Today, we’re volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank, helping that incredible organization feed the hungry in and around North Texas. And in the spirit of helping others, we thought we’d take some time to highlight some of our favorite local charities in advance of tomorrow’s North Texas Giving Day. Any donation you make through the North Texas Giving Day website between 6:00 am and midnight on Thursday, September 23 to one of the many participating charities is amplified thanks to a pool of bonus funds. Although you can certainly donate to any of the organizations below at any time, North Texas Giving Day is a great day to do it if you’re interested in making a difference financially.
So tomorrow, consider making a donation to one of these organizations or by visiting www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org and searching for the non-profit closest to you!
North Texas Food Bank
A lot of the issues we think about with food insecurity seem far away, like they’re all happening in countries like Ethiopia or Syria. It can often make us feel helpless. While it’s true there are plenty of hungry people all over the world, there are also tens of thousands right here at home. And the good news is that there is an organization doing something every single day to help. In 2015, the NTFB provided access to 63 million meals. It takes an incredible amount of food, planning, organization, storage, and—most importantly—donations to make what they do possible. This North Texas Giving Day, consider donating to the NTFB, where one dollar equals three meals for a hungry North Texan.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Most people think that Fossil Rim is a dinosaur park where you can see fossils. Not exactly. Fossil Rim is a 1,800-acre wildlife preserve that focuses on breeding, caring for, and sustaining over 1,000 animals. It includes 50 species of native and non-native animals, many of whom are endangered. On a scenic drive through the park in your car or via a guided tour, you can see foxes, cheetahs, rhinos, giraffes, all sorts of hoofstock and birds, and much more. These animals are beautiful up close, but they need our help to sustain their beautiful home for years to come. Besides caring for the animals, your donation also helps fund the many exchange, conservation, and breeding efforts undertaken at Fossil Rim.
Until recently, my knowledge of and exposure to ALS was shamefully limited to the Ice Bucket Challenge that took the internet by storm in 2014. Over the course of the past year, however, I’ve been very fortunate to work closely with the ALS Association of Texas. I’ve not only learned more about the disease itself, but also about the innumerable people impacted by ALS: The caregivers and volunteers, the friends, families and children, the people who walk and fundraise, and of course the patients themselves.
Through my work with the ALS Association of Texas, I saw firsthand how tirelessly they work to coordinate fundraisers, provide support, and raise awareness for ALS. Whether you register for a walk, volunteer, or make a donation, this North Texas Giving Day learn how you can get involved and support the ALS Association of Texas. Visit the ALS Association of Texas at the North Texas Giving Day website to learn more.
National Breast Cancer Foundation
15 years ago I was running a Dallas-based computer company, and on a routine computer maintenance call, I met Janelle Hail. Janelle was the founder of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, or NBCF. At 34 years old, Janelle had found herself battling breast cancer. While in the hospital she quickly learned that there was a lack of information about breast cancer available to women. That was the point where Janelle set out to change the world regarding education around breast cancer.
Breast Cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime. The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. They have helped over 350,000 women in need with services such as free mammograms and other breast health services. Their Early Detection Plan app helps women catch breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is easiest to treat, while Beyond the Shock gives breast cancer survivors a place to connect, ask questions, and learn more about the disease. It’s all made possible only through your donation.
As an entrepreneur, I know how hard it is to start a business from scratch, and how meaningful it is to provide for my family. However, my own experience pales in comparison to the thought of starting a business in a war-torn country, with little infrastructure or financial support. This situation is exactly where Seed Effect fills the gap. It provides microfinance loans and empowers savings groups in South Sudan, the newest country in the world, and the second most unstable one (behind only Somalia).
Having traveled to South Sudan last year with my wife, Rachel, I have seen the courage that it takes for these women (and some men) to stick it out and become stable community pillars in the most unstable of places. Although Seed Effect can’t participate in Giving Day, they ARE receiving a $50,000 matching grant for all donations today. Consider giving to Seed Effect or joining me at their 7th anniversary party at Life in Deep Ellum.
The Family Place
The work that The Family Place does changes lives, and at a time when violence against women makes daily headlines, the impact of this organization is only heightened. 38% of Texas women have experienced some type of domestic violence in their lifetime. The Family Place provides everything from emergency shelter for immediate care to transitional housing, counseling, legal services, and on-site safe learning centers for children affected by family violence.
Besides donating to The Family Place on North Texas Giving Day, you can also support them by shopping. Although shopping might not seem to be an impactful way to help those in need, over the past 23 years the Family Place’s premier fundraiser, the Partners Card, has helped raise over $16,000,000. 100% of the Partners Card purchase goes directly to supporting survivors of family violence. Find out more about The Family Place, their services or how to purchase a Partners Card for the 2016 event today!
If there is a particular charity you’d like to support, you can find out if it is participating by searching on the North Texas Giving Day site. You could also help out all of the organizations by donating to the bonus funds.
Thanks for joining us in making a difference!