66% of Austinites feel uninformed about the issues.
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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.

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Child & Youth Services

Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.

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Advocates for Children of Trauma

Advocates for Children of Trauma raises public awareness of the scope and serious impact of child trauma as well as on the safety and healthy development of children and families.

Austin SPD Alliance

Austin SPD Alliance, a parent led 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the only Texas organization meeting the needs of local families living with SPD (sensory processing disorder) and sensory issues by providing free services, programs and resources.

Austin Voices for Education & Youth

Austin Voices for Education and Youth mobilizes the community to strengthen schools and expand opportunities for Austin’s youth. We work alongside community members, young people, parents, and educators to improve our schools and neighborhoods.

Battle for a Cure Foundation

The Battle for a Cure Foundation is recognized as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. We have various outreach programs for children fighting cancer and their families. We offer programs on a local and national level. On a national level, we offer our Hope Box Program to kids fighting cancer and their siblings across the U.S. Through this program, children receive boxes of toys and gifts throughout the year. We also have various outreach programs for local families who are fighting childhood cancer, such as events at Dell Children's Hospital and private events for the families. We are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of these children and their families!

Camp Diamond W

We provide Horse riding and therapy services to all children.  We emphasize services to children with special needs and work with children with physical, emotional, behavioral and developmental issues.  Each child is assisted individually. Horses provide an outlet for stressors, as well as encourage a bonding relationship for children with relationship issues.

Caring Family Network

Caring Family Network strengthens and supports families who care for vulnerable children.

Championship Hearts Foundation

Championship Hearts Foundation sponsors the Young Athlete Heart Screening Program.  The purpose of this program is to check for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a serious genetic heart condition that affects roughly one in 500 people.  We offer this simple, painless, screening free of charge to Texas student athletes between the ages of 14-18.

Colin’s Hope

Colin's Hope is an all-volunteer organization that creates and supports programs that aid in preventing children from drowning. Colin's Hope of saving children from drowning is being achieved through increased water safety awareness and improved standards throughout the community.

Comfort the Children International

Providing hope through relationships and using a holistic approach to community development, CTC is empowering our world.

Con Mi Madre

Con Mi MADRE is a college preparatory program that provides Hispanic female students and their mothers with the educational and social support needed to encourage academic and personal success. 6th-12th grade girls and their mothers benefit from conferences, campus meetings, college visits, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, financial assistance, and parental workshops.

Council on At-Risk Youth

Mission is "helping youth promote safe schools and safe communities". CARY’s Youth Violence Prevention Program is targeted to disciplinary students with assault, aggression and abuse incidents. Program consists of 12 month case management with our PeaceRox Program with Aggression Replacement Training. CARY also provides the Olweus Bully Prevention Program to teachers and students at three middle schools and the new Behavior Coaching Mentor Program for 100 youth transitioning from 8th grade to 9th grade at LBJ & Reagan High Schools.

El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission

To transform lives by engaging the strengths of working-poor Hispanic families to promote their successful participation in society.

Emerson Academy

Emerson Academy is a non-profit child development center serving Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto, and the surrounding communities. Emerson provides an inclusive learning environment where ALL children can learn and grow together. From our highly trained staff to our literacy-based and developmentally-appropriate curicculum, Emerson Academy gives exceptional educational opportunities so that every child may succeed.

Fitness Feria

Fresh Chefs Society

Fresh Chefs Society empowers youth transitioning out of foster care with the skills they need to take charge of their eating lifestyle. Through the culinary arts, Fresh Chefs creates meaningful educational experiences by pairing youth with community chefs and restaurants. With our Apprenticeships, Guest Chefs, Home Cook Mentor, and iCook programs, we provide the tools necessary for youth to learn how to cook independently, healthily, and on a budget. With these programs, youth are given a chance to improve skills, create a network of support, and be a part of the community.

Girls Incorporated of Greater Austin

Girls Inc.’s mission is to inspire girls ages 9-18 to be STRONG, SMART, and BOLD, while encouraging them to take risks and master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges.  Girls Inc. of Greater Austin’s programs consist of Girls Inc. Sporting Chance, Economic Literacy, Vision Board Creations, Body Images, Health and Nutrition.

Girls on the Run

Our mission is "to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living." Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a prevention program that uses the power of running to help preteen girls in 3rd through 5th grade develop self-respect and value a healthy lifestyle.

Hoop Zone

Hoop Zone provides life skills and life value to kids in central texas through the game of Basketball.

Hungry for God Home for Young Men

Redirecting the lives of fatherless young men, ages 17-24. We provide for basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter, plus Life Skills Training, Completion of Education and Employment. Whether battling with homelessness, addiction or being an ex-offender, we want to help young men to become fathers and men of responsibility.

Junior Achievement of Central Texas

To educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives.

Kent Cummins Magic Camp

The Kent Cummins Magic Camp raises self-esteem and builds self-confidence in elementary and middle school children through programs using the fascination and fun of juggling, puppetry, and MAGIC!

Kids Vision for Life - Central Texas

Studies show that at least one in five students has an uncorrected vision problem (Freebee, 2004) and one study indicated that 85% of academically or behaviorally at-risk students had vision problems that were either previously undetected or untreated (Johnson, Blair & Zaba, 2000). In Austin ISD alone, an average of 70% of students who fail the school-provided vision screening never report seeing an eye doctor within the school year. Through a mobile vision clinic, Kids Vision for Life - Central Texas (KVFL) will provide free comprehensive vision services to students in 12 area school districts. Students will be able to complete an eye exam and receive high-quality name brand prescription lenses all during the regular school day at no cost to their parents. In addition, E3 Alliance and Seton Healthcare Family will conduct a three-year study to determine the impact of vision correction on academic performance and behavior.

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc.

LSS provides help, healing & hope to people throughout Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi. Services include foster care, adoption, children’s residential treatment, independent & assisted living, skilled nursing care, disaster response, and emergency assistance.

Marathon High

Marathon High is a free, 8-month after school training program designed to give students who would not normally participate in standard interscholastic sports a chance to complete the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon. The program consists of three training days per week including two after-school runs and one Saturday run. Students participating in the program get the incredible opportunity to be coached by Olympic-level runners that are part of adidas/RogueAC. Our mission is to promote balanced, healthy lifestyles to young adults and show them that they can achieve anything they put their heart into, all by simply running. Throughout the program the students learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For example, students get to experience sustainable, organic agriculture through field trips to local farms and then learn the ease of preparing healthy meals at local kitchens.

Marathon Kids

Our mission is to build a lifelong love of running and walking, combined with the ability to make and enjoy healthy food choices for children and their families. Our aim is to build joyful community around children and their families by encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Missy Project

The Missy Project is dedicated to Raising Awareness of Brain Aneurysm Disease in children through education, outreach and early detection research. After the sudden death of their 12 year old daughter Missy from a Brain Aneurysm, TMP started a Community Screening Program which provides Free MRI Screenings in Austin for those with a family history. It is the only Early Detection Screening Program in the country.

Northwind Farm

To provide equine assisted learning activities to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who have mental, emotional or physical issues. In doing so, we help to promote the awareness of the role miniature horses can play in our health and well being.

Pajama Program

We provide new, warm pajamas and books to children in need in shelters, many of who are waiting and hoping to be adopted.

Parents Against Predators

A 501(c) Non-Profit Organization charitable that unites parents, schools, community, and churches together to reach our children with vital messages that will empower them to tell if anyone harm them in anyway. P.A.P is here to protect children. Mission To bring awareness to parents in our communities by providing information on registered sex offenders locally and worldwide. To assist,advocate for empower individuals who have experienced any abuse; To provide stroner protection for our children and keep our community safe. Deter perpetrators of any type of abuse;Hold accountable societal structures that hide perpetrators an dfail to protect our children. the mission is to bring all perpetrators to justice. To assist, advocate for and empower individuals who have experienced trauma and/ or sexual, physical, and emotional abuse as a child.

Partnerships for Children

Partnerships for Children provides critical resources to abused and neglected children in our community who are in the care of Child Protective Services.

Prevent Child Abuse Texas

Our mission is the prevention of child abuse and neglect in all its forms for all children throughout Texas. Our vision is that every child is free from abuse and neglect and lives in a community committed to preventing child abuse, through public education, awareness and training, and statewide resource coordination.

Project Princess

Our mission is to provide central Texas underprivileged women with the opportunity to experience the once-in-a-lifetime magic of their high school prom, without having to worry about the financial obligations the event requires. We provide dresses, shoes, accessories and gift certificates to help make the perfect prom.

Sammy's House

Sammy's House provides services for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed in a nurturing, inclusive environment. Our mission is to give children the opportunities they need to reach their highest potential through therapy support, curriculum-based instruction, and child care. We support families by providing parent education, offering evening and weekend respite care, lending therapeutic equipment, and making referrals to community services. We serve 250 infants, toddlers, and young children per year with a wide variety of special needs, including cognitive and physical disabilities, developmental delays, and complex medical needs. Over a third of the children we serve come from low-income families, and many are at risk for child abuse. Our impact includes helping children with special needs gain greater independence, minimizing the cognitive decline associated with certain conditions, increasing school readiness through adaptive curricula, and improving the quality of life of caregivers raising children with special needs.

Seedling Foundation

The Seedling Foundation supports public schools by encouraging and facilitating community involvement. Major program areas include a school-based mentoring program, which matches children of incarcerated parents with caring adults in the Austin area public schools, and campus beautification projects on public school campuses.

Shoes for Austin

Shoes for Austin provides disadvantaged children with new athletic shoes as a reward for achieving educational and self-improvement goals. Shoes are awarded to children who improve school grades, learn about health and wellness, and improve reading skills. Shoes for Austin has donated more than 55,000 pairs of shoes since 2000.

Southwest Key Programs

Southwest Key Programs is a 20-year-old, Austin-based nonprofit organization which runs programs for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors. With over 45 programs in seven states across the nation, Southwest Key’s 900 employees positively impact the lives of thousands of individuals each day.

SpineHope

SpineHope envisions a world where every child with a spinal deformity has an opportunity to live a normal live. Our dedicated team of medical volunteers transforms the lives of children worldwide through surgery, education, and research.

STEM Tutoring

STEM Tutoring is a nonprofit tutoring company based in Austin, TX with a mission to prepare economically disadvantaged, minority, and women students in low performing schools for success in science, technology, engineering, and math through creative and engaging tutoring experiences. STEM Tutoring gives students at low performing schools in Austin free before and after school tutoring in science and math with highly-qualified instructors. We believe a key to bringing about systemic change in student performance in math and science is giving students opportunities to receive the extra time, attention, and guidance necessary for academic success. But beyond in-class performance, STEM Tutoring wants to inspire students to pursue STEM careers by serving as a bridge that connects STEM professionals in Austin—scientists, engineers, professors, architects, computer engineers, doctors, bankers, etc.—with our students through volunteer tutoring/mentoring opportunities, as well as interactive STEM-based projects.

Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas and the imagination.  We work to instill a life long love of reading for Children in Title I schools.  We also provide grants to Texas public libraries to help enhance book collections and develop literacy and technology programs.

Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards

The Texas Council is a non profit agency, led by volunteers from over 230 county and regional child welfare boards in the State. Our mission is simple: to meet the needs of children in Texas that cannot be met by the limited state funding of Child Protective Services. Last year with the help of over 2000 volunteers and donors, we were able to contribute over 30 million dollars to fill in the gaps in services for kids in care. This included everything from glasses, underwear & socks, winter coats, hearing aids to drivers training, fees for summer school, Christmas & birthday presents, camps, and countless other needs that CPS cannot fill.

Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS)

The Texas Network of Youth Services is dedicated to enhancing the professionalism and effectiveness of community-based agencies serving youth and families in Texas. The network connects youth service staff and administrators, as well as youth and other youth advocates, on behalf of youth and their families who are in “at risk” situations.

The Police Activities League of Austin

This program is designed to support the youth in our community by offering these children a safe place to gather and enjoy educational and social benefits, as well as athletic opportunities. The Goal of PAL is to prevent and combat juvenile delinquency and to promote and improve the moral, civic and health standards of our youth.

University Hills Optimist Club

We are "Friends of Youth." We offer kickball, soccer, and baseball to the youth in the North Central Austin area. We are here for the youth. We pride ourselves on being diverse. We are completely run by volunteers. We have many low income children we work with.

University of Texas Autism Project

The University of Texas Autism Project (UTAP) is a center of excellence for services and knowledge, related to living with autism. UTAP has partnered with families, scientists, medical communities, educators, and researchers to lead the charge in developing best practices in basic science, medical treatment, educational practices, and family support.

William's Community School

William’s Community School is built on the strong philosophical belief that, given the right supports, every child can thrive. We are committed to ensuring a challenging and accepting educational environment with a strong emphasis on building lasting relationships. We strive to provide a sense of safety, community and family to students and parents by fostering and developing a successful partnership. At William’s Community School, we encourage students to develop caring attitudes and respect towards themselves, other children, adults, their school and their environment.

YouthLaunch

YouthLaunch Mission: To provide empowering service experiences for young people Vision: All young people develop skills, confidence and resiliency through empowering service and grow into productive, community-minded individuals. YouthLaunch programs engage young people as the service providers for a wide variety of community issues, including teen pregnancy, substance abuse and environmental sustainability.

YWCA of Greater Austin

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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