2013 GeneroCity Awards

We are thrilled to have received so many applications for our second set of GeneroCity awards; almost 10% of our members applied for the awards.

It is truly inspiring to see all the wonderful philanthropy happening in Austin so the judges, a panel of community leaders, had a very difficult time selecting the few winners. Please congratulate these award winners:

eBay, Inc.     Bold Giver GeneroCity Award (over 250 employees)

eBay’s philanthropic program includes three elements of giving: money, donated expertise and volunteering. Their 2013 Small Business Challenge allowed employees to team up in groups of five and donate their skills to six elected nonprofits. These teams dedicated 10 percent of their work time over a six-month period to discover the challenges of their chosen nonprofit, define what technology could do to help, design solutions for these issues and deliver the work-product to overcome these challenges. In addition, eBay matches all employee donations of up to $2,500 per year; creates grants from their own Foundation totaling $40,000, given to select nonprofits based on employee nominations and voting; and has a philanthropy committee that is in charge of creating three to four charity projects each quarter, such as Coats for Kids, toy drives, fundraisers and more, to benefit the nonprofit community. Click here to see more.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - Texas     Big Heart GeneroCity Award (50 to 250 employees)

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Texas) is committed to increasing visibility for local nonprofits and jumpstarting conversations about the needs of the Austin community. Their Caring Cup Wristband program is a fundraising campaign that is completed four times each year. One nonprofit is supported during each of the four events, and in addition to the monetary donations they receive as a result of this campaign, they also report a 15 percent increase in website traffic and volunteers during their participation. In 2013 alone, donations from this program totaled over $110,000. Individual and group volunteering is also encouraged among the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Texas) staff. Click here to see more.

Zuma Office Supply     Charitable Champion GeneroCity Award (under 50 employees)

Zuma Office Supply (Zuma) provides Austin nonprofits with generosity in many forms, including monetary contributions, volunteered time and donated office supplies. Their business model is structured to donate 50 percent of the company’s yearly earnings to 10 nonprofits each year, which are selected through a voting process completed by the organization’s customers. Employees are encouraged to volunteer through company-wide projects, which have included providing relief for those affected by the recent Austin floods and holiday food drives. In 2013, Zuma won 2nd place in the Capital Area Food Bank’s Small Business Challenge and were part of a program that donated over 800 pairs of shoes, 2,000 pairs of socks and 100 gift cards to the Salvation Army’s Shoe In program. Click here to see more.

The GeneroCity Award recipients were selected by a panel comprised of local community leaders including Denise Bradley of St. David’s Healthcare, Olga Campos of U.S. Money Reserve, John-Michael Cortez of Capital Metro, Bobby Jenkins of ABC Home & Commercial Services, and Nikelle Meade of Husch Blackwell.

Below are the finalists for each of the three awards and they deserve congratulations as well.

GeneroCity award: Bold Giver Finalists (over 250 employees)
eBay, Inc.
Silicon Labs
The Advisory Board Company

GeneroCity award: Big Heart Finalists (50 to 250 employees)
Realty Austin
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Texas

GeneroCity award: Charitable Champion Finalists (under 50 employees)
Alt Creative
Sabre Commercial
Zuma Office Supply


2012 GeneroCity Awards

Harden Healthcare      Bold Giver GeneroCity Award (over 250 employees)

Harden Healthcare promotes a culture of servant leadership throughout the company.  Support of numerous non-profits through donations and company-wide volunteer opportunities includes delivering Meals on Wheels, collecting Toys for Tots and mentoring youth within the community.             Big Heart GeneroCity Award (50 to 250 employees) has prioritized philanthropy since its inception.  Not only does the company monetarily donate and encourage employees to engage in the community, also regularly creates banners for military families free of charge.  These banners are used to welcome loved ones returning home from deployment.

Give Realty                       Charitable Champion GeneroCity Award (under 50 employees)

Give Realty was founded under the for-benefit business model, which commits a dedicated portion of company earnings towards philanthropy.  With 25% of commissions given to charities of its clients’ choice, Give Realty, Inc. has donated a total of $227,800 since July 23, 2008.

The GeneroCity Award recipients were selected by a panel comprised of local community leaders including Nikelle Meade of Brown McCarroll; John-Michael Cortez of CapMetro; Ed Kargbo of Yellow Cab; Denise Bradley of St. David’s Healthcare; and Bobby Jenkins of ABC Home and Commercial Services.

Below are the finalists for each of the three awards and they deserve congratulations as well.

GeneroCity award: Bold Giver Finalists (over 250 employees)
Harden Healthcare
Silicon Labs
University Federal Credit Union

GeneroCity award: Big Heart Finalists (50 to 250 employees)
American Constructors
Texas Gas Service

GeneroCity award: Charitable Champion Finalists (under 50 employees)
Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations
Give Realty, Inc.
South Texas Money Management, Ltd.
Zuma Office Supply

Business Philanthropy

“Zuma is in business to give back to the community and support the work of great charities, which provides direction and meaning to everything we do. We feel business can be a significant driver of positive social change through helping others, and we find this ultimately leads to building a stronger business.” - Greg Pierce, President, Zuma Office Supply

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