Healthy Communities Need a Thriving Nonprofit Sector

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By Matthew Randazzo, President and CEO, The Dallas Foundation

For the past ten years, North Texas Giving Day has placed a spotlight on one of our community’s greatest assets: the nonprofit organizations that work each day to feed, clothe, educate, protect, engage, and inspire our neighbors and ourselves.

The Dallas Foundation has proudly collaborated with our friends at Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) since the beginning of this record-breaking event, providing a pool of prize money each year to encourage investments in nonprofits across our community. We are particularly thrilled this year to co-present with CFT The Partnership Prize, a $10,000 award drawn randomly from all nonprofits who have participated in North Texas Giving Day for ten years.

But this prize and all the prizes are about more than one day. They acknowledge the hard work that happens every day by a sector that provides our safety net, our weekend outings, programming for our children and, quite frankly, much of what contributes to our current and future success as a region.

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The important ‒ no, critical – role the nonprofit sector fills in our communities is very personal to me. When I was growing up in Detroit, my family benefited from services provided at community centers, educational institutions, and other organizations, all of which helped place me on the path to where I am today.

Stepping into the role of president and CEO of The Dallas Foundation earlier this year has provided me with a different angle from which to view the agencies that serve our community, and it has only reinforced my belief that healthy communities need a thriving nonprofit sector.

Recently, two donors approached us with a question: If you could identify one area where gaps in funding exist, what would you choose?

Our answer: projects that enhance nonprofit organizational capacity. Think program evaluation, strategic planning, data analysis, and staffing. Not sexy, but these are the tools that enable the sector to grow, to thrive, to make an impact.

With our donors’ encouragement and financial support, the Foundation has established The Accelerator Fund to fill this gap. Now, our job is to grow the fund with additional donor investments so that impact can ripple across agencies in North Texas.

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The Dallas Foundation team takes pride in our reputation for donor service and trusted stewardship. We are equally committed to serving

as an informed thought partner, seeking out smart grant-making opportunities and striving, together as a community, to amplify the investments made by donors across this region. It’s a year-round job, and we at the Foundation are honored to be alongside each of you in the work and to bear witness to the generosity of our community.

To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Give Kids a Hand This North Texas Giving Day

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By Lindsay Ray, Communications Specialist

When 10-year-old Noah* arrived at ACH Child and Family Services’ Youth Emergency Shelter, he hadn’t felt safe in a long time. Coming from a home filled with abuse and neglect, Noah had acted out in his foster home, lashing out. He had trouble sleeping and hadn’t slept for days until he finally felt safe when an ACH staff member wrapped him in a blanket.

ACH_child on campus playgroundNoah’s past trauma affected his interactions with people, but as he continued to stay at the shelter, he began to feel more comfortable. Knowing the adults would take care of him, he started to heal and let himself be a kid.

In this stable and secure environment, Noah began to thrive. And one day, a foster mom met Noah, instantly falling in love with him, telling him, “You’re coming home with me.” Today, Noah is safe and cared for in a loving forever home.

Noah is lucky, but there are so many more kids in our community who long for safety, hope and love. Only by banding together as a community can we provide opportunities for these traumatized children.

ACH provides care for children and families facing life’s challenges through a spectrum of care across 14 programs, including operating the only youth emergency shelter in Tarrant County for runaway and homeless youth and trafficking survivors when they have nowhere else to turn.

ACH Youth Emergency Shelter“Providing a night of care in our youth emergency shelter costs about $250,” says Dr. Wayne Carson, ACH’s Chief Executive Officer. “$250 gives a kid not only a safe place to sleep at night but also a warm meal, new clothes and caring adults who make sure their needs are met. We couldn’t provide that level of care without supporters like you in our community and without efforts like North Texas Giving Day to raise awareness and funds to support our mission of protecting children and preserving families.”

YOU can make a difference in the lives of children and families right in here in our community by giving kids a hand on North Texas Giving Day and supporting organizations like ACH.

 

To donate to ACH Child and Family Services on September 20th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

What is North Texas Giving Day?

Have you heard of North Texas Giving Day or given to your favorite organization during the event, but don’t know what it exactly is? If you’ve participated, or heard about it but haven’t learned the full story, this post is for you!

NTGD results Thank YouNorth Texas Giving Day is more than just a one-day event. It’s a community movement!  This year the movement culminates on September 20, 2018, starting at 6am and ending at midnight. North Texas Giving Day started simply; it was a tool to help donors give wisely to their favorite nonprofits. The event started with Dallas County rallying together to support local nonprofits. In its first year, North Texas Giving Day blew everyone away raising over $4 million for 354 nonprofits. The movement quickly grew, adding 15 more counties to have North Texas Giving Day cover the full North Texas Region. Thanks to the groundswell of giving of this regional movement, in 2017 alone North Texas Giving Day helped raise more than $39 million benefiting more than 2,700 North Texas nonprofits, proving the wide held belief that everything is, in fact, bigger in Texas!

One of the best qualities about North Texas Giving Day is its diversity. Nonprofits of all sizes can participate. This means NorthTexasGivingDay.org features large nonprofits like KERA to small organizations like The Love Pit; all are represented! To help all nonprofits be successful in the day, North Texas Giving Day creates a library of resources including toolkits, graphics, and templates. By providing these tools, we help increase capacity, giving organizations fundraising and marketing tools they can use year-round.

North Texas Giving Day also works to democratize giving and allows donors to donate to their favorite nonprofits all at the same time in the same place. With features like shopping carts and donor profiles, individuals can search to find organizations that support the causes they care about while engaging with new organizations too.IMG_1365.jpg

This year North Texas Giving Day is encouraging donors to engage more deeply and become ambassadors for their organizations. Instead of just making their own donations, donors can create FUNdraising pages on behalf of the nonprofits, encouraging their networks to donate as well. The second new opportunity allows donors to volunteer their time to their favorite organizations, pledging their time to volunteer and participate in North Texas Giving Day volunteer events.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of North Texas Giving Day, and to celebrate, we’re making things even bigger!  The movement kicks off on September 10, with 10 days of scheduled giving to allow for everyone to join in on the fun, even before Giving Day. Visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org today to find your favorite organization and how you can get involved today!