Welcome to the sixth edition of The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever! We would like to start this year's welcome letter by thanking each and every one of you for your tremendous support and extraordinary generosity. With your help last year, the organizations featured in the Catalog served the needs of over 200,000 people in our community. The generosity of this community, coupled with the hard work and dedication of so many wonderful nonprofits, make this project one of our favorite things to work on every year.
Recently, Heather and I went on a road trip to Florida and passed a store called Trailer Hitches and More. I thought I should stop in and just ask for "more". Heather did not find it amusing, but it really broke up the monotony of the 15-hour drive for me. I didn't need a trailer hitch, but I was intrigued by this "more" idea. I didn't even know there were places you could shop for "more"! A couple of weeks later, David Letterman had a segment on his program called "More with Les" and it dawned on me that "more" must be a super hot trend right now.
So, I’ve decided that the 2013 Greatest Gift Catalog Ever will capitalize on this trend and provide "more" than ever before: MORE organizations, MORE impact, MORE program selection, MORE places to use your gift card, MORE Golden Gifts, and MORE matching funds. People have asked for "more" and the Greatest Gift Catalog Ever is thrilled to provide it.
As you flip through the pages of this year's Catalog looking for ways to make a charitable contribution to our community, you will see that the 2013 Catalog is bigger and better than ever before. There are 18 wonderful organizations and 81 ways you can help. This year, we are excited to welcome three new organizations to the Catalog: A Wish with Wings, Helping Restore Ability and The Recovery Resource Council. In addition, we are thrilled to welcome back three organizations that were in previous editions of the Catalog: The Lena Pope Home, ACH Child and Family Services and SafeHaven of Tarrant County. You will find these returning nonprofits featured on page 34 in our new Legacy Organizations section.
Also, back by popular demand are all of your favorite parts of the Catalog, including the Golden Gifts section and the always-popular Matching Funds program. This year, our matching funds opportunity is at an all time record, with $123,000 available to make your donations go even further. No matter which organization you choose, every contribution you make will be matched by other donors. The complete details of the program are on page 39 of the catalog. Instead of 100% of everything given directly through the catalog going to the organizations it is up to an amazing 200%.
As always, there is a long list of people who make this program special. You can find that list on pages 40 through 43. I would like to take this year’s welcome letter, however, to offer a special thank you to three specific groups, because without them the Catalog could simply not happen. First, the members of our amazing local advisory board (featured on the opposite page) who work tirelessly throughout the year to put the Catalog together. Second, our deep appreciation goes to the organizations that provide ongoing financial support to make all of this possible. That list of generous donors includes the Amon G. Carter Foundation, the Once Upon A Time Foundation, and the Sid Richardson Foundation. Finally, a huge shout-out to our amazing media partners, including 360 West Magazine, The Fort Worth Business Press, KTFW “The Ranch” Radio and WFAA-TV. These media sponsors provide generous editorial and advertising support, to promote not only the Catalog but the efforts of all of the featured organizations as well. Finally, we offer a special thanks to anyone who helps out in any way, large or small, to support this important community initiative. Please know that we couldn't do this without you.
If this is your first time with this Catalog, we hope you enjoy the experience of giving back in a new and different way. For returning shoppers, this year promises to be one of our best ever and we can't wait to see the results.
By supporting the wonderful organizations in this Catalog, you can help make our entire community stronger and create a better place for all of us to live and work!
With deepest gratitude,
Elliot and Heather Goldman