DALLAS (Sept. 18, 2015) — The seventh annual North Texas Giving Day has raised the largest amount in the event’s history, and the largest amount for a single “Giving Day” in the nation.
Nonprofit organizations and supporters celebrated the 18-hour day of fundraising with community-wide events held at donation stations in McKinney, Denton, Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth featuring performances, music, theater, dancing, children’s activities and much more. The staggering number of more than 118,000 donations (nearly 110 gifts per minute) exceeded last year’s total of 98,000.
This year, 2,022 nonprofits benefited versus 1,580 in 2014. Donations again poured in from all 50 states, seven territories and 28 countries.
“Today proves that philanthropy is alive and well in North Texas and around the world. The commitment to supporting area nonprofits has been amazing,” says Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, which founded and presents North Texas Giving Day. “We received gifts from near and far, demonstrating the long lasting and tangible differences these nonprofits make in our region and beyond.”
In seven single-day events since 2009, $119 million has been raised for area nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day. From 6 a.m. to midnight, 35 percent of donations were from first-time givers to their chosen charity.
Locally, Volunteer McKinney hosted a two-hour event in Historic Downtown McKinney from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Many people came to enjoy fun, food and fellowship with a number of nonprofits in and around McKinney.
"We were so pleased with all the agencies who set up so many fun booths for Giving Day," said Dana Riley, Executive Director of Volunteer McKinney. "We had a wonderful turnout and some great entertainers. We appreciated all the support from the City, Vector Systems and the McKinney Community Development Corporation."
Donors of all varieties participated in Thursday’s festivities with a remarkable outpouring of heartfelt results. A formerly homeless client and his wife from Arlington Life Shelter made a gift to the organization that once helped him. The Road Adventure participated for the first year and will now be able to support veterans on life-changing, interactive weekend sessions. And at My Possibilities, the team reached their goal and will celebrate soon with the Executive Director and other key staff perched in a dunk tank with a chance to be dunked by donors.
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 2,100 nonprofits, and since its inception has infused more than $119 million into nonprofits serving the 16-county North Texas community. Visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org, facebook.com/NorthTexasGivingDay, twitter.com/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. 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 $1.5 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. Visit cftexas.org, facebook.com/CFTexas or twitter.com/GiveWisely.