Over 3,300 nonprofits in the North Texas area have signed up to participate in the event's 13th year, said Chris McSwain, the event's director of community engagement.
The fundraising event was created by the Communities Foundation of Texas in 2009 as a way to help donors find nonprofits they might want to support, McSwain said.
“We had no idea back then that this would culminate into this movement that is now the largest one-day regional online giving event in the nation,” McSwain said. “It’s really astounding to see the growth happen organically.”
In 2020, $58.8 million was raised for over 3,200 nonprofits across North Texas, according to the NTX Giving Day website.
Donors from all over the country are able to search the event's website based on the cause they want to support, including racial equity, senior support, animals, or hunger and food access. They may also search by keyword or location to find the nonprofit that suits their needs. Many organizations also offer people the opportunity to donate volunteer time.
While early donations opened Sept. 1, building momentum to NTX Giving Day helps get donors excited about assisting nonprofits they already know and finding new ones to support as well, McSwain said.
“Nonprofits are sharing their stories, their successes and their challenges–especially during the pandemic,” McSwain said. “In times of crisis, we’re always thinking, ‘What can I do? What’s my place?’ And having this connection to nonprofits is a great place to start.”
People interested in donating as part of NTX Giving Day may visit www.northtexasgivingday.org.