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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Military Presence

by Patsy Woods Martin
July 26, 2011

Having grown up in San Antonio, I’m very comfortable with a “military presence” in my community. I lived in neighborhoods and went to school with lots of kids whose dads, mostly, served in the Army or Air Force. But in San Antonio in the late 60s, early 70s, soldiers walked around in their uniforms. You saw them and knew they were there. Not so in Austin. I had no idea of the significant number of military families there are in Austin. According to the American Red Cross of Central Texas there are 130,000 veterans in the Austin Metro area.

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Help Us Give Away Money!

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
July 14, 2011

I cannot believe a year has gone by. Voting is open for the Big Give -- already! As events go, the Big Give is... well... BIG. And the work we put in behind the scenes is no different. From the moment we close the books on one year's celebration, we start planning the next. We grow from year to year and strive to make it bigger and better. This year, I have to say, we've outdone ourselves. Instead of a single prize of $10,000, we're offering both the Whole Foods BIG prize ($10,000 for agencies with a budget over $500,000) as well as the Heritage Title little prize of $5,000 for those agencies who have a budget under $500,000. We get to spread even more love amongst two fabulous Partners this year! The coolest part about giving away these grants, is that in order to spread the love, we're going to need YOUR HELP.

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For The Red, White, And Blue

by Chelsea Franklin
July 11, 2011

The Fourth of July is synonymous with patriotism, the colors red, white, and blue, family barbeques featuring all-American hot dogs, and fireworks in celebration of the day the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence way back in 1776.   My Fourth of July weekend included all of those things minus the latter.  Fireworks have always been one of my favorite things and while it was hard for me to accept that the only fireworks I was going to see this Fourth of July were being played on TV, it was even harder for me to think about the families who currently have loved ones serving our country abroad.

Those families’ Fourth of July celebrations also included the fact that their beloved soldier lived through one more day abroad which brings them one day closer to returning home.

Austin is home to Camp Mabry, the headquarters of the Texas Military Forces, making it a home to a large military population as well.  According to the American Red Cross of Central Texas, there are about 61,000 veterans in Travis County and more than 130,000 veterans in the Austin metropolitan area.  Veterans are not just individuals who have served (or are currently serving) in our armed forces; they are fathers, daughters, nephews, sisters, spouses, and most importantly, they are heroes.       

Sometimes, though, even heroes need a little help and I Live Here, I Give Here wants to let them know that help is available.  This month’s Community Needs Spotlight is Support for Returning Soldiers.  Representatives from Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, the Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care, divine canines, and the American Red Cross of Central Texas will offer their knowledge on the issue and how the Austin community can come together to meet the needs of its local veterans. 

Check out this video to see how Goodwill is already working to overcome this issue.

Please join me for lunch on Thursday, July 28, to learn more about this specific issue and how you can make a difference for the local veteran community that has made a huge difference in the lives of all of us.

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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.”

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