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.

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Birthing An Organization

by Patsy Woods Martin
June 27, 2011

What does it take to birth an organization? Vision, passion, friends and colleagues.  Most of all energy and perseverance!  And what do you get in return? Challenges, frustration, immense satisfaction and pleasure, new friends and colleagues. In October 2006, I left United Way Capital Area

to focus fulltime on a project we began in 2004 in collaboration with Public Strategies, Inc. , the Austin Community Foundation , The Austin Chapter of the Ass’n. of Fundraising Professionals and The Junior League of Austin .  We launched I Live Here, I Give Here  one year later and I, along with more friends and colleagues than you can imagine, have been pushing the campaign forward, full-tilt, since. 

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The Importance Of Giving Back

by Chelsea Franklin
June 20, 2011

I take a lot of pride in being from Texas and even more so in being from Austin.  I was born at Seton Medical Center on 38th street, spent my elementary school days at Kirby Hall on 29th Street, lived on 24th street for 2 years while attending UT, and as of just over a month ago, I work on Cesar Chavez Street as an intern for I Live Here, I Give Here.

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New Beginnings

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
June 13, 2011

It's the beginning of a new era here at I Live Here, I Give Here as we bid farewell to our friend and co-worker, Mackenzie Martin.  She has been an asset that we could count on since our humble beginnings.  She's been a fabulous co-worker, a joy to work with every day, and a great friend to me.  We wish her nothing but the best as she moves to Fort Worth and starts the next chapter in her life. As with all things, all ends bring new beginnings.  We welcome Maddy Moffet as our new Director of Community Education and Special Events. I'm very excited to work with this fresh, eager young woman.  She will take on the BIG Give! See Jane Give, and Give Back Jack with a fresh perspective and make them her own.  Welcome to the team, Maddy!

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Am I A Philanthropist?

by Patsy Woods Martin
June 6, 2011

Yesterday was a quiet, restorative day at Casa Martin.  After a whirlwind trip to help Mackenzie find a new home in Ft. Worth, I needed it.  For me, a restorative day looks a lot like sweating in the garden.  “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.”  There’s something about those roots! It’s hot in Austin on June 5, and my kitchen garden is bearing fruit.  I’m picking okra, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers mostly, along with an occasional squash and a few green beans.  Having sent Jack off to work in Miami on an early Sunday plane, I came home and thought about what I, and only I for a change, wanted to eat.  Then I thought of my harvest.  I made a delicious salad of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers from the garden.  I added an onion from Youth Launch’s Urban Roots booth at last week’s farmers market and a splash of Newman’s Own balsamic vinaigrette. 

And then I Live Here, I Give Here kicked into my relatively calm brain and I began to think…  Because I made my salad with onions purchased from Urban Youth and dressed it with Newman’s Own, whose packaging proclaims, “all profits go to charity”, am I a philanthropist?  I say no!!!  Newman’s Own is the philanthropist. I can feel good about supporting a philanthropic corporation that makes delicious salad dressing, which they very much want me to do, by the way.  It’s called cause marketing and everyone is doing it! I can also feel great about supporting a local nonprofit who does fantastic work with Austin youth.  And I can thank them both for enriching my salad. Delicious and satisfied, yes.  Philanthropist, no.

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Things I Will Miss About Austin.

by Mackenzie Martin
June 1, 2011

As many of you know, my last day at I Live Here, I Give Here is fast approaching. It was one of the toughest decisions that I have EVER made, but I have accepted a job at Alliance for Children in Fort Worth. My last three years at I Live Here, I Give Here have been amazing, and this former preschool teacher learned A LOT about my hometown, the people who make it a great place to live and the non-profit community. 

I am thrilled to be moving to Fort Worth, although very nervous about moving away from my hometown. "Baby bird flies the nest!" as a friend called it (although, I am neither the baby or flying anywhere).  I am excited to be moving to a position that allows me to pursue my interest in children's issues. Alliance for children, with the help of the police, criminal justice system and amazing social workers works to protect Tarrant County children from abuse and neglect. And...I get to plan really great parties to support their mission. Only a dream opportunity like this one could drag me away from Austin and I Live Here, I Give Here.

Last night I began thinking about all of the things that I will miss about Austin, the list was long, but I wanted to share it with you.

Thundercloud Subs: I remember going to the Lake Austin store when I was a kid and trying to talk my Mom into letting us go to the Amy's Ice Cream next door. Turkey sandwich, ya'll. It's real yummy.

The Junior League of Austin: In my first year as an active, I really treasure the friendships I have made here. This is an amazing organization, that does SO much in our community. I have learned a lot from some really smart and talented women, about how to do a LOT with a LITTLE, improtant when you're working in non-profit events.

My dog park: Which is not really a dog park, it's the big field behind the TXDOT building on 45th and Shoal Creek. Such nice people, who would kill me for letting out their secret oasis for puppies. 

The Frisco: Many, many, many family dinners here. The new and the old location, and before that at The Night Hawk. The same waitresses are most definitely there, and thank goodness so are the same hamburgers. Food snobs: give it a chance. It's the best damn hamburger in town. I said it.

Nails: Technically known as Artistic Nails. Who knew that was really it's name? My friend Lisa Mobley Miller and I have always called it by what the sign says, simply "Nails". They do an amazing mani-pedi, and they are very into their customers lives. They are finally satisfied that Lisa has had a baby, but are concerned about my move to FW with no husband. At least I know they care.

The BIG Give Committee:These incredible group of ladies do AMAZING things for I Live Here, I Give Here....and Austin. They are for sure, the future movers and shakers of this community. No doubt about that. They are also a whole lot of fun. I will miss those meetings, so, so much. See you in September at the W Austin Hotel.

The Kendra Scott Sample Sale: I am not quiet about my love for KS. And twice a year, they make it really easy to spend way too much money on my love. But, there are amazing bargains on BEAUTIFUL pieces of jewelry. And, they are so giving to this community. Another great jewelry maven who supports their city? Maggie Goen. I was introduced to her and her jewelry by a BIG Give committee member, and now am also in love with her stuff. So pretty.

Adelante: Cute, cute stuff and very reasonably priced. More than one person has told me of the lack of good shopping in Fort Worth. I am concerned, but then I think how rich I'll be. It's all relative.

I Live Here, I Give Here: It has been a pleasure to work with every single person I have worked with in the last three years. It has made me a better, more organized, more creative, more mature person. I still lack skills in spelling, punctuation and spreadsheets. But, I'm much better. Life's a journey, not a destination. So says me.

Austin, if you want to make your town a better place, one that is more philanthropic and giving, a town that "walks the walk" instead of" talking the talk"...then, GET ON BOARD. ILH,IGH is an organization that is based on REAL research and lots of experience, and has designed its programs to meet the needs of Austin donors who can make a real difference in our community. In the time I have been at ILH,IGH, there have been many naysayers and even some recent replication (which is nothing but flattering), but I Live Here, I Give Here is here to stay. And, stronger than ever.

Community Yoga-Jyl Kutsche: Jyl was my first boss in Austin. She is the most creative, thoughtful and caring person I know. She is also extremely detail oriented. Despite that, she let me work at her beautiful store Therapy Clothing (RIP) on South Congress despite my inability to straighten racks, balance the ledger or talk about the benefits of organic anything. She has created an amazing organization, that brings yoga and it's benefits to people who need it most. They have classes that are open to the public, by donation and led by some really great teachers. I am not very bendy, and she even has modifications for me.

My friend's kids: My friends have many talents, they are good at lots of things. But, so far...they are excellent at having REALLY CUTE BABIES. I don't get to see them enough, and moving away will make it even harder. But, I will miss having these little guys in my life, and I will be back, if it's just to play with them.

My friends: There are no words. I have the very best girlfriends a gal could ask for. There you go...I have just told you about the best hamburger, the best dress shop, the best yoga and the best girlfriends. You're all set.

My family: Sister in California, brother in NYC. I guess they figured this "flying the nest" thing a little quicker than I did. They're both amazing, brave, strong and funny people. My parents are so supportive and excited about my big move, despite the fact that I work for my Mom and see them several times a week. They've been great. Working for my Mom has taught me so much, and she is truly one of the best teachers around. She gives her whole heart and soul to I Live Here, I Give Here, because she feels like she's been blessed and has the responsibility to give back. If more people were like her, the world would certainly be a better place.

So, that's it. And, I'm quite sure I'm missing lots. Austin is a special place, take care of it, and the people who are lucky enough to call it home.

M

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