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.
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.
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.