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

Celebrate with us at The BIG Give

The BIG Give

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 26, 2014!  THE BIG GIVE will make its return and be sure to top last year's fabulous event.  See you there!

BIG GIVER 2014 - Nominations open! Click here!

BIG Give 2013 - What a night!  

People are still talking about how fantastic The BIG Give was, and we agree! At I Live Here, I Give Here’s annual celebration, The BIG Give Under the BIG Top, guests were entertained by the White Ghost Shivers, circus entertainers, carnival games, an impressive silent auction, and of course delectable bites and signature cocktails all night long! Check out the pics and relive the night! And see what they're saying at Austin360 and CultureMap!

At the event, we awarded the Mercedes-Benz of Austin $10,000 BIG Prize toWildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation and the RetailMeNot $5,000 little prize toAmala Foundation for their excellence in donor relations! 

Of course, the evening wouldn't have been complete without recognizing our 2013 BIG Giver, Leo Welder! He shows us the impact one person can make to a local organization.

Susie Ellwood, publisher of the Austin American-Statesman, joined the party to announce that, thanks to the Statesman, each year I Live Here, I Give Here's BIG Giver will be sent to D.C. as Austin's nomination for the national Jefferson Awards in recognition of their service to our community -- starting with Leo!

The other star profiled last night was our fearless founder, Patsy Woods Martin. We were fortunate to celebrate her vision for philanthropy in our community in the company of family and friends.

Thank you all who joined us and those who helped us put on this party! The evening wouldn't have happened without you! 

2013 BIG and Little Prizes Awardees

The BIG Give

At the event, we awarded the Mercedes-Benz of Austin $10,000 BIG Prize toWildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation and the RetailMeNot $5,000 little prize toAmala Foundation for their excellence in donor relations! 

Our 2013 BIG Giver Leo Welder!

The BIG Giver

A BIG congratulations to our 2013 BIG Giver, Leo Welder. Leo was nominated by the YMBL Sushine Camps for his incredible support and commitment to the growth of this organziation. During his time with the organization, he has increased membership, volunteers and elevated their fundraising program to new heights! Read more about Leo: http://bit.ly/18CQUPy

BIG GIVER 2014 - Nominations open! Click here!

The Big Give 2013 Committee:

  • Mary-Wommack Barton, Co-Chair
  • Charisse Sayers, Co-Chair
  • Elizabeth Buchanan
  • Julia Bulhon
  • Valerie Cason
  • Lizzie Choffel
  • Callie Clemons
  • Katy Dunlap
  • Taylor Ellison
  • Sloane Garvey
  • Megan Glasgow
  • Genny Hardeman
  • Liz Heyl
  • Heidi Hicks
  • Lesley Hile
  • Caroline Huddleston
  • Mary Margaret Kinnan
  • Loralee Martin
  • Meredith Sanger
  • Beth Sims
  • Cici Williams

Our BIG Give Sponsors to Date…

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Thoughtful Givers


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Young Givers


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