United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has announced a $5 million grant from the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation for immediate and long-term needs in education, income and health outcomes in North Texas. Funds will be used either directly or indirectly to support the organization’s COVID-19 relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts, and brings the total raised to more than $11.6 million.
“During these unprecedented times, our greatest assets are each other,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “We are incredibly grateful for the leadership and generosity of our valued long-time partner, TI. We share the belief that this crisis can be a defining moment of solidarity. This monumental gift ensures that together, we will continue to put opportunity in the hands of North Texans when they need it most.”
“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is a powerhouse, frontline leader in using its network, know-how and resources to address the most critical needs of North Texas,” said Andy Smith, Executive Director of the TI Foundation. “The current unprecedented public health crisis is no different for Jennifer and her team, and we know that with the help of this gift, they will tackle near-term service gaps while planning for long-term recovery.”
“At TI, one of our long-standing ambitions is to be a company you’d be proud to be a part of, and one you’d be proud to have as a neighbor,” Smith added. “We are committed to supporting our communities and hope this gift will serve as a catalyst for continued generosity throughout our area.”
The TI Foundation donation supports both urgent community needs and growing long-term challenges, as North Texans face uncertainty like never before. Quickly analyzing the most critical needs, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has already deployed more than $2.9 million in resources to 216 community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations impacting nearly one million lives, including health care workers and first responders. While many of the initial grants address needs of access to food, shelter, healthcare and response to job and income loss, several also meet immediate educational and emotional needs of children and adults across North Texas.
As federal funding from the CARES Act and public resources at the city and county level begin to flow into these areas, United Way funding will shift to support longer-term recovery efforts to continue its focus on improvements in education, income, and health outcomes.
The TI Foundation gift announcement comes in anticipation of the extraordinary North Texas Giving Tuesday Now philanthropic effort slated for Tuesday, May 5th. A partnership between the Dallas Cowboys, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Communities Foundation of Texas, the online effort will bring the global Giving Tuesday movement to Dallas-Fort Worth to raise funds for those most adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19.