Better than Cowboys-Vikings? North Texas Charities Chief Aiming to Outshine Minnesota

Brent Christopher/Photo courtesy Communities Foundation of Texas
Brent Christopher/Photo courtesy Communities Foundation of Texas

Brent Christopher, president and CEO of the Communities Foundation of Texas, says momentum is building for the 2013 North Texas Giving Day, set for Sept. 19. And the soft-spoken, bow-tied exec is hoping that momentum will help Dallas-Fort Worth shatter a national record Thursday for community-wide fundraising. To do it, DFW—whose population is about 6.7 million—will have to beat the total raised last year in Minnesota during that state’s Give to the Max Day, which broke state and national records for philanthropy. The 2012 effort in the Gopher State, whose population is about 5.4 million, raised nearly $16.4 million from 53,000 people benefiting about 4,400 nonprofit groups.

During last year’s Giving Day, North Texas donors made more than 37,000 gifts totaling $14.4 million, benefiting 900 charities. Christopher says he’s shooting to scare up $17.5 million this year, which would make the North Texas effort the biggest one-day community-giving program in the country ever. It also would mean that, in its five years of existence, North Texas Giving Day would be responsible for pumping more than $50 million into the coffers of local nonprofits. The Communities Foundation of Texas will enhance, on a pro-rated basis, the total of donations made during Thursday’s Giving Day, which will begin at 7 a.m. and end at midnight.

5 comments on “Better than Cowboys-Vikings? North Texas Charities Chief Aiming to Outshine Minnesota

  1. Probably should go ahead and make full disclosure here: my wife’s company does PR and strategic planning for this event. I did not know Glenn was going to post this. That is all.

  2. Okay, Tim, I can top that. The web site my wife Jeanne Prejean runs, called My Sweet Charity, is the “blog sponsor” for NT Giving Day, which doesn’t entail a money arrangement but does mean she’s promoting the hell out of the event. But since I bumped into Christopher myself last night and got that info independently, at an unrelated event, I didn’t really put two and two together until now. End of full disclosure statement.

  3. Note to media and fundraisers: Metroplexians are really not turned on by city rivalries. Besides, the only way Dallas will win is by a last second push-off.

  4. You’re both in the clear. It’s great to have so many people talking about their favorite charities, large and small. This is all about building awareness and funds for the nonprofits that make our lives better. Plus, regardless of whether or not you’re really into city rivalries, Texans love bragging rights. Let’s bring the #1 community-wide giving day home to North Texas!

  5. Actually it is not a city rivalry – to make it fair, DFW is taking on the entire state of Minnesota. I bet Drew Pearson gives more here than Nate Wright gave there.