66% of Austinites feel uninformed about the issues.
89% say they would give to a specific need in the community.

Why We’re Here

I Live Here, I Give Here’s mission is to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy by inspiring Central Texans to invest more money in our community. We educate and connect individuals and non-profits so more Central Texans experience the personal benefit of increased philanthropy.

I Live Here, I Give Here’s mission is to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy by inspiring Central Texans to invest more money in our community. We educate and connect individuals and non-profits so more Central Texans experience the personal benefit of increased philanthropy.

Did you know that according to a study done by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2012, Austin is ranked 32nd out of the 50 largest cities in the nation in per capita charitable giving? This is a big improvement over our ranking at the beginning of the 21st century when we ranked 48, but there is still a lot of room for growth!

Austin is a vibrant city with a personality all its own. Central Texans are passionate, driven, and generous volunteers of their time and talent. But that’s not enough. The biggest problem facing Austin Nonprofits is there is not enough money.

Our community is well known for cherishing its environment and local businesses, its time to nurture our home-grown nonprofits in the same way!

We depend on our nonprofits to meet so many of the Austin's most basic needs; but the shortage of funds for these organizations is creating large gaps in services.

This is where I Live Here, I Give Here steps in. Our main purpose is to connect people like YOU with the issues you care about and the Nonprofits that support them.

I Live Here, I Give Here is proud of the work we have accomplished since our launch in 2007. We connect the people of Austin with the causes they care about.

We partner with nonprofit groups so they can be more accessible to you. We spotlight specific needs in Austin every month to let you know how you can help.

Please check out our Programs and get to know our Board Members and Staff!



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I Live Here, I Give Here\'s Austin Involved

Austin Involved LogoThe thought behind Austin Involved is simple: Give Austinites a chance to Discover, Do, and Donate in meaningful ways as a cohesive group, the way we and our friends would want to do it. » Learn more…

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How It Works

Austin Involved - Donate $25, Vote for this month's Charity of Choice, Donate our money and time!

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What We Do

The thought behind Austin Involved is simple: give Austinites a chance to Discover, Do and Donate with a group of people focused on making an impact in our Central Texas community!

Every month, members of Austin Involved learn about three local nonprofits, cast their votes, and give a small amount of money and time to one organization. Here's how it works each month: Each member contributes $25. Three compelling nonprofit videos are presented to membership. We vote and select a "Charity of Choice" to receive our pool of funds. Then we follow our money and see our impact firsthand by doing a 3-hr service project at our chosen nonprofit. That’s it!

By giving both our time and our money together, we are educating ourselves on the needs of the community and the nonprofits addressing those needs. Austin Involved also provides more than our monthly Charity of Choice program. You can take your education in philanthropy further with initiatives like the Board Internship Program or you can socialize and network with other members during our social gatherings.

We are the future philanthropists of Austin and collectively making a huge impact on the organizations in Austin who need our help. Come get involved as we meet the innovative, inspiring and tireless nonprofit organizations that drive our great city. Are you in?

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Who We Are

Advisory Committee
  • Casey Burns
    Quantum
  • Courtney Clark
    Courtney’s Words
  • Dwight Thompson
    Texas Steel Culvert Company, Inc.
  • Elsa Decker
    Moreland Properties
  • Erica Saenz
    Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT
  • James Leasure
    Pandora Corporation, Committee Chair
  • Jennifer Jones
    Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
  • Marshall Jones
    The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas
  • Matt Swinney
    Launch 787
Founders Circle Members
  • Courtney Clark
  • Currie Bucher
  • Dana Kelly
  • Diane Swinney
  • Elsa Decker
  • Glenn Neal
  • Jamie Leasure
  • Jen Bell
  • Jen Snavely
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Lauren Madden
  • Lindsay Weibrand
  • Lori Schneider
  • Lynn Freehill
  • Mandy Brown
  • Marshall Jones
  • Matt Swinney
  • Michael McGill
Our Mission

Austin Involved is a pipeline of emerging philanthropists created from Austin’s young professionals who are looking for their “cause” but want to have an immediate impact.

Our Vision for the Future

That philanthropy will be accessible, affordable, popular and possible for all young professionals in Austin.

Our Core Values

To be collaborative, innovative, and accessible as we partner with community nonprofits to educate and foster the next generation of young philanthropists.

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