On September 14, the Communities Foundation of Texas held its annual North Texas Giving Day. The online giving event raised more than $39 million, benefiting 2,723 nonprofits in 16 Texas counties.

The event only ran for 18 hours and brought in a record amount of money, approximately $2 million more than in 2016.

“The north Texas community has once again blown us away with their generosity,” CFT chief giving officer, Susan Swan Smith, said. “Raising funds for local philanthropy is more important than ever, and we are deeply grateful for the donors, nonprofits, volunteers and partners who make this event possible every year.”

CFT, an organization responsible for managing the charitable funds of nearly 1,000 companies, families and foundations, created North Texas Giving Day in 2008 to build awareness and support for north Texas nonprofits.

“The amazingly generous people of north Texas have stepped up to do even more for the incredible nonprofits in this region,” Entrepreneurs for North Texas program director, Sejal Desai, said. “It’s such a privilege for us to experience that first-hand.” Entrepreneurs for North Texas is a program of CFT.

CFT received 137,000 gifts from donors across America and 36 other countries. This year, the foundation will award gifts to 200 more nonprofits than in 2016.

Helping those along the Texas coast

In addition to raising money for north Texas nonprofits, North Texas Giving Day collected donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The event received $370,000 for CFT’s Relief and Recovery Fund, as well as the Mass Care Task Force, a joint effort between the American Red Cross North Texas Region, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command, the North Texas Food Bank, and VolunteerNow.

How you can donate

North Texas Giving Day may be over, but there’s always next year. Visit North Texas Giving Day’s website to learn more.

You or your business can still donate to CFT’s Relief and Recovery Fund, as well as the Mass Care Task Force.