Coastal Bend giving rose to unprecedented heights on the fifth Coastal Bend Day of Giving with support by a record number of residents for the needs of their neighbors and friends. A total of $1,254,005 was raised for 30 area non-profit organizations that provide help to the neediest in our communities. In the 24-hour online fundraising campaign, individual donations numbered over 5,300 and totaled $823,955, which is matched by a funding pool of $430,050 provided by 16 local donors and foundations.

28 of the 30 charities will receive the full amount of the matching gift fund- $14,335, and the remaining will be matched dollar for dollar with the individual donations.

This year’s Day of Giving campaign demonstrated the generosity and community-minded spirit thriving in the Coastal Bend. By all measures, the 2013 event set new precedents for giving in the area. The tone for the Day was set with an unexpected additional $30,000 donation to the match pool, made by Mrs. Nova Herin in memory of her late husband, Buddy Herin, providing an additional $1,000 in matching funds available to each nonprofit. 

In the previous four Days of Giving (2009-2012) nearly 2.6 million was raised. This single Day of Giving (2013) raised nearly 50% of that, $1.25 million to help the area’s most vulnerable populations. Funds raised through the Coastal Bend Day of Giving are designated to be spent exclusively on direct program support to maximize the benefit “on the ground” for the needy.

HALO-Flight is excited to announce that we were able to receive the 2013 match! We received $21,626.08 in donations from, along with matching funds of $14,448.43, totaling $36,074.51. This astonishing display of support and generosity was greatly appreciated and highly recognized. We could not do what we do without the support from community members, and the success of this 2013 campaign is truly amazing! Thank you!