Ring in 2019 with the Galano Community

2019-happy-new-year-fireworks-background_1017-16125 Fellowship? Recovery? Fun? Yes, Yes, and YES (or YAASSS). Come hang out with your sober/clean/abstinent fellows at the Galano Club. Hear tell there will be snacks, games, movies, music, and a whole lot of laughter and love for one another. Safe, Fun, Comfortable environment. Come alone, or bring a friend(s), Sponsor/Sponsee, or the whole tribe. All are welcome. 9:30 PM – 12:30 AM DJ Willie on the decks and dancing, fellowship, and love.
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End of Year Giving

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Giving Goal 2018 (last updated 12/28/2018)
$6,368
$0 $7,500

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?

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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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Xmas Potluck

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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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