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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Donation Time

by Lauren Frock
July 10, 2012

This weekend I tackled my summer goal of donating three different resources! Here they are:  

 1. Donate clothes: I took a few hours to sort out everything in my closet and donate gently-used clothes that would get more use in someone else’s closet to Goodwill Industries. Although Goodwill has a great donation system that helps find a new home for old clothes and household items, the organization does great things for employment in the community. Click here to read some of the amazing success stories of people that have experienced life changes because of Goodwill's mission.    

2. Donate money: This month I chose to donate to Open Door Libraries, an organization that is doing great things in Budapest! Check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/OpenDoorLibraries


3. Donate blood: This one was an adventure for me! I’m one of those people with a slight needle phobia, but I decided to conquer that fear on Saturday at The Blood Center of Central Texas. I didn’t realize how powerful donating blood is until after I talked to the doctor that drew my blood. The center’s website also has a lot of powerful stories of people that were saved by blood transfusion. I’m pretty convinced that if I can do it, anyone can! The cookies afterward were a nice touch :)


Now I'm on to the next goal! How have you given back this week? 

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Voting is open for the BIG Prize and Little Prize beginning today!

If your organization does a great job stewarding donors, or you know an organization that does, vote for them to win! Organizations with an annual budget over $500,000 are eligible to win the $10,000 Whole Foods Market BIG Prize, and smaller organizations can be nominated for the $5,000 Mercedes-Benz of Austin Little Prize.

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It's The Little Things

by Lauren Frock
July 6, 2012

One of my goals for this summer was to read more philanthropically inspiring books. This week I read Give a Little by Wendy Smith. This book was all about how small donations can make a big difference in the world.


 What I loved most about the book was the author’s recognition of small donations and the ripples they cause in an individual’s life, a community, and even the world. For example, Smith describes how $10 can beat malaria. An insecticide-treated bed net donated to a young girl in Malawi can protect her from contracting malaria, which allows her to avoid long-term disabilities and health problems, such as neurological damage and anemia. Because of her satisfactory health, she is able to go to school and her parents can continue to work since they are not spending time they could be at work caring for a sick child and using their hard earned wages on treatments. This allows the family's standard of living to increase and their community to strengthen because more parents are working productively and fewer resources are directed at caring for sick children, neurologically disabled adults, and poor families.

 Amazing, huh? Almost as amazing as the curing of polio in the United States through the March of Dimes.  

$1 can provide sixteen meals for underserved kids through Feeding America http://feedingamerica.org/, an organization that aims to promote nutrition for hungry students to help them succeed in school and see their potential. A $50 donation can feed an otherwise hungry child over 133 weekends or 800 meals. 

$5 could save as many as eighteen mothers and eighteen babies if invested in delivery kits made byMaternal & Child Health Product (Affiliated with P.A.T.H.). MCHP is a company that makes affordable products and tools to help improve reproductive health in Nepal. Healthy mothers are more likely to be more productive at home and healthy children are more likely to get an education and the cycle begins again. This $5 investment can carry on for generations of healthy mothers and children, all starting in the delivery room.

$10 donated to Safe Passage will provide sixty children with Saturday programs, keeping them safe, having fun, and learning while school is out of session. Safe Passage is an organization dedicated to lifting children from the city dumps in South America, clothing them and feeding them, and empowering them with life skills needed to succeed.

$25 donated to World Vision could supply struggling American families with items such as diapers, clothing, blankets, household and personal care items, and toys. World Vision is dedicated to helping children, families, and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

$30 donated to Potters for Peace will provide a family of six with safe, affordable water for three years. Potters for Peace is an organization that pours economic opportunity into impoverished communities and promotes healthy drinking water. This issue is huge considering half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.

$32.50 donated once annually by every taxpaying household in the United States could help theGlobal Fund meet their goals of diminishing the big three: malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis. These three diseases are the causes of over six million deaths a year.

$34 donated per year (or 9 cents a day) donated to World Bicycle Relief provides bicycles overseas to people living in developing countries. Bicycle ownership empowers people economically and socially by increasing mobility, opportunities for microenterprises and employment.

$80 donated to Developments in Literacy (DIL) can educate one Pakistani girl for a year. DIL is an organization dedicated to providing a quality education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, by establishing and operating schools in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan, focusing on gender equality and community participation.

$120 (or one share for $10) can buy a goat from Heifer International. These goats are donated to villages that are in need. Goats provide milk, which is a great source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin, and potassium. One goat can produce several quarts of milk a day and improve economic opportunity by allowing the owner to make yogurt cheese, and sell the excess milk for profit. The goats’ offspring can also be sold, causing a ripple effect that will help a village for decades.

These are some great ways to make a difference with small donations. Something that I thought was amazing is that in 2007, the total amount of money donated to charitable organizations from ordinary donors was collectively $229 billion. To put that in perspective, $229 billion is over 21 times Wal-Mart’s profits in the fiscal year of 2007. With this knowledge, it seems silly to say that it’s impossible for ordinary people to change the world with modest donations.

Marian Wright Edelman once said, “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Together we can accomplish spectacular things. 

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