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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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.

A BIG Time was had by all at I Live Here, I Give Here’s annual awards program The BIG Give; many thanks to all who attended our signature celebration.

The BIG Give honors both nonprofits and their donors.

We were thrilled to recognize Leo Welder as the 2013 BIG Giver. As a board member of the Austin Sunshine Camps Leo was part of a small team that has grown the organization’s revenue from $40 thousand per year to $400 thousand per year!

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Our BIG announcement at The Big Give was that Leo will represent Austin in the Jefferson Awards for community service. Many thanks to Susie Ellwood, the Publisher of Austin American-Statesman, for starting a new Austin tradition where our BIG Giver awardee will automatically be nominated for this national honor.

Nearly 1,700 individuals participated in the voting for our nonprofit awards for excellence in donor stewardship.

Our finalists for the $5,000 RetailMeNot Little Prize were Amala Foundation and The Christi Center.

We had three outstanding finalists for the $10,000 Mercedes Benz of Austin Big Prize: Children at Heart Ministries, Emancipet, and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.  

Congratulations to Amala Foundation and Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation - our 2013 prizewinners!

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The ballots and comments from our nominations process will be returned to participating agencies shortly by Blaire Kniffin, our Assistant Director of Nonprofit Relations. 

A BIG thanks to all of our nonprofit partners for the good work you are doing for our community!

Tom Spencer,

Executive Director

I Live Here, I Give Here

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Announcing The 2013 Big Give Prize Finalists!

by The I Live Here, I Give Here Team
September 19, 2013

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The BIG Give is only one week away and we are thrilled to announce the 2013 prize finalists for best nonprofit in donor relations. Drum roll please...

Up this year for the Mercedes-Benz of Austin $10,000 prize is Children at Heart Ministires, Wildlife Rescue and Rehab, and Emancipet. Congratulations to our Big Prize finalists and good luck!

Up for the RetailMeNot $5,000 prize is the Amala Foundation and The Christi Center. Congratulations to our Little Prize finalists and good luck. Learn more about these incredible organizations and the work they are doing in our community by just clicking on their name.

As the suspense of which organization will actually win the Big and Little Prizes builds, plan to join us next week on September 27th for the party of the year! We will of course award $15,000 to two well-deserving organizations, but the fun doesn’t stop there. 

Have you ever seen a contortion monkey? Yeah, that’s happening. This party will provide answers to your wildest imagination.  Sit back and enjoy your macaroni and cheese pops and Dripping Springs vodka cocktail while watching our juggler and aerial dancer take you into circus world for the night. You really don’t want to miss this. Find out how to get your tickets here. See you there!

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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

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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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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. 

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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?

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The BIG Give Has Some BIG Sponsors!

by Celeste Flores
July 12, 2013

It just makes our day every time we get a new sponsor for The BIG Give 2013! Without a doubt, there’s a rumble of cheers that goes through the office.

It reminds us that passionate people in Central Texas believe in investing dollars directly into our community and make it better place to live for everyone.

So we want to give recognition and a Texas size THANK YOU to the current sponsors of I Live Here, I Give Here’s annual celebration of philanthropy! Please remember, your support helps us continue the programming we do to connect Central Texans with the causes they care about — furthering the culture of local giving!

We’ll see you September 27 for the BIG Give Under the BIG Top!  There is still time to be a part of this wonderful group!  Step right up and be a part of the BIG Show!

BIG Prize Sponsor

Mercedes-Benz of Austin

Little Prize Sponsor

RetailMeNot

Earnest Givers

Allison Dew

Bank of America

Bill Dickson

Cassandra Carr

Cindy & Greg Abell

Dwight & Cathy Thompson

Rusty Kelley

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Thoughtful Givers

Admiral & Mrs. B.R. Inman

Beatrice & Taft Benson

Dr. Katherine Pop & Christopher Harte

Goodwill Industries of Central Texas

Maxwell Locke & Ritter

Sleep Experts

Sloane & Gyllian Garvey

Joyful Givers

Aimee Boone

Annie & Mark McKinnon

Austin Community Foundation

Bulhon Design Associates

Catherine & Bill Miller

Cindy & Greg Kozmetsky

Dicky & Mary Gay Grigg

Dorothy Drummer & Greg Eden

Dwyer Murphy Calvert        

Ellen & Buddy Temple

Frost Bank

Jackie & Bob Mata

Karl Bayer & Karen Wilson

Leadership Austin

LIVESTRONG Foundation

Marc & Suzanne Winkelman

Morrison, Friedrich & Spinn

Patti & Jack Gullahorn

R. Steven Hicks & Donna Stockton-Hicks

Russ & Kelly Norwood

Retta Van Auken

Sally & Bill Wittliff

St. David’s Foundation

Susan & Dick Hile

uShip

Generous Givers

Door Number 3

Elsa Decker

Eugene Sepulveda & Steven Tomlinson

Gail & Dick Williams

Giles, Sayers & Aseron PLLC

Harden Healthcare

Heidi & Brandon Hicks

John & Debby Burns

Julie & Scotty Sayers

Kathy & Kent Rider

Martin W. Dies

Richard Hartgrove & Gary Cooper

Seton Healthcare Family

Tom Spencer

Young Givers

Liz Burkhart

Andrea & Chase Hamilton

Hal Shults

Rachel Irvin

Valerie & Chico Parker

And to our sponsors who choose to remain anonymous, we are grateful for your support of the work we do in our community!

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Big Give Voting Starts Today!

by Karen Frost
July 8, 2013

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Do you ever want to know what your donors really think about you?  Would you like to know if your development plan is working or actually might need a little tweaking?

The Big Give is fast approaching and that means I Live Here, I Give Here Partner nonprofits with an annual budget of $500K or less can seek out the RetailMeNot Little Prize of $5000 and nonprofits with an annual budget over $500K can go for the Mercedes Benz of Austin BIG Prize of $10,000.

It’s simple, the awards are given to the nonprofits who excel in donor relations.  Starting TODAY, reach out to your donors and say something like:

We need your help.  We have an opportunity to win a $5000/$10,000 prize from I Live Here, I Give Here®.  What we need from you is to vote once anytime from July 9 – September 9.  Simply go to, wwww.ilivehereigivehere.org and answer the brief form questions about our relationship.   And here’s the good news, regardless of whether we win the prize or not, ultimately, the information you provide will only help us honor your wishes and create a more meaningful relationship in the future.  Thank you for helping us excel in donor relations.

Download our Big Give Voting Toolkit for the who, what, when, where, and how to win The BIG and Little prize money on September 27th, 2013. 

Thank you for the work you do.

Karen

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