Legacy Collective began in 2015 at a small backyard gathering. Aching for a transparent way to care, dreaming of a way to mobilize good people around injustices, our thoughts were … What if we gathered a community of like-minded people where we could pool our donations together and decide as a community where to give?
Our Story Just Keeps Getting Better
$6 million dollars into 165+ grants
Since that first backyard meeting, we’ve generated more than $6 million dollars into 165+ grants. Legacy Collective was founded and continues to grow as a way for people to give with confidence to thoroughly-vetted nonprofit organizations solving systemic issues with innovative, sustainable solutions.Play VideoLearn About Giving Circles
Integrity, justice, and action that is communal and solutions led
We believe that a love of humanity and equality demands participation in the fight to respect them. Legacy Collective values integrity, justice, and action that is communal and solutions led. We work to solve systemic issues by partnering with aligned nonprofits, elevating innovative, sustainable solutions, and amplifying the power of giving, collectively.
Erin Arnheim, CEO, Austin, TX
After working in the financial services industry for over 20 years, Erin transitioned into the nonprofit sector and joined Legacy Collective in April 2020, currently serving as the CEO. She hosts Legacy Collective’s “Elevating Their Impact” podcast, where she highlights nonprofits from around the world that are making sustainable impacts on systemic issues. Erin has spent the past 25 years volunteering and serving on various boards focused on foster care as well as college persistence programs. In her free time, Erin loves to travel, try new restaurants, and soak in the culture along the way!
Erin holds a BA in Business Management from St. Edwards University in Austin, a MA in Secondary Education in History & Social Sciences from DePaul University in Chicago, and obtained a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Texas in Austin in May 2021.
Annie Finney, Grants Coordinator, Austin, TX
Annie has a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Business from Texas A&M University and a certificate in Fundraising and Grant Strategies from the University of Notre Dame. She has been working as a Grant Consultant with nonprofit organizations around the country for 8 years. Having recently relocated to the Austin area, Annie enjoys exploring the area and spending time with her husband and three children.
Courtney Fitzgerald, Operations Specialist, Decatur, GA
Courtney has spent the past 15 years working in churches and has a passion for seeking out and connecting people with incredible non-profits in their community and around the world. Over the past few years, she has helped lead the annual Be Rich campaign for North Point Ministries, which has grown into a movement of extraordinary generosity through giving, serving, and loving that distributes millions of dollars yearly to exceptional non-profits around the world. Courtney is thrilled to be joining the Legacy Collective team and to be able to expand beyond the faith-based sector.
Courtney and her husband, Ryan, live in Decatur, GA with their two children, Ryder and Rhodes. She’s a peace-seeking Enneagram 9 that can usually be found under a blanket somewhere with her Kindle or watching the newest Marvel release with Ryan and the boys.
Jen Hatmaker, Co-Founder & Chief Outreach Officer, Buda, TX
Jen Hatmaker is the author of New York Times bestsellers “For the Love” and “Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire”, along with 13 other books. In addition to starring in the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV, Jen also hosts the award-winning For the Love podcast, is the delighted curator of the Jen Hatmaker Book Club, and leader of a tightly knit online community where she reaches millions of people each week.
In addition to all of that, Jen is the co-founder of Legacy Collective, a giving community that grants millions of dollars toward sustainable projects around the world. She is a mom to five kids and lives happily just outside Austin, Texas in a 1908 farmhouse with questionable plumbing. You can learn more about Jen and follow along with her at www.jenhatmaker.com.
Mercy Hernandez, Social Media, Austin, TX
Mercy has a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications with a minor in Business from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently works full-time as a Communications Coordinator for The Settlement Home for Children, as well as part-time at Legacy Collective handling all social media needs. Mercy loves spending time with friends and family, and her favorite hobbies include dancing, playing soccer and volleyball, and discovering new coffee shops.
Juliana Jordan, Marketing Communications Supervisor, Austin, TX
Juliana has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in International Studies from Texas State University. Her experience includes working with Bekah Laine Events as well as Scott Felder Homes. She enjoys hiking outdoors, cozying up with a good book, reality tv, and spending time with her loved ones.
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Commitment to Diversity
Legacy Collective is a diverse community of philanthropic leaders committed to dismantling systemic issues through innovative philanthropy. We strive for a radically inclusive culture that celebrates all team members, partners and donors by championing the unique differences that make up our community.
Legacy Collective is committed to providing an equal opportunity for employment to individuals regardless of age, race, color, creed, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other similarly protected status in accordance with federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.
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Legacy Collective works to solve systemic issues by funding the most sustainable, innovative efforts through partnerships with nonprofit organizations locally and globally.