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Patsy Woods Martin — 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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Meet Our New Executive Director!

by Patsy Woods Martin
August 12, 2013


Dear Friends,

We are delighted to let you know that Tom Spencer will assume the role of Executive Director of I Live Here, I Give Here beginning September 3!

Having brought I Live Here, I Give Here from an idea with skeptics to a movement with significant, proven impact, I'm ready to step back from the day-to-day operation of the organization. And I can't think of anyone better than Tom to take the foundation we have built to the next level and beyond.

As I'm sure you know, Tom is highly respected in our community. He is coming to I Live Here, I Give Here from Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) where his achievements as CEO include bringing the agency to fiscal health and creating a nationally recognized interfaith dialogue program, The Red Bench. Before he joined iACT, Tom was the Executive Producer and host of multiple public affairs and special interest programs at KLRU-TV, PBS for more than 25 years. Tom also knows I Live Here, I Give Here well, as he has served on our Board of Directors for the last 18 months.

Come September, I will be joining I Live Here, I Give Here's Board of Directors. I look forward with eager anticipation to watching my "baby" grow and blossom under Tom's leadership.  I hope you will join me in supporting Tom as he works to further expand the impact of I Live Here, I Give Here.

Again, I wanted you to be among the first to know about this exciting news.  Don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions or thoughts.

Please join us at The BIG Give on September 27, where we'll celebrate this exciting news together!

With much gratitude for what we've achieved together and for what we will accomplish moving forward,



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In The Spotlight: Open Door Preschool

by Patsy Woods Martin
August 5, 2013

"It is not what you do for children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings." - Ann Landers

Did you know only 13% of children in Travis County are school ready when it comes time for first grade entry?

This August we’re highlighting organizations that provide young children and their families with the tools needed to foster strong early childhood development. Open Door Preschool provides a quality inclusive pre-school program to children with diverse abilities and backgrounds.

Watch Open Door Preschool’s brief video to learn more and hear from Dell, Inc. attorney and passionate board member, Michelle Mann.

We shed the spotlight, now you can get involved! Just $25 provides a classroom with teaching materials for necessary early reading skills. Imagine the impact! Download our early childhood development fact-sheet and learn more about incredible organizations you can invest in. 

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“Artists are explorers. Who better to show us a city anew?” — David Binder

There’s no doubt that the arts thrive in Austin. Our city is a portal for self-expression, design, music, theatre, and dance, and Austinites take the initiative to engage the greater community in all these areas.   Art as entertainment is obvious, but what about how art forms touch us emotionally and allow us, even as observers, to create a space to express our feelings and ideas in whole new ways?

This month we’re thrilled to highlight a few of the wonderful organizations that keep Austin’s cultural identity so vibrant. 

Inspired by the literary character, “Pollyanna,” who sees good everywhere she looks, the Pollyanna Theatre Company inspires hope in children facing difficult life challenges.  In partnership with the Long Center for the Performing Arts, the Pollyanna Theatre Company brings live theater into Austin classrooms to create moments of fun escape while building an open platform for children to express feelings and emotions following a performance.

Check out the video and learn why Pollyanna Theatre Company’s donors are passionate about their work in Austin. Read more in our June Community Needs Spotlight about how to support this nonprofit as well as others that tirelessly champion the arts in Austin.

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Amplify Austin Ambassador Party!

by Patsy Woods Martin
January 8, 2013


Ambassadors are community leaders who agree to share our message with their family, friends, and networks from 7pm on March 4 to 7pm on March 5. Ambassadors will also use our easy online fundraising tool to boost donations to the their favorite nonprofit of choice. This event is to celebrate our Ambassadors and the work they will be doing for our nonprofit community. 

RSVP to Blaire@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org 

Your +1 is welcome! 

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November News For Austin Involved

by Patsy Woods Martin
November 6, 2012


Austin Involved, making an impact, one nonprofit at a time!

Austin Involved is a program of I Live Here, I Give Here®, where young philanthropists contribute $25 a month and vote on a partner nonprofit to receive the pool of funds, as well as a 3 hour volunteer project for members to learn more about the mission, vision and clients of the nonprofit.

In October, Austin Involved was at Planned Parenthood in Austin.  

Did you you that more than 1,000 women in the Austin area will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year?

Volunteers helped to promote women's health by making over 600 "breast-health" goodie bags in Spanish and English to be used as part of Planned Parenthood’s outreach.  They also made over 100 calls to some of the organization’s generous donors to thank them for the contributions that allow Planned Parenthood to take care of the uninsured or underinsured men and women in our community.

DISCOVER. DO. DONATE. ARE YOU IN? To find out how to join Austin Involved, find us here or contact Celeste at 512.432.1936 or Celeste@ILiveHereIGiveHere.org.

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Where Are Your Dollars Going?

by Patsy Woods Martin
November 6, 2012

It's November, a time for showing our thanks - something many of us do by giving to others.

But how can we be responsible donors with our limited dollars? The answer is to ask basic questions about who's on the receiving end of our giving. With a little effort, we can learn a lot about who's accepting our donations.

Starting with our website, you can view a list of our partner agencies whose operations have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes within the last two years.

When you're ready to do more detail-oriented research yourself, the Federal Trade Commission provides a suggested "Charity Checklist" and a list of resources (noted below) to help us direct our donations to legitimate causes.

BBB Wise Giving Alliance Charity Navigator Military Relief Societies

American Institute of Philanthropy GuideStar

It takes you hours, and maybe many days, to earn the money you give to others - making the 20 minutes you invest in background research time well spent.

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November's Fabulous Donor Of The Month!

by Patsy Woods Martin
November 5, 2012

This month we are proud to honor Kimberly Scheberle of Little Helping Hands.

Kim has been an active volunteer with Little Helping Hands for the past two years, serving as Board President and managing several key fundraising events. In addition, she leads family volunteer activities on a regular monthly basis.

She not only gives her time and money for personal benefit, but shares this experience with her family and in particular her young son, to teach him about the value and importance of giving. She exemplifies family philanthropy at its best by stepping up to volunteer as an individual, with her family, and by donating to multiple organizations within our community.  Her willingness to share her wide variety of skills has been a tremendous asset to Little Helping Hands.

Thank you, Kim! And congratulations on being our donor of the month!

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Calling All Amplify Austin Ambassadors!

by Patsy Woods Martin
November 5, 2012

Hey Amplify Austin Ambassadors!

You're signed up and ready to go. What next? You know our goal: we're raising $1 million online in 24 hours for over 300 local nonprofits. Your help is gonna make that happen.

There are 118 days until the big giving day, and here's what you can be doing right now:


We have over 150 nonprofits signed up (CHECK OUT OUR LIST) and we want all the organizations whose missions excite you to be included.

Share with them our video, the Amplify Austin webpage, and have them contact us with questions. We're excited to get them onboard! Ambassadors, watch for more exciting news coming your way soon!

Looking for an introduction to our Ambassador program? We welcome you to explore more here

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November: Mental Health Awareness

by Patsy Woods Martin
November 5, 2012

Mental health issues… oops, I said it!  We all get a little squeamish when the subject arises. Unlike cancer or heart disease, mental illness is hard to understand and the solutions don’t seem nearly as neat or clear-cut. However, many of us and our families are impacted by mental illness. 

In my life, I have seen friends struggle with children suffering from a mental illness like schizophrenia or addiction. Several have lost a child to suicide, a most heart-breaking outcome of mental illness, which I experienced on a more personal level when I had a team member take his life a couple of years ago.  I vividly remember the shock of sitting in a meeting and learning that Jason's supervisor had gone to his house to find that Jason had committed suicide. What a loss we all felt, and what a waste. Jason was a smart, talented and especially kind, young man.  He did not have to die. 

There are organizations in this community working day and night to help those of us who suffer from mental health issues. All November, we’ll be talking about the importance of these nonprofits’ work as we use our monthly issue paper and web videos to spotlight Central Texans who provide mental health support.

So that’s the topic of the month.  Learn more.  Do something to help.

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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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