2013 North Texas Giving Day - September 19, 2013

Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual North Texas Giving Day, which will be held from 7 a.m. to Midnight on Thursday, September 19, 2013.  
North Texas Giving Day 2013 is a day when nonprofits with an approved DonorBridge profile are eligible to receive matching funds when donations are made online through DonorBridge.  DonorBridge is run by Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), with the support of The Dallas Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management. As of 5/13/13, over $1,000,000 in matching funds and prizes have been raised!

Do I even want to take part in North Texas Giving Day?

Of course you do!  All credit card donations of $25 or more made online through DonorBridge will be eligible for a percentage of matching money, making money received on North Texas Giving Day go even farther in supporting our community.

How will matching dollars be determined?  Is it a “dollar for dollar” match?

Donations of $25 and above will receive a match of some percentage.  Matching money is not a straight “dollar for dollar” match.  The matching amount will be determined until after Giving Day by taking the total matching funds available as of Giving Day, and dividing the total amount of donations from the day, to determine the percentage by which each donation will be matched.

Amount of matching / Total amount donated to all nonprofits = % match per dollar


$1,000,000 (the amount of match funds) / $12,000,000 (the total donation amount raised) = $0.08 match per dollar

$4,000,000 (the total donation amount raised)

So, in this example of having $1,000,000 available in matching funds, if a nonprofit raised $20,000 in donations on 2011 North Texas Giving Day, the amount of their matching funds would be $1,600.00. Again, this is simply an example to explain the formula. 

Does it cost anything to participate?  

There is no charge to  the donor for participating in Giving Day.  The nonprofit will receive the full value of the gift, however, online credit card gifts are subject to 3.99% processing fee.  Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation nor the Center for Nonprofit Management receive any money for supporting and overseeing Giving Day. The matching amount will be determined based on the total donation amount, before the processing fee, and donors will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount.   Following Giving Day, nonprofits will receive a check including the total amount donated, minus the 3.99% fee, plus the match (anticipated to be well above 3.9%).

What prizes are possible?

Prizes are available in several categories for nonprofits. Prizes have been put up by several foundations including The Dallas Foundation, the Community Foundation of North Texas and the Hoblitzelle Foundation. Below is a sampling of potential prizes:

  • Top 2 nonprofits with an operating budget under $1 million with most donations from unique donors: 1st: $10,000 and 2nd: $5,000
  • Top 2 nonprofits with an operating budget over $1 million for most donations from unique donors: 1st: $10,000 and 2nd: $5,000
  • 1,929th donation: $10,000
  • 2,012th donation: $10,000
  • Nonprofit with an operating budget of under $1 million that has the largest increase in number of unique donors from 2011 (repeat participants only): $10,000
  • Nonprofit with an operating budget of over $1 million that has the largest increase in number of unique donors from 2011 (repeat participants only): $10,000
  • Golden Tickets every hour: $1,000/hour drawn randomly from the nonprofits who received donations during that hour
  • Tarrant County Challenge: All Tarrant County nonprofits that receive 31 or more donations will be entered into a random drawing for the $10,000 prize.

How will my online gift be acknowledged?

Gifts and grants made on Giving Day will be processed through Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), and will show up on your credit card statement as payable to “CFTEXAS.”  CFT will send the official gift substantiation/tax receipt via the email address provided on the online donation form.  The recipient nonprofit will be provided a list of donors and their contact information, unless the donor has requested to remain anonymous.  

Nonprofits are encouraged to thank donors for their generous gifts, However, CFT will provide the gift substantiation/tax receipt to the donor.  Donors should allow 24 hours for their receipt. If you don’t receive an email receipt within 24 hours, please contact CFT at DonorBridge@cftexas.org.  You may want to also check your junk mail/spam filters as well.

I have established a fund at Communities Foundation of Texas and/or the Dallas Foundation.  Can I make online grant recommendations through DonorBridge for 2013 North Texas Giving Day?

Yes, you can!  CFT donors can use their regular login and password that has been provided to them, and The Dallas Foundation donors can use the login set to them, to access DonorBridge.  Once logged in, fund holders can  make a credit card gift or make an online grant recommendation, which will be eligible for matching funds.  

CFT and The Dallas Foundation are the only foundations that provides online access to donors on DonorBridge, and so only grants made online from these organizations are eligible for matching funds.

What is the deadline for participation?

Nonprofits must be signed up be August 10, 2013.  If you have questions about signing up, please contact the Center for Nonprofit Management at DonorBridge@cnmdallas.org.

How do I tell my supporters about North Texas Giving Day?

Please click here for sample marketing material and language that you can send to your supporters.  For additional supporting materials, please log in to the DonorBridge Nonprofit Portal and look in the Training & Support section.

Who is eligible for participation?

501(c)(3) organizations operating in the following North Texas counties (Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Collin, Tarrant and Wise) are eligible to participate and receive matching funds from the 2012 North Texas Giving Day.   Any organization qualified by the IRS as a 509(a)(2) or 509(a)(3) supporting organizations must provide additional documentation before they will be able to receive online donations through DonorBridge or to participate in North Texas Giving Day.  

Communities Foundation of Texas cannot process donations or award matching funds to private non-operating foundations, foreign organizations, individuals or to disqualified supporting organizations.  For questions on eligibility, please contact Donorbridge@cnmdallas.org.

We aren’t in North Texas, but we do provide programs in this region.  Are we eligible?

In order to participate, your organization must have a physical address in the 16-county region listed above.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please check the general DonorBridge FAQ, or  send an email to DonorBridge@cftexas.org.

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