North Texas Giving Day Exceeds Record
Sep 22, 2014 09:14AM
● By Amy
The 6th annual North Texas Giving Day was a huge success on Thursday last week, exceeding it’s own record set in 2013 by $1 million. In 18 hours more than $26.3 million was raised through community-wide events and nonprofit performances. More than 1,580 nonprofits benefitted from more than 98,000 donations. Locally, GRACE had 87 donations totaling $21,553, and Metroport Meals on Wheels had 72 donations totaling $11,340.
“Wow! Today, donors showed unbridled enthusiasm for this community they clearly care so much about,” says Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, which founded and presents North Texas Giving Day. “From Keller to Kenya, Arlington to Australia, Dallas to Denmark, local nonprofits received gifts from all over the world at a pace of 18 gifts per second.”
From 6 a.m. to midnight on September 18, donations poured in from all 50 states, six territories and more than 28 countries. Costume-clad nonprofit representatives were spotted across the community drumming up grassroots support for their causes. Donors of all ages participated in the festivities, including kids who gave their time and loose change at the inaugural Kids Give.
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 1,600 nonprofits, and since its inception has infused more than $86 million into nonprofits serving the 16-county North Texas community. The full list of results (sortable by nonprofit size) and prizes is listed at www.northtexasgivingday.org/#leaderboard.
Photo courtesy of Kim Leeson.