About the Executive Director

Paul Urban

There is a new leader of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country! Austin Dickson has been named the Executive Director of the 35-year-old charitable foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits in Kerr, Gillespie, Kendall, and Bandera counties and is the primary philanthropic resource for the region. "We're thrilled to welcome Austin to the Hill Country," said John Hutcherson, president of the Foundation's board. "He brings energy and savvy leadership to our mission." Mr. Dickson began work on June 1.

A Waco native and TCU graduate, Austin has lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for 13 years, where he was a noted civic leader. Since 2012, he has served as the Executive Director of Literacy Action, a major literacy services provider. He previously worked for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, one of the 20 largest community foundations in the U.S. For his professional and community work, Austin was selected as a "40 Under 40” rising star by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend magazine. Georgia Tech gave him its "Distinguished Alumni Award" just last month.

"It's an honor to assume this role, and I plan to have a lot of fun helping the Foundation build upon its strengths and further develop the region's nonprofits," remarked Austin. "It's wonderful to finally be back home in Texas."

He is replacing Paul Urban, who served as Executive Director for five years and announced his desire to retire late last year. "Our search committee met with many great candidates, but everyone felt that Austin was the leader the Foundation needs and that the communities it serves will enjoy working with him. We're excited for him to lead us forward."

To reach Austin, call The Community Foundation offices at (830)896-8811 or email Austin: austin@communityfoundation.net.

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