DALLAS (Aug. 13, 2014) – After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $25.2 million, North Texas Giving Day is back with the hope that North Texas will rise to the challenge and outdo itself once again. With new community events, extra time to donate and additional prizes, the sixth annual North Texas Giving Day aims to raise the giving day bar once again to benefit more North Texas nonprofits. On Sept. 18, donations can be made 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,500 certified nonprofits listed on the new website NorthTexasGivingDay.org. Donations $25 and above will be amplified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.
“Giving Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the community and support the important work of nonprofits serving North Texas,” said Brent Christopher, president and CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas and North Texas Giving Day founder. “Each year, we are amazed by the continued generosity of the donors that participate in this day and we hope that this year we raise even more money for North Texas nonprofits.”
Last year, 142 Collin County nonprofits raised over $2 million on Giving Day, a 104% increase in donations from 2012. This year, 148 Collin County nonprofits are participating. With hopes of raising even more money and elevating awareness of the day, Volunteer McKinney is hosting a North Texas Giving Day Donation Station from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the downtown McKinney Square, 111 N. Tennessee St. McKinney nonprofits will set up booths, tents and tables. Entertainment will include music, a clown and a miniature horse. The event is free and open to the public.
Bruce Kendrick, Executive Director of Collin County-based Embrace Texas, says, "Our first experience with North Texas Giving Day in 2013 was a huge success. Through the generosity of North Texas residents, we raised nearly $8,000. For an organization of our size, that amount of money means we were able to enter 2014 focused on expanding our services to impact hundreds more youth aging out of foster care in our area."
This year, Communities Foundation of Texas will host the inaugural North Texas Giving Day Kids Give at 5500 Caruth Haven Ln. in Dallas. The Kids Give sponsored by DFWChild provides kids a chance to donate their loose change as well as do hands-on philanthropic and kid-friendly activities, including assembling ‘Hope’ packages for kids in the hospital, donating canned foods, planting seeds for community gardens and making pet toys for shelter animals. A schedule of performers, kids activities and confirmed food trucks will be listed on the “Party at CFT” page on NorthTexasGivingDay.org.
Information on other Donation Stations and nonprofit-hosted events can be found on NorthTexasGivingDay.org’s “Events” page. The prizes for this year’s Giving Day range from $1,000 to $10,000 and will be awarded in various categories, including most donors, largest increase in unique donors, best integrated marketing campaign and random prizes. A full list of prizes can be found at NorthTexasGivingDay.org under “Rules/Prizes.”
North Texas Giving Day was launched in 2009 by Communities Foundation of Texas with ongoing support from Center for Nonprofit Management. Bonus funds and prizes have been contributed by Bank of America, Katherine C. Carmody Trust Fund, Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation of North Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, Hunt Consolidated’s Hunt Cares Campaign, Meadows Foundation, Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, The Rees-Jones Foundation, Sage Payment Services, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Harold Simmons Foundation, The Swan Smith Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, Mike and Mary Terry Family Foundation and an anonymous donor. WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News, MySweetCharity, 98.7 KLUV, 100.3 JACK FM, 103.7 KVIL, Fort Worth Business Press, Living Magazine, Classical Rush, Texas Tribune and DFWChild are the 2014 North Texas Giving Day media sponsors.
About North Texas Giving Day
Launched in 2009 by Communities Foundation of Texas with ongoing support from Center for Nonprofit Management, NorthTexasGivingDay.org is the most comprehensive and free public resource for connecting North Texas nonprofits and supporters. For supporters, the website simplifies the process of researching nonprofits and community needs, and making charitable donations. For nonprofits, North Texas Giving Day serves as another awareness-building and fundraising tool. The website profiles more than 1,500 nonprofits, and since its inception has infused more than $60 million into nonprofits serving the 16-county North Texas community. Visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org, Facebook-North Texas Giving Day or twitter.com/ntxgivingday. Hashtag #NTXGivingDay.
About Communities Foundation of Texas
Presenting North Texas Giving Day is one of the many ways Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) serves as a hub for philanthropy in North Texas. As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, CFT works with to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. The foundation professionally manages more than 900 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. cftexas.org facebook.com/CFTexas or twitter.com/GiveWisely.