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!

JUST IN: Deadline For Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 2017 Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards Extended

While the Dallas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Awards Dinner presented by AT&T isn’t until Tuesday, May 9, the process is underway to select the recipients of the 2017 Maura Women Helping Women Award and the Young Leader Award.

Originally, the deadline for nominations was Friday, January 6.

Yipes! Folks who have been away for the holidays just realized that January 6 is less than a handful of days away. To accommodate those procrastinators, DWF President/CEO Roslyn Dawson extended the deadline to Monday, January 9. Whew!  

BTW, the dinner is being co-chaired by Cheryl Alston and Laura V. Estrada, with the presidential-appointed National Women’s Business Council Chair Carla Harris as the keynote speaker.

Carla Harris*

While you’re thinking about whom to nominate, remember the Maura honors “courageous individuals who have catalyzed change for women and girls in North Texas.” Established in 2013, the Young Leader Award “recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a woman under the age of 40 who is achieving success in a field, initiative or sector, and creating a path of opportunity for other women to follow.”

So, scratch that adorable head, think of an outstanding gal, download the form and who knows? You may be the source for the 2017 Maura and/or Young Leader.

* Photo courtesy of Dallas Women's Foundation

Communities Foundation Of Texas’ GiveWisely Series Signup Deadline Extended To January 1

If you put off signing up for the Communities Foundation of Texas’s GiveWisely Series and thought you were gonna miss the December 1 deadline, you’re so lucky. With all the holiday activities, the wise folks at CFT realized that a little more time would be a gift, so they’ve moved the deadline to Thursday, January 1.

Communities Foundation of Texas logo*

Communities Foundation of Texas logo*

Oh, what’s the GiveWisely Series? Here’s the approved, official explanation:

Rather than focusing on specific areas for philanthropy, GiveWisely will give donors a chance to sharpen their overall approach to their personal giving – thinking strategically and learning from a group of like-minded peers.”

According to CFT President/CEO Brent Christopher, “When people become more active in supporting the causes they care about, often they share with us the difficulties of determining where their charitable dollars should go. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to navigate the landscape of competing charitable needs.”

Some of those challenges include:

  • Evaluating community needs (including how to say “No” to a request and feel okay about it)
  • Evaluating nonprofit effectiveness and which projects are a good investment and
  • Developing a clear, thoughtful plan around giving, whether as an individual, couple or family

As CFT Director of Donor Services Elizabeth Liser put it, “The next generation of donors wants to develop their own unique approach to personal giving. But these donors still need guidance in thinking strategically, so they can develop a clear, thoughtful plan around giving, whether as an individual, couple or family.”

The series kicks off Wednesday, January 21, at 7 p.m., so sign up before that January 1 deadline shuts you out.

JUST IN: Dallas Blooms Is Extended To Easter Sunday Thanks To Bank Of America

Mother Nature can really be a royal pain in the flower bed. The area buds have been facing spring weather one day and winter chills the next. What’s a gardener to do? Especially when you’re at the Dallas Arboretum and dealing with acres of the blossoms for the 30th annual Dallas Blooms?

Dallas Blooms*

Dallas Blooms*

The Arboretum staff and flowers have been meeting the rigors of the weather challenges, but some folks have been hesitant about wandering the grounds if sock caps and gloves are needed accessories.

Dallas Blooms*

Dallas Blooms*

Great news. Thanks to the good folks at Bank of America, Dallas Blooms has been extended an additional two weeks to Easter Sunday on April 20th.

According to Bank of America Senior VP/North Texas Market Manager Gillian Breidenbach, “The Dallas Blooms exhibit has been such a popular attraction for our community that we are excited as sponsors to see the exhibit extended through April so more families can enjoy this spring tradition and further benefit our local economy. The two additional weeks allow more families to take advantage of this delightful visual display of a half-million spring blossoms while enjoying the beautiful spring weather we’re starting to have in Dallas.”

Dallas Blooms*

Dallas Blooms*

Translation: You have additional time to see the flowers at their finest plus check out the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

So, make your plans now to take advantage of this extension. Hmm, Good Friday at the Arboretum, or perhaps Palm Sunday, or just any day will be blooming grand.

* Photos provided by the Dallas Arboretum