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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Shiny New Website

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
October 4, 2010

This is such an exciting time for us at I Live Here, I Give Here! We’ve experienced tons of progress and change in these last several months. Everything is shiny and new – especially, as I’m sure you’ve noticed by now if you made it to this page, our braaaaaaand new website! We’ve been diligently working on this project for most of 2010 and as you can see, what we came up with is a ton of cool, new features for you to cruise! In early 2010, we made it our objective to purposefully create a site that can be utilized by the greater community — donors and our Non-Profit friends alike. We went in with the goal to house all of the information that a new, prospective donor could want or need to kick-off their very own personal giving plan, as well as the leg-up that agencies need to spread the word about the brilliant work that they do every day. And we aimed to do it in a fun, user friendly, contemporary, interactive and well-designed way.

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Philanthropist. Just look at the word. Looks fancy. Just picture it… ball gowns, clinking cocktails, diamonds, furs, hobnobbing, chit-chatting, schmoozing, old money, family secrets, billowing cigars, bellowing laughter, big names on big buildings, more diamonds, private jets, chauffeurs, white haired men posing for pictures with oversized checks, golf tournaments and galas, men in tails, trophy wives, gold watches, scotch, butlers, big hair, firm handshakes, blue bloods, mansions, and crystal. I can see it now. All those philanthropists, doing all that philanthropy…

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The BIG Prize

by Patsy Woods Martin
October 4, 2010

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We just completed the voting process for The BIG Prize, a $10,000 grant we award to the Austin nonprofit organization with the most public support of their donor relations activities. So I’m thinking lately about what constitutes “good donor relations” and why many organizations have a difficult time employing best practices in those activities.

What are good donor relations activities? In a nutshell, they are meeting donor needs. Simple, straightforward things like saying thank you for a gift promptly and meaningfully. Asking a donor to fund what the donor wants to fund as opposed to what you assume they want to fund. Letting the donor know how they are a part of the nonprofit mission of changing peoples’ lives. Sounds simple and it is.

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Heritage Society Of Austin

by Susan Marler
October 4, 2010

I love my job at I Live Here, I Give Here for many reasons; one of which is that I get to learn about the great non-profits in Austin and their amazing community work. The organization I have most recently become acquainted with is the Heritage Society of Austin. The Heritage Society works to preserve Austin’s history and heritage through a variety of methods. I had heard of some of these methods, like getting landmark status for a building, but wanted to learn more details because there is a building in my neighborhood that I think should be preserved from demolition.

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