North Texas Giving Day Preps for 10th Event With a Few Changes

The nation's largest community day of giving is adding an ambassador program to help spread the word and some new tech allowing personalized crowdfunding.

Grace Prep Academy hold check at 2017 North Texas Giving Day

In just a few months, the annual North Texas Giving Day will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. This year, event host Communities Foundation of Texas will shake things up with new ways to give and an ambassador program. 

Last week, CFT opened up nonprofit registration for the Sept. 20 event, which rallies givers in an 18-hour fundraising campaign. It also announced a new platform that allows personalized crowdfunding as well as an ambassador program to help spread the word and increase participation.

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Erich Nicholson and son Tate Nicholson, 13, of the band Marathons and Unicorns perform at the Denton donation station during last year’s North Texas Giving Day. [Photo: David Leeson]

“We are so excited about the potential for this year’s event to generate more enthusiasm and support for North Texas nonprofits that keep our region strong,” Susan Swan Smith, chief giving day officer at CFT, said in a statement.

“Communities Foundation of Texas is honored to be the backbone of this massive community-building movement we all can leverage for good.”

Susan Swan Smith

In 2017, the nation’s largest community day of giving raised $39 million to benefit 2,723 nonprofits throughout the North Texas area. And, since the first North Texas Giving Day in 2009, the fundraising event has garnered $195 million for the thousands of nonprofits.

Organizers are hoping to make 2018 the biggest year yet and have called upon former First Lady Laura Bush to serve as the first honorary chair to help encourage more giving.

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The Dallas donation station at NorthPark Center bustles with activity during the 2017 North Texas Giving Day. [Photo: Kim Leeson]

The service coverage area is growing this year as well and will reach all the way to the Red River with the addition of four new qualifying counties: Cooke, Fannin, Grayson, and Montague.

“Communities Foundation of Texas is honored to be the backbone of this massive community-building movement we all can leverage for good,” Smith said.

Registration for nonprofits wanting to participate in North Texas Giving Day runs through Aug. 15. Organizations can go here to register. Those interested can also attend one of the two remaining kick-off events this week: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Austin College, 900 N. Grand St. in Sherman and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Nolan Catholic High School, 4501 Bridge St. in Fort Worth.

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