While many businesses understand how important it is to support the communities in which they live, the underlying reasons for their philanthropy vary:
- Makes Austin a better place to live for everyone, including their employees
- Helps attract and retain employees who want to work for a socially responsible company
- Increases revenue because consumers want to buy from corporate givers
- Gives the company a tax advantage
- It’s the right thing to do – the company has been blessed and should help those not as fortunate
Austin Gives is a voluntary program with no cost to the participants.
We encourage all businesses who donate 1% or more of their pre-tax earnings to philanthropy (includes monetary donations, donated product or service, or volunteering) to fill out the pledge form and send it in or complete it online. Businesses who do not meet the one percent threshold now are encouraged to take steps to get there and join us in the future.
Accountability is important so Austin Gives will be connecting with participants each year to request self-reported results; just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ — if you were able to give 1% or not.