OUR GOAL: WE ILLUMINATE the selfless community efforts and philanthropy of area service clubs to tell their stories and inspire others to make our community a better place.

We believe that by highlighting and telling the stories of “special” organizations who far too often go thankless for decades of community service, we can inspire others to follow their lead and help make our community a better place.

Lighthouse Award recipients receive a recognition plaque, a donation to their organization, complimentary tickets to our annual Ethics in Business Awards luncheon, and most importantly a thank you on behalf of the entire Central Texas community for their selflessness and dedication to good.

For more information regarding our Lighthouse program or to nominate a service organization, please email us at or give us a call at (800) 232-4810.

Each nomination that meets at least one of the above criteria is researched by RecognizeGood staff, then submitted for a vote by a selection committee to decide each Lighthouse Award winner:

  • Length of Service
    Duration of a service organization’s contributions in the form of selfless community efforts and philanthropy.
     – The Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club is the oldest in the world, founded in 1916.
  • Magnitude of Service
    Impact made on the community and its residents through the selfless efforts and philanthropy of the service organization.
     – Round Rock Kiwanis has served over 60 different area nonprofits since its inception in 1952.
  • Special One-Time Event
    Overall impact on the community by a one-time event made possible through the service organization’s efforts.
     – In 1929, The Exchange Club of Austin created the Zilker Kite Festival, an event which now attracts more than 20,000 attendees annually and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.


Round Rock Sertoma

Lake Travis Rotary

Austin Downtown Lions

Town & Country Optimists

Northwest Austin Kiwanis

Round Rock Kiwanis

Junior League of Austin

Austin Exchange Club

West Austin Rotary

University Hills Optimists

Bee Cave / Spicewood Rotary

East Austin Rotary

Sunshine Community Gardens

Bikers Against Child Abuse – Austin

The High Road on Dawson

Vista Ridge High School Navy JROTC

Austin Downtown Rotary

100 Black Men of Austin

Score Austin

National Charity League – Austin

Pflugerville Rotary

The Links – Town Lake

AKA Beta Psi Omega

Georgetown Beard Club

Sun City Kiwanis

Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club

Austin Junior Forum

Bake A Wish

Violet Crown Garden Club

Volunteering Untapped-Austin Chapter

Austin Capital City Lions Club

Seeds of Strength

Heart of Texas Threads of Love

Zio Ora Filos

Round Rock Woman’s Club

The Texas Ramp Project – Austin/Travis County

Austin Texas Musicians

Public Invention

Austin Area Heritage Council

Austin Sea Hawkers Booster Club

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