Informational Happy Hour

We invite local business leaders to learn more about about joining Austin Gives, a FREE program committed to promoting and recognizing local business philanthropy in Austin, at our free informational happy hour on Wednesday, June 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Truluck’s restaurant. The benefits of joining Austin Gives include year-round recognition opportunities via social and traditional media, as well as an annual recognition opportunity at our GeneroCity Awards luncheon; further differentiating your business in a competitive market; improving our community; and contributing to our mission of putting Austin on the map as “best-in-class city” for business philanthropy!

Enjoy complimentary wine and appetizers, network with other local businesses and learn more about joining the Austin Gives program, which supports a better Austin for all!

Who should come? Any member of the business community interested in joining Austin Gives.

When: Wednesday, June 18th, 5:30 to 7:00pm

Where: Truluck’s downtown Austin location, 400 Colorado Street

Contact Debbie Johnson (512.517.9485 or with any questions.
Thanks to Truluck’s and Workplace Resource for sponsoring this event!


Second Business Philanthropy Workshop for 2014
Building a Better Biz Thru Employee Engagement Workshop

Austin Gives presented, “Building a Better Biz Thru Employee Engagement,” a free interactive workshop designed for businesses interested in learning from local leaders how to successfully engage employees through your philanthropy plan. The workshop included an overview of the advantages of employee engagement in philanthropy by Beth Krueger of the United Way For Greater Austin then a panel discussion led by Ed Kargbo, president of Yellow Cab/Hail A Cab Austin.  The panel featured Rob Solomon, CEO of Bulldog Solutions, Virginia Visser, Principal of Workplace Resource, and Ben Hunsaker, Community Impact Lead for The Advisory Board. In addition, the workshop allowed time for table discussions among participants to dive deeper into the topic of employee engagement and how it can contribute to the success of their business.

Thanks to Silicon Laboratories for hosting and providing coffee and light breakfast!

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:00 to 9:30am
Where: Silicon Labs, 400 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701


First Business Philanthropy Workshop of 2014
Faster, Better Biz Philanthropy

Austin Gives presented, “Faster, Better Biz Philanthropy,” a free, highly interactive workshop designed for individuals interested in building effective business philanthropy plans. Debbie Johnson of Austin Gives, Sam Woollard of Successful Giving and Beth Krueger of the United Way for Greater Austin introduced participants to the seven main elements used to construct philanthropy plans – the perfect follow-up to Austin Gives’ “The Six Benefits of Business Philanthropy” workshop last October.

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 8:00 to 9:30am
Where: IBC Bank, 2817 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin 78702

Thanks to IBC Bank for hosting us and for providing coffee and light breakfast!


Second Annual Luncheon to Celebrate Business Philanthropy
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel

2638Our second annual luncheon to celebrate business philanthropy was held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 11:30am to 1:15pm at the Four Seasons hotel. Mayor Leffingwell kicked off this luncheon with an inspiring keynote speech by John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Spirits. Bobby Jenkins, Austin Gives Board Chair and President, ABC Home and Commerical Services, also shared the inception of the organization. Judy Maggio and Walt Maciborski, both KEYE TV anchors, were emcees for the event. The luncheon’s purpose was to celebrate business philanthropy by bringing together generous Austin businesses and the nonprofits they support. Three exemplary business philanthropists were honored during the program with a GeneroCity Award based on philanthropy leadership (see Awards section of this website).

Watch for information on next year’s luncheon here on our website or in our eNewsletters (subscribe here) so you can be at this must-attend event next year.

We thank our wonderful sponsors for this year’s luncheon:

Presenting Luncheon Sponsor

  • St. David’s Healthcare and St. David’s Foundation

Presenting Awards Sponsor

  • eBay

Sustaining Sponsors

  • ABC Home & Commercial Services
  • H-E-B
  • Wells Fargo
  • Workplace Resource
  • Yellow Cab/Hail a Cab Austin

Luncheon Media Sponsor

  • Austin Business Journal

Supporting Sponsors

  • Get the Picture
  • PSAV
  • Red Fan Communications
  • TyRex Group, Ltd.

Partner Sponsor

  • Austin American-Statesman

Friend Sponsors

  •  3M
  • Austin Community Foundation
  • Deloitte
  • eBay
  • Elizabeth Christian & Associates PR
  • Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas
  • Gottesman Residential Real Estate
  • Gracy Title/Give Realty
  • Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • GSD&M
  • Harden Healthcare
  • Heritage Title
  • Higginbotham
  • Howdy Honda
  • I Live Here, I Give Here
  • JE Dunn
  • Sabre Commercial
  • Silicon Laboratories
  • Southside Flying Pizza
  • Texas Gas Service
  • The Steam Team
  • United Way for Greater Austin
  • Vintage IT Services

Annual Media Partners

  • Austin American-Statesman


Over the course of the year, Austin Gives plans three main types of events:

Annual luncheon celebration

As described above, our signature event will be an annual celebration of business philanthropy, bringing together businesses and the non-profit community they support.  We hope to hold this event during the first quarter of each year.

As was the case in 2013, awards will be presented to a small, mid-sized and large company (based on employee size) who exemplify giving back.  There awards will be given to Austin Gives members and based on an application process.  Please visit the Awards page for more detail.

Business philanthropy seminars

Periodically we will offer seminars on topics intended to enable and equip us all to get even better at philanthropy.  Watch our eNews for information about these seminars.  If you are not on our eNewsletter recipient list, please sign up here.

Recruiting event

We will hold a recruiting event approximately annually to let us bring together non-members to hear our story and hopefully join us.  Again, watch our eNewsletter for notification of this event. And sign up here if you are not currently receiving our eNewsletter.


Past Event:

2013 Luncheon to Celebrate Business Philanthropy
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at the Hilton Austin
Roy Spence

Our first annual luncheon to celebrate business philanthropy was held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Hilton Austin. This luncheon featured Roy Spence, Co-Founder & Chairman, GSD&M / Co-Founder & CEO, The Purpose Institute, as the keynote speaker. He shared his insights on the importance of business philanthropy and why businesses should have a PURPOSE, beyond just making money.

Click here to watch video of Roy Spence’s keynote at the luncheon.  

This once a year luncheon’s purpose was to celebrate business philanthropy and to that end brought together Austin businesses and the nonprofits they support. Additionally, three exemplary business philanthropists were given the GeneroCity award based on their philanthropy leadership (see Awards).

Watch for information on next year’s luncheon, here on the website or in our eNewsletter, so you can be at this must-attend event. Subscribe to the eNews.


Business Philanthropy

“Our mission as defined by eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, is to link people with the resources that will empower them to improve not only their own lives, but also the community around them. This guiding principle is what inspires our local eBay Give and Green Team to engage in Austin volunteer and fundraising activities.” - Ryan Neading, Sr. Director Global Billing & Payment, eBay

Austin Gives Pledge Form

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Austin Gives Brochure

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Contact Us

Austin Gives
535 East 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

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