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Philanthrophy

Here at Austin Global, we maintain a strong philanthropic stance. We strongly believe in exercising our corporate powers in an exemplary way.

Austin Global has chosen to support three different organisations for three very different reasons. By donating a percentage of all sales to these foundations, we can contribute in a real way to making the world a better place; one step at a time.

Why Rescue?

It was the 1980s. Shelters across America routinely killed cats and dogs as the primary method of handling unwanted pets. Around 17 million animals perished every year. Older, sick and problem animals were the first to go. Then, a group of friends began taking some of those “unadoptable” to a safe haven to heal. With proper care and patience, the vast majority of these animals found loving forever families. The remaining animals spent the rest of their days romping in the new sanctuary.

That group of friends who cared so deeply about animals grew and flourished and in 1984 became Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit organization and animal welfare society and the flagship for the no-kill movement in the USA. The founders are Francis Battista, Paul Eckhoff, Gregory Castle (CEO), Faith Maloney, Judah Battista, Diana Asher, Anne Mejia, Cyrus Mejia, Gabriel DePeyer, Jana DePeyer, Silva Battista and Steven Hirano.

The societies achievements are many and these impressive timeline highlights are just a small snapshot of their extraordinary ongoing dedication.

1989
San Francisco focuses on being a no-kill city

1994
San Francisco becomes the nation’s first no-kill city
New Hampshire launches the nation’s first publicly funded state-wide spay/neuter campaign and intake drops by a third in six years

2000
No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a program of Best Friends Animal Society launches the first statewide no-kill campaign.

2001
Best Friends holds its first No More Homeless Pets Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with more than 300 attendees.
Tompkins County, New York, becomes the next no-kill community.

2006
The community of Charlottesville-Albemarle becomes the most substantial community to go no-kill since San Francisco in 1994

2008
Nevada creates the largest no-kill metropolitan area in America, making Washoe County, Nevada, one of the safest communities in the country for homeless animals.

2010
Calgary, Alberta becomes the largest no-kill city in the world.
The city council in Austin, Texas, votes in a plan to make Austin a no-kill city.

2011
Austin records its first no-kill month in February 2011.
Dozens of communities throughout the country make a declaration of intent to go no-kill and several achieve the 90 percent no-kill save rate.

2012
Best Friends Animal Society launches No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), an initiative to achieve no-kill in America’s second-largest city.
Over 60 communities in the United States achieve a 90 percent no-kill save rate.

2013
Los Angeles reduces the number of animals being killed in shelters by 50 percent and are on-track to make the city no-kill by 2017.

2014
Best Friends Animal Society launches No-Kill Utah (NKUT), an initiative to achieve no-kill in Utah by 2019.

2015
Los Angeles has reduced the number of animals being killed in shelters by 50 percent, and is on-track to become a no-kill city over the next two years.

Fast forward to the present day and Best Friends can proudly determine that the number of dogs and cats killed in shelters nationwide has gradually been reduced to approximately 2 million annually, from 17 million in 1984.

At Austin Global, we believe pet rescue organizations are an essential resource to eliminate pets killed in shelters and are crucial in the fight to educate the public in responsible pet breeding.

More information can be found HERE: http://bestfriends.org

Why Water?

For people in developing countries, clean water can and does change everything.

663 million people in the world live without clean water.

That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or, twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. Not only does walking for water keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the water often carries diseases that can make everyone sick.

But access to clean water means education, income and health – especially for women and kids.

100% of public donations fund clean water projects. Charity: water depend on private donors, foundations and sponsors to cover everything from staff salaries to basic office systems to office rent and supplies.

At Austin Global, we believe access to a fresh, clean, constant water supply is the right of every human being and those that have it must ensure they work towards ensuring every person on our planet Earth has it, too. Charity: water has brought this valuable resource to over 6 million people since their inception in 2006 – so there’s just 657 million people to go!

More information can be found HERE: https://www.charitywater.org/whywater/

Why Crowdfunding?

Kiva.org – VISION: We envisage a world where all people hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.

Founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, Kiva is an international non-profit, organisation and was a pioneer in crowdfunding with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Whether it’s reinventing microfinance with more flexible terms, supporting community-wide projects or lowering costs to borrowers, they are always testing and learning. They celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Kiva believes lending alongside thousands of others is one of the most powerful and sustainable ways to create economic and social good. Lending on Kiva creates a partnership of mutual dignity and makes it easy to touch more lives with the same dollar. Fund a loan, get repaid, fund another.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.

100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.

At Austin Global, we believe loans and not charity maintains and builds a person’s self-esteem while maintaining their dignity in themselves and their community.

More information can be found HERE: https://www.kiva.org

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