Our community is a key aspect of The Austin Focus’ success. Without its support, our firm could not have become the industry leader it is today. We’re committed to giving back in any way possible. Although we do embrace the traditional means of giving, such as fundraising and hands-on volunteer work, we like to get creative as well. Here are some innovative options.
Raising IT’s Christopher Pruijsen is all about boosting impact by focusing on strengths. He says, “I actively encourage corporations and start-ups alike to participate in high value for time volunteering schemes. For example, don’t encourage software engineers to work in a soup kitchen, but have them instead teach STEM and CS at inner city schools in one- or two-day immersive programs. This way, maximum impact is achieved, and employees feel like truly valuable members of society.”
The Austin Focus approach to giving involves us taking part in many community events. We think it’s important to take things a step further as well. Andy Karuza, of Brandbuddee, agrees. He indicates, “We usually sponsor the marketing for local charity events, and we get our team involved with supporting the organization of the event, as well as the online marketing initiatives. This is a good way to generate value for the charity organizations without having to ask your employees to put money on the line. By helping, they can help the organization generate its own money.”
These unique methods of giving inspire us.