Calling all literary superheroes!  

Do you believe in the power of words to knock down barriers and bring communities together? Are you a champion of literacy and young people in our Central Texas community? Are you looking for a way to impact the lives of thousands of students all across Hays and Travis County?

  Published author, Matteo holds up his anthology!


Austin Bat Cave offers FREE writing programs to kids who need them most. In order to keep the quality of our writing assistance as stellar as possible, the content of our workshops consistently innovative, and our volunteer instructors in prime teaching shape, we rely on your support. With your help, we bring creativity into the classroom and offer more students safe platforms in which to discover their own stories, and their own voices.

Become a Sustaining Donor

There are many levels (and rewards) for becoming a monthly sustaining donor with Austin Bat Cave. With each circle of giving, there are a number of rewards. In addition to the gift you receive for your level of sustaining donation, all of the rewards for the lower circles are included! We have a lot of exciting events planned for the year, and we're looking forward to you joining us as we continue changing the lives of hundreds of students across Central Texas.

Friend of ABC — $25/month

As a sustaining donor you'll receive free admission to Story Department our monthly storytelling night at Home Slice Pizza!

Steinbeck Circle — $50/month

You get a chapter dedication in our annual anthology of student writing! And a complimentary copy!

Morrison Circle — $100/month

You'll receive all of ABC's publications for the year including the annual anthology chapbooks and zines that ABC publishes.

Atwood Circle — $250/month

Two VIP tickets to our annual Eat Your Words celebration of words and tasty food! Meet the storytellers and enjoy a prime spot at the event.

Cisneros Circle — $500/month

Two VIP tickets to our biggest annual anthology launch yet! Meet the emcee for the event chat with the Board of Directors and Executive Director and hold court! You'll be a very important person indeed!


Our Impact

Our volunteers go into schools with engaging and exciting lesson plans that flip the writing classroom upside down and show students that writing can be fun! We work one-on-one with children on poetry, short stories, song lyrics, radio shows, college essays, novellas, and more. If your kid wants to write, we help them do it.

Sustaining donors are the lifeblood of any nonprofit. A steady stream of funding provides a level of stability that allows us to focus on strengthening our programs and expanding into more schools to reach more students. Your dollars go directly towards the children in our community and help them express themselves and tell their stories. There’s no better way to show your commitment to strengthening education and literacy in Austin than sponsoring Austin Bat Cave. Join the vibrant community of ABC donors as together we improve and promote the critical literacy skills of thousands of underserved Central Texas Public School students.


In 2017-18:

  • 100% of parents responded that ABC provided a stimulating and creative program for their child.

  • 93% of partner schools and organizations reported that students were engaged and challenged during the ABC program.

  • 93% of partner schools and organizations responded that students learned a skill applicable to their education.

  • 90% of students responded that they were more confident writers.

From our students:

What did you learn from Austin Bat Cave?

“Writing and bravery."

"To work together, meet challenges, and face your fears."

"New words for stories and emotions."

I learned better words to use in my stories”


“It doesn't take something majestic in order to truthfully say who you are in an essay.”


Whether it’s $10 or $100,000, every donation is celebrated and put to good use in support of our writing programs. Become a sustaining member, and enjoy exclusive invitations throughout the year, exciting gifts and behind-the-scenes looks at how your contribution is making a difference.


Once you become a sustaining member, your credit/debit card will be charged automatically each month, saving us money in postage, paper, and fees — meaning more of your donation goes directly towards our free writing programs for kids. Into it? Enter the amount you would like to give each month below and click the box to “make this a recurring donation.”


Other Ways to Give:


  • By mail:  Please make all checks payable to “Austin Bat Cave” and send them to the following address: Austin Bat Cave, PO Box 4762 Austin, TX 78765

  • Sponsor an event: Interested in being part of our yearly carnival of fun at Home Slice Pizza, or being a presenting sponsor for one of our monthly Story Department’s? Email ali@austinbatcave.org.

  • In-Kind donations: Email info@austinbatcave.org.

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EIN: 46-3593848 Kids Write Good DBA Austin Bat Cave 

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