DALLAS – May 6, 2020
North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, the joint giving effort between United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas, and Dallas Cowboys, closed out 18 hours of philanthropy with nearly 45,000 donors giving more than $20.7 million to more than 2,500 North Texas nonprofits. Additionally, more than 9,400 donors pledged nearly 300,000 volunteer hours.
Furthermore, since the COVID-19 pandemic hit barely a month ago, generous foundations, companies, and individual donors have come together to contribute $21.8 million to relief funds managed by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, and North Texas Community Foundation.
“We continue to be blown away by this uniquely philanthropic and heartfelt community,” said Dave Scullin, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas—founder of North Texas Giving Day. “Seeing the nearly 45,000 donors and volunteers come together at a distance for North Texas Giving Tuesday Now underscores our incredible local bond in support of each other through our critical nonprofit sector. ”
While in-person events are cancelled, event organizers and nonprofits hosted virtual musical concerts and art performances and volunteer opportunities to increase awareness, raise money, collect needed essential goods, and truly celebrate philanthropy.
“In these uncertain and challenging times, the spirit of North Texas shines bright,” said Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “We are encouraged and inspired by the generosity of our community, but not surprised. Because when you live and work alongside North Texans—people with great courage and great compassion—great things happen. The extraordinary results of this collaborative effort is another endorsement of what we already know—we’re better together.”
North Texas Giving Tuesday Now took place simultaneously with the global #GivingTuesdayNow event and served as the local effort. The online campaign launched on April 14, 2020 with early giving and culminated with 18 hours of giving on May 5.
“We were thrilled to be part of this community-empowering day that really showcased the amazing heart of this region,” said Charlotte Jones, Dallas Cowboys Vice President and Chief Brand Officer.
North Texas Giving Tuesday Now was hosted on the North Texas Giving Day platform. It provided donors and volunteers the ability to search by various categories, including organizations on the COVID-19 frontlines, cause, location, and size.
The full list of results (sortable by organization name, total gifts or total dollars) is listed at https://northtexasgivingday.org/leaderboard. Results on the website are subject to final review and verification. Updated totals should be available after May 19. Donations to the relief funds are still being accepted.
Support for North Texas Giving Tuesday Now has been committed by: The Dallas Cowboys, Communities Foundation of Texas, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Regional Chamber, Metropolitan Press, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, NorthPark Center, Plano Chamber of Commerce and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce. Media sponsors so far include: Cumulus Radio,Dallas Doing Good, The Dallas Morning News, DHD Films, WFAA-Channel 8.
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About CFT’s North Texas Giving Day
Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day is our region’s annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza benefitting the 20 counties of North Texas. The day is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area wide collaboration, and of course, you! North Texas Giving Day’s goal is to make giving easy for donors, while helping build awareness and support for local nonprofits. Since 2009, North Texas Giving Day has pumped $290 million into the community. In 2019, $50 million was raised through more than 100,000 gifts benefiting 3,000 nonprofits in the 20-county region. Visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org. #NTxGivingDay @NorthTexasGivingDay
About Communities Foundation of Texas
Presenting North Texas Giving Day is one of many ways Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) serves as a hub for philanthropy in North Texas. With the goal of building a thriving community for all, CFT leads strategic grantmaking initiatives, professionally manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.www.cftexas.org www.facebook.com/CFTexas or www.twitter.com/GiveWisely.
About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based social change organization that puts opportunity in the hands of all North Texans. Working with our determined supporters, we lead the charge to improve education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity. We invite all change-seekers in our community to Live United to achieve results right here at home. To give, advocate or volunteer, visit www.UnitedWayDallas.org.
About Dallas Cowboys/Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation
In the area of community service, the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation’s mission is built upon an overall philosophy of helping those who don’t have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves, with a primary focus on the organization’s partnership with The Salvation Army. The Joneses enlist the talents, skills and resources of Cowboys players, coaches, cheerleaders and every member of the organization to provide a unique and cutting-edge approach to community outreach. To learn more, visit www.dallascowboys.com/community.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe. North Texas has been an active GivingTuesday participant for the past five years. In 2019, North Texas celebrated donations of nearly $40 million on GivingTuesdayDFW and more than 23,000 pledged volunteer hours for 544 nonprofit organizations. To learn more about GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the global generosity movement, please visit: www.givingtuesday.org and www.givingtuesdaykids.org or at http://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday and http://twitter.com/GivingTuesday.
This article was published on: May 6, 2020