Our History

In 2000, husband and wife team Philip and Donna Berber founded A Glimmer of Hope Foundation to tackle issues of water sanitation, health care and education access in one of the world’s poorest countries, Ethiopia. Philip Berber had recently sold his online trading company CyBerCorp to Charles Schwab Corp. and the couple decided to set up an endowment for international development.

In 2003, while deeply devoted to their work in Ethiopia, the Berbers recognized the need within their own community of Austin, where nearly one in five residents live in poverty. In particular, they saw the potential of empowering innovative grassroots nonprofits that were already taking initiative and often using money from their own pockets to provide much needed services to the underserved in their communities. A Glimmer of Hope Austin (affectionately called Glimmer Austin) was born with a commitment to support these startup groups. Since then, Glimmer Austin has distributed over $5 million in grants. Our team has sourced, done the due diligence, mentored and groomed over 140 nonprofits and programs – benefiting nearly 100,000 Austin residents.

“We recognize the vital role these organizations play, and we’re committed to supporting them in their efforts to alleviate suffering and iniquity in the Austin community.” – David Porter III, Executive Director

(To learn more about our parent foundation A Glimmer of Hope, and the work we continue to do in rural Ethiopia please visit www.aglimmerofhope.org)