(From left) Sophia Sparagana and Abby Geisthardt. Photography by Kim Leeson.

More than 140 nonprofit organizations in our neighborhood have registered for the Communities Foundation of Texas‘ 13th annual North Texas Giving Day.

The event, which is 6 a.m. to midnight Sept. 23, is the largest community-wide giving event in the United States and is meant to support and raise awareness for local nonprofits. It was created in 2009 as an online tool to help people identify and support organizations making positive changes in the community.

“Honestly, CFT never dreamed it would turn into literally this community building and supporting movement 12 years later,” said Kaitlin Guthrow, the director of sponsorships and nonprofit relations at CFT. “No idea. It’s just grown exponentially.”

Last year, $58.8 million was raised for North Texas organizations. More than $375 million has been donated since the event started.

Amazon is the title sponsor of the event and has been promoting it since June. Delivery trucks and drivers’ shirts have been tagged with the North Texas Giving Day logo. The company has also worked with CFT and elected officials to surprise nonprofits each month, thanking them for their work with a gift basket.

Not all of the nonprofits participating in the giving day are asking for donations. Some are hoping to raise awareness or recruit volunteers.

Neighbors can participate by using the online tool to search for a nonprofit based on criteria — cause, county of service and leadership, for example. Early giving begins Sept. 1.

There’s also a way to help that doesn’t involve financial donations. CFT has created templates nonprofits and neighbors can share on social media and via email to help nonprofits reach their fundraising goals.

Below is a list of the nonprofits based in ZIP codes 75204, 75206, 75214, 75218 and 75223.

  • ScholarShot, Inc.
  • Incarnation House
  • Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
  • Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc.
  • Restored Hope Ministries
  • Dallas CASA
  • Bold Idea
  • CHILDREN AT RISK
  • Dallas 24 Hour Club
  • Anita N Martinez Ballet Folklorico
  • McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
  • VolunteerNow
  • North Dallas Bulldog Support League
  • Foundation For C.H.O.I.C.E.
  • Reading Partners
  • Emanuel Community Center, Inc
  • Envision Dallas Lighthouse Foundation
  • Shared Housing Center
  • KidLinks
  • After-School All-Stars North Texas
  • HOPE COTTAGE INC
  • Dallas Woman’s Forum
  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc (HRI)
  • Operation Homefront
  • NAMI North Texas (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Texas Trees Foundation
  • Preservation Dallas
  • Education Opens Doors, Inc.
  • Notre Dame School
  • Mario A. Finnell ALS Foundation
  • Exodus Ministries
  • Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
  • Second Thought Theatre
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • The North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens
  • Mommies In Need
  • Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center
  • Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
  • Legacy Counseling Center
  • Behind Every Door
  • Foundation Communities
  • Carson’s Village
  • Trinity Athletics
  • Hear My Cry Foundation
  • Center for Survivors of Torture
  • Jagoda Dance Ensemble
  • kNOwBOX dance
  • Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Lifeline Chaplaincy
  • Rainbow Days, Inc.
  • Samoyed Rescue of Texas
  • Dallas Leadership Foundation
  • Unite DFW
  • East Dallas Developmental Center
  • League of Women Voters of Dallas
  • St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts
  • International Rescue Committee in Dallas
  • Open Classical
  • Camp John Marc
  • CNM (The Center for Nonprofit Management)
  • Thrive Women’s Clinic TWC
  • Design Connect Create
  • Media Projects Inc
  • OUR FRIENDS PLACE
  • Lola’s Lucky Day
  • Another Solution
  • Solar Boys PTA
  • The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation
  • Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation
  • Geneva Heights Elementary PTA
  • Texas Women’s Foundation
  • H100 Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation
  • The Kukhoma Project
  • HAKing Innovation
  • UKirk SMU
  • Filipino Leaders Coalition of North Texas
  • Texas Impact Network
  • Hope for Children Foundation
  • Undermain Theatre
  • White Rock Rowing
  • CC Young
  • Housing Crisis Center
  • St. Ann’s Alumni and Friends of Little Mexico, Inc.
  • Fotolanthropy
  • Jonathan’s Place
  • Duck Team 6 Street Dog Rescue
  • Green Careers Dallas
  • Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
  • CROSSFIRE KIDS
  • CHAMBER MUSIC INTERNATIONAL INC
  • Friends of Santa Fe Trail
  • Lakewood Montessori School
  • White Rock Lake Conservancy
  • Lakewood Service League
  • Dallas Bach Society
  • Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Aldredge House Preservation Fund
  • Dallas Winds
  • Dallas County Medical Society Alliance & Foundation Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • White Rock Lake Foundation
  • 29 Pieces
  • Pegasus Theatre
  • Juliette Fowler Communities
  • Youth With Faces
  • Art House Dallas
  • Junius Heights Historic District
  • Mata Montessori PTA
  • Dallas Universal Life Church, Inc.
  • Transformations by Dallas Ft Worth Angels
  • Mount Vernon Music Association
  • Dallas Free Press
  • Dallas Architecture Forum
  • The Peace & Conciliation Project
  • March For Science
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Inc.
  • FRIENDS OF THE BATH HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER
  • Dallas Academy
  • Dallas Parks Foundation
  • Simply Grace
  • Promise of Peace Gardens
  • Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps
  • For the Love of the Lake – White Rock Lake Park
  • New Horizons of North Texas
  • White Rock Center of Hope
  • St. John’s Episcopal School
  • Dallas Companion Animal Project
  • The Children’s Center
  • Good Local Markets
  • Bright Light Volunteers International
  • Prism Movement Theater
  • ImmSchools
  • Robert T. HIll PTA
  • Alex Sanger Elementary
  • Friends of Hexter Garden
  • Pastoral Reflections Institute
  • The Dignity Project – DBA: Well Grounded Coffee Community
  • Box 4 Fire Buff Association
  • Sacred Living
  • The Women’s Shift To Equality
  • Lumin Education
  • Jubilee Park & Community Center Corporation
  • After8toEducate


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