While businesses struggle to stay afloat amid COVID-19 restrictions, as fewer donations come in, many nonprofit organizations are struggling as well.
To help alleviate the hardships nonprofits are facing, the North Texas Giving Day organization has announced North Texas Giving Tuesday on May 5 from 6 a.m.-midnight. Through the effort, the organization aims to put North Texans in touch with more than 3,000 area nonprofits.
“With many nonprofits seeing an increase in demand for critical services and cancellations of in-person fundraising opportunities, all charitable organizations, including North Texas nonprofit organizations are reeling from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the organization’s website.
Among area nonprofits in need of funding are Metroport Meals on Wheels in Roanoke and Christ’s Haven for Children in Keller.
“The communities foundation of Texas puts on North Texas Giving Day each fall, but they decided they would try to help nonprofits in the area because so many of us have had to cancel spring fundraisers,” said Amy Robinson, director of community development at Metroport Meals on Wheels.
Funding for nonprofits typically comes in fall and spring cycles and has decreased due to an inability to host spring fundraisers, such as golf tournaments and fashion shows, Robinson said.
Other events that benefit Metroport MOW, such as Southlake Art in the Square and the Colleyville Women’s Fashion Show, have also been canceled, she said.
Each fall, the day of giving typically earns about $20,000 for Metroport MOW, and the organization was on track to reach that goal during the May 5 event, she said.
“We are one of only four [Meals on Wheels] programs in the state that does not see any government funding,” Robinson said. “Our program needs help now more than ever because without those fundraisers or government funding, we really rely on help from the community.”
Christ’s Haven for Children staff announced plans to be a part of the day of giving earlier this month. Before noon May 5, a total of 43 donations combined to provide more than $7,500 for the organization.
The organization acts as a refuge for children who have faced abuse, neglect and other difficult circumstances in their lives, and it does not receive any state or federal funding, according to its website.
“We are excited to see the North Texas community come together ... in response to the impact of COVID-19 on so many nonprofit organizations,” Christ’s Haven for Children staff said in a Facebook announcement. “We can't wait to see what happens ... as our supporters help us with our mission to provide hope for a brighter future, one child at a time.”
To donate to Christ’s Haven for Children, click here. The Metroport Meals on Wheels donation page for North Texas Giving Day is available here.
More information on North Texas Giving Day can be found here.
North Texas Giving Day supports nonprofits in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth
North Texas Giving Day aims to put North Texans in touch with more than 3,000 area nonprofits. (Courtesy Communities Foundation of Texas)