How much do companies in Austin and the surrounding area give back to the community, and which causes do they support? A new survey on corporate giving poses these and other philanthropic questions to Central Texas businesses.
The results of last year’s survey were published in the Rodman Report, providing the first quantified look at Central Texas corporate giving – and this year’s version aims to update and expand on those insights. Conducted by locally based Rodman & Associates, the survey is endorsed by Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
In an e-mail to area companies, Mayor Adler wrote: “We need your input to make this survey a useful tool for all of us – business owners, community leaders and charitable givers. Austin has a vibrant business community with a history of giving back. Thank you for taking the time to tell us how your organization makes an impact through philanthropy.”
The 10-minute survey is available at: http://svy.mk/1K3enOD. Those who take the survey and opt-in to receive a digital copy of the Rodman Report will have an opportunity to get a first look at the survey results.
Rodman & Associates was founded by Lisa Rodman, a 20-year veteran of the nonprofit arena. She advises and supports individuals, businesses and foundations on philanthropic initiatives and partnerships.
Last year’s “2015 Rodman Report” provides insights on philanthropy at Central Texas businesses. Download the report (in PDF) at http://rodmanassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-Rodman-Report.pdf. Rodman said she looks forward seeing what has changed, and adding new benchmarks with the 2016 edition.
“The Rodman Report will provide an analysis of local corporate giving and employee engagement,” Rodman said. “It is my personal hope that city and county leaders will use this information to apply for matching dollars and to effect social change through corporate community partnerships.”
In his email, Mayor Adler also noted the culture of giving back among local organizations.
“Austin businesses are a charitable force for good, providing financial contributions, employee volunteering and in-kind services and products to important causes that benefit our communities and citizens,” Mayor Adler wrote. “These critical donations help non-profit organizations fulfill a variety of missions, from education and human services to environmental and animal welfare causes.”
About Lisa Rodman
Austin-based Lisa Rodman is a 20 year veteran of the nonprofit arena and the founder of Rodman & Associates, where she advises and supports individuals, businesses, and foundations on philanthropic initiatives and partnerships. To learn more, visit RodmanAssociates.com.