on the campus’s page on Austin ISD’s website or by visiting the Austin Ed Fund website’s Donate to a Campus page and selecting the campus from the drop-down menu. Online donors will receive a tax receipt by email.

Giving by Check

Donors may write checks payable to a campus. Campuses may deposit checks to their KEV accounts directly, following the general guidelines above. If a donor makes a donation directly to a campus, the campus bookkeeper should complete this form, which provides documentation that can be used as a tax receipt for the donor.

Donors may also write checks payable to Austin Ed Fund, the district’s non-profit education foundation, and note the campus designation in the memo line. Checks made payable to Austin Ed Fund should be mailed to 4000 S IH35 Frontage Road, Austin, TX 78704.

In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations (or donations of items) can be made directly to a campus or a district department. Donors should coordinate with the campus regarding donations needs and drop-offs. Once the items are received, the campus bookkeeper should complete this form, which can then be used as a tax receipt for the donor.

Any person or organization with items they would like to donate may complete this form. The Office of Innovation and Development will contact you to help match you with a campus in need.

Other Types of Gifts

Please direct questions about other types of donations through Let’s Talk.

Austin ISD frequently requested documents

Use the resources below to help you complete your fundraising application.

Austin ISD Board of Trustees
Austin ISD Tax-Exempt Letter
Austin ISD At-A-Glance
Austin Ed Fund 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination*

*If your funding source requires a recipient to be a 501(c)(3) organization, please contact us through Let's Talk!

Grant Database

Our Grant Database allows you to search for current school and non-profit grant opportunities.



Grant Development 101
Learn everything you need to know to research grants, develop and submit a grant proposal and manage your award.

Concept Development
Follow this guide to help you develop a solid concept before beginning your fundraising campaign.

Proposal Outline Builder
Use this tool to draft your grant proposal. 

How to Develop a Logic Model
Learn how to develop a visual representation of the program structure, processes and goals.

Budget Template 
Use this template to help build your project budget. 

Sample Thank You Letter 
Wondering how to acknowledge your grant award? Use this sample letter as a guide to crafting a personal thank you.  


School Partnerships

School Partnership Directory
Search the most up-to-date partnership directory for instant access to more than 90 service providers and businesses that support Austin ISD schools.

Sample Solicitation Letter 
Wondering how to ask a local business to support your school? Use this template as a guide to craft a solicitation letter.