#NTxGivingDay In the Community

North Texas Giving Day is truly a collaborative effort and Communities Foundation of Texas is honored to join forces with 50 community partners including foundations, corporations, and individuals to help power this region-wide movement. This year, three longstanding partners, based in Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth significantly increased their contribution to this groundswell of giving and each shared why they believe investing in North Texas Giving Day yields a high return on investment.


The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation was created 10 years ago to ensure that the income received from natural gas drilling on city property would benefit Arlington and its residents for generations to come. The Foundation wanted to provide support to meet the needs of Arlington for today and tomorrow.  Since 2007, the Foundation has made more than 350 grants totaling $18 million to boost human services programs, improve neighborhoods, preserve nature, and promote arts and culture in the “Dream City” of Arlington.


The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation supports North Texas Giving Day to spotlight Arlington-based nonprofit organizations and their value to the community, and to encourage citizens to support the charity of their choice on this day, and throughout the year.  This year will be the Foundation’s 4th year to host the Arlington Gives! Event on Giving Day, a concert at the Levitt Pavilion featuring the Josh Weathers Band.  Arlington-based nonprofits participating in North Texas Giving Day will be present to show off their talents, and on-the-spot pledging will be available.


For more than 100 years, Neiman Marcus has been giving back to the community. Their philanthropic legacy began in Dallas in 1907 through founder Herbert Marcus’ generosity to SMU and the Dallas Opera. Today, Neiman Marcus stores are dedicated to serving worthwhile causes within the 42 communities where their stores are located and are a proud to sponsor North Texas Giving Day. Aligning with their strategic focus area of youth arts education, Neiman Marcus provides special prizes to nonprofits within this category participating in Giving Day.


In addition to their strategic focus area of youth arts education, Neiman Marcus supports charitable projects nationwide, assists in disaster relief efforts, and works closely with Herbert Marcus Elementary School in Dallas Independent School District. Through their business-advised funds managed by Communities Foundation of Texas, Neiman Marcus has granted over $15 million since 2008.


The Morris Foundation views their grants as investments that generate a return — measurable and lasting impacts on the lives of the disadvantaged in our community.  The Morris Foundation believes that supporting Communities Foundation of Texas’ Giving Day pays dividends now, with dollars raised, and in the future, with broadened support of organizations helping those most in need.  Their support of Giving Day contributes to a tide of help that rises all boats of those in need.  This day is an opportunity to come together to do what Texans do best–help neighbors in need get through a hardship and back to self-reliance.


The Morris Foundation believes that education is important to live a sustainable and hopeful life.  They are dedicated to supporting the educational needs of disadvantaged children and young adults, with a special focus on addressing early learning deficiencies of those from birth to third grade.


With a rigorous evaluative process, The Morris Foundation invests in local programs that deliver the strongest measurable outcomes to those with the greatest needs, within their giving categories. In 2017, they added subject matter expertise in their three focal areas of education, healthcare and social services to enhance their capability, in partnering with others in our community, to address the needs of the disadvantaged. We invite you to learn more at The Morris Foundation website.


To learn more about North Texas Giving Day sponsors please visit our funders and partners page.


North Texas Giving Day Around the Community

For more than 60 years, Communities Foundation of Texas has been matching the giving passions of companies with real community needs in North Texas and beyond. We are excited to have growing support of North Texas Giving Day from the corporate sector and this year have joined forces with several retail partners including Kendra Scott, Microsoft, and Charming Charlie. We asked each of these companies why they decided to give back through North Texas Giving Day and we hope you are as inspired by their stories as we are!


Kendra Scott NTGDFor Kendra Scott the answer is easy. The company was founded on the three core pillars of Family, Fashion, and Philanthropy; which gave the company a firm foundation allowing them to grow into a successful fashion and lifestyle brand that stands apart from the rest. From a local to a national scale, if someone comes to Kendra Scott with a cause they care about, Kendra Scott will always have something to give. Philanthropy has become an integral part of the Kendra Scott culture, and the relationships the company has built with their customers and their communities as a result are invaluable. To continue this mission of philanthropy Kendra Scott is hosting a Kendra Gives Back Party event at all six of their DFW stores on Thursday September 7 from 4pm – 8pm from which 20% of the proceeds will benefit North Texas Giving Day.


IMG_2704Microsoft works day in and day out to include and empower people everywhere to have access to technology that can improve their lives. They are honored to partner with diverse stakeholders including nonprofit groups, innovative companies, and governments in order to offer programs that help empower youth, entrepreneurs, and developers.  Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella explains further –“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We also care deeply about how we achieve that mission and our lasting impact on the world and the communities where we operate. In this year’s annual letter to shareholders, I devoted my closing thoughts to the important role technology can play in spreading economic opportunity more evenly around the world. I believe we must continue to dedicate ourselves to the challenges humankind faces, the role technology can play, and the unique contributions Microsoft can make.” We are honored that Microsoft store locations at NorthPark Center and The Shops at Stonebriar will serve as official donation stations on September 14th.


At Charming Charlie, the company believes at a fundamental level that it is important to give back to the communities that they work and live in.  This commitment is represented in the Charming Charlie mission:  To make women happy and inspire them to lead more colorful, confident lives. Charming Charlie will continue to fulfill this mission by hosting a landmark two-day Charming Charlie Chic Event across all 15 DFW locations on Friday September 8 and Saturday September 9 benefitting North Texas Giving Day.


To help these organizations give back to the North Texas community, visit their stores for the proceeds events and hosted donation stations. To learn more about our retail partners, please visit our retail partners’ page.

What are Matching Funds?

Nonprofits often have many questions about Matching  Funds – what they are, how organizations can get them, etc. Hopefully we can shed some light on this mystery!

Mathcing FundsWhat are Matching Funds?

Matching funds are funds that are put up by a donor (or group of donors) to “challenge” others to give, usually to give a certain goal amount. Matching funds are a 1:1 match of donor dollars up to an agreed upon amount.

For example:

Matching fund donors will match all donations given to a nonprofit up to $5,000 on North Texas Giving Day.

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Meet theTeam – Tina Lin

With over 2,000 nonprofit organizations participating in #NTxGivingDay, we receive tons of emails and phone calls, with questions, questions, and more questions. Today you are going to meet the person whose primary role with #NTxGivingDay is to provide support for all of the nonprofits and lead our team through the day-of events — Meet Tina Lin!

Untitled-1Role with North Texas Giving Day: I am the Nonprofit Ninja and I help with all Nonprofit Organization support and coordinate the Dallas day-of events.

How long have you been at CFT/with NTGD? I have been working with CFT and the #NTxGivingDay Team for two years. Continue reading

Meet the Team– Matt

Ever wonder who is in charge of making sure that #NTxGivingDay goes off without a hitch and makes sure that your nonprofit profile pages are looking their best? Meet our Kimbia whisperer and operations guru —  Matt Allen!

What is your role with North Texas Giving Day?  I oversee all North Texas Giving Day operations.


How long have you been at CFT/with #NTxGD?  This September, I celebrate my 10 year anniversary with CFT!  Though I have been a part of the NTGD team that whole time, it was a year and half ago when I transitioned to that team full time.


What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay?  I get excited to see so many people give to some many good causes.

What is one area of your job that you’re passionate about? I am passionate about connecting the community with worthy causes in our region.  I work with our technology partners to make this connection as simple, secure and reliable as possible.

MattWhat do you do when not at work? I am always at the softball field, coaching 2 of my 4 daughters’ teams.

What is your favorite #NTxGivingDay war room snack?  I am in the war room for about 20 hours that day, so coffee and Monsters are my friends.

Meet the Team: Asia

Have you ever wondered how we get the wonderful numbers we share with you after #NTxGivingDay? We are lucky to have a wonderful staff member who is not only a wiz in excel, but the sky’s the limit with her data work — Meet Asia! 

Asia Rosie PictureWhat is your role with North Texas Giving Day? North Texas Giving Day Data Administration Specialist. I provide NPOs and Donor Support. I also provide the team data.

How long have you been at CFT/with NTGD?  1 year

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay?  The momentum of the day makes me excited about North Texas Giving Day. I love the spirit, events, and people of North Texas Giving Day. I love how the whole city of Dallas comes together to support the day of giving.

Your quintessential #NTxGivingDay moment: My past quintessential #NTxGivingDay moments were the staff picture and Day Break. I am naturally an early bird and active in the morning, so it felt great going to a party in the morning.

What is one area of your job that you’re passionate about? I am passionate about working with the NPOs and working on the data. I believe working close with the nonprofits and data provides the team the story of North Texas Giving Day. unnamed (2)

What do you do when not at work? Outside of work, I am very involved with my church. I enjoy exploring Dallas’ art scene by Dart, hiking, reading, traveling, going to plays/dances, and painting. I love listening to music and going to concerts. My favorites artists are PRINCE, The Fugees, Chopin, Bach, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, and Lauryn Hill. I bet my work neighbors know my favorite songs.  I have a diva kitty named Abby. She is one of my best friendsJ I love playing with her outside of work. I also love going different restaurants in the area.

What is your favorite #NTxGivingDay war room snack?  I love the pistachios, Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Chips, and Sparkling water.