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.

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Spring Is Here!

by Susan Marler
February 28, 2011

Spring is here! It’s a great time to be outdoors. One of my favorite things to do outside is to work in my garden. In March, I Live Here, I Give Here is spotlighting the problem of Childhood Obesity here in Austin. I was disappointed to learn that Austin’s kids are actually more obese than the national average. One of the ways a great local non-profit, Sustainable Food Center, is working to alleviate the issue of Childhood Obesity in Austin is by introducing children and their families to gardening. Families may not have the resources or transportation required to get fresh produce for their meals, this might lead them to eating processed foods which are higher in fat and sugar. When a family learns how easy it can be to grow a few vegetables and receives the tools to do so, it greatly improves the chances that they might improve their dietary habits. Hopefully, this type of intervention and resulting change in diet will help to keep the children in that family from becoming obese. Another benefit of getting children involved in gardening is that they are more likely to eat their vegetables and get those vitamins! Homegrown produce tastes better and children have lots of fun ‘picking’ their dinner. My three year old helped me to harvest salad for one of our meals this week and she actually ate it, which made a believer out of me!

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AISD Budget Cuts

by Patsy Woods Martin
February 23, 2011

Because of impending AISD budget cuts, more Austinites are applying to private schools for their children this year according to KEYE.  And tuition at local private schools ranges from about $8000 to over $20,000 per student per year for high school.  Nothing against private schools here.  My kids all went to private schools. I know there is no perfect school situation so the story made me think about what would happen if each of those applicants made a charitable gift to AISD equal to private school tuition.  That can be done through the AISD Public Education Foundation.

How many gifts of $8,000 to $20,000 would it take to alleviate the expected budget cuts?  What would the benefit be?  Perhaps, a school district providing an excellent education to a broadly diverse community.  A school district responsive to its donor investors. Opportunities for the donors kids who can invest in opportunities.  Also opportunities for other kids.  An interesting thought

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Snow Day!

by Carisa Bommarito Muñoz
February 8, 2011

Not to sound trivial, but let's talk about the weather.  Seriously - this week has had all the ups and downs of a good roller coaster ride! I've lived in Austin most of my life, and am still tickled pink when the weatherman mentions the prospect of snow.  Even the mere mention of the chance of freezing precipitation makes me positively giddy, like a kid on Christmas morning.  Yeah, I know.  You'd think I'd grow out of it.  But growing up in Austin, it's a rare treat to see flakes falling from the sky, and an even rarer treat to get an unexpected day off to play in it.  

So, you can imagine my excitement when I woke up at dawn last Friday to a full two inches of the white stuff.  After bundling up in as many layers of insufficient Texas clothing as I could zip on top of one another, my husband and I decided to take a walk to the 24 hour coffee joint down the road from us.  While strolling down deserted, snow-dusted roads, it truly hit me.  It's really, really, REALLY cold out here!  My wimpy layers of cotton shirts, old navy fleece and "heavy" jacket (by Texas standards) weren’t really cutting the mustard.  Clearly, we Texans are highly unprepared for this! As I struggled to wrap my scarf around my head yet another time to defrost my stinging ears, my thoughts turned toward the folks who didn’t have a warm home to return to with a hot coffee in their hands after braving the cold.  Those who were stuck out in this last night.  Those who sleep outside every night.  I know that all of the city’s emergency shelters were open and their staff and volunteers were out in full force, but I also know that many homeless people won’t spend the night in shelters because often that means being separated from their beloved dogs.  Many shelters work with area animal shelters to offer a warm place for their animals to stay, but there are still a lot of homeless people who are distrustful, or who simply can’t bare to be separated for a night from their constant companion. So what about these guys - where did they spend the night last night?   I shudder (literally) to think about it.  But honestly, the homeless shelters in our fair city do a really good job of offering shelter to everyone who will take it on nights like this.  ILH,IGH registered agencies ARCH/Front Steps and Salvation Army kept their doors open and bussed the overflow to emergency shelters.  They had animal services staff available to help make arrangements for kenneling beloved pets.  They offered a warm meal and blankets for anyone who took them up on their offer.  The staff and volunteers behind the scenes are the true snow angels here.   But it costs money to provide such a concentrated effort to not leave anyone out in the cold, and that’s why I can’t think of a better cause right this minute to donate to.  Taking care of the least of our brothers is a year-round job, but it’s especially pertinent to take care of those who need mercy the most.  And right now, in Austin, the homeless are at the top of my list. 

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Journey To Los Angeles

by Patsy Woods Martin
February 8, 2011

Last Thursday, I journeyed to Los Angeles to learn about the contemporary art scene there. I must say it was amazing to be in sunny, southern California and to hear stories of folks marooned at home because they couldn’t get out of their icy driveways.  Seems wherever I go and whatever I do there’s a link to philanthropy. Susan Goodman http://www.goodmancompany.com/about/team/goodman/default.html A Manhattan philanthropist, marketing consultant, and contemporary art collector, led the trip. Did you know there’s a difference between a collector and a buyer?  That’s just one of the things I learned on my trip to LA!  Susan and her collection’s mission is to “support a young artist”.  She awards the Goodman Grant to fully provide for an artist’s living expenses for four months post MFA in an international art center.  Lizzie Stein, her curator, told me the Goodman Grant differs from many similar awards in that she and Susan do the legwork for the artist, setting up their living arrangements and helping the grantee with mundane and essential life details so the artist might immediately begin what he/she trained for.  This allows room for inspiration, personal growth and establishing traction in the field.  I can see how the Goodman Grant could be a truly transformational gift to a young artist.  Moving from academia to real life is a challenge, especially when real life involves creative pursuit where there are few roadmaps. I can only imagine the personal satisfaction Susan feels when she sees the impact of her gift on the artist.  While she provides the support to transform one life, she lays the groundwork for other transformational experiences by those who might view her grantees work in the future like molding a pebble dropped in a pond affects the ripples it produces.  Wow!

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