Meet the team: Teresa

Every wonder how the #NTxGivingDay Team gets everything done? Today you get to meet the team member who keeps everyone organized and on schedule – Meet Teresa Fourgouse!

What is your role with North Texas Giving Day? North Texas Giving Day CoordinatorIMG_2114

How long have you been at CFT/with NTGD? Two Weeks 🙂

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay?  The tremendous ability the day has to support the important work of North Texas Nonprofits.

What is one area of your job that you’re passionate about? The fact that NTGD brings everyone together as a community to support the organizations that make North Texas a better place.

What do you do when not at work? I enjoy running, reading and traveling

 

Why I Give

For nonprofits, the “what” or “how” often gets shown in the form of program stats and success stories, but the “why” of giving sometimes gets left out – and they why is what keeps donors and volunteers going! So this year the “Why I Give” filter is back to give nonprofits and their supporters a tool to express why they choose to give.

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Meet the Team: Carol

With 23.5 media hits last year do you ever wonder who has the brain that helps us get to that number? Today you will get to meet the woman who makes the marketing magic happen – Meet Carol Goglia!

IMG_1539What is your role with North Texas Giving Day? Communications Kahuna. I lead the amazing team who puts the marketing together for the world’s largest community-wide giving day!

How long have you been at CFT/with NTGD? Since 2011, I came to CFT from Frito Lay and PepsiCo so it’s been great to apply brand marketing principals to help make North Texas Giving Day into a community-wide movement.

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay?  Being part of something bigger is what really energizes me about North Texas Giving Day. It’s a win-win for our community. I love seeing what nonprofits are able to do with the money raised and hearing how passionate donors are about their causes.

Your quintessential #NTxGivingDay moment: 4 am on DayBreak dancing with the nonprofits. Midnight when we’re doing our high fives and celebrating with a toast to the generosity of our incredible region. I also love watching the nonprofit performances at NorthPark.IMG_2444

What is one area of your job that you’re passionate about? I love working with the amazing team at CFT—super smart, creative, fun people who are motivated by giving back.

What do you do when not at work? Outside of work, you might find me out on a walk with my husband Mark or riding bikes with our three children, Cate (14), Thomas (12) and Michael (9).  On weekends we’re often on the sidelines of  lacrosse tournaments!

What is your favorite #NTxGivingDay war room snack?  Peanut M&Ms

Meet the Team: Amanda

Have you ever wondered who is behind all your helpdesk answers? Lucky for our team we have a natural customer service pro behind the scenes — Meet Amanda! 

IMG_3954-50What is your role with North Texas Giving Day? North Texas Giving Day Fellow

How long have you been at CFT/with NTGD? I have been on the team for a grand total of 4 weeks now!

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay?  Being part of something bigger is what really energizes me about North Texas Giving Day. The win-win for our community—seeing what nonprofits are able to do with the money raised and hearing how passionate donors are about their causes.

What is one area of your job that you’re passionate about? I am passionate about helping the nonprofits with all of the behind the scene support, which, allows them to have the most successful Giving Day possible!

What do you do when not at work? When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, being out by the pool in the sun, hiking, and taking photos.

What is your favorite #NTxGivingDay war room snack?  Peanut M&Ms

Meet the Team: Kaitlin

The North Texas Giving Day team works hard year round to build the best and most useful training and incentives for the our nonprofit partners. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish either of these things without one our newest members to the team, our very own nonprofit and sponsorship champion Kaitlin! 

IMG_3021What is your role with North Texas Giving Day? Director of Sponsorships and Nonprofit Relations

How long have you been at CFT/with #NTxGivingDay?A whopping 9 weeks! I started on April 19th!

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay? The sense of community the Day inspires, bringing together non-profit organizations from diverse communities and cause areas across North Texas!

Your quintessential #NTxGivingDay moment (For those who did giving day in the past) For the past 5 years I have participated in North Texas Giving Day from a community-based nonprofit perspective. Each year we would try different approaches to the day testing our creative abilities. My favorite part, though is making personal calls to our donors on Giving Day, particularly the new donors and learning what drew them to our organization and their stories for why they gave. Many times, these new donors would become volunteers and ongoing investors in our work, and that was incredibly powerful!

What is one area of your job that you’re passionate about? Giving Day would not exist without our committed donors and nonprofit partners in North Texas. The stats are exciting, but I am most passionate about getting to know our donors and nonprofit partners, what draws them to participate in Giving Day, the missions they are working on day-in and day-out, and how donors propel those missions forward in meaningful ways.IMG_3822

What do you do when not at work? Jump on our trampoline with our 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, take our black lab Royal to White Rock Lake, and chat with my husband in French (as much as I can) as he is trying to become a fluent French speaker.

What is your favorite #NTxGivingDay war room snack?  I have not had a chance to participate in the War Room yet, but I will be requesting peanut M&M’s!

Meet the Team: Susan

Maybe you met us at the kickoff events, talked to us on the phone, emailed back and forth with us, or maybe you haven’t met us at all! Well, here’s the perfect chance to learn more about your #NTxGivingDay Team, their roles, passions, hobbies, and more. Today, we are introducing our fearless #NTxGivingDay Chief Officer- Susan Swan Smith!

IMG_2839Role with North Texas Giving Day: Team Lead/Grand Poobah

How long you have been at Communities Foundation of Texas/with North Texas Giving Day: Since December 2010 – 6+ years @ CFT; in charge of giving day since October 2011

What makes you excited about #NTxGivingDay: The energy and inventiveness of the nonprofits! Watching the ticker go up on Giving Day!  This great team!  Seeing Trustees in t-shirts and mardi gras beads

Your quintessential #NTxGivingDay moment: George Tang’s annual war room appearance in costume near midnight; the incredible feeling of great teamwork.  Quintessential moment is when we all come together for the CFT staff photo.

Favorite North Texas activity/place:  other than Sonic?  NorthPark!  And anyplace where there are good friends and good coffee

One area of your job that you’re passionate about:  Making a difference in North Texas and beyond.

What do you do when not at work: sleep, run with my dog; listen to podcasts,  hang out with my [adult] kids