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 Has Some BIG Sponsors!

by Celeste Flores
July 12, 2013

It just makes our day every time we get a new sponsor for The BIG Give 2013! Without a doubt, there’s a rumble of cheers that goes through the office.

It reminds us that passionate people in Central Texas believe in investing dollars directly into our community and make it better place to live for everyone.

So we want to give recognition and a Texas size THANK YOU to the current sponsors of I Live Here, I Give Here’s annual celebration of philanthropy! Please remember, your support helps us continue the programming we do to connect Central Texans with the causes they care about — furthering the culture of local giving!

We’ll see you September 27 for the BIG Give Under the BIG Top!  There is still time to be a part of this wonderful group!  Step right up and be a part of the BIG Show!

BIG Prize Sponsor

Mercedes-Benz of Austin

Little Prize Sponsor


Earnest Givers

Allison Dew

Bank of America

Bill Dickson

Cassandra Carr

Cindy & Greg Abell

Dwight & Cathy Thompson

Rusty Kelley

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Thoughtful Givers

Admiral & Mrs. B.R. Inman

Beatrice & Taft Benson

Dr. Katherine Pop & Christopher Harte

Goodwill Industries of Central Texas

Maxwell Locke & Ritter

Sleep Experts

Sloane & Gyllian Garvey

Joyful Givers

Aimee Boone

Annie & Mark McKinnon

Austin Community Foundation

Bulhon Design Associates

Catherine & Bill Miller

Cindy & Greg Kozmetsky

Dicky & Mary Gay Grigg

Dorothy Drummer & Greg Eden

Dwyer Murphy Calvert        

Ellen & Buddy Temple

Frost Bank

Jackie & Bob Mata

Karl Bayer & Karen Wilson

Leadership Austin


Marc & Suzanne Winkelman

Morrison, Friedrich & Spinn

Patti & Jack Gullahorn

R. Steven Hicks & Donna Stockton-Hicks

Russ & Kelly Norwood

Retta Van Auken

Sally & Bill Wittliff

St. David’s Foundation

Susan & Dick Hile


Generous Givers

Door Number 3

Elsa Decker

Eugene Sepulveda & Steven Tomlinson

Gail & Dick Williams

Giles, Sayers & Aseron PLLC

Harden Healthcare

Heidi & Brandon Hicks

John & Debby Burns

Julie & Scotty Sayers

Kathy & Kent Rider

Martin W. Dies

Richard Hartgrove & Gary Cooper

Seton Healthcare Family

Tom Spencer

Young Givers

Liz Burkhart

Andrea & Chase Hamilton

Hal Shults

Rachel Irvin

Valerie & Chico Parker

And to our sponsors who choose to remain anonymous, we are grateful for your support of the work we do in our community!

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We’re kicking-off the 2013 BIG Give! ticket sale in style! 

Join us, Thursday, July 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bungalow on Rainey Street for drinks and the chance to buy tickets at a LOW discount price. The first 25 people can purchase a ticket at $85 each!  That is 20% off!  Only available at this happy hour!

This is a great deal, and we’d love to see you July 25 to help us ring in our annual celebration of philanthropy!  Did we also mention Bungalow drink specials?  After the first 25 are gone, we will have pairs of tickets on sale for a discount – (2) tickets at $95 each!  After August 30 tickets will be full price at $105.

The BIG Give Under the BIG Top will be on Friday, September 27 at the Hyatt Regency Austin.  Music by the White Ghost Shivers!  Under the BIG top will feature gourmet carnival fare & cocktails, games & carnival entertainment, Bubbles & Bling, as well as a fabulous silent auction featuring: A Monterey winery VIP experience, private upscale dinner for ten, fabulous stays in the Colorado mountains, Texas Hill Country and Cabo San Lucas.  Just to name a few!  

We will also be awarding the Mercedes-Benz of Austin $10,000 BIG Prize & the RetailMeNot $5,000 little prize to two nonprofit organizations for their excellence in donor stewardship and honoring Leo Welder for his role as a leading philanthropist.

You can still be a BIG Give event Sponsor! Your sponsorship helps I Live Here, I Give Here continue its annual programs and mission of increasing local giving to charities you care about in Central Texas! Learn more about the BIG Give!

BIG Give Ticket Pre-Sale Happy Hour!
@ Bungalow, 92 Rainey Street
5:30 – 7:30 P.M.
Thursday, July 25 

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