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How to Get Involved This #GivingTuesday

By Morgan Folsom on Nov 30, 2020 2:14:24 PM

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Now that we're rapidly coming up on the end of 2020, I'm taking time to pause my life and find things to be thankful for. Under normal circumstances, this exercise can be a great way to wrap up the year; after this year, though, let's just say that I had a harder time than normal pulling together a list. The truth is that despite it being a tough year, I do have a lot to be thankful for – I've made it through this year with a job and a home, something that many people are not experiencing this year.

As we enter the holiday season, the messaging that we see is increasingly commercial: Black Friday edges earlier into Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday tries to pull focus locally, and Cyber Monday pretends like we're not online shopping for the first two, making it a trifecta of commercialism.

Giving Tuesday is an annual celebration on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving that encourages individuals and organizations across the country to do good. What better way to wrap up three of the highest spending days of the year by looking at how we can support others?

What we're doing

Here at Praecipio Consulting, we've stepped back and taken stock as well. Supporting our communities has always been a core value here, and we've been a member of Pledge 1% for years. We are proud to spend our time and money with organizations like the Flatwater Foundation, TreeFolks, and Bamberger Ranch. This year, we felt like we had to do more. At the beginning of June, the company began matching employee donations and doubling VTO toward relevant organizations.

This #GivingTuesday, we'll be taking it a step further and doubling employee donation matching for donations made on Tuesday, December 1st, as part of our continued dedication to supporting our communities. 

How you can get involved

That's what we're doing, but what about you?

There are a lot of ways to get involved, even in the middle of a pandemic. Check out local resources to find organizations that are accepting donations or for volunteer opportunities (if you're comfortable!). Events like gift drives and meal delivery are also great ways to contribute while still staying safe. Don't forget to look at local mutual aid funds for opportunities for even bigger impacts in your communities. 

Topics: flatwater-foundation do-good pledge-1% treefolks social-responsibility
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Tree Planting with Praecipio Consulting, TreeFolks, and Austin City Parks

By Christian Lane on Nov 26, 2019 11:37:00 AM

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On Friday, November 22, 2019, Praecipio Consulting co-hosted a tree planting event with Austin City Parks and Recreation Department (Urban Forestry Division), and TreeFolks at Civitan Park. TreeFolks’ mission “is to empower Central Texans to build strong communities through planting and caring for trees” and has also “engaged thousands of volunteers to plant more than 2.8 million trees” over the past 30 years. They have been involved in community-building events centered around pillars such as reforestation, education, and growing the urban forest. Their name tells you all you need to know about their fervor for making the Earth happier and our climate more stable by planting one tree at a time. 

Planting Trees

Despite the cold and wet weather, our volunteers (with the help of the Parks and Recreation Department Urban Forestry Divison), planted new trees and mulched existing trees in the park. Volunteers consisted of 20 Praecipio Consulting employees alongside 17 friends from Atlassian and the Atlassian Community. We planted 35 trees and helped spread 8 cubic yards of mulch throughout Civitan Park. In addition, Praecipio Consulting donates to TreeFolks to help support other tree planting events around the city of Austin, such as their Tree Adoption program NeighborWoods, which donates trees to homeowners to plant in their yards. Donations to TreeFolks goes a long way; 90 cents out of every $1 goes directly to planting trees.


Aligning our Partner Values

If anyone wants to understand the long-lasting impact an organization like TreeFolks has on a community, one does not have to look any further than TreeFolks’ own Development Director, Margot Piper, who shared a heart-warming story with volunteers at the park. “When I was seven years old, my parents and I planted our first tree with TreeFolks. To this day, my parents and I still have picnics together under that very same tree,” she says with an enormous smile. It is refreshingly clear how much the organization and its mission mean to Ms. Piper. That level of affection is one of many reasons why our company chose TreeFolks as a partner.

Our Carbon Dioxide Contribution 

Praecipio Consulting beliP1210336eves in encouraging and enabling others in our ecosystem to amplify our efforts. By inviting the Atlassian Community to join our event, we hope to raise awareness of this noble foundation and hope to see future collaborations. “The goal of our green works program is to get out there and do the most good possible,” Praecipio Consulting's Christopher Pepe says passionately. “We could have just sent out a press release stating that we purchased a set number of carbon credits to offset our business’ activities, but that doesn’t lead to a change in our lifestyles,” Pepe continues, “We commit to these strategic philanthropic partnerships which, in turn, enables our team to get involved—get their hands dirty—and do the most good possible for our community.” 

If you'd like to learn more about TreeFolks and their purpose, we invite you to join their next event NeighborWoods 500 Tree Adoption at Austin Discovery School on December 7, 2019, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. 



Topics: do-good treefolks carbon-footprint

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