The Greater Austin Business Awards, now in its 20th year, celebrates the people and companies that have demonstrated a unique vision, innovation, and best business practices.
Each year, we recognize organizations that have developed a successful approach to corporate social responsibility. The following honorees have demonstrated a positive impact on the community:
Austin Board of Realtors
The Austin Board of Realtors Foundation connects the philanthropic passion of Central Texas Realtors to worthy local causes that relate to housing, education, and disaster relief. As a mechanism for real estate professionals to donate their time, talent, and resources to charitable outlets, the ABoR Foundation helps impact, sustain, and support the Austin-area community.
Esolvit, Inc. Government Solutions
Esolvit, Inc. is a pledge 1% company. CEO & Founder Usha Boddapu leads by example; she's dedicated over 300 hours to community service and philanthropy by serving various non-profits and holding several board positions.
At Pearlstone Partners, every employee is encouraged to give back to the community through their time and capabilities. With the majority of company employees involved in community service, total volunteer time from the years 2014-2020 has reached approximately 3,000 hours. From 2014 to 2020, Pearlstone Partners has donated approximately a quarter million dollars in contributions to the community.
A+ Federal Credit Union
A+FCU has an established history of supporting greater Austin through financial giving, employee volunteerism, financial education programs, and rewards for our over 168,000 members. Volunteerism is at the heart of how A+FCU staff engage with our local communities. Its philosophy of giving time and talent is promoted by including it as an employee evaluation measure, paying employees for their volunteer time, and giving recognition to those who give back.
DISCO Cares builds long-term relationships with the organizations it serves. The program consists of financial gifts, employee and alumni volunteer engagement, in-kind donations and mentorship of the next generation of leaders. When COVID-19 hit, DISCO adapted to meet the needs of the community, donating more than $50K for causes in education, basic needs and human services, including more than $12k for Code2College.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative
Concern for community is a core principle of electric cooperatives and guides PEC’s mission to make a difference in the communities it serves. The PEC Community Grants program, founded in 2016, has helped more than 50 area nonprofits fulfill their missions with more than $215,000. Since launching PEC’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, members and employees have generously donated to help fellow customers in need pay their electric bills. Through all of these efforts, PEC members and employees strive to make the place we love to live even better.
Through multiple initiatives, Intel Austin maximizes its impact in the community by providing grants, volunteer support, and technology expertise to many local organizations. Over the last five years, Intel Austin employees have volunteered 72,000 hours of their time to local schools and nonprofits. Through the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program, Intel extends the impact of volunteerism by providing matching grants to these same qualifying schools and nonprofits. Intel has given $14.7 million to Texas schools and nonprofits in the past five years.
Founded in Austin 40+ years ago, NI has a long history of giving to the community through financial gifts, technology donations, and employee volunteerism. NI donates 1% of pre-tax profits each year to non-profits and nearly $1 million is donated by employees through its giving and matching donations program. NI gives about $1 million per year in technology donations to non-profits and its employees volunteer approximately 8,000 hours each year.
Texas Disposal Systems
The TDS giving back program includes every aspect of philanthropy, from beneficial partnerships to donating time and educating the community on environmental best practices. TDS strives to make positive investments in the future by educating the communities they serve in order to raise a broader public awareness about the importance of minimizing waste and being responsible for the proper management of the waste materials generated in our community.
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