Corporate Philanthropy…A Family Affair

My first introduction to corporate philanthropy came disguised as an opportunity to join Junior Achievement in high school. JA arrived in Morton, IL, in 1971 during my junior year. I eagerly joined with three of my girlfriends. Our goal was three-pronged: to have an excuse to get out of the house on Tuesday evenings; to « Read more »

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Austin Gives Announces New Leadership To Continue Development of Austin’s Business Philanthropy Community

Organization welcomes new director, board chair elect and luncheon chair in its third year                   (From left to right: Director, Beth Krueger; 2015 board chair elect, Jennifer Stevens; and 2015 luncheon chair, Olga Campos)   (Austin, Texas) September 2, 2014 – Today Austin Gives, a community program committed to « Read more »

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All Politics is Local

While we languish in 100 degree heat, take solace that fall is quickly approaching. Signs of fall are everywhere. The kids have gone back to school. The Texas Longhorns will kick off football season in a few days. Eventually the temperature will begin to drop and a new season will take hold in Austin. Political « Read more »

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Celebrity Spotlight: Jennifer Stevens, President & CEO of JHL Company

As a small business owner I know all too well that there are not enough hours in the day to get all the work done and no employee is ever compensated as much as he or she wants to earn. More and more these days, compensation is becoming about more than just the take-home pay « Read more »

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How Volunteer Work Can Benefit Your Business

Three years ago, Alt Creative made a pledge to be more socially responsible. The results so far have been phenomenal, and it’s been amazing to see what donating just a percentage of profits can do to improve our community. But even before this initiative we’ve enjoyed exploring the great wide charitable world, and volunteering our « Read more »

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Measuring Your Company’s “Good” Factor

Most Americans now reasonably expect the companies they do business with to support their local communities in a meaningful way. In the age of instant communications and close public scrutiny of corporations, many companies have placed—at least rhetorically—an emphasis on contributing to society, both through community commitments to charity and by making their business practices « Read more »

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Austin Gives Member Interviewed for KOOP Radio’s Capital Ambitions

Laurie Loew, the president and founder of Give Realty, was recently interviewed by Narissa Johnson at KOOP Radio for the Capital Ambitions radio program. Ms. Loew discusses her path to Social Entrepreneurship and the business and personal benefits of the model. Click HERE to listen to the interview.     Laurie Loew is the founder « Read more »

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Giving USA & Corporate Donations

On June 17th the Giving USA Foundation released its annual report on Philanthropic Giving in 2013. The report, which is released annually and is one of the most widely used indicators for philanthropy nationally, provided some good news for nonprofits who are still recovering from a drop in donations during the recession. Overall, giving increased « Read more »

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Engineering A Sense of Purpose

As a software engineer at The Advisory Board Company, I create technology solutions for healthcare organizations. Knowing that the systems I build allow doctors to serve patients more effectively motivates me to perform to the best of my ability each day. There is an increasing body of thought supporting the idea that when employees feel « Read more »

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Austin’s Community Service

There are a lot of things to be proud of here in Austin. We have enviable weather year-round, an astonishing growth rate, and a friendly business climate. Any Austin resident can boast about these characteristics. But I’ve always been most proud to be part of a much less sizeable group of folks – the Austin « Read more »

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