2014 Austin Gives GeneroCity Award Application

Austin Gives wants to recognize businesses that are leaders in philanthropy, making a difference in the Austin community.

Each year, three companies will be selected from among Austin Gives participants to be honored for their exceptional giving programs.  One honoree will be chosen from each of three categories: Bold Givers (large = 150 plus employees), Big Hearts (mid-sized = 26 – 150 employees), and Charitable Champions (small = 25 or under employees).  These honored businesses stand out for their leadership and innovation in philanthropy and serve as role models for others.


Must be an Austin Gives member and not have won in the previous two years.

Award Announcement: 

Winners will be announced and honored at the Austin Gives Awards luncheon in January, 2015.


To apply for the 2014 GeneroCity Award, complete the application below.

Application Process:

Complete the application and submit electronically to lily@austingives.netReferences should also come electronically to Word is the preferred program for your application. Questions should go to

Application Deadline:

Friday, October 31, 2014



Part I :  Company Information

Company Name:

Company Address:

Company Website:

Applicant’s Name and Title:

Applicant’s Phone Number:

Applicant’s email Address:

Company’s CEO Name:

Company’s CEO email Address:

Number of Employees (in Austin):

Part 2 :  Giving Program Details

Please keep each answer below to no more than 500 words.  You may attach one additional item such as a photo or video if relevant to your philanthropy program.

     1. Giving program elements (25 possible points)

Describe the elements of your giving program (including but not limited to financial gifts, volunteering, employee engagement, in-kind donations (products or services), or loaned expertise)

     2. Giving program impact (30 possible points)

Describe the impact of your giving program (including but limited to results/outcomes, feedback, employee attraction/retention, recognition or awards)

     3. Leadership in the business community (25 possible points)

Describe how your giving program demonstrates your good citizenship and leadership within Austin’s business community

     4. Creativity (10 possible points)

Describe how your giving program reflects innovation and creativity

     5. References (10 possible points)

Include two reference notes from nonprofits you support … please ask that they be emailed to … answering the following two questions:

  • How has this business impacted your mission?
  • In what ways has this business helped your financial stability?

Email to


2013 GeneroCity Awards

It was 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

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