Jane Ziolkowski, Contributing Writer
This Thursday,alumni, parents, faculty and friends of the University of Dallas will have the opportunity to participate in the Communities Foundation of Texas’ fifth annual North Texas Giving Day.
The Communities Foundation initiated the Giving Day event in order to allow philanthropically oriented organizations in North Texas to support local nonprofits. Throughout its history, the Communities Foundation has secured $1.7 million in bonus money for local nonprofits from foundations and corporations in the North Texas area. Last Giving Day, UD pulled in $52,459, including bonus money.
This year, UD and other local nonprofits will fundraise via the Communities Foundation’s website. Gifts of $25 or more will be eligible for bonus money, which will be allocated to each nonprofit according to its share of the total money eligible for bonuses.
Jim Livernois, director of annual giving programs, said that while a tax-receipt email will come from the Communities Foundation of Texas, the money itself will go directly to the University of Dallas. Since the normal taxpayer’s giving year ends on Dec. 31, and UD’s fiscal year is from June 1 to May 1, now is the ideal time for taxpayers to make their charitable donations.
“Many faculty and staff make their gifts on this day,” said Livernois. “If you want a way to give money to UD, and get a little bit extra for what you gave, this is the perfect opportunity. Why wouldn’t you want someone else to give money in your name?”
The Giving Day event marks the beginning of the university’s annual fund campaign.
“It’s a great opportunity to start off the year with a bang, and to beat the taxseason rush to donate,” said Livernois. “Thank you in advance for your support!”
To donate, go to donorbridgetx.org from 7 a.m. to midnight, search for “University of Dallas” and click “Donate Now.” No username or password is necessary to donate. Donations are only accepted via credit card. All gifts are tax-deductible.