National Spotlight on I Live Here I Give Here’s Amplify Austin Day Program!

It is with great pride that I write this blog post and share some exciting news that’s hot off the press!

Today, the Chronicle for Philanthropy released its May issue which features I Live Here I Give Here and our flagship program Amplify Austin Day. The national coverage, written by Heather Joslyn, highlights the evolution of our mission and the future of giving in Austin. It explores what it takes to stay in front of online giving trends and what it truly means to be the most philanthropic community in the country. This exciting lens on our work highlights the introspection that begins at our board level and has been elevated through our innovative strategic plan -- a plan that will carry our organization forward into our second decade of being a conduit of giving in the community we love.

We had the honor of hosting Heather who traveled to Austin for a behind the scene look at our giving day. She met and interviewed many of our stakeholders, new and old, who work tirelessly to make Austin the most philanthropic community in the nation. We want to commend this village of leaders, givers, sponsors, volunteers, activists, nonprofits, businesses, and foundations for truly understanding the power of collaboration. Coming together across sectors to ask our community to give builds a more united and more equitable Austin. Thank you for committing to that belief that benefits our entire city!

We would be amiss if we did not give the St. David’s Foundation a special shout out and Texas-sized thank you! Your leadership and support of this movement exemplifies what it means to invest in your community and make a lasting impact. Thank you for inspiring more givers to rally together to build generosity each year. Your commitment to our mission is extraordinary, and we are so grateful for the partnership!

Please enjoy the article and even more importantly, please share it with your community. It takes a village to make a movement happen. Thank you to our village for giving generously and for coming together to stand behind the organizations that make Austin sustainable and vibrant for all.

All my best,

Courtney Manuel
Executive Director
I Live Here I Give Here

"Inside the 24-hour fundraising frenzy of Amplify Austin, which raised $11 million in unrestricted cash,” by Heather Joslyn for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 30, 2019.

Lindsay Muse