Every September, nonprofits and North Texas residents come together to participate in a day of generosity. That day is called North Texas Giving Day, and Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) founded this event in 2009. This year, Giving Day falls on Sept. 17, but early giving is already open online. In Collin County, there are 422 nonprofits enrolled – with a grand total of 3,300 throughout the North Texas region – to receive support on this important day.
Nonprofits need more aid than ever before due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that, as a result of the pandemic, 13 percent of all nonprofit jobs in America were lost and 75 percent of nonprofits reported earning less revenue.
During the 2019 giving event, 102,000 donors raised $50 million benefiting 3,000 local nonprofits. In total, more than $290 million has been raised in 11 years.
“North Texas Giving Day started as an online-only event, which is so helpful in these times of stay-at-home orders and social distancing,” says Susan Swan Smith, chief Giving Day officer at CFT. “Everything – from donating, to volunteering, to just simply celebrating nonprofits who support our community every day, but especially now – can be done safely online on North Texas Giving Day.”
Early giving opened Sept. 1, and officially concludes at midnight Sept. 17. Although most in-person events that typically happen surrounding Giving Day have been canceled, there will be a free, daylong concert on Sept. 17 streamed from Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion via Facebook. The line-up includes Larry Gee at 11 a.m., Hannah Kirby and Brad Thompson at 1 p.m., Bri Bagwell at 3 p.m., Plano’s Ron Bultongez at 5 p.m. and Radney Foster at 7p.m.
Through the Giving Day website, you can find and support your favorite nonprofit by searching their name in the search bar on the site. You can also create a FUNdraiser page for your favorite nonprofit and share it with your friends.North Texas Giving Day 2020 >