As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.
When you think of realty, philanthropy might not be the first word that comes to mind, but Laurie Loew, founder of GIVE Realty, is here to change that. With the goal of fostering philanthropy through real estate sales, “the GIVE Realty business model allows our clients to donate 25 percent of the commission to a nonprofit of their choice, supporting a cause they are passionate about,” says Loew. “Almost every client ends up becoming a major donor to the nonprofit, and 90 percent of the donations stay local. Our hope is to be a stepping-stone on a long path of philanthropy for our clients.” GIVE Realty currently has $20,000 in donations to distribute to the nonprofit community.