Community service and public involvement are an important part of Nelsen Partners’ culture. This includes charitable giving, pro bono work, community and non-profit board service, university and speaking engagements, group participation in and fund-raising efforts for various community programs.
The firm has a history of making charitable donations to different worthwhile causes in our local communities and around the country, from national crisis response like supporting Hurricane Katrina and Ike victims, to supporting local arts programs. Beginning in 2014, Nelsen Partners began a new approach to their annual giving by enlisting the firm’s staff to make suggestions for organizations they deem worthy. After brief presentations by staff members featuring a multitude of impressive organizations and causes, the Board of Directors carefully evaluates and selects the finalists, which typically receive $5,000 each. Since this particular campaign began in 2014, the firm has donated over $150,000 to various non-profits focused on children, the homeless, and health & wellness programs.
Nelsen Partners has provided pro bono services on multiple projects throughout its history. In support of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Nelsen Partners has provided architectural services for over 30 Diamondback Youth Fields and a Miracle League Field. We have also been providing services to Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, helping to transform their downtown site, from a run-down industrial site into a thriving community asset. Most recently, we provided design services for the Neighborhood Ministries Academic Success Center, transforming an old and dilapidated silo building into a modern and iconic educational center with adjacent playground.
ORGANIZATIONS, PROJECTS, + CHARITIES WE SUPPORT
The leaders of Nelsen Partners are involved in many boards and groups, including the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, The Contemporary Austin, the Texas Capitol Complex Master Plan Expert Review Panel, Kansas State University Dean’s Advisory Council, Austin Theater Alliance, Urban Land Institute, the Downtown Austin Alliance, Pacific Union College, and the Thunderbird Academy.
Over the years, our teams have worked with Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid’s Sake, and we continue to encourage participation in such worthy causes.
Additionally, our leaders have been invited to various speaking engagements to share their knowledge and insights in our professional community. Such organizations include the Urban Land Institute (ULI), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (formerly the NAIOP), to name a few. Our leaders have also participated in university critiques, sharing their knowledge with the next generation of talent.
Want to get involved?
Are you an organization, project, or charity that needs support? We’d love to help – We’re always looking for new ways to give back to our community. We are also always in need of sponsors, tools and some extra hands. If you’d like to give back with us, pitch in and unite forces, reach out!