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Volunteer in the Dallas Region

Our community has a deep tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism. Giving back to the community we love is a priority of residents in the Dallas Region. Charity Navigator ranks Dallas fourth nationally in a survey that analyzes financial, accountability and transparency practices of nonprofits by metro area. From health issues, to children’s initiatives to animal causes and beyond, the Dallas Region is ripe with nonprofits and organizations looking for your involvement and service in the community.

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Big Thought

Bridge the opportunity gap in education this summer.

Founded in 1987, Big Thought works to close the opportunity gap for youth in marginalized communities through afterschool programming, summer learning, arts education, and advocacy. Big Thought partners with civic organizations and school districts including the Dallas ISD to address summer learning loss through its virtual tutoring program. Recently, the organization received a boost through a $1.5 million gift from Mackenzie Scott.

A great example of the generosity of the Dallas region community is North Texas Giving Day. Each year, during one 18-hour period, residents in the Dallas Region donate millions of dollars to nonprofits. Since its inception in 2009, over $350 million has been contributed to more than 3,200 organizations. 2020 donations totaled $58.8 million, breaking last year’s record by $8.8 million.

Powered by the Communities Foundation of North Texas, the online event has transformed from an idea to help local people give wisely, to a movement that has ignited a broad culture of community-wide giving.

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