Get Up And Give

 

North Texas Giving Day

 

As most of you know, in my day job (that’s really more like a day, night, weekend and while I’m sleeping job) I have the tremendous honor of raising money for the American Cancer Society, and have done the same for several other outstanding nonprofits.  I normally try to keep this space clear of too much work stuff because if I didn’t it would become overrun with me promoting all of the really amazing things we are doing (really amazing!). But that said, today is a special day.  Today, you have the opportunity to make your dollars go farther, and make a bigger impact on the causes close to your heart, because today is North Texas Giving Day!

We are all feeling the strain of a tighter economy–dollars are harder to come by and the ones we have don’t seem to go as far as they used to–and our area nonprofits are feeling the pinch as well.  This is your chance to make a difference in your community and make your gift even bigger.

Every $25+ donation given today between 7 a.m. and midnight through DonorBridgeTx.org, will receive a percentage of $1 Million in matching funds from the Communities Foundation of Texas. Plus there are various cash prizes and incentives awarded throughout the day based on the giving activity to each organization. Last year’s giving day raised $10.7 Million, in ONE DAY, for over 600 local nonprofits. Incredible.

With over 1000 area organizations to choose from this year (full list here), I promise you there is an organization that does great work in an area that matches up with your heart and passions, and would love your support today.  Honestly, looking through the list, there are SO MANY organizations I would love to support if I could.

Not to play favorites, because I truly believe any and all of these organizations are deserving of your support, but a few I hope you will consider giving to include:

  • The American Cancer Society — We are the largest non-government funder of cancer research in the country and our research program was recently named the number one research program in the country by an independent body.
  • Child Study Center — I had the great privilege of working here for several years and I believe in the great work they are doing for children with developmental disabilities and their families. It’s unbelievable how dedicated the doctors and clinicians and teachers and tutors are to helping these special children out.
  • Dallas Black Dance Theater and TITAS — The arts have been such an important part of my life for as long as I can remember and helped shape the person I am today. There are so many incredible arts organizations to choose from–really, I can’t even believe I narrowed it down to two–but these two really taught me the tremendous respect and deep love I have for dance. I will never forget the first time I saw Dallas Black Dance Theater perform at the Dallas Dance Festival, way back in the day (like, 15 or 16 years ago), and how differently I looked at dance from that point on. And then the truly world-renowned talent that TITAS brings to our area every year–seeing Rasta Thomas dance in the TITAS Command Performance is one of the great moments in dance I’ve seen. The arts are so important to our community and so often the organizations that see their donations most heavily impacted in times of economic downturns. Please, support an arts organization.
  • The Writer’s Garret — I just recently discovered this gem of an organization and am looking forward to getting involved with in their programs. The Writer’s Garret promotes literacy and writing through workshops, readings, and school literacy programs and gives like-minded writers and readers a community for thought and learning and exploration.
  • Friends of the Dallas Public Library — Because books are cool and everyone should have access to them. Plus they are partnering with D Magazine for a great program called The Big Read through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in which the whole city is going to read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and your gift of $25 can buy the book and enrichment materials for five Dallas ISD students. That is awesome.

So yeah, do what you can, give what you can, and help make a difference. We have the power to make our community, our world, a better place. And if you don’t have spare change to give, that’s okay! Find an organization you are passionate about and  consider giving a little of your time.

Do it. Not only will it help others who need it, it’ll help you too. Because we are all in this thing called life together.

 

 

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