North Texas Giving Day raised $24K a minute crushing last year’s record and setting national one
October 22, 2013
(Dallas Morning News) Yesterday, tens of thousands of donors raised an average of about $24,500 a minute during the 17-hour North Texas Giving Day, donating a total of $25.2 million to more than 1,300 nonprofits and setting a new national record.
“In only five days since 2009, $60 million has been raised for local nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day,” said Brent Christopher, president and chief executive of the Communities Foundation of Texas. The organization founded Giving Day and presented it for the fifth year yesterday. “We are so humbled by the generosity of all the donors who rallied today to make our community a better place to live and work.”
The day allows for donors around the world, but mostly in North Texas, to give to any of the nonprofits that registered for the online giving event through Donor Bridge. Gifts of $25 or more were eligible for a certain percentage of matching funds though a $1.7 million pool.
Thousands of people donated to their favorite nonprofit groups on North Texas Giving Day online through Donor Bridge. (Photo by Kim Leeson)
More than a quarter of the donations were from people who had never given to their chosen charity before, according to data collected by the Communities Foundation. Christopher said yesterday the event is for donors like them who can give even small donations to celebrate the nonprofit community and collectively, with thousands of others, make a difference.
Last year’s total for Giving Day was $14.4 million. In 2011, it was $10.7 million.
Top earners this year were Rocky Top Therapy Center ($800,625), The Salvation Army DFW MetroplexCommand ($734,544), and E3 Partners Ministry ($464,645).
Dallas-area foundations matched some of the gifts yesterday with prizes, donation as much as $10,000 extra to some groups.