Last Thursday proved that one day can make a big difference for thousands of nonprofits.
During the 15th annual North Texas Giving Day, more than 97,000 donors helped causes they care about by donating $63.9 million to 3,249 nonprofits.
Powered by Communities Foundation of Texas and presented by Amazon, the event drew donations ranging from $1 to $200,000 for nonprofits serving the 20-county North Texas region. The foundation said that 100% of credit card fees were covered, so all dollars donated go directly to the nonprofits.
The event outraised last year’s North Texas Giving Day total “at a time when philanthropic giving is down nationally for the first time in years,” the foundation said.
Wayne White, the new president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, said that “seeing North Texans’ legendary generosity up close and personal this Giving Day has been truly remarkable.”
“While I’m new to the North Texas community and CFT’s North Texas Giving Day,” White added in a statement, “Im not new to the profound impact that generosity and giving have on our quality of life.”
More than $560 million donated in 15 years
White noted that this year’s donations bring North Texas Giving Day’s 15-year total to “more than $560 million.”
“Together, we’re creating a ripple effect of impact across our community,” he said. “The 15th anniversary of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day was certainly one for the record books. What a gift to be part of a community that in 15 years has given more than half a billion dollars to the nonprofits that support this region.”
The mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, and McKinney issued proclamations officially declaring September 21 North Texas Giving Day.
“On behalf of Amazon, I want to thank each of the givers who joined in to share their care by donating dollars and pledging volunteer hours,” said Vickie Yakunin, Head of Community Affairs at Amazon’s Dallas Region.”We’re proud to amplify their efforts and to help grow the spirit of giving in our community through North Texas Giving Day.”
Communities Foundation of Texas launched North Texas Giving Day in 2009. Since then, it’s become the largest regional online giving event in the nation, the organization says. The day has grown to span across 20 North Texas counties with past honorary chairs including former First Lady Laura Bush, Cynt Marshall, and Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki.
The full list of this year’s results (sortable by organization name, total gifts, or total dollars) is listed here. Individual nonprofit pages include online transactions (credit card), donor advised funds, matching gifts, and online donations.
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