Mark your calendars because Thursday, September 19, is North Texas Giving Day. Starting at 7:00 am until midnight Thursday night, you can donate to any eligible nonprofits listed on DonorBridgeTX.org website.
In 2012, North Texas Giving Day earned more than $14.4 million, benefiting more than 900 nonprofits. This event is sponsored by The Meadows Foundation, a private philanthropic institution that addresses basic human needs in Texas, and The Dallas Women’s Foundation, a collaborative philanthropic network who invest $65 million annually on women and girls worldwide.
This is its fifth year and North Texas Giving Day has a goal to exceed last year’s record-breaking 37,800 donations. On Thursday, September 19, donations of $25 or more will be accepted to more than 1,000 certified nonprofits. More than $1.5 million dollars in bonus funds and prizes will beef up the donations.
What does this have to do with writing and writers?
Many of this year’s recipients of your donation aid literacy projects around the state: Autism Speaks DFW an organization dedicated to autism science and advocacy, ASPIRE of Tarrant County assists single parents in realizing education, Asian Film Festival of Dallas a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting emerging and established Asian and Asian-American, Arts Fifth Avenue is located in Fort Worth and their mission is to provide a forum of expression for dancers, choreographers, musician, composers, and visual and performing artists, several ISD Education Foundations, several local public libraries, 4word who promotes professional Christian women, and the list goes on. See a complete list of nonprofits participating in the 2013 North Texas Giving Day at the DonorBridge.com nonprofit list site.
“Each year, the generosity of North Texans on Giving Day is astounding,” said Brent Christopher, president and CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas and DonorBridge founder. “Over the past four years, North Texas Giving Day has brought thousands of North Texans together to raise more than $34 million dollars. We hope this year we’ll raise even more to fuel the important work of nonprofits serving our local communities.”
Bonus funds and prizes have been contributed by the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Bank of America, Katherine C. Carmody Trust Fund, Hunt Consolidated’s Hunt Cares Campaign, Sid Richardson Foundation, Harold Simmons Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation of North Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundation, and an anonymous donor. The media sponsors are My Sweet Charity, CBS Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA Channel 8.
Anyone can give at several the Donor Bridge donation station events through the day as well as support North Texas Giving Day online from 7 am to Midnight at www.DonorBridgeTX.org.
Here are the donation stations:
• 7 a.m. to Midnight, Communities Foundation of Texas Donation Station at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX at the intersection of I-75
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Communities Foundation of Texas Donation Station includes complimentary showcase performances by several nonprofits. Donors may purchase lunch from local food trucks. A schedule of performers and confirmed food trucks will be updated here.
• 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., “Giving Day Home Stretch” party with complimentary champagne toast and showcase performances to usher in late-night donations will be updated here.
To make it more fun, donations are tracked and displayed in real-time at the top of Donor Bridge’s homepage’s leaderboard: www.donorbridgetx.org.
From 8 – 10 pm on September 19, there’s a Home Stretch Party and CFT’s 60th Birthday Party at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. Food trucks will be onsite for purchase, complimentary dessert and a champagne toast. There will be special prize drawings and a musical performance by Turtle Creek Chorale.
The Donor Bridge Event Schedule:
11:00am - 2:00pm Free Onsite Appearances:
- 11:00am ~ Epicenter for the Arts performing a youth dance
- 11:30am ~ Shakespeare Dallas performing spoken word of Romeo & Juliet
- 12:00pm ~ Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folkloriko performing a Mexican folk dance
- 12:30pm ~ Guitar Ensemble from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
- 1:00pm ~ The Singing Girls of Texas from Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
- 1:15pm ~ Academy Dance Company of Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
- 1:30pm ~ Junior Players drums while presenting an African reading
- Baylor School of Nursing will provide free health screening
- Dallas Black Dance Theatre costumed dancers
- Dallas Zoo bringing a penguin to pet
- Equest providing ponies
- Mission Possible Kids providing a kit to make heart pillows for hospitalized children and soldiers in Iraq
- SPCA of Texas providing homeless pets ready for adoption
- Wee Volunteer is bringing their Meals on Big Wheel Bus, a mobile meal bus for underprivileged children
11:00am - 2:00pm Food for purchase
Donate and sign up to win prizes Thursday, September 19, from 7am to Midnight.