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$3.2M donated to 76 Central Texas community organizations in 2023

Samsung Austin Semiconductor recently hosted two “Friend-chip” events to recognize and celebrate the dozens of organizations that we partner with in Travis and Williamson Counties.

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Manor ISD representatives at the Austin-area Friend-chip event. While Samsung Austin Semiconductor is a global company, we know the community connections and partnerships we develop locally are vital to our growth as well as the region’s growth. In our commitment to being a good corporate citizen, we recently hosted two “Friend-chip” events to recognize and celebrate the dozens of organizations that Samsung Austin Semiconductor partners with in Travis and Williamson Counties. “We believe that continued partnerships and initiatives with organizations such as yourselves will be vital to supporting the community ecosystem that continues to grow and expand along with Samsung,” Jon Taylor, corporate vice president of Fab Engineering and public affairs, said, at one of the events. In 2023, as part of our Samsung Gives initiative, Samsung Austin Semiconductor donated $3.2 million to 76 area community organizations.
Austin, Manor and Travis County community partners at the Austin Friend-chip event
Austin, Manor and Travis County community partners at the Austin Friend-chip event
Austin-area community partners at the Friend-chip event on Sept. 25, 2023. Austin-area In 2023, Samsung Austin Semiconductor invested $1.7 million into 32 community organizations serving Austin, Manor and Travis County. The organizations range from environmental to two large school districts and higher education. “When you talk about shaping future generations, our school districts are very important to that,” Michele Glaze, Samsung Austin Semiconductor director of communications and community affairs, said at the Austin-area event. “As part of our grant, Manor Independent School District hired a licensed psychiatrist to help the teachers. With the Austin Ed Fund, we’re helping with innovation grants for teachers.” Samsung Austin Semiconductor believes being a good corporate citizen is about co-prosperity. We want to make sure the communities in which we call home, grow and thrive along with us. “We look forward to a lot more years in Austin and continuing to grow these partnerships,” Kelly Ballard, Samsung Austin Semiconductor community affairs manager, said. “We are expanding in Taylor, but our facility in Austin is here, we will continue to be here and we will continue to be the same community partner as we have been for 27 years.” Through our partnerships this year, we have been able to impact the lives of more than 1.5 million people; 30% of whom are K-12 students. 2023 Community Partners – Austin, Manor, Travis County
  • Austin Community College
  • Austin ISD
  • Austin Korean School
  • Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Austin Parks Foundation
  • Austin Regional Manufacturing Association
  • Austin Youth River Watch
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Austin
  • Central Texas Food Bank
  • Colorado River Alliance
  • Ending Community Homelessness Organization
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas
  • Girlstart
  • Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater East Austin Youth Association
  • Huston–Tillotson University
  • Keep Austin Beautiful
  • Korean Scientists Engineering Association
  • Korean-American Association of Greater Austin
  • Manor Chamber of Commerce
  • Manor ISD
  • Manor Schoolhouse Foundation
  • Movability
  • Skillpoint Alliance
  • Texas State University
  • Trail of Lights Foundation
  • United Way for Greater Austin
  • University of Texas
  • University of Texas WiSTEM
City of Taylor departments at Taylor Friend-chip event
City of Taylor departments at Taylor Friend-chip event
City of Taylor, Taylor FD and Taylor PD representatives at the Taylor-area Friend-chip event. Taylor-area Nearly 100 guests attended the “Friend-chip” event in Taylor, Texas, including the city’s mayor, other elected officials and Samsung’s executive vice president of the Taylor Project, Jeffrey Go. “I believe this project will be life-changing for Samsung and for everyone here and for generations to come,” Go said during the event. “We know that your organizations are also providing life-changing services for your friends, families and neighbors in Taylor. We want to celebrate the great work that each of you are doing in Taylor and for the citizens of Taylor.” In 2023, Samsung Austin Semiconductor supported 44 community organizations serving Taylor and Eastern Williamson County with the investment totaling $1.5 million. “As we embarked on discussions with Samsung in early 2021, one of the things we kept coming back to was strong partnerships, including how engaged Samsung would be if they were to come to Taylor… certainly they’ve lived up to the billing and we’re appreciative of it,” Taylor Mayor Brandt Rydell said. The civic and community organizations we partner with in the Taylor-area vary in size, from Taylor Independent School District to nonprofits that provide access to food, mental health and workforce development. “I’m particularly appreciative of Samsung for their generosity and enabling these organizations to continue their missions to continue to make Taylor a thriving and more equitable community,” added Rydell.
Taylor-area community partners at the Taylor Friend-chip event
Taylor-area community partners at the Taylor Friend-chip event
Community partners that attended the Taylor-area Friend-chip event on Sept. 20, 2023. 2023 Community Partners – Taylor, Williamson County
  • Agape Food Pantry of Taylor Inc
  • American Legion Graham D. Luhn Post 39, Taylor
  • Blackland Quilt Guild
  • Bluebonnet Trails Community Services
  • Boys & Girls Club of East Williamson County
  • Catholic Charities of Central Texas
  • Cinderella's Closet
  • City of Taylor
  • City of Taylor Fire/Police
  • Dickey Museum & Multipurpose Center
  • Friends of the Moody Museum
  • Friends of the Taylor Public Library
  • Friends of the Williamson County Child Welfare Board
  • Good Life TaylorHabitat for Humanity of Williamson County
  • Impact Counselng Services, Inc.
  • Mamma Jamma Ride (Lonestar Circle of Care)
  • Lone Star Circle of Care
  • Michelle’s Hot Peeps Beat CC
  • Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties
  • Pi Shoppe Tutoring Service
  • Reset Mentoring
  • SayCheese
  • Shepherd's Heart Food Pantry and Community Ministries, Inc.
  • SPJST Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation
  • St Mary's Catholic School
  • St. James' Episcopal Church, Taylor
  • Taylor Chamber of Commerce
  • Taylor Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas State Technical College
  • Taylor ISD
  • Taylor Pride
  • Taylor Rodeo Association
  • Temple College Foundation
  • Texas Critter Crusaders
  • The Duck P.A.C.K.
  • The Williamson County Historical Museum
  • United Seniors of Taylor, Inc.
  • Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center
  • Williamson County Fair & Rodeo
  • Williamson Museum - 175th
  • Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area