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.

Please check out our Programs and get to know our Board Members and Staff!



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As this Tuesday is coming to an end, I am still sitting here daydreaming about my favorite shows of Austin City Limits music festival. It's hard to believe that I was able to witness some of the most incredible music acts this city has ever seen!

Our own Philanthro-Piggie ventured out of the office with me this weekend to check out some of her favorites shows as well. We compiled a list and agreed that The Civil Wars, Gotye, and Florence + the Machine, put on the most unexpected memorable shows. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Black Keys made it out as the two top shows still playing over and over in our heads.

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The Austin American-Statesman writers detailed some of their favorite moments in an article about ACL. While Philanthro-piggie and I are sad that the weekend had to come to an end, we sure are thankful to live in such a vibrant city that allows us to have experiences like we did these last 4 days.

We couldn’t leave without thanking and mentioning ACL Cares Organizations that make a difference in the music community everyday. Thanks to all the local and national musicians and to organizations like HAAMSIMS, and Kids in a New Groove, that keep music and musicians in our city alive. Support live music always! 

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I admit, health insurance has never quite been in the forefront of my brain; fortunately, it’s never really had to be. Everyone in my family has always been insured and fairly healthy. This past summer that reality changed.

My brother has been our token, healthy family member. He has never had surgery, never had the flu. Even the common cold was a rarity. His go-to phrase was, “I never get sick”. He turned twenty-six this last winter, and in between jobs, he found himself without health insurance for the first time.

I remember my father, in a slight panic, attempting to problem solve a way to get him on some form of health insurance, and me thinking my father was making too big a deal about it all. Considering my brother “never gets sick,” I wondered, what’s a few months without health insurance?

Little did I know that a few months without health insurance came close to taking all of my families financial resources.  

It was Father’s day, and my brother called my dad, saying he wasn’t sure if he was going to make it to join us for celebrations as he had been throwing up from intense head pain. Thinking it was a bad migraine, he blew it off, until the pain and vomiting did not slow down. After a trip to Lakeway Medical Center, we got a call that he was being rushed via ambulance to Brackenridge Hospital to see the Neurologist on call as his MRI showed a mass in the center of his brain.

By midnight on Father’s day, we had spent hours in the Emergency Room waiting to finally get the news that my “perfectly healthy,” twenty-six year old brother needed to have emergency brain surgery to remove a tumor that was dangerously pressing on his brain. Two weeks in the ICU, and a lot of tears and worry later, my brother is tumor-free.

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He will have to see an oncologist and get MRIs twice a year for the rest of his life. Having health insurance will ensure that he is able to prevent the tumor’s regrowth. Without proper care or insurance, regular visits will become financially impossible and have to stop. The potential of regrowth and the risk of death will increase greatly.

Luckily, right before the incident, with much pushing from my concerned but practical father, my brother started a job with healthcare benefits. Had my dad not been so adamant about the importance of health insurance, regardless of my brother’s history, my parents would have felt the responsibility to attempt to take on the staggering financial burden of my brother’s brain surgery and care.

Texas is the number one state for percentage of uninsured people in the nation, with about 25% of Texans  (that’s more than 6.3 million of us) lacking health insurance. Proper and preventative healthcare is vital in ensuring that all Texans have the chance at a normal quality of life. Austin and Central Texas hosts some incredible nonprofits that aim to do exactly that. These nonprofits need donors and funding to be able to fulfill their missions to provide our neighbors with the healthcare they need. 

See a list of our nonprofit partners that are all working to keep Central Texans healthy on our website. Organizations like People’s Community Clinic, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Hospice Austin, and many more, will help people, like my brother, become and stay tumor free and live healthy, normal lives. It is because of proper healthcare and insurance that I was able to watch my brother get married a few weeks ago and I will get to hear him brilliantly play the guitar for many years to come. I will never again take healthcare for granted and am now a lifetime supporter of those organizations whose missions underscore the necessity of healthcare and insurance.

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