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East Texas Giving Day In Lamar County

This year the East Texas Community Foundation has ten nonprofit organizations in Lamar County participating in “Giving Day.” While the big day is Tuesday, Apr. 25, the online portal has been open since early April. As of Friday morning, 204 of the 350 organizations participating in a 31-county area, “Giving Day,” have been blessed with $345,370 in gifts.

 If you go to www.easttexasgivingday.org and look for the agencies by county, you can see how much each has raised so far going into the final stretch. Many have matching donors, which makes each gift double ($10 becomes $20, etc.) and is a great help in each group reaching its goal.

Baby Gunns Animal Rescue


CitySquare Paris


Northeast Texas Trail Coalition

Paris Junior College Memorial Foundation

Paris Optimist Foundation

St. Joseph’s Community Foundation

Tailored Rides Equine Assisted Therapy Inc

The Wesley Center at Paris Junior College

United Way of Lamar County

East Texas “Giving Day” Sets Course for Record-Breaking Day

Two weeks into early giving, East Texas “Giving Day” has generated over $127,000 in donations for participating nonprofits through the website www.EastTexasGivingDay.org. Officially slated for Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2023, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, East Texas “Giving Day” is on target to be another record-breaking event.

“Last year’s “Giving Day” was a remarkable success in an incredibly uncertain environment,” said Kyle Penney, President of East Texas Communities Foundation, which hosts East Texas “Giving Day.” “With 350 nonprofits participating this year and the incredible support from our media partners, we feel the nonprofit community will benefit greatly from the attention this event generates.”

An area-wide “Giving Day” aims to unite the region on one day and as one community, raising money and awareness for East Texas nonprofits. The initiative, organized by East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF), provides citizens across ETCF’s 32-county service area an easy platform to support the mission of local nonprofits.

A pillar of ETCF’s mission is to provide simple ways for donors to achieve their charitable goals. By giving an 18-hour online fundraising event, ETCF allows the public to donate both financially and pledge volunteer hours to various nonprofits through one convenient online platform.

“One of the most attractive components of “Giving Day” is its convenience,” said Penney. “Donors can access the donation portal from any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including their smartphones.” Data collected in 2022 showed that over half of all donations on the giving day platform were made on mobile devices.

Donors can join in on the fun of giving day by creating celebration pages that benefit their favorite nonprofits. “Celebration Pages allow the public to actively participate in the “Giving Day” experience,” said Penney. “If you feel passionate about a local charity, this is your chance to get involved. You can create a Celebration Page, set a fundraising goal, and share that with your friends and family by social media, text, or email.”

Donors can double their donations by contributing to nonprofits that have secured their matching funds. Multiple participating nonprofits have secured a match for this year’s event. “Matching funds are a way for donors to make their dollars go further,” said Penney. “Currently, over $1.3 million in matching funds is available on the “Giving Day” site.”

At check out, donors can also donate to the Community Cares Fund. Donations to the Community Cares Fund will be divided equally amongst nonprofits that raise funds on the “Giving Day” site. 

You can make the minimum donation at www.EastTexasGivingDay.org of $10. In addition, we will post ongoing updates about the event on ETCF’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SimplifiedGiving and the foundation’s website at www.etcf.org.