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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The Importance Of Giving Back

June 20, 2011
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I take a lot of pride in being from Texas and even more so in being from Austin.  I was born at Seton Medical Center on 38th street, spent my elementary school days at Kirby Hall on 29th Street, lived on 24th street for 2 years while attending UT, and as of just over a month ago, I work on Cesar Chavez Street as an intern for I Live Here, I Give Here.

In addition to having a big heart for Austin, I have a big heart for Austin philanthropies.  I was raised in Northwest Austin and grew up in the beautiful church St. Luke’s on the Lake.  “Beautiful” does not even begin to describe all that is this church while “grew” perfectly describes how my time spent at St. Luke’s helped teach me the value in giving back.  My father impressed upon me the importance of giving financially through his continual commitment to add to the offertory (collection plate).  The youth program leaders impressed upon me the importance of giving time through opportunities such as volunteering in the soup kitchen of Austin’s El Buen Samaritano, working with the youth of inner city Houston as a part of Center for Student Missions, and serving as a summer camp counselor at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas.      

I continued to give throughout college although most of what I gave was my time as I was restricted to the budget of a student.  It was in my first year at UT when I had just become a member of The Episcopal Student Center at All Saints’ Episcopal Church that my involvement with philanthropy came full circle; it was then that I realized what the offertory saying - “it is more blessed to give than to receive” - meant to me.

My entire summer before college was spent working to save money for the months of school I would not be able to work.  I used some of that money to go on a spring break mission trip to Nicaragua with the Student Center.  Our days were split between working on a sports complex for the kids in the community of Cedro Galan and playing with them.  One of those days, our group took a break to visit La Chureca, the trash disposal site of Nicaragua’s capital city, Managua.

La Chureca is a Spanish slang word for “city dump” and over the years, people have come to live in it.  Nicaraguans are born in this dump, grow up in this dump, and die in this dump.  For once in my life, I was speechless.  I could not wrap my head around the fact that human beings live in this.  I was walking around the seemingly endless piles of trash when I was greeted by a group of three small children – two boys and a girl.  They were excited to meet me and were ecstatic to find I spoke a tiny bit of Spanish.  I was soon being pulled in the direction of their home.

Their home was a single room with a dirt floor, no electricity, and was about the size of a garden shed.  While I was trying to comprehend how a family of at least five could live in this space, I felt a tug on my arm from the little girl who now wore a huge smile on her face.  She proudly gave me a tour of the house and then showed me her few treasured possessions, which she took great care to keep safe.  This little girl and her brothers were not sulking in the poverty that surrounded them, but delighting in the chance to welcome their newfound friend into their home.

I walked away from this experience having received more from it than I gave to it.  This happy little trio of siblings was most likely in the middle of some great adventure when they stopped to take the time to show me a part of their life and in effect, move me to reevaluate my perspective on life.  I believe that life should not be about the things you have, but about the relationships you have. 

My life has been blessed in so many ways which is why I am honored to be a part of the I Live Here, I Give Here team and committed to continuing a life of giving. 

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