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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.

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“Toto, I Don’t Think We’re In Kansas Anymore…”

July 5, 2011
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Ernest Hemingway advised that one should, “Never write about a place until you're away from it, because that gives you perspective.”

 It has almost been a year since I moved to Austin from Lawrence, Kansas.  Last August, I moved here with a good friend of mine, a new job and way too many winter clothes (since it doesn’t seem to get below 101 degrees in Texas).  I grew up in Lawrence, and ultimately, graduated from the University of Kansas, also nestled in the small town of Lawrence.  I guess you could say, ok, you could definitely say, I was a “townie.”

During my senior year at KU, I realized that after graduation, I had to get out. Don’t get me wrong, I love my hometown. For those of you un-familiar with the land of the Jayhawk, picture this: a smaller version of Austin; liberal and eclectic. Even if you don’t know someone’s name, chances are, you know their face. The Lawrence community is anything BUT exclusive. The small downtown area is infested with quaint shops and delicious restaurants, including my favorite of all time—Free State Brewery.  And then there’s basketball…Lawrence is home to the inventor of basketball, and since the game’s been invented, the town has been playing and watching. The team spirit in the community is contagious.

 So, although it sounds wonderful, it was time to leave the small bubble of Lawrence, Kansas, and move to the gigantic COUNTRY that is Texas.

I’ll admit, the first six months of living here took a lot of getting used to. I still can barely drive on a highway, and about a month ago I learned that MoPac and Loop 1 are the SAME THING (crazy, right?). Let’s be honest, not many people can pick up and move, start a new job, and wake up every morning saying, “ Wow, I feel so adjusted and just love the way everything turned out in my life.” If you are that person, I’d love to meet you, and shake your hand. For all the rest of us, who struggle a bit, I’ve learned—things get better. A lot better.

I absolutely love Austin now. It has the best music scene of any state I’ve ever been to-- can’t beat a free concert every other Wednesday at Zilker Park. I love how everyone here is so active, and there are so many activities to do outside. For instance, the other weekend I went to Krause Springs, and I also recently made a trip out to Hamilton Pool. Also, working right by Town Lake has so many perks. After work I can go run around the lake, or meet up with my friends to go kayaking or sup boarding. However, my favorite thing so far about Austin is the food. I am now addicted to breakfast tacos, thanks to Torchy’s and Izzo’s. I also recently had the best meal I’ve had since living in Austin, at Second Bar & Kitchen. Go there, order the fried pickles, and sip on their delicious Moscow Mule.

Now that I’ve adjusted to life in a new city, I can’t imagine leaving the ATX anytime soon.  I have now been working for ILH,IGH for almost a month, and couldn’t be happier. My dream job has always been to be an event planner for a non-profit, and I totally lucked out with this job. Not many people can say that they love what they do, and I feel so blessed to be able to say with complete confidence—I love what I do.

 Although Lawrence will always be home….I am slowly, but surely, making ATX my new ‘home-away-from-home.’

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