Texoma Gives: Let Your Love Flow

“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we can make a change” – Barbara Mikulski

Texoma Gives allows everyone to make an immense difference in a small amount of time by bringing organizations, communities, friends and families together for a 16-hour day of giving that provides critical funding for area nonprofits.

The annual event kicks off at 6 a.m. and doesn’t wrap up until 10 p.m. on Sept. 13. The Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation partners with area foundations, sponsors and nonprofits to give thousands of donors from every community in a 24-county area, including 18 counties from North Texas and six from Southern Oklahoma, a chance to raise funds for their local needs.

The hope is the event will inspire the Texoma region to let their love flow, making it the largest day of charity in Texoma. While Texoma Gives encourages philanthropy all year long, this special event connects people who care with causes that truly matter to them.

During those 16 hours, donors can visit www.texomagives.org and use a credit or debit card to donate to a nonprofit, or multiple nonprofits, if they prefer. The minimum donation is $25. Donations are tax deductible, and donors will immediately receive an email confirming the donation. By selecting a specific charity, the gift is reserved for that charity and will not be given to any other charity. Donations are non-refundable.

Anyone with a credit or debit card can make a donation, even if not located in the Texoma area. If donors do not wish to give online, the Foundation office can be contacted from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at 940-766-0829 to donate over the phone.

The day of giving sees a variety of nonprofits benefiting from the event, from local fire departments to animal shelters. Each nonprofit has a profile page on the Texoma Gives website, where the complete list of participating nonprofits can be found, www.texomagives.org.

“Everyone involved gets to see how much good Texoma Gives does,” said Teresa Caves, president of the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation. “The community can’t survive without nonprofits, they have an economic impact and are a part of a community’s culture. What would a community be without them? Texoma Gives is about focusing on them for that one day, donating and doing something charitable.”

The annual day of giving kicked off in September 2016, but planning and hard work began long before the initial event.

“In 2015 the community foundation did our strategic plan,” recalled Caves. “In that strategic plan, we discussed the need to help nonprofits learn about having an online donation process and how we can help them do just that. We decided we were going to embark on a giving day because it does all of those things.”

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the September/October issue of LiveIt magazine.