Operation Kindness

Reasons why we give… in honor of North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 14

By Katie Mudd, TrizCom PR

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Fall in North Texas means it’s time for football and philanthropy! Kicking off the season with North Texas Giving Day — Communities Foundation of Texas’ annual 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas on Sept. 14. The day is powered by creative nonprofits, social media activism, area-wide collaboration, and of course North Texans coming together! North Texas Giving Day’s goal is to help build awareness and support for nonprofits in North Texas, while making the act of giving easy for donors.

When you give via NorthTexasGivingDay.org, your donation goes further with bonus funds and prizes. All donations scheduled between September 7th and 13th or made between 6 am and midnight on September 14, 2017 qualify. Your donation triggers opportunities for your nonprofit to win prizes rewarded at random or for the highest number of donors! This year every dollar given up to $10,000 will be multiplied with bonus funds when donors give online through NorthTexasGivingDay.org. Plus, some nonprofits have 1:1 matching funds which means your donation is doubled!

TrizCom is passionate about giving back to our community throughout the year and proudly supports many local nonprofits including Community Council of Dallas, Operation KindnessHeroes for Children and Taylor’s Gift. TrizCom founder and CEO Jo Trizila is a firm believer in the Biblical parable “to whom much has been given, much will be required,” and with that philosophy she empowers the team at TrizCom to provide our time, treasures and talents to give back.

Let us help your business develop a charitable giving and sponsorship strategy that is guaranteed to impact the bottom line through increased sales, improved consumer loyalty and employee morale, and enhanced brand awareness. We believe that helping a cause you care about – and one that is also relevant to your business – can reap tangible and intangible benefits for your public image, your shareholders and your community.

How we help:

- Define the objectives of a giving program or sponsorship – why are you giving back?

- Identify causes that are consistent with your business values.

- Strategic alignment with organizations where the reputation, demographics and goals are compatible with your business interests.

- Integrate charitable donations, corporate sponsorships, employee volunteerism and executive expertise within a well thought out communications plan.

- Determine how to leverage your charitable donation/sponsorship.

- Communicate your charitable donation/sponsorship.

To find out how you can help today, visit www.northtexasgivingday.org, or give us a call at 972-247-1369 to see how we can help develop a charitable giving and sponsorship strategy for 2017 and beyond.

Here’s a highlight of a few of the organizations we will be supporting this North Texas Giving Day!

Operation Kindness

Team TrizCom collected pet food donations for Operation Kindness’ Pet Food Pantry to help pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Team TrizCom collected pet food donations for Operation Kindness’ Pet Food Pantry to help pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter. In 2016, Operation Kindness celebrated their 40th anniversary and their achievement of saving more than 90,000 animals since their inception. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.

 

Community Council of Dallas

Community Council of Dallas’ Area Agency on Aging Helps North Texas Seniors

Community Council of Dallas’ Area Agency on Aging Helps North Texas Seniors

Since its founding in 1940, the Community Council has identified services that are needed in the community, assessed how best services could be delivered to meet social issues, and mobilized and implemented action plans working in concert with its member agencies and public sector resources. Pervasive issues over time have included juvenile delinquency and welfare; seniors; public health; daycare; and legislative advocacy. The Community Council met these challenges through fact-based research, deploying volunteers, incubating new services and agencies, expanding government programs where appropriate, convening collaborative work and delivering selected direct services.

 

Taylor's Gift

Team TrizCom at the 2016 Outlive Yourself Awards.

Team TrizCom at the 2016 Outlive Yourself Awards.

Taylor’s Gift Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the life-saving effort of increasing organ donor registrations and to financially assisting families touched by organ donation.

Heroes for Children

Team TrizCom participated in the annual Heart of Gold 5K in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. See us there again this year on Sept. 16.

Team TrizCom participated in the annual Heart of Gold 5K in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. See us there again this year on Sept. 16.

Heroes for Children is a unique nonprofit that provide financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer.

Adopt, Don’t Shop - October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

By Katie Mudd, TrizCom PR

Heidi and Coco Mudd

Heidi and Coco Mudd

Team TrizCom has furry friends adopted from shelters across the country, including a few from our client Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal shelter. When it comes time to add a furry friend to your family, keep in mind the many perks of adopting a dog from your local animal shelter. 

Shelter dogs come in many different ages, sizes and breeds. In fact, purebred dogs can make up nearly 30 percent of the animals surrendered to shelters each year. If you are looking for a specific kind of dog, do your research and check local shelters – there’s a very high chance that they will have exactly what you’re looking for at a fraction of the cost if you were to purchase directly from a breeder.

Most animal shelters ensure dogs are in good health before they are adopted by providing routine healthcare such as vaccinations, wellness exams and treatment for other medical conditions. In larger shelters, there’s a chance of taking in an animal with a contagious disease, but any reputable shelter will be fully equipped to treat the animal. When visiting your local animal shelter, don’t hesitate to ask the medical staff, volunteers and adoption counselors about any health issues the pet may have and medical services the shelter may offer. 

Shelters, unlike breeders and pet stores, are equipped to supply much more information about their animals up for adoption. Many shelters rely on foster families to care for animals before they are available for adoption. Foster families are then able to interact with the animal at home to determine the personality, behavior traits and development of the pet – providing a very detailed history. Animals placed directly into the shelter interact with the shelter staff and volunteers on a daily basis – who are more than happy to tell adopters everything they know about the pet to place it in the perfect home. 

The fee to adopt a shelter dog may seem expensive, but adopters must keep in mind that the fee helps defer the costs of caring for animals: expenses that include food, medicine, vaccinations, microchips, tests, spay and neuter surgeries, medical procedures, rehabilitation and recovery. If you found a puppy and took it to a vet to have it fixed, vaccinated, wormed and started on flea control and heartworm preventative, the cost would be triple the amount of most adoption fees.

Did you know that in 2015, Operation Kindness saved the lives of 4,519 animals, and with the use of the on-site medical hospital, the no-kill shelter provided care to over 5,000 animals, many of which would have been euthanized? Last year Operation Kindness performed 5,163 surgeries; 13,169 exams; 1,587 spays and 1,541 neuters; provided more than $83,000 worth of medicine and served 328,000 meals.

Operation Kindness – unlike other nonprofits – does not receive funding from the government, instead relying solely on funds from donations, grants and adoption fees to care for homeless animals. As Operation Kindness continues to expand their services to save more lives, their expenses grow as well. Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In 2016, Operation Kindness is celebrating their 40th anniversary and their achievement of saving more than 80,000 animals since their inception.

Stayed tuned to TrizCom’s social channels to find photos of the dogs of TrizCom throughout the month of October.