DALLAS (Sept. 20, 2013) — The fifth annual North Texas Giving Day dominated North Texas with free events, flash mobs and an astounding amount of donations. It crushed the national record by raising more than $25.2 million in 17 hours, surpassing 2012 results by $10.8 million. The number of donations nearly doubled this year with 1,351 nonprofits benefitting from 75,000 donations made through the DonorBridge website.

Collin County was the third largest county with over 10,000 separate donors contributing over $2.3 million. A total of 142 non-profits in the county received donations.

North Texas Giving Day

Photo by Kim Leeson Photography

“In only five days since 2009, $60 million has been raised for local nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day,” says Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, which founded and presents North Texas Giving Day. “We are so humbled by the generosity of all the donors who rallied today to make our community a better place to live and work.”

Heartwarming stories streamed in, including one about a formerly homeless client from Arlington Life Shelter who this year was able to pay it forward by donating to the shelter on North Texas Giving Day.

From 7 a.m. to midnight, donors from around the world representing all 50 states and more than 35 countries gave to North Texas nonprofits. Twenty-six percent of donations were from first-time givers to their chosen charity.

Top overall earners were Rocky Top Therapy Center ($800,625), The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command ($734,544), and E3 Partners Ministry ($464,645).

Some of the prize winners include:

  • Most donations from unique donors, funded by The Dallas Foundation:

    • Small nonprofits:

      • 1st place: Insync Exotics Wildlife Rescue Center, $10,000
      • 2nd place: Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, $5,000
    • Large nonprofits:

      • 1st place: KERA $10,000
      • 2nd place: North Texas Food Bank, $5,000
  • Largest increase in number of unique donors, funded by the Harold Simmons Foundation:

    • Small nonprofits:

      • 1st place: Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, $5,000
      • 2nd place: Insync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, $2,500
      • 3rd place: nonPareil Institute, $1,000
    • Large nonprofits:

      • 1st place: E3Partners Ministry, $5,000
      • 2nd place: KERA, $2,500
      • 3rd place: North Texas Food Bank, $1,000


  • Most donors for new participants, funded by the Harold Simmons Foundation.

    • Small nonprofits:

      • 1st place: Scofield Christian School, $5,000
      • 2nd place: Legacy Boxer Rescue, $2,500
      • 3rd place: MakeAWay Charities, $1,000
    • Large nonprofits:

      • 1st place: Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, $5,000
      • 2nd place: Trinity Christian Academy, $2,500
      • 3rd place: George W. Bush Presidential Center, $1,000
  • The 1929th donation prize of $10,000 was awarded to: Human Rights Initiative of North Texas thanks to The Dallas Foundation in honor of the year they were founded
  • The 2013th donation prize of $10,000 was awarded to: Presbyterian Community Services $10,000 funded by The Dallas Foundation.
  • 25th, 250th, 2,500th and 25,000th donation prize was awarded to Dallas Wind Symphony, MakeAWay Charities, Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee, and Arms of Home, respectively, marking the 25th anniversary of Harold Simmons Foundation.

The full list of prizes is listed at donorbridgetx.org/leaderboard.

To download or view high-res professionally-shot photos from throughout the day, go to: cftexas.org/NTGD-2013-results. (Photo credit Kim Leeson Photography.)

“North Texas has proven once again that they believe in the power of nonprofits and the impact those organizations make on our community," said Center for Nonprofit Management President Cynthia B. Nunn. “It's because of this support that together we can leave a lasting footprint for generations to come.  We are so grateful to those who donated because we can't do our great work without you!”

Bonus funds and prizes were contributed by Bank of America, Katherine C. Carmody Trust, Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation of North Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Dallas Women’s Foundation, Hunt Consolidated’s Hunt Cares Campaign, Meadows Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundation, Sid Richardson Foundation, Harold Simmons Foundation and an anonymous donor. WFAA Channel 8, The Dallas Morning News, CBS Radio and My Sweet Charity were the 2013 North Texas Giving Day media sponsors. DART was the transportation sponsor.


About Communities Foundation of Texas

Creating DonorBridgeTX.org and presenting North Texas Giving Day are two 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 families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. The foundation professionally manages more than 900 charitable funds and has awarded over $1.3 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. cftexas.org  facebook.com/CFTexas or twitter.com/GiveWisely. For information on North Texas Giving Day: donorbridgetx.org, Facebook.com/DonorBridge or on Twitter at @donorbridge or #donorbridge.