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Giving to the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

University and state appropriated funds provide just 13% of our annual budget, so your support is critical to enable ASI to offer nonpartisan research, education, and outreach programs. From training teachers in innovative ways to teach civics to offsetting program participant fees and speaker travel expenses, your donations make a difference.

Your donations enable us to:

- Attract top political professionals, journalists, and scholars as speakers
- Keep program fees low and offer scholarships for New Politics Forum conferences
- Create networking and career development opportunities for our program alumni
- Provide Speak Up! Speak Out! student supplies, transportation, and prizes
- Expand Why Bother? civic engagement partnership with KUT and KLRU

Great Conversations Fundraising Event

Great Conversations speakers

Our Great Conversations events bring together movers and shakers, a Who’s Who of political, business and community trailblazers, and let each lead a lively dinner conversation with several lucky guests. The result is a memorable evening full of engaging conversations. Click here to learn more about the event and view event photos.

Donor Stories

With the generous support from our donors, the Annette Strauss Institute is making a difference.  Click on the stories below to read about how individuals are supporting ASI.

Paying it Forward: Phil Fountain Gives Back to the New Politics Forum

Several ways that you can give

Every gift matters, no matter its size. Your contribution, for the purpose you choose, will play a crucial role in advancing our mission. By supporting our nonpartisan research or education outreach programs, you help to support a legacy of civic engagement for Texas and the United States.  And remember you can increase the size of your donation, if your employer offers a corporate matching program.  To find out if your employer will match your contribution, check with the Human Resources or Community Affairs office at your company, or search our list.


There are several ways that you can invest in the Annette Strauss Institute.

Give Online

You can make a gift or pledge online with a credit card via our secure gift page.

In addition to a one-time donation, you are now able to create a:

Recurring gift, made over the course of predetermined months or years; or

Sustaining gift, made every month or year until you decide to stop; or

Future pledge with an initial gift of $1.00 today and the full amount you choose charged on the date that you select; or

Memorial or honorarium gift.


Mail a Check

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life /
The University of Texas at Austin
2504A Whitis Avenue
Stop R2000
Austin, Texas 78712-1538

* Please make checks payable to the Annette Strauss Institute at The University of Texas at Austin