66% of Austinites feel uninformed about the issues.
89% say they would give to a specific need in the community.

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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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2013 Board Internship Program Interview

January 7, 2014
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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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