Ways to learn more about Austin’s Nonprofit Community:
GivingCity Austin – GivingCity Austin is an online magazine that promotes and inspires philanthropic and social engagement. As the guide to doing good in Austin, we report on news, people and events from the social good community to connect readers to organizations, movements and each other.
Our audience consists of philanthropists and volunteers, community leaders and social entrepreneurs, nonprofit professionals and faith leaders, and anyone who wants to have an impact for good. With more than 5,500 nonprofits in the Austin MSA – more than any other city in the Southwest per capita – we know Central Texans are working hard to address important social issues like poverty, literacy, the environment, the arts, health and social justice. We also know that there is an increasing number of social entrepreneurs in Austin and hundreds of businesses that make giving back locally a priority. Austin is a GivingCity.
I Live Here, I Give 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.
Why giving is so important:
Unrestricted Funding – this type of funding is what is received when individuals and corporations give. The money can be used as needed by the nonprofit. The money that Give Realty donates is unrestricted, unless the client (that’s you) specifies otherwise.
Money received via grants is specific in nature and can only be used for specific purpose. So next time you hear XYZ nonprofit received a $50,000 grant, it doesn’t mean they don’t need YOUR donation.
Your Well Being – studies have proven that giving is good for your health. Whether it’s volunteering or donating money.
Small Amounts Mean a Lot – nonprofits can do wonders with small amounts of money. Did you know that the Capital Area Food Bank can purchase the equivalent of $20.00 worth of food with a $5.00 cash donation? That you can provide water to an Ethiopian for 20 years for a mere $10?
How Austin Gives:
• Austin is ranked 37th out of the 50 largest cities in the nation in per capita giving (dollars).1
• 30.7% of Austin residents serve as volunteers each year, making us the 11th most
active U.S. city in volunteerism (time).2
• There are 26,046 people employed in 501(c)(3) entities and 5578 registered 501(c)3 charitable nonprofits in the Austin-Round Rock MSA (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis & Williamson counties).3
1. The Chronicle of Philanthropy 2012
2. Corporation for National and Community Service 2010
3. Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations 2010