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Teach kids to give! Support Your Favorite Non-profit Tomorrow 9/15/2011

Submitted by on September 13, 2011 – 3:42 pmNo Comment

Teaching our children to give back is such an important part of growing up and growing into the future citizens of this country.  It’s important for them to donate time and money but it’s also important for us to model giving generously to causes that are important to our family and our values. Tomorrow there is a great opportunity for us to use a small amount of money to make a big difference. There are so many outstanding non-profits that serve families right here in our backyard and they all need our help. Tomorrow, if you give $25, that money will be matched! Read below for all the details. My kids have been saving part of their allowance all year and I love that if they make their donations tomorrow, they can see their donation double instantly and they can pick a non-profit that makes their hearts sing! Some of my personal favorites in Collin County are Sci-Tech Discovery Center, City House and This Side Up Family Fun Center because they are committed to educating and serving children and families in our community!!

700 NORTH TEXAS NONPROFITS POISED TO BENEFIT FROM 3rd ANNUAL NORTH TEXAS GIVING DAY
Donations On September 15, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Trigger Allocation of Matching Funds to Nonprofits

DALLAS – September 1, 2011 – More than 700 North Texas nonprofits are hoping history repeats itself on September 15, the third annual North Texas Giving Day. On that day, donations $25 and above made on www.donorbridgetx.org between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. will be matched from a pool of $710,000 in matching funds and prize money underwritten and raised by DonorBridge founders Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation and Center for Nonprofit Management.

“Every gift, large or small, made through DonorBridge helps. But, in the 12 hours of North Texas Giving Day last year, more than 450 nonprofits received over $5 million from more than 7,000 donors,” said Communities Foundation of Texas president and CEO Brent Christopher. “That is tremendous, but with more than 6 million North Texas residents, we expect the response to be even stronger this year.” DonorBridge’s YouTube PSA further illustrates Christopher’s points.

In only the two years since DonorBridge’s launch, its main event – North Texas Giving Day – has infused more than $9 million into the North Texas community. Among the hundreds of success stories, several stand out. Last year, Mercy Street in West Dallas raised one-third of its budget to help mentor and transform the lives of West Dallas children, while Denton Animal Shelter met twice its entire annual operating budget during North Texas Giving Day, which allowed it to build a shelter. Providence Christian School received $223,289 – the largest dollar amount of donations – while Dallas CASA, which received the highest number of donations, was able to place many more advocates in court for abused and neglected Dallas children.

“There is no better day to give than North Texas Giving Day, a once-a-year opportunity for donors to extend the impact of their contributions by taking advantage of matching funds made available through other generous benefactors,” said The Dallas Foundation president Mary Jalonick.

In addition to the matching funds, prizes, so far totaling $80,000, are available to nonprofits who achieve the below categories this year:

Largest cumulative donation amount
Most unique individual donations with an operating budget under $1 million
Most unique individual donations with an operating budget over $1 million
The 1,929th donation (funded by The Dallas Foundation to honor the year it was founded)
The 2,011th donation
Tarrant County Challenge – Tarrant County-based nonprofits with 30 or more gifts will be entered in a random drawing in celebration of Community Foundation of North Texas’ 30th anniversary.
As a way to build additional excitement on Giving Day, Energy Future Holdings is sponsoring a “Best Pajama Get-Up” contest. In keeping with the “Get Up and Give!” theme, nonprofits hosting Get Up and Give! pajama parties on Giving Day will post photos of their guests in their pajama “get-ups” on www.facebook.com/DonorBridge. Energy Future Holdings will review all the posted photos and award the winning $2,500 prize to the nonprofit hosting the best get-up.

Designed to make it easier for donors to give wisely, DonorBridge showcases clear, customized, Center for Nonprofit Management-reviewed profiles of over 700 nonprofits serving the 16-county North Texas region, as well as general information about every nonprofit in the United States. The database is a free tool for nonprofits and donors. Anyone can use DonorBridge data to align charitable interests with community needs.

“Working with over 2,500 nonprofits every day in this tough economy, we know how much they need the money and will put their donations to use for great impact,” said Center for Nonprofit Management president Cynthia B. Nunn. “We can’t wait to see how the community will rally behind our local nonprofits this year on North Texas Giving Day.”

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DonorBridge

Launched in 2009 with ongoing support by Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management, DonorBridge is the most comprehensive and free public resource for connecting North Texas nonprofits and supporters. For supporters, DonorBridge simplifies the process of gathering reliable information about nonprofits and community needs, and making charitable donations. For nonprofits, DonorBridge and its annual North Texas Giving Day serve as another awareness-building and fundraising tool. DonorBridge profiles more than 700 nonprofits and, since its inception, has infused more than $9 million into nonprofits serving the 16-county North Texas community. www.donorbridgetx.org for more information, or www.facebook.com/DonorBridge or www.twitter.com/DonorBridge.

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