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.