The mission of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service is to prepare leaders for the exciting and complex work of creating social impact. Through graduate education and faculty research, the RGK Center builds skills, generates new knowledge and collaborates with nonprofit organizations to inform policymakers and practitioners who have a passion for caring and resilient communities.

The core purpose of The University of Texas at Austin is to transform lives for the benefit of society. Our core values are:

  • Learning — A caring community, all of us students, helping one another grow. 
  • Discovery — Expanding knowledge and human understanding. 
  • Freedom — To seek the truth and express it. 
  • Leadership — The will to excel with integrity and the spirit that nothing is impossible. 
  • Individual Opportunity — Many options, diverse people and ideas, one university. 
  • Responsibility — To serve as a catalyst for positive change in Texas and beyond.

The RGK Center was founded in January 2000 with a $5 million matching grant from the RGK Foundation. The 'RGK' in our name refers to Mrs. Ronya and Dr. George Kozmetsky, founders of the RGK Foundation, whose philanthropic legacy continues through the Kozmetsky Family Foundation and the Reissa Foundation.

We would like to acknowledge that our center and university stand on the Indigenous lands of Turtle Island, the ancestral name for what now is called North America. Furthermore, we acknowledge the Alabama-Coushatta, Caddo, Carrizo/Comecrudo, Coahuiltecan, Comanche, Kickapoo, Lipan Apache, Tonkawa and Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, and all the American Indian and Indigenous Peoples and communities who have been or have become a part of these lands and territories in Texas.

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RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
LBJ School of Public Affairs
2315 Red River Street
Austin, Texas 78712-1536

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RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
LBJ School of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box Y
Austin, Texas 78713-8925

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