Austin Chamber honors large companies that give back to our community

On August 21st, the Austin Chamber hosted the 19th annual Greater Austin Business Awards. With more than 125 nominees across 12 categories, we wanted to highlight each of our honorees. Today, we are focusing on the large company (351+ employees) honorees for the Intel Community Relations Award.

Posted on 08/26/2019 by Austin Chamber of Commerce

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo Foundation contributed more than $2.1 million towards community development, education, and local nonprofit organizations. Team members raised $201,142 during the 2018 Community Support Campaign to support local nonprofit organizations and contributed 13,575 volunteer hours in 2018. Wells Fargo allows employees 16 hours of volunteer time annually and team members are encouraged to develop internal networks that represent the vast variety of cultures in our community to be the face of the company.


In 2019, the Intel Foundation also announced new grants to several Austin-based organizations in support of inspiring and engaging more young women to pursue technology-related fields of study. In 2018, Intel also set a corporate-wide goal for 50% of its' employees to volunteer more than one million hours. At the global level, they also recognize outstanding heroes who go the extra mile to give back to their community through the Intel Involved Hero Award.

National Instruments

NI donates 1% of pre-tax profits each year to non-profits and nearly $1 million is donated by employees through our giving and matching donations program. Its employees volunteer approximately 8,000 hours each year. NI understands the importance of investing in the STEM pipeline and increasing access to STEM education to underserved and underrepresented students. NI invests in global organizations like FIRST and Austin organizations like Breakthrough Central Texas and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin, to provide inspiring hands-on learning opportunities to students of all backgrounds.

Circuit of the Americas

COTA is a quiet but significant contributor to our local community and has a profound impact on the community. Each year COTA helps more than 100 local non-profits raise money for worthy causes. COTA does this by donating race and concert tickets, COTA on-track experiences, and official merchandise. Among many other programs, COTA hosts class tours and provides space and support for high school and middle school engineering programs, provides track access to the UT Solar Car team for testing their vehicle and has hosted the college solar car championships.

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