Last week, the Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace joined forces as part of a unified streamlining effort designed to increase efficiency and grow collaborative servicing to children and families in Austin. Together, Safeplace and Austin Children’s Shelter will operate as the entity LIFT Alliance, which employs 250 employees and maintains an operating budget of more than $14 million. The merger saves the organization more than $300,000 in benefits and salaries while leveraging the weight of a larger organization. The unique components of the merger allow the organizations to fundraise independently and provide a wide array of services. Under consolidated management and administration, the organization already has commitments from the Dell Foundation, St. David’s Foundation and Topfer Family Foundation.