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 Final Countdown

by Maddy Moffet
August 26, 2011

Yesterday, August 25th,  marked the one month countdown to The BIG Give! After hours of invitation stuffing, countless committee meetings, and many, MANY walk- throughs of the fabulous Austin W Hotel, everything is finally coming together.


 (photo cred: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=3224)

 As you may have heard, this year, everything is BIGGER. The BIG Give will be held on September 25, 2011 from 7.00-10.00 pm at the swanky, and gorgeous W Hotel. The Austin W Hotel has stated, “Setting the stage for contemporary luxury, W Austin amplifies the city's electrifying eclecticism, headlining the vibrant 2ND Street District in the "Live Music Capital of the World®," and pulsating with its spirit of independence and creativity.”


(Photo cred: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=3224)

This year’s event will feature two-time Grammy award winner Floyd Domino, open bar,  silent auction, and delicious treats from not only The W, but other Austin vendors such as Bake Sale Austin, Polkadots Cupcake Factory, and Cornucopia (just to name a few!).


(Photo cred: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/photos/index.html?propertyID=3224)

Haven’t bought tickets yet? Not to worry! Tickets can still be bought online. BUT, the BIG Give Committee and myself, highly recommend attending our Surprise BIG Give Ticket Giveaway and Happy Hour next Wednesday, August 31st, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Saloon. We will be hosting a GIANT, surprise game of Jenga, filled with giveaways such as:


This is a happy hour you won’t want to miss! Tickets are going fast, and The BIG Give is the perfect event to attend with your friends, meet fellow Austinites, and to just enjoy an evening of tasty cocktails, dining, and live ATX entertainment.

So come on down to KUNG FU next Wednesday, and purchase your tickets to one of the MOST talked about philanthropic galas of the year – The BIG Give!

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Who's That At The Door?

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
August 12, 2011

If someone knocks your door and asks for donations to Meals on Wheels, shut the door and call the police. Lately in the news, there have been several stories of scammers going door to door in Williamson county claiming to be asking for donations for the popular charity. Let's be clear here - the charity does not (ever, ever, ever) go door to door asking for donations. Whoever is at the door is an imposter with ulterior motives. One elderly lady even reported that the man at her door requested to gain entry to her house. Gratefully she declined and sent him on his way. 

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An Evening That Inspired

by Chelsea Franklin
August 8, 2011

Last Tuesday, August 2, was I Live Here, I Give Here’s fall 2011 See Jane Give! event and my first big ILH, IGH event.  Waking up early that Tuesday, I busied myself thinking about all that had to be done to insure the event’s success.  I worked feverishly all day, even through the start of the event, to make sure all was going smoothly.

Finally, once the program started, I was able to sit back and take in the enormity of the evening and all that it entailed.  I had the pleasure of being seated at Jenny Cochran’s table, a woman who has achieved professional success working for Temple-Inland and who has committed her time and resources to several local organizations, including I Live Here, I Give Here.   Cochran invited the different women seated at her table to introduce themselves, talk about their own personal giving (if any), and say what they hoped to take away from the evening.

The general consensus was that we all hoped to better our personal giving by looking to the women around us that evening, so that we may become the person those around us in our daily lives will be looking to for their personal giving.

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Christian shared personal stories about how her life of planned personal giving was shaped by the people who raised her.  Christian spoke about how her father and adopted mother gave when “no one was looking” or when “no one was asking,” they gave because they saw a need and knew they could help meet it.  Those acts of loving-kindness were not performed for personal gain, but to strengthen a community.

Christian’s life is still greatly impacted by her parents’ acts of giving since to this day, people she has never met before tell stories of her parent’s support in a time of much need.  Even more special, Christian’s mother was able to attend the event to hear the speech.

The notion that a person’s parents and family form their own personal giving resonated throughout our table’s conversation for the rest of the night.  I was accompanied by mothers who wanted to impress upon their children the importance of giving back and those, like myself, who wanted to know where to even start.  The fact that we were even seeking out the answers to these questions showed we were all on the right path and off to a pretty good start.

The shared discussion was informative, insightful, and gave me a “giving high.”  As I move forward in my daily life and days are put between that evening and myself, I will remember the words that were shared and how I seek to incorporate into my life planned personal giving. 

For those women who would like to join in this discussion of personal giving, please check back in the spring for the next See Jane Give!

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Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes knows how to reel the young philanthropists in. It could be his good looks (ok, it's definitely his good looks), BUT it could also be that he knows and has dominated reaching out to Generation Y and getting them to donate money to a worthy cause.


(photo cred: http://hamptons.guestofaguest.com/directory/blake-mycoskie/57145/)

Although most college graduates barely have the means to buy a sufficient meal, studies have shown that Generation Y is slowly, but surely, beginning to give up a week’s worth of ramen and donate their money to a charitable cause they’re passionate about.

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