We started this project to raise money and material support for small, local, grassroots community groups and projects that traditionally have difficulty finding funding. We believe that the struggles for social justice are not separate, but in fact all linked together in a broader struggle for liberation - an injustice against one is an injustice against all. In networking and supporting diverse groups and people, regardless of our own race, nationality, gender, sexuality, we all become stronger.
Our Main Beneficiary
Inside Books Project
- An all-volunteer non-profit founded in 1998, sending 18,000 free books a year to Texas prisoners. IBP works with prisoners to create change, both in their lives and in the system that has incarcerated them - books are the agents of that change. Prison support projects have a very difficult time with funding, which is why Treasure City supports IBP. We are now supplying text books to IBP so they can build an educational library at the Travis County Correctional Complex (Del Valle). To find out more about Prison Abolition, visit the Critical Resistance website. Click here for a list of Political Prisoners in the United States, such as the Angola 3.
- Treasure City provides financial and material support for IBP: 1000+ books and over $18,000 in 2012.
Action for Animals
- A local, grassroots, activist group whose sole purpose is to defend and protect the rights and lives of non-human animals.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for AFA.
Austin Anarchist Study Group
- An informal, open, educational gathering for people to study and discuss anarchist ideas. Readings are chosen by participants. Meets every Sunday, 7pm to 9pm at Treasure City Thrift.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support and meeting space for the Austin Anarchist Study Group.
Austin Bike Zoo
- Inspiring the Austin community with bicycles and other alternative forms of transportation by creating unique human powered vehicles, bicycle-based theatrical performances and educational programs for youth.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for Austin Bike Zoo.
Austin Food Not Bombs / Food Not Bombs network
- Meets every Sunday at 6 P.M. at Woolridge Park (Guadalupe & 9th st) to share free vegetarian food. There are hundreds of autonomous chapters sharing free vegetarian food with hungry people and protesting war and poverty throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.
- Treasure City provides material and promotional support for FNB and in the past was a location for FNB meals.
Austin Free Skool
- Austin Free Skool is founded on the principle of informal collaboration. They do away with the traditional student-teacher hierarchy, leaning instead towards an educational exchange in which all people have an equal opportunity to learn and flourish, regardless of cultural or educational background. This goes beyond mere academics and seeks to enrich the creative, social, political, and personal lives of all those involved.
- Treasure City provides promotional support and class space for Austin Free Skool.
Austin Harm Reduction Coalition
- a non-profit volunteer based organization that works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C among injection drug users.
- Treasure City provides promotional, material and financial support for AHRC
Austin Independent Media Center
- A grassroots media collective committed to providing an outlet for the circulation of voices and messages that are systematically marginalized by mainstream media.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for AIMC and has provided financial support in the past.
Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera
- Helps maquiladora workers fight for labor rights, partly from supporting the formation of unions and partly through education on Mexican labor law.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for Austin Tan Cerca
- A radical women's group that aims to revolutionize the definitions and applications of feminism. They challenge gender roles, beauty standards and other forms of patriarchy while building fun, empowering communities in safe, positive environments.
- Treasure City provides mateiral and promotional support to BETCH
Bikes Across Borders
- An Austin-based collective that sends out an annual bike caravan from Austin to México to establish/develop relationships of solidarity and to donate bikes. They are also creating a mobile shop and have sent over 500 bicycles to Cuba, Mexico, and Central America.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for BAB.
Blacklands Neighborhood Association
- The neighborhood association for the Blacklands area of East Austin.
- Treasure City has provided material support for BNA
Casa Marianella / Posada Esperanza
- Serves as a shelter for recently arrived political refugess and migrants, including a Posada Esperanza, an emergency shelter for homeless immigrant women and their children.
- Treasure City has provides promotional support for Casa Marianella, as well as a $120 monthly credit for Casa Marianella clients.
Ecology Action Recycling
- Educating and empowering people to create a healthier environment through waste prevention. They started the first curbside recycling program in Austin and now operate two rural recycling drop-off centers and a recycling drop-off and processing center in downtown.
- Treasure City provides a 20% discount to all members of EA and has made a commitment to EA's Landfill Diversion and Zero Waste programs.
- GAYbiGAYGAY is the gay music event on the last day of SXSW.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for GBGG.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- A building materials recycling and resale center, providing good quality new and used building materials at greatly reduced prices, to support the housing projects of Austin Habitat for Humanity.
- Treasure City provides material support for HHR: large quantities of construction materials, doors, blinds, etc.
Kings Freelines Candy
- Robert King learned to concoct his special praline-like candy from a fellow prisoner at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana. King spent 29 years in restricted confinement before being exonerated in 2001.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for King and releasing the remaining members of the Angola 3.
KPWR - People Will Radio
- A web-based radio project, providing a safe and accessible space for local under represented members of the community and a forum for grassroots community programming.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for KPWR and individual radio shows. We also provide material support: a mixer, 2 microphones, microphone stand, records, cables, computers and computer parts.
La Semilla Childcare Collective
- La Semilla Childcare Collective is a group of individuals who believes that childcare is a right. We work in solidarity with groups who are aligned with our ideas of autonomy, liberation, community building, and self determination.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for La Semilla
- LezRide is a weekly bike social for Queer women in Austin.
- Treasure City provides promotional support.
- An all-volunteer, collectively owned and operated radical bookstore in North Austin. They have an extensive collection of radical and hard to find literature and media, and a space for community events.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for MWB: books, t-shirts for screen printing and gift certificates for fundraising.
- Creates economic opportunity by helping people build healthy small businesses and achieve financial security and independence. They also focus on Entrepreneur Development, Community Education and Research and a Community Housing Trust
- Treasure City provides promotional support for PeopleFund.
PODER - People Organized in the Defense of Earth and Her Resources
- PODER redefines environmental issues as social and economic
justice issues, and collectively sets their own agenda to address
these concerns as basic human rights. Their aim is to increase the participation of communities of color in corporate and government decision making related to toxic pollution, economic development and their impact on our neighborhoods.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for PODER.
Project Abundant Life: Free Angola Capoeira Society
- An African-Brazilian art form combining fighting techniques and dance movements, ritualized gestures and the theatrical improvisations, percussive rhythms and rhythmic songs. Its origins lie among enslaved Africans taken to Brazil who wove element of their cultures from which they came into a shared response to their oppression during slavery and in its aftermath.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for PAL.
Puro Chingon Collective
- The Puro Chingon Collective is a creative trifecta specializing in happenings, the activation of nontraditional spaces, and art zines. From individual, humble beginnings, this Austin creative
crew formed in 2012 to serve the community and produce art.
- Treasure City provides promotional support, material and financial support for Puro Chingon Collective.
- A radical bookstore located in South Austin, that has sponsored readings and political forums from internationally known writers of color, human rights activists, and indigenous artists.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for RB and has provided financial support in the past.
- A collectively-run, non-profit organization working to operate a nurturing, open and diverse space for groups working for fundamental change.They are working to build the world they want to live in, where the dominant values of competition, greed and exploitation are replaced with cooperation, autonomy and egalitarianism.
- Treasure City provides promotional support and meeting space for the Rhizome Collective.
The Robot Group
- A small group of Austin artists and engineers who shared a common vision of utilizing technology to provide and explore new mediums for art.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for RG: non-working electronics and electrical appliances, to be cannibalized and made into robots rather than landfilled.
- Aims to build community self reliance through interactive workshops and the free exchange of skills and knowledge. Ongoing projects include a publicly accessible database of local skillsharers and regularly scheduled workshops at diverse locations around Austin.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for SkillShare Austin
- A grassroots Austin-based San Jarocho fandango group working with the community while supporting local triumphs for justice and within the worldwide Movimiento Jaranero.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support and event space for Son Armado
Texas Roller Girls
- A worker/skater-owned and operated roller derby league, born and bred in Austin.
- Treasure City provides promotional support for TRG and financially sponsors Honkeytonk Heartbreaker, Olivia Shootin' John.
Trouble Puppet Theater Company
- Produces adapted historical works that reflect today's political landscape- all with puppets.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for TPT: fabric and material for puppets and costumes.
Yellow Bike Project
- An all volunteer, non-profit, dedicated to providing human-powered transportation for the people of Austin, running a community bike shop, and educating kids and adults.
- Treasure City provides promotional and material support for YBP and was once the home of a small YBP bike shop.
Treasure City is not a charity in that we only give support to projects that empower people towards the goals of community culture, education, resistance, or infrastructure. For this reason, we ask that organizations which receive our support also support us in a way that works for both of us. Some examples of such reciprocity include providing a volunteer who would commit to fill a shift at TCT once a week for one month, redirecting patrons of your organization to TCT for needs we might be able to fulfill, distributing information about us alongside your organization's information, etc.
If you are a group that meets these criteria and would like financial, material or promotional support from us or to use the space for events, email us. In addition, we have window space for groups we support to promote their events and free blank t-shirts (and other clothing) for screen printing.