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The I Live Here, I Give Here Team — Nonprofit, Charity, Philanthropy, & Giving Blog Authors — Austin, Texas — ILH,IGH
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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.

Make It Count

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
March 6, 2014

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What do you care about?

Are you an avid reader?

Do you garden?

Are you the person picking up litter and taking it home to make sure it's recycled?

Maybe you help at a food pantry or give $5 to someone who needs it?

We know you have a cause to fight for. Literacy. Ending homelessness. Environmental Conservation. Social justice.

Amplify Austin Day is when you can direct that passion to an organization that’s fighting for that cause every single day. It all starts 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20 through 6 p.m. Friday, March 21.

There are almost 500 nonprofits participating in Amplify Austin this year. All are local. All have major impact on Central Texas. All need your support.

All you need to do is find them, donate online to them, and rally with the community to raise $4 million.

And it really is an exciting event. During Amplify Austin Day you’ll get to see

  • Live updates of the total dollars raised on the homepage
  • Which nonprofits are leading in donations and winning prizes on the Leaderboard page
  • How fundraisers are doing to raise money for nonprofits
  • Live updates of who donated and to what nonprofit

Amplify Austin is a communal, meaningful, sustainable and proactive way to help bridge the needs and services of Central Texas.

Does that sound silly? To think that $25 could change Central Texas? We don’t think so. Every dollar counts. Every small, medium, large, extra large, and Big Mac donation counts. 

What we’re really saying is: You Count.

Make it count.   

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Strength From Our Sponsors

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
March 3, 2014

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Austin, we made it to March. We’re only 18 days from raising $4 million for more than 400 nonprofits.

We’ll soon be in a giving frenzy. So before we get lost in the final planning of Amplify Austin 2014, we need to step back and thank the people who have already jumped on board to get Amplify Austin started on a strong and positive note: Our Sponsors.

Thank you to the brilliant individuals and businesses that made the decision to lift up Central Texas nonprofits and social causes through Amplify Austin.

We heard somewhere that, “Strong People Don’t Put Others Down, They Lift Them Up.” That’s what you have done.

On behalf of all the people and nonprofits that will benefit from what you helped create, thank you. And from all of us who are part of Amplify Austin, thank you.

You can also check out our wonderful sponsors on our Amplify PRIZES page!

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

BB&T

Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation

Cirrus Logic

Seton Foundations

Silicon Labs

Whole Foods

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

Hill & Knowlton Strategies 

Door Number 3 

Mass Relevance 

2014 Drummers Incentive dollar sponsorship at $100,000.00+ 

Abell Photography

Austin Community Foundation 

Austin Ventures

Dwight Thompson

Roger Kintzell

Nextiva

UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

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

Alamo Drafthouse

Amelia Bullock

Austin AzTex

Austin Board of Realtors 

Austin Fashion Week

Austin involved

Austin Ventures

Breed & Co.

Build A Sign

Door Number 3 

Ebay

EZ Corps 

Home Away

Kenjol Capital Management 

Lone Star Overnight (Sponsoring 5 prizes!)

Maxwell, Locke & Ritter

Moreland Properties  (Sponsoring 2 prizes!)

Prosperity Bank 

Successful Giving 

Texas Gas Service

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

The Garden Room 

Urban Mattress

Wheatsville

Wet Salon 

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

KGSR

KLBJ

101X

102.3 The Beat

104.3

107.1

Latino 102.7

iHeart Austin

BOB FM

KISS FM

FOX 7

KLBJ

KVET Austin

Talk Radio

The Zone

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

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One Month Away From Raising $4 Million

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

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Austin, we are one month from Amplify Austin Day.

There are so many ways to explain how we feel right now – excited, determined, anxious, maybe a little sleep-deprived … but always elated to get to 6 p.m. March 20.  

And being in good company only helps keep our excitement up! More than four hundred nonprofits are participating this year, and we’ve seen the outreach they’ve been making to their circles and the greater community. We are amazed by your energy and drive to make this a successful giving day.

Plus, our media partners have gotten the buzz out about Amplify Austin too – you’ve probably heard it on the radio, broadcast news, and stories in publications. Yes, Amplify Austin is infiltrating … and we love it!

Now, we’re getting the word out, nonprofits are getting the word out, and media is getting the word out – so how about you?

Believe it. You are so important to raising awareness about Amplify Austin.

Yes, we want you to donate come March 20-21 – you can even schedule your gift now! But we also hope you will help us amplify our outreach.

Help us reach your co-workers, friends, and family who haven't heard about Amplify Austin. Chances are they have a spirit for giving and have a cause they care about.

And what kind of people would we be if we didn’t give you something awesome to share when you’re spreading the #AmplifyATX good news …

So go people! Lead the way for your buds to give back and get involved and support the hundreds of causes that make life better for everyone.

Because Amplify Austin isn't just about nonprfoits. It's about us, the community, being a philanthropist and supporting the community we live in.

Philanthropy is Love for Humanity. Help get others to Love Humanity too.

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"The Giving Prescription" Book Launch Party

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
February 6, 2014

Courtney Clark, the founder of our very own Austin Involved, is excited to announce the publication of her book, “The Giving Prescription: A Personal Plan for Healing Through Helping”.  For the past two years, Courtney – a cancer survivor and brain aneurysm survivor - has been researching the role philanthropy and giving back play in healing from traumatic life experiences.  The information she uncovered in her research led her to created a model for trauma survivors to use helping as a tool in their own healing. 

Courtney also discovered how nonprofit organizations can use this research as a tool to turn their clients into future volunteers, donors, and staff members.  No organization wants their clients to walk away and never look back.  So Courtney is giving a FREE copy of her book away for each Austin nonprofit that sends an attendee to her launch party on February 19th.  To RSVP to the party and receive your free copy of “The Giving Prescription,” email Courtney@CourtneyLClark.com.

“The Giving Prescription” Book Launch Party
Wednesday, February 19th
5pm – 8pm
1500 W. 6th Street
RSVP: Courtney@CourtneyLClark.com
wine, beer and appetizers

See y'all there! 

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Austin American-Statesman January Article: Poverty

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
February 3, 2014

2014 has brought us a wonderful partnership with the Austin American-Statesman. Starting this past January, the Statesman is publishing monthly articles by Tom Spencer, our Executive Director, that focus on community needs, local nonprofits, and more.

Thanks to the Statesman for supporting our cause for philanthropy!

By Tom Spencer / Published January 26, 2014 in the Austin American-Statesman

Those of us who love Austin puff up a bit when our region lands on yet another top ten list. You’ll find us listed among the most “business friendly”, “fast growing”, “green”, “creative”, and of course, “rocking” cities in the nation. 

graphic_012014_02_03_2014_02_11.jpgHowever, we recently ranked number one in a category that is genuinely shocking:  According to the authors of Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, Austin’s suburban poverty grew at a faster rate than any of the nation’s large metros, increasing by 142% from 2000 - 2012.

This is one top ten list that we don’t want to be on!

I raise this bad news not to burst bubbles, but to point out a widening gap that most of us simply don’t see. Poverty in Central Texas is largely a hidden phenomenon. The poor are being pushed out from central Austin into the suburbs and rural areas where they remain largely invisible.

There is one group that is acutely aware of this problem: our nonprofit service providers. Nonprofits are the ones who are stepping up to help those who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

No other advanced nation depends on the nonprofit sector as much as the United States. As a result, our nonprofits face enormous challenges. However, the good news is that there is incredible passion and creativity in our nonprofit community. I suspect that Austin may soon be on top ten lists for social entrepreneurship and nonprofit sector impact.

At I Live Here, I Give Here we try to foster both pride in our hometown and awareness of its needs. We believe in the tremendous power that is unleashed when individual donors and volunteers connect their personal passions with the great work being performed by local nonprofits.

You have a critical role to play! When we give together, we all grow stronger!
 

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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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Volunteer Opportunities This December!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
December 12, 2013

Hello December! With a new holiday cheer-filled month comes many opportunities to spread cheer and learn about this month’s Community Needs Spotlight. This month we are focusing on Health and Wellness Services. There are many ways to get involved, from attending fundraisers, to volunteering, to making donations. Let’s make this holiday season unforgettable and full of philanthropy.

Did you know that you could potentially help save over 500 lives if you donate blood every three months? Find out how you can get involved in blood donation through The Blood Centers of Central Texashttp://www.inyourhands.org/aboutblooddonation.php

Are you a survivor of cancer or were you a caregiver for someone with cancer? Cancer Connection needs your help to provide support services to current cancer patients and their loved ways. The next volunteer training session is December 13-14. http://www.thecancerconnection.org/getinvolved.html

Are you interested in fitness and nutrition? WeViva has lots of opportunities to get involved in making sure low-income communities have access to fitness and nutrition programs. http://weviva.org/get-involved/

It is difficult to know how many homeless people there are at any point in time. Knowing the number is critical in assessing the well being of Austin area’s homeless population and in securing the greatest level of funding the federal government will give Travis County’s homeless service providers. One way to help get those numbers in Austin is to assist ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition) in their annual Point in Time Count. They need volunteers to help canvas the city for one day to count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless men, women, and children in Austin. The first volunteer training session is December 14. http://www.austinecho.org/count/

Do you believe that early education is the key to a lifetime of success? Find out how to get involved with Breakthrough Austin and help get low-income students into college. http://www.breakthroughaustin.org/about-us/mission-vision

Do you enjoy shopping for others? Check out Front Step’s wish list and find out how you can help provide a pathway out of homelessness. http://www.frontsteps.org/how-to-help/donate/wish-list

Would you like to support the arts this season while enjoying it at the same time. Go to Conspirare’s Spellbound, CYC Holiday Concert. The event is December 13 and 14. http://conspirare.org/concerts/upcoming-events/

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