Texas is home to some of the largest and most successful businesses in the country, dominating the Fortune 500 list and ranking as one of the wealthiest states in the country. The Lone Star state has one of the biggest state-wide populations, a huge economy, and a business climate that is ripe to cultivate entreprises. But not only does Texas have a large footprint, it is on the brink of being the state the gives back the most growing impact. In 2016, Texas ranked sixth in the nation for charitable giving. It’s also home to some of the most philanthropic-minded communities that have far surpassed previous year’s charity. Let’s take a look.
The Comfort Crew for Military Kids is a national non-profit delivering proven resources to help military kids and their family connect and build resiliency in the face of extraordinary challenges.
Relay Coworking is a new space for ambitious, no-nonsense social entrepreneurs creating scalable change in the world.
We started by asking a simple question, "Can we scale and sustain more social ventures through an immersive, cause-based community?". That question was asked over three years ago and has since evolved to what we're proud to debut today - Relay Coworking at The Center for Social Innovation.
Relay means the transfer of information amplified over an interwoven network. The network is our community of members that share something important in common - they are all making an impact. We're looking for determined social entrepreneurs who are ready to take their idea to the next level. Whether you just started developing a cause-based application or are in the middle of raising capital, we surround you with everything you need to scale and be successful.
We know how hard it can be to create impact without the right resources or connections. That's why it is in our DNA to provide great teams with educational programs, capital resources, entrepreneurial support systems, and the best impact-minded network around.
Software and manufacturing companies have long used lean principles to systematically eliminate waste from and incorporate constant learning into their processes. But the fact is lean methodologies have been in practice on production floors since the 1950s.
What have we been up to at The Center for Social Innovation at Springdale General?
When The Center for Social Innovation was asked to participate in the inaugural RAD Office Tour we jumped at the chance! RAD Office Tour was founded in 2015 with Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and the Culturati Summit. The mission: educate Austin's business community around culture building strategies rooted in workplace design.
The Center for Social Innovation led a panel at PeopleFund’s Innovation Week to talk about what social innovation looks like and how we can foster collaboration. We invited Chelsea Elliott, Executive Director of Half Helen Foundation, Andy Brown from The Brown Firm, and Matt McDonnell, Managing Partner at Notley, facilitated the conversation.
On the one hand, the deal we would strike was straightforward; we would invest in the whole Springdale General project and we would take the master lease on 60,000sf in which to create the Center for Social Innovation. But there was a major issue that we needed to address to serve non-profit tenants well.