Your donations support Mainspring Schools’ ability to give more low-income children in Austin a chance to succeed. 


$96 gives a curious child one full year of fine arts instruction

$254 provides a year of training for a life-changing teacher

$486 gives an entire classroom a year of STEM materials

$725 provides an entire classroom with a year of literacy materials

$1,297 feeds a growing child three healthy meals a day for a full year

$3,518 provides a month of crucial education and counseling for all parents

Thank you for your support!

Scholarship fund

A donation directly to our scholarship fund allows at-risk children to stay at Mainspring when their families are experiencing a crisis that disqualifies them from public funding. This is at the heart of our mission.

Things we need!

As a school, we are always on the lookout for supplies that can be used for teaching and caring for our kids, as well as items for the food pantry that we provide for families in crisis.

Interested in providing Mainspring with some necessary supplies? Here are our Amazon wish lists, which can provide some guidance. Thank you!


Our volunteers are treasured and crucial to fulfilling our mission. Whether you are an individual and group, we would love your help:

  • Time with our kids in the classroom

  • Physical projects (light landscaping, painting a classroom)

  • Book drive

  • Kitchen help

  • Speakers on parenting topics

  • Photographers, musicians, seamstresses, etc.

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Consider this:

87% of children brought up in Austin’s low-income neighborhoods will enter kindergarten behind readiness levels.

When children start kindergarten behind, they are likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives.

Most of our families are low-income and are using government-subsidized childcare vouchers in their transition from welfare to work. These subsidies only pay about 60% of real costs. Private contributions help close the gap between costs and public reimbursements.

The very things that make Mainspring Schools so effective at helping families become successful and independent are the things that push costs beyond what public subsidies provide:

  • Low student-to-teacher ratios.

  • Well-educated teachers.

  • Support for the whole family.

  • Healthy meals.

  • Art and music programs.

Mainspring Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID# 74-1143055

Corporate and Foundation Donors

3M Volunteer Group


American Bank

Andrews Oil

Buena Vista Foundation

Comerica Bank


First State Bank Central Texas

Frost Bank

Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody


Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Howry Breen & Herman. LLP


Humana Foundation

I Live Here, I Give Here

John Barclay Agency

Keg 1 Central Texas, LLC


Lola Wright

Pacey Family Foundation

Ron Lewis & Associates

Texas Commission on the Arts

The Tapestry Foundation


Topfer Family Foundation

Vintage IT Services

Webber Family Foundation

Wells Fargo