Thursday, September 13, 2012

Communities Foundation of Texas will match donations to local nonprofits today ... - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Update, 10:15 a.m. Thursday: 

It’s only mid-morning and more than 6,000 North Texans have shown their generosity to local nonprofits. As of 9 a.m. more than $4 million has been donated for North Texas Giving Day.

And if you’re not based locally but would still like to give, you’re not alone. A gift came in from Austria this morning, according to Christine Rogers, spokeswoman for the Communities Foundation of Texas.

The group is drawing “golden tickets” every hour.

The 7 a.m. prize went to Heroes for Children. They will receive an additional $1,000.

The 8am hour prize went to The Samaritan Inn, which will also receive $1,000.

The1929th donation was to Dallas Symphony Orchestra. They will get $10,000 from the Dallas Foundation, for the year the organization was founded. and the 2012th donation was to United through Hope. They will also receive $10,000.

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Have you been waiting for a good time to donate to your favorite charity? Today, on North Texas Giving Day, your money will go further.

Donors can make a donation from 7 a.m. to midnight on donorbridgetx.org with their credit cards. The Communities Foundation of Texas will match donations of $25 or more up to a percentage from their $1 million pool of matching funds. A total of 1,000 nonprofits, from arts groups and animal advocates to church groups and public health agencies will receive the matched funds based on how many donations they receive.

In the past three years, donors made their donation via www.donorbridgetx.org, an online resource with information on area nonprofits for donors. Last year, the 13,500 donors overwhelmed the system, which made for very slow response times from the site.

That’s still a viable option this year, but donors can also make their gift in person at the Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas on 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. There will be live performances by local arts groups as well as animals available for adoption from the SPCA of Texas and food trucks.

Last year’s Giving Day raised $10.7 million for 600 local nonprofits â€" far beyond the $6.5 million goal. The goal this year is to meet or beat last year’s total. The Communities Foundation created the giving day along with the Dallas Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management.

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