The Business of Giving: Lessons from the Data

Many of the insights provided by survey respondents serve as learning opportunities and can help influence philanthropic practices among businesses. Here are a few important lessons gleaned from the survey data.

Growing Good Team at Accelerist CSR Summit

Hosted by Accelerist, “Building the Future … on Purpose!” was a virtual half-day summit celebrating the successes and impact of purpose-driven companies across the country. Attendees learned insights, best practices, and practical tips from leaders who built their own CSR programs from the ground up. Our Growing Good team presented on the importance of measuring our corporate giving impact and telling the story along the way.

Red Fan Communications: Give What You Have

Since the pandemic hit, the team at Red Fan Communications has worked with clients to donate to Austin-based organizations in need, including a donation of 1,000 water bottles and another donation of masks.

The team also conceived and launched the Mike & Sherry Project to provide mental health support to Austin’s restaurant workers – Red Fan helped secure more than $40K in donations from local companies, and as of just May more than 1,000 appointments had been booked….

NI: National Instruments Fund to Support COVID-19 Relief and STEM Education


$2.5M to be deployed immediately to support local Austin and global COVID-19 relief efforts

AUSTIN, Texas – April 3, 2020 – NI (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced that $2.5 million will be immediately deployed from the National Instruments Fund, a donor advised fund established by NI in 2019 with the Austin Community Foundation, to support global and local COVID-19 relief efforts. The remainder of the $7 million donor advised fund is expected to be invested in STEM education and community development programs for underserved and underrepresented groups to promote opportunity and prosperity….

3M: Additional Ways To Help

As 3M has ramped up production of personal protective equipment to support the global response to COVID-19, we continue to look for additional ways to help our communities during this pandemic. 3Mgives and 3M Foundation together are providing aid for relief and recovery efforts in the fight against COVID-19. Through this commitment, 3M has made humanitarian contributions to support basic human needs in 3M global operations communities – including right here in Austin….

Samsung Austin Semiconductor: Manufacturing Goodness During COVID-19

Samsung Austin Semiconductor donated $1 million to support organizations making a difference in response to the coronavirus in Central Texas.

All Together ATX ($500,000): All Together ATX is a community-led philanthropic fund that will support people in the Greater Austin area with immediate needs including food insecurity, basic needs, medical needs, employment and child care….

DISCO Cares: To Help Is Human

Collection of excerpts from the DISCO Cares blog, by James “Buck” Bracey.

With our new motto, ”to help is human,” we hit the ground running. In Q1 2020, we hit a 35% participation rate in a single event, with over 100 employees representing every department in the company.

However, like so many companies, the global COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in our plans as we entered Q2, and we had to improvise….

Texas Mutual Insurance: Trade Up Texas

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To help prepare a skilled workforce to fill a gap in middle-skill jobs, an independent career awareness and exploration campaign called Trade Up Texas was launched in late 2018 that matched Texans with skilled trade training and job opportunities. This campaign was the product of a truly unique partnership between an inventive corporation, an innovative media outlet and a forward-thinking nonprofit….

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