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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.

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My Neigbor The Philanthropist.

April 7, 2011
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For a little over 5 years, I have lived in Rosedale on a quiet street, with mostly young families but some who have lived there for over 50 years. I’m lucky to know my neighbors pretty well, because as a single gal with an old house to take care of, I need all the help I can get. For instance, if you accidently set your grill on fire, there will always be someone to put it out with a garden hose. Not that this has ever happened…

So, last week when I saw that I had gotten a note from my down-the-street neighbor, I opened it thinking it was a bar-b-que or a block party.  I was surprised to open it to find a letter about her daughter, who had been born very prematurely a decade ago. The letter went on to explain that she and her family received invaluable help from the March of Dimes, and it made a huge difference in their lives during a really scary time. It went on to say that each year my neighbor and her daughter collected small donations from neighbors and friends, and then matched the amount and donated to the March of Dimes. They hoped that they could help people who were in the same situation they had once been in. I immediately wrote a check. They had appealed to my emotions, told a compelling story, told me what they were going to do with the money, and how I could help. I also slipped my card and a note in with my check, asking them to contact me so that I could tell their story on our “featured donor” page. Thought it would make a great story!

A few days later, I received another note (pictured below). It read:

Dear Mackenzie,

Thank you so much doe your donation and nice note. I have to admit that I would be embarrassed to be included on your great site alongside folks who do so much for our community and its organizations.

-this M.O.D. (March of Dimes)

I wanted to march right down to her house and tell her that she was just the kind of donor that we love. Her incredible dedication to a cause that she feels passionate about, is what philanthropy is all about! Even though she did not want to be recognized, in my book, she is someone to be celebrated.

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