was founded in 2005 by a group of local philanthropists
with the objective of giving back to our community,
while producing fun and entertaining events for families
and friends. We focus on providing funding support for
nonprofit organizations that have a direct and meaningful
impact on kids, families, and the arts.
sets us apart?
grassroots! CPA members live and operate in
Austin, Texas and are part of the community.
CPA’s approach to fundraising is as a 100% volunteer-based
nonprofit organization. With no direct staffing expenses
or overhead, we can donate a maximum amount of money
to our nonprofit partners. Our events generate $2
in revenue for every $1 of expense.
focus exclusively on Austin-area nonprofits that have
a significant, from-the-ground-up impact on their
local community. In an environment of reduced funding
from government, foundations, and other traditional
fundraising sources, it is even more critical to help
these smaller nonprofits reach the next level of community
philosophy is to "share the wealth" with
the community. We include local artists and small
businesses in our events, and we pay them for their
services. We ask for no ‘handouts’ from
event participants. A majority of the money spent
on event expenses stays right here in Austin and supports
hands-on. Our events include active participation
by our nonprofit partners and our local sponsors.
Austin-style! CPA takes advantage of Austin’s
awesome music and arts scene and culture.
Our events are held in unique Austin venues. No generic
hotel ballrooms for us!
We’re Austin-casual. You won’t need your
tux or little black dress (unless you really want
to wear them)!
We strive to bring an Austin flavor to our events
– refreshments, community sponsors, and performers.
cater to the audience! We provide great, affordable
entertainment that you can often bring your kids to.
strive to provide a great audience experience: excellent
performers, earlier start times, no oversold shows
or long lines, and fun and interesting sponsors who
will typically provide great raffle prizes or giveaways.
We offer a range of ticket prices that are within
reach of anyone in the community. There is no expensive
admission or $5,000 tables for sale! For those with
the means and desire to provide greater levels of
financial support, VIP amenities are available at
a higher cost.
of the CPA founders have kids, and we want them to
come to as many of our events as possible! We produce
several family-friendly events each season, with a
focus on cultural diversity.
cater to the performers! CPA works directly
with our performing groups to put together a customized,
personalized itinerary of activities to ensure a great
time before, during, and after the event!
While a touring performer group often has limited
time available, to the extent possible we try to provide
them with a unique Austin experience. This could include
enjoying unique Austin hotels or cuisine, nightlife,
or daytime activities like golf, the lake, or a spa.
We try to support local artists by providing exposure
in our events, paying them a fair wage for their services,
and ensuring that they have a fun and memorable time.
Thomas at "Live 2005, For the Kids" show,
August 2005, benefitting
Any Baby Can.