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. 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.