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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Agencies indicated by a star have been thoroughly audited for both efficiency and outcomes by one of the following large grantors: Austin Community Foundation, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Impact Austin, Junior League of Austin and/or United Way Capital Area within the last two years.


Austin Community Design and Development Center

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all by providing sustainable design, planning and development services to low and moderate income individuals, families and neighborhoods and the organizations that serve them.

Austin Tenants’ Council

Operating under the philosophy that everyone has a right to safe, decent, fair, and affordable housing, the Austin Tenants' Council fulfills thousands of requests each year for help with housing problems. ATC programs address many areas of need: housing discrimination; landlord/tenant education and information; and housing repair and rehabilitation.

Casa Marianella

Casa Marianella creates a community of respect and solidarity with Spanish speaking immigrants and international refugees by providing hospitality and promoting self-sufficiency. Casa Marianella serves homeless men, women, and children and believes in providing personal attention, treating clients with kindness and respect, and using a strength-based approach to case management.

Foundation Communities

Foundation Communities creates housing where families succeed. We provide quality affordable homes for 2,000 families and services that educate, support, and improve the financial standing of the working poor right where they live. Earning 80 percent of our budget, we invest in services that provide a hand up to stability.

Frameworks Community Development Corporation Inc.

Frameworks Community Development Corporation, Inc. is a non-profit HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency using a comprehensive strategy to meet the affordable homeownership needs of hard working families. HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY. An intensive Home Buyer Education and Counseling program makes Homeownership possible for families who have not had that opportunity. Families are challenged to gain sophisticated skills to become thoroughly prepared for long term homeownership. SAVING FAMILY HOMES. As the economic crisis and job losses have put family homes in jeopardy Frameworks intervenes through Foreclosure Prevention Counseling to help families save their homes. RESCUING NEIGHBORHOODS. Communities impacted by vacant foreclosed homes are stabilized as Frameworks acquires and rehabilitates foreclosed homes, and turns them into affordable homeownership. KNOWLEDGE FIGHTS POVERTY. Skills gained through Financial Literacy Education programs allow families to gain control of resources, manage credit and address debt issues. Effectively managing money means resources can be stretched.

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County

HFHWC is a non-profit Christian ministry providing affordable home ownership opportunities in Williamson County. By partnering with families in need, along with community volunteers and donors, HFHWC builds affordable homes for very low-income families in Williamson County – offering them a hand up, not a handout. Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County also has a ReStore which sells new and used building materials to the public at substantially reduced prices. Shoppers find lumber, plumbing fixtures, lighting, paint, windows, doors, cabinets, tile, blinds, shutters, appliances and more -- all in an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Proceeds from the ReStore help build more Habitat homes for low-income families in Williamson County. The ReStore also fosters recycling and diverts tons of useable materials from the landfill. Last year, the ReStore diverted nearly 900 tons of usable materials from the Williamson County landfill.

Mary Lee Foundation

Mary Lee Foundation serves persons with special needs so they may develop dignity, self-worth, and skills to socially integrate and contribute to their community. Mary Lee helps persons “to live like everyone else.” This is possible through Mary Lee’s supportive neighborhood of affordable housing and services on Lamar Square Drive.

Ministry Of Challenge

Our Mission and Goal is to teach our clients to become responsible productive role models in today's society with the teaching and application of the word of God. Pastor Tony L. Johnson and wife Sister Juanita founded the Ministry of Challenge in 1993 for the expressed purpose of providing direct intervention and care to the drug addicted of East Austin. The Ministry houses, feeds and clothe 45-60 people daily.The Ministry provides classes, which will help our clients to achieve their goals and enhance self-esteem. For the past 20 years, this program has served over 4100 men with a success rate of approximately 60%. The Ministry feed and clothes the homeless every day. The Ministry is the cornerstone on 12th and Comal for East Austin.

Network for Life of Austin, Inc.

This agency is a Christian 501c 3 that assists ladies in recovery from chemical dependency and those coming from prison by a women’s housing program called Maggie’s Home and an ex-offender support group called The Overcomer’s.

Trinity Center

Trinity Center is a faith-based organization meeting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of people experiencing poverty and homelessness, our “neighbors.” The Center functions as a place of worship, a day resource/drop-in center, a basic needs provider (restrooms, phones, computers and meals), and a place to feel welcome, safe, and heard.

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