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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Amplify Austin is back! 6pm March 20, 2014. $4 Million in 24 Hours.

Sponsors: You Set The Stage To Amplify Austin

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
January 20, 2014


Two months from today we’re going to be in the middle of Amplify Austin.

You know what our dream is? That two months from today we’ll already have raised $4 million for local nonprofits and social causes – and counting. 

Now, we’re under no delusion that raising $4 million is easy. Come on – nonprofit is our name. Nor do we think that I Live Here, I Give Here can do it alone, since it was you who pushed us past the $1 million goal to raise $2.8 million in 2013.

So when 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, rolls around, we know you'll be donating your hearts out to nonprofits and causes you love and support. Here’s an advance THANK YOU! for cranking up the giving and a legit air hug from all of us!

But right now, our love ballad is going to those who have already joined the Amplify Austin cause: Our sponsors.

Without them, we wouldn’t be able to increase the value of every dollar given during Amplify Austin. We wouldn’t have prizes to award to nonprofits every hour of Amplify Austin. And we wouldn’t be able to say that Austin has really, truly socially responsible businesses making our home better for everyone.

Thank you to our current 2014 Amplify Austin sponsors! We're already that much closer to raising $4 million. 

2014 Bass Boosters
Sponsor hourly prizes to nonprofits at $1,000 each prize

Lone Star Overnight (Sponsoring 5 prizes!)

Prosperity Bank 

Wet Salon 

Successful Giving 

The Garden Room 

Kenjol Capital Management 

Moreland Properties  (Sponsoring 2 prizes!)

Breed & Co.

EZ Corps 

2014 Guitar Soloists 
Sponsor grand prizes to nonprofits at $5,000 each prize 

Cirrus Logic

Keller Williams 

2014 Lead Vocalist
Incentive dollar sponsorship at $100,000.00+

University Federal Credit Union  (Investing in our community through Amplify Austin 2 years in a row!)

2014 Stage Managers
In-kind sponsors who offer professional services needed for Amplify Austin

Hill & Knowlton Strategies 

Door Number 3 

Mass Relevance 

2014 Back Up Singers
Media sponsors who help spread the word about Amplify Austin and encourage giving

AW Media (Austin Woman & Austin Man) 

Edible Austin 


Austin Family 

Austin Chronicle 

Austin Business Journal 

Community Impact 

Austin American-Statesman 

Culture Map 

Giving City 

L Style G Style 

Emmis Radio 

Entercom Radio 

ClearChannel Radio 


Univision Radio 

Grande Communications 

Time Warner 








Univision TV 

Media Choice 

Interested in joining this impressive group of Amplify Austin sponsors? Wonderful! Contact Executive Director, Tom Spencer, at 512-432-1900 or Tom@ILiveHereIGiveHere.org. (Air hug for you too!)

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2013 Board Internship Program Interview

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
January 7, 2014

The 2013 Austin Involved Board Internship Program graduated a talented group of young professionals armed with the tools and knowledge of what it takes to be an effective board member. 

Meet one of our program graduates! Jennifer Baum. An Austinite via Ohio who jumped into the local nonprofit and leadership scene the moment she settled in.

She’s a member of Austin’s Toastmasters, the Austin Professional Women’s Alliance, Austin Involved, and a graduate of our 2013 program.

Why was this Board Internship Program important to you?

I don’t want to get over my head. I want to make sure I know the ins and outs of what’s expected of me [on a board]. I love Austin; it’s the best city I’ve lived in. The program helped me figure out if this is what I really want to do, or should I stay in a volunteer role and serve and help there. I see it happening. When that time comes I want to be ready.

What best practices or skills did you take from the Program?

One of the big things I took away was learning the capacity of where I could help serving on a board. A lot of people say they want to volunteer with kids or cancer. But there are different levels of nonprofit boards -- some are 50 plus members, small startups and others in the middle. So you might want to work with kids or fight cancer, but is your goal to start with a larger, middle or start up board? I never thought about that part – the capacity – and how it varies for each nonprofit. Plus you need to know your responsibilities and the capacity you have to perform your role.

Share a little about your mentorship with the Boys & Girls Club

What I took away is when you look at serving on a board like the Boys & Girls Club, they expect a lot from their board members because it takes so much talent to run a nonprofit at that size. It was interesting to see how a large board functions and what they are looking for in a board members.

What does your future look like when serving on a board?

I’m now a committee chair for Austin Involved. For me, I like to work from the ground up. [Being the Committee Chair] it’s a great way for me to get involved, and what’s next would be being a board member for a nonprofit. Right now, this is the next stepping-stone of understanding what it’s like to be on board. It’s an opportunity to learn even more. 

Meet the rest of the 2013 Board Internship Class! http://www.ilivehereigivehere.org/blog/welcoming-the-board-internship-class-of-2013

For more information about the program:  Celeste Flores @ 512-432-1936 or celeste@ilivehereigivehere.org. 

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A Resolution For Philanthropy

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
January 7, 2014


We bet when you made your resolution for 2014, it wasn’t a negative resolution. At least we hope not. Most likely, you’re playing the odds of being a better you.

So why not start with philanthropy? Hear us out, because we don’t want you to be fooled by the thoughts of philanthropy that might pop up: a billionaire who gives millions of dollars to causes and wins a lifetime achievement award, which is then named person of the year in a national magazine, and awarded with a foundation named after them.

Scrap that thought. Philanthropy at its root is simply love for humanity. It’s generosity, compassion, charity. These are acts you’re doing every day without realizing what a fine philanthropist you are.

Now, we also have New Year’s resolutions, and one of them is Amplify Austin. We hope you know Amplify Austin – our 24-hour online giving event where you can donate to hundreds of local causes and nonprofits. Ring a bell? It should, because in 2013 you did a most excellent job getting us past the $1 million goal to raise $2.8 million.

This year we want to raise $4 million for nonprofits. Not something we can do alone, of course. But if your resolution is to be a better you and ours is to be a better advocate of philanthropy and raise $4 million for local social causes – why we may be able to share a resolution! We’d love to share a resolution with you, Austin.

All year long we advocate for social causes and local nonprofits. Amplify Austin embodies that and financially lifts up the organizations that are trying to make Central Texas a better place for everyone. You included.

So we say, let’s make a resolution together. Let’s amplify the philanthropy in Austin and show the results on March 20-21.  Now, this is a resolution that’ll be fun and we can stick to. 

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Unleash The Power Of Your Generosity

by Tom Spencer
December 30, 2013


I Live Here, I Give Here … the name of our organization reflects a deep personal commitment: yours and mine. It is a commitment we share with thousands of our neighbors who demonstrate their love for our city in countless acts of generosity every single day.
When I Live Here, I Give Here was first created, there was a sense in some quarters that our community was not as generous as it should be, that we didn’t rank as highly in philanthropy as we did in “weirdness.” However, I believe that Austin’s naysayers have been proved wrong. Austin never suffered from a lack of generosity, our generosity suffered from a lack of vehicles that unleashed its amazing power.

I Live Here, I Give Here’s Amplify Austin online giving day in March 2013 was proof that Austin is indeed a generous place. $2.8 million dollars was raised for over 320 participating nonprofits in just 24 hours! 

Now, you can help I Live Here, I Give Here have an even greater impact in 2014. Please make a tax deductible year-end gift to support the continued success of Amplify Austin! 


Help us to our goalA friend of I Live Here, I Give Here will match the first $5,000 in donations made by December 31, 2013Your gift can put us over the top!

Of course, Amplify Austin is not the only evidence of our community’s generosity, but it is an astonishingly successful way to mobilize people who are eager to make a difference in their own hometown.

Support the organization that brought our entire region together for a genuine celebration of giving. Make a year-end gift to I Live Here, I Give Here today! 

And remember to Save the Date for Amplify Austin 2014, 6pm March 20 to 6pm March 21!

Thank you for your generosity,

Tom Spencer

Executive Director, I Live Here, I Give Here

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Volunteer Opportunities This December!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
December 12, 2013

Hello December! With a new holiday cheer-filled month comes many opportunities to spread cheer and learn about this month’s Community Needs Spotlight. This month we are focusing on Health and Wellness Services. There are many ways to get involved, from attending fundraisers, to volunteering, to making donations. Let’s make this holiday season unforgettable and full of philanthropy.

Did you know that you could potentially help save over 500 lives if you donate blood every three months? Find out how you can get involved in blood donation through The Blood Centers of Central Texashttp://www.inyourhands.org/aboutblooddonation.php

Are you a survivor of cancer or were you a caregiver for someone with cancer? Cancer Connection needs your help to provide support services to current cancer patients and their loved ways. The next volunteer training session is December 13-14. http://www.thecancerconnection.org/getinvolved.html

Are you interested in fitness and nutrition? WeViva has lots of opportunities to get involved in making sure low-income communities have access to fitness and nutrition programs. http://weviva.org/get-involved/

It is difficult to know how many homeless people there are at any point in time. Knowing the number is critical in assessing the well being of Austin area’s homeless population and in securing the greatest level of funding the federal government will give Travis County’s homeless service providers. One way to help get those numbers in Austin is to assist ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition) in their annual Point in Time Count. They need volunteers to help canvas the city for one day to count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless men, women, and children in Austin. The first volunteer training session is December 14. http://www.austinecho.org/count/

Do you believe that early education is the key to a lifetime of success? Find out how to get involved with Breakthrough Austin and help get low-income students into college. http://www.breakthroughaustin.org/about-us/mission-vision

Do you enjoy shopping for others? Check out Front Step’s wish list and find out how you can help provide a pathway out of homelessness. http://www.frontsteps.org/how-to-help/donate/wish-list

Would you like to support the arts this season while enjoying it at the same time. Go to Conspirare’s Spellbound, CYC Holiday Concert. The event is December 13 and 14. http://conspirare.org/concerts/upcoming-events/

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We Can Raise $4 Million For Great Causes With Your Support

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
December 5, 2013

Tis’ the season to be jolly, and we believe that the highlight of the season is the generosity in holiday giving. I Live Here, I Give Here is active all year round in helping Central Texans impact their community by making giving easy, fun, and more than just seasonal. 

It’s why we started Amplify Austin. In 2013, Amplify Austin raised $2.8 million for local causes in 24 hours. Those generous dollars went to more than 300 local causes. Causes that ranged from improving literacy for school children, to providing end-of-life healthcare, to saving local wildlife, and to providing shelter and food to the homeless.

Central Texans stepped up and made Amplify Austin a huge success. Thank you, Central Texas. Thank you for taking a stand to change Austin, love Austin, and truly Amplify Austin. Your dollars touched many humans in this community. We’re simply thankful we can be the vessel for Central Texas’ outstanding generosity. 

And on March 20 - 21, 2014, from 6pm to 6pm, Central Texas’ giving day is back. We’ve set a goal of $4 million raised for more than 400 nonprofits. It can happen. We know it can.

But we need your support. We ask that as you consider your end-of-year giving, please think about donating to I Live Here, I Give Here. We have a lot of good to give through Amplify Austin and our other programs but we cannot continue their success without your support.

The first $5,000 in donations made by December 31, 2013, to the “Amp-Up Fund” will be matched on a one-to-one basis by a friend of I Live Here, I Give Here! This supporter is an example of how we can change our community on a large scale, all at once, with the most impact. It’s not about one but the greater good of everyone. Please consider joining them.

Thank you for considering us in your holiday generosity and for helping us to keep Central Texas giving. If you choose to make a donation, please click here. 

Crank up the giving and #AmplifyATX March 20-21!

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