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Fourth time’s a charm

2012 Get Up and Give

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Susan Mitchell Jackson, executive director of advancement, communications and alumni relations;
Linda Gothard, senior office associate in restorative sciences; and Sharada Ram, accountant III in financial services.

Media Resources/Steven Doll

It was a landmark year for the North Texas Get Up and Give initiative. And the dental school gets to reap some of the benefits.

This year’s North Texas Giving Day numbers alone are impressive. Nearly 30,000 donors made 37,800 donations. The most important part: Donations were up 35 percent, which meant $14.4 million was awarded to some 900 nonprofits across North Texas.

Lucky for the dental school, donations to Baylor Oral Health Foundation followed those increases.

Donations and matching funds exceeded $8,000; a 46 percent increase from 2011. What’s more, the number of people who gave to BOHF this year increased 118 percent to 61 donors, up from 28 last year. The bulk of the funds raised will be allotted to the James S. Cole, D.D.S., Endowed Professorship in Dentistry.

BOHF President and Treasurer Robert Bigham couldn’t be more pleased.

“It was a big day for contributions to BOHF for the benefit of the college and the most successful yet in terms of donors and funds received,” says Bigham. “We are very pleased and grateful to all who contributed these needed funds.”

An added bonus: A portion of all credit card donations made online and totaling $25 or more were matched. The end result meant higher contributions for BOHF, which exists to provide monetary support to the college beyond what state funding provides. BOHF funds advance research, academic programs, scholarships and other initiatives.