Regular readers have followed our "over-the-top" notion of trying to collect $100,000 for our work here in Dallas.
Take a look at the "village" of little green houses just to the right of this column. Every house represents $1,000 of the fund.
One hundred houses.
One hundred thousand dollars. That's our goal!
One of our major problems--one that lots of folks don't understand or think about--is the lack of "unrestricted" funds.
Central Dallas Ministries has enjoyed a banner year in terms of development plans, growth and funding. The downside is that most of our funding has been given with strings attached. Most notably, these funds are given and devoted to specific projects and can be spent only in the way outlined in the funding agreement, whether from a foundation, a public grant or contract or a donor who is focused on a singular project or need.
At times I fear a headline like, "CDM Receives $12 Million in Tax Credit Housing Award," may leave the impression with donors that we are flush with cash. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Most all of our programs run in the red because of our lack of unrestricted funding.
This challenge played a part in extending our little house campaign beyond our initial needs for the filing fee after we were awarded the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocation from the State of Texas.
So, the deadline now is December 31, 2006.
On January 2, 2007, our virtual neighborhood will go away. Just a reminder.
To those who have contributed, let me say again a huge "Thank you!"
To date donations to this unusual, on-line campaign total just over $33,000. I find that amazing!
Still, we are just 1/3 of the way to our goal.
If you have been intending to help us, please do so now.
Your can click on the information thumbnails in our little green village for more details about on-line giving.
Or, just mail your check, made payable to Central Dallas Ministries, to "Larry James' Urban Daily, P. O. Box 710385, Dallas, Texas 75371-0385."
And again, thanks so much!