66% of Austinites feel uninformed about the issues.
89% say they would give to a specific need in the community.

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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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Give Like A Local.

January 17, 2011
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Recently, I’ve met a lot of folks who weren’t born in Austin but live here, and have great pride for our fair city. Every time I tell people that I was “born and raised” in Austin, people tell me how rare that is.  

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But, I feel like every year many of my “native Austinite” buddies seem to migrate back home, after some time in other places. And, they seem to be glad to be back! Still, no one can argue that there are a lot of transplants. And, it’s been getting a lot of attention lately.  The Gawker (my source for all things Mad Men, Real Housewives Gossip and royal wedding updates) even noted that “Eveybody is moving to Austin!”. AM New York (my source for all things Fashion Week, Heidi Fleiss gossip and trendy restaraunts I can’t afford) also noted how New York is losing people to cheaper and equally hip cities, Austin among them. Even Yahoo says that "celebrities are coming"! Goodness!

Jennifer K. Orr recently wrote a post for the Help Attack blog, where she asked the question “What makes someone a local?” She talks about feeling connections to places she has lived, and how that influences the ways in which she chooses to give back. She defines being a local in the following way:

 “ -To engage with those around me (at work, at play, online, in the grocery store…).

- To support my local businesses.

- And, to actively contribute to my local community by supporting area nonprofit organizations (through volunteer work and/or financial contributions) whenever possible.”

And, I like it!

People who live here, (whether native or not), care deeply about this community. We are so lucky for that. People want to support the agencies and non-profits that make Austin a better place for us all to live. Slowly, but surely, people are beginning to understand that each and every one of us can make a difference in our own unique way. We are beginning to understand that these agencies need volunteers and they need money to do good work. We are beginning to understand that it is ok to ask where our donations are going, and what they are accomplishing. And, finally, we understand that when we find an issue that we are passionate about, getting involved helps the agency, but also makes us feel really good. Giving to agencies that serve our community is one of the best ways to build a strong connection with our city. 

So, when thinking about your own giving, be sure to make it personal. Think hard about the things that are important to you, and make a choice based on those things. It will tie you to this city like never before, while at the same time making Austin a better place for us all to live!

Picture: Daniel Johnston's "hi how are you" mural on the corner of 21st and Guadalupe

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