50 for 50 | North Texas Giving Days
Communities Foundation of Texas’s (CFT) North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour giving event that enables everyone to give back to their community by donating to local nonprofits. Go ahead and mark your calendar now: this year’s North Texas Giving Day will take place Thursday, September 23.
It’s fun to “Get up and give,” as CFT says, with an online system that is not only easy to use but also assures the donor their money will be going to the cause intended.
Since its inception in 2009, North Texas Giving Day has raised more than $375 million as the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. Donations have grown over the years, but so has the need.
Each year, CFT receives and evaluates hundreds of applications from local nonprofits to create a Giving Guide. Using this guide, donors have access to immediate opportunities to give and make a difference in their community, looking through categories to determine which nonprofits you might be interested in supporting. There are many categories of organizations, including those that benefit animals, older adults, environmental causes, education, health, veterans and many more. Donations are tax deductible, and many of them are matched. Non-profits can also compete to win additional cash prizes from CFT and other area philanthropists.
This year’s North Texas Giving Day has announced Amazon as the event’s first-ever presenting sponsor. Vickie Yakunin, Amazon’s Dallas senior manager of external affairs, commented that “Amazon is thrilled to serve as North Texas Giving Day’s presenting sponsor. The donations from this event fuel so much important work throughout North Texas, strengthening our community and supporting the most vulnerable.”
As North Texans get ready to “Get up and give” on September 23, we will be helping to continue a streak of giving: In 2009, the first North Texas Giving Day raised $4 million from 6,500 donors to benefit 345 non-profits. That number has grown every year and, in 2020, hit a record high of $58.8 million raised for 3,242 non-profits from 106,000 donors. Will you be one of those generous North Texans in 2021?