For the fourth year, the United Way of Smith County hosted ‘Tyler Gives,’ a local Giving Tuesday fundraiser, benefitting United Way’s partnering nonprofits. More than 400 donors combined to give $223,000 online November 28th. Event sponsor Express Employment Professionals and the United Way matched the first $75,000 donated beginning at 8 a.m., resulting in a total of $298,000 that will be allocated by year end.

 

“We’re grateful for the generous donors who stepped up again this year to support essential nonprofits in Tyler and Smith County,” said Ward Huey, Campaign Chairman for the United Way of Smith County. “When considering the significant matching dollars involved in the fundraiser, Tyler Gives has become a preferred vehicle for donors to support local programs.”

 

After four years of online donations and matching funds, Tyler Gives has now provided more than $1-million to United Way’s 26 partner agencies. The Giving Tuesday fundraiser supplements the organization’s year-round annual campaigns, which began in 1940 and raised $2.1-million during the 2022-2023 cycle. Community Pillars serve as corporate sponsors who designate corporate gifts to offset operating costs of the campaign. This allows 100% of donations through the traditional campaigns and Tyler Gives to directly impact those in need through local nonprofit programs.

 

“We’re so pleased with how Tyler Gives has performed since its inception in 2020,” said James Sheridan, Board Chairman for United Way of Smith County. “Our vision is to be a leader in engaging donors and empowering service providers in our community, and Tyler Gives is another way we’re able to represent that effort.”

 

In addition to raising and allocating funds, United Way of Smith County’s in-house programs include the 2-1-1 East Texas Help Line, and the East Texas Center for Nonprofits. Anyone in East Texas in need of assistance can dial 2-1-1 to speak with a representative. The line is open 24 hours per day, or individuals can text “211help” to 484848.

AUTHOR: John Berry
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