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Online event boosts giving

2011 Get up and Give

Linda Piper, assistant to the
president of the Baylor Oral
Health Foundation, looks on as Gail Parrigin-Clark, director of financial serivces,
accesses the DonorBridge website from the
sixth floor foyer.

Photos by Steven Doll

Baylor Oral Health Foundation receives a share of record-breaking donations during 2011 Get Up and Give initiative

The third time was a charm for the “Get up and Give!” North Texas Giving Day 2011. Not only was the $10.7 million in donations — based on $9.7 million in contributions and $1 million in matching funds — double the amount raised last year, it exceeded giving day totals from 2009 and 2010 combined. This was quite an impressive feat considering the nation’s stagnant economic climate.

The Baylor Oral Health Foundation will receive its portion of the unprecedented totals, at a delightful $5,000. This is good news for Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, as the foundation exists to provide monetary support to the college beyond what state funding provides. Funds from Baylor Oral Health Foundation support TAMHSC-BCD’s leading-edge research, academic programs and scholarships, among other initiatives.

2011 Get up and Give
Ray Covington, assistant treasurer at Baylor Oral Health Foundation,
and Dr. Phillip Campbell, Robert E. Gaylord Endowed Chair and chair of
the orthodontic program

Robert J. Bigham Jr., president and treasurer of the foundation, says he is pleased with the day’s results and even more grateful to everyone who contributed, especially considering all online donations of $25 or more made on the DonorBridgeTX.org website were matched, to a percentage.

“North Texas Get Up and Give Day is a great way to leverage our contributed dollars to go even farther to help the college,” says Bigham. “It’s also a great opportunity to visit with faculty, staff and students.”

In total, 13,500 donations were made to 600 North Texas nonprofits. Since 2009, the annual event utilizing DonorBridge — made available through support from Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management — has contributed more than $19 million to the community.