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$2,655.00 Donated to Austin Pets Alive! on Behalf of Ellen Jefferson & Damon O’Gan

Jefferson-O'Gan APA Donation$2,655.00 donated to Austin Pets Alive! on behalf of Ellen Jefferson and Damon O’Gan. Austin Pets Alive! is focused on helping the healthy and treatable pets at risk of being killed in a shelter. They rescue dogs and cats who are at the greatest risk, providing them care within our shelter or with one of our hundreds of foster families, and adopting them out.

$1,570.00 Donated to Open Door Preschool on Behalf of Ashley and Scott Phillips










$1,570.00 Donated to Open Door Preschools on Behalf of Ashley and Scott Phillips.

Open Door Preschools was created so that children with special needs and typically developing children could learn, grow, and thrive together. Starting in 1975 with 9 children, it has grown significantly. Learn more.

4905 Manchester Circle – SOLD

MLS – 7137806 – $209,900

Hip Home in 78745! Updated and ready for a new owner.  Remodeled kitchen with granite counters, mod interior paint, updated half bath in master. Stained concrete and laminate flooring.  Loads of interior storage. Freshly painted exterior, large back yard with two storage sheds.

$2,550.00 Donated to Any Baby Can Candlelighters program on Behalf of the Flores Family

The Flores Family Brings Help and Hope to Children Imapcted by Cancer

Josh and Amanda Flores are dedicated to teaching their own children the importance of charity and cherishing the ability to give. When looking for a new home in the Austin area, the Flores hired Give Realty and combined a unique philanthropic opportunity to give to Any Baby Can through the purchase of their new home.

The Flores recently purchased a home in Shady Hollow. The Flores described the experience as “something that not only makes an impact in the initial donation, but also in the memory and influence it has on our lives moving forward.” Many children throughout Austin feel the impact of the Flores’ donation to Any Baby Can.

Any Baby Can is a nonprofit organization that offers supportive services to more than 8,000 of the youngest, sickest, and poorest children in our community and their families. A special program called the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Program provides services and support so that no family goes through their journey with childhood cancer alone. This was an important service to support for the Flores. “We have children of our own and in life, have experienced how terrible cancer can be for kids,” says Mrs. Flores.

The donation from the Flores will support a number of services offered by Any Baby Can and more specifically focused on the Candelighters’ Program. According to development director Nancy Morgan, “Any Baby Can supports struggling mothers to a child battling cancer, and this donation by Give Realty on behalf of the Flores, will touch the lives of our neighbors who need it most.”

Three Ways to Help Any Baby Can

  • Donate. Donations are Any Baby Can’s main source of support to continue services and programs that the organization offers. To donate, visit
  • Become an Ambassador. The ambassador program at Any Baby Can is a new program that allows individuals to get involved with the organization and work on its behalf to further the mission. For more information on this program, visit
  • Volunteer. Volunteers are always needed to help support and run the services and programs that Any Baby Can offers. For more information, visit

$4,304.00 Donated to SafePlace and Heritage Society of Austin on Behalf of Kris Umlauf

Kris Umlauf Helps to Preserve Austin and Assist Women and Children.

Kris Umlauf recently donated to two impactful Austin nonprofit organizations. Kris recently sold her home in Lakewood and purchased a home in Brentwood using Give Realty.  She chose this North Central neighborhood for the unique vibe, residents, and the proximity to downtown. Umlauf, a seven-year resident of Austin, cares deeply for not only the city of Austin but also helping Austin residents in need. This connection provoked Umlauf’s donation through Give Realty to both the Heritage Society and Safeplace.

Heritage Society’s mission is to promote Austin’s diverse cultural heritage through the preservation of historic places. Kris Umlauf is a member of Heritage Society’s Waterloo Society.  Umlauf identified with this mission after learning that many Austin landmarks had been torn down because of lack of funds to maintain properties. Heritage Society has preserved 300 historic properties, including Austin treasures like the Driskill Hotel, Paramount Theater, Governor’s Mansion, Laguna Gloria, and many private residences.

Heritage Society is grateful for the on-going support of their mission made possible in part by Kris Umlauf. “Through her involvement, Kris has provided us both critical financial support that allows our on-going vigilance in monitoring and advocating for threatened properties,” says Jacqui Schraad, Heritage Society executive director.

Kris not only has helped to preserve the landmarks of Austin, but also to provide assistance to the women and children of Austin who have suffered from abuse. Umlauf has a personal connection and history with the nonprofit organization Safeplace as an advocate and volunteer. Safeplace aims to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. “I found value in assisting abused women and children needing assistance to better their circumstances,” says Umlauf.

These two donations made by Give Realty on behalf of Kris Umlauf will go a long way in helping the residents and landmarks of Austin. Umlauf’s donations will help the development of a downloadable historic tour application that will feature tours of Austin’s historic downtown and neighborhoods and provide assistance for abused women and children in Austin to improve their circumstances.

Interestingly, Kris was Laurie’s first real estate client in 2005 when Kris relocated to Austin from California.

Three Ways to Help Heritage Society

  • Become a Member. Join our membership to provide financial support, get educated about the benefits and tools of preservation, and actively help us advocate to save historic Austin.
  • Advocate. Join our e-mail list and Facebook to respond to our “Call to Action” to contact elected officials when properties and historic resources are threatened.
  • Volunteer. Get involved and make preservation a priority for your own neighborhood association.

Three Ways to Help SafePlace

  • Volunteer. SafePlace needs volunteers in direct positions, which are highly confidential and work with directly with survivors and children and represent SafePlace in the community. Volunteers for non-direct positions are also needed, which may involve administrative duties, assisting at the Charter School or Daycare, or providing workshops for Life Skills classes. They even need volunteers to help to foster pets of families in shelter!
  • Donate. Visit to donate directly online and to check out other opportunities to give. SafePlace is always in need of new and gently used items for its shelter, and is currently experiencing a critical shortage of baby wipes and diapers sizes 4-6.
  • Spread the Word. Tell everyone you know about SafePlace. A good place to start would be to ‘like’ SafePlace on Facebook at and stay in touch.

$4,650.00 Donated to Austin Pets Alive! and I Once Was Lost on behalf of the Waselenchuck Family

Waselenchucks Provide Hope for Rescued Animals

Give Realty’s donation on behalf of Kim and Kane Waselenchuck to two animal rescue nonprofits could not have come at a more crucial time for either. “This summer has been really difficult for animals in Austin and surrounding counties and a lot more (thousands more) than we anticipated are coming into the Austin City Shelter,” says Jenna Reidi, development assistant for Austin Pets Alive! (APA). The donation will help further both the dog behavior program and FeLV Cat Enclosure program.

Austin Pets Alive! makes a daily impact on the lives of animals all around the city of Austin. The Waselenchucks have been active volunteers at the organization and learned of the donation opportunity through Give Realty from the APA website.  Give Realty helped Kim and Kane recently purchase a home in Scenic Brook Estates. According to the Waselenchucks, they chose to work with Give Realty because “it gives back to the community which we feel is important in today’s world.”  APA has saved over 16,000 pets from certain death in just four years, and finds a home for each through 12 daily adoption sites throughout the city.

This is the third donation from Give Realty to Austin Pets Alive!. APA is both “excited and grateful” for the continued support from Give Realty. According to Reidi, “These are animals that, without Austin Pets Alive!, would have been euthanized. We are very grateful to have the support of Give Realty to continue helping these amazing animals.”

According to Adette Quintana, development director of the nonprofit organization I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy, the donation on behalf of the Waselenchucks arrived just in time to save an abandoned dog named Charlie. Charlie was found on the side of the road with a broken leg and starving. I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy rescued him. “We were praying for a miracle for funds to help save him,” says Quintana. The Waselenchuck’s donation through Give Realty saved his life.

I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy is a nonprofit organization that rescues stray and lost roadside dogs and cats.  I Once Was Lost takes abandoned dogs and cats into their program regardless of age, medical condition, behavior, or breed. According to Quintana, “The funds will not only help Charlie. They will also fund several spays & neuters. This will prevent an exponential number of homeless pets.”

Three Ways to Help Austin Pets Alive!

  • Volunteer. APA is always looking for volunteers and donors to help support and work with the current programs and animals to further the mission of providing resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.
  • Become a Foster. Fosters for animals are needed to provide a safe, happy, and loving environment for animals waiting to be adopted. The number of animals APA can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.
  • Adopt a Pet. The only way to give rescued animals a new start in life is through finding permanent, loving homes for them. APA hopes to find adopters for all of their animals.

Three Ways to Help I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy

  • Prevention. Spaying and neutering animals is crucial to keeping the homeless pet population low and preventing stray and abandoned animals.
  • Advocate. Becoming an advocate for proper pet care helps to further I Once Was Lost’s mission of raising awareness about pet issues such as nutrition and proper vaccination schedules.
  • Adopt. Animal Adoption and Fostering helps provide rescued animals with homes to recuperate, learn, and grow in loving pets.