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From career development to community revitalization, some North Texas nonprofits simply defy categorization.  

Below you can find information about these nonprofits and projects that you can help fund.

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The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP seeks to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. Their work focuses on architectural design, community advocacy, and creative placemaking with a heavy emphasis on community engagement. The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP has worked with 3 Dallas neighborhoods facing pressures of redevelopment to create Equitable Development Plans to prevent displacement. In 2020, funding will support general operating costs to help expand their Dallas affordable housing work with a new Artist in Residency program.

Dallas Innovation Alliance seeks to support development of a smarter Dallas, where data, tech, and community combine to improve services, opportunity, and quality of life. Core programs include our Smart Cities Living Lab, integrated Southern Dallas projects focused on digital & financial literacy programs, transportation and mobility, community outreach, public safety projects, and data training and capacity-building programs for community organizations. In one year, results showed significant increases in foot traffic and small business revenue, decreased crime, and energy savings from LED lighting. Funds will support general costs for mobile learning lab, STEM and digital literacy/outreach programs in South and West Dallas, & Pleasant Grove.

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program's (DVAP) is an organization dedicated to increasing pro bono legal services to the poor in Dallas through the support of volunteer attorneys. DVAP’s legal advice and intake clinics meet 13 times per month in various neighborhoods in Dallas County, bringing the legal community to the public. One of these clinics is the Veterans Legal Clinic for veterans and their families, which is hosted at the VA Medical Center in southern Dallas. In 2018, 2,118 people were represented by DVAP’s volunteer attorneys, who recovered $834,310 in benefits for clients and donated 13,717 hours. Funding will support general operating costs for the South Dallas Legal Clinic, East Dallas Legal Clinic, and Veterans Legal Clinic.

The DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy exists to provide emotional/spiritual support to the Airport community and prayer rooms at DFW for all faiths. A chaplain walks the terminals daily to meet the needs of those who approach him/her. Chaplains offer a prayer service that is available to all guests. Key programs include participation in the dignified transfer of Fallen Military and providing emotional/spiritual support to family and military escorts. As of October 2019, employee/passenger interactions increased by over 25%. Funding is requested for additional chaplains to be available to the growing traffic at DFW and provide training to our chaplains.

Frazier Revitalization is the catalyst transforming the Frazier neighborhood, coordinating efforts to improve the quality of life for residents. Frazier Revitalization serves as the community quarterback in bringing together partners and facilitating development through resident-driven plans in the Frazier neighborhood. Frazier Revitalization also provides afterschool care for at-risk children in the neighborhood. In the past year, Frazier Revitalization secured $2.4M to develop and to construct a 4,340 sq. ft. dental clinic for Texas A&M College of Dentistry at Hatcher Station on DART’s Green Line. Funding will support people and place based community building, engaging existing anchor institutions in Frazier to work toward health equity.

Friends of the Warren Ferris Cemetary’s mission is to honor those buried in the Historic Ferris Cemetary by restoring the land to a certified wildlife & monarch butterfly way station. Core programs include researching the pioneers buried to be honored, restoring the land to backland prairie standards, and setting up an educational program for Sanger Elementary and the community to learn about the pioneers along with the purpose of a wildlife & monarch way-station. Over two dozen native species have emerged since the removal of invasive plants and an annual program has been defined for Sanger Elementary School. Funding will support operating costs, research and educational videos made for each class to be shared on their website and all Dallas public libraries.

Holy Sews mission is to provide burial clothes for micro-preemies, or babies born in the second trimester who are too small for clothes found in stores. Core programs include sewing, packaging and delivering handmade burial layettes for infants born between 16-25 weeks gestation; and to educate communities in caring for families experiencing perinatal bereavement. Holy Sews has a presence in all 50 states (over 400 hospitals), and has 3 chapters, including the chapter in Dallas/Ft. Worth. The layettes are provided to hospitals and funeral homes at no charge. Additional funding is crucial to purchasing supplies and pay for postage.

Joni and Friends Texas communicates the gospel and equips Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities. Core programs include Church Engagement (equips churches to welcome people of all abilities), Family Retreats (a camp program for families affected by disability), Wheels for the World (sends refurbished manual wheelchairs to Brazil and Cuba for recipients to be fitted by a US team of volunteers). In the past year, Jonie and Friends Texas trained 142 churches in 3 new cities, served 159 families at four Family Retreats/Warrior Getaway, and distributed 660 wheelchairs in Brazil and Cuba. Funding will support church training and equipping more cities in texas, family scholarships to Family Retreats/Warrior Getaway, and Wheels for the World wheelchairs.

Lewisville ISD Special Olympics’ (LISD SO) mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with disabilities. Their core programs provide sports training and athletic competition for children/adults with intellectual disabilities while giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, build friendships, and become contributing members of their communities/families. LISD SO served over 300 athletes in 2019, participating in over 12 different sports competitions at local, area, state, national, and World Games. Funding will support the purchase of uniforms and equipment, lodging, meals, and travel for local, area, state, National, and World Games.

LOHILC's mission is to advocate for family reunification by compassionately serving low-income families who face immigration challenges. LOHILC provides support for a wide variety of immigration issues for those who cannot afford the cost of an immigration attorney. These include immigration consultations (low cost or free based on an individual's income), legal representation for immigration issues and low-cost citizenship classes. In 2018-19, they were a first responder at April 2019 ICE raid in Allen, Texas, added a 2nd accredited representative, and expanded their citizenship classes. Funds are requested for legal representation and free immigration consultations for those unable to pay and citizenship classes.
 

LOVE in Motion is dedicated to showing tangible appreciation designed to honor, motivate and retain teachers and first responders. Core programs include "live LOVE Appreciation Projects", where public/private sector volunteers prepare appreciation gifts to benefit area educators and first responders; mentoring students about the power of appreciation; delivering appreciation gifts with inspiring messages to area educators and first responders. In the past year, LOVE in Motion increased private/public partnerships by 40%, distributed 15,750 appreciation gifts, and received 900+ volunteer hours. Funding will support business development/brand awareness, hosting more volunteer opportunities, and the purchase of a delivery vehicle.

Mayor’s Star Council’s vision is an engaged diverse leadership radically impacting the city now and into the future through civic engagement and service. Mayor’s Star Council’s core program is an annual leadership class that highlights Dallas’ most relevant topics to 30-40 diverse young professionals each month. Community programs consist of Engage Dallas, their annual leadership conference, and the Bus Stop Project, providing art in local DART shelters inspired by DISD students. In the past year, Mayor’s Star Council attracted 600 young professionals to learn about civic engagement through Engage Dallas, placed 5 art pieces in DART shelters, and served for over 800 hours. Funding will support Mayor’s Star Council’s Serve projects which directly impact the city’s residents and providing a class leadership training.

Mission Pre-Born! seeks to equip pregnancy clinics to save more babies and souls. They assist pregnancy clinics nationwide in fulfilling their mission through underwriting ultrasound sessions, cash grants for ultrasound machines, nurse training for clinics, advertising and marketing support, evangelism training, prayer, counseling grants, and more. Since 2007, Pre-Born! has saved 73,646 babies from abortion, and will empower 680 pregnancy clinics by 2021. Funding will support ultrasound sessions and machines, expanded advertising for clinics to reach abortion-vulnerable women, and Evangelism Training.

The mission of MY Experience Inc is to inspire people to make a difference in themselves, their families, and their communities by sharing and learning from each others' experiences. Their core programs are townhalls, talk-shows and other interactive events where real people share real experiences and everyone present gets to have face-to-face dialogue on important subjects like marriage, raising kids, entrepreneurship and other individual, family and community issues. In 2018, about 350 people got a chance to hear real-life experiences of people in different stages of relationship and get answers to their questions. Funding (or a donated space) will help them secure a space where we can have more frequent events that provide mentoring, career and relationship advice.

Special Olympics Texas' mission is to provide training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with disabilities. Core programming includes participation in 23 Special Olympics sports such as aquatics, athletics, and flag football. Additional programs include: Healthy Athletes (free health screenings), Unified Champion Schools, Young Athletes program, and the Athlete Leadership Program. In 2018, they achieved: 1) a 3% increase in Athlete participation; 2) a 43% increase in Unified Champion School ISD participation; and 3) stability of program staff and directors. Funding is requested to support the Mobility Plan, Distribution Centers, and general Programming Expenses.

Texas 2036’s mission is to enable Texans to make fact-driven decisions through accessible data, strategic policy planning, and statewide engagement. The work of Texas 2036 ensures the long-term prosperity of the state, advocating long-range visions for Texans' health, education, and natural resources through policy development and legislative recommendations—all tracked through the state's most comprehensive public database. Texas 2036 has launched the Data Lab and is holding conversations on the topics most important to Texans, preparing for the 2021 legislative session. Funding will support policy research and development to ensure Texans’ wellbeing and economic prosperity into the bicentennial and beyond.

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) advances economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls, and families to build stronger, more equitable communities. Texas Women’s Foundation’s two strategic pillars are women’s economic security – research, advocacy and grant-making around childcare, health insurance, housing, and education – and women’s and girls’ leadership programs to build empowerment in workplaces and communities. Since 2013, TXWF has created positive social and economic impact for 90,000 women and families through leadership and economic security initiatives. Funding will support operating costs for Economic Security strategic funds for childcare and health care access, and the Young Women’s Initiative.

The Dickey Foundation’s (TDF) mission is doing well by doing good through the support of police officers and first responders. TDF’s core program is Invest In a Vest, a program designed to facilitate the purchase of custom, light-weight protective armor for police officers from departments who cannot afford to provide them in large cities and rural communities alike throughout Texas. In the last year, TDF provided protective armor to more than 100 Texas police officers from under-resourced police departments. Funding will support Texas police officers with the purchase of custom armor through the Invest In a Vest program.

United Way of Denton County's (UWDC) mission is to improve lives in Denton County - making Denton County the best place to live and work. United Way of Denton County lives united to help children and families succeed, to guide & serve Veterans and their families, to advocate for overall mental health, and to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. UWDC identifies the community’s most critical needs and implements collaborative, innovative solutions. UWDC provided $663,767 in grants and programs funds to support mental health training & awareness and for homelessness prevention and intervention. Funding will support targeted investments in Partner Agencies, in local Impact Grants, direct service Programs and Collective Impact initiatives.

VolunteerNow’s mission is to transform lives through volunteers. For each $1 of support that VolunteerNow receives, they provide over $10 of volunteer labor. VolunteerNow provides a wide range of program services that build capacity for nonprofits, including volunteer management software, volunteer management training, consulting, and background checks. VolunteerNow has been an integral part of the North Texas nonprofit community for almost 50 years. The 256,000 volunteers mobilized last year by VolunteerNow donated 1.6M hours valued at $40M to 3,500 nonprofits and 12 school districts with 400000 students. Funding will support the expansion technology of VOLY, their volunteer recruiting and management software, to serve more nonprofits and volunteers.

Klyde Warren Park offers a unique haven where families build community and engage in health, educational, arts, and cultural programs and events. The Park provides free programs and educational opportunities to enrich guests’ lives, showcases the multitude of cultures and talents Dallas has to offer, and serves as a town square where friends and families can create memories together. In 2018, more than one million guests attended the Park’s programs and special events. In 2019, as of October, the number of guests grew exponentially. Funding will support the Park’s operational costs to ensure that it can provide diverse, high-quality programs and events for all families.

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