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Celeste Flores — Nonprofit, Charity, Philanthropy, & Giving Blog Authors — Austin, Texas — ILH,IGH
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!



How Are We Doing?

Are you human? Prove it. How much is 9 + 4

The BIG Give — Recognizing Charities and Nonprofit Organizations in Austin, TX.

Nominate the 2018 BIG Giver!


Amplify Austin is back! 6pm March 20, 2014. $4 Million in 24 Hours.

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Every BIG Give comes with a FABULOUS silent auction, and this year is no exception! You’ve probably seen our Facebook and Twitter posts of the Cabo San Lucas House, tickets to Disneyland California, and dinner parties at Jeffrey’s and Uchi + Uchiko.

These great packages and more will be open for bidding on September 27! There will be more than 70 packages for you to shop while you listen to White Ghost Shivers, are entertained by circus acts, and enjoy delectable gourmet bites and signature drinks!

Your support of the BIG Give is one of the BIGGEST ways we raise money for I Live Here, I Give Here programming – which results in raised awareness and contributions for our local nonprofits.

When you’re at the BIG Give, take a good look at the silent auction tables – you’ll find something that fits your style and taste … we promise.

See you Under the BIG Top on Friday, September 27. Tickets at http://bit.ly/132E3Qi

See all the items in the full entry!

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Hey Austin Involved,

We're happy to announce our first family volunteer day for Austin Involved members!

We're partnering with Little Helping Hands to give you and your family the opportunity to give back to the community! 

Check out who we're volunteering with: 

  • Goodwill GreenWorks Recycling Activity
  • Saturday, October 26
  • 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Goodwill Community Center, 1015 Norwood Park Blvd.

You and your family will help breakdown computers to resell and recycle in support of Goodwill’s job services and programs that connect Central Texans to meaningful employment. This is a fun, hands-on activity for adults and children who like to take things apart and who are curious about computers.  

This is a great opportunity to learn about joblessness and how organizations like Goodwill help individuals find, obtain, and retain jobs in our community.

Participants also have the chance to spend some time in Goodwill’s Computer Museum that exhibits the chronological evolution of computer technology through educational displays and demonstrations.

This activity is recommended for children ages 4 and older and Little Helping Hands recommends one adult accompany each child under 8. When you sign up, make sure to save a spot for each family member! 

How to Sign-Up!  
Sign up through Little Helping Hands VolunteerSpot 

If you have any questions about the volunteer day, contact Grace Ingram-Eiser at grace@littlehelpinghands.org.  

A big thanks to Little Helping Hands for partnering with us and making it happen! 

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This year’s BIG Give Under the Big Top! will hit the town on Friday, September 27 @7pm at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Music by White Ghost Shivers! We’ve even got a great silent auction table with amazing items. Keep checking our blog because we’ll featuring some of the great items here over the next month. You have to get your BIG Give! tickets to bid!

Here’s the next item you’ll find on The BIG Give! silent auction table: They say dreams come true at this magical kingdom – so why not make it happen? We have 4, one-day tickets to Disneyland Park in California for bid at the silent auction this year! California, Mickey Mouse, chance to be a kid again – need we say more? 

Over the next month, we’ll be featuring all of the 2013 BIG Give! Silent Auction items. There's only one way to get them; go to the BIG Give! and place your bid! Get your BIG Give Under the Big Top! tickets now.

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In Kind Company For The Big Give!

by Celeste Flores
September 12, 2013

We’re counting down the days before we pull back the drapes and reveal The BIG Give Under the Big Top!

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of so many local Austin businesses.  We thank our in-kind sponsors. They’re a BIG reason this celebration is going to be a truly swanky and fun way to celebrate philanthropy. Our gratitude is endless and we see them as great examples of the power of giving in Austin!

Art for Your Head

Magician Jay Anthony

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Of course we’d love to see you Under the BIG Top. We’re pretty sure it’s going to be one heck of a circus!

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Hey Austin Involved,

The summer heat has broken! So actually ENJOY being outside this Saturday and help US out by volunteering with Esprit de She Austin.

For every Member who volunteers, Austin Involved gets $25. Which means YOU get better cookies on volunteer day!

Details: Volunteers needed Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Life Time Tri Austin South. Esprit de She Austin is an all-women’s cycle tour offering women a fun, safe, and supportive atmosphere to try cycling and is in partnership with Girls on the Run Austin.

Austin Involved will receive $25 for each Member who volunteers a minimum of 2 hours!

Check out the Saturday shift times and needs:

  • 7:30am -9:30am Aid Station (Hand Out Water) (3)
  • 9:30-11:30am Aid Station (Hand Out Water) (3)
  • 6:00am - 8:00am Greeters, Runners (2)
  • 8:00am - 10:00am Greeters, Runners (2)
  • 10:00am - 12:00am Greeters, Runners (2)
  • 12:00am - 2:00pm Greeters, Runners (2)

Friday Setup

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm (Set up bikes, etc at Life Time Austin South) (3)

If you’re interested, contact Veronica Castelo at castelonotes@gmail.com. She'll need to know your full name, phone number, email, and t-shirt size.

Sharing your Saturday for just two hours will have a major impact! Thanks Austin Involved!

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The Reserve home in Palm Desert, California

This year’s BIG Give Under the Big Top! will hit the town on Friday, September 27 @7pm at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Music by White Ghost Shivers! We’ve even got a great silent auction table with amazing items. Keep checking our blog because we’ll featuring some of the great items here over the next month. You have to get your BIG Give! tickets to bid!

Here’s the next item you’ll find on The BIG Give! silent auction table: The Reserve home in Palm Desert, California, is waiting for you. This 4 bedroom house overlooking the fairway of Weiskopf-Morrish golf course can be your getaway for a 5-night, 6-day stay. Need more enticing? How about the gorgeous view of the Eisenhower and the Santa Rosa Mountain Range? Bid on it at The BIG Give Silent Auction!

More photos in the full post!

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Dinner for 8 in a private room at Uchi + Uchiko

This year’s BIG Give Under the Big Top! will hit the town on Friday, September 27 @7pm at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Music by White Ghost Shivers! We’ve even got a great silent auction table with amazing items. Keep checking our blog because we’ll featuring some of the great items here over the next month. You have to get your BIG Give! tickets to bid!

Here’s the next item you’ll find on The BIG Give! silent auction table: One of the best ways to spend an evening with friends is around a dining table. Even better is dinner for 8 in a private room at Uchi + Uchiko or dinner for 10 with a wine pairing at Jeffrey’s. It’s your choice people, because we’ll have both in The BIG Give! silent auction. 

More photos in the full post!

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This year’s BIG Give Under the Big Top! will hit town on Friday, September 27 @7pm at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Music by White Ghost Shivers! We’ve even got a great silent auction table with amazing items. Keep checking our blog because we’ll featuring some of the great items here over the next month. You have to get your BIG Give! tickets to bid!

Here’s the first item you’ll find on The BIG Give! silent auction table: How does a luxury 7-night stay in an oceanfront, 4-bedroom villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, sound to you? AMAZING, WE KNOW. This private home that sleeps 7 is one of the feature items at The BIG Give! Don’t you want to be there?

More photos in the full post!

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I Live Here, I Give Here is committed to educating the next generation of philanthropists.  Part of that process is to help mold leaders for philanthropic giving and future board service.  So we are announcing this year’s Austin Involved Board Internship Program participants.  We are elated by the response we received and the enthusiasm of each candidate to become a future star on a nonprofit board!

Participants in this program will receive two levels of learning: classroom instruction focused on best practices, and real-world perspective from current board members.  The purpose is to create well-prepared board members for to promote and support the health of our local nonprofit community.

The 2013 Class of the Austin Involved Board Internship Program are:

  • Jennifer Baum - Palermo Wealth Management
  • Lindsay Butterfield - Texas Appleseed Intern
  • Beth Chamberlain - Advisory Board Company
  • Angie Hoover Dorton - Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
  • Conrad Fried - Whole Foods Market
  • Lily Houseman - City of Austin - Mayor's Office 
  • Berkley Hudgins - Wells Fargo Bank
  • Cathy Lujan - Dell, Inc.
  • Kelly McCarthy - Dell, Inc.
  • Rebecca Oliver - Literary Agent
  • Kevin Rankin - Wells Fargo Bank
  • Melissa Rothrock - Texas Water Development Board
  • Sofy Tarud - Dell, Inc.
  • Ryan Wiese - Cisco Systems
  • Lindsey Wiese - Influential Magazine/Blogger

We also want to thank everyone who applied to the program. We struggled to select the final 15 because we had such a qualified group of applicants.

We know this is going to be a strong class because they are all starting with such great potential and passion. We’re excited to get our program started in September! 

A BIG THANK YOU to our program partners!

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