Putting Ethics into Action

May 29, 2018

Bloom Communications was honored to recently attend the RecognizeGood Ethics in Business & Community Awards Luncheon, an annual celebration for those who set an example of exemplary ethical practices. As firm believers in the practice of ethical behavior and giving back ourselves, we were thrilled to attend this event, learn from the presenters and award winners, and take home several conversation-starting ideas.

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Giving Back is Good Business

February 16, 2018

Given CSR is becoming essential for business success, it begs the questions: How can we keep social impact strategies from becoming a trend? How do we make those strategies long-term?

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Encouraging Employee Volunteerism

March 9, 2016

There are many ways in which a company can encourage its employees to volunteer. Depending on company culture and potential for flexible working hours, companies can promote community involvement on and off the clock. In addition to supporting the greater good, companies can will experience benefits internally as well. Pressure is increasing to define corporate social responsibility initiatives from prospective employees, partners, and buyers. Defining and exhibiting a clear objective of how your organization can positively affect social issues is not only a key differentiator from your competitors, but it also motivates people to get behind your company to support your efforts.

Bloom Communications encourages devoting time to volunteering during and outside business hours. In just the last month, I have been fortunate to donate my time in three different ways.

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Volunteering: Capital Area Food Bank

November 18, 2015

In the busyness of the work week, it’s hard to find time to give back as an organization and devote productive business hours to volunteer work. But to maintain a sense of purpose outside of the office, it’s important to step back and devote our time to bigger things than business goals.
Recently, Brianna and I volunteered at in the Capital Area Food Bank’s mobile food pantry. There, we handed out food as those in need lined up in the morning waiting to receive their sustenance for the week.

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Recognizing Philanthropic Businesses

November 18, 2015

The clients of Bloom Communications are inspiring. Maintaining generosity in business and giving back to the Austin community and beyond showcase the values we seek in our clients. It is because of those behaviors that these two clients earned their airtime on KEYE TV’s We Are Austin. Through our work with them and a partnership with Austin Gives, a division of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Evans Dermatology Partners and QuantumDigital got to share the charitable efforts their companies and employees are most passionate about. By donating at least 1% of their profits back to the community and their involvement with Austin Gives, these businesses exemplify a philanthropic business model.

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5 Tips To Plan A Better Nonprofit Gala

April 15, 2014

Remember that last great nonprofit gala you attended? You know, the one with the great food and engaging activities where you met all sorts of interesting people? 

Now, do you remember that terrible event? The one where the food showed up hours late, the band was drunk, and you were stuck all night sitting to Bob-what’s-his-name, the boring insurance adjuster from Iowa?

The difference between these two nonprofit celebrations was night and day, but organizers could have worked equally as hard on the project. Basically, it all comes down to organization and promotion – work smart, not hard, and take advantage of all the resources around you. If you’re getting ready to set up your own nonprofit gala, here are a few tips that will hopefully make it more like the former and less like the latter.

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Nonprofit Tool Spotlight: Google’s One Today App

March 11, 2014

If you’ve spent any time in the nonprofit world, then you already know that raising funds can be the most difficult part of pushing a great idea to fruition. Getting the people that can make a real difference interested in your organization are often hard to reach, and even harder to convince. So, what should you think about One Today, a crowdfunding mobile app launched by Google around this time last year?

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Shoes for Love: A Boy Scout Service Project

February 14, 2014

The Central Texas chapter of Boy Scouts for America, Capitol Area Council, is collecting shoe donations on behalf of Dando Amor. 

Dando Amor is a non-profit charity dedicated to blessing the lives of children throughout the world. To learn more about this organization, visit dandoamor.com.

If you live in the Austin, Texas area and have shoes to donate, please consider doing so using the information that follows.

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Give Back this Valentine’s Day: 14 Online Stores that Give Back to Nonprofits

February 13, 2014

I’m sure you didn’t forget that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow February 14th…right? But, if by chance you did, consider purchasing a gift that is both ethical and generous – not only to your special someone, but to others around the nation and globe. Sure, it may cost a bit more to purchase gifts that are fair trade or sold by nonprofits, but as consumers we have a choice regarding how to use our spending power; and we can choose to use it for good.

For last minute shopping, or for an extra, meaningful gift, check out our list of 14 online stores that give back to nonprofits (in no particular order):

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GENaustin Kicks Off Fundraising Pilot Program: Big Brave

January 13, 2014

I have been a long-time supporter of GENaustin and have recently (as in about a week ago!) joined the board as Chair of its Marketing Committee. GENaustin is focused on helping girls in grades 5 – 12 navigate the unique and often difficult challenges of growing up as a girl – body image, self-confidence, media and social pressures, bullying, etc.
 
GENaustin is kicking of a new challenge-based fundraising effort this month called Big Brave. Participants have each selected a bucket goal to achieve this year and are asking friends and family to donate to GENaustin as part of their pledge to reach that goal. 100% of the money raised will go to GENaustin.

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