According to ReInspire Executive Director Charise Olson,
North Texas Giving Day changes lives. Because of the support organizations will receive from your giving on Thursday, September 17, lives will be changed. Organizations throughout our communities will be able to continue their work to make lives better.
For small organizations like ReInspire, the change can be dramatic. Organizations with small budgets ($250,000 and below), can receive a boost that can make a significant difference in our ability to serve our clients and expand our services. With few staff and razor thin budgets, participating in an event like North Texas Giving Day gives us the chance to do more.
For some of us, it can be the chance to weather the tough times we’re experiencing due to COVID-19.
ReInspire is helping our clients change their lives. Our clients come from foster care, homelessness, and other challenging obstacles that make finding success and stability as adults feel impossible. We provide hope, services, and connection so they can achieve the future they want and deserve.
One of our great volunteers said it best, “We do what needs doing.” We help clients get their driver’s license, find a job, enroll in college, and open a bank account. We teach cooking and home management as well as job skills like customer service and problem-solving. We’re working diligently to establish a housing program so our young adults can have a safe place to live while they work on long term goals like higher education and career training. We answer the phone at midnight when a client is in crisis and celebrate when a client texts, “I got the job!”
It’s a big mission for a small nonprofit.
And that’s why North Texas Giving Day can make such a critical difference. As a smaller nonprofit, we are not able to leverage the influence and attention an event like North Texas Giving Day can and does. It’s an opportunity for us to reach many more people building awareness of our mission and (hopefully) increased giving to support our work with youth and young adults in Johnson County.
This year, more than ever, we are counting on the generous hearts of Texans to support the vitally important work being done throughout our communities. Like many nonprofits, ReInspire had to cancel its biggest fundraisers due to COVID-19 and pledged donations have declined in the face of economic hardships.
At the exact same time, the needs of our clients have increased with many of our clients facing lay offs, loss of housing, and other serious hardships. We never closed, despite losing nearly all our projected income for 2020. We’re as determined as our clients to succeed.
But determination is not enough. Without your generosity, the work of organizations like ours- the small but mighty- may not make it. And the work we do to change the lives of the vulnerable populations we serve will end.
North Texas Giving Day changes lives. Because it supports organizations like ours to keep doing the work that changes lives. Organizations that are helping those who need it most. Small organizations who “do what needs doing” and rely on your generous support to do it. Thank you for considering the “small but might” in your giving.
* Graphic and photo provided by ReInspire
In 11 years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $290 million into the North Texas community. In 2019, more than $50 million was raised through more than 169,000 gifts benefiting over 2,988 area nonprofits.