North Texas Cares:
Crisis Innovation That Works
North Texas Cares continues, Brundage said, and is still taking applications for emergency relief through the website, NorthTexasCares.org. There’s also a plan to “morph the application into being responsive to long-term needs due to the coronavirus,” she said. “We plan to launch the new, long-term-needs application by mid-July.” It’ll be available at the same website.
The response to NTC has been overwhelmingly positive, Brundage said. “The funders absolutely love it,” she said, “and that’s the reason we’re now taking it to another stage. The smaller nonprofits have really appreciated it as well—it’s gotten them exposure to funding institutions they might never have been able to access otherwise.”
Of the nearly 300 applications United Way has funded so far, about half of them are grants going to organizations United Way has never interacted with or funded before, the majority of which are grassroots organizations—and 30 percent are led by a person of color.
In addition to saving nonprofits time at the front end with the application process, it also helps when it comes to reporting how they’ve spent their grants. “Just as with the application, the reporting back is one-step, very quick and easy, rather than having to create an individual report for each funder who granted them money,” Brundage said.
NTC has also sparked the interest of other organizations nationwide. “I’ve had conversations about how we did it, and at least two or three of those have been from outside of Texas,” she said.
For more information, visit NorthTexasCares.org.
You can read more about how United Way of Metropolitan Dallas led the way in addressing the pandemic in this Forbes Nonprofit article, Building a New Model for Greater Change and Impact, by our McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, Jennifer Sampson.
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