When the sun set on North Texas Giving Day, Dallas-area nonprofits were $26.3 million richer — a new national record for the day-long charity event. Held this year on September 18, North Texas Giving Day also topped its previous record of total donors with more than 98,000. That works out to about 18 donations per second.
Organized by the Communities Foundation of Texas, the one-day fundraiser connects donors to local nonprofits with an enticing promise to amplify any donation of $25 or more made on the North Texas Giving Day website with $2 million in bonus funds.
The gift-giving spanned donations from all 50 states and 28 countries.
The North Texas Food Bank raised the most money, raking in $381,101. The Salvation Army and KERA rounded out the top three, each bringing in more than $250,000.
In a statement issued just after the midnight giving deadline, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas Brent Christopher praised the results.
"Wow! Today, donors showed unbridled enthusiasm for this community they clearly care so much about," he said.
The gift-giving spanned all 50 states and 28 countries. Last year's record of $25.2 million and 75,000 donations was easily surpassed thanks to 26 percent of gifts coming from new donors.
"From Keller to Kenya, Arlington to Australia, Dallas to Denmark, local nonprofits received gifts from all over the world," Christopher said.
North Texas Giving Day has been around since 2009. In that time, the event has raise a whopping $86 million.