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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This year’s BIG Give Under the Big Top! will hit town on Friday, September 27 @7pm at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Music by White Ghost Shivers! We’ve even got a great silent auction table with amazing items. Keep checking our blog because we’ll featuring some of the great items here over the next month. You have to get your BIG Give! tickets to bid!

Here’s the first item you’ll find on The BIG Give! silent auction table: How does a luxury 7-night stay in an oceanfront, 4-bedroom villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, sound to you? AMAZING, WE KNOW. This private home that sleeps 7 is one of the feature items at The BIG Give! Don’t you want to be there?

More photos in the full post!

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September Spotlight On Teens

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
August 28, 2013

“The teenage brain is like a car with a good accelerator but a weak brake. With powerful impulses under poor control, the likely result is a crash. “ – Laurence Steinberg

Each year, approximately 1,500 abused and neglected teenagers age out of the child welfare system in Texas, leaving them with no where to go. The organization CASA of Central Texas works to ensure these teenagers are supported as they navigate through our over-burdened system.  CASA’s goal is to provide an advocate for every child in State care. Currently, CASA is only able to cover fifty-two percent of the need of our foster teens.

Watch CASA’s video to hear from a loyal donor who supports this great cause! Learn more about issues facing teenagers in our community and how you can support those organizations working to help in our September Fact-Sheet.

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I Live Here, I Give Here is committed to educating the next generation of philanthropists.  Part of that process is to help mold leaders for philanthropic giving and future board service.  So we are announcing this year’s Austin Involved Board Internship Program participants.  We are elated by the response we received and the enthusiasm of each candidate to become a future star on a nonprofit board!

Participants in this program will receive two levels of learning: classroom instruction focused on best practices, and real-world perspective from current board members.  The purpose is to create well-prepared board members for to promote and support the health of our local nonprofit community.

The 2013 Class of the Austin Involved Board Internship Program are:

  • Jennifer Baum - Palermo Wealth Management
  • Lindsay Butterfield - Texas Appleseed Intern
  • Beth Chamberlain - Advisory Board Company
  • Angie Hoover Dorton - Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
  • Conrad Fried - Whole Foods Market
  • Lily Houseman - City of Austin - Mayor's Office 
  • Berkley Hudgins - Wells Fargo Bank
  • Cathy Lujan - Dell, Inc.
  • Kelly McCarthy - Dell, Inc.
  • Rebecca Oliver - Literary Agent
  • Kevin Rankin - Wells Fargo Bank
  • Melissa Rothrock - Texas Water Development Board
  • Sofy Tarud - Dell, Inc.
  • Ryan Wiese - Cisco Systems
  • Lindsey Wiese - Influential Magazine/Blogger

We also want to thank everyone who applied to the program. We struggled to select the final 15 because we had such a qualified group of applicants.

We know this is going to be a strong class because they are all starting with such great potential and passion. We’re excited to get our program started in September! 

A BIG THANK YOU to our program partners!




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Meet Our New Executive Director!

by Patsy Woods Martin
August 12, 2013


Dear Friends,

We are delighted to let you know that Tom Spencer will assume the role of Executive Director of I Live Here, I Give Here beginning September 3!

Having brought I Live Here, I Give Here from an idea with skeptics to a movement with significant, proven impact, I'm ready to step back from the day-to-day operation of the organization. And I can't think of anyone better than Tom to take the foundation we have built to the next level and beyond.

As I'm sure you know, Tom is highly respected in our community. He is coming to I Live Here, I Give Here from Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) where his achievements as CEO include bringing the agency to fiscal health and creating a nationally recognized interfaith dialogue program, The Red Bench. Before he joined iACT, Tom was the Executive Producer and host of multiple public affairs and special interest programs at KLRU-TV, PBS for more than 25 years. Tom also knows I Live Here, I Give Here well, as he has served on our Board of Directors for the last 18 months.

Come September, I will be joining I Live Here, I Give Here's Board of Directors. I look forward with eager anticipation to watching my "baby" grow and blossom under Tom's leadership.  I hope you will join me in supporting Tom as he works to further expand the impact of I Live Here, I Give Here.

Again, I wanted you to be among the first to know about this exciting news.  Don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions or thoughts.

Please join us at The BIG Give on September 27, where we'll celebrate this exciting news together!

With much gratitude for what we've achieved together and for what we will accomplish moving forward,



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