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.

Please check out our Programs and get to know our Board Members and Staff!



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The BIG Give — Recognizing Charities and Nonprofit Organizations in Austin, TX.

Nominate the 2018 BIG Giver!


Amplify Austin is back! 6pm March 20, 2014. $4 Million in 24 Hours.

This month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve the Central Texas aging population and those residents with disabilities.

Did you know that since 2000, the number of senior adults living in poverty has increased by 42 percent in Central Texas? Meals on Wheels and More is one of our Partners working hard to meet the needs of our aging community here in our own backyard. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired to give back by a local philanthropist doing her part to change Central Texas for the better.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help. 

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Nonprofit News!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
October 17, 2013

Halloween costumes, photo contests, and more! There’s so much going on this month around town. Find out how you can play a part!

Open Door Preschool and FedEx Cares

Open Door Preschool teamed with FedEx for a makeover of their central location, which includes painting the walls of classrooms, hallways and their atrium. In addition, each teacher crafted a wish list that FedEx filled, stocking the classrooms with supplies for the year.  This volunteer day was part of the ninth annual FedEx Cares Week, which provides volunteer and service opportunities for FedEx team members both in the U.S. and around the world.  

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PeopleFund’s East Night Celebration

Join PeopleFund for a night of gambling for giving that includes poker, roulette, slots, drinks, food, and prizes. Meet PeopleFund clients, partners, volunteers, and staff as you test your luck at their Casino event October 24! More information at https://peoplefund.org/east-night/ 

The Texas Book Festival 2013

The Texas Book Festival is October 26 and 27, which celebrates authors and their contributions to the culture of literacy, ideas, and imagination. Support from donors helps keep the annual festival – and fifth biggest in the country – free to the public. They’re also seeking book-loving volunteers to help with the preparations. Learn more at http://www.texasbookfestival.org/support-texas-book-festival/

Buy Your Halloween Costume & Help Zilker Theatre Productions

Support Zilker Theatre Productions! Shop for your Halloween costume and 15% of your purchase goes to ZTP. Follow this link to get the details and see the selection of costumes this year:http://conta.cc/1bX3IDs

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SFC Farmers’ Markets “Dogs of the Market: People’s Choice” Photo Contest

Does your four-legged friend wake you up early every Saturday, ready to head out to the SFC Farmers’ Market? If yours is the cutest and most committed canine at the market, this photo contest is for you – Enter the People’s Choice Photo Contest on October 26! http://www.facebook.com/SustainableFoodCenter?v=app_340493986057345&rest=1

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October Spotlight: AGE Of Central Texas

by Blaire Kniffin
October 10, 2013

This month we are spotlighting the work of our nonprofit Partners that serve the Central Texas aging population and residents with disabilities.

Did you know Central Texas has the second largest aging population in the country? AGE of Central Texas is one of our Partners working hard to meet the needs of our aging community. Take four minutes out of your day to watch this brief video and get inspired to give back by a local philanthropist doing her part to change Central Texas for the better.

Learn more about these incredible organizations here, get involved, and give back. Download our Community Needs Spotlight Fact-Sheet for a list of whose helping the cause and more information on how you can help. 

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A BIG Time was had by all at I Live Here, I Give Here’s annual awards program The BIG Give; many thanks to all who attended our signature celebration.

The BIG Give honors both nonprofits and their donors.

We were thrilled to recognize Leo Welder as the 2013 BIG Giver. As a board member of the Austin Sunshine Camps Leo was part of a small team that has grown the organization’s revenue from $40 thousand per year to $400 thousand per year!

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Our BIG announcement at The Big Give was that Leo will represent Austin in the Jefferson Awards for community service. Many thanks to Susie Ellwood, the Publisher of Austin American-Statesman, for starting a new Austin tradition where our BIG Giver awardee will automatically be nominated for this national honor.

Nearly 1,700 individuals participated in the voting for our nonprofit awards for excellence in donor stewardship.

Our finalists for the $5,000 RetailMeNot Little Prize were Amala Foundation and The Christi Center.

We had three outstanding finalists for the $10,000 Mercedes Benz of Austin Big Prize: Children at Heart Ministries, Emancipet, and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.  

Congratulations to Amala Foundation and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation - our 2013 prizewinners!

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The ballots and comments from our nominations process will be returned to participating agencies shortly by Blaire Kniffin, our Assistant Director of Nonprofit Relations. 

A BIG thanks to all of our nonprofit partners for the good work you are doing for our community!

Tom Spencer,

Executive Director

I Live Here, I Give Here

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