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Calling all local nonprofits…it’s that time again…you’re invited to a North Texas Giving Day nonprofit kickoff. These high energy events are the best place to learn all the ins and outs of North Texas Giving Day, including how to get started, what’s new this year (some special new bells and whistles!), and the many ways your organization can leverage North Texas Giving Day to achieve your fundraising and community awareness goals. 
 
You’ll leave inspired and energized, ready to celebrate the most generous day in North Texas on 9.19.19!
 
For your convenience, the team at Communities Foundation of Texas is making a road show of it and giving you five kickoff locations to choose from, including:

Thursday, May 23: Grayson County (Austin College in Sherman)
Tuesday, May 28: Dallas County (Moody Performance Hall in Downtown Dallas)
Thursday, May 30: Denton County (Liberty Christian School in Argyle)
Monday, June 3: Tarrant County (Texas Live! in Arlington)
Tuesday, June 4: Collin County (Collin College Conference Center in McKinney Campus)
 

 

In 2018, all of you came together and raised an incredible $48 million from our generous community. This year, the goal is to invite new donors to your cause and propel your mission forward! Get an early start by coming to a kickoff (or two if you’d like!) to hear from Communities Foundation of Texas and learn from several of your peer organizations who will be sharing their best tips and tricks.

Have questions? CFT has answers: Head over to the FAQs.
You can also get a head start by looking at 2019 key dates and the robust training calendar. 
 
Don’t miss it! Register now.

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Is North Texas ready? Tomorrow is the big day! North Texas Giving Day officially launches tomorrow at 6 a.m.

This year mark’s the ninth year of North Texas Giving Day, which is powered by Communities Foundation of Texas.

Here is how it works: Anyone can go to NorthTexasGivingDay.org and give right there on the homepage. Simply type in the name of your favorite local charity, and you can even give to multiple nonprofits all from the homepage. Or, you can search by category or county to find a nonprofit in your favorite cause area. The categories cover a range of causes from arts, animals and children to mental health, social justice and veterans. The event includes more than 2,900 nonprofits from 16 surrounding counties. Once you get to the nonprofit’s profile page, you can give quickly and easily on the donation form. Or you can scroll down on each nonprofit’s profile page, to read the agency’s mission, navigate to the charity’s website and view their GuideStar profile to do additional research on the agency.

If you know you can’t make a donation tomorrow, today is the last day of scheduled giving, so make your scheduled gift today before midnight.  

The real excitement starts tomorrow with prize money, bonus funds, and matching dollars as North Texas sees if it can meet or exceed last year’s massive $37 million total.

This year more 2,900 nonprofits are participating in the day. More than 300 of those nonprofits have raised individual matching funds, totaling over $6 million. To see which nonprofits have a match, you can search on NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

The leaderboard is addicting so once you make your donation follow your favorite nonprofit’s progress throughout the day by going to NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Also, you can come join the fun! We’ll have free-to-the-public Donation Station events across North Texas, including breakfast tacos at Sundance Square, 50+ hands-on philanthropic activity stations and free nonprofit performances over lunch at NorthPark Center, a free evening Arlington Gives! concert at Levitt Pavilion, and fun activities, food trucks, prizes and more at Denton Square on the Courthouse Green, and Finch Park near downtown McKinney.

The Fort Worth Donation Station and PHILANTHRO-PARTY hosted by North Texas Community Foundation will be at Sundance Square Plaza (420 Main St, Fort Worth, TX) from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., featuring local VIPs, live music and entertainment and cash prizes totaling $10,000. For more details go to: https://northtexasgivingday.org/fort-worth.

Photo credit: Kim LeesonThe Dallas County Donation Station will be at NorthPark Center (8687 NorthPark Center, Dallas, TX) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. hosted by NorthPark Center and Communities Foundation of Texas, featuring interactive stations for nonprofits around the mall, and nonprofit performances. One $1,953 prize and several in-kind prizes will be awarded to nonprofits in attendance. For more details go to: https://northtexasgivingday.org/dallas.

The Collin County Giving Day Party in the Park hosted by Volunteer McKinney and the McKinney Community Development Corporation will be at Finch Park (301 W Standifer St, McKinney, TX) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring 70 nonprofit booths, live music, dance performances and entertainment; food trucks; and sports demonstrations.  For more details go to: https://northtexasgivingday.org/mckinney.

The Giving Day Denton Donation Station, celebrating Denton County Nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day will be at the Denton Square on the Courthouse Green (110 West Hickory, Denton, TX) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring more than 50 nonprofits showcasing children’s activities, Beth Marie’s ice cream, and a battle of the bands contest broadcasted from the LSA burger rooftop stage. For more details go to: https://northtexasgivingday.org/denton.

The Arlington Gives! Concert and Donation Station hosted by Arlington Tomorrow Foundation will be at Levitt Pavilion (100 W Abram St, Arlington, TX) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., featuring a musical performance by the Josh Weathers Band.  It will include information booths staffed by Arlington nonprofits, food trucks and other activities. For more details go to: https://northtexasgivingday.org/arlington.

 

 

Photo credit: Kim Lesson

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North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, Texans Can Academies, below. 

“My story begins when my mom was 15-years-old. She was raped by my father and that’s how I was conceived.”

Since the day Destiny was born, her mother resented her. Her mother watched her newborn child almost bleed out after surgery without any remorse.

The majority of her childhood only got worse as she watched drugs plague her family.

“Even my mom’s pregnancy didn’t stop her from doing drugs.”

Her stepdad would constantly beat Destiny and her mother.

“My family went through seven CPS cases, but it was hopeless because my parents would tell us what to say or they would beat us.”

Being a product of rape and abuse made it difficult for Destiny to attend school. She had to choose between caring for her baby brother because her parents had overdosed or attend school.

“When I did go, I always had to remember to cover up my bruises to avoid questions. At both of my old schools I felt like I never fit in, they just didn’t care.”

“Immediately after finding the Can Academies I didn’t feel lonely. For the first time, my teachers understood and helped me. They made me feel wanted. If it weren’t for them I don’t think I would be graduating. I finally found find the first place where I truly belonged.”

Education became Destiny’s lifeline.

Many of our students suffer through an agony that no child should go through just like Destiny. With 95 percent of our students being economically disadvantaged, we strive to break the generational cycle of poverty through education and literacy by providing solutions for them.

Donations made on North Texas Giving Day go directly to our Student Support Fund. This makes it possible to provide students with basic needs, including mental and dental health resources, food, clothing, eyeglasses, and more.

To donate to Texans Can Academies September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Blog authored by: Raul Machuca, Media Director, Texans Can Academies. 

 

 

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North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, Frontiers of Flight Museum, below. 

Support STEM Education and Make a Difference!

There are many STEM programs available. At the Frontiers of Flight Museum (FOFM), our acclaimed STEM curriculum focuses on aviation and space flight.

When you donate on North Texas Giving Day your gifts allow us to provide and expand the STEM and Aviation & Space History curriculum and programs to 18,000 kids and growing from PK to 12th grade throughout the metroplex.

We teach kids the fundamentals and advanced skills in astronomy, physics, math, robotics, coding, the principles of flight, and much more at our FOFM Aviation & Space Camp, Spring Break Camp, school tours throughout the year, and through community outreach at schools and a plethora of events, as well as through our Youth Volunteer Program.

How Kids Grow Through STEM in Exploration Space

We take kids to the Moon, through the Solar System, exploring the Milky Way, and back to Earth using the fascinating programs in our portable planetarium, SPOC, offering students a unique learning opportunity through an interactive 3D environment.

Our Space Flight Gallery, anchored by the Apollo VII Command Module, will give students hands-on exhibits and learning stations that show the real technology and scientific theory as well as great artifacts from completed missions whose findings inspire our future space ventures.

Launched in 2016 with the addition of SPOC, our Exploration Space Initiative is a multi-faceted expansion of our STEM programming that includes a major expansion of our Space Flight Gallery with new interactive learning stations and displays. Also in the plans is a Space Video Series that will stream online for use in any classroom – providing an innovative and effective means for educators to address and deliver curriculum that teaches about the past, present and future of space exploration.

We will be reaching over 35,000 students and 95,000 visitors annually through our Exploration Space program and exhibits with your help!

To donate to Frontiers of Flight Museum on September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Blog authored by: Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones, President/CEO, Frontiers of Flight Museum

 

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North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, One Man’s Treasure, below. 

Appearances often create superficial impressions, which in turn can summon judgment of one's character. Have you ever rejected buying a fruit just because it had too many spots or didn't seem to be the ripest? One way or the other, the modern society we live in today puts a subjective importance on the appearance of everything and everyone, starting from the food on our very own plate to the people surrounding us.

Throughout our busy lives, we rarely dedicate the time to analyze what’s inside. In reality, we often jump to conclusions by what is exposed on the outside. If this happens with the objects we rely on to survive, imagine when it comes to humans?

That is the very reason why our organization, One Man’s Treasure, works to better the appearance of men recently released from prison. When an inmate is released from a Texas prison, he is given an ill-fitting pair of pants and shirt, a bus pass, and $100. The delivery of a set of clothing to these men by our volunteer “shepherds” isn’t just handing them a shirt to put on their back, it’s a symbol of opportunity. These clothes allow a potential to bring a better social perspective towards these men, increasing their own abilities to see themselves in a different manner and allow others to see them in a new light.

What can an outfit of clothing really do?

Our story is about Michael, after his release from prison about four years ago, three of One Man’s Treasure’s shepherds wanted to personally deliver his set of clothes to him, after knowing him for many years through different prison programs.

Having three men who supported him in prison continue to support him in the free world, along with a ministry that cared enough to send clothes helped Michael have the confidence he needed to start over.

With help from his transition home and appropriate clothes to wear, he found employment as an electrician’s assistant and has continued to moved up in that career. After a year, he moved into his own home, married a lady he met at his church and began to serve His Lord by serving others!

To donate to One Man's Treasure on September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Blog authored by: Annette Jenkins, Executive Director, One Man's Treasure

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The nation’s largest giving day officially kicks off today with the first day of scheduled giving. Beginning at 8 a.m. donors can go to NorthTexasGivingDay.org and schedule gifts for their favorite nonprofits. Scheduled giving will take place between now and 11:59:59 p.m. on September 13, 2017. Then the official day starts at 6 a.m. on September 14.

This is the first year that the event has offered scheduled giving.

“Scheduled giving allows donors to make arrangements for their gifts especially if they already know they will be out of town or unable to make a donation on Giving Day,” said Susan Swan Smith, Chief Relationship Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas. “We hope this gives more people the opportunity to participate and allows donors the opportunity to plan their giving approach.” 

Over the past two weeks, North Texas nonprofits have stepped up in big ways to help our friends, families and neighbors from South Texas. The community continues to see a great need both in DFW and in our neighboring communities. North Texas Giving Day gives us the opportunity to give back to these diligent and tireless nonprofits.

This year a record-breaking number of nonprofits are participating. More than 2,900 nonprofits have registered and have been approved to participate in the day, which is up from the 2,500 nonprofits that participated last year. In 2016, the event raised $37 million and the group aims to meet or exceed that total this year. For the past five years, the event has broken national records for Giving Day and it continues to be the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.

A launch event, Celebration of Giving, will kick off the community movement at Communities Foundation of Texas today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The total raised during the scheduled giving period will be announced on Giving Day. 

To prepare for this tremendous day, many nonprofits have raised their own supplementary 1:1 matching funds to augment bonus funds and prizes raised by CFT and to further boost donations.

Donations up to $10,000 made September 7 through 14 to the 2,900 nonprofits listed on the site will be amplified by the general bonus funds and prizes. Nonprofits with matching funds will be shown on their own leaderboard on www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org so donors can follow their favorite nonprofit’s progress throughout the day.

 

 

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North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, Richardson Adult Literacy Center, below. 

More than 19,000 adults in Northern Dallas County don’t speak English well or at all. It’s hard to get a good-paying job if you don’t speak English. It’s tough to support your children’s education if you aren’t able to read a report card. And, like Jose, you can’t pursue your passion of computer programming if you only know Spanish and computer languages.

“I came to the U.S. to live and work without fear. I had a business in my country but, because of the harassment of the mafia, I decided to start my life anew in the U.S.,” shared Jose. Not knowing English, his first job was in construction, laying floors. But this wasn’t his passion or his background.

“I’m a systems engineer and know computer languages,” said Jose. “I like that computers have no borders and no grammar, only syntax,” he remarked.

Jose started taking English as a Second Language classes at the Richardson Adult Literacy Center two years ago. Classes and books are free, since the vast majority of students are low-income adults. For Jose, and thousands of other immigrants and refugees, learning English is the link to achieving their dreams.

After learning English, Jose was able to change jobs. “Now, I have a small store for computer and cell phone repair. Most customers are Spanish speaking.” To pursue his dream in computer programming, Jose knows his English needs to improve. “My principal problem is I don’t speak English well. When I have to speak face-to-face, I freeze. I feel nervous. It’s embarrassing. I need classes to learn English better.”

Donations made through North Texas Giving Day help provide student books, materials, and training and support for volunteer teachers who teach students like Jose. Jose shares what so many other adult students learning English feel: “My ESL classes give me confidence. I have improved, but I want to get better.”

To donate to Richardson Adult Literacy on September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Blog authored by: Katie Patterson, Executive Director, Richardson Adult Literacy Center.

 

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North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, Zoie’s Place, below. 

Zoie’s Place is so excited to be participating in North Texas Giving Day for the first time this year. As a new nonprofit in its infancy, we feel blessed to have the opportunity to engage in a day where the community rallies together to provide for the needs of our community. 

For those who aren’t familiar with our organization, Zoie’s Place provides transitional services to homeless youth aging out of foster care to equip, empower, and prepare them for adulthood.  Through a structured program that provides temporary housing and teaches life skills, Zoie’s Place is able to help young women, ages 18 to 24, escape homelessness and become contributing members of society.

When you give to support Zoie’s Place, you are telling our residents that you care about their future; you are telling them they matter and their life is important. When you give to Zoie’s Place, you make these young women feel like the things they dream of can become a reality.

Most of the young women we serve are used to abandonment. They are used to people telling them they don’t have the skills to make it on their own and they will always need government assistance to support themselves. But when you give to support Zoie’s Place, you are breaking through the bondage of the lies they have been told. Your support helps us show them they matter and they are worthy of a brighter future.

In the words of our residents:

When people give to help support Zoie’s Place, it makes me feel like I can be somebody in life. I feel like you believe in me and that I can be anything I set my mind to.” -- Latrail

“I want people who support Zoie’s Place to know that you never know whose life you are changing or whose life you are saving.” – K.D. 

With your help, together we can change the trajectory of the lives of these young ladies. Let’s partner together to put detours in the path of dependence and lead them on their way to self-sufficiency.

Thank you for supporting Zoie’s Place this North Texas Giving Day, and believing in the potential of the young women we serve.

To donate to Zoie's Place on September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

 Blog authored by: Brandy Coty, Executive Director, Zoie's Place. 

 

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North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, National Society of Black Engineers-DFW Professionals, below. 

Only 19 percent of black fourth graders in the U.S. and 13 percent of the nation’s black eighth graders were proficient in math in 2015, per the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Only 5.5 percent of black eighth graders in the U.S. in 2005 completed calculus five years later, and only 1.1 percent of the nation’s black college freshmen enrolled in engineering programs in 2010, according to an analysis conducted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). And then there’s this distressing fact from the American Society for Engineering Education: the percentage of African Americans among U.S. engineering bachelor’s degree recipients has been declining for more than a decade and was only 3.5 percent in 2014.

The core mission of NSBE is to increase the number of black engineers. The Society has decided to do something about the effect of these disparaging statistics on black youth and on the nation’s need for talent in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Society has targeted an ambitious goal: to have the U.S. produce 10,000 African-American bachelor’s degree recipients in engineering annually, by 2025, up from the current number of 3,620.

To address the needs of the Dallas / Ft. Worth (DFW) metroplex, the NSBE DFW professionals find innovative ways to produce the next generation of engineers.  Funds from North Texas Giving Day (NTxGD) will provide STEM resources and materials needed to work more intimately and effectively with K-12 youth in underserved areas through our signature Technical OutReach Community Help (TORCH) program.  The TORCH program gives members the opportunities to showcase their technical expertise through hands-on STEM activities for the children – that rock!  In addition to working with students in grades K-12, the NSBE DFW professionals coach and mentor collegiate engineering students from local universities to guide the transition from student to professional and provides scholarships to local graduating seniors and collegiate students enrolled in a STEM major. Support through NTxGD will allow the NSBE professionals to expand their reach at local universities by addressing the critical professional development opportunities needed to help students successfully acquire internships and jobs.  An investment in NSBE DFW through North Texas Giving Day is an investment in innovation, creativity, and the strategic development of the future engineers that will positively impact the globe.

To donate to National Society of Black Engineers-DFW Professionals on September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Blog authored by: Quanta Graves, NSBE DFW Professionals President 

 

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North Texas Giving Day, the largest giving day in the nation founded by Communities Foundation of Texas, is back on September 14, 2017! In eight years, North Texas Giving Day has generated $156 million for the community. Learn more about some of the thousands of participating nonprofits here on BubbleLife from now until Giving Day. Read more about today's featured nonprofit, Mommies in Need, below. 

Mommies In Need was founded by accident. At least that’s how I jokingly explain it at social gatherings. I was a stay-at-home mom to twin toddlers when I went through a series of debilitating health problems including five major surgeries, the removal of three organs, and cancer. I had help from friends and family, and we were able to pay a nanny part time. Then, a friend of mine found herself facing a colon cancer diagnosis with a two-year-old and a four-year-old. Unlike me she did not have the means to hire a nanny. I visited her in the hospital and will never forget hearing her say that her plan was to have a friend watch the kids on chemo days and that she would “do it herself” the rest of the time. Every bit of me cried out that I couldn’t let her go through that, so I started sending a nanny who had helped me over to her house, and fundraising like crazy to pay for it. The gift of providing childcare for a sick mom resonated with so many people that we were able to create the 501(c)3 organization, Mommies In Need, just a few months later.

Mommies In Need had been around less than six months when I went to an information session at Communities Foundation of Texas about their grant application process. I quickly found out we were years from being qualified for that, but it was there that I learned about North Texas Giving Day.

One of the beautiful things about North Texas Giving Day is that you don’t have to be a big, nationally known, organization to participate. They level the playing field and establish prize categories for non-profits of all sizes. That first year, our little organization got almost half of our yearly budget from that one day! Today, just two years later, we are steadily growing and proud to say that we have just accepted our 20th family and have provided over 8,000 hours of free childcare to moms going through a health crisis.

This September will be our third year participating in North Texas Giving Day and our goal this year is to raise $50,000, which will allow us to provide over 2,500 hours of free childcare to sick moms in North Texas!

To donate to Mommies in Need on September 14th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

 Blog authored by: Natalie Boyle, Founder and President, Mommies in Need.