North Texas giving day

Almost two dozen of Johnson County’s nonprofit organizations are set up to receive donations today through the 10th annual North Texas Giving Day.

Beginning at 6 a.m., Texans are invited to donate to one or more of 2,200 nonprofits during the 18-hour online giving campaign.

This year, 22 nonprofits in Johnson County will participate including the Cleburne Education Foundation, Cleburne Christian Women’s Job Corps, FitAbilityTX, Home At Last Animal Haven, Brazos Chamber Orchestra, Changing Course Foundation, Means on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, Chisholm Challenge, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Johnson County, Harvest House, Mutts Galore, Crazy8 Ministries, Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County, Dogs Etc of Texas, Next Step Women’s Center, Plaza Theatre Co., Blue family Fund, Community Partners of Johnson County, All Star Equestrian Foundation, Wings of Hope Equitherapy, Acorn Academy and The Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players.

C8M Founder Lisa Schwarz said she loves NTGD because it brings an overall awareness to the needs of local charities.

“As the founder of Crazy8 Ministries, I love any donations we receive and would love to be a recipient during North Texas Giving Day, but I would love for people to just support any local charity. Pick one and give. Be a part of what the good Lord is doing.”

Susan Swan Smith, chief relationship officer of NTGD, said since the event first began, more than $240 million has been raised for thousands of nonprofits.

“North Texas Giving Day brings the entire community together—from families and students to civic leaders and company volunteers — all to celebrate the work of our region’s wonderful nonprofits,” she said. “Everyone can be a philanthropist on North Texas Giving Day. Your dollars go further with bonus funds and prizes and our easy-to-use website allows you to give back efficiently and effectively to the all causes nearest and dearest to your heart.”

Honorary chairs for this year’s NTGD are former Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki and his wife, Jessica. 

“Jessica and I are thrilled to be this year’s honorary chairs of North Texas Giving Day,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “The North Texas community has given so much to me and my family over the last 21 years, and we can’t think of a better way to get involved in the community that has supported me on and off the court.”

Jessica Nowitzki echoed similar sentiments.

“Giving back is a huge part of our family, and we’re thrilled to join forces with Communities Foundation of Texas to spread the North Texas Giving Day message and rally everyone who lives here to give back to our community on Sept. 19,” she said. 

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