How has the “voice of the donor” changed in the last 3 months?  Sarah Cotton Nelson, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Communities Foundation of Texas, tells us about the “heart response” from North Texans in the magnitude of their giving, and the generosity of their response. Donor advised funds from Communities Foundation totaled $13 million during the first 5 months of this year – more than double the gifts in previous years.  But, Sarah also reminds us that charitable giving will remain critical over the next 12-18 months while we turn from addressing emergent needs to assisting in the phases of disaster recovery and rebuilding.  Sarah tells us “the amount of pressure that the pandemic puts across all of the non-profit sector is really quite extreme, and they need your help.”   Learn how Communities Foundation – partnering with other funding organizations – has streamlined a donor portal located at, where any nonprofit can apply for funds related to support of COVID-19 needs. Collecting requests in one portal, this alliance of funders is relieving non-profits from the burden of multiple applications for funding, all while allowing funders to look at applicants’ needs and potentially fund them.   

Most importantly, Sarah shares with us that North Texas Giving Day will take place on Thursday, September 17, 2020.  We are all looking forward to witnessing another “heart response” from our fellow North Texans.  

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