Photo by Kim Leeson

It’s the most generous time of the year here in North Texas, and the giving spirit has nothing to do with the holidays. Communities Foundation of Texas‘ North Texas Giving Day is upon us. In 2017, the annual giving bonanza raised $39 million for 2,723 nonprofits. Although the event starts Thursday, you can schedule an online donation today.

What: North Texas Giving Day is “an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.”

When: Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Where: Donate on, scroll through to find your charities of choice and click the green “give” button. Have your credit cards at the ready.

Who: In Dallas alone, there are over 1,400 nonprofits who will be taking donations. In 2017, Lake Highlands area organizations — based in zip codes 75218, 75231, 75238 and 75243 — received 3,000 donations that totaled about $650,000. Pamper Lake Highlands received $29,051, and Healing Hands Ministries received $32,145.

Lake Highlands organizations participating are:

    • Pamper Lake Highlands
    • Feed Lake Highlands
    • Healing Hands Ministries
    • Forerunner Mentoring
    • Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League
    • Wild for Cats Academic Booster Club
    • Dallas Ballet Company
    • Dallas Lutheran School
    • Lake Highlands Young Life
    • Moss Haven Farm
    • Junior Players
    • Youth Believing in Change
    • St. John Episcopal School
    • White Rock Dog Rescue
    • St. Patrick Catholic School
    • Dallas Children’s Theater
    • Montessori Children’s House
    • Refugee Resources
    • Scofield Christian School