Ghianda Becerril, Staff Writer
The University of Dallas participated in the fourth annual Get Up and Give! North Texas Giving Day last Thursday, Sept. 13. With over 900 non-profits participating in the event, this year’s North Texas Giving Day managed to break records, raising $14.4 million in 17 hours.
This annual event, sponsored by the Communities Foundation of Texas, allows North Texas residents to donate to any Metroplex non-profit of their choice from 7 a.m. to midnight. Any donation over $25 given through DonorBridge was matched by the foundation.
“This year was a huge success,” said Carol Pierce Goglia, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Communities Foundation of Texas. “This year’s results had a $3.7 million increase from last year. It was a major testament to the community.”
It was the university’s third year participating in the event, and UD also managed to increase its numbers from last year’s. The University of Dallas received a total of 218 gifts, raising $50, 215.
“This is the best that we have done in three years,” UD’s Director of Annual Giving Programs Jim Livernois said. “This was an easy way for donors to make a contribution and get it stretched based on matching funds.”
If the gift donated was not designated to a specific organization or scholarship on campus, the gift was placed into the Cor Fund. According to Livernois, this fund will be divided between student financial scholarships, faculty development, or student and campus programs.
According to Christine Rogers, co-owner and public relations manager of SparkFarm, the money matched comes from the Communities Foundation of Texas thanks to a $1 million pool of matching funds and prize money.
In addition to receiving the gifts donated by residents in the area, UD also had the chance to win gifts and prizes drawn throughout the day. According to Goglia, UD won one of the 17 $1000 prizes that were awarded hourly.
“Without this activity, people would not have been able to help out as much as they did,” Livernois said. “This was a great opportunity to donate. It is funds like these that help the students.”