Special day of fund raising shows North Texans’ generosity

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An innovative 5-year-old fundraising program sponsored by the Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas inspired more than 75,000 area residents to open their hearts and their wallets Thursday to aid their favorite nonprofit organizations.

This year’s contributions on North Texas Giving Day set a record of $25.2 million (including matching funds and prizes) to benefit 1,351 organizations. That was far above the $14.4 million collected last year.

In addition to the traditional online giving through the foundation-created DonorBridge, this year many groups had live participation with flash mobs, arts performances and food trucks, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The campaign was open to nonprofits in 16 counties, including Tarrant, Denton, Parker and Johnson, with $1 million in cash prizes available to winners in several categories, such as the most donors for large and small groups and the largest increase in the number of donors.

Representatives of many of the participating organizations spent much of the time between 7 a.m. and midnight Thursday contacting friends and current benefactors to help them reach their goals, and it seemed that the enthusiasm was contagious.

In Tarrant County, 281 nonprofits received a total of $4,303,161 from more than 13,900 contributors, DonorBridge reported. Organizations in the county that received 32 or more contributions will be entered in a random drawing for a $10,000 prize. That drawing, probably to take place this weekend, will be conducted by the Fort Worth-based Community Foundation of North Texas, a spokeswoman said.

The “landslide day of giving,” as DonorBridge called it, was yet another expression of North Texans’ generosity.

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