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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Volunteer Opportunities This Holiday Season!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving is coming and with so much to be thankful for, there are tons of ways to show our gratitude and give back to the community!

Do you want to help provide access to healthcare and health education to
vulnerable populations? Think about helping out at the Volunteer Health
! They need helpers with both medical and non-medical backgrounds. http://www.volclinic.org/volunteers.php

Find out ways to help local survivors get through the holidays by checking out Safe Place’s Holiday Programs. https://www.safeplace.org/HolidayProgram

Austin Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers to help improve their presence in the Austin community. Find out how you can help. http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1422917.jsp

Would you like to find out about ways to help the homebound and hungry in the Austin area? Take a look at the volunteer opportunities at Meals on Wheels and Morehttp://www.mealsonwheelsandmore.org/volunteer/current-needs

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Want to raise money for a cause and build up an appetite for your big dinner? Check out the Turkey Trot and run to raise money for Caritashttp://www.caritasofaustin.org/events/turkey-trot

This year the YMCA will be hosting its 25th Annual Children’s Christmas Party. Last year more than 1,000 disadvantaged children attended the event. Many volunteer are needed to help bring joy to that many children. There are some great volunteer opportunities! http://www.austinymca.org/news/25th-annual-childrens-christmas-party

Are you interested in ending homelessness in Austin? Find out how you can help Front Steps reach their goal. http://www.frontsteps.org/how-to-help/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities 

Did you know that SAHELI has bystander trainings to help community members know how to interrupt, intervene, and stay safe when they see someone in a dangerous situation. Find out more and stop abuse! www.saheli-austin.org

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Nonprofit Sign Up For Amplify Austin - Mon. Nov. 18!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
November 14, 2013


Nonprofits, we’re ready for you.

Starting 8 a.m. Monday, November 18, registration for Amplify Austin 2014 is open for business!

So don’t miss out. Because 6 p.m. March 20, 2014, is the start day and time when Austin and Central Texas rally behind your cause for 24 inspiring hours and give online.

And yes, it’s inspiring. In its inception this past spring, your community raised $2.8 million for 320 nonprofits. And this year, we’ve set the goal at $4 million.

So let’s get going. To begin registration, visit our website to access the login portal for Amplify Austin. Since registration is different from last year (and improved!), here are a couple of tips and guidelines:

  • Registering early and before the holidays take over is a good idea! Don’t wait too long -- get the process rolling as soon as you can.
  • Registration closes February 20, 2014. Oh, so you have lots of time, right? Think of it this way: If you wait till the last moment, you lose A LOT of opportunity to be seen and searched by potential donors who have been checking out the website. And since media and promotion for Amplify Austin will be hot starting the first of the year, you want to make the most of this time.

Good luck to all you amazing nonprofits, and here’s to kicking-off a great Amplify Austin 2014!


Questions? Contact Blaire Kniffin, Blaire@ILiveHereIGiveHere.org or 512-432-1925.

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Nonprofit News! 11.06.13

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
November 6, 2013

Let’s welcome November with some great nonprofit news! With the new month comes a new Community Needs Spotlight, focused on victim services, and great opportunities for everyone to get involved in the Austin community!

Do you have a story about the effects of violence on your life? Do you want to share that story? The Texas After Violence Project is running a storytelling project and may be able to interview you. Share your story or find out other ways to get involved to end violence in Texas. http://www.texasafterviolence.org/get-involved.aspx

The 2013 Race for the Cure is Sunday, November 10, and you can still take action to help prevent, detect, and cure breast cancer with Susan G. Komen!  They are taking donations up until the day of the race as part of their #practicepink campaign. Check it out at http://practicewhatyoupink.org/ or check out their web video.

Catholic Charities has an urgent need for volunteers to help conduct a Community Assessment Survey in West on November 9 and 16, from 9:30 a.m – 4 p.m. The Purpose of assessment is to get a pulse for unmet needs from the blast disaster and figure the next order of services for families and the town. Get more information at http://ccctx.org/programs/disaster/west/westvolunteer/ If you are interested in helping, please call Sara Ramirez at 512-651-6102 or emailing sara-ramirez@ccctx.org.

Greenlights is celebrating nonprofit excellence with Party for Good on Tuesday, November 12. We are so proud and honored that I Live Here, I Give Here is a finalist for nonprofit of the year! You can still get your tickets to the event. We’ll for sure be there! http://greenlights.org/training-events/party-for-good

VSA Texas’ Annual Holiday Arts and Gift Show is coming up! Their holiday art and gift show runs from November 18 until December 24, 2013. They will also host a Holiday Arts and Gift Show Artist Reception on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 5:30 pm - 8 pm. Come share some refreshments, meet the artists and shop.  Why not support local artists with disabilities and the VSA while buying your family and friends holiday gifts to treasure? Artists get 70% of sale price and VSA Texas gets 30%. http://www.vsatx.org 

The Children's Heart Foundation is seeking volunteers to help rally for funds for research on congenital heart defects. Find out more about their cause and what you can do to help! http://www.idealist.org/view/volop/SFGxs36BMcxd/

The Capital Area Food Bank
still needs volunteers to help out during their busiest time of the year, “the Holiday Hustle.” Volunteers must be willing to commit to assisting every Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM beginning the week of November 7 and finishing the week of January 9. http://bit.ly/1a9SuKc 

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