According to Southwestern Medical Foundation President/CEO Kathleen M. Gibson,
North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) has become an effective and visible rallying cry, attracting those who wish to make our region the best it can be. It serves as a reminder and encouragement that each of us can do something which – added with the collective contributions of others – makes a significant impact.
Would North Texans have the community resources we need without the encouragement to come together on NTGD? Would we have close to $300 million raised since 2009 for community charitable work if not for NTGD?
We, at Southwestern Medical Foundation, think perhaps not. It has been a remarkable and rewarding journey of partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas since we began working together on NTGD. This partnership and collaboration has helped us reach a broader audience, increase awareness, and introduce new and young audiences to our work. It has effectively lifted the charitable boats of our community and kept us rowing together toward the progress we wish to see.
Our NTGD NorthPark participation has drawn many young families to learn about CPR and the importance of healthy eating. We have passed out hand sanitizer and helped to educate families on its importance – even before COVID-19. We have sponsored NTGD interactive events, with health trivia included. We are motivated by NTGD to plan events and opportunities to rally together and encourage the awareness and importance of our health.
Southwestern Medical Foundation itself was formed by a remarkable community rallying in 1939. Our goal is – and has always been – to leave a lasting impact on the health and welfare of our community. We have done this by helping build and grow: 1) a world-class medical campus – for state of the art treatment, 2) a leading medical school – to train the best doctors and researchers, and 3) a towering medical research capacity – to make the discoveries that improve our lives. Working with philanthropic and business leaders, the Foundation has been able to respond to vital health care needs. Today, at UT Southwestern alone, over 180 COVID-19 projects are underway. Our COVID-19 Response Fund represents the opportunity to support and continue rapid innovation at UT Southwestern in the fight to provide life-saving care and fund needed discovery. Together with our community and partners, we are resolute in meeting the challenges we face at this present time – as well as those we will face in times ahead.
NTGD for us continues the tradition of our coming together to bridge the gaps which charitable giving and caring helps us address. NTGD serves as a reminder of the challenges we have overcome together and the hope that new challenges will be met. Thank you for helping us build a brighter and healthier future for each of us who live in North Texas!
Please rally with us on NTGD as an advocate, a learner, a donor, or a friend.
* Graphic and photo provided by Southwestern Medical Foundation
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.