Austin Gives is all about recognition and celebration of business philanthropy. Our goal is for Austin to become the most philanthropic city, from business giving, in the world.
We all know how important business philanthropy is to the well-being and social sustainability of our community. Austin-based businesses have a long standing history of giving back, often with little or no public recognition. Austin Gives: Recognizing Businesses Giving Back is committed to changing this lack of attention and to increasing the level of charitable contributions made to the community by local businesses.
We invite businesses who donate 1% or more of their profits to philanthropy (through monetary donations, donated product or service, or volunteerism) to become an Austin Gives business, setting an example for existing and new businesses making our city their home. Austin Gives will then publicly recognize these businesses through traditional media, social media, website listing, an annual community celebration event, and other means. Special thanks to the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Monthly Magazine, Emmis Radio and KEYE TV for joining us as our ongoing Spotlight partners.
To view samples of these Spotlights, click here.
The inaugural GeneroCity Awards celebration event was held on February 26, 2013 with Roy Spence, Co-Founder and Chairman, GSD&M/Co-Founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, as the keynote speaker. Judy Maggio, KEYE News Anchor, was the emcee and Mayor Lee Leffingwell spoke about the importance of business philanthropy to Austin. All businesses meeting the 1% threshold of the Austin Gives program were honored and three GeneroCity Awards were given to small, mid-sized, and large exemplary business philanthropists. Click here for more information about our awards process and the winners.