Community

Ikard Wynne places a premium on community service and giving back.   Here are a few organizations and issues our team is proud to support.

Atticus Circle was founded by Ikard Wynne partner Anne Wynne in 2004 in response to 11 states voting to add discrimination into their state constitutions. Atticus Circle is an Austin-based advocacy organization, which educates and mobilizes straight people to advance equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) partners, parents and their children. The organization provides information about the rights of parents and partners denied on the basis of sexual orientation and seeks to create cultural and attitudinal change by helping people understand the unique challenges and discrimination same gender couples and their families face, and by encouraging acceptance of all families and partnerships. Atticus Circle conducts research, publishes materials and works with businesses and policy institutions to develop ideas and policies that foster equal rights for same gender partners and their families, and then harnesses the power of its supporters to affect change at the local, state and national level. Atticus Circle is needed to give straight allies a safe place to organize action for LGBT family rights, to show all Americans that LGBT family rights are not just a “gay issue,” but one that affects us all, and to bring to the attention of all Americans the rights that LGBT families are being deprived of.

Equality Texas is a LGBT advocacy organization with offices throughout Texas whose mission is to envision Texas as a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans and their families have full equality in the hearts and minds of our fellow Texans and in all areas of the law. Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans through political action, education, community organizing and collaboration. Equality Texas partners with many other organizations advocating for LGBT equality. Ikard Wynne partner Anne Wynne served on the Board of Equality Texas from 2006-2012.

Founded in Austin in 1977, The Austin Community Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that help make Austin a great place for everyone—today and tomorrow. The Foundation engages in grantmaking, providing community leadership, leveraging resources and supporting collaborative problem-solving to make Austin a better place for everyone. The Foundation’s grantmaking has touched nearly every corner of Central Texas–from A (the arts, including the beautiful Long Center) to Z (Zilker Park, the home of Austin Sunshine Camps where youth are empowered through outdoor activities). The Foundation’s Austin Community Endowment, a permanent unrestricted fund, was created to provide funds for the ongoing needs of our community through our competitive grant program. Millions of dollars in grants are awarded to local nonprofits through the competitive grant program. The Foundation grants $20 million to nonprofits annually. Anne Wynne became a board member of the Austin Community Foundation in 2015.

Since 2010, Richard Fry has been a member of the Pro Bono Committee of the Legislative Council and has directed the annual Family Law Essentials Seminar throughout various parts of the State of Texas. The seminars are designed to ensure that family law attorneys in outlying areas have access to educational and other resources in the form of CLEs and updated case law. The seminars are offered to attorneys in exchange for their commitment to taking pro bono cases. In October 2014, Richard developed and directed a course on prosecuting and defending against domestic violence, which was well-received in Travis County and throughout the state.

Founded in 2000, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS is an annual cycling on multi-distanced routes in the Central Texas Hill Country.  Ikard Wynne partner Tim Young is the chair of the Board of Directors of the Ride and has ridden in the event for the past 11 years. Ikard Wynne partner Bill Ikard also regularly rides in the event. Riders, teams, and volunteers provide life-saving support for thousands of Central Texans living with HIV/AIDS by raising money from supporters who sponsor the Ride.  The event is a ride, not a race. And riders regardless of skill or experience level are welcome to ride. The Hill Country Ride for AIDS provides financial support to ten beneficiary agencies through this annual cycling event open to a broad range of participants and at the same time promotes HIV awareness and education.

Human Rights Initiative (HRI) of North Texas provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, advocates for justice and promotes international human rights. HRI offers free legal representation to those victims who are most vulnerable and, often times, completely invisible to the current justice system. HRI’s principles include the belief in the basic human rights of all people, respect for the worth and dignity of individuals, professionalism in its approach to pro-bono legal and other service delivery, accountability to clients, supporters, and the public, respect for other cultures and U.S. law, and responsiveness to individual client needs. Scott Rewak serves as a volunteer attorney for HRI, representing children victims of abuses.

The Texas Mamma Jamma Ride is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to help families in our local community facing breast cancer. Our amazing community of cyclists, volunteers, sponsors, and beneficiary organizations come together each year to participate in one of the best supported and most fun bike rides in Texas. Together, we have raised more than 2.3 million dollars to help save and improve the lives of those facing breast cancer.