October 10, 2023

Vista Equity Partners and Friends Austin

Creating Opportunities in Our Community

Since the founding of Friends Austin, Vista Equity Partners(Vista) and its employees have remained one of the organization’s strongest and most consistent supporters. The vision for bringing a chapter of Friends of the Children to the Austin community began in 2017 with Friends Austin Co-Founder Rachel Arnold, a Senior Managing Director at Vista and Co-Head of the firm’s Endeavor Fund, and Friends Austin Co-Founder and Executive Director Nancy Pollard. Arnold brought individuals from the Vista community to support the Austin chapter as founding donors and recruited two of her colleagues to join her as founding members of the Board of Directors.

Since then, Vista has continued to provide invaluable support to Friends Austin through monetary donations and strategic advice while serving as the official Presenting Partner of the annual Dinner with Friends fundraising event for the last five years.

Vista’s commitment to investing in the Austin community and creating opportunities for the next generation is equally visible at the individual level, where Vista team members have supported Friends Austin by donating their time, talent and resources. Four Vista leaders – Rachel Arnold, Ryan Atlas, Brian Loring and Khalida Ali – currently sit on the Friends Austin Board of Directors.

“The data-driven model of Friends of the Children is so clear and concise and powerful. The mission moves your heart, and the outcomes capture your mind.”

-Rachel Arnold
Co-Founder, Board of Directors member since 2017, Board Chair from 2017-2020, Friends Austin
Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Endeavor Fund, Vista Equity Partners

“Friends Austin appeals to so many of us at Vista for a wide variety of reasons, particularly its hyper-local impact on the kids most at need in our Austin community. We are grateful that the Friends mission and impact has compelled the continued generous time and support of both Vista as a firm and so many of our colleagues since the chapter’s founding in 2017.”

-Ryan Atlas
Board Chair and Board of Directors member since 2017, Friends Austin
Managing Director, Vista Equity Partners

“I love the ’12 years, no matter what’ mantra. The kids we serve are fighting an uphill battle from the day they are born by no fault of their own, and they deserve that level of commitment.”

-Brian Loring
Board Treasurer and Board of Directors member since 2017, Friends Austin
Senior Vice President, Vista Equity Partners

“Friends Austin amplifies the voice and experience of some of the city’s most vulnerable population. I support Friends Austin because I’m inspired by the tremendous dedication of the board, staff and Friends; they want these children to defy the odds and know that it is possible.”

-Khalida Ali
Board Secretary and Board of Directors member since 2021, Friends Austin
Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion, Vista Equity Partners

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