North Texas on Track to Retain Title of ‘Most Generous Community In America’ on Giving Tuesday

#GiveBigDFW Campaign, Powered by United Way, Raises $30 Million for Area Nonprofits

DALLAS (Nov. 27, 2018) – North Texans responded generously to the call to “Give from the Heart” on #GivingTuesday, contributing more than $30.9 million and thousands of volunteer service hours to nearly 500 local nonprofits in a single day.  Powered by United Way, this year’s local response to the global day of giving, #GiveBigDFW, has inspired unprecedented investment and engagement, keeping North Texas on track to retain the title of ‘Most Generous Community in America.’  Funds raised during this year’s local effort mark a 36-percent increase over last year’s giving total.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas partnered with neighboring United Ways in Tarrant, Denton and Parker County to facilitate #GiveBigDFW, activating both large-scale community volunteer events and giving opportunities across the region.  Rich Templeton, chairman, president and CEO of Texas Instruments, his wife Mary, who are both co-chairs of this years United Way of Metropolitan Dallas campaign, their children and hundreds of Texas Instruments employees participated in volunteer events throughout the day, including delivering Meals on Wheels for the Visiting Nurses Association; assembling care kits for Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas; engaging in reading and art projects with young students at Mi Escuelita Preschool in Dallas and leading school STEM projects with the Boys and Girls Club of Richardson.  Employees from Mr. Cooper and TXU Energy joined community volunteers to serve Dallas’ homeless at CitySquare, fighting poverty.

“United Way has a long history of building bridges between companies, people and nonprofits and amplifying that connection for community impact,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  “Giving Tuesday has created a surge of enthusiasm since its inception in 2012.  And although it is raising significant funds for nonprofits, it’s much more than a day of fundraising. It’s an online and offline movement where ideas and resources are built and shared, and cultures of generosity are flourishing.  In North Texas, it’s the perfect way to harness our community’s  can-do spirit and boundless generosity here to make a lasting difference for all.”

Completing its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving following two days of consuming – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Driving hundreds of millions of dollars in donations annually in the United States, #GivingTuesday is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, kicking off the holiday season with a focus on sharing and caring.  Last year’s local effort raised over $20 million and logged thousands of volunteer service hours for more than 200 participating nonprofits.

In a historic first, all four major television news affiliates in the DFW market co-created unique Public Service Announcements to spread the word about #GiveBigDFW, further mobilizing volunteers and donors.  To celebrate the philanthropic success of this year’s effort, United Way Campaign Co-Chairs Rich and Mary Templeton joined volunteers and supporters at The Rustic in Dallas Tuesday evening with live entertainment at the #GiveBigDFW Bash.

“Rich and I wanted to show that the next generation must step up, so our children joined us in leading volunteer projects, setting the example that you are never too young to start giving back to the community,” Mary Templeton said. “Together, we’ve kickstarted a season and spirit of giving we hope will continue year round.”

“North Texas is blessed by big growth and prosperity, but we are also challenged by big needs like poverty, poor health and educational disparities,” Rich Templeton said.  “Real change happens when we all work to channel our collective time and resources to inspire hope for a better tomorrow. We’re thrilled to celebrate the incredible generosity and charitable collaboration across our community.”

In addition to Texas Instruments, corporate volunteer sponsors included Mr. Cooper and Voly.org, powered by VolunteerNow.  TXU Energy, a Vistra Energy Company, served as the Celebration Sponsor. Media Sponsors included KDFW FOX4, KXAS NBC5, WFAA News8 and KTVT CBS 11. Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation were Prize Sponsors.

“Together, we’ve encouraged North Texans to do what they do best—help others in creative and meaningful ways,” said Dana Dillard, Executive Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Mr. Cooper.  “We are proud to partner with United Way to inspire acts of service, kindness and generosity along with our many volunteers to improve the lives of our neighbors and highlight the good within our communities.”

Please visit www.GiveBigDFW.org to learn more.

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About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: 

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a community-based non-profit organization that treats 360 degrees of need.  For over 90 years, we have brought people and resources together to fight complex social problems by surrounding North Texas with efficient, impactful solutions. Since 2011, we’ve invested more than $147M in 200+ local programs that tackle issues across health, education and income, the essential components of a thriving community. We encourage North Texans to get involved by giving, volunteering or advocating and helping lift up those in need now and in the future. United, we help those who want to do good, do great. Learn more at UnitedWayDallas.org.