Hoblitzelle Foundation’s Support of Technology for North Texas Giving Day is Consistent with 76 Years of Grantmaking

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By Katie Robbins, President & CEO of Hoblitzelle Foundation

Hoblitzelle Foundation was established by Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle in 1942 for charitable, scientific, literacy and educational purposes within the state of Texas.  Since its inception, Hoblitzelle Foundation’s Directors have approved over 3,000 grants, investing almost $230 million in social service, cultural, educational and medical organizations in Texas.

In addition to funding organizations that play an important role in the Dallas community and were of value to Karl Hoblitzelle, we also prioritize projects that look beyond immediate needs and plan for the future. In his will, Mr. Hoblitzelle stated:

A foundation may bring or help bring into being a project or program of great promise and worth which might fail or be long deferred because of lack of financial support from other sources.  I think this approach offers greater opportunities to the foundation to be useful than to making of contributions or recurring gifts to programs which have already been activated.”

IMG_8867When we learned about the technology “wish list” that came out of Communities Foundation of Texas’ (CFT) strategic assessment of North Texas Giving Day, the Foundation was moved to bring this solution not only to CFT but to the participating nonprofit organizations.  This grant award provided a wonderful opportunity for the Hoblitzelle Foundation to affect a large number of nonprofits who will benefit from the technology platform enhancements – over 2,600 in North Texas – and the strong alignment with the historical preference for capital projects that have a multi-year benefit, telescoping time.

IMG_8461The Foundation has seen the catalytic impact that North Texas Giving Day has made on our community over the past ten years, but because of our focus on capital projects, we have been unable to financially support North Texas Giving Day since our initial gift in 2009 when the initiative launched.   Before coming to the Hoblitzelle Foundation, I spent most of my career in nonprofit finance and operations, and I know first-hand how beneficial and essential it is for nonprofits to gain access to this innovative technology.  The new platform will provide significantly increased functionality including better customization for nonprofits to share their stories, shopping cart capability to ease giving to multiple organizations, increased mobile functionality, and the availability for donors to give monthly recurring gifts.  These advancements will give smaller charities a chance to shine. Many small nonprofits don’t have a website and are not able to process recurring gifts, due to the cost of web platforms and gift processing software. Now, through North Texas Giving Day, they can have both.

 

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

Why We Give

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By: Arlington Tomorrow Foundation

The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation is proud to be in its fifth year of supporting North Texas Giving Day.  We eagerly take advantage of this annual opportunity to showcase our Arlington-based nonprofit organizations, thank them for all they do to make Arlington a better place to work and live, and promote them to the public to help them enhance their fundraising efforts on this special Thursday every September. Last year, Arlington-based charities raised $1,039,458 on North Texas Giving Day.

Concert VenueIn Arlington, to celebrate North Texas Giving Day, The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation sponsors an annual “Arlington Gives!” concert at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.  It’s a free concert, open to the public.  Alongside the concert is our Charity Showcase, a marketplace of about 80 Arlington-based nonprofit organizations which have tables set up to show off what they do and who they serve.  It’s a great place for our nonprofit community to make new friends.  Many of the people who come to the concert are not that familiar with all of Arlington’s great charities, so they learn something new, and our nonprofit organizations have an opportunity to recruit new donors and volunteers.

From the stage, our guest artist reminds the audience that North Texas Giving Day is taking place and encourages attendees to make contributions to the organizations of their choice by midnight.

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The Arlington Public Library makes it easy for all by bringing its TechLiNK mobile technology lab, complete with onboard computers, so concert guests can take a break, log on, and make a donation then and there!

We randomly select two nonprofit organizations to receive bonus grants just for showing up, and the highlight of the night is the election, by the audience, of the People’s Choice Award.  Each attendee gets a vote, and the chosen nonprofit organization receives a $10,000 bonus grant.

Josh Weathers ConcertThis year is extra special – the year of tens!  Not only is it the 10th anniversary of North Texas Giving Day, but it’s the 10th birthday of the Levitt Pavilion, and the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation is just now concluding its 10th birthday year.

Arlington-based charities, and, as such, the Arlington community, have benefited GREATLY from the 10-year history of North Texas Giving Day.  And the benefits have blossomed.

We encourage you to come out on September 20 and see how we do it in Arlington!  Our featured artist will be American blues rock guitarist and singer Jimmie Vaughan.

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

 

Peace of Mind with Camp Summit

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By Ofelia, Camp Summit Mom

Last July was my son Mario’s first time at Camp Summit. Mario is Deaf-Blind and Camp Summit was his first chance to experience a week of adventure with no barriers, despite his disability.

We drove up from San Antonio and my plan was to go on a vacation to visit my friend in Florida while Mario was enjoying his time at camp.  

Mario with CounselorsKnowing that he is in a safe place and is well taken care of, Mario’s time at camp is the only chance I have to do things like this.  So we dropped him off in Paradise for his week of camp fun.

I proceeded to DFW airport to catch my flight and enjoy my week of respite, but God had other plans for me and I had an accident. I fell and broke my right femur and required emergency surgery. I was hospitalized and had complications.  Instead of visiting with my friend in Florida, I spent my vacation at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

My family had to get back to San Antonio so they couldn’t stay with me in Dallas. I had no choice but to call Camp Summit and have Mario’s time cut short so he could get a ride back home.

Well, that was the moment Camp Summit rocked my world.  Not only did they say he could stay at camp, but they worked with us to find a grant to cover his camp fees and transportation costs to fly him home at the end of his session!  Who does that?? Well, Camp Summit did and that was such a big help for all of us. Our son Mario had never flown, and they made that experience possible for him.

Mario and Ofelia 2Even though I didn’t get to enjoy my vacation as planned, Camp Summit made sure Mario got to enjoy his whole week at camp.

By making sure my son didn’t miss out on his week of fun and adventure with his friends, Camp Summit was able to help my family when we needed it most. I will be forever grateful for Camp Summit for all they do.

Because of all the generous donations from the community, Camp Summit is able to make a huge impact on the lives of hundreds of other campers like Mario.

Your gift on North Texas Giving Day will help to impact even more families like mine.

 

To donate to Camp Summit on September 20th, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.