Donating Your Influence During Amplify Austin

Donating Your Influence During Amplify Austin

Feb 25 2016

One of the most important concepts in creating a movement of donors and volunteers to work for the best possible outcome for children is that of social proof, the idea that seeing a person you trust perform an action lends credence and makes it easier for you to do the same. Knowing that a friend supports CASA, as a volunteer or a donor or just as a person who cares about kids, makes it easier to take the leap to getting involved. The act of providing social proof is another way that supporters donate. It's a donation of influence. Read More

Introducing Board President Ben Rubenstein

Introducing Board President Ben Rubenstein

Feb 15 2016

Last year Bloomerang published a list of “8 Attributes Of An Outstanding Nonprofit Board Chairman.” The top three attributes they listed were the ability to see the big picture, exuding enthusiasm, and a personal commitment to the nonprofit. Those three attributes happen to be perfect descriptors for our 2016 Board President Ben Rubenstein.

Ben sees the big picture and this was clearly a skill he developed early in life. Ben went to college at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied diplomatic history, international relations and Latin American studies. “I studied diplomacy, and that’s very important in the workplace,” said Ben of his chosen fields of study.  Read More

We Love Our Volunteers!

We Love Our Volunteers!

Feb 11 2016

At its core, volunteering with CASA is an act of love, of selflessly giving your time, your spirit and your heart to kids that need you. We know that there is nothing we can ever do to repay what our volunteers have given, but with Valentine's Day approaching we knew we wanted to do something to share the love with our volunteers.

I asked members of our staff, "What is one thing you love about CASA volunteers?" These were some of their responses. Read More

What is Advocacy?

What is Advocacy?

Feb 04 2016

It can be difficult for us to define what we mean when we say that someone "advocates" for a child. When we think of "advocacy" we often think of political lobbying or campaigning door to door, but the work that Court Appointed Special Advocates do for children in the child welfare system is different and it takes on many forms. An advocate's job is to find the gaps in a child's care and identify what can be done to fill those gaps. There are as many ways to advocate for a child as there are potential gaps in a child's life. Read More