How to become a philanthropist and donate thousands in your first year

Ever wanted to give back to a charity but thought you might not be able to give enough to make a difference?

Every little bit counts, but two local groups are using a process of collective giving to make sure a little bit goes a long way.

Both groups will kick off their membership drives in September and provide the opportunity for philanthropists to donate thousands to local nonprofits in 2018-2019.

NB Next and NB Women GO, both with the New Braunfels Area Community Foundation, utilize pooled giving to allow individuals to collectively make larger grants to local nonprofits and make a bigger impact.

NB Next
NB Next will host its membership drive on Sept. 13 at Villa at the Gruene. Open to emerging leaders ages 21 and older, NB Next offers a $200 annual membership. Couples may join with one $200 membership, which counts as one vote. Members are involved in accepting, evaluating and awarding grants. Each member has a vote on how the grants are awarded.

In 2017, NB Next awarded $5,000 to the Weekend Food for Kids program, allowing for increased service to area children who are food insecure.

The grant funds awarded to the Weekend Food for Kids Program supported food purchases from December 2017 through April of 2018, and a portion of May as well for seven schools. Upon receiving the NB Next grant, the program put out the word they could serve more families and their numbers steadily grew!  In December 2017, the program was serving 53 households with 161 children. By May, the numbers were up, and the program was serving up to 76 families with 231 children.

“We were thrilled to have the chance to make our first grant last year. As momentum builds with NB Next, we are excited to not only seek opportunities to award annual grants, but also focus on engaging the various service organizations by helping them wherever needed,” said NB Next Executive Committee Chair Travis Taylor. “There are many in our community in need, and NB Next serves as a chance to connect people with nonprofits for the enduring benefit of New Braunfels and Comal County.”

NB Next membership provides:

  • Opportunity to give back to local nonprofits;
  • Access to educational events; and
  • Connections with nonprofits.

NB Women GO
On Sept. 18 at Saengerhalle, NB Women GO, a women’s giving circle, will host its membership drive in preparation for its second grant season.

In spring of 2018, the NB Women GO members awarded $37,500 total in grants to six local nonprofits: S.T.E.P.S., Tejas Smiles, Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area, CASA, Comal County Habitat for Humanity and River City Advocacy.

This year, NB Women GO members are encouraging each other to bring two friends to the membership event, with a goal of doubling membership to 100 and doubling the amount of grant awards.

Any woman interested in helping to do good in Comal County can become a member of NB Women GO. Membership costs $1,000 annually. Each membership gets one vote and may nominate a local nonprofit to receive a grant. Membership may be shared by up to four women.

The 2018-2019 grant categories include:

  • Family Services – Adult
  • Family Services – Children
  • Preservation/Environment
  • Animal Welfare
  • Small Budget/Big Impact
  • Arts/Culture
  • Education

NB Women GO has only been in existence for a short while, but is already making a difference for area nonprofits. The group offers a prime example of how collective giving can make a significant impact.

“We believe we are stronger and more effective when we work together as opposed to working alone.  A community foundation is a great example of that and giving circles are too,” said Brit W. King, NBACF President/CEO.

NB Next Membership Drive
Appetizers and beverages
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 13
Villa at Gruene

RSVP by Sept. 6

NB Women GO Membership Drive
Wine and appetizers
6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Saengerhalle, 255 Saengerhalle Road

RSVP by Sept. 11

To learn more or send an RSVP, visit, or call (830) 606-9536.