Leading up to D CEO’s 2020 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship awards event, we’re profiling all finalists—one category at a time. We’re kicking things off with the five companies being honored for Corporate Social Responsibility.
This category recognizes companies that “show outstanding support of the nonprofit community as a whole through various methods—from internal programs for donation matching to allowing time off for employees to volunteer in various nonprofit activities.”
Now in its third year, the Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards are presented by D CEO and founding partner Communities Foundation of Texas. This year’s program attracted more than 510 nominations. All finalists will be featured in our August/September print edition and at a virtual awards event on Aug. 25, where the winners in each category will be revealed.
Bank of Texas
Bank of Texas has been a presenting sponsor to The Family Place Partners Card for 13 years. It also has been the largest supporting donor to the Partners Card event, which raises $1 million that goes toward supporting victims of family violence. Norm Bagwell, CEO of Bank of Texas, has been a vocal supporter. “It is a tremendous organization,” he said. “A true difference-maker in our community. In another time, family violence was a tough topic to fully understand. The relentless advocacy of The Family Place helped bring this problem out of the dark.” Bank of Texas provides The Family Place with advocacy, facility support, banking, and volunteer work. Along with The Family Place, Bank of Texas is also a supporter of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and several other organizations.
Dallas Mavericks and the Mavs Foundation
As soon as COVID-19 struck, the Dallas Mavericks and its foundation came out in financial, social, and emotional support of the team’s employees, local businesses, healthcare workers, first responders, and nonprofits. The Mavs have donated about $2 million in food, hand sanitizer, personal protective gear, salaries to game night event staff, and funding to hospitals, nonprofits, and first responders during the pandemic. Owner Mark Cuban and CEO Cynt Marshall were the first in the NBA to commit support toward hourly arena workers once the NBA was put on pause. The Mavs set a precedent across the league in terms of financial assistance as teams, and even players, followed the Mavericks’ lead to make a difference.
Through uncertain times Hollman announced that no matter what happens during the pandemic, their employees would stay employed with a full salary. Hollman has also started the Hollman Higher Education Learning Program, or Hollman HELPS. In partnership with Dallas College, Hollman provides its employees and employee families with the knowledge and skills to help them advance in their careers and continue to develop their strengths. Tuition for full-time employees, dependents, and spouses are 100 percent covered by Hollman. Hollman has also launched an employee-led external community initiative for high schools with a $100,000 locker room renovation. A winner was chosen after schools throughout the country applied, and now employees have volunteered their time to renovate the school’s locker room. Hollman has also partnered with other high schools, The Family Place, Leukemia Texas, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dallas.
PNC Bank takes a hands-on approach to foster relationships with local community members to be a good financial partner, but also a good neighbor. PNC takes a special interest in organizations focused on early childhood education, community development, the arts and culture, and health and human services. PNC has been a partner with Commit Partnership to place a high priority on quality early childhood education. The bank wants to ensure the North Texas area is a quality place to learn and feels they are only as strong as the community around them.
Texas Instruments has been among the region’s most active corporate citizens, partnering with the North Texas Food Bank to provide critical support to COVID-19 relief efforts. NTFB is working on the frontlines of the crisis, providing nutritious food and application assistance for the Supplemental Food Assistance Program, in partnership with TI’s feeding network. In early April, TI committed to providing $1.5 million to NTFB’s COVID-19 response efforts, as the board of directors granted an additional $25,000. TI predicts the gifts will provide 4,575,000 meals to hungry children, families, and seniors in North Texas. Beyond the Food Bank, TI has provided $250,000 of seed funding to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund, followed by a $5 million grant to United Way for immediate and long-term needs.