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The 12th Annual North Texas Giving Day Runs through September 17, 2020

Photo Credit Kim Leeson

 Nonprofit registration closed with 730 Tarrant County nonprofits enrolling to benefit from much-needed support on North Texas Giving Day, September 17. Evidence of community need is clear— of the more than 3,300 total nonprofits registered, event organizers report a 21% uptick in first-time nonprofit participants and specific requests that not only address community need, but backfill dwindling resources at nonprofits. Local needs fall in line with national trends reported by The Chronicle of Philanthropy showing that 1.6 million jobs or 13 percent of all nonprofit jobs in America were lost, and 75 percent of nonprofits reported earning less revenue due to the pandemic. 

The flagship giving event that has buoyed the community for 11 years will play an even more critical role this year, helping to offset two canceled fundraising seasons and the enduring, increasing community needs spurred by COVID-19. Tarrant County nonprofit The Welman Project and others are eager to make progress on community issues, fueled by the support of donors this North Texas Giving Day.

"The $10,000 we raised on North Texas Giving Day in 2019 helped The Welman Project give over $1 million worth of goods to classrooms across North Texas in the 2019-20 school year, while working with the business community to divert 162 dumpsters of material from our city’s landfill," said The Welman Project co-founder Vanessa Barker. "Funds raised through North Texas Giving Day are essential to our operations, ensuring that we're able to continue to provide free resources to teachers and make North Texas a greener place to call home."

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 and racial and civil uprisings, new on the website this year is the ability to search for and support nonprofits that self-designated having BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) leadership. Further, new cause filters were added to easily find and support nonprofits working in Employment and Workforce, Human Trafficking, Immigrants and Refugees, and Justice-involved Adults and Youth.

“North Texas Giving Day started as an online-only event, which is so helpful in these times of stay-at-home orders and social distancing,” says Susan Swan Smith, Chief Giving Day Officer at Communities Foundation of Texas. “Everything – from donating, to volunteering, to just simply celebrating nonprofits who support our community every day, but especially now – can be done safely, online on North Texas Giving Day.”

The 12th annual North Texas Giving Day, powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, opens with early giving on September 1, and concludes September 17, 2020 at midnight, offering virtual and socially distanced ways throughout the campaign to support and celebrate local nonprofits:

·         September 1, 6 a.m. to September 17, midnight - Donate to any nonprofit or FUNdraiser listed on www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org. To find only Tarrant County nonprofits, go here.

·         September 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – free, livestreamed ‘North Texas Giving Day Concert Presented by the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation and Levitt Pavilion’ will feature online concert performances on Levitt Pavilion’s Facebook page with performing artist and arts advocate BJ Cleveland as the event’s emcee. The concert line-up and schedule is:

o   11 a.m. - Larry Gee

o   1 p.m. - Hannah Kirby and Brad Thompson

o   3 p.m. - Bri Bagwell

o   5 p.m. - Ron Bultongez

o   7 p.m. - Radney Foster

·         Through September 17 – Super-fans can create FUNdraiser pages for their favorite nonprofits and share them with their networks. Find simple instructions at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/FUNdraise.

Support for CFT’s North Texas Giving Day has been committed so far by Hunt Cares Campaign, The Morris Foundation, Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, Meadows Foundation, The Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Fund, Popolo Family Fund, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Trinbrook Fund, HEB/Central Market, Texas Women’s Foundation, Scheels, Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, Allstate, Bank of Texas, Texadia Systems, Swan Smith Family Fund, Dave and Susan Scullin Fund, and the Carolyn and Denton Newham Fund, and 17 Trustees, current and retired. Media sponsors include Cumulus Radio, Dallas Doing Good, Dallas Morning News, DFWChild, KLTY, MySweetCharity, Telemundo, and WFAA.

About CFT’s North Texas Giving Day

Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is our region’s annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza benefitting the 20 counties of North Texas. The day is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area wide collaboration, and of course, you! North Texas Giving Day’s goal is to make giving easy for donors, while helping build awareness and support for local nonprofits. Since 2009, North Texas Giving Day has pumped $290 million into the community. In September 2019, $50 million was raised through more than 100,000 gifts benefiting 3,000 nonprofits in the 20-county region. In addition to the annual fall event, an emergency Giving Day, North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, was launched in coordination with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Dallas Cowboys in May 2020 and raised $20 million to alleviate some of the financial burden on nonprofits caused by COVID-19. Visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org. #NTxGivingDay @NorthTexasGivingDay

 

About Communities Foundation of Texas

Presenting North Texas Giving Day is one of many ways Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) serves as a hub for philanthropy in North Texas. With the goal of building a thriving community for all, CFT leads strategic grantmaking initiatives, professionally manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. www.cftexas.org  www.facebook.com/CFTexas or www.twitter.com/GiveWisely.

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