Austin Technology Council Creates 501c3: The ATC Community Foundation

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Non Profit Foundation Direct Response to Member Requests; Will Help Tech Community Give Back, Focus on Supporting Central Texas Area STEM Efforts

Austin Technology Council (ATC) is pleased today to announce IRS recognition of its 501c3, the ATC Community Foundation. ATC now has an official and public charity, created in direct response to requests and interest from ATC members to have a non profit vehicle for more community involvement and donations – of time and money – from the greater Austin technology industry. The process began just a year ago and was supervised by the current ATC board of directors. The IRS filing was completed through generous probono help from Jackson Walker and Michael Chawner, CPA, LLC. The filing was completed in January and approved by the IRS at end of March.

The ATC Community Foundation (ATCCF) will educate, inspire and lead Central Texas’ next generation of technology students into developing the skills required by current and next-generation employers. ATCCF provides Central Texas technology companies and professionals a vehicle through which they can match their experience and passion to give back with the demand for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

ATC is also pleased to announce the board of the ATCCF, headed by chair Sam Coursen, recently retired VP and CIO of Freescale Semiconductor and former member of the ATC board who moves over to focus fully on the Foundation. Coursen is joined by:

  • Michael Chawner, CPA. With his decade of public accounting experience in Austin and Washington, DC, Chawner also serves as the Foundation treasurer
  • Edward Doan, senior technical program manager at Google in Austin
  • Steven Moore, partner, Jackson Walker, who is a state tax lawyer, and also serves as the Foundation secretary
  • Trevor Schulze, corporate VP, IT/Engineering at AMD
  • Julie Huls, president of the Austin Technology Council

The ATCCF would not exist, and especially not so quickly, without the tireless support of this entire board, particularly countless donated hours and guidance from Steven Moore on the legal side and Michael Chawner on the financial side, who put the Foundation together and presented such a compelling package to the IRS that 501c3 status was granted in less than three months.

“We are honestly blown away that our 501c3 status happened so quickly,” said Julie Huls, president, Austin Technology Council. “We created the ATCCF in direct response to requests from our members for a non profit where they can use the unique skills and value of the tech community to positively impact greater Austin. We fully believe part of the speed of our approval is the awareness of the entire country that we all must take the training and education of our next generation workforce into our own hands, and there is no better way than getting the technology industry involved with students and in schools. We are proud that the Austin tech industry is so invested in educating the next generation.”

ATC has been studying, and will be modeling, its Foundation after best practices other similar non profits have already put in place, such as the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Information on the ATC Community Foundation will be on the ATC website,

About the Austin Technology Council:
With more than 6,000 members and friends, 1,200 C-level executive members, and 230 member companies, the Austin Technology Council (ATC) has been focused on the growth and success of the Austin tech community since 1994. Members reap the benefits of premier professional development; insight and feedback from peers; the best in industry data to help grow businesses; and opportunities to give back to the Austin community through charitable initiatives. Current ATC board members are leaders at companies or organizations like Austin Technology Incubator, CacheIQ, Gazzang, Homeaway, IBM, PeopleAdmin, Samsung, Spinal Restoration, Spredfast and Vinson & Elkins. More on ATC can be found at: or @ATCouncil on Twitter.

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