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.”
When 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.
The 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.