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North Texas Giving Day hauls in record $50 million for nearly 3,000 nonprofits

by Loyd Brumfield | September 20, 2019

An 11-day period of around-the-clock philanthropy ended at midnight Friday, and when it was all over, the 2019 edition of North Texas Giving Day produced record totals.

The 11th annual donation drive gathered more than $50 million for nearly 3,000 nonprofits, topping last year’s total of $48 million.

This year, a record 169,380 gifts poured in from 50 states and 25 countries, event organizers said.

“The heart and soul of North Texas truly shined today as one of the most generous and charitable cities in the world,” said Dave Scullin, president and CEO of the Communities Foundation of Texas, which organized the event.

The foundation had set a goal of reaching the $50 million by 7 p.m., but no one complained when it was achieved at 11:58 p.m.

“It was a bit of a white-knuckler,” Scullin said.

The drive drew more than 100,000 donors this year, another record.

“We had 81,000 donors last year, and we told ourselves, ‘If we can somehow get that participation up to 100,000, that would be huge,'” Scullin said.

This year, the North Texas Food Bank topped the leader board of donations, drawing $805,999. Children’s Medical Center Foundation received $700,698 in donations, and Texas Health Resources Foundation picked up $614,231.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and his wife Jessica (right) monitor totals during North Texas Giving Day.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and his wife Jessica (right) monitor totals during North Texas Giving Day.(Dallas Mavericks / Monica Borja)

North Texas Giving Day was expanded in 2017 to encompass several days to allow for scheduled giving. This year, donors began giving on Sept. 9.

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and his wife, Jessica, served as this year’s co-chairs.

“To the residents, neighbors and friends of North Texas, you’ve proven the power of generosity and made history on North Texas Giving Day,” the couple said in a statement. “Your donations will fund critically important work and will have lasting impact, improving lives for our neighbors.”

Scullin effusively praised the work of both co-chairs.

“They were engaged and made multiple appearances,” he said. “They were down in our offices [Thursday] reinforcing this effort with our own staff. They were engaged every bit as much as we were. Those two are absolute jewels.”

Donation drives took place all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“This year we set out to really grow the power of giving, and we are thrilled that we were able to grow the numbers of donors as well as the amount raised,” Scullin said. “Most importantly, the dollars that we raised this year go on to improve the lives of North Texans.”

North Texas Giving Day has raised $290 million for nonprofits since its inception in 2009. This year’s totals will be finalized sometime after Oct. 31, organizers said.

This article was originally published by The Dallas Morning News and FWD>DFW had no influence on the content created.

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