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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Make A Difference & Give

by Casey Miller
November 28, 2011

The New York Times published an interesting article over the weekend that discusses how the face of philanthropy has changed in the past 30 years, as individuals have increased the amount they are giving back financially.

Individuals and organizations are realizing that they are able to make a sizeable impact in ways they see fit, stepping up their giving in areas where our policies and infrastructure are lacking.

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The First 30 Days

by Karen Frost
November 18, 2011

It’s now been right at a month since I’ve been in my new position with I Live Here, I Give Here as Consulting Director of Non-Profit Relations and my 30-day assessment is our Non-Profit community is doing really great work against significant challenges.  I’ve now participated in two focus groups covering the issues of senior services, disabilities and the homeless and while serving on the board of I Live Here, I Give Here for three years prior to becoming a consulting staff member, I still didn’t grasp the depth of the needs in our community and the services available to meet those needs for the people of Austin.

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Two Fascinating Articles

by Patsy Woods Martin
November 14, 2011

Two fascinating articles came my way this week, thanks to our crack team.

The New York Times reported, in a nutshell, that an interesting shift is taking place in funding for arts, culture, health and human services across our country.  Government is distancing itself from funding any of these programs.  Higher wealth individuals and foundations tend to be investing in root causes of social problems or in businesses that produce benefits to society.  These folks tend to want to teach people to fish.  Who, then, helps provides the fish, while the fishermen and women are learning?  Perhaps those of us who want a quicker return on our philanthropic investments do.  Those who don’t have time to spend in deep philanthropic research and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing our dollar provides a meal for a homeless person or a ticket to a concert for an underprivileged child.  I say it takes a village of government, foundations and the general community all giving meaningful gifts to make our system work well. 

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Thirty Days Of Thankful

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
November 4, 2011

Lately, I’ve been noticing my facebook friends posting under the heading, “thirty days of thankful.” If you haven't seen this phenomenon yet, you're sure to see it soon. The premise is simple: for the thirty days of November, you post something each day that you're thankful for in your life. These can run the gamut from being thankful for one's spouse to being thankful for the BLT you just had for lunch. It's a cute and nice way to focus on those blessings in life that we're thankful for, and, in my opinion, an excellent way to gear up for the holiday giving season.  Somehow, thinking about all the things that you have makes you think of the things that others "have not."  

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