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.

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2012 Philanthropic Predictions

by Courtney Clark
December 30, 2011

Happy Almost-2012!

As we wrap up a great year, I’m excited to be starting a new one with the team at I Live Here, I Give Here.  At this point in each year, I can never decide whether I’m most excited to reflect back on the year that has just passed, or look ahead to what’s coming up.  But since I’m new around I Live Here, I Give Here, I’m definitely all about looking forward.

The nonprofit industry always has a lot of predictions for what the sector will face in the coming year, so I’ve compiled a few of my favorite thoughts - from various sources - about what philanthropic trends might come our way in the next 12 months.  In no particular order, here is myselection of 5 important nonprofit predictions for 2012:

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Holy Cow.

by Casey Miller
December 20, 2011

Holiday season is in full swing and as you are running around picking up last minute gifts, you might consider farm animals. Not to take home with you, but to donate to a family in South East Asia or Africa. Enter Heifer International

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Putting A Face On Homelessness

by Karen Frost
December 16, 2011

Our Community Needs Spotlight issue for January is Homelessness and while it may be December, naturally, I’m researching and preparing a month ahead and the statistics of the issue are fresh of mind.  As fate would have it, when I was leaving the office a few nights ago and walking to my car, I made eye contact with a young man, maybe 19-years-old, sitting on a bench with his 20lb short-haired dog, and he asked me, “Does it get better?  Does life….does it get easier?” 

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Local Austinites Receive High Honors

by Patsy Woods Martin
December 12, 2011

Last Tuesday evening The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson, was in town to fete four Austin leaders.  I attended the event as a Board member of the Long Center for the Performing Arts .  The Wilson Center honored Dr. James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, who created National Instruments, with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. The award recognizes executives who, in their business practices and personal actions, show a deep concern for the common good beyond the bottom line. Dr. Truchard and Mr. Kodosky cofounded National Instruments in 1976, along with Bill Nowlin, establishing themselves as visionary leaders and technology pioneers. The company has recently been recognized as one of the top 25 multinational workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute and FORTUNE magazine. Kodosky and Truchard are Austin pioneers in business and in philanthropy each sharing their wealth with our neighbors and encouraging their employees to, as well.

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Dancing With The Stars

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
December 6, 2011

In case you hadn't already heard... our very own Patsy Woods Martin was quite the shining star on Sunday night!  She competed as a star dancer in Dancing with the Stars Austin, an amazing fun-draiser for the Center for Child Protection.  She danced the cha-cha beautifully, as we all cheered her and her professional partner on from the sidelines and they received all 10's from the judges!  (Okay, so did all of the other dancers, but that just meant that it was up to the audience to decide the winner in the end.)  Unfortunately, she wasn't the evening's final winner, but wow, did she ever give it her all!  And through the experience, she was able to contribute to what ended up being an amazing event.  

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