As founder and chief executive officer of I Live Here, I Give Here, Austin’s Campaign for Philanthropy, Patsy Woods Martin leads a collaboration of individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses and religious leaders. The group is working to increase awareness of the needs in Central Texas and the role each of us can play in creating solutions to those needs. This pioneering movement to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy in our community by inspiring Central Texans to share their financial resources more generously is built on public awareness, nonprofit mobilization, and donor education.
Before assuming her role at I Live Here, I Give Here, Patsy was the vice president of resource development for United Way Capital Area. She has been a key fundraiser and volunteer for a wide range of Austin nonprofit organizations for over twenty years. Patsy currently serves on the board of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and the Women’s Fund of Central Texas. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Junior League of Austin, Leadership Austin, and is a founding member of Impact Austin and UWCA’s Women’s Leadership Council. She has also co-chaired galas for the Helping Hand Home for Children and Hospice Austin and was a member of the Board of Regents at Texas Tech University. Patsy received Leadership Austin’s Polly Scallorn award for community trusteeship in 2010. She has been recognized by Ballet Austin as a “Woman on Her Toes”; by the Junior League of Austin as “Volunteer Extraordinaire” and by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas as a “Woman of Distinction”.
Patsy and her husband Jack have three grown children: Mackenzie, Andy and Shannon. The Martins have called Austin home for over 30 years.