Mabel Peters Caruth Center
A Space for Community Collaboration
The Mabel Peters Caruth Center serves as a location for collaboration for nonprofits, donors and businesses in the North Texas. In 2012, the center hosted 369 events, bringing over 15,000 people through its doors to attend strategic meetings, conferences, ceremonies and luncheons. The Center is a first class facility that is available to the nonprofit community. Learn more about our meeting space.
Portrait of a Donor
Thousands of donors have worked with us to serve the needs of this city, state and beyond. But none has done so in quite as dramatic and generous a manner as the late Mabel Peters Caruth, widow of W.W. Caruth Jr. and member of this legendary Dallas family.
Mrs. Caruth set her own course for giving in November 2000 when she announced plans to bequeath $34 million to Communities Foundation of Texas. The funds were used to build and maintain a new, centrally-located headquarters for the foundation at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane. The facilities, known as the Mabel Peters Caruth Center, are located near the original Caruth family homestead, built in the 1850s on a farm that once encompassed thousands of acres of Dallas' most valuable real estate.
Mabel Caruth's gift has enabled us to become even more effective in its service to the community and to its donors. The gift permits us to hold its administrative costs to a minimum, which frees additional funds to go to worthy programs and projects.
"Mrs. Caruth's wonderful gift has had a positive impact on everyone we serve," said the late Charles Wyly, CFT Chairman at the time. "Thanks to her generosity, Communities Foundation of Texas is able to place more of our donors' contributions where they will make the greatest difference. Her gift will be felt for generations to come."
As a CFT donor, Mabel Caruth wanted to define her personal legacy both in terms of the family's generous past and her understanding of future community needs. Her way of giving has more than accomplished both goals.
"One of the pleasures of our lives, having saved a lot of money, has been to give it away," Mrs. Caruth told friends shortly after the gift was announced. "It gives me great pleasure to know I've helped Communities Foundation of Texas because they help so many people. To give them the room to do even more is really very important to me."
If you would like to host a meeting or event at CFT and you have a question, contact me.
In Fiscal Year 2012, we had 369 meetings and events hosted by area non-profits in our building.
That’s a total attendance of over 15,000 people!