A Day for GivingWomen’s health and reproductive issues drove neighborhood donations during the last North Texas Giving Day.

The annual one-day event, which benefits thousands of local and Dallas County nonprofits and is powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, has become an increasingly impactful way for nonprofits to raise money.

This year, the 18 hours from 6 a.m.-midnight this Thursday (Sept. 22) are dedicated to donating. Donations of $25 or more during this period are amplified by more than $2 million in bonus funds and grants, according to the event’s organizers.

110 donations made every minute Since its inception seven years ago, the effort has pumped more than $119 million into North Texas charities; last year, about 118,000 individuals donated to 2,020 participating organizations.

We broke down the 2015 donation numbers to learn which Lake Highlands-area foundations (in the 75243, 75231 and 75238 zip codes) benefitted most from last year’s Giving Day.

Two neighborhood nonprofits focused on women were top 10 earners among donors last year.

NXTGD_LH_164At No. 1, Planned VParenthood, which provides women’s healthcare such as pelvic exams, PAP tests, HPV vaccines, urinary tract infection treatments and abortion services for women, as well as STD screening and treatment and birth control for women and men, brought in $158,668 from 888 individual contributors. The fourth biggest earner was Thrive Women’s Clinic, bringing in $81,900 from 185 donors. Thrive provides pregnancy tests, sonograms and counseling, but it does not provide abortion services; rather, Thrive is a faith-based crisis pregnancy center that promotes abortion alternatives.


31% of donations were to Planned ParenthoodOther organizations that brought in top dollars last year include the Dallas Arboretum, which took the No. 2 spot with $148,900; St. John’s Episcopal School at $126,817; and Catholic Charities of Dallas, bringing in $70,000.

Two lesser-known groups — High Adventure Treks for Dads and Daughters (HATS), whose goal is to teach girls advanced outdoor camping and survival skills; and Medisend, an educational biomedical institute — each brought in more than $25,000.


$300 Amount of extra donations earned by Healing Hands Ministries of Lake Highlands with a “Change for Change Challenge”East Lake Pet Orphanage earned bonus funds for having the largest increase in donors in 2015.

Healing Hands Medical/Dental Clinic, Stronghold Ministry (which supports those with late-stage cancer) and Dallas Children’s Theater also raised significant funds.

Make donations online at northtexasgivingday.org or at a donation station at NorthPark Center Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Festivities that day include performances by Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black NTGD has raised $118,600,000 in seven yearsDance Theater, Dallas Children’s Theater, The Texas Boys Choir, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Dance Academy, Junior Players, Lone Star Wind Orchestra and Shakespeare Dallas, along with animals from Dallas Zoo and SPCA.

North Texas Giving Day details, rules and events at northtexasgivingday.org.

Top 10 Lake Highlands benefactors, Giving Day 2015

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas $158,668

Dallas Arboretum $148,900

St. John’s Episcopal School $126,817

Thrive Women’s Clinic/Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center $81,900

Catholic Charities of Dallas $70,425

Stronghold Ministry $45,046

Healing Hands Medical and Dental Clinic $44,510

Dallas Children’s Theater $33,800

High Adventure Treks for Dads and Daughters $28,888

Medisend $25,650