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Blaire Kniffin — Nonprofit, Charity, Philanthropy, & Giving Blog Authors — Austin, Texas — ILH,IGH
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 month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve the Central Texas aging population and those residents with disabilities.

Did you know that since 2000, the number of senior adults living in poverty has increased by 42 percent in Central Texas? Meals on Wheels and More is one of our Partners working hard to meet the needs of our aging community here in our own backyard. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired to give back by a local philanthropist doing her part to change Central Texas for the better.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help. 

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October Spotlight: AGE Of Central Texas

by Blaire Kniffin
October 10, 2013

This month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve the Central Texas aging population and residents with disabilities.

Did you know Central Texas has the second largest aging population in the country? AGE of Central Texas is one of our Partners working hard to meet the needs of our aging community. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired to give back by a local philanthropist doing her part to change Central Texas for the better.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help. 

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Happy October! This month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve our Central Texas aging population and residents with disabilities.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help.

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas is one of these incredible nonprofits that we are shedding light on this month. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired by a local philanthropist doing his part to change Central Texas for the better. Hear from Guillermo Carrillo, father to a son with Down Syndrome, board member and donor of The Down Syndrome Association. 

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A wonderfully entertaining, Austin-themed holiday movie called Angels Sing, starring Harry Connick Jr. Willie Nelson, Connie Britton, Lyle Lovett and Kris Kristofferson is bringing I Live Here, I Give Here Partner’s a fundraising opportunity this holiday season. Your organization can select a night in November to invite your supporters to a special screening of this heart-warming movie at Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse theaters. angelssing_09_02_2013_08_33.jpg

How It Works:

Your organization can buy out a screening with tickets at $10 each and offer them to your supporters and the community at a price you choose to raise funds for your work.  Apart from that commitment, the screening evening has many options and flexibility for you to create a fun and engaging event.

You can add value to your evening by having a cocktail party or dinner before or after the event or adding an auction or auction items to the evening. There are many options to increase the return for you and to further excite your supporters to attend. Other options will include the ability to split a screening with a friendly or similarly focused organization to cut expected audience for each organization in half. 

Download the Fundraiser Movie Event Guide for more information. If your organization is interested in scheduling an Angels Sing private screening fundraiser in November, please email Liz Fitzgerald, project manager, at angelssingcharities@gmail.com or call her directly (512) 797-2445. Deadline to reachout is October 15th. 

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We are excited to announce our 2014 Community Needs Spotlight Calendar. I Live Here, I Give Here's Spotlight program works to educate the public on a different need in our community each month. We shed the light on our nonprofit Partner's working hard to meet those needs and ask the community to get involved and give back to those organizations. 

We encourage our Parnters to utilize our Spotlight months as a way to further educate their donors and new audiences on the need and continued funding of their work for the benefit of our community. December 2013 spotlight topic is health and wellness. That focus group meeting is this month and October's focus group will be the first to lead us into the new calendar with January 2014. 

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Happy Housekeeping, Partners! Fall is fast approaching so here is a list of things you can do to ensure you are fresh on your Partnership with I Live Here, I Give Here for the fall!

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1. Update your Partner Page: This is where we send our audiences and the community to learn more about your work. A complete and updated page sees higher returns in individuals expressing interest and/or investing in you work. Please email me to retrieve your login and password to login to your account. 

2. Review Your Benefits of Partnership: Download a copy for your review here

3. Meet with me, the Assistant Director of Nonprofit Relations: Email or call me to set up a time to visit about your Partnership and to ensure you are aware of and maximizing your benefits as best possible. 

4. Join in The Big Give voting grant prize competition: There is still an entire month left for your donors to vote. Gain unique feedback from your investors and the potential for a grant prize. Download our toolkit for sample messaging, email your donors, and send them here to vote today

5. Mark Your Calendars for All Relevant Community Needs Spotlight Focus Groups: Attending our monthly focus groups, when topics are applicable, is the main way to participate in your Partnership. Two focus groups remain for 2013. See your Benefits of Partnership for details and dates. Stay tuned for our CNS 2014 calendar which will be finalized mid August. 

6. Let us Help With Outreach: Email me about your upcoming events, fundraising needs, new programs, or calls for volunteers. We can help push this out to the community through our blog, newsletters, and social media platforms. Enter your events in our Community Calendar. 

I look forward to working with you this fall! 

Blaire 

Blaire@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org

(512) 432-1925

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Did you know that high school students are three times more likely to earn a bachelor's degree if they've taken classes in the arts?

This month, I Live Here, I Give Here's Community Needs Spotlight program is highlighting the importance of the arts in our community by talking about The Austin Community Steelband. They work to bring the unique art of steel drum music to underserved youth, with 79% of their students living below the federal poverty level.

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I Live Here, I Give Here® is always working to collaborate with other organizations and media partners who desire to inspire Austinites to give their money as generously as they give their time.

  • CultureMap – Culture of Giving
  • KGSR-FM – Wine Down Wednesdays
  • KUT-FM, Get Involved – we provide them with a list of Partner Agencies every month; they choose the nonprofit they wish to highlight.

I Live Here, I Give Here's Facebook Page has over 3,000 fans and Twitter with over 3,000 followers and both are used to actively engage and educate the Central Texas community on your work. 

 

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Benefits Of Partnership: Events

by Blaire Kniffin
January 8, 2013

I Live Here, I Give Here hosts events everal times a year to assist you with donor cultivation and stewardship initiatives.

  • Networking & Knowledge  a networking mixer for Partner Executive Directors, where they discuss pertinent topics and enjoy rare, executive director only networking opportunity. 
  • The Big Give annual celebration in which we award grants for the most public support of donor cultivation and stewardship activities.  Only Partner Agencies can participate in the grant competition. The Little Prize: $5000 for a Partner Agency with an annual budget under $500,000. The Big Prize: $10,000 for a Partner Agency with an annual budget over $500,000
  • AMPLIFY Austin – a new program to launch March 4-5, 2013.  An annual day of online giving with a goal to raise $1 million for the nonprofit community in a 24-hour period.   All nonprofits are welcome to participate, but donor outreach training is free only to Partner Agencies. 

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