DALLAS – Buckner International surpassed its goal Sept. 15, receiving $288,774.98 during DonorBridge Giving Day. This was Buckner’s third year to participate in the effort and most successful yet.
Buckner raised $193,505 from 224 donors in 17 states, as well as one gift from Puerto Rico and one from Afghanistan by a U.S. soldier who traveled with Buckner on a mission trip in 2007. Additionally Buckner received $85,269.98 in matching funds, provided by Communities Foundation of Texas and an anonymous Buckner donor, as well as a $10,000 prize awarded by Dallas Foundation for the highest number of individual donors to a nonprofit with an operating budget over $1 million.
“We are overwhelmed at the generosity of our donors and friends,” said Buckner Foundation President David Slover. “The support we have received through DonorBridge each year continues to grow and this year was no exception. We are so thankful to everyone who has stepped up to be a voice for the vulnerable children and families we serve.”
In 2010, Buckner netted $121,910.69 through DonorBridge Giving Day; in 2009, Buckner netted $173,148, which included two anonymous gifts made to Buckner to match the total raised online.
More than $1 million in matching funds was made available to 700 participating charities for the event. Funds were raised by the Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation and Center for Nonprofit Management. In total, more than $10.7 million was raised through the DonorBridge website on Sept. 15.
Buckner promoted the ‘Get Up and Give’ effort via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and a creative YouTube video, receiving an overwhelming response. Website traffic became so heavy at one point, DonorBridge organizers decided to extend the giving time period from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Matching fund contributors included Communities Foundation of Texas, Community Foundation of North Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Energy Future Holdings, Frac Tech Services, Lyda Hill, Hoblitzelle Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, The Sid Richardson Foundation, The Simmons Family Foundation Advised Fund of the Dallas Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundation and an anonymous donor.
To learn more about DonorBridge, please visit www.donorbridgetx.org.