Give to your favorite local environmental groups online on Sept. 20 through the annual online event.
Sept. 18, 2018
You can get more bang for your donation buck during the annual North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, Sept. 20.
This is the 10th year for the online event, which encourages donations to charities in 20 North Texas counties - including dozens of environmental and animal welfare groups.
According to Carol Pierce Goglia, senior director of marketing and communications for Communities Foundation of Texas, which governs North Texas Giving Day, it's the best day of the year to donate to your favorite charities, because every gift comes with a bonus.
“Also, when we get together on one day, it makes a beautiful statement as to how we can all come together to support our community.”
North Texas Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the United States. In 2017, $39 million was raised to aid 2,723 nonprofits. A total of $195 million has been raised over a nine-year period.
The minimum donation is $1. Every donation is eligible for bonus funds and prizes, distributed by Communities Foundation of Texas, which governs North Texas Giving Day.
“Last year about 2 percent was added on [to donations],” said Goglia, “There’s about $1.3 million available for bonus funds and prizes.”
Communities Foundation of Texas was founded in 1953 and professionally manages 1,000-plus charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits. Goglia explains that each spring CFT invites nonprofits to participate. They must fill out a profile and post a financial statement and their GuideStar link.
For 2018, 2,767 nonprofits are participating and will be eligible for bonuses. You can go to NorthTexasGivingDay.org, click on your favorite charity and donate.
In addition, 418 nonprofits will match their own donations dollar for dollar, so when you give to those nonprofits, your contribution will be doubled.
Scheduled giving is now open; the actual Giving Day, Sept. 20, 2018, runs from 6 a.m. to midnight.
A few of the participating environmental nonprofits include Texas Campaign for the Environment, Dallas Sierra Club, Greater Fort Worth Sierra Club, Downwinders at Risk, Texas Trees Foundation, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area, Twelve Hills Nature Center and Green Careers Dallas.
Green Careers Dallas provides solar installation training to South Dallas residents with the aim to empower and energize them by creating innovative economic opportunities. This training connects individuals to valuable/relevant career opportunities in the green economy.
“We offer solar PV installation and safety training as a pathway to a living wage in a growth industry,” said Tracy Wallace, executive director of Green Careers Dallas, formerly known as Good Faith Impact. "Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 to fund an intro to solar PV installation, energy efficiency and OSHA 10 training for 30 people from South Dallas, the poorest urban area in North Texas."
North Texas Giving Day
About: Online donation day hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas with more than 2,700 participating North Texas nonprofits. $1 donation minimum. All participating nonprofits are eligible for bonuses and prizes. Over 400 nonprofits are also matching donations dollar for dollar.
When: Sept. 20, 6 a.m. to midnight