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Monday, September 11th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites
The Garden Room
3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas 75220
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program

Why Charitable Giving Matters and North Texas Giving Day

Monica Egert Smith
Chief Relationship Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas

The National Weather Service said, “The breadth and intensity of [rainfall from Hurricane Harvey] are beyond anything ever experienced before.” Relief is pouring in from around the country, proving once again that tragedy and disaster can unite a divided nation. Donations of money, food, water, clothing and supplies, and offers of temporary shelter, are mounting, as efforts to transport goods and set up distribution are coordinated.

However, each day thousands of North Texas children wake up hungry and go to bed hungry. Others skip school because they don’t have clean clothes. Homeless camps under bridges and overpasses are cleared, even though alternative, safe shelter is often unavailable. Those requiring medication and/or care for mental illness receive none. Abused women and children remain in dangerous domestic situations because they lack support and options. Addiction is rampant. None of this is caused by a major catastrophic event – this is every day, every week, every year. And in our current political climate, and including attempts to limit government spending, some social-care programs are being underfunded or eliminated.

We can step into this funding and organizational void through charitable giving. To do so effectively, we must find our personal charitable passion and also know how to maximize the impact of our giving. Additionally, we must know that the organizational recipients of our giving are on the up-and-up, not fronts for scam artists. In sum, we want to trust that our giving can make a positive difference.

We in North Texas turn to the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), which supports our region by vetting charities and reporting results, thus allowing us to give efficiently and maximize our contributions. In addition to serving as a hub for philanthropy in our region year-round, CFT also powers North Texas Giving Day, the nation’s largest community-wide giving event, slated for September 14 this year. Last year on this day, more than $37M was raised in 18 hours to benefit 2,500 nonprofits; this year will see more need than ever as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

Please join us on September 11 to learn how to make your charitable giving more efficient, effective and rewarding. Our speaker will be Monica Egert Smith, Chief Relationship Officer for (CFT) and formerly senior director of community services for The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV, where her responsibilities included managing the annual Dallas Morning News Charities campaign.

Our Speaker

Monica Egert SmithMonica Egert Smith serves Communities Foundation of Texas as the foundation’s Chief Relationship Officer. As CRO, she leads a team who are on the front lines of cultivating new donor relationships, stewarding existing donor relationships, and communicating the CFT story. During Monica’s tenure with CFT, she previously served as Senior Director of Strategic Philanthropy, where she served as a philanthropic advisor to CFT donors and fund holders on a variety of community needs and interest areas. In that role, Monica also led CFT’s Grantmaking from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, which makes transformational investments in the areas of education, public safety and medical research.

Prior to joining CFT in 2008, Monica served as Senior Director of Community Services for The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV, where she oversaw more than 150 Dallas-based community sponsorships and programs, and managed the annual Dallas Morning News Charities campaign, which raises money to support direct services for the hungry and homeless. A native of Canton, Ohio, Monica earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. In her free time, she volunteers with several local nonprofit organizations including the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.