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.

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



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The Butterfly Effect

January 31, 2011
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Taking action towards solving community problems on both a systematic and individual level is crucial. This approach can help keep service providers and concerned community members from becoming overwhelmed by the vastness of some community issues. For example, the societal factors which lead to over 10,000 child abuse and neglect reports being filed in Travis County every year are innumerable and tangled up in family relationships. People who want to help stop child abuse face the daunting challenge of figuring out where to start. As I did research for I Live Here, I Give Here’s Community Need Spotlight on Foster care and Adoption, I learned about an initiative called The Heart Gallery, which is an art exhibit featuring photographs of children waiting for adoption after being removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. The Heart Gallery photographs introduce us to the actual children who are living in foster care and who have been affected by child abuse. Children who grow up in foster care are twice as likely to drop out of high school and only 3% of Texas’ foster children go on to receive a college degree. When one hears these statistics, it seems like a hopeless task to ‘do’ anything for these kids. Yet, after seeing the face of a Cental Texas child who needs a new home – people are taking action on an individual level. The positive ripple effect that begins when a child is adopted out of foster care is amazing. I am revitalized to continue to try to change the system by these individuals who have taken such momentous action towards changing the life of one child. 

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