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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Finding YOUR Passion!

by Mackenzie Martin
December 22, 2010

We received a note from Keith Manlove, Creative Director of Invenio Media. Invenio has been working on our website and videos for the last year. In shooting these videos, Keith became even more interested in our December Community Spotlight: Literacy in Austin. Here is what Keith had to say about finding his passion…

“In making these videos, I’ve really cared about EVERY cause and organization that has come through our studio, but certainly not enough to give. I give to organizations currently, but only because of my family and background. I care, but I’ve never felt terribly connected to those causes.

However, through meeting Meg, Mary Ellen, and Donna and editing their videos, I’ve realized how important books have been to my life and how different my life would be without them. Even beyond the statistics and the impact low literacy has on people’s lives, it just hit me how hard life might have been without the joy of reading. I’ve felt very emotional about this for the first time, and this would’ve never happened without these videos.

So, I apologize if this is a superfluous part of your day, but I wanted to drive home that these videos have even had an impact on me (despite editing and watching TONS of them). So, thank you and good job. I will not only give to these organizations in the future, but I will be involved and engaged.”

To watch videos highlighting Literacy in Austin, or any of our other issue areas, please check out our Vimeo page so that you can find out about the issues that YOU care most deeply about.

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Getting To Know Austin

by Susan Marler
December 2, 2010

Austin is cool, weird, techie, smart, music-loving, in a friendly sorta-Texas sorta-not way. Yet, each month through the I Live Here, I Give Here spotlight on a different local topic, I get to know our hometown a little better.  The Austin I now know has characteristics we don't like to talk about - some might say we ignore the facets of our city's personality we don't want to deal with.

There seems to be an unspoken worry that if we acknowledge facts like that 40% of all children in Travis County are born to mothers who did not finish high school or 1 in 5 Austin adults cannot write well enough to fill out a job application, we will lose the Austin we want to believe in.

The "ignore the problems and they will go away" approach has placed Austin at 48th out of the 50 largest US cities in % of per capita disposable income we give to charity.  But visitors to Austin always notice how remarkably kind and friendly Austinites are - so I don¹t think this ranking reflects
the true big-hearted character of our city. The real Austin is more than strong enough to own the challenges that exist here.  We need to give more financially to help provide all who live here a chance to thrive. We'll be even cooler if we do.

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