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Maddy Moffet — 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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Moffet, OUT.

by Maddy Moffet
October 21, 2011

I am very sad to say, that today is my last day at I Live Here, I Give Here. As some of you may know, I have been working on a contract basis as the Director of Special Events & Community Outreach. It is now time for me to say not good bye, but a sweet & simple, so long for now...

Although I am devastated to leave such an amazing group of women & such an outstanding organization, I feel honored to have been blessed with this experience. Through my job at I Live Here, I Give Here, I had the privilege to meet some of the most intelligent and wonderful people in Austin, TX. Not being a native Texan, I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to meet people. I'm walking out of my office today with amazing people and lasting friendships, which is much more than what many people leave with from their jobs.

I Live Here, I Give Here may be young, but it's on the fast-track to success. I should know...I planned the BIGGEST and BEST event, to date;)

Again, thank you to everyone I've met along the way. I couldn't have had such successes without you.


Moffet, OUT.

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The Final Countdown

by Maddy Moffet
August 26, 2011

Yesterday, August 25th,  marked the one month countdown to The BIG Give! After hours of invitation stuffing, countless committee meetings, and many, MANY walk- throughs of the fabulous Austin W Hotel, everything is finally coming together.


 (photo cred: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=3224)

 As you may have heard, this year, everything is BIGGER. The BIG Give will be held on September 25, 2011 from 7.00-10.00 pm at the swanky, and gorgeous W Hotel. The Austin W Hotel has stated, “Setting the stage for contemporary luxury, W Austin amplifies the city's electrifying eclecticism, headlining the vibrant 2ND Street District in the "Live Music Capital of the World®," and pulsating with its spirit of independence and creativity.”


(Photo cred: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=3224)

This year’s event will feature two-time Grammy award winner Floyd Domino, open bar,  silent auction, and delicious treats from not only The W, but other Austin vendors such as Bake Sale Austin, Polkadots Cupcake Factory, and Cornucopia (just to name a few!).


(Photo cred: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=3224)

Haven’t bought tickets yet? Not to worry! Tickets can still be bought online. BUT, the BIG Give Committee and myself, highly recommend attending our Surprise BIG Give Ticket Giveaway and Happy Hour next Wednesday, August 31st, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Saloon. We will be hosting a GIANT, surprise game of Jenga, filled with giveaways such as:


This is a happy hour you won’t want to miss! Tickets are going fast, and The BIG Give is the perfect event to attend with your friends, meet fellow Austinites, and to just enjoy an evening of tasty cocktails, dining, and live ATX entertainment.

So come on down to KUNG FU next Wednesday, and purchase your tickets to one of the MOST talked about philanthropic galas of the year – The BIG Give!

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Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes knows how to reel the young philanthropists in. It could be his good looks (ok, it's definitely his good looks), BUT it could also be that he knows and has dominated reaching out to Generation Y and getting them to donate money to a worthy cause.


(photo cred: http://hamptons.guestofaguest.com/directory/blake-mycoskie/57145/)

Although most college graduates barely have the means to buy a sufficient meal, studies have shown that Generation Y is slowly, but surely, beginning to give up a week’s worth of ramen and donate their money to a charitable cause they’re passionate about.

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Ernest Hemingway advised that one should, “Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective.”

 It has almost been a year since I moved to Austin from Lawrence, Kansas.  Last August, I moved here with a good friend of mine, a new job and way too many winter clothes (since it doesn’t seem to get below 101 degrees in Texas).  I grew up in Lawrence, and ultimately, graduated from the University of Kansas, also nestled in the small town of Lawrence.  I guess you could say, ok, you could definitely say, I was a “townie.”

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