North Texas nonprofits have had a year like no other. The pandemic increased need and demand to unprecedented levels. It decimated the volunteer force and disrupted in-person fundraising efforts that so many rely on. …
Smaller nonprofits are suffering in a similar fashion without in-person fundraising opportunities. Faith in Texas is a grassroots nonprofit that tackles community needs by organizing faith-based organizations like mosques, synagogues, and churches. It strives to educate people on how they can effect change through programs like its voter engagement initiative.
At the onset of the pandemic and as the Black Lives Matter movement poured into Dallas’ streets, Faith in Texas addressed the spread of the virus among the jail population that didn’t have the money to bail out while awaiting trial. Faith in Texas launched the 4:18 Luke Bail Fund, attracting donations from individuals, small businesses, and student groups. This year, with fewer congregations meeting in person, Faith in Texas’ fundraising opportunities have decreased significantly.
Akilah Wallace, the nonprofit’s executive director, says the organization hopes the money from North Texas Giving Day can go toward its effort to convince Dallas County to invest more money into direct social services. In 2019, the event helped Faith in Texas raise $5,026, and this year they’ve raised $1,384 through early giving.
“We are really grateful for the North Texas Giving Day and the CFT team for the way they helped center organizations that address racial inequity in North Texas as well as voter engagement efforts and issues-based organizing,” says Wallace.
Excerpted from D Magazine. Read the full article here.