Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits say they are full of anticipation for the 13th annual North Texas Donation Day, the culmination of a week-long period in which people are encouraged to donate to any of the thousands of organizations in the area.
“North Texas Giving Day really reflects how much Texans love Texas,” said Chris McSwain, director of community engagement at the Texas Communities Foundation, the event’s host organization.
The North Texas Giving Day advance delivery period runs through September 22nd. The foundation’s website has a database of 3,350 nonprofit organizations where you can choose to contribute.
Since its debut in 2009, North Texas Giving Day has generated nearly $ 370 million for area nonprofits, including a record $ 58.8 million last year. Donors have already donated more than $ 8 million during the first period of this year, McSwain said.
McSwain said the coronavirus pandemic has posed challenges for many of the nonprofits participating in this year’s event than in years past.
Organizations offering food and shelter, for example, have needed more resources due to increased demand for people who lost their jobs during the pandemic, he said.
“Then there are artistic nonprofits that couldn’t host their works and their shows,” McSwain said. “The core of their programs was challenged because they couldn’t get people through their doors.”
Anastasia Muñoz is the founder of Arts Mission Oak Cliff, a non-profit organization that operates a renovated church in Winnetka Heights and offers a coworking space for local artists looking to polish and enhance their craft.
Muñoz said he hopes North Texas Giving Day will provide a much-needed boost to the Arts Mission so it can host programs such as its annual cohort of artists in residence and performance events, such as its annual Halloween Haunted House experience. .
“The funds will help us move forward as we try to rebuild and grow,” Muñoz said.
Chie Wilcock is president of the main club of the Greenville Suzuki Strings Association, which offers Greenville ISD K-12 students the opportunity to learn orchestral instruments, such as the violin and cello.
Prior to the pandemic, Wilcock said, the main club would raise funds by operating concession stalls at concerts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Because the events were canceled due to COVID-19, he said, the main club decided to register to be part of North Texas Giving Day.
“Students have to change instruments every two years as they grow, so we always need funds for new instruments,” Wilcock said.
Sharon Herrera, founder of LGBTQ Saves, which provides mental health support and resources to LGBTQ youth and their families, said the organization experienced dramatic growth during the pandemic after the group began offering virtual services. .
North Texas Giving Day donations will help him continue his programs and support his new growth, Herrera said.
“My focus started in Fort Worth, but now we’re in Florida, Connecticut, Michigan and Ohio,” Herrera said. “We used to serve 20 to 25 children a month, now we’re over 100.”
The Museum of Biblical Art will rely on North Texas Giving Day to help it survive the pandemic, said Scott Peck, director and curator of the facility.
The museum, which preserves art with connections to Christian and Jewish religious texts, could close permanently if it does not raise enough funds to pay for staff and daily operations, Peck said.
“Honestly, COVID has been tough on us. It’s been very hard, ”he said.
North Texas Giving Day will help organizations that focus on physical or mental health.
Tara Robinson, founder of the Black Heart Association, said the funds raised from North Texas Giving Day will help her organization launch a mobile unit, a bus that has once again become a clinic.
“We were thinking about a brick and mortar, but right now that helps us get into underserved communities, examine the locals, let them know where they are, and give them access to a doctor if they don’t have one. insurance “. she said.