Apply to be in the Giving Guide

Key Dates

January 2017: The 2017 Letter of Inquiry application available.
February 28, 2017: Two (2) workshops for interested applicants at CFT.
April 3, 2017, 5pm: The 2017 Letter of Inquiry submission deadline at 5:00pm on April 3, 2017.
September 1, 2017: Online Giving Guide is updated with 2017 LOI information.
December 31, 2017: All agencies will be notified about discretionary grants.
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Donor-Advised Grants

The majority of grants awarded by CFT come from donor-advised funds. Grants from these funds are awarded by recommendation from the fund’s donor and/or advisor, often in consultation with CFT staff. Donor-advised grants can support items such as program needs, capital projects, or operating expenses, but cannot support individuals or scholarships. 

In order to assist the foundation in its efforts to share information about timely community needs with our donors, each year we invite nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOI) outlining critical funding needs. Information submitted by nonprofits will be reviewed by staff, and then shared with donors whose interests align with specific areas of focus. A limited number of requests submitted through the LOI process will also be funded by CFT using the foundation's discretionary funds.


Giving Guide

Each year we carefully review over 600 nonprofit requests and summarize recommended projects in the Giving Guide. The online and printed Guide becomes a key tool for our donors and their families to use when making decisions on how to make an impact locally.


To be eligible to participate in CFT’s Letter of Inquiry process, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service that has been active for two years as of September 1, 2017.
  • At least 50% of the population served must be residents of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin or Rockwall counties.
  • Churches and religious organizations whose primary mission is exclusively evangelism are not eligible to participate. 

Please note that CFT has specific funding available for the following purposes.  If your organization provides programs or services in any of these areas, we encourage you to submit an LOI request in that particular area.

  • Financial education for widows
  • Education and training of student nurses
  • Medical research related to cancer or heart disease
  • Scholarships for blind individuals
  • STEM education for girls
  • Programs that use technology to serve people with barriers to reading due to low vision or learning differences

Requests must be submitted using CFT’s Letter of Inquiry forms or the Common Grant Application, which can be found on our website under Nonprofit Resources. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants will be notified by e-mail if staff or a donor would like more information about the submitted request.

For more information contact
Celeste Arista
Community Philanthropy Officer

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