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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Amplify Austin is back! 6pm March 20, 2014. $4 Million in 24 Hours.

AmplifyATX.org Goes Live Feb. 1!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
January 23, 2014

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In just a week's time we reveal the new Amplify Austin website. 350 plus local nonprofits have established a home on the Amplify Austin website, and counting. We really wanted to make this the go-to site for people looking to donate and connect with local causes and organizations. I guess you could think of the website as the "nonprofitpedia" of Central Texas. Only with an Austin twist.

And our team really wanted to make Amplify Austin easy, accessible and fun. So when you head to www.AmplifyATX.org February 1, here are some of the cool and useful features you’ll see: 

  • Live countdown to Amplify Austin 2014
  • Convenient nonprofit and category search bars
  • A pre-schedule your gift button
  • Videos giving you the rundown of Amplify Austin
  • An expanded social media platform you can participate in (#AmplifyATX)
  • Options to create a donor account
  • Sponsor recognition and news feeds

What’s really exciting is that the giving site will be 365. That' right, Amplify Austin is a resource for you all year long.

But Amplify Austin Day is coming up March 20-21. It's Central Texas' one day to rally the community to give online for 24 hours to their causes of choice. It offers amazing incentive prizes for nonprofits and sponsor dollar matches – so yes, we are really amplifying every dollar donated. Last year the community wave of giving raised $2.8 million. This year, our goal is $4 million.

A special thank you goes out to the INCREDIBLE teams that helped us create the new website: Door Number 3, CiviCore, Shompton, and Mass Relevance. You’re Aces!

Check us out February 1! 

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Sponsors: You Set The Stage To Amplify Austin

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
January 20, 2014

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Two months from today we’re going to be in the middle of Amplify Austin.

You know what our dream is? That two months from today we’ll already have raised $4 million for local nonprofits and social causes – and counting. 

Now, we’re under no delusion that raising $4 million is easy. Come on – nonprofit is our name. Nor do we think that I Live Here, I Give Here can do it alone, since it was you who pushed us past the $1 million goal to raise $2.8 million in 2013.

So when 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, rolls around, we know you'll be donating your hearts out to nonprofits and causes you love and support. Here’s an advance THANK YOU! for cranking up the giving and a legit air hug from all of us!

But right now, our love ballad is going to those who have already joined the Amplify Austin cause: Our sponsors.

Without them, we wouldn’t be able to increase the value of every dollar given during Amplify Austin. We wouldn’t have prizes to award to nonprofits every hour of Amplify Austin. And we wouldn’t be able to say that Austin has really, truly socially responsible businesses making our home better for everyone.

Thank you to our current 2014 Amplify Austin sponsors! We're already that much closer to raising $4 million. 

2014 Bass Boosters
Sponsor hourly prizes to nonprofits at $1,000 each prize

Lone Star Overnight (Sponsoring 5 prizes!)

Prosperity Bank 

Wet Salon 

Successful Giving 

The Garden Room 

Kenjol Capital Management 

Moreland Properties  (Sponsoring 2 prizes!)

Breed & Co.

EZ Corps 

2014 Guitar Soloists 
Sponsor grand prizes to nonprofits at $5,000 each prize 

Cirrus Logic

Keller Williams 

2014 Lead Vocalist
Incentive dollar sponsorship at $100,000.00+

University Federal Credit Union  (Investing in our community through Amplify Austin 2 years in a row!)

2014 Stage Managers
In-kind sponsors who offer professional services needed for Amplify Austin

Hill & Knowlton Strategies 

Door Number 3 

Mass Relevance 

2014 Back Up Singers
Media sponsors who help spread the word about Amplify Austin and encourage giving

AW Media (Austin Woman & Austin Man) 

Edible Austin 

Tribeza 

Austin Family 

Austin Chronicle 

Austin Business Journal 

Community Impact 

Austin American-Statesman 

Culture Map 

Giving City 

L Style G Style 

Emmis Radio 

Entercom Radio 

ClearChannel Radio 

KUT-FM/KUTX-FM

Univision Radio 

Grande Communications 

Time Warner 

YNN 

KTBC-TV 

KXAN-TV 

KBVO-TV 

CW AUSTIN 

KEYE-TV 

Telemundo 

Univision TV 

Media Choice 

Interested in joining this impressive group of Amplify Austin sponsors? Wonderful! Contact Executive Director, Tom Spencer, at 512-432-1900 or Tom@ILiveHereIGiveHere.org. (Air hug for you too!)

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2013 Board Internship Program Interview

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
January 7, 2014

The 2013 Austin Involved Board Internship Program graduated a talented group of young professionals armed with the tools and knowledge of what it takes to be an effective board member. 

Meet one of our program graduates! Jennifer Baum. An Austinite via Ohio who jumped into the local nonprofit and leadership scene the moment she settled in.

She’s a member of Austin’s Toastmasters, the Austin Professional Women’s Alliance, Austin Involved, and a graduate of our 2013 program.

Why was this Board Internship Program important to you?

I don’t want to get over my head. I want to make sure I know the ins and outs of what’s expected of me [on a board]. I love Austin; it’s the best city I’ve lived in. The program helped me figure out if this is what I really want to do, or should I stay in a volunteer role and serve and help there. I see it happening. When that time comes I want to be ready.

What best practices or skills did you take from the Program?

One of the big things I took away was learning the capacity of where I could help serving on a board. A lot of people say they want to volunteer with kids or cancer. But there are different levels of nonprofit boards -- some are 50 plus members, small startups and others in the middle. So you might want to work with kids or fight cancer, but is your goal to start with a larger, middle or start up board? I never thought about that part – the capacity – and how it varies for each nonprofit. Plus you need to know your responsibilities and the capacity you have to perform your role.

Share a little about your mentorship with the Boys & Girls Club

What I took away is when you look at serving on a board like the Boys & Girls Club, they expect a lot from their board members because it takes so much talent to run a nonprofit at that size. It was interesting to see how a large board functions and what they are looking for in a board members.

What does your future look like when serving on a board?

I’m now a committee chair for Austin Involved. For me, I like to work from the ground up. [Being the Committee Chair] it’s a great way for me to get involved, and what’s next would be being a board member for a nonprofit. Right now, this is the next stepping-stone of understanding what it’s like to be on board. It’s an opportunity to learn even more. 

Meet the rest of the 2013 Board Internship Class! http://www.ilivehereigivehere.org/blog/welcoming-the-board-internship-class-of-2013

For more information about the program:  Celeste Flores @ 512-432-1936 or celeste@ilivehereigivehere.org. 

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A Resolution For Philanthropy

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
January 7, 2014

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We bet when you made your resolution for 2014, it wasn’t a negative resolution. At least we hope not. Most likely, you’re playing the odds of being a better you.

So why not start with philanthropy? Hear us out, because we don’t want you to be fooled by the thoughts of philanthropy that might pop up: a billionaire who gives millions of dollars to causes and wins a lifetime achievement award, which is then named person of the year in a national magazine, and awarded with a foundation named after them.

Scrap that thought. Philanthropy at its root is simply love for humanity. It’s generosity, compassion, charity. These are acts you’re doing every day without realizing what a fine philanthropist you are.

Now, we also have New Year’s resolutions, and one of them is Amplify Austin. We hope you know Amplify Austin – our 24-hour online giving event where you can donate to hundreds of local causes and nonprofits. Ring a bell? It should, because in 2013 you did a most excellent job getting us past the $1 million goal to raise $2.8 million.

This year we want to raise $4 million for nonprofits. Not something we can do alone, of course. But if your resolution is to be a better you and ours is to be a better advocate of philanthropy and raise $4 million for local social causes – why we may be able to share a resolution! We’d love to share a resolution with you, Austin.

All year long we advocate for social causes and local nonprofits. Amplify Austin embodies that and financially lifts up the organizations that are trying to make Central Texas a better place for everyone. You included.

So we say, let’s make a resolution together. Let’s amplify the philanthropy in Austin and show the results on March 20-21.  Now, this is a resolution that’ll be fun and we can stick to. 

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