On the morning of March 11, 2011, a catastrophic 9.0 earthquake spawned a 30- foot-high tsunami that destroyed the northeastern coast of Japan. Anna McFarland, witnessing news coverage of the disaster, knew she had to help. As the executive director of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, a friendship organization connecting the two countries, Anna quickly turned to Communities Foundation of Texas for assistance. Searching for an efficient way to enable donations to rebuild Japan, she leveraged the North Texas Giving Day (formerly DonorBridge) profile for the Japan-America Society, allowing people to donate immediately to the relief fund. In just a few short months, they raised over $100,000 for support recovery projects in and around Sendai, and they are still receiving donations today.
Launched in 2009, NorthTexasGivingDay.org is the most comprehensive and free public resource for connecting North Texas nonprofits and supporters. For supporters, NorthTexasGivingDay.org simplifies the process of gathering reliable information about nonprofits and community needs and making charitable donations. For nonprofits, the website and its annual North Texas Giving Day event serve as another awareness-building and fundraising tool. NorthTexasGivingDay.org profiles more than 2,700 nonprofits and, since its inception, has infused more than $240 million into nonprofits serving the 20 counties of North Texas.