$1.3 Million Raised for Area Nonprofits through East Texas Giving Day

Charities in East Texas benefited from the generosity of more than 3,603 donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s recognized day of giving to support local nonprofits.

The online fundraising effort began at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30th, and ended at midnight. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed $1,308,861 to support the causes they care about in 32 East Texas counties.

“East Texas residents showed their generosity and connection to their communities,” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation, which host this year’s event. “Nonprofit organizations spent countless hours getting the word out about the needs facing our region, and our region responded by donating. It’s a community effort we can all be proud of.”

During East Texas Giving Day, nonprofit organizations encouraged their donors and the public to make charitable donations online at www.EastTexasGivingDay.org. Donors could choose among 185 participating charities, and make donations starting at just $10. Throughout the day, some donations were eligible to be matched by donations already pledged by individuals to select nonprofits.

East Texas Giving Day benefited nonprofits of all sizes. Preliminary results show, Smith County charities leading the charge with The Mentoring Alliance receiving the most overall contributions for a total of $225,136, followed by Grace Community School raising $84,880 and Bethesda Health Clinic with $53,603.

Media sponsors for East Texas Giving Day include: KYTX CBS19, KTEK NBC 56 and KFXK Fox 51, KLTV ABC 7, KTRE ABC 9 serving Lufkin, Jack FM 106.5, KYKX 105.7 of Longview, KVNE 89.5 and KGLY 93.1, Mix 107.7 and KOYN 93.9 of Paris Texas, KALK 97.7 and KSCN 96.9 of Mt. Pleasant, KISS FM 92.7 Paris, KICKS 105.1 in Lufkin and KZQX 100.3 Tatum, QXFM 97.9 in Tyler, Townsquare Media in Texarkana, Tyler Today Magazine, 4 States Living and Butler Creative. Media sponsors helped publicize giving day with online public service announcements and live broadcasts throughout the day.

About ETCF
East Texas Communities Foundation is a nonprofit corporation serving 32 counties in East Texas. The Foundation distributed $15.4  million in grants in 2018 and currently manages over $100 million in assets distributed over 361 unique charitable funds which support non-profit organizations and student scholarships. The Foundation, which was formed in 1989, has awarded $87.6 million in grants and scholarships since its inception. Philanthropy builds community and changes lives. East Texas Communities Foundation supports philanthropy by offering simple ways for donors to achieve their charitable goals. http://etcf.org/