Giving City, The Guide to Doing Good in Austin, wrote a story: “So why would a local restaurant donate to a local non-profit anyway? "
They included a You Tube video interview of the owner from the restaurant Rio Grande in downtown Austin. Pat MacGahran, hosted Philanthropy Week on May 4-8 at his restaurant. Every night 10 percent of the proceeds were donated to a specific charity.
I thought it was cool to let this man speak for himself about why as a business owner he gives back to the community.
Here is a partial transcript of the interview, but you can watch it for yourself on You Tube :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaCe452fsas&feature=player_embedded
Or on: http://www.givingcityaustin.wordpress.com/
Pat Macgahran: “I think probably any business that is part of a community should be active, it should be involved in all aspects of community so really it’s just an element of social responsibility.
I am never too busy to give. We are trying to create in our business, to say: ‘We’re busy, but never too busy to say ‘what does the community need?’.”
Rio Grande is a chain, with restaurants in Colorado and Texas, but this effort was a local one. Some businesses just give because they feel it’s the right thing to do!