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DAWA honors, celebrates, and empowers the essential work of community frontliners and creatives of color through direct financial support, and culturally relevant health-centered programming.


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Beyond the immediate financial impact, providing human-centered, low-barrier cash assistance allows people to be seen, and feel supported, creating a lasting impact on their mental and emotional health/well-being.

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Prioritizing 'Community Frontliners' has an amplifying effect on the entire community. Nourishing THEM, nourishes the whole community.



“We want to build a robust ecosystem that locates, develops, and empowers the incredible artists and organizations that are underrepresented here in the city. As an organization, we are building the structures that I wish were here when my wife and I moved to Austin 12 years ago. Now is the time to build our own resources and tell our own stories.”

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'As the world shut down, devastating the Austin music industry last year, Mahone went to work. Through his nonprofit DAWA (Diversity and Wellness in Action) he raised close to $100,000 in emergency funds to support people of color creatives, teachers and healers who are in crisis.' 

Austin American Statesman

Deborah Senguptah Stith

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