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.

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Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.



"to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Austin Dog Rescue

Austin Dog Rescue saves dogs from high-kill shelters in Austin and surrounding areas. These are dogs that were either picked up as strays and impounded or were surrendered to the shelter and were slated for euthanasia. We believe there is a wonderful home waiting for each dog our Rescue Team saves

Austin Pets Alive!

Austin Pets Alive! is staffed entirely by volunteers. In a unique partnership with Austin’s municipal animal shelter, APA! is helping to stop the killing of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. We also promote spaying/neutering and subsidize these and other veterinary services in underserved communities.

Austin Zoo

The mission of Austin Zoo is to assist animals in need through rescue, rehabilitation and education. Austin Zoo is a rescue zoo with over 90% of our animal residents having been rescued from unfortunate circumstances. Residents range from former circus animals, monkeys who have spent their entire lives in laboratory research center, to exotic birds and animals kept inappropriately as pets. We provide sanctuary for these animals so they may live out their days in relative happiness and comfort. We also exist to educate the public on nature conservation and animal welfare.

Bat Conservation International

Bat Conservation International (BCI) is devoted to conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve. BCI’s mission is to teach people the value of bats, to protect and conserve critical bat habitats, and to advance scientific knowledge through research.

Blue Dog Rescue

Dedicated to the placement of homeless dogs from local shelters into permanent, loving homes, we rescue all-breeds (and "mutts"). We have rehomed over 1,400 dogs in 8 years and partner with Meals on Wheels to deliver dog/cat food to their clients. We are an all-volunteer organization committed to spaying and neutering all companion animals.

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Our mission is to improve the lives of equines by educating and helping owners, assisting law enforcement agencies, rehabilitating abused and neglected equines, and placing them into safe, permanent homes.

Central Texas Dachshund Rescue

We rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dachshunds in need of a second chance of life.

Central Texas SPCA

The Central Texas SPCA, a privately funded, no-kill shelter, finds forever families for homeless dogs and cats. Our personal attention and unique, homelike environment insure pets awaiting adoption are physically and emotionally healthy

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin

Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin is a 501(c)(3)all-volunteer nonprofit organization working to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome cocker spaniels in central Texas (and sometimes beyond).

Crowe's Nest Farm

Crowe’s Nest Farm is dedicated to fostering public appreciation, knoweledge, and wise stewardship of the agricultural and wildlife resources of Texas. The 100-acre farm is located in Manor, Texas and provides Austin-area school children and the general public with inovative programs through hands-on, life science learning. More than 250 animals can be found on this working farm along with more than 30 theme gardens, a working milk barn, a Faeriewood Trail, a Farm Products Building, Butterfly House and more which help to educate and entertain while providing refuge for native Texas animals which have been injured, orphaned, or are non-releasable.

Elgin Humane Society

We are dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education.  We promote humne care and treatment for all animals in the Elgin area, seek to assist the return of lost animals to their owners and find suitable homes for animals without owners

Gold Ribbon Rescue

Gold Ribbon Rescue, Inc. (GRR) was founded in 1998 to meet three objectives. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization as recognized by the IRS. GRR's main function is to provide a network for sheltering, rehabilitation and placing Golden Retrievers in permanent homes in Central Texas. GRR’s second function is to provide public education about responsible dog ownership and, in particular, about the Golden Retriever breed. Third, GRR provides a forum for Golden Retriever fanciers to meet.

Greyhound Pets of America-Central Texas

Greyhound Pets of America-Central Texas’ mission is to find forever homes for greyhounds which fail to qualify or no longer qualify for the racetrack, to acquaint the public with the desirability of greyhounds as pets, and to inform the public of the availability of these dogs for adoption

Heart of Texas Lab Rescue, Inc.

The Heart of Texas Lab Rescue is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization based in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to rescue Labrador Retrievers from shelters, pounds, abandonment , and other situations, and place them in loving, caring homes. The HOT Lab Rescue serves Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding areas.

Hound Rescue

Hound Rescue started in Austin, Texas in 1998. We are a small group of individuals who foster dogs in our homes. Hound Rescue also provides placement assistance to both shelters and others who need to find homes for hounds who for whatever reason have become stray.

Humane Society of Williamson County

A no-kill animal shelter focused on community services and programs that will help ensure no adoptable pet is euthanized simply because he/she is homeless.  Our mission is to provide innovative programs and services to eliminate pet overpopulation and improve the lives of pets and people in Williamson County.

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Lifelong Friends Pet Adoption

Lifelong Friends Pet Adoptions (formerly Lago Vista PAWS) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the lifelong partnership between people and pets. We are a true no-kill shelter in Lago Vista, Texas, which focuses on saving the lives of stray and abandoned dogs and cats.


We educate and advocate on behalf of the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier, and the Bull Terrier (all breeds commonly referred to as "pit bulls") and pit bull mixes.  The group encourages its members to serve as role models of responsible ownership.

Lucky Mutts Rescue Corp.

The Lucky Mutts Rescue Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable aid for the rescue and rehabilitation of unwanted pets and the education of Responsible Pet Ownership for the general public and prospective adopters.

PAWS Shelter and Humane Society

PAWS’ mission is to care for, protect and find quality homes for abandoned and neglected animals; to aid in the reduction of pet overpopulation; and to provide community education for the mutual benefit of animals and people

Pet Prevent a Litter (PALS) of Central Texas

Th mission of PALS is to end pet euthanasia and pet homelessness in Central Texas through our programs of spay/neuter, humane education, TrapNeuterReturn of feral cats, and Pet Food Pantry. PALS is an all volunteer organization. We have our own Cat Spay/Neuter clinic held once or twice monthly. Our TNR rescues kittens and tame cats from feral colonies, fosters them and adopts them to loving homes. Our services are for the underprivileged in our community. Our mission will be complete when the shelters are empty and every pet has a loving forever home.

Pets America

Pets America saves the lives of pets and the people who love them by teaching educational programs about Pet First Aid & Disaster Response, providing first responders with life-saving equipment for animals, and helping communities create effective plans for animals in disasters

Pug Rescue of Austin

Pug Rescue of Austin is dedicated to the rescue of abused, neglected and unwanted pugs.  Our mission is to provide a safe refuge and to insure quality adoptive homes.  PRA promotes responsible ownership thru public education about the unique needs of pugs and a mandatory spay/neuter policy.

Shadow Cats

Our mission is to reduce the feline population and reduce the intake numbers at area shelters in our communities by promoting spay/neuter, Trap, Neuter and Return programs and by providing services and hospice care to ill and injured cats.  We also work to change outdated city ordinances regarding community cats.

Turtle Center

We offer adoption and rehoming for tortoises and some turtles; educational programs to individuals, groups, families, libraries, schools, organizations, and to new turtle and tortoise caretakers. We teach protection and conservation of wild turtle and tortoise populations and their habitats.

Westie Rescue/Austin

Westie Rescue work to rescue, foster, rehabilitate and re-home westies, cairns, mini schnauzers and small shaggy terriers of mixed heritage.

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