VNA’s 5th Annual Power Of Pie Order Deadline Extended To Saturday

VNA pecan pie*

VNA pumpkin pie*

Once again VNA is coming to the rescue. With Thanksgiving dinner menus in countdown mode, they’re helping to solve the problem of dessert with their 5th Annual Power of Pie.

For a mere $25, hosts/hostesses can order a pecan or pumpkin pie cooked up by top-notch operations and chefs like Empire Baking Company, Oddfellows, The Ritz-Carlton, The Adolphus Hotel, Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar, Knife, Dessert Dreams, Ida Claire, Bisous Bisous Patisserie, La Duni, Norma’s Café, Fairmont Hotel, The Ranch Las Colinas, Pink Apron Pastry, Haute Sweets, Mansion on Turtle Creek, El Centro College, Brownwen Weber Frosted Art Bakery and Studio, Collin College Institute of Hospitality, Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Park Central, Wolfgang Puck, Crossroads Diner, Society Bakery and Central Market.

There’s also the lighter-than-air Zero Calorie Pie. According to Empire Baking Company’s Meaders Ozarow, a couple of folks, who bought “Zero Calorie Pies” last year, showed up expecting to get one. Wrong. The Zero Calorie Pie is simply a way to make a $25 donation.

Meaders Ozarow (File photo)

Katherine Krause (File photo)

Proceeds from the pie-athong will benefit VNA’s Meals on Wheels and Hospice Care programs

Pie pickups will take place on Tuesday, November 21, and Wednesday, November 22.

Due to the fact that the VNA team is bound and determined to accommodate all and beat last year’s total, VNA President/CEO Katherine Krause reported that they’re extending the order deadline to Saturday. So, order online now! And why not get one of each?

A Gentle Reminder: 2018 Crystal Charity Ball Grant Application Deadline Nears

The clock is ticking and there are a heck of a lot of nonprofit types who are hard at work to meet the Tuesday, October 17, deadline. That’s when the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball applications are due.  

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson and Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker are making no exception. The forms have to be physically in the CCB offices by high noon… not 12:01 p.m. No email applications will be accepted. FYI: If you decide to mail the application, it won’t matter what the postmark is. If it ain’t in the CCB office by noon, it ain’t gonna make the cut.

It’s well worth the hard work. Since 1953, CCB has provided $131,244,558 for Dallas children’s charities. If you need proof, check with any of the past beneficiaries.

So, stop reading and get back to filling out those dang forms. And if you’ve put it all off until the last minute, the form is available here.

The 2018 beneficiaries will be selected Thursday, February 1.

Gentle Reminder: Crystal Charity Ball 2018 Charity Selections Are Now Available Online

Any Dallas County children’s nonprofit dreaming of qualifying for the Crystal Charity Ball grants should check out the CBB website. The applications for the 2018 grants are available online now.

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

Patty Leyendecker (File photo)

According to 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson and Charity Selection Chair Patty Leyendecker, the timeline for this year’s grant process is

  • Wednesday, September 20, at 9 a.m. — Orientation meeting for prospective applicants. Attendance is not mandatory, but strong encouraged.
  • Tuesday, October 17, noon — Applications “must be mailed or hand-delivered to the CCB office. No email applications will be accepted.
  • Thursday, February 1 — 2018 beneficiaries will be selected.

To qualify for a grant, the organizations must

  • serve children in Dallas County
  • have had a 501 (c) 3 designation for at least three years
  • have provided services in Dallas County for at least three year

Since 1952, CCB has provided more than $137M to more than 100 children’s charities, so why not take the opportunity to land one of the grants?

2018 Crystal Charity Ball Selection Process Plans Announced

Claire Emanuelson (File photo)

In between applications of sunscreen and ripping open Amazon Prime Day purchases, think ahead to 2018. Believe it or not, it’s just around the calendar corner.

Need a for instance? The 2018 Crystal Charity Ball selection process. 2018 CCB Chair Claire Emanuelson has provided the rundown of dates for nonprofits to participate:

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 — Applications for the 2018 grants will be available online. Why the early warning? That gives Dallas County children’s charity brain trusts enough time to decide if they want to take the first step in vying for funding and the stamp of approval by the 65-year-old organization. To qualify for consideration, the charity must
    • Serve children in Dallas County
    • Have had a 501 (c) 3 designation for at least three years
    • Have provided services in Dallas County for at least three years
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. — For newcomers and returnees, there will be “a brief prospective application orientation at Communities Foundation of Texas.” No, it’s “not mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged.”
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at noon — Hard-copy applications must be in the Crystal Charity Ball office, 3838 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite L 150, by noon. Remember, that’s noon for hard-copy applications and no excuses.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018 — The selection of 2018 beneficiaries will be made.

If you’re weighing whether or not to try out, check with past recipients. Since 1952, more than 100 children’s charities have received more than $137M.

The First Annual Movie Madness Marathon Registration Deadline Approaches

How about a marathon that requires absolutely no sunscreen, sunglasses or sweating? That’s exactly what the Dallas Film Society and Studio Movie Grill have on “The First Annual Movie Madness Marathon” agenda for Sunday, July 16, at Studio Movie Grill at Spring Valley.

First Annual Movie Madness Marathon*

Guests will watch four movies — “Despicable Me 3,” “Spider Man – Homecoming,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Baby Driver” — continuously starting at 11 a.m. with the goal of raising funds for the various DFS programs (DFS Summer Film Camp, DFS College Intern Program, DFS High School Roundtable Education Program, Dallas International Film Festival and DFS Premiere Film Screening, to mention a few).

Here’s the plan. Each moviegoer registers here to “secure a seat” in the marathon. The registration fee is $25. Then, besides OD-ing on popcorn, they’ll be asked to get friends, family and anyone they can convince to donate money for a minimum goal of $500.

According to organizers, you’ll be asked during registration “if you want to use your name or create a fun, movie-themed team name. This is how donors will find you. Once you’ve registered, you will receive a link you can share on social media and send via email to friends and family asking them to make a pledge to support you.”

The problem is that the deadline for registering is today! Holy Batman yipes!  But you just know the DFS folks know how to make room for movie lovers, so go ahead and send your registration in pronto.

Oh, and, yes, for those who wonder, there will be bathroom breaks between movies.

* Graphic courtesy of Dallas Film Society

Business Council For The Arts Is Calling All Art Heroes For Obelisk Awards

Each year the Business Council for the Arts presents its Obelisk Awards at a luncheon to “honor businesses, business leaders, arts/cultural leaders and nonprofit organizations who have significantly advanced arts and culture in North Texas.”

Event Co-Chairs Thai-lan Tran and Steven Roth have just announced that nominations are now open.

Exactly what does it take to be a nominee? Here’s a breakdown of the requirements for your consideration:

For Businesses:

  • The New Initiatives Award recognizes businesses for supporting an innovative arts/cultural program created within the past three years. Awards are given to one large, medium and small business each.
  • The Arts Partnerships Award recognizes businesses that have provided sustained support to an arts/cultural organization for three or more years. Awards are given to one large, medium and small business each. A business may only win the Arts Partnership Award once every two years.
  • The Arts Education Award recognizes one outstanding business for its support of arts education programs.

For Individual Business Leaders:

  • The Business Champion for the Arts Award recognizes long-term leadership and commitment to arts/culture by a business executive (president, CEO, partner).
  • The Outstanding Leadership Arts Alumnus Award recognizes outstanding board leadership and commitment by a graduate of the Leadership Arts Institute.

For Individual Arts/Cultural Leaders:

  • The Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader Award recognizes an arts leader who has consistently demonstrated vision, impact, innovation, and successful alignment with business and community partners throughout their tenure.

For Nonprofit Arts/Cultural Organizations:

  • The Distinguished Cultural Organization Award is given by Neiman Marcus to recognize one outstanding nonprofit organization for a project or program that has enhanced the community through partnership with a business.

Larry Glasgow (File photo)

According to BCA Board of Directors Chair Larry Glasgow, “For more than a quarter century, the Obelisk Awards have been the symbol of excellence recognizing support of the arts in our community.  Past recipients include visionaries who represent diverse industries, each one making a unique contribution to our cultural vibrancy and quality of life. With the exponential growth of the arts in North Texas, we believe that this year’s nominations will include long-time arts supporters as well as the new and innovative.”

The awardees will be celebrated at the 29th annual Obelisk Awards luncheon at Belo Mansion on Wednesday, November 15.

The deadline for nomination submissions is Wednesday, June 21. That’s less than a month away, so put on those thinking caps and make the world know about an art hero.  Here’s a link for the nomination form.

Good Friday Closures And Tax Deadlines Are Providing Some Confusion

Just a simple reminder that while Good Friday (aka tomorrow) is not a federal holiday, financial markets and some schools will be closed. Most banks, post offices and government offices will remain open, as will the Arboretum, the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas Museum of Art. 

Here Comes Easter To Texas (File photo)

BTW, due to the infamous April 15th Tax Day falling on Saturday, the deadline for submitting taxes is Tuesday, April 18. Whoa! Sure, the deadline couldn’t fall on Easter Sunday, but why not Monday? Is the government being generous with deadlines? No. The reason is that the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day that is usually celebrated on April 16. This year the 16th falls on Sunday, so Monday will be considered a holiday the same way federal holidays are.

Confused? Don’t worry. Just get those taxes filed or warm up those extensions!

Time Is Running Out for Laura Grace Caregiver Award Nominations

The Senior Source*

The clock is ticking for The Senior Source‘s 2nd Annual Laura Grace Caregiver Award nominations. The deadline for nominations of people “who care for, or has cared for, an aging loved one and has gone above and beyond to provide exceptional care” is Friday, March 31. Yipes!

 

Here are the requirements for nominations:

  • The recipient must be able to attend the event on Thursday, April 13, at The Kessler Theater. (Two complimentary tickets will be provided.)
  • Neither paid, professional caregivers nor individuals who self-nominate are eligible for the award.
  • Nominee must reside within the greater Dallas area.

The award recipient will be notified on Friday, April 7, of their being selected.

The award will be presented during Jub Jam, benefiting The Senior Source and presented by Sportsradio 1310 “The Ticket.”

Submit your nomination(s) here. As for Jub Jam, it’s sold out. But you know the drill. For a nice check, sponsorship just might be yours.

*  Graphic courtesy of The Senior Source

It’s Time To Submit Your Nominee For The 88th Linz Award

Debbie Branson (File photo)

Debbie Branson (File photo)

You know tons of people. Now you’ve got a challenge. You’ve got to go through that endless list of folks and find at least one “whose civic or humanitarian efforts have created the greatest benefits to the City of Dallas.”

The reason? It’s time to nominate the 88th Linz Awardee. The deadline for submitting your nominee(s) is Tuesday, November 1 (aka All Saints Day).

Benefiting the Community Service Fund of the Junior League of Dallas, the luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 8, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. And you just know you’re gonna want to be there to see your nominee(s) accept their award from last year’s recipient Debbie Branson. Betcha the awardee will even do a shout-out to you for putting their name(s) in the hat.

For your convenience, here’s a link to the nomination form.

A Gentle Reminder: Crystal Charity Ball Charity Selection Orientation Is Tuesday, As In Tomorrow

Attention, campers! Any nonprofit benefiting children had better plan on being at Communities Foundation of Texas Tuesday morning. It’s the Crystal Charity Ball’s Selection Orientation Session that starts at 8:30 a.m.

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

According to Grant Selection Chair Lisa Longino, attendance is certainly not mandatory, but this gathering provides insight and tips on how to apply for the 2017 grants.

And while Monday, October 31 (aka Halloween), may seem like many high school football games away, it’s the deadline for submitting applications for the grants.

Prospective agencies must meet three basic requirements:

  • to serve children in Dallas County,
  • have had a 501 (c)(3) tax designation for at least three years and
  • must have provided services in Dallas Country for at least three years.

It was just a couple of years ago that North Texas Food Bank President/CEO Jan Pruitt warned her team that if they wanted to submit an application, it was a daunting experience. Still she added that receiving one was like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. BTW, her team did submit an application for a 2015 grant and received $750,000 for their efforts.

Applications are now available here, but be smart and attend the meeting. Who knows what tidbits will be shared!

Warm Up Your Nominating Brain Cells For CNM Connect’s “A Night Of Light” Awards

It used to be known as The Center for Nonprofit Management, but that seemed like an awful long name. So, a couple of years ago it had a “name lift” and became CNM Connect. Despite the name tightening, its mission stayed right on course — “to strengthen community by connecting and engaging nonprofits and other stakeholders through leadership, management expertise and outcomes technology.  In addition to providing executive recruiting, seminars, certificate programs and consulting services, CNM is expanding its offerings to meet the needs of today’s nonprofit.”

CNM Connect*

CNM Connect*

One of the annual highlights for local nonprofits is CNM Connect’s “A Night Of Light Awards,” at which time individuals and organizations serving North Texas nonprofits are recognized and awarded. This year’s by-invitation-only event presented by Atmos Energy will take place on Thursday, November 17, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center with WFAA’s Ron Corning emceeing.

A Night of Light*

A Night of Light*

Now, it’s just about time for  nominations to be submitted for the five following categories

  • Nonprofit of the Year,
  • Nonprofit CEO of the Year,
  • Nonprofit Board Leader of the Year,
  • Robert Miller Nonprofit Communicator of the Year and
  • Partner of the Year.

After submitting the nomination form, “an independent panel of judges” review the candidates and select three finalists in each category in September.

All the finalists receive a $2,500-scholarship toward CNM services such as education training or consulting. But each of the category’s winners is also presented with a $5,000 cash award. Nice!

According to CNM President/CEO Tina Weinfurther, “We all have an interest in strong communities. Corporations, foundations, and other stakeholders provide generous support with time and resources while nonprofits are on the front lines working to address growing community needs. A Night of Light recognizes those nonprofits focused on outcomes and best practices to drive even greater impact and positive change to North Texas. We are truly grateful for all that they do.”

Since its first presentation in 2001, more than $425,000 in cash awards have been presented to 85 organizations.

Nominations forms will be available Monday, and have to be received by Friday, August 19. So, get those thinking caps on and figure out who and what you’re gonna nominate.

* Graphics provided by CNM Connect

Communities Foundation Of Texas Kicks Off Its Letter Of Inquiry Application Process For 2016 Giving Guide

Between the stock market and oil dropping, there are a lot of frowns making the rounds. So, how about something to make smiles? It comes from Communities Foundation of Texas officially kicking off the 2016 Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process. Applications are available online for DFW nonprofits to submit information that will be reviewed and considered for including in the foundation’s annual Giving Guide. It’s a nifty way for CFT to provide “information submitted by nonprofits with their fund holders whose interests align with their specific areas of focus.” What makes it even better is that the “Giving Guide” is available to any- and everyone in North Texas.

Communities Foundation of Texas logo*

Communities Foundation of Texas*

To be eligible, the organizations must

  • Have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service that has been active for two years.
  • Have a North Texas Giving Day Profile which can be created at NorthTexasGivingDay.org.
  • At least 50% of the population served must be residents of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin or Rockwall counties.

More than 400 nonprofits are vetted by CFT before being shared with donors.

Interested? Here is a timeline for the process:

  • January: 2016 LOI process information and application are available on the CFT website.
  • Wednesday, March 2: Informational workshops at CFT offices (5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, 75225) for agencies interested in learning more about the LOI process. You may attend either the morning session (9-11 a.m.) or the afternoon session (1-3 p.m.). Attendance at the free workshops is completely optional. REGISTER NOW for the workshops.
  • Friday, April 1: Deadline to submit LOIs to [email protected] or at CFT offices (5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, 75225) by 5 p.m. (CST). You will receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of receipt.
  • Saturday, December 31: All agencies notified about grants funded out of CFT’s discretionary funds.

Did you catch that last date? It seems that CFT has “discretionary funds” that will be provided for “a limited number of requests submitted through the LOI process.” The areas that are considered for these funds include

  • Financial education for widows
  • Education and training of student nurses
  • Medical research related to cancer or heart disease
  • Scholarships for students attending fundamental theology schools
  • Scholarships for blind individuals
  • STEM education for girls
  • Programs that use technology to serve people with barriers to reading due to low vision or learning differences

Just imagine. Not only can your nonprofit be included in the Giving Guide and put before the CFT fundholders, it just might get a surprise gift at the end of the 2016.

* Graphic provided by Communities Foundation of Texas

MySweetWishList: Community Partners Of Dallas Toy Drive

According to Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) President/CEO Paige McDaniel:

“Community Partners of Dallas has just kicked off our annual Toy Drive and I wish for the community to help us once again by providing 2 gifts each to more than 5,500 abused and neglected children in the care of Child Protective Services. CPD is accepting donations of toys through Friday, December 11.”

Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive*

Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive*

“For thousands of abused and neglected children in Dallas County, the holidays are just another day; one more day that they are reminded that no one cares. By supporting Community Partner of Dallas’ Toy Drive, individuals, organizations and companies can grant specific gift requests to children most in need of holiday joy. For many of the children, this might be the only gift they receive, and for some the first gift they have ever been given. Fulfilling these wishes goes beyond just making sure they have a gift to open on Christmas. Your gift shows our kids that someone cares for them.”

“The Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive is unique in that the wishes are brought to the agency by CPS caseworkers on behalf of the children in their care, and those same caseworkers will have the wonderful opportunity to deliver these gifts personally. By supporting the Toy Drive, individuals, organizations and companies will be granting specific gift requests to these children, making them feel special and giving them a holiday they will remember.”

Paige McDaniel, Maria Plankinton and Joanna Clarke*

Paige McDaniel, Maria Plankinton and Joanna Clarke*

“Wish cards can be filled by companies, churches, scout troops, business offices, or individuals. Organizations and individuals can also organize a new toy drive for the undesignated toy collection used to serve additional children who come into CPS care after the wish list deadline and to fill wishes not selected by donors. This year’s most popular wishes include bikes, African American dolls, items from Disney’s “Frozen,” Easy Bake Ovens, boom boxes, riding toys for toddlers, Buzz Lightyear Action Figures, Barbies, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, learning toys for toddlers, like a Vtech Learning Laptop, Dora dolls, MP3 players, LEGO sets, Tonka trucks and Bath and Body Works sets.”

“All gifts should be new and not wrapped. Toys must be delivered to the Community Partners of Dallas Toy Drive Warehouse at the Peacock Alley Warehouse located at 2050 Postal Way, Dallas, Texas 75212, no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11. For more information on participating in the Toy Drive, contact Corinne Karp, 214.624.7588 or visit www.communitypartnersdallas.org.”

– Paige McDaniel, Community Partners of Dallas president/CEO

* Graphic and photo provided by Community Partners of Dallas

Communities Foundation Of Texas’ 2016 GiveWisely Applications Are Due In One Month

There’s just a month left to submit applications for the 2016 GiveWisely program sponsored by Communities Foundation of Texas. No, it’s not a study on the three wise men. The five-class series provides information for “a relatively small group of donors to sharpen their goals and strategies toward giving.”

The following schedule calls for the classes to run from 7 to 9 p.m.:

  • Session #1 (Wednesday, January 20): Identifying Your Values — What are your core values? How do they show up in your giving- or do they? Discussing values, personal giving statements and charitable budgets.
  • Session #2 (Wednesday, February 17): Pinpointing Your — This session will guide you through further identifying your philanthropic values, goals and legacy- and effectively communicating your giving philosophy with family, friends and the nonprofit community.
  • Session #3 (Wednesday, March 23): Evaluating Effectiveness— Understanding community needs and assessing nonprofits to bring your personal perspective to bear on solving community problems. This session is complemented by the special off-site session, “How to Conduct a Site Visit” on Saturday, April 9.
  • Session #4 (Wednesday, April 13): Philanthropist Panel — Hear from a panel of philanthropists and discuss the challenges, successes and impact of giving.
  • Session #5 (Wednesday, April 29): Beyond the Class: Keeping Focus and Impact in Your Giving — Finalize your personal giving statements and your charitable budget for the year ahead in this workshop session.

According to last year’s GiveWisely participant Christine Allen, “I high recommend this class to anyone who has a heart to make the world a better place, but isn’t sure about the best way to make a personal impact. It’s an exceptional class, extremely well-organized, and every topic leads to valuable discussion. GiveWisely truly helps people hone in on their passions and apply their resources.”

While the series is free, “each member (or participating couple) will make a tax deductible $500 gift to Communities Foundation of Texas, to be directed to the nonprofit of their choosing at the end of the class.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 18.