Mabel Peters Caruth bequeaths $34 million to build a new headquarters for CFT
Establishment of Entrepreneurs For North Texas, a program that facilitates community involvement and philanthropy for small and mid-size companies that want to make a difference in their communities in a way that's good for their business.
Ground is broken for the Mabel Peters Caruth headquarters
Wings of an Angel - Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly Garden
Her mother’s passion for butterflies as well as education and conservation, inspired Mary Anne Sammons Cree to recommend a $2.5 million grant from the Rosine Foundation Fund for Texas Discovery Gardens. The Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium focuses on the importance of butterflies in pollination and the interrelation of butterflies, bugs and botany in Texas. The Butterfly House is the world’s first combination butterfly and insect immersion exhibit.
Entertaining New Ideas - Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
Charles and Ann Eisemann are longtime supporters of the cultural arts in Richardson, especially the symphony orchestra. The Eisemann Foundation Fund of CFT granted $2 million to the city of Richardson to support a new performing arts venue. Another Eisemann fund was established to encourage additional contributions to the center. The Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations continues to bring great performing artists and entertainers to North Texas, connecting and engaging people through inspiring arts experiences.
Building Goodwill - Goodwill Industries
Goodwill’s capital campaign sought to raise money for a new facility that would triple to 3,000 the number of people served at its west Dallas facility. Through the J.A. Glass fund, the Louis A. and Julia T. Beecherl Jr. fund and other funds, CFT awarded more than $250,000 to Goodwill Industries for its needs.
Overflowing Gratitude - Calatrava Fountain
In 2001, a $1.5 million gift from the Rosine Foundation Fund of CFT expedited the design and construction of a sculpture-fountain outside Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum. The famed Spanish architect, engineer and sculptor Santiago Calatrava created “Wave,” which incorporates a large pool of water with rocking steel arms running the length of the pool. Water is sequentially transferred from one end of the pool to the other, forming a continuous wave.
Cumulative grants from CFT exceed $500 million.
The Ultimate Gift - Transplant Immunology Research Grant
In 2002, CFT honored the memory of Will Caruth with a $5 million gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund to establish a Basic Science Research Program in the Immunology of Solid Organ Transplantation at Baylor Research Institute. The gift was generously matched by the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, creating a $10 million endowment for the development of a world-class transplantation immunology research center. The research program seeks to discover innovative therapies and increase understanding of how bodies treat foreign substances, including transplanted organs.
Meeting Needs - Mabel Peters Caruth Center
Building for the Future
Mabel Peters Caruth wrote a new chapter in the family’s legacy of giving when she announced her bequest of $34 million to CFT, among the largest single charitable donation ever recorded in Dallas. She requested that her gift be used to establish and maintain a new centrally located headquarters to serve both the Foundation and the community. The 60,000-foot Mabel Peters Caruth Center will meet the needs of CFT, local community groups and new generations of philanthropists in the century ahead.
CFT moves into the Mabel Peters Caruth Headquarters at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane at North Central Expressway
Educate Texas is created. Originally named the Texas High School Project, Educate Texas is an innovative alliance of public and private groups that share a common goal: improving the public education system so that every Texas student is prepared for success in school, in the workforce, and in life.
Backing the Blue - $15MM to Dallas Police Department (DPD)
A $15 million grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas to the Dallas Police Department (DPD) was the largest ever made from the foundation created by Will Caruth and entrusted to CFT, and also the largest grant on record made through a public foundation to a police department anywhere in the country. One aspect of the grant funded the groundbreaking Caruth Police Institute prepares leaders in the DPD to become better educated, better trained officers who effectively protect and serve the citizens of Dallas. With additional key support from the University of Texas at Dallas, the institute will provide high-quality leadership training for all levels of the DPD.
Brent Christopher becomes President and CEO.
DonorBridge is launched and is the most comprehensive and free public resource for connecting North Texas nonprofits and supporters. Run by DonorBridge, CFT also held the first annual North Texas Giving Day which brought in $4 million for local nonprofits in its inaugural year.