The need is so great right now, and so are the opportunities to help.
May 5, 2020, 6:00 a.m. – midnight – Early giving now through May 4.
September 2020 marks the 12th anniversary of North Texas Giving Day, the largest community-wide giving event in the nation. But human need doesn't stick to a set schedule.
That's why an interim giving day – North Texas Giving Tuesday Now – has been scheduled for May 5th, in order to help nonprofits and foundations that are struggling to respond to the significant rise in need in our community during the COVID-19 crisis.
"With this special Giving Day, we intend to give nonprofits the opportunity to raise much needed operating funds now while the need is so great.," commented Chief Giving Officer for North Texas Giving Day Susan Swan Smith. "The current health and economic situation we are facing are creating an unprecedented ripple effect across our community. We're hopeful that letting North Texas Giving Day’s donors know how great the need is, and giving them an opportunity to give through a familiar and trusted platform, will stir lots of giving."
One of our clients, Family Compass, is participating in the giving day so that they can continue to support their mission. Family Compass is committed to the safety of North Texas children, with a mission to prevent child abuse and keeping vulnerable children from entering the overburdened child welfare system. They provide a support system for the children and their parents, including in-home mentorship, education, support, and tools to aid in creating healthier, stronger families. With social distancing measures in place, and schools closed, Family Compass is working to overcome new challenges to continue to serve children and families.
Several other organizations that we have supported are participating as well, including Minnie’s Food Pantry, Social Venture Partners, COPS and the Grant Halliburton Foundation. The opportunities for giving back are endless, with so many nonprofits seeing an increase in demand for critical services and the cancellation of in-person fundraising events.
Marti Howe, a national nonprofit consultant based in Dallas, noted that “organizations centered in the arts and community activities are especially affected as individuals focus on mission-critical needs.” But North Texas is a giving community and has already shown an incredible outpouring of support for restaurant workers, medical providers, and more. “North Texas nonprofits will come out of this better than before, with our continued support of both immediate and overall community needs.”
With more than 3,000 local nonprofits in need, now is the time for North Texas to step up and support each other. For more information on participating organizations and how you can help your neighbors on North Texas Giving Tuesday Now and beyond, visit https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/.
Several organizations are also offering virtual volunteer opportunities that you can do from your own home!
- Share a Story
Support Vogel Alcove, a non-profit focused on helping young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness, by recording a video of yourself reading a children’s story (for ages birth through age 4) about caring, love, learning concepts, family, or any fun concept using your phone or other camera devices. Learn more at Vogel Alcove - Volunteer Video Story Time.
- Brighten Someone's Day
Due to heightened health, safety and welfare concerns, many elderly residents are more isolated than ever. This family-friendly event is designed to help you channel your inner artist and create cards and notes of encouragement to delight the residents and staff at a local senior living facility. Held online via GoToMeeting (https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/790326901), it will allow us to work together and inspire each other while we maintain social distance. Gather your art and writing supplies, register below for either—or both!—of two scheduled workshops, then join us from your computer, tablet or smartphone on May 5th!
- Collaborate with the Perot Museum
Here's a fun project for the whole family! Create one or more crossword puzzles using nature and science themes that visitors might find at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The crosswords will be used to entertain and engage guests who are waiting in line for an exhibit or event to start. There are lots of puzzle generators online, but you might have more fun checking out these instructions and brainstorming your own! Send your finished masterpiece to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thank our Healthcare Heroes
They're putting their lives at risk to care for others and keep us all safe. You can use your phone or other camera devices to record a message of thanks and encouragement to those on the front lines. For more information, and to submit your video, visit the Healthcare Heroes Campaign of Gratitude.