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Once Again, Cistercian Prep Wins North Texas Giving Day

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Once Again, Cistercian Prep Wins North Texas Giving Day

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Once again, North Texas Giving Day broke its previous record, this year raising $39,379,446 for North Texas nonprofits. Once again, I am duty bound to tell you that my wife does PR for the effort. And once again, I get to brag that my alma mater, Cistercian Prep, won North Texas Giving Day and wound up atop the leaderboard. Sure, sure, everyone wins when this much money is raised for great organizations that do good work in our community. But Cistercian won more. Certainly more than St. Mark’s.

Hox vobiscum!

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Jason provided the top-line stats in Leading Off. Yesterday was a great day for North Texas nonprofits. But it was an especially great day for one very special nonprofit. That would be tiny Cistercian Prep, my alma mater. Yesterday, the school received $486,575 in donations, putting it atop of the leaderboard. A little context: there were just 30 kids in my graduating class, in 1988. The school has grown a bit since then, but not by much. It has 346 students in grades 5 through 12. There are only about 1,400 alumni walking the planet. SMU, on the other hand, which landed at No. 5 on the leaderboard in terms of money raised, has about 110,000 alumni, with about 40,000 of those living in North Texas. Pow! Scoreboard! And here's where I stop bragging -- Go, Hawks! -- and point out that I'm just kidding when I say that Cistercian "won." (Not really.) More than $33 million was raised for 2,022 nonprofits. They are all winners. (Disclosure: my wife's company does PR for the event. More disclosure: that meant she worked until 2:30 this morning, and, as I said would happen, I fed my kids takeout Thai that included no vegetables while I watched the Rangers game. Even more disclosure: I don't regret it.)
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Hi, my name is Tim, and I'm an addict. Every year at this time, on North Texas Giving Day, I compulsively check and recheck the leaderboard to see how my favorite local nonprofits are performing. Let's just click on over and -- hey! What's up, Cistercian Prep? My tiny little alma mater sits in second place, in terms of total money raised. Go, Hawks! We're coming for you, Alcuin School. Here's where things stand as of 10 o'clock: as a city, we're on pace to hit the collective $26 million goal. We're 5 percent over last year's total at this time of day. Most impressive is the fact that we've already eclipsed last year's total number of nonprofits that received donations. Last year, 1,580 organizations received donations; as of 10 o'clock, 1,691 had already gotten some love. Keep it up, folks. There are giving days all over the country, but ours in North Texas out-raises them all. (Disclosure: my wife does PR for this event. That means she'll be working way past midnight today. Which also means that my kids probably won't eat the most balanced meal for dinner, and they'll eat it in front of the TV, because Daddy will be watching the Rangers.)