Please think of our community as you make your holiday purchases and Give as you Get.
Together we’ve given almost $12,000 back to our community.
Give as you Get makes you feel good about buying things online. An average 3.5% of your purchase price will go back to the organization you choose at no added cost.
If you support our community, chances are Give as you Get partners with an organization you support. We work with over 100 partners:
All Blind Children of Texas
Art Alliance Austin
Association for Women in Communications – Austin
ATPE – Association of Texas Professional Educators
Austin Child Guidance Center
Austin Creative Alliance
Austin Film Society
Austin Habitat for Humanity
Austin Humane Society
Austin Partners in Education
Austin Pets Alive
Austin Sunshine Camps
Austin Youth River Watch
Bellas Artes Alliance
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
Blanco Good Samaritan Center
Blue Lapis Light
Boys and Girls Club of Bastrop County
Camp Fire USA Balcones Council
Cancer Support Community – Central Texas
Capital Area Counseling
Capital Area Food Bank
Caring Family Network
Central Texas SPCA
Cherished Memories for a Lifetime (CML)
Community Yoga Austin
Congregation Beth Israel
Core Health Foundation
CPATH – Cerebral Palsy Awareness Transition Hope
DA Theater Collective
Dress for Success Austin
Gault School of Archeological Research
Girl Scouts of Central Texas
Gulf South Golden Retriever Rescue
Healing with Horses Ranch
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Helping Hand Home
Hill Elementary PTA
Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
I can make it foundation
Junior League of Austin
Lake Travis Labor of Love
Lights, Camera, Help
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
McNeil Mavericks Football Booster Club
Meals on Wheels and More
MultiCultural Refugee Coalition
Operation Blue Santa
Pollyanna Theater Company
RiverPlace Elementary PTA
SAIC – Subud
San Angelo Civic Ballet
Steiner Ranch Elementary PTA
Texas Book Festival
Texas Council on Family Violence
The Cancer Connection
The Care Communities
The Creative Fund
The Settlement Home
Therapy Pet Pals
U.R. Our Hope
United Way Capital Area
United Way South Hampton Roads
Waterloo Counseling Center
Whole Kids Adventures
Windows of Wonder Institute
Wine & Food Foundation of Texas
Without Regrets Foundation
Workers Defense Project
Companies are always on the lookout for ideas that make for good business. This is the reason why leading companies invest millions of dollars in marketing, product innovations, and technology advancements. It’s clear to management how these investments can help improve profitability, grow a larger customer base, and fulfill other core business needs.
What isn’t always apparent to senior executives is why philanthropy is good for business too. To some business leaders, corporate giving and philanthropy may seem like an “extra” or something you engage in only if there is sufficient time, money, and interest to do so. In today’s highly competitive market, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Companies who have embraced philanthropy as a core business practice have found they reap rewards far beyond what they thought was possible. This has turned philanthropy, corporate volunteering, and employee giving into corporate imperatives that can’t be ignored and are an essential part of doing business.
Philanthropy gives a greater meaning to the company. Obviously, every company is in business to make money, but having a vision and duty that goes beyond the goal of turning a profit gives your company a broader sense of purpose.
Employee engagement is everything. Today’s employees want to believe in their company’s initiatives and invest personally into the work they do.
Customers are at the core of your business. By showing your customers that you care about more than just selling your products, you end up with a more loyal customer base and a stronger bond with the community.
Corporate philanthropy should be more than just an afterthought or something to do because it’s “nice.” It should be an integral part of your core mission to grow your business, engage your employees, and connect with customers.
Summarized from an article in Truist. http://truist.com/why-philanthropy-is-good-for-business/
Everywhere we look there’s opportunity. Whether it’s the opportunity to see something, hear something, learn something, or experience something, it’s out there for the taking.
Sometimes opportunity is really obvious, like a TV ad. You don’t have a choice but to pay attention (I didn’t say opportunity was always positive). Other times opportunity may not be as obvious, such as ways to help our community.
Everyone wants their community to thrive. The obvious opportunity is support through donations and volunteering (which are both critical) but there’s an enormous hidden opportunity that’s also very powerful.
Businesses are becoming engaged with their communities like never before. Programs such as AustinGives highlight businesses that commit to giving a minimum of 1% of their pre-tax earnings back to the community. That means every time you support one of these businesses, you’re supporting our community. There are over 200 businesses in Austin who have signed the AustinGives pledge and that’s a lot of opportunity.
There are also businesses that go beyond these measures such as Give Realty (25% of commissions), Zuma Office (50% of profits), Build-a-Sign (>$600K) and Give as you Get (>50% of earnings). There is so much opportunity!
But there’s a lot of missed opportunity taking place as well. Give as you Get has estimated that if only 2% of our community shopped through giving sites, it would be over $1,000,000 a year for local nonprofits, and Give Realty estimates that if 25% of ALL real estate commissions in our area came back to the community, it would be almost $10,000,000 a month. And remember, these are adding no cost to the normal transaction. It’s just the right way to do business.
Opportunity is everywhere so please take advantage of it to experience everything our community can be.
So, it may not be the greatest name but Give as you Get is sponsoring a bonus challenge for several of our Animal Support nonprofits. The winning group will get a 20% bonus on top of everything they make during the challenge. The groups participating are Austin Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive, Central Texas SPCA and Emancipet.
If you already use Give as you Get, that’s great. If you haven’t had a chance to use Give as you Get, it’s an easy way to support your community while shopping online (and not paying any extra)
Here’s the scoop (so to speak):
From January 20th through February 17th, we will track all purchases made by you on behalf of your favorite group. Whichever group has the biggest increase from their January 20th collection total on our site will be the winner. The winner will get a 20% bonus on top of all of their collections made during the competition. And there may be other bonuses as well.
Shopping online through Give as you Get is easy and won’t cost you any more than going straight to your favorite website. We’ve generated over $9000 for local nonprofits and we’re looking forward to a great 2014. We work with Amazon, Groupon, ProFlowers, Target, Home Depot and over 40 other vendors.
We just added a social sharing component that makes it easy to tell your friends. On your groups page, under the logo, you’ll notice several social media links including Facebook and Twitter. It’s easy to share information about your group by clicking on these links. They don’t even have to be in Austin to help.
Good luck and enjoy the competition,
Have you ever heard this? Probably not if you’re reading this, but I’ve heard it too many times.
It seems a lot of people don’t really know where nonprofit money comes from. They figure that the government and corporations will “take care” of nonprofits and while that may be true in some places, it’s not in the US. The sad fact is that this is pretty far from the truth.
The Government which is included in Foundation giving numbers contributes about 14% of the roughly $300B given to nonprofits yearly and Corporations give about 5%. That means that individual givers (like you and me) make up over 80% of all giving in the United States.
Now giving doesn’t always mean cash out of your pocket, although that does help the most. You can always volunteer or give in-kind gifts (donations of products, goods or services). You can even support your community while conducting business as normal with a For-Benefit business that gives a significant percentage of revenues back to the community.
The most important thing you can do though is to find your passion, whether it’s in education, housing, healthcare, animal welfare or another area. Take an interest and be involved in your community. While we hope that none of us ever needs any of the services nonprofits can provide, it’s nice to know that they’re out there continuing to help our community and making it a great place to live.
Help yourself to free shipping while helping our Community. Most of our vendors are offering free or reduced cost shipping during the holidays.
The holidays are right around the corner and our updated site makes it even easier for you and your friends to help your favorite organizations. We've added social sharing on each organizations Give as you Get page and the site now looks great on all devices. It's still super easy to use, but now it will be much easier for you to have your friends help your favorite group. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here. These are the biggest on-line shopping times of the year and the best opportunity for you and your friends to help through Give as you Get. Thank you again for your continuing support and everything you do for our community, David and the Give as you Get family