End of Year Giving


Your Austin Galano Club needs your support!

As we come to the end of another year, it is time for our annual giving campaign. The Austin Galano Club is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to provide a safe, affordable, comfortable place for our recovery community to gather, whether for 12-step meetings or for social purposes.

Over the years your generosity has provided operational support for our facility, including utilities, facility maintenance and repair, and helped keep group rents affordable regardless of the size of the group. Since we opened, our Galano community has grown to more than 50 meetings-per-week, with a huge variety of 12-step fellowships represented. More than 700 people every week attend meetings, join friends, find support and enjoy a loving LGBTQ-friendly environment at the club.

On average, 94% of our expenses are comprised of rent, insurance, utilities, and other expenses necessary to keep the doors open. We rely on your donations to fund 10-15% of our operating budget* each year. Please consider helping us meet that target again this year.

Give Before the End of 2018 and Your Gift Will More Than Double!

A group of anonymous members of the Galano community have pledged to match your contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $7,500 with an extra bonus if we hit our goal of $7,500 by December 31! That means we can turn $7,500 into more than $15,000 to preserve and continue Galano’s legacy.

Will you help us reach our goal of $7,500 for Galano’s 2018 End-of-Year Giving Campaign?

Giving Goal 2018
$0 $7,500

If you are not yet a member of Austin Galano Club and you want to do your part beyond 2018, please sign up for membership. If you are already a member and want to increase your recurring donation, log in to manage your account.

Thank you so much for giving of your time, commitment, your dollars, and especially yourself.

In service and gratitude,
The Galano Board of Servants

* Meeting Room rental funds 50-55%, Memberships fund 25-30%, and Coffee Bar “profit” funds 5-10%.

All donations to Austin Galano Club are tax deductible in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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Thanksgiving Potluck

imageheader2 Thursday, November 22, 1pm-5pm Join your sober family for Thanksgiving Potluck at the Club. Turkey, stuffing, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please bring a side, dessert, or your favorite family dish! Volunteers Needed for Set-up and Clean-up – Great Service Work! Everyone is welcome and it will be a wonderful time. Join in the fellowship, and we’ll look forward to seeing you there.
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Why Join Galano?

Galano is a clubhouse that operates independently from the 12-Step meetings that take place here. (Actually, the meetings are independent from Galano—and each other—per the Tradition about autonomy.) Galano has three sources of income:
  • Fees collected from each group for using the meeting rooms.
  • A small profit from the Coffee Bar concessions.
  • Monthly or annual sustaining donations from individual Club members.
When individual groups pass the basket in their meetings, a portion of that collection is used by your group to pay Galano for use of the meeting room. But the cost of maintaining the social area—the lounge—is borne by the individual members of the Galano Club. If you are new to sobriety, please attend the 12-Step meetings that take place at Galano; and also hang out in the lounge and learn to enjoy life clean and sober as our guest. We want Galano to be a fun and safe place to socialize without drugs and alcohol. But it is a Club—and Clubs have members that pay dues. As you progress through the Steps and become more financially secure (or at least fear financial insecurity less), please consider being more than a guest at Galano. Membership begins at $15 monthly or $150 yearly. What are the benefits to Membership? Knowing you are financially supporting an institution that is important to our community—and you get to vote on new Board Members. Membership dues  are tax-deductible, as the Galano Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. An annual statement is sent to each donor for tax purposes. Be a member of the Club.
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Pride In Recovery

Pride 2016Austin Galano Club is excited, humbled, and grateful to be a designated beneficiary of the Austin Pride Foundation for 2016.  The Austin Pride organizers choose a select few area non-profits each year to help support with the surplus proceeds from the Pride events. The Pride Foundation selected Galano for 2016, no strings attached…which is pretty awesome. Over the last several years, the Austin Galano Club community has participated in Austin Pride, both at the festival and the parade.  We decided long ago it was important to be present in the broader community to provide information around resources available for 12-Step recovery, the range of 12-step programs, the club-house resources, and the meeting schedules.  Hundreds of people stop by the booth every year, and several show up at meetings the following weeks.  Being available to answer questions, or just let them know that these resources are available, has been rewarding in itself. The last 3 years in the parade, Galano has had a really vibrant presence walking in the parade.  For those out there struggling with Alcohol, Drugs, Behavioral Addictions, or are friends/family of those affected by addiction, seeing such a group may be their first exposure to knowing we are in the community. This year, as a designated beneficiary, we are participating in the same way we have, with slightly higher visibility within the community.  The community’s exposure to us is so critical, for those still suffering or looking for a solution.  We are grateful that the Austin Pride Foundation has designated Austin Galano Club as a beneficiary for 2016, which helps us toward our core mission, providing a safe and affordable home for GLBTQ&A 12-Step recovery groups and their members. Join us at the Festival, August 27th, and definitely come walk with us in the Parade that evening…7:30 PM August 27th.
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Who are the Odd Fellows?

In mid-July members of the Galano Board were invited by the Odd Fellows to attend a meeting at the Helping Hand Home for Children in Hyde Park. The Helping Hand Home is one of many local charities that the Odd Fellows have funded with generous gifts. They have made a commitment to give the Helping Hand Home at least $12,000 each year as a sustaining gift.13707724_10153742941153388_6073433687390027716_n The Galano Board was invited to this donation ceremony by the Odd Fellows because they value our contributions to their mission. It is because Galano leases their old Lodge that they are able to make these sustaining contributions to local charities. Our tenancy and our mission supports their mission—both monetarily and philosophically. While I posed with the Odd Fellows behind the “big cheque” that was being ceremonially given to the Helping Hand Home for Children, it occurred to me how our relationship is mutually beneficial—and how your basket donations make a virtuous circle within our community. First, let’s review the relationship of the individual groups and members within the Galano Club: Each 12-Step recovery group that meets at Galano pays (donates) rent for the meeting room. When you attend a meeting and put two or three dollars in the donation basket, a portion of that money is paid to Galano as rent for the meeting room. Galano’s other revenue stream is from monthly or annual dues paid by Galano members. These are tax-deductible sustaining contributions made by members who want to ensure that there is a safe place for the GLBTQ (and our straight allies) community to attend 12-Step meetings and socialize in a sober environment. So… Galano collects a portion of the basket donations as rent from each individual group, and Galano collects dues from sustaining members. Then Galano pays bills to keep the Club running. Our largest bill every month is the rent we pay to the Odd Fellows. Who are the Odd Fellows? The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF remains prominently on the Guadalupe Street side of the building) is an international fraternal organization whose purpose is to “Visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.” The Odd Fellows are also known as the “Triple Link Fraternity” which represents “Friendship, Love and Truth.” This theme can be seen in the chain links that decorate our entrance gate and the memorial cornerstone. Before the social safety net of LBJ’s Great Society initiatives, the only funding for old-folks homes, hospitals, and orphanages was from charitable organizations. In the first two centuries of the United States, men’s clubs and fraternal orders provided amusement, collegiality, and—most importantly—funding to provide services for society’s most vulnerable. The Lion’s Club, Rotary, Elks Lodge, Masons, Shriners, and the Odd Fellows raised money and built America’s hospitals and orphanages. In the 21st century these fraternal organizations are less prevalent; however, they still enjoy a modest membership—and they continue to do good works in their local communities. Our chapter of the Odd Fellows, Capital Lodge #23, no longer required their large and well-appointed hall, and four years ago they made the decision to lease it—and the Austin Galano Club became their tenants. (They still meet at the Lodge on Tuesdays, and they retain a warren of offices in the corner of the building.) Because of the rental income they now derive from their valuable asset, they are able to continue to make generous contributions to local charities. And this brings us to why I was standing with the Odd Fellows giving a $12,000 dollar cheque to the Helping Hand Home for Children. The Odd Fellows value us—and our mission—and our relationship helps them to fulfill their mission. As I was standing with the Odd Fellows, I marveled at the virtuous circle that our basket donations and dues make: Money is put in the basket at the individual 12-Step groups that meet at Galano. A portion of that money is donated to Galano as rent for the meeting room. That money is combined with dues and donations from Galano sustaining members. Galano cuts a cheque to the Odd Fellows every month for rent. The Odd Fellows then gives their money to local charities that benefit all of us, if only indirectly. I helped give our money to the Helping Hand Home for Children—an orphanage at 38th and Avenue B that provides the most vulnerable kids in Austin a safe place to grow up. And throughout this virtuous circle of giving, none of the money is going into anyone’s pocket as salary. The Galano Board is completely volunteer, as is the Odd Fellows. (And because the Odd Fellows is a non-profit organization, and Galano is also a non-profit organization, our building remains exempt from property taxes.) Your donations are flowing back into our community dollar for dollar. –Al Arro
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