This year, North Texas Giving Day is taking its virtual philanthropic efforts to the streets. The one-day fundraiser connects donors to local nonprofits with an enticing promise to amplify any donation of $25 or more made via DonorBridge with $1.7 million in bonus funds. The virtual coffers are open from 7 am to midnight on September 19.
After a record-setting $14.4 million in 2012 donations, DonorBridge founder and Communities Foundation of Texas president and CEO Brent Christopher knew 2013 had to be even bigger.
This year, the virtual act of donating money online will be supplemented with real life "donation stations." The day kicks off at DART's Akard Station with free Starbucks coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts from 7:30 to 8:30 am. After that, the Center for Nonprofit Management in Fort Worth hosts interactive events for kids and adults from 9 am to 4 pm. Klyde Warren Park takes the evening shift from 5:20 to 6 pm with a performance by a surprise guest you won't want to miss.
“Each year, the generosity of North Texans on Giving Day is astounding,” Christopher said in a statement. “We hope this year we’ll raise even more to fuel the important work of nonprofits serving our local communities.”
Staples from last year's event — including a food truck park and a variety of performances at Communities Foundation of Texas — will repeat in 2013, with appearances from Dallas Black Dance Theater, Texas Boys Choir and the Dallas Zoo.
DonorBridge supports more than 1,000 nonprofits including Salvation Army, Dallas Arboretum, Buckner International and a slew of private schools.