December 21, 2020

North Texas nonprofits you can help support this holiday season

By haziqbinarif


From students looking to graduate to homeless hoping to get their lives back on track, there are many North Texas nonprofits trying to help others in our community.

It has been a difficult year, but many people have also shown their willingness to help their neighbors.

Giving generously not only helps support those in need, but there’s also a financial incentive. 

If you donate to a 501(c)(3) public charity before the end of the year, you to take a charitable deduction and potentially reduce your tax bill while improving the community around you.

RELATED: Learn more about charitable giving deductions from the IRS

If you’re able and wanting to give back, here are just a few local nonprofits that could use your support.

Cars For Kids

Cars For Kids has been around for nearly 30 years. This charity car donation program will take your car no matter its condition. Your vehicle will then be sold at an auction for a price you can deduct from your taxes. There is also a $50 gift card included.

The nonprofit provides free towing and different pick-up options. Vehicles accepted include cars, trucks, vans, boats, motorcycles, RVs, campers, jet skis, forklifts and trailers.

All of the money raised supports kids who get anything from healthcare to meals so they can focus on their education.

Donations or financial contributions benefit the Texans Can Academies of Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

The Family Place

Since 1978, the Dallas organization The Family Place has provided safe housing and counseling for victims of family violence.

The Family Place is the currently the largest family violence service provider in Texas.

The organization’s three emergency shelters provide 177 shelter beds a night. The Family Place served 11,711 clients in 2019 while also providing 64,605 days of emergency shelter. All of our services are in Spanish and in English.

Some of the other services include an medical clinics, transitional housing, children’s counseling and an incest recovery program.

The non-profit allows you to donate wherever the need is greatest or towards a particular program of your choosing. You can also donate directly from a stock, bond or mutual fund.

Humane Society of North Texas

The Humane Society of North Texas is not just an animal shelter, it also has a clinic, animal cruelty investigators and humane euthanasia services.

In 2020, this nonprofit will have found homes for more than 8,500 pets and transport more than 2,000 pets to other areas of the country where they can find a home.

The Humane Society of North Texas’ outreach services like Rae of Hope provide free basic veterinary care for the pets of nearly 500 senior citizens in low-income areas of Fort Worth. This program also provides low-cost vaccinations to another 600 pets from underserved areas of the city. 

While donations help give animals a safe place to live, you can also order items from the nonprofit’s wish list that are then shipped directly to the shelter.

North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank is always in need of donations, especially in the middle of a pandemic. This nonprofit provides food for people in 13 counties across North Texas.

Its Food 4 Kids program gives backpacks full of nonperishable foods to about 300 schools and 11,000 hungry children each week.

The North Texas Food Bank also provides low-income seniors a nearly 40-pound pre-packaged box of food once every month.

The food bank takes both monetary donations and food items such as canned vegetables and canned tuna or chicken as well.

OurCalling

The faith-based Dallas organization OurCalling works to offer long-term support to people without a home.

Volunteers go out into the streets to help the unsheltered homeless in North Texas build a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

There is also an OurCalling app that allows people to let the nonprofit know when and where they met someone living on the street or noticed a homeless encampment so volunteers can reach out.

OurCalling created a directory that includes shelters, kitchens and clinics where those without means can get food, shelter, and medical care.

Some of the nonprofit’s programs include substance abuse recovery programs like AA and NA, peer group meetings for women and men and life skills training.

Donations help provide the homeless with clothes, food and educational opportunities.

Other places to give

These options are just a few of the many nonprofit organizations helping those throughout our North Texas communities.

Have a cause close to your heart? Interested in searching for more organizations? 

The Communities Foundation of Texas has put together a giving guide featuring numerous giving opportunities to make an immediate impact.

The guide is broken down by category and features nonprofits in a number of categories, including veterans, racial equity, education and more.

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