February 7, 2007

The Dallas Morning News Charities Sets a New Record

DALLAS -- The Dallas Morning News Charities has completed the most successful campaign in its 21-year history, raising $1,850,554.18 from 1,603 contributors to benefit agencies that serve the hungry and homeless in our community. The previous campaign record of $1,294,221.80 was set in 2004-05. The 2006-07 campaign marked the eighth year in a row that The Charities has raised more than $1 million. The campaign began on Thanksgiving Day, 2006 and ended on January 31, 2007.

Established in 1986 to benefit area agencies that provide food, shelter, clothing and other types of assistance to the hungry and homeless, The Dallas Morning News Charities has raised more than $17.25 million over the last 21 years. During this year's campaign, 22 nonprofit agencies in the greater Dallas area received contributions. All administrative costs are paid by The Dallas Morning News, so that 100 percent of the campaign's contributions are distributed directly to the recipient organizations.

A strong kick-off of this year's campaign on November 21, 2006, helped set the pace. Donations received at the kick-off included contributions from Jonell Williams, president of the J.L. Williams Foundation. Ms. Williams presented a check for $200,000 from the foundation and also presented The Charities with a $25,000 personal donation.

The Charities also received contributions from other long-time lead donors: Jean H. and John T. Walter Jr. Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, $100,000; United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, $75,000; the Angela Barrett Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, $15,000; Vinson & Elkins, $15,000; and an anonymous donation of $10,000 from funds at the Communities Foundation of Texas. Additionally, a $75,000 donation representing profits from sales of the book Eyes of the Storm, was presented by Dallas Morning News employees David Woo and Michael Brown. The book features Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs taken by The News' photographers in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In addition to the $515,000 in lead gifts presented at the kick-off, the campaign started with $387,512.07 in donations received since the close of the 2005-06 campaign. This included a $150,000 donation from the estate of Frank C. Carter; $150,496.83 from the estate of Jeane Paddock; and $40,000 from the estate of William R. Chababa.

Several other large gifts were received throughout the campaign, including a $250,000 gift from an anonymous donor.

"Our donors were especially generous this year," said Robert W. Mong Jr, editor of The Morning News and chairman of The Charities. Their support provides deep and meaningful help to the agencies that bring assistance to the hungry and homeless in our area."

For the ninth year, The Charities accepted online donations through The Dallas Morning News Charities Web site, charities.dallasnews.com. This year, 166 online donors contributed a total of $130,990. Last year we received $131,433 in online donations from 164 donors.

The Dallas Morning News Charities 2006-07 contributions were distributed as follows:

Total $1,850,554.18

Agencies apply to receive financial contributions in July and are reviewed by The Charities board of directors, with assistance from the Communities Foundation of Texas. Recipients are selected based on the quality and quantity of services rendered, geographic and demographic area served, board and volunteer involvement and sound fiscal management. Each agency receives a board-designated percentage of the contributions from the campaign.

Although The Morning News actively solicits financial contributions from Thanksgiving Day through the end of January, contributions are accepted throughout the year. The Dallas Morning News Charities is chartered as a nonprofit corporation by the State of Texas and is exempt from federal income tax.

Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to:
The Dallas Morning News Charities
P.O. Box 910845
Dallas , TX 75391-0845

Donations can be made online at: charities.dallasnews.com

About The Dallas Morning News

Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News is the nation's tenth largest newspaper, serving a weekly print and online audience of more than 2.1 million. The newspaper has received eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. Its Web site, DallasNews.com, received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Award for Web Reporting in 2005. In 2003, the paper launched the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas, Al D a ; the standard-setting free weekday paper, Quick; and the nation's first editorial blog. The Dallas Morning News is the flagship newspaper subsidiary of Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,700 employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, the Mid-Atlantic and Rhode Island.