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.

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Networking & Knowledge

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
May 20, 2011

Last night I Live Here, I Give Here hosted the coolest event.  Our partner agencies have been asking for this event for over a year now, and it finally came together.  Beautifully, I might add. The event was a meeting of the minds – Non-Profit executive directors from across the board.  We had folks who were heads of the biggest and most successful groups sitting right next to one-man/woman- shops.  The mixing and mingling alone was very cool to watch.  To up the ante, we set aside a portion of the evening to make sure everyone got to learn something.  We asked Judge Scott McCown of the Center for Public Policy Priorities to speak on the current state of public funding.  While, to be quite honest, the take-away was bleak, if there is a silver lining, it's that knowledge is power.  Next, Mark McKinnon, “…political advisor in the United States, the President of Maverick Media, and the Vice-Chairman of Public Strategies, Inc., a business advisory firm located in Austin, Texas. He has worked for causes, companies and candidates, including former President George W. Bush, 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, late former Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Charlie Wilson, Lance Armstrong and Bono.” took the stage.  He led an incredibly engaging presentation on messaging.  Even the most seasoned veterans in the group said that this was the kind of presentation that they’d pay for.  All in all, the response from the group was fantastic.  It was even suggested to hold these events quarterly!  While that frequency may not be exactly feasible, it’s so rewarding to have such wonderful feedback from an event, and we will definitely start thinking about the next one soon!

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As you probably know (because I tell you all the time), we highlight a different issue each month. Most of the time, I feel like I have some prior understanding of the issue. Don’t get me wrong, I ALWAYS learn more from our Community Spotlight lunches, but I usually feel like I at least know something about what we are highlighting.

And then came bike month.

You see, I have a love-hate-relationship with the bicycle. Mostly hate.  I would never want to offend our partners: Austin Cycling Association, the Yellow Bike Project, Bike Texas, Livestrong or the Trail Foundation by saying this, but guys…it’s the truth.

It all started as a kid, with my irrational fear of falling down. So, learning how to ride was a challenge, because let’s face it, sometimes you fall.

And then, there was the triathlon. Somewhere towards the end of my senior year in high school (11 years ago…eek), my Mom suggested that we attempt the Danskin triathlon. Always up for a challenge, and with teenage ego, I immediately said yes. Since I had been playing soccer for an average of 3-5 hours a day for the last three years, I thought it would be no problem. Obviously, I did not need to train.

What’s so hard? I can run, I do that all the time. Swimming? I mean, I’m like a fish. And, BIKING? Toddlers ride bikes. It’s in the bag, I thought.  SO WRONG.

The swim and the run were easy, like I thought. But the bike? The hills of south Austin taught me a lesson. It was the most miserable hour of my life. And, truthfully I have not been on a bike very much since.

Being raised around horses, I have always been taught that you have to get back on the horse when you get thrown off. There was my crucial mistake. To this day, I think of a bicycle with a little disdain.

Now, the problem is that I’m learning this month is that there are SO many benefits from biking. Our partners promise me that it will be good for my health, the environment and my pocket book. And, that apparently, when done correctly…it’s fun?

OK, OK. So I guess I’ve got to practice what I preach. Get back on the horse, if you will. So, here’s my opportunity. May 20th is National Bike to Work Day. So, I’ll be strapping on my helmet and making my way downtown from 45th street. And, maybe I’ll even learn that I like it!

Hey…it’s progress. Stay tuned, for updates on the big bike ride.

Until then? Join us to learn more about Biking in Austin, and get a FREE LUNCH if you ride your bike! What a deal! Afterwards, you can give me a quick pep talk about my ride the next day. 

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