2016-2017 Giving Guide Agencies

In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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29 Pieces
Founded in 2005, 29 Pieces brings together young people, professional artists and community leaders to create public art initiatives that promote social change and a culture of peace. Funding is requested to support the Dallas Respect Project, which combines the production of public sculpture with educational programming in schools to promote respect for all, social and racial justice, nonviolence and the importance of creative expression. Funding is also requested to support a new Education Program Manager position, which will allow the organization to expand its education programming, training and online resources.
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2nd Saturday CDC
Founded in 2011, 2nd Saturday provides home restoration services to low-income seniors in west and south Dallas, most of whom are women with monthly incomes of less than $800. It has also started a lawn care business called 2S Industries, which employs at-risk men who have either committed a felony, been formerly incarcerated, or have had connections to gangs and/or drug sales. 2nd Saturday requests funding for home renovations, including wheelchair ramps, and building functional kitchens and bathrooms; as well as salary expenses for a new caseworker and an administrative position. Funding is also requested for developing and implementing an apprenticeship program that will employ at-risk men with 2S Industries for a year while delivering job and life skills training.
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6 Stones Missions Network
6 Stones Missions Network collaborates with government, school districts, churches, nonprofits and businesses to provide: emergency food and clothing; a home refurbishment initiative known as Community Powered Revitalization (CPR) to help homeowners keep their homes to code; school supplies; and Christmas gifts for children who would go without. Clients include low-income, veterans, single parents, disabled, handicap or elderly. Funds are requested to support school supplies, food, clothing and renovations to the 25 homes in the seven cities that 6 Stones serves: Euless, Bedford, Hurst, Watauga, Richland Hills, Haltom City and Cleburne.
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A Chance to Learn
A Chance To Learn (AC2L), located in North Richland Hills, was founded in 2011 to promote physical, social emotional and intellectual development among underserved children ages 0-5 so that they are ready for kindergarten. Funding is requested to for Camp S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math, Arts, Reading, and Technology) Kid, an eight-week summer learning program for about 300 children ages 3-5 that offers both academic and extra-curricular enrichment. Requested funding will cover certified early childhood educators, field trips, and curriculum and supplies for the next Camp S.M.A.R.T. Kid session.
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Aberg Center for Literacy
Aberg Center for Literacy works to build richer lives, stronger families and better communities through programs in English fluency, Spanish and English GED preparation, early childhood education and family literacy. Support is requested to refurbish the Center’s playground, which provides an outdoor learning environment where children develop motor, social, and cognitive skills. The playground serves 25 children in the early childhood program each semester and 40 school-aged children enrolled in summer enrichment programming each year.
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Academic Success Program Dallas
Academic Success Program (ASP) promotes a college-going culture in first generation, low-income, and/or under-represented minorities by working with students to identify the best college fit for them as they continue their path to higher education. The agency was founded in 2007 and now provides programming in 12 Dallas ISD high schools. Support is requested for ASP’s suite of student events to be held in 2016-17. The events include College Application Kickoff, which introduces students to college representatives and offers a personal statement workshop; Junior Jump Off to College, a session that informs juniors about key tasks to complete prior to their senior year; ASP College Signing Day, a celebration of students’ college commitments; and Symposium for Multicultural Recruitment, which educates college admissions counselors and high school guidance counselors about multicultural students’ needs. General operating support is also requested.
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Achieving Leadership Institute
Achieving Leadership Institute serves as a resource for single parents and at-risk children in Desoto by providing nutritional, educational and skill enrichment summer and after school programs that instill and reinforce cohesive family values. Funds are requested to support after school programming on: valuing all cultures and ethnicities; nutrition and wellness for teenage girls; and anti-bullying.
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Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT)
ACT uses pro-bono legal assistance to clean up neighborhoods by shutting down drug houses and eliminating crime and urban blight to create safer neighborhoods in west and south Dallas. Funds are requested to complete ongoing efforts in the Cross Hampton area of West Dallas. Funds are also requested to support replication of ACT's model in the Mill City/Frazier neighborhood in South Dallas.
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Advocates for Special People
Advocates for Special People provides intellectually disabled adults with programs for socialization, recreation, and life skills development. The organization was formed in 1997 by a group of parents of young adults who had "aged out" of school- and government-provided educational and socialization programs. It became a nonprofit in 2002 and now provides services to 86 clients across three locations in Arlington. Advocates for Special People requests capital funds to support the purchase of an additional van to transport clients to field trips and activities, as well as operational funds to support transportation costs and training and development of staff and clients.
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After-School All-Stars North Texas
After-School All-Stars North Texas (ASAS) provides comprehensive afterschool programs that keep at-risk children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. The agency works in three high-need schools in Dallas County and currently serves 250 students, the majority of whom are middle school-aged, low-income, and students of color. Support is requested for ASAS’ STEM initiative, which exposes students to advanced technology and STEM career options; arts enrichment opportunities, which include music, dance, and visual art-focused clubs; and We Are Ready, a high school dropout prevention program that provides targeted academic tutoring and workshops to build skills for success in high school.
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Agape Resource & Assistance Center
Agape Resource & Assistance Center serves urgent and unmet shelter needs of women, their children and dependents in poverty and crisis. The organization is seeking funding for the following: 1) renovations of a new facility that will make space for six more residents; 2) supplemental funds for preschool day care for working Agape moms; and 3) support to fund a full-time caseworker.
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AIDS Outreach Center
AIDS Outreach Center provides care for people in Tarrant County living with HIV/AIDS through Care Cascade, an initiative comprised of ten programs designed to prevent the spread of HIV through education, testing, and treatment, while improving an individual's overall quality of life. The program currently serves more than 1,500 people annually. Funding is requested for general operating support.
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Akola Project
Akola Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission-related jewelry business that uses economic development to equip women living in extreme poverty in Uganda, as well as sexual trafficking survivors and immigrant women in Dallas. Clients are provided with vocational training, personal development and earned income so they have resources to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Funds are requested to support at least 16 women earning a living wage through the Akola jewelry business in 2016. The organization plans to grow its Dallas reach to 85 women by 2019.
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ALERT Ministries, Inc.
ALERT Ministries Inc. has been dedicated to serving high-risk youth in the Dallas community who have experienced incarceration, sex-trafficking and other forms of hardship since 2010. ALERT Ministries provides Christ-centered life skills programs focused on girls and boys during their rehabilitation. The agency is requesting funds for a computer programming class that will teach coding and robotics for incarcerated girls at Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center. Funding is also requested to produce a short film depicting the life of a girl after juvenile detention and to support the Thanksgiving Meal of Hope, a meal for incarcerated youth in Dallas County.
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All Stars Project of Dallas
All Stars Project of Dallas is part of a 33-year-old national organization whose mission is to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. The agency is requesting funds to help increase participation in its core program, All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN), which involves inner-city youth in South and West Dallas, ages 5-25, producing and performing in community talent shows. Funds are also requested to help expand the Development School for Youth, a leadership program where young people, ages 16-21, partner with business professionals who conduct training workshops and provide paid internships.
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Allen Sports Association
Allen Sports Association was founded in 1976 to prepare kids for a successful life through leadership, structure, and sports programs. Each year more than 16,000 participants enroll and more than 6,500 community volunteers help serve in varying capacities. Support is requested for financial aid to assist families with registration fees, uniforms and equipment; Positive Coaching Alliance educational sessions, which help foster a positive and constructive experience for youth; and capital for land acquisition and construction of an indoor recreational facility.
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Alley's House
Alley's House works to help teen mothers by providing counseling, life skills training, and workforce development. The organization is seeking funding to expand its Pathways to Independence program that provides teen moms comprehensive support consisting of GED tutoring, professional development, financial literacy and parent training. Alley's House has been afforded a larger facility for its Pathways program, allowing them to expand from serving 80 moms to 150 or more annually. Funds are also requested for the Healthy Moms, Healthy Kids program that provides fitness workshops and access to health care, and funds are also needed to continue the organization's community outreach curriculum for pregnant teen moms in area school districts.
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Alliance for Children
Established in 1992, Alliance for Children, Tarrant County's Children's Advocacy Center, provides safety, healing and justice for victims of child abuse it serves. Funds are requested to provide a personal safety curriculum for Tarrant County children in Pre-K-8th grade on how to recognize, resist and report child abuse and how to stay safe on the internet. Additionally, funds are requested to support the conversion of the intake process from manual to digital, lessening stress for families, helping AFC's staff, and improving efficiency/productivity.
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Alliance for Greater Works
Alliance for Greater Works increases the potential of mission-driven leaders, organizations and investors working together to achieve large scale social change in under-resourced communities. Funds are requested to help nonprofit leaders and organizations impact under-resourced communities through project management and consulting support. Funds are also requested to support their Debt Boot Camp, designed to support South Dallas/Fair Park residents to get out of debt and build a long-term sustainable financial solution. Finally funds are requested to support an African American faith-based mental health initiative, which will work to reduce the stigmas associated with mental health in local African American churches.
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Alliance for Justice
Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of over 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. The organization opened its Dallas office in February 2015 to address the needs of local nonprofits engaged in advocacy efforts by providing technical assistance, workshops, legal guidance and public education. Funding is requested to help AFJ expand its outreach efforts and conduct additional advocacy trainings in North Texas.
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Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery
Founded in 2012, Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery supports breast cancer survivors by raising awareness, building confidence, and restoring dignity by providing access to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy. Funding is requested for the following: financial support to cover co-pays, deductibles, medicines, creams, and other expenses not supported by insurance companies for women after breast reconstructive surgery; expansion of the Educational Outreach Program designed to inform low-income women about the organization's services; and to support a new part-time Outreach Coordinator position.
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Alpha Parent Support
Alpha Parent Support (ALPS) works to create expanded opportunities for gifted and talented students in McKinney ISD by increasing awareness among parents and educators, providing classroom enrichment materials, and offering scholarships to both students and educators. Funding is requested to purchase a classroom kit of interactive robots and online curriculum to encourage early interest in STEM subjects among 150 third grade gifted and talented students. Funding is also requested to support two separate one-day STEM conferences, one of which will serve only girls and one of which will serve only boys. The conferences will be open to participants in grades 4-11 and will provide exposure to STEM-related careers.
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Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas
Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas works to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease by advancing research, providing and improving care and support for Alzheimer’s patients, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Funding is requested for the following: Alzheimer’s disease research; operational funds for professional staff to help people navigate through the difficult decisions faced by Alzheimer's patients and their families; and accredited workshops for medical and health care professionals to learn about the medical and financial issues associated with determining an Alzheimer’s patient’s decision-making capacity.
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America SCORES Dallas
America SCORES came to Dallas in 2003 as an affiliate of the national organization, which began in 1996. The after-school program, free to DISD Title I elementary schools, provides 120 hours of physical education through soccer and 24 weeks of language arts through original poetry. Funding is requested to help expand the SCORES program to 40 students at DISD’s Stemmons Elementary School in Southwest Dallas, where 72.8% of the children are at risk and 60.7% are English Language Learners.
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American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a national organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and services to cancer patients and their families. The society is the largest nongovernmental, nonprofit funder of cancer research in the U.S. Funding is requested for the following: conducting and supporting research; construction of Hope Lodge Dallas, to provide free, high-quality, temporary lodging near treatment centers for cancer patients and their families; and general support for the Transportation Assistance Program, which helps transport patients to medical appointments so that they can receive necessary treatment they might otherwise miss.
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American Foundation for the Blind, Center on Vision Loss
Established in 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Center on Vision Loss expands possibilities for those with vision loss by broadening access to technology, improving quality of information available to professionals who serve people with vision loss and their families, friends, and colleagues. AFB serves 900 individuals at the Center annually. Funding is requested for the formalization of the agency's visually-impaired volunteer program. Funding is also requested to update assistive technologies (any item, piece of equipment, software, program, or product system used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities). Funding is finally requested to support new marketing initiatives including display materials and hiring a local Dallas PR firm to improve the Center's outreach in the Dallas area.
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Amon Carter Museum of American Art
The mission of the Amon Carter Museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit the finest examples of American Art, and to serve as an educational resource through exhibitions, publications and programs. Funding is requested to support the Museum's sight impaired interpretive programming, which offers tactile tools that mimic paintings through raised silhouettes, as well as detailed descriptions of each painting in both large print and braille. Funding is also requested to engage a consultant to assist in planning for the expansion of temperature and humidity controlled vaults used to store and preserve the Museum's premier photography collection, which includes approximately 45,000 exhibition prints and more than 250,000 original negatives, transparencies and work prints.
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Arlington Classics Academy
Arlington Classics Academy is a public K-8 charter school that aims to equip a diverse student body with a comprehensive education, including a special focus on Western civilization. Support is requested for a new, 14,400 square foot permanent building to replace existing portable classrooms; the purchase and installation of new playground and physical education equipment to serve students in grades 3-5; and new technology equipment for Makerspace projects, including Lego and Sphero robotics and laptops.
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Arlington Life Shelter
Arlington Life Shelter offers a pathway to self-sufficiency to homeless men, women and children in the North Texas area by providing food, shelter, educational programs and assistance in securing and maintaining employment. The organization is seeking funding for the following: 1) job coaching, training and certification opportunities to prepare homeless residents to secure employment with additional responsibility and compensation at either their current or a similar employer; and 2) weekly family literacy nights for homeless parents and their children.
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Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA
Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Funds are requested to support the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program, which teaches children in 21 school sites strategies to make healthier lifestyle choices in an effort to combat childhood obesity. Additional funds are requested to support the organization's Diabetes Prevention Program that provides a 16-session course to equip diabetic clients with a lifestyle coach, training on healthy eating, overcoming stress and getting started with physical activity.
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Army Scholarship Foundation
The Army Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served in the U.S. Army, as well as to spouses of soldiers on active duty. Since the Foundation was founded in 2001, it has awarded about 200 scholarships and recently expanded to serve the DFW area. Funding is requested for scholarships for four young women in North Texas who are graduating high school and plan to pursue a STEM career; scholarships for three students pursuing a nursing degree; and to create a professional marketing campaign to increase fundraising capacity.
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Art House Dallas
Art House Dallas was formed in 2010, and provides programs that foster community and supports creative individuals across a variety of art disciplines. Funding is requested for three specific programs: Awaken Creativity for Writers, a monthly writing group designed to foster discussion, feedback and encouragement among writers; Deploy, a program designed for artists to share their work with underserved audiences; and The Art of Business, a six week program designed to help creative professionals think differently about sales, marketing and financial management.
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Arts District Chorale
The Arts District Chorale is an ensemble that promotes choral excellence through performances of new and classic musical selections in the Dallas Arts District. Funding is requested to cover venue costs for three concerts in the Dallas City Performance Hall during the 2016-17 season. Funding is also requested to cover the cost of guest artists, including members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, who will perform with the Chorale during the Texas premiere of a full-length choral and instrumental work, Symphony No. 1: "Passiontide" by Welsh composer, Paul Mealor, during the Lenten season.
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Assistance Center of Collin County
The Assistance Center of Collin County brings carefully qualified and prompt short-term assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis to help them regain self-sufficiency. The organization is seeking funding for: 1) its family stabilization program, which aims to remove the threat of eviction and utility disconnection with financial assistance; and 2) scholarship funds for its education and training programs, which aim to provide individuals with a marketable skill that will lead to a living wage.
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Assistance League of Dallas
Assistance League of Dallas is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to assisting the young, the elderly and the abused. The organization is seeking funding for its Cheers for Children at Children's Health Campus through which volunteers visit the hospital four times a week and provide each patient the opportunity to select a toy or craft.
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Founded in 2007, Astraios produces chamber music concerts designed to be interactive, accessible experiences for music lovers of all levels in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Funding is requested to help the organization expand its free community concerts, which take place at the Frisco Library, Hall Office Park, and Frisco Heritage Museum. Astraios is also seeking funds to expand its school-based concerts in partnership with Frisco Independent School District. The organization presented a total of 12 performance events during the 2015-16 season, and hopes to increase to 22 events in 2016-17.
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AT&T Performing Arts Center
ATTPAC presents renowned regional, national and international performances in its state-of-the-art venues in the Dallas Arts District. Funding is requested to support the Community Partners program, which provides free tickets for underserved audiences in partnership with 16 local nonprofit arts, education, and social service organizations. The program is designed to remove financial and social barriers that inhibit access to performances. To date, ATTPAC has provided more than 6,000 complimentary tickets since the inception of the program.
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Autism Treatment Center
Established in 1976, the Autism Treatment Center serves individuals with autism through educational and residential services, and with speech, occupational and physical therapy. The Center requests funds for iPads and interactive technology for use at its Texas Education Agency-approved school for autistic children ages three to 22. Funds are also requested to support Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for 50 children to mitigate the systems of autism, including deficits or delays in communication and appropriate social behaviors.
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AVANCE's mission is to unlock America's potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs. Support is requested for the Workplace English Program (WEP), which provides low-income Hispanic individuals with the English skills and job training necessary to secure employment, find a higher-paying job, or start a new business. WEP serves more than 270 individuals each year, all of whom have graduated from AVANCE’s Parent-Child Education Program, a program that educates at-risk children ages 0-4 and teaches parents to support their children from cradle to college.
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Avant Chamber Ballet
Avant Chamber Ballet brings together dance and live chamber music to provide critically acclaimed performances for audiences in North Texas. Funding is requested for operating support to assist with artistic and administrative growth as the organization enters its fifth season. Funding is also requested to support the Women's Choreography Project, an initiative created to give female choreographers an opportunity to have their original works commissioned and presented by a professional ballet company.
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B.H. Caroll Theological Institute
B.H. Carroll Theological Institute is a graduate school dedicated to equipping men and women in diverse and global Christian ministry. The Institute was founded in 2004 and currently enrolls 250 students, 65 of whom are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Funding is requested for student scholarships, particularly for theology and counseling students who do not receive compensation while completing their coursework, including single mothers and married students with young children.
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BAC Education Foundation, Inc.
BAC Education Foundation was founded in 1999 to support the activities of the Fort Worth Business Assistance Center by sponsoring complimentary or very low-cost educational programs for small, women-owned and/or minority-owned businesses. The agency serves 1,700 individuals each year, most of whom live in Tarrant County and have low- to moderate-incomes. Support is requested for Project NEW (Nurturing Entrepreneurial Winners) Beginnings, an eight-week program that offers business education, training and counseling to individuals looking to start their own businesses; the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition, which provides the five winning small business owners with professional development and coaching from industry experts; and IDEA Works FW™, a business incubator that assists entrepreneurs with mentoring, work space, and educational resources to sustain and scale their enterprises.
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Battered Women's Foundation
Battered Women's Foundation, located in North Richland Hills, helps battered women and their children by providing temporary shelter, as well as physical mental, spiritual and educational support. Last year, the organization's four-person team served nearly 200 clients (102 women and 91 children). Funding is requested for the organization's Emergency Care Program that is a two-year program designed to heal all areas of a clients client. The program's services include counseling, emergency food and clothing, temporary shelter, as well as assistance finding permanent housing, education, and child care.
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Baylor Health Care System Foundation
Baylor Health Care System Foundation supports Baylor Scott & White Health, a nonprofit network of 49 hospitals and 800 health care access points that provide personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education, and research. Funding is requested for the following: Center for Arts in Medicine, which includes visual art, performing arts, and music therapy programming for patients at Baylor University Medical Center; innovative care teams, consisting of social workers, community health workers, pharmacists and chaplains to serve medically high-risk older adults; and to support the addition of behavioral health, women's health, and other specialists at Baylor Scott & White Health Community Care Clinics, where uninsured patients can receive quality medical services.
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Behind Every Door Ministries
Behind Every Door works collaboratively to improve underserved communities, with a concentration of partner organizations in education, employment/financial health, physical/emotional health, spiritual health, social issues and role models. The organization presently serves two locations, one in Vickery Meadow and one in Willow Pond at the edge of Vickery Meadow. Funds are requested for the following: 1) to expand their existing afterschool arts program, provided in partnership with Big Thought, to the Willow Pond location; 2) to support an additional 75 students by purchasing 20 more iPads and 75 additional computers; and 3) to sponsor the salary for the Willow Pond Community Director.
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Better Block Foundation
The Better Block Foundation equips citizens to beautify and improve their neighborhoods through additions such as street art, bike lanes and pop-up food markets/retailers. Funds are requested to finish the buildout of Better Block's headquarters in Oak Cliff, allowing for space for educational classes, meetings and events. Funds are also requested to employ five AmeriCorps members, and to work with a local high school's auto shop students to teach them about digital fabrication and employ their help in the urban improvement project for Lake Cliff Park.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star provides high quality community-based and school/site-based mentoring programs to children facing adversity while instilling in them a positive sense of future, improving school performance and relationships. Support is requested for Mentor 2.0, a one-to-one youth mentoring program designed to help create a school culture focused on high school graduation, college, and career. Funding is also requested for Future Series, a six-week educational program designed to equip children and youth with tools needed to positively manage and respond to life’s challenges and transitions.
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Big Thought
Big Thought's mission is to make imagination a part of everyday learning. Support is requested for DaVerse, a spoken-word workshop and public performance program for students ages 11-21; Creative Solutions, an arts-based intervention and job-training program for youth in the juvenile system; and Dallas City of Learning, an online tool to help parents and kids find the city's out-of-school learning opportunities available in-person and digitally.
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Bishop Dunne Catholic School
Bishop Dunne provides a unique, individualized, accelerated educational program that is shaped by fundamental Catholic values and which prepares students for higher learning, leadership, service, and citizenship. The school is located in southern Dallas and serves more than 600 racially and socioeconomically diverse students, 50% of whom receive tuition assistance. Funding is requested to renovate five 1960’s-era labs that are used for dual-enrollment STEM courses, which allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. Funding is also requested for the College Ready Academy, a two-year skill-building program for juniors and seniors that focuses on improving college graduation rates among future first-generation college students.
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Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located in Denton County, serves riders with disabilities who are ages 3-50+. Funds are requested to support the Rider Scholarship Program to ensure that no rider is turned away due to inability to pay. Funds are also requested for Heroes for Horses, which ensures all therapy horses receive necessary care and maintenance.
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Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), established in 1987, is an international research and education center focused on expanding their knowledge of the plant world to inspire a sustainable planet by bringing awareness of the value of plants to life. BRIT employs 5 Ph.D. and 5 masterslevel scientists. The agency is requesting funds for Green Revolution, an environmental program designed for 6th-12th grade students to get outdoors to explore science using experimental methods. Funding is also requested for scholarships to fund study trips for teachers at Title I schools through their E-STEM Boot Camp series for teachers and to support professional development in preschool centers in low income areas of Fort Worth.
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Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas serves more than 1,800 youth through its six branches in Rockwall and Hunt Counties. Concentrating on youth most in need, the agency provides programs in 5 core areas: arts, sports & recreation, health & life skills, education & career, and Character & Leadership. Funds are requested to support Project Learn, a program focused on high-yield learning activities that reinforces cognitive skills and school engagement of youth during their time at the club as well as parent involvement and school collaboration.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County enables young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Funding is requested for Skills Mastery and Resistance Training (S.M.A.R.T.) Girls, an evidence-based program used to prevent teen pregnancy; Passport to Manhood, a program that focuses on teaching teen boys without male mentors about doing the right thing, even when no one is watching instead of what society suggests.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas serves more than 7,000 youth annually, ages 6 -18, in their after-school and summer programs throughout 31 locations. Since 1965, the agency has been a leader in developing Dallas youth in low-income communities by providing moral guidance, positive role models and life-changing educational programs designed to save kids from lives of crime and failure. Funding is requested to help implement a two-year pilot reading intervention program called Accelerated Early Childhood Education for 80 six year olds. Support is also requested for the College & Career Ready program, which offers 9th -12th grade students a variety of career preparation options, including soft skills, mentoring and internships on a biweekly basis.
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Bridge Lacrosse
Bridge Lacrosse is a sports-based youth development organization that trains about 300 student athletes in Lacrosse through a summer season and a fall after-school season. Funds are requested to recruit high school students to lead the fall after-school season, as well as for the equipment required by the athletes.
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Bridges Safehouse
Bridges Safehouse is a ministry in Cedar Hill that provides shelter and support for homeless, pregnant, parenting women and their children. In addition, residents are provided with life skills training, counseling and mentoring. Funds are requested to lease a 12-unit townhome property, which will allow them to expand from serving about 30 women and 20 children annually to about 45 women and 30 children annually.
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Bright Light Volunteers International
Bright Light Volunteer International is a global program that sends high school volunteers to other countries such as Albania, Cambodia and Guatemala to provide services such as English language instruction, school repairs, and teaching assistance in science, math and art. Funds are requested for the Students take FLYTE (Fund for Learning and Youth Travel Education) scholarship plan to allow up to 20 low-income Dallas ISD students to participate in one of the organization's international service programs.
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Brighter Tomorrows
Based in Irving, Brighter Tomorrows, works to reduce violence and empower victims of domestic violence by providing emergency safe shelter and support services. Funding will support the organization's two-year transitional housing program for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and homeless families. Brighter Tomorrows sets these clients on a path to save money, pay off debts, and gain the tools to move into permanent housing. Other funding needs include support for the agency's emergency shelter where clients are able to meet with a case manager to devise a service plan specific to the individual's needs.
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Bryan's House
Bryan's House serves children and their families by providing medically managed child care, respite care, and community-based, family-centered support services. Funding is requested for the following programs: Early Childhood Education, which provides children with special health needs and their siblings the experience of an active-learning environment tailored to accommodate individual needs and educational goals; Family Support Services, which assists families with rent, utilities, financial coaching, case management, and short-term housing; and Social Support Services, which includes case management services for all Bryan's House families.
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Buckner Children and Family Services
Buckner Children and Family Services provides residential programs for at-risk children and community-based services to youth and families. Funds are requested to support the organization's foster care and adoption needs: 1) Foster Care Summer Camp Scholarships, for summer camp for foster children and their families; 2) extracurricular activities for foster children, including sports, dance, music and field trips; and 3) counseling services for foster care children who have experienced trauma.
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The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bcWorkshop) is a community design center that seeks to improve the livability and viability of communities, with a particular focus on low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. The organization works in a variety of capacities, such as architecture and landscape design, community engagement, geographic and urban data analytics, documentary films and media, and policy development. Funds are requested for the following: 1) bcAnalytics Data Ecosystem Project, a system that will allow users to make informed decisions through access to standardized data for Dallas' healthcare, education and transportation; 2) Dallas Neighborhood Revitalization and Stabilization, in which young architects live in and design permanent supportive housing for low-income neighborhoods; and 3) Public Design Impact Initiative, which fosters collaboration between neighborhood project needs and organizations with design resources, resulting in new medians, environmental projects, signage and more.
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Café Momentum
Café Momentum is a restaurant platform that provides post-release, paid internships for juvenile offenders ages 15-18, through which they receive intensive culinary, job, and life skills training as well as continued mentoring and support to foster successful reentry into the community. Through the internship, case managers provide housing needs for homeless clients, access to legal assistance and medical care, and job placement upon internship completion. All interns rotate through every aspect of the restaurant while working side-by-side with established chefs and service leaders. Funding is requested for internship salaries and general operating support.
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Camp Fire First Texas
Camp Fire's purpose is to provide opportunities for children and youth (and those who care for them) to realize their potential and become caring, self-directed individuals, responsible to themselves and others, and to improve conditions in society that affect them. Support is requested for job training and professional development courses that will serve more than 3,500 child care providers in North Texas; scholarships for 1,450 students from Title I schools to learn about the natural environment through Camp Fire’s Outdoor Education Program; and the Step Up Truancy Prevention and School Completion Program, which will provide small group support, field trips, home visits, and mentoring to help 120 at-risk middle and high school students stay engaged in school.
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Camp Summit
Camp Summit provides barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence to children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. It anticipates serving more than 2,600 campers in 2016. The organization seeks funding to support tuition assistance for campers with financial need; funding to help close out the capital campaign for the new permanent, 460-acre rural campus in Paradise, Texas; and four student nurse positions, which will increase capacity to provide campers with medical care and give student nurses hands-on experience with caring for campers with a variety of disabilities.
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Cancer Blows
Through exciting and unique musical events featuring talents of brass musicians worldwide, CancerBlows and The Ryan Anthony Foundation raises awareness and funds to support cancer research with a focus on blood cancers and multiple myeloma. Funding is requested for the following: venue, production staff, and marketing support for the 2017 CancerBlows concert; operating expenses of The Ryan Anthony Foundation, which manages a network of volunteers and musicians; and redesign of the CancerBlows website to accommodate increased popularity of CancerBlows concerts.
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Cancer Foundation For Life
Cancer Foundation for Life aims to enhance quality of life and survival for individuals living with cancer through exercise and nutritional programs, such as FitSTEPs for Life (FSFL). Funding is requested for the following: support for the Move on Cancer Movement, which aims to incorporate FSFL in cancer treatment facilities nationwide; direct patient services and equipment for the FSFL program to provide patients with a personalized version free of charge for a lifetime; and transition from paper records to a completely online participant tracking system that will increase the capacity of program services and record keeping.
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Cancer Support Community North Texas
Cancer Support Community North Texas supports cancer patients through the psychological, social and emotional challenges they face as a result of cancer. Funding is requested for the following: contract professional yoga, meditation, general exercise, and nutrition workshop facilitators; Camp Noogie, a summer day camp for children to safely explore their feelings and experiences throughout their families' cancer journey; and upgrading information technology, including installation of new servers, complete rewiring and setup at two locations.
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Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence works to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs free of charge and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships for the human and canine teams they form. They have an ongoing partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health to open their sixth assistance dog training center. Funding is requested for repair of the outdoor concrete dog run, spay/neuter of dogs in training, and for a customized van that is able to safely transport up to a dozen dogs and their trainers in a single vehicle.
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Cara Mia Theatre Co.
Cara Mia Theatre produces critically acclaimed plays and creates new and experimental works reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S. Funding is requested to support a new part-time Curator of Community Action position, which will be responsible for deepening community engagement through panel discussions, facilitated conversations and workshops before and after performances. The position will also create study guides and activities to support Cara Mia's performances in schools. Funding is also requested to support Cara Mia's youth programming, called The School of YES!, which serves low-income, at-risk youth in South Dallas, West Dallas and Oak Cliff.
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CareCenter Ministries
CareCenter Ministries works to address issues of addiction, poverty and crime through a variety of programs and services, including a residential treatment facility. Funds are requested for capital support to expand the CareCenter's sleeping area and bathroom facilities for their clients by 700 square feet. Additional funds are requested to complete a second phase of improvements to the playground at their community center, including installing new fencing and playground equipment.
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Caring for Children Foundation of Texas
Caring for Children Foundation of Texas provides immunizations for uninsured and underserved children, as well as targeted preventative and health education services. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the Vaccinate Before You Graduate program, which helps give meningitis vaccines to seniors before attending college, (a requirement for admission into any institution for higher learning); program and operational costs of the Care Van Program, which provides immunizations, dental care, and health education completely free of charge; and flu vaccines at Title I schools during flu season to decrease the number of student absences due to influenza.
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Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District Educational Foundation
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (CFBISD) Educational Foundation exists to enrich the educational opportunities at CFBISD schools. The Foundation has supported teachers and students through campus grants and scholarship programs for nearly 20 years. Funding is requested for the Impact Now! Program, which provides financial support to students involved in fine arts who need assistance with the costs of private lessons, special needs students who would benefit from specialized camps or field trips, and students who plan to enter the workforce after graduating high school and need vocational training.
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Carson Leslie Foundation
The Carson Leslie Foundation, created in honor of Carson Leslie who died of brain cancer at the age of 17, funds childhood brain cancer research and encourages teen cancer patients. Funds are requested for: 1) Salary for their executive director that presently works as a volunteer; 2) for three annual outings and two annual parties to encourage teens battling cancer; and 3) for the salary of the post-doctoral fellow at UTSW researching the type of brain cancer that Carson Leslie had, medulloblastoma.
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Casa del Lago
Casa del Lago serves the Bachman Lake community with faith-based counseling, and early childhood and adult educational programming. Funds are requested to: 1) open two additional early childhood education programs, expanding students served from 30 to 60; 2) add a counseling intern, allowing them to serve an additional 10 clients per week; and 3) support their adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programming .
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CASA of Collin County
CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve each foster child's quality of life and serve as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home. Funds are requested to support the CASA Child Advocacy Program to allow for continued training and support of volunteers to serve 100% of the children in foster care in Collin County. Annually the organization serves more than 500 children with about 200 advocates.
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Cassata Catholic High School
Cassata Catholic High School, located in Fort Worth and serving about 250 students, works to provide an effective, quality education that enables students of all backgrounds to succeed academically and complete their secondary education. The majority of the school’s students have had difficulty in traditional schools due to challenges including poverty, mental and emotional health, academic issues, teen pregnancy, and abuse. To serve these students, Cassata has implemented a “small schools” model that offers small-sized morning and afternoon sessions with one-on-one instruction, remedial content, and counseling to mothers, working students, and others with scheduling constraints. Funding is requested for general operating support.
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Catch Up & Read
Catch Up and Read's mission is to equip at-risk elementary students for long-term reading success. The organization collaborates with Dallas ISD principals and teachers to implement data-driven reading practices in classrooms and offer afterschool support to the lowest performing students. The organization was founded in 2009 and currently serves 160 students, 35 teachers, and four principals. Funding is requested for the additional instructors necessary to expand the program to 10 campuses. Funding is also requested for teacher trainings on social-emotional learning, as well as a research-based rewards system to encourage positive behavior among students.
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Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth works to end poverty through a range of services for children, families, seniors, the working poor, immigrants and refugees. The organization is seeking funding for its recently launched job-readiness and workforce services program and for the support of its transportation program, which provides services to clients who need transportation to work, a medical appointment or other important events.
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Catholic Charities of Dallas
Catholic Charities of Dallas has been serving the Dallas community since 1891, when it operated as the St. Joseph Home orphanage. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that serves children and their families, the working poor, the elderly, refugees, and immigrants. Funds are requested to support its Financial Stability & Career Services, which delivers financial education, job coaching and vocational training to help low-income families lift themselves out of poverty.
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Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation
The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation benefits the charitable, religious and educational efforts of the Diocese. Funds are requested for tuition assistance for students enrolled in Fort Worth Catholic schools, as well as professional development for Catholic school teachers. Additional funds are requested to support the tuition and other relocation costs to move students from a school that is closing, Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School, to the new Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School.
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Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation
Cedar Hill ISD (CHISD) Education Foundation works to promote educational excellence and enhance lifelong learning within CHISD by providing grants to teachers and school campuses. Support is requested for a partnership with the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center that provides outdoor educational experiences to more than 550 fifth grade students; operating expenses for a full-time director and a part-time support staff position; and to purchase DonorPerfect fundraising software, which will allow the Foundation to more efficiently collect constituent data and improve fundraising efforts.
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Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project, Inc.
Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Project is dedicated to honoring the bond between man and animal with a mission to provide the dignity of a final resting place for animals and to maintain that place in perpetuity. Funding is requested for the Shadow Fund, which supports medical care for retired police and military K9s; security equipment and monitoring services to protect the War Dog Monument against vandalism; and brick pillars for the placement of historical markers awarded to the organization for saving and renovating a 70+year old pet cemetery.
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Cedar Hill Shares (formerly Sharing the Bread)
Cedar Hill Shares (formerly Sharing the Bread) provides food, clothing and other assistance to Cedar Hill residents in need. The organization is seeking funding to build a new facility so that it can combine its food pantry and thrift store in one place. This would help the organization cut costs and give clients a one-stop experience.
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Center for BrainHealth
The mission of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas Dallas' is to understand, protect, and heal the brain. Funding is requested for the following: program support for Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) Community Schools in South Dallas, which provides a foundation for realizing students' higher-order cognitive potential; capital support to build a new facility for the Brain Performance Institute, a transitional arm designed to offer evidence-based programs and solutions that maximize brain health and performance; and program support, including educational components for caregivers, and continued engagement for alumni of the Discovery Group, a strength-based approach to helping individuals with memory loss/early stage Alzheimer's.
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Center for Survivors of Torture
Center for Survivors of Torture provides psychological, medical and legal services for refugees who have survived torture in their native countries. Funds are requested for ongoing program costs to meet the needs of the 500 served annually. Approximately 30% of the agency's clients come from Cuba, approximately 19% from Burma, and about 15% from Iraq. The organization partners with multiple healthcare and nonprofit agencies to identify clients in need of services.
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Center for Transforming Lives
The Center for Transforming Lives, formerly the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, moves women, children, and families from poverty to independence through housing stability, affordable child care, and financial empowerment services. Funds are requested for the following: 1) 10 laptops to be used in their Job Readiness and Skill Development training; 2) to replace old furniture, equipment, rugs and educational toys in 10 of 19 early childhood classrooms; and 3) to help match a $70,000 federal grant for Individual Development Accounts, matched savings accounts to help 35 more women and families move closer to independence.
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Chamberlain Performing Arts
For more than 30 years, Chamberlain Performing Arts has been nurturing the talent of pre-professional ballet students in North Texas, while offering Collin County residents the opportunity to attend quality dance productions. The organization is committed to providing access to performances for underserved audiences, as well as free dance classes for at-risk youth in partnership with the Plano and McKinney Boys & Girls Clubs and the Salvation Army. Funding is requested for operating support, including salaries for a development director and a graphic designer.
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Champions of Hope
Champions of Hope was founded in 2008 as a faith-based mentorship program that pairs a committed adult mentor with an at-risk child in the South Dallas community. The agency served more than 300 students last year through Gospel-driven relationships. Funding is requested for expansion of the mentoring program to a third site, Dunbar Elementary. Additional funding is requested to establish a high school leadership program focused on preparing students for college, technical or vocational training, and the workforce.
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Chase's Place
Chase's Place is a small private day school in Richardson for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Funds are requested for tuition assistance for the students of Chase's Place, as well as funds for the occupational, physical, recreational, speech and music therapy provided by the school.
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Chestnut Square Historic Village
Chestnut Square Historic Village’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of Collin County by celebrating community, preserving history, and inspiring the future. Chestnut Village was established in 1973 and has grown to a 2.5 acre site in downtown McKinney that includes six historic homes, a general store, a historic chapel, a replica of a one-room school house and a visitor’s center. Funding is requested for structural repairs and renovations to two buildings on the property: the Dulaney Cottage, which was built in 1870, and the Dulaney House, a large prairie-style home built in 1916 that has the potential to serve as a space for private and community events. Funding is also requested for the educational program, which offers tours and learning experiences to about 1,000 McKinney ISD students each year.
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Child and Family Guidance Center
Child and Family Guidance Center provides mental health and counseling services to low-income youth and families. The Center is the oldest guidance clinic in Texas, and the second oldest in the nation. Funding is requested for the following: hiring additional community-based case managers and providing more doctor time as part of an expansion effort to meet the community's rising need for mental healthcare.
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Child Care Associates
Child Care Associates (CCA) provides early education and family services to vulnerable families in Tarrant County. CCA was founded in 1968 to launch child development centers in high-poverty neighborhoods, and has since grown to serve nearly 12,000 children. Funding is requested for general operating support, particularly for the communications and development team; renovations to child development center facilities; and the new Incredible Years® Parent Education program, a 14-16 week, evidence-based program that focuses on improving parenting practices and increasing school readiness among program participants’ children.
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Child Study Center
Child Study Center provides treatment and education to children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities to help them achieve their full potential. Funds are requested for the following: support of the Children's Development Clinic which provides diagnostic services low and moderate-income families; new iPads and licenses for applications to help children with autism communicate in full, comprehensive sentences; and support of Children's Care Fund, which offsets procedural costs for low to moderate-income families to ensure children from all backgrounds receive the highest quality care.
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ChildCareGroup works to promote, deliver, and expand the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood professionals. The organization was founded in 1901 to care for the children of women who worked in Dallas cotton mills, and has since expanded to serve more than 40,000 North Texas children, parents, and child care professionals each year. Support is requested to support Early Care and Education Center Programs, which serve more than 600 disadvantaged infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (and their parents) at six sites; the Born Learning Parent Engagement Program, an evidence-based home visit program that serves 400 low-income parents and children in vulnerable neighborhoods; and DallasKids.org, a collaborative project with Children’s Health that will culminate in a website for Dallas-area parents that offers comprehensive information on early education, K-12 education, health, parent resources, and family support services.
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Children at Risk
CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. Through their many partnerships and outreach activities, C@R works to improve outcomes for North Texas children through four priority issue areas: human trafficking, child health, public education, and family well-being. Funds are requested to support the publication of the Texas School Guide, which provides information and rankings of individual public and charter schools across the state.
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Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County
Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County provides justice and healing for abused and neglected children in Denton County. Funds are requested to support the $4 million campaign for a new building that will allow the agency to increase its capacity from serving 1,800 to 2,300 children annually. Funds are also requested to support the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program, as well as counseling for child victims of trauma.
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Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas
Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas is dedicated to providing Dallas-area youth with opportunities to study and perform choral music at the highest level of artistic excellence in a group that reflects the region’s ethnic and economic diversity. The agency was founded in 1996, and in its 19th season, is one of America’s largest and most prestigious youth choral programs. Support is requested for Downtown Chorus, a training and performance program serving approximately 450 diverse children and youth in grades 4-12; Neighborhood Chorus, a program located in West Dallas Community School that provides free choral training and performance opportunities for over 60 fourth and fifth graders; and to host a three-day professional development residency by nationally renowned choral conductor and educator, Dr. Sandra Snow
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Children’s Medical Center Foundation dba Children’s Health
Children's Medical Center Foundation pursues and secures philanthropic contributions to allow Children's Health System of Texas fulfill its mission to make life better for children. Funding is requested for the purchase of five Vgo "Remote Student" robots, which allow students to attend classes "virtually," via remote-controlled video conferencing technology to provide patients with a feeling of connectedness with teacher and peers without falling behind in coursework.
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Christian Care Centers
Christian Care Center has locations in Mesquite and Allen, and provides quality housing and healthcare services for senior adults in a compassionate environment and encourages relationship-building, dignity, and independence through spiritual, recreational, and social programs. Funding is requested for the following: a fully-accessible passenger van to provide transportation services to residents; construction of two multisensory rooms to help patients with dementia; and support for the organization's charity care program designed to help seniors who have outlived their financial resources.
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Christian Community Action
Christian Community Action provides comprehensive social services that range from a food pantry to financial assistance, as well as adult clinical care, educational programs and housing. The organization is seeking funding for financial assistance to be put toward housing costs for clients at risk of homelessness.
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Christ's Haven for Children
Christ’s Haven for Children’s mission is to provide a warm, loving, Christian environment in which children in need of basic care can grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The group home, located in Keller, serves 40 children, teens, and young adults on its main campus, as well as children in foster care in off-campus homes. Funding is requested for summer recreation and ongoing enrichment activities, including athletics, service projects and trips to museums, movies, and amusement parks; and the on-site child care center, which cares for young children of teen residents.
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Circle of Support
Circle of Support was founded in 2000 to provide boys and girls in South Dallas with academic enrichment, leadership development, and help with preventing summer learning loss. Funding is requested for the S.M.A.R.T. (Science, Math, Art, Reading, and Technology) summer program, which has an average daily attendance of more than 300 students. Funding will support the program’s 22 certified staff, scholarships for 100 students whose families cannot afford program tuition, and STEM curricula and supplies for project-based learning.
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Circle Theatre
The mission of Circle Theatre is to present contemporary plays rarely seen in North Texas. Now in its 35th season, Circle Theatre presents a season of five innovative main stage plays in its intimate 125-seat theatre located in Fort Worth's Sundance Square Entertainment District. Funding is requested to support operating and production expenses.
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Cistercian Preparatory School
Cistercian Preparatory School was founded in 1962 to prepare talented boys for the colleges of their choice by challenging their minds with excellent academic programs, molding their characters through the values of Catholic education, and offering them guidance with both understanding and discipline. The school, located on the grounds of the Cistercian Abbey Our Lady of Dallas, enrolls 347 young men in grades 5-12. Capital support is requested for construction of an Abbey Crypt to hold 20 monks currently buried in Dallas’ Cavalry Hill Cemetery, and to provide an internment place for current and future monks to remain near the Abbey. Funding is also requested for renovations to the Abbey’s West Wing and Retreat Center to accommodate the increasing number of young monks, religious retreat participants, and guests. Finally, funding is requested for renovations to the school’s science building, which will include updated biology and chemistry labs, a new “maker’s space” for robotics and overnight labs, a rainwater harvesting system, and a refurbished HVAC system.
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Citizens Development Center
Citizens Development Center provides job training and employment services to individuals with severe intellectual, physical, and/or mental health disabilities. It has served adults with disabilities for more than 30 years and currently reaches more than 450 clients annually. Funding is requested to support its Veterans Employment Program which assists veterans with job training, resume creation and achieving employment. The organization also requests funding to support tuition/transportation assistance and art enrichment activities for its Work Center Program, which provides vocational training, life skills instruction, and paid work opportunities to individuals with severe disabilities.
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City House
City House was established in 1988 to provide services to children, youth and young adults who are in need of emergency shelter or a transitional living program due to homelessness, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse. In 2015, the agency served more than 500 clients and responded to over 1500 crisis calls. Support is requested for implementation of the Rapid Rehousing Program which helps youth graduating from Transitional Living Programs solve the practical and immediate challenges of obtaining permanent housing.
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Clayton YES!
Clayton House currently serves more than 5,000 students in more than 80 public and private schools throughout Tarrant County and is one of the area’s leading providers of before and after school youth enrichment programs. Support is requested to provide 30 partial scholarships for economically disadvantaged students to attend before and after school and summer enrichment programs. Funds are also requested to help maintain 14 drop-in care slots for children of domestic violence victims at One Safe Place and to add a fifth day to 23 elementary after-school programs which are only funded for four days per week.
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CNM Connect
The mission of CNM Connect (Center for Nonprofit Management) is to strengthen communities by connecting and engaging nonprofits and other stakeholders through leadership, management expertise and outcomes technology. Each year the organization serves more than 1,000 local nonprofit organizations through its various training and certificate programs and consulting services. Funding is requested to support CNM's new outcomes technology services, which give nonprofits the ability to efficiently and effectively track, analyze, evaluate and report program performance. Funding is also requested to support the organization's Leadership Development Certificate programs, a series of cohort-based classes focused on fund development, management, marketing, program evaluation and leadership skills. The program is offered twice a year in Dallas and Fort Worth at a cost of $1,500 per participant.
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Collin College Foundation
Collin College Foundation was established in 1987 to support and enhance Collin College through philanthropic support for student scholarships, faculty enrichment, critical capacity needs and programs of excellence. The College serves about 53,000 credit-seeking and continuing education students each year and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates across a range of disciplines. Funding is requested for scholarships to students in three high-priority programs: nursing, allied health, and STEM education.
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Collin County Child Protective Services
Collin County Child Protective Services (CCCP) is a separate nonprofit organization that works with Child Protective Services, CASA of Collin County, and the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County to increase awareness about child abuse and neglect and to identify and pioneer solutions that create better outcomes for children in foster care. Funds are requested to plan and conduct a community needs assessment to help identify best practices for foster care; uncover issues and gaps in the delivery of services; and map current resources and potential partners for collaboration.
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Color Me Empowered
Color Me Empowered (CME) provides programming that seeks to empower children and communities through the implementation of civic art and visual arts education. Since its founding in 2008, the organization has completed 31 public art projects in Dallas and served more than 2,000 students. Funding is requested for the Arts Integration program, which trains teachers to use art as a visual way to illustrate and reinforce core curriculum subjects. Funding is also needed to support CME's after school and summer programs, offered in partnership with other nonprofit organizations and recreation centers; and to provide scholarship assistance to students enrolled in programs at CME's North Oak Cliff studio classroom.
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Comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy is a grass-roots organization born our of an Eagle Scout project and purchases new coats for the homeless that are distributed through Collin County homeless service providers. Funds are requested to purchase new coats, and to expand the program to include interview suits and text book scholarships for homeless students. Current agency partners include Allen Community Outreach, Samaritan Inn in McKinney and CITY House in Plano.
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Commemorative Air Force
Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) mission is to preserve American military aviation history through education and exhibitions. CAF owns and operates 160 World War II (WWII) era airplanes - the largest collection of airworthy WWII military aviation in the world. Support is requested for 2017 costs of bringing the traveling "Rise Above" exhibit to the CAF headquarters in southern Dallas. The exhibit tells the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first African American fighter pilots who overcame racism and segregation in order to serve in WWII. Support is also requested to defray the costs of busing students from southern Dallas schools to the exhibit, and to bring in former Tuskegee Airmen to personally interact with students who attend the exhibit.
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The Commit! Partnership works to drive student achievement throughout Dallas County from cradle to career by leveraging data, community expertise, and collaboration to measure what matters, identify effective practices and align community resources to spread what works. Commit! was established in 2012 and is currently comprised of 135 organizations, including school districts, charter school networks, private schools, higher education institutions, foundations, business, and nonprofits. Support is requested for Commit’s series of cradle-to-career initiatives, which are targeted at increasing kindergarten readiness, improving third grade literacy rates, and increasing postsecondary enrollment rates throughout Dallas County. Support is also requested for the Human Capital Teacher Pipeline initiative, an effort to increase the number of high-quality educators in Dallas County by marketing the profession to college students and expanding quality teacher preparation programs.
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Communities in Schools Dallas Region
Communities in Schools Dallas Region's (CISDR) mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The agency serves more than 9,100 students at risk of academic failure on 60 campuses in 12 school districts in Dallas, Ellis, Collin, Hunt, and Rockwall Counties. Of students served, 62% are Hispanic and 21% are African American. Support is requested for CISDR’s core program, which provides each participating student with a customized service plan that includes six components: academic enrichment, supportive guidance, parental and family involvement, health and human services, college and career readiness, and cultural enrichment.
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Communities in Schools of North Texas
Communities in Schools of North Texas’ (CISNT) mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The agency serves about 5,000 students in Denton and Wise Counties who are economically disadvantaged and/or at risk of academic failure. CISNT is in 46 campuses in six school districts. Funding is requested for the Dropout Prevention Case Management program, which assists more than 2,550 Denton County students in grades K-12 with improving academics, behavior, attendance, and, for students in upper grades, completing their high school degree. Funding is also requested for the CIS Bridge to Success program, an effort to encourage post-secondary success among about 250 Denton County students by providing college emersion trips, job shadowing opportunities, college application assistance, guidance and counseling, assistance with financial aid, and family engagement. Finally, funding is requested for general operating support.
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Community Clothes Closet
Community Clothes Closet provides clothing to low-income families in Denton and the surrounding counties. Funds are requested for its Back to School New Socks and Underwear Event that expects to serve more than 600 children, and for a portable storage unit to house overflow coats and merchandise. Funds are also requested to support the capital campaign to move the organization from an undersized metal warehouse without a/c, water or bathroom facilities to a spacious fully-equipped building.
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Community Council of Greater Dallas
Community Council of Greater Dallas identifies priority human services issues in North Texas, convenes partners to impact service delivery, and increases awareness of and access to these services. The organization requests general operating support, as well as funding to support 2-1-1 Texas, a hotline for free information and referrals to health and human service agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, disaster relief resources, and volunteer opportunities. Funding is also requested for the Minor Home Repair program that provides low-income senior with home repairs and accessibility improvements, and the Community Youth Development program, which works to prevent juvenile delinquency in the 75216 and 75217 zip codes through an emphasis on college and career readiness.
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Community Dental Care
Community Dental Care provides dental care and dental health education for 18,000 low-income children and adults annually through its 13 dental centers and one mobile unit. In addition to restorative and preventative services, they offer dental prosthetic surgery and orthodontics. Funds are requested to support direct orthodontia and dental services for children. For every $1 spent on oral health, taxpayers save approximately $50 in restorative and emergency procedures for the underinsured and uninsured.
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Community Enrichment Center
Community Enrichment Center (CEC) serves as a diverse resource for Tarrant County low-income families, homeless families, victims of domestic violence, and under-served individuals, including seniors and the under-employed. By providing stable housing and other basic necessities, CEC helps participants out of crisis and into progressive responsibility and stability. Support is requested for the organization's Literacy for Life program, which provides instruction, one-on-one mentoring and online training resources to prepare participants to pass the GED exam. The program also includes life skills instruction, and employment support at no cost to the participants. The Literacy for Life program serves 138 individuals annually.
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Community Food Bank
Located in Fort Worth, Community Food Bank works to end hunger. Funds are requested for equipment--from hand tools to forklifts--required to run the food pantry, which currently serves 78,000 unique individuals annually. Funds are also requested for holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, which add additional demands for special items such as turkeys, hams and trimmings.
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Community Health Clinic
Community Health Clinic provides basic health care and preventative health education to low-income, uninsured residents of Collin County. Funding is requested to cover a portion of the salaries for the agency's nurse practitioners. In 2015, the agency provided 2,500 patient visits to nearly 1,000 individuals.
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Community Lifeline Center
Community Lifeline Center provides short-term emergency assistance for families in McKinney. Assistance includes funds for housing, utilities, medical/prescription services and food/household basics, as well as job skills training and job-seeking assistance, financial management training, wellness education and referrals to other social service agencies. The organization is seeking direct program funds to provide clients who are at risk for homelessness with its existing catalog of services. Funds are also requested to support opening a grocery store that offers deeply discounted merchandise, in addition to its no-cost food pantry, as well as funds to start the Women's Resource Center that will help at-risk women lift themselves out of poverty through roundtable workshops led by female subject matter experts as well as referrals to assistance targeted for women.
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Community Partners of Dallas
Founded in 1989, Community Partners of Dallas works to ensure safety and restore dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers in Dallas County. Last year, Community Partners of Dallas served more than 20,000 children. Funding is requested for the agency's new facility designed to expand current program capacity and bring together nonprofits to more efficiently serve the children of Dallas County. Funding is also requested for the Kids in Crisis program, which provides clothing, transportation, enrichment activities, housing, medical expenses, and therapy for children in need. Kids in Crisis served more than 8,000 children last year. Finally, funding is requested for the Rainbow Room, an emergency resources center providing clothing, shoes, hygiene products, diapers, formula, and other essential items for children who have recently been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect.
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Community Partners of Tarrant County - S.A.V.E. Program
Community Partners of Tarrant County provides the Student and Volunteers Effort (S.A.V.E.) program, which uses university students and volunteers to prevent child abuse by providing at-risk families with needed resources such as food, household items, clothing, medical and dental aid, budgeting assistance and parent training. Funds are requested to support basic needs services, as well as new computers and Wi-Fi needed by student volunteers to provide accurate assistance and referrals services.
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Community Storehouse
Community Storehouse's mission is to help low-income children in Tarrant and Denton Counties realize their ability to achieve educational success. The agency was established in 1982 to address hunger prevention in Keller ISD and has since expanded to serve more than 4,000 children each year. Funding is requested for the education program, which offers afterschool and summer literacy enrichment opportunities and school supplies; the critical needs program, which provides food, clothing and medical, dental, and vision care for children whose families are in crisis; and service learning opportunities to encourage leadership development among about 1,400 youth.
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Confidence Outreach
Confidence Outreach works to develop the character and confidence of youth worldwide. Locally, the organization supports children across several summer and year-round programs in partnership with schools and community-based organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Specific program offerings include: STEM-based classes, K-12th grade tutoring, college preparatory counseling, English literacy courses, life skills education, and musical education. Funding is requested for local operational support including staff salaries, classroom supplies, daily food and snacks, and transportation services.
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Connecting Point of Park Cities
Connecting Point of Park Cities provides a day program for adults with disabilities, connecting them to opportunities by serving as volunteers and fostering independence through vocational, educational, social and recreational activities. Fund are requested to: expand the program from 26 clients to 60 clients; provide professional development to staff on behavioral support to better cater to those with autism; and the addition of weekly visits by a sports therapist to improve mobility in clients.
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Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (CCA) is a faith-based private high school in South Dallas whose mission is to develop youth through transformative education, equipping future leaders to impact their communities. The school works to provide hands-on, real-life experiences to the 50 at-risk students it serves each year. Support is requested for the Student Leadership House, a residential program for young men who face significant obstacles such as homelessness or previous incarceration; program and technology support for students who struggle with literacy due to learning differences; and the Life Coach program, which provides 1:1 mentoring and case management services to each CCA student.
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Cornerstone Ranch
Cornerstone Ranch, located in McKinney, offers both residential and day programs to adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. The programs provide a family-centric atmosphere in which clients can achieve their full potential through educational, recreational, vocational, and community-connecting activities. The residential program currently serves seven adults and the day program serves 20 adults. Because the organization would like to expand its residential program, it seeks capital funding for a second home that will serve eight additional adults. Funding is also requested for scholarships/tuition assistance for residential and day program participants.
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Cowboy Santas
Cowboy Santas provides each Tarrant County child it serves with two books, as well as toys, games and stocking stuffers. The organization served 8,500 children in 2015. Funds are requested to support providing books to the children it serves. Funds are also requested to purchase appropriate gifts for girls ages 9-12, who are too old for dolls and other toys.
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Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep
Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, located in Pleasant Grove, provides socioeconomically disadvantaged high school students of all faiths with a Catholic education, enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Cristo Rey Dallas served its first class of 128 freshman beginning in August 2015, and will add another class of 140 freshmen in August 2016. The school’s unique Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) allows students to finance 60% of their tuition through salaried positions one day a week at premiere Dallas companies, including AT&T, Hunt Oil, KPMG, PWC, Jones Day and The Dallas Morning News. Families typically contribute about 7% of tuition costs, and Cristo Rey funds all remaining tuition costs through local philanthropy. Funding is requested to fill the gap between student and family financial contribution and full tuition costs. Funding is also requested for a new 31,000 square foot academic building that will house 15 classrooms, four state of the art science labs, and offices for school administration.
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Crossfire Kids
Crossfire Kids empowers the youth of East Dallas by educating, inspiring, and equipping them with the tools necessary to break the cycle of generational poverty and lead healthy and productive lives. Since its inception in 1990, Crossfire Kids has served more than 1,000 youth. Funding is requested for L.I.F.E., (Leadership, Inspiration, Family, and Education) program, which provides a variety of academic and vocational support services, including G.E.D. tutoring, college counseling, field trips and summer camp programs, and Bible study classes. Funding is also requested to establish the Peace Garden Project, a community garden designed to teach life skillls, job skills, work ethic, and responsibility to children in East Dallas.
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Crossroads Community Services
Crossroads Community Services, located in Dallas, provides access to food and provides nutrition and life skills education in an effort to reduce obesity in impoverished areas. The organization is seeking funding for its in-house food pantry. Additional funding is requested to support a one-year pilot to test the effectiveness of social-emotional and goal-setting programming for low-income youth.
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Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Crow Collection is a free museum located in the Dallas Arts District, which explores Asian arts and cultures, while attempting to bridge the cultural gap between East and West. Funding is requested to support the expansion of Asia Connect, a program presented in partnership with Heart House in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, which uses art to address the physical and emotional concepts of home for the neighborhood's large immigrant and refugee population. Funding is also requested to support professional gallery educators, who lead tours for school groups and the general public, and to support bus scholarships for schools that apply for transportation assistance.
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Crowley House of Hope
Crowley House of Hope provides residents of the city of Crowley with emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, housing/utility payments, and direct medical care in its clinic. Funds are requested for a covered delivery truck or van. The current vehicle, a 10-year old, open-bed truck, needs major repairs and leaves food open to the elements. Funds are also requested for a new photocopier to keep up with the increasing amount of paperwork required of serving more clients.
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Cuisine for Healing
Cuisine for Healing aims to educate the community regarding the healing and preventive capacity of food, and makes nutritious food easily available to people who are combatting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Funding is requested for the following: support for the Outreach Food program to provide Cuisine for Healing certified meals to low to moderate-income families; and support for the agency's Community Outreach and Community Education Programs, which include cooking classes with a professional chef and presentations by a certified nutritionist.
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Dallas Afterschool
Dallas Afterschool provides professional development for Dallas County afterschool and summer programs based on national best practice standards. The agency was founded in 2007 and has grown to serve 133 free or low-cost afterschool and summer program sites in Dallas, which collectively serve about 9,500 students. Support is requested for the Program Quality Initiative (PQI), which evaluates the quality of afterschool and summer programs and works with program sites to improve their quality. Dallas Afterschool has partnered with SMU’s Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) to determine the most predictive quality indicators used in PQI. Funding is also requested for the After the Bell Alliance, a community partnership focused on expanding support for and access to quality out-of-school-time programs in low-income Dallas neighborhoods.
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society's mission is to build and maintain a public botanical garden that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture while providing opportunities for education and research. Support is requested for children’s educational programming, which reaches more than 100,000 children annually. The educational staff collaborates with Dallas-area school districts to reach children from disadvantaged neighborhoods, and of the children served in 2015 60% were Hispanic or African American and 50% were identified as at-risk. Children’s programming includes school field trips, visits from educational staff to school campuses, afterschool learning, and summer day camps.
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Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity addresses the lack of affordable housing in Dallas by building homes and communities. Funding is requested to support the expansion of A Brush with Kindness, the organization's critical home repair program for low-income individuals that provides painting, roofing, siding replacement, porch/stair repairs and access ramp constructions. They expect to expand from 50 to 150 projects by 2020. Funds are also requested to expand repairs to include foundation repair, lead paint remediation and complete roof replacements.
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Dallas Bach Society
The mission of the Dallas Bach Society is to promote public education, awareness and understanding of Baroque music (composed before 1800), especially the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Funding is requested to support the organization's education programs, including artist fees, curriculum development and materials, and student transportation costs. Funding is also requested to cover performance expenses associated with the organization's 14-concert season, including rehearsal and performance space, artist fees, and marketing costs.
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Dallas Bethlehem Center
Dallas Bethlehem Center provides child and family mentoring, and other support services such as food distribution and workforce development, to people in South Dallas. The organization is seeking funding for: 1) its summer camp; 2) the addition of a development director; and 3) capital funding to expand into the contiguous property next door.
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Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) produces contemporary modern dance presented from the African American experience. The organization includes a company of 12 full-time, multi-ethnic dancers who perform nationally and internationally; a company of eight semi-professional artists who perform locally and regionally; and a pre-professional dance academy. Funding is requested to support a new giving circle being created in honor of DBDT's 40th anniversary, and to support expanded marketing and communications, including a new Communications and Community Engagement Manager. Funding is also requested to support renovations in DBDT's main rehearsal hall, including replacement of the sprung wood dance floor.
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Dallas CASA
Dallas CASA trains volunteer court-appointed advocates who recommend to the courts the best permanent placement for each foster child assigned. Last year, the organization served 2,600 children. Funds are requested for ongoing operating costs, as well as the addition of four volunteer supervisors.
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Dallas Challenge
Dallas Challenge helps youth stay in school, maintain sobriety, and stay out of the criminal justice system. Since 1984, Dallas Challenge has helped more than 165,000 children in the Dallas area through various services, including substance abuse prevention, treatment and education. Funding is requested for prevention services, which support more than 3,200 youth and 500 parents annually. Funding is also requested to maintan the current level of licensed counselors and staff in the organization's outpatient substance abuse treatment services program, which helps more than 300 adolescents annually.
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Dallas Chamber Symphony
Founded in 2011, Dallas Chamber Symphony is a professional orchestra that presents new and traditional works with extra elements such as film, actors, dancers, narrators and digital media. Funding is requested to support the organization's TEKS-aligned, iPad-based music curriculum for 4th and 5th grade students, which includes regular interaction with musicians and a field trip concert at Dallas City Performance Hall. The program currently serves 3,000 students at no cost to Dallas ISD and other local school districts. Funding is also requested to support "DCS Live! at the Bridge," a weekly concert series for residents of the homeless assistance center.
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Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center improves the lives of abused children in Dallas County and provides national leadership on child abuse issues. In 2015, the organization served more than 4,000 children. Funds are requested for operating support.
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Dallas Children's Theater
For 32 years, the mission of Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) has been to inspire young people to creative and productive lives through the art of theater. Funding is requested for DCT's Student Matinee Performance Series, which provides deeply discounted tickets for school day performances of mainstage productions, and for Curtains Up On Reading, an artist residency program that pairs a teaching theater artist with a classroom teacher to engage students by incorporating the arts into core curriculum. Funding is also requested to provide free tickets to students who complete a set number of required hours of reading as part of the Mayor's Summer Reading Club. As part of the program, DCT makes as many as 10,000 ticket vouchers available to program participants each year.
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Dallas Chinese Community Center
The mission of the Dallas Chinese Community Center is to promote Chinese culture and to foster diversity through educational, cultural and recreational programs and activities. Funding is requested to support semester-long Youth Culture Classes, including calligraphy, painting, singing and dancing; and to support a Chinese calligraphy and painting exhibition and demonstration in spring 2017. Funding is also requested to support a fall health fair and year-long health seminars, including free health screenings, consultations and flu shots.
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Dallas Christian Women's Job Corp
Dallas Christian Women's Job Corps offers support to women in need who are just out of a crisis, such as prison, drug addiction or being recently widowed, and in need of skills to re-enter the job market. The support is offered in three parts: Bible study, job skills training and life skills training. Funding is requested for job skills and life skills training.
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Dallas Contemporary
Founded in 1978, Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting art museum that presents new, cutting-edge exhibitions and programs from regional, national and international artists. Funding is requested to support Art Think, a year-round educational program, which includes 2-6 classroom sessions and an optional field trip to the Dallas Contemporary. The program currently serves 5,000 students per year, and is designed to use contemporary art to teach critical thinking, communication skills and visual literacy.
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Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund
The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to Dallas County residents who are admitted to a baccalaureate nursing program in Dallas County. Scholarship recipients must meet the Fund's criteria for academic achievement, character, and financial need. Funding is requested for scholarship awards and for increasing the Fund’s endowment size to ensure future sustainability.
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Dallas Furniture Bank
Dallas Furniture Bank provides furniture to families transitioning from homelessness, in partnership with more than 30 organizations, including Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Family Gateway and Interfaith Housing Coalition. Funds are requested for furniture for families, and specifically for the Beds4Kidz program that will provide beds to 200 Dallas children this year.
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Dallas Historical Society
Dallas Historical Society (DHS) collects, preserves, and exhibits the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations. The agency was founded in 1922 by 101 prominent Dallas leaders and has since become the conservator of the Hall of State, a national landmark built for the 1936 State Centennial celebration. Funding is requested for educational programs for students and adults and families. Programming includes field trips and school-site outreach for students, brown bag lunch lectures and historic city tours of Dallas for adults, and hands-on learning activities for families. Funding is also requested to digitize DHS’ collection of documents, artifacts, books and periodicals. Finally, funding is requested to support upcoming exhibits, including a special exhibit presented in conjunction with the State Fair of Texas each year.
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Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum / Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. The Museum was formed in 1977, and has since served more than one million visitors—about half of whom are school children. Support is requested for the Museum’s new City-Wide Read, a six-month interdisciplinary Holocaust education program that will engage 500 educators and 12,300 students through literature and the performing arts; the Museum Experience Fund, which will pay for transportation and admissions costs for more than 13,000 economically disadvantaged students in 2016; and the construction of a new permanent facility, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, in downtown Dallas that will educate the Dallas community about the Holocaust, modern-day genocides, human and civil rights, and tolerance.
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Dallas Innovation Alliance
The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is a nonprofit, public/private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a "Smart City" strategy for Dallas, where social and technological solutions facilitate sustainable economic growth and resource efficiency to improve the quality of life in our city. DIA currently operates as an initiative of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. Funding is requested to support staff positions that will be charged with leading and rolling out key projects in a "living laboratory" focused on the West End district in downtown Dallas to determine the most feasible, effective and beneficial elements suited for citywide deployment.
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Dallas Junior Forum
Dallas Junior Forum is an all-women volunteer organization that serves children, families and the elderly. Funds are requested for the following: 1) Nourish to Flourish - distributing food to the families of hospitalized children; 2) Golden Friendships - providing seniors with companionship, holiday gifts and interactive games; and 3) Under Our Wings - mentoring adults on career planning, life skills and managing finances.
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Dallas Leadership Foundation
Dallas Leadership Foundation is a faith-based organization that develops local leaders in under-resourced neighborhoods, schools, and prisons so that they can implement relevant strategies to achieve an enduring positive impact. Funds are requested to support services that help prisoners successfully reintegrate into society and avoid reincarceration. Funds are also requested to support mentorship programming for students ages 10-18 at risk of dropping out of school, as well as programming that creates and maintains resident-run neighborhood associations in 11 low-income neighborhoods to implement neighborhood improvement plans.
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Dallas LIFE
Dallas LIFE provides comprehensive homeless recovery programs. The organization is seeking funding for: 1) programs that assist children, including school enrollment services, tutoring, therapy, learning skills and other activities that provide children with a sense of stability); 2) its one-year residential program to prepare seniors to re-enter society; and 3) new mattresses in rooms designated for families at the shelter.
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Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind
Founded in 1931, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind's mission is to create jobs and promote the quality of life and independence for blind and visually impaired people in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: expansion and development of two to three satellite facilities to increase the number of clients served; remodeling and expansion of the Capitol Avenue main campus in Dallas; and placement of assistive/adaptive technology and resources in senior living and community centers to enable seniors with low vision to read and maintain their independence.
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Dallas Lutheran School
Dallas Lutheran School strives to provide a quality Christ-centered education in an academic, spiritual and social environment which prepares each student for a productive Christian life. The school is located in North Dallas and serves about 170 students in grades 7-12. Funding is requested for expanded STEM opportunities, including upgrades to microscopes, a new 3D printer, and improvements to lab spaces; the Beyond My Front Door program, which arranges for campus-wide service opportunities at nonprofit agencies across the Dallas-Fort Worth area; and the school’s current marketing and outreach initiative.
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Dallas Metrocare Services
Dallas Metrocare Services helps adults, youth, and children with developmental or mental health challenges by providing primary care centers, accessible pharmacies, housing assistance, and supportive social services. Funding is requested for the following: support to provide training opportunities for health care professionals to expand mental health knowledge for the next generation of health care providers; and acquisition of Milo, a human-like robot to help children with autism and other developmental disabilities with learning, engagement, and social development.
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Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) maintains a collection of over 23,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of human history and culture. Last year, the museum welcomed over 730,000 visitors - a 9% increase over the previous year. Funding is requested to endow its Chief Conservator position, which was established in 2013 as part of the DMA's initiative to grow its on-site conservation program. Funding is also requested to support the museum's access programs, which provide art education opportunities for individuals with special needs, including vision impairment, autism and dementia. Finally, funding is needed to support the DMA's free general admission policy, which was reinstated in 2013 and has resulted in an increase in annual visitors, increased participation in engagement programs, and greater diversification in the museum's audience.
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Dallas Pets Alive!
Dallas Pets Alive! promotes and provides the resources, education, and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. In 2015 alone, they rescued over 410 animals, doubling their rescue numbers from 2014. The organization is solely focused on serving the Dallas City Shelter. Funding is requested for the Positive Alternatives for Shelter Surrender (PASS) program, focusing on addressing the top 3 reasons for pet surrender at Dallas Animal Services - vet care, behavior training, and educating people on low-cost pet resources. Funding is also requested to support the Parvo Puppy Program and heartworm medication.
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Dallas Police Youth Foundation
Founded in 2013, Dallas Police Youth Foundation (DPYF) supports the youth outreach efforts of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) to engage and mentor kids to become future community leaders. Funding is requested for the Junior Explorer Program (JEP), an afterschool program aimed at youth ages 10-13 who have an interest in law enforcement. JEP fosters leadership, teamwork and positive citizenship through mentoring by DPD officers. Funding is also requested for Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), which encourages participants to mantain good grades and behavior, and participate in community service. Finally, funding is requested for the Dallas Junior Police Academy (JPA), a one-day youth program facilitated by DPD for kids ages 7-18. The program works to create open dialoge and trust between Dallas' youth and the DPD.
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Dallas Services
Dallas Services fosters independence and community inclusiveness for those with vision loss and/or special needs. Services include a Low Vision Clinic that provides low-vision exams to all ages, including those with cognitive and developmental delays, as well as an inclusive early childhood education program. Funds are requested for the following: 30 handheld HD video magnifiers for low-income, low-vision patients; program support for low-vision diagnostic services; and capital support to relocate and expand the Low Vision Clinic to ensure access to vision care for more people in Texas.
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Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been serving North Texas for more than 116 years, and currently reaches more than 250,000 children and adults annually through more than 60 classical concerts, 25 pops concerts, and a variety of family, youth and holiday concerts. Funding is requested to support DSO Express, a partnership with Dallas ISD, Dallas County Community College District, and DART to provide free concert tickets, transportation and interactive pre and post concert educational opportunities to 1,000 disadvantaged youth in the Dallas area. Funding is also requested to support ReMix, an innovative concert series presented at Dallas City Performance Hall and designed to attract a younger, more economically and ethnically diverse audience.
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Dallas Teacher Residency
Dallas Teacher Residency's (DTR) mission is to recruit, prepare, and retain aspiring career teachers to become effective in urban schools. The organization was founded in 2013 in collaboration with Texas A&M University - Commerce, Dallas ISD, and Mesquite ISD and emphasizes teacher preparation for difficult-to-staff positions in STEM, early elementary, and bilingual education. Funding is requested for tailored professional development in English, language arts, and writing for 20 elementary teachers in Dallas ISD. Professional development will include the training, ongoing support, and resources needed to implement a balanced literacy framework in the participating teachers' classrooms.
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Dallas Theater Center
The Dallas Theater Center (DTC) seeks to engage, entertain and inspire through its eight play season and educational programs that serve an audience of more than 110,000 people annually. Funding is requested to support Public Works Dallas, a new community inclusiveness initiative designed to engage people from under resourced neighborhoods in DTC workshops, classes and performances. The program will culminate its first year with the production of a free, 200-person, 90-minute musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in March 2017. Funding is also requested to support development of a new play commissioned by DTC called "Penny Candy" by local playwright, Jonathan Norton, and to support production expenses for DTC's February 2017 production of "The Christians," which will engage local choirs to tell the story of a large, modern church whose pastor experiences a surprising epiphany.
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Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas Theological Seminary strives to equip Christian servant leaders to proclaim God's word and build worldwide ministries. It currently enrolls more than 2,100 students from 58 countries. Support is requested for general operations; scholarships for students; and online classes in Mandarin Chinese, as well as expanding course offerings to include Arabic and Spanish. Capital funding is also requested for a new chapel for student worship and special speakers and events to support spiritual growth.
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Dallas United Crew
Dallas United Crew works to transform lives and build community through teamwork in oar and paddle sports. Since 2002, Dallas United Crew has pushed its participants to work as a team and reach their full potential. Programs include youth outreach and rowing for disabled athletes, including disabled veterans. After a Dallas United Crew sponsored event, three disabled veteran athletes were invited to train with the national team for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Funding is requested for the following: one stillwater eight seat rowing barge to train beginners and disabled athletes; two stillwater launches to allow coaches to work with rowers on the water and provide rescue capabilities; and the construction of a community boathouse on White Rock Lake to serve as a center for all programs and services.
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Dallas Urban Debate Alliance
Dallas Urban Debate (DUD) Alliance is committed to providing every DISD student with an opportunity to participate in rigorous academic policy debate in order to become an articulate and informed leader in his or her school and community. DUD offers school day, afterschool, and summer debate programming to about 1,000 DISD middle and high school students each year. In order to grow the pipeline of students participating in the middle school debate program, funding is requested for additional staff needed to increase the number of weekend debate tournaments from six to ten in the 2016-17 school year. Funding is also requested for DUD’s residential summer camp, which serves 80 students each year, and for the Annual Awards Gala that recognizes outstanding students and coaches.
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Dallas Winds
Dallas Winds joins 50 professional musicians together to perform, promote and preserve the musical traditions of the American wind band. The organization annually presents a nine-concert series at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and serves more than 15,000 students through its education programs. Funding is requested to purchase a high quality percussion battery, which will be needed when the organization takes up residency in the historic Encore Park development at 515 Park, a collaborative project being led by First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. Funding is also requested to support salary and benefits for a new, full-time Education Director position, and to support video enhancements for student concerts presented to 12,500 5th graders in partnership with DISD.
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Dallas Woman's Forum
Created more than 100 years ago, the Dallas Woman's Forum provides community service to area non-profits and hosts local, state and national speakers at its Alexander Mansion facility. Funds are requested to support the organization in its next century of service through the development of a long-range plan for membership, outreach and community investment.
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Dallas Zoological Society (Dallas Zoo)
Dallas Zoological Society works to conserve wildlife and inspire a passion for nature, and to serve as an authority and resource for local teachers by providing state-aligned curricula on wildlife and habitat science. Funding is requested for computers and operational supplies for the Hillcrest Foundation Nature Exchange, a special swap shop for kids that fosters interest in the natural world. Funding is also requested for supplies to support the Youth Volunteer Program, which includes children from ages 11-19, and to support the expenses of 26,000 lbs of food the animals eat each week.
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Dallas-Ft. Worth Labrador Retriever Rescue Club
DFW Labrador Retriever Rescue Club is dedicated to alleviating the needless death and suffering of homeless or misplaced purebred Labrador Retrievers in DFW. Since their founding in 1997, they have rescued approximately 3,000 dogs. Funding is requested for general veterinary care, heartworm treatments, and website and database upgrades.
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Dance Council of North Texas
Founded in 1973, Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT) creates opportunities for the dance community and the general public to engage in dynamic programming on a local and regional level to ensure the vital presence of dance. Funding is requested to support a new Constituent Relationship Management position, which will focus on building and expanding relationships between DCNT and the community through data acquistion, management, analysis, marketing and fundraising. Funding is also requested to support the DCNT's Youth Council Education Outreach program, which provides professional dance instruction and performance opportunities to minority middle and high school students at seven Dallas schools. Finally, funding is requested to support Dallas DanceFest, a weekend extravaganza of professional dance, which takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall every Labor Day weekend.
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DaySpring Assisted Living
DaySpring Assisted Living works to provide a warm, spiritual atmosphere with care and services for individuals and the surrounding Collin County community. Funding is requested for the following: support for the organization's Financial Literacy Education program, which serves women and families; technology and supplies to help patients overcome vision/hearing barriers; and support for community education and therapy services.
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Denton Affordable Housing Corporation
Denton Affordable Housing Corporation supplies low-income individuals with affordable housing in the Denton area through acquisition, construction, renovation and management of both rental and owner-occupied properties. Funds are requested to begin pre-development for a 21-unit complex that will have social services on the ground floor, and to hire additional staff for capacity building. Funds are also requested for the replacement of four roofs.
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Denton Animal Support Foundation
Denton Animal Support Foundation works to save Denton area animals. Funding is requested for the Safe Haven program, a partnership with Denton County Friends of the Family (a domestic violence shelter) and City of Denton Animal services, to board the pets of victims of domestic violence. Funding is also requested for their Adoption Subsidy program, which provides subsidies for animals who are at risk of euthanasia because they are difficult to adopt, including older pets and special needs animals.
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Denton Community Health Clinic
Denton Community Health Clinic provides comprehensive, quality, affordable health services to Denton County residents, regardless of their ability to pay. Funding is requested for materials and consultants for a newly developed program designed to screen preschool children from low-income families for both physical and behavioral health issues. Funding is also requested to support expansion efforts, including hiring a social worker to improve coordination of health care and social services to stabilize individuals and help them avoid homelessness; as well as funding to subsidize screening tests, lab work, and radiology services for low-income people.
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Denton County Friends of the Family
Denton County Friends of the Family provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their families. Services include shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and school and community based education. Funds are requested for program support.
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Design Connect Create
Design Connect Create works to empower young women to be successful in STEM courses in order to close the gender gap in STEM careers. To this end, the agency offers two-week summer physic camps to high school girls to keep them on the path to high-demand and high-paying STEM careers. The camps serve an average of 76 young women annually, most of whom are from Dallas ISD. Funding is requested for the lab equipment and staff necessary for an additional summer physics camp session in 2017 that will serve an additional 40 young women from mid-city districts in Dallas and Tarrant Counties. Funding is also requested for marketing and social media efforts to reach young women who would benefit from participating in a camp.
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DFW Hospital Council Foundation
The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) provides cost-effective, accessible, and equitable healthcare, education, and communication resources to improve the community's health. Funding is requested for the Diabetes Self-Management program, which has recently started an effort to look specifically at the 75227 zip code in South Dallas, an area known to have a high prevalence of diabetes among residents. The program aims to increase diabetes awareness through bilingual training for all staff, an educational program dedicated to improving physical activity and nutritional knowledge, and improving patient access to treatment through clinics and healthcare fairs.
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DFW Pug Rescue
DFW Pug Rescue works to provide rescue, care, and adoption of unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs in Texas. The organization has rescued over 6,000 pugs over the last 20 years. Funding is requested for: veterinary services; supplies and travel expenses for transport to veterinary services; and medications for the pugs.
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DFW Tzus and and More Rescue
DFW Tzus and More Rescue works to match homeless Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, and their furry friends with loving forever homes. They have saved 979 dogs since their founding in August 2007. Funding is requested for extraordinary veterinary care and for general operating expenses.
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Dickinson Place Charitable Corp.
Dickinson Place is committed to providing lower income senior citizens safe, affordable housing and social services to enhance spiritual and physical well-being to ensure residents live a peaceful retirement and maintain their independence. Funding is requested for the following: a Resident Care Coordinator to provide support services to residents with mental health disorders; kitchen cabinet renovations in the organization's affordable housing apartment units; and replacement of mattress sets for formerly homeless seniors.
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DME Exchange of Dallas
The Durable Medical Equipment Exchange of Dallas (DME Exchange of Dallas) helps uninsured, underinsured, and low-income residents of Dallas County receive the durable medical equipment they need by collecting donated equipment and, sanitizing, refurbishing, and distributing it to qualified clients. Since its establishment in December 2012, DME Exchange of Dallas has given more than 2,245 pieces of equipment, including wheelchairs, walkers and shower chairs to over 1,520 clients. Funding is requested to continue providing equipment to those in need.
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Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is managed by Audubon Texas Its mission is to instill a shared appreciation and sense of stewardship for the natural world through hands-on nature education and conservation. The organization is seeking funds to help underwrite the cost of the Eco-Investigation program, which seeks to strengthen science literacy, ignite interest in the natural environment, and encourage conservation stewardship action by immersing middle school students in their local ecosystem.
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Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank
Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank, located in Fort Worth, works to supply pet food to local agencies in support of pet owners, offering an alternative to surrendering or abandoning a family pet. Funding is requested for: new warehouse space for operations to support the organization’s growth; increased rent and utilities, as well as equipment and office furniture for the larger space; and for the agency’s signature Stay or Go program, an annual pet food donation drive.
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Doors is a comprehensive statewide re-entry network that collaborates and coordinates with numerous statewide services and resources to assist ex-offenders in preparing for self-sufficiency and a crime-free future. Funding is requested to support the organization's TRACE (Texas Reentry Analytic Client Evaluator) database that allows the agency to track and report criminal justice data and recidivism rates. Funding is also requested to support community collaboration, education and training. Finally, funding is requested to support case management and client assistance services to connect clients to housing, jobs and available resources.
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DRC formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless
DRC, formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless, provides solutions to help Fort Worth individuals and families emerge from homelessness. Funds are requested for housing placement and for processing documents required to secure housing, such as applications for driver licenses and birth certificates.
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Drug Prevention Resources
Founded in 1935, Drug Prevention Resources provides prevention education to youth and builds community coalitions to support a safe and drug-free environment in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of prevention education programs and community coalitions, both collaborative efforts with the Greater Dallas area Boys and Girls Clubs.
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Dwell with Dignity
Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit group of designers and volunteers who provide and install home interiors for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. The interiors include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the homes' pantries. Funding is requested for: 1) residential and community installations, which include finding sponsors for an apartment installation, new cribs, mattresses, bedding, high chairs, changing pads for babies, reupholstering, art creation supplies and basic home furnishing repair supplies; and 2) its resident alumni events that bring all past and current families served together for holiday or other parties.
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Easter Seals of North Texas
Easter Seals North Texas creates opportunities that advance the independence of individuals with disabilities and other special needs. Funds are requested to support music therapy for elderly individuals served by non-medical in-home care services. Funds are also requested to secure speakers to highlight the needs and advances in the disability community, as well as for updated equipment for the visually impaired so they may complete job applications.
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Eating Recovery Center Foundation
Eating Recovery Center Foundation provides information, education, and training on best practices for identification and treatment of eating disorders to individuals affected by eating disorders, as well as their families, caregivers, and treatment professionals. Funding is requested for the following: The Body Project, an evidence-based intervention program designed to address eating disorders on college campuses, including SMU, Baylor, UTA, UNT and the University of Dallas, by disrupting the concepts of ideal body image; and the Charitable Care Fund to help financially-fragile individuals with eating disorders receive quality care.
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Education is Freedom
Education is Freedom (EIF) works to transform students' lives through comprehensive college access and career planning services. The agency offers three core programs: the middle school program assists students with the transition to high school and educates their families about state graduation requirements; the high school program offers College and Career Connection Centers on 10 Dallas ISD campuses that assist students with scholarship and college applications, SAT and ACT registration, and career exploration; and the college persistence program connects students with mentors once they enter college. Support is requested for the middle school and high school programs, as well as the workforce development training curriculum EIF uses to prepare students for employment.
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Education Opens Doors, Inc.
Education Opens Doors (EOD) empowers students to purposefully navigate through high school to college. The agency uses its proprietary Roadmap to Success program to provide students with the college knowledge and soft skills they need to achieve post-secondary success. EOD currently partners with 35 sites (primarily public, charter and select private schools in Dallas County) to serve about 5,000 students in grades 6-9, 85% of whom are from low socio-economic backgrounds. Funding is requested for Roadmap to Success program delivery and data collection at both existing and new partner sites; parent workshops that offer valuable information about types of high school options available in North Texas and state graduation requirements; and new technology for engaging students and families after they have completed Roadmap to Success.
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Educational First Steps
Educational First Steps works to improve the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children by equipping the providers - in preschools, daycare centers, and homes - with proven tools and techniques that transform caregiving into teaching. The agency celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015 and currently serves 4,800 children and more than 750 early childhood teachers and program directors. Support is requested for the Four Steps 2.0 program, which assists daycare centers with achieving national accreditation; Child Development Associate classes that offer professional development and mentoring to more than 100 early childhood teachers; and small business development to strengthen the long-term economic viability of the agency's partner centers.
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Encore Park Dallas
Encore Park is an outreach program developed by The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church that will bring together people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue, education, music, and art. It encompasses three properties in downtown Dallas: The Stewpot, which offers a safe haven and services for homeless and at-risk individuals; 508 Park, which will house The Stewpot's Open Art Studio and a gallery, a museum of street culture, a recording studio, and venues for lectures, performances and gatherings; and 515 Park, which will house and expand programs for Crossroads Community Services, youth services from the Dallas Police Athletic and Activities League, Metrocare Services, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Additionally, the 508 Amphitheater and Encore Park Community Garden adjoin the 508 Park property. Capital funds are requested to develop 508 Park's interior, museum, gallery, and studios.
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Equest works to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Funds are requested to support Hooves for Heroes, its veterans program, as well as facility and equipment upgrades. Funds are also requested to support its scholarship program, ensuring no client is ever denied service due to financial constraints.
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Exodus Ministries
Exodus Ministries empowers formerly incarcerated mothers and their children to achieve a productive and fulfilling life in Jesus Christ by providing them with transitional housing after incarceration. Funds are requested to support the existing salary of the case manager and the addition of a children's ministry manager. Funds are also requested to support counseling services for each mother and child.
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Faith & Grief Ministries
Faith and Grief Ministries (F&GM) provides a safe, supportive, spiritual community environment and resources for the bereaved. Funding is requested for the following: materials, marketing and seminar development for a new Financial Education for Widows program, designed to empower widows to manage their personal finances; three part-time community educators to raise awareness of F&GM's resources; and a part-time host liaison to manage relations with various sites, where seminars take place.
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Family Compass, formerly Child Abuse Prevention Center
Family Compass, formerly known as Child Abuse Prevention Center, provides evidence-based programs and educational programs for families that have an elevated risk of child abuse and reside in the poorest communities in North Texas. Funds are requested to support the Parent Aide Program, which provides parent education through home visits to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect in high-risk families.
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Family Outreach East Dallas
Family Outreach Dallas strengthens families and breaks the intergenerational cycle of child abuse in high-poverty communities through educational and mentoring programs. Support is requested for the Parents as Teachers program, which provides home visits from bilingual parent-educators to families with children from birth to age three. Funds are also requested to support the WHO (We Help Ourselves) program, which teaches elementary students to protect themselves from victimization such as bullying, child abuse, kidnapping and more. Finally, funds are requested for the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), a behavioral family intervention that prevents child abuse and gives parents the skills to handle severe behavioral and emotional problems in pre-adolescent children.
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Family Promise of Collin County
Family Promise of Collin County uses the housing and kitchens of local churches to provide food, shelter and support services to families with children as they regain independence. Funds are requested to support the Sustainable Independence Program, which is a four-phase program to get families back on their feet, including case management, financial literacy, employment assistance, food and housing.
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Feed Lake Highlands
Feed Lake Highlands is a faith-based organization that operates a food pantry and afterschool and summer programming for students. Funds are requested to support its existing summer day camp program for youth connected to the food pantry. Funds are also requested for operating costs, specifically direct food costs and rent and occupancy costs.
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Ferguson Road Initiative
The Ferguson Road Initiative (FRI) was formed by volunteer neighborhood leadership in 1998 to revitalize Far East Dallas by addressing crime and violence, gaps in social services, and a lack of neighborhood amenities. Capital funds are requested to support the $35 million capital campaign to create the White Rock Hills Recreation Center, which will house programs and services including an urban farm, arts, recreation, team sports, wellness, nutrition and safety programs. Funds are also requested to support the technology and office upgrades needed by FRI.
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Fine Arts Chamber Players
Now in its 35th season, the mission is Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) is to enrich the lives of North Texas residents, expecially children and families, through free classical music concerts and educational performances. Funding is requested to support a strings residence program at Uplift's Peak Preparatory Academy in East Dallas. Due to the success of the 6th grade after school violin club, FACP is committed to adding one grade each year so that Peak will have a full string orchestra for 6th-8th grades by the 2017-18 school year. Funding is also requested for general operating support and for a new part-time Education Director position, which will support FACP's growing music education programs.
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First Baptist Academy
First Baptist Academy provides a Christ-centered, Biblically integrated, college preparatory education to develop the next generation of Christian servant leaders. The school was founded in 1972 and now serves about 200 students in Pre-K through grade 12. Capital support is requested for a new school campus in East Dallas that will accommodate up to 300 students. Funding is also requested for the school’s tuition assistance fund, which offsets the cost of tuition for 30% of the student population.
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Focus on Teens
Focus on Teens provides homeless teens with food, clothing, hygiene items, sleeping bags, school supplies and referrals at its eight on-campus Drop-in Centers throughout DISD. Funds are requested to support the operation of Drop-in Centers, and the organization's Student Work Program that provides homeless teens with the opportunity to work for DISD on school holidays and summer breaks. Funds are also requested to support the organization's drug abuse prevention and awareness programming.
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Fort Worth Aviation Museum
The Fort Worth Aviation Museum tells the story of the aviation heritage and accomplishments in North Texas since 1911. The Museum greets about 6,000 people each year and serves 13,000 through outreach programs. Funding is requested for the pilot of the STEM Aviation Education for Girls program, a two-day summer camp for teen girls that will offer one day of flight ground school and a second day of actual flight experience. Funding is also requested for additional special collection storage space and the “Free Wednesdays” pilot program that offers complimentary admission to low-income families and senior citizens during the summer months.
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Fort Worth Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Fort Worth Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides food, clothing and financial support to low-income individuals in Tarrant, Carrollton and Denton Counties. Funds are requested for the creation of two shared savings accounts to serve as collateral for the organization's new conversion and mini-loan programs to help clients out of predatory loans or with small needs. Funds are also requested for salary support for a part-time administrator.
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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History engages its diverse community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest. It first opened its doors in 1941 as the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, and today reaches 700,000 people of all ages each year through on-site exhibitions, distance learning, afterschool programs, and family science festivals. Funding is requested for the Morningside Children’s Partnership Museum School, a 30-week program that offers both Museum- and classroom-based experiences to 600 Pre-K and kindergarten students enrolled at elementary schools in East Fort Worth. Nearly 90% of children served are economically disadvantaged, and the program is designed to encourage development of language, social, and behavioral skills.
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Fort Worth Opera
Established in 1946, Fort Worth Opera is the oldest continuously performing opera company in Texas and among the oldest opera companies in the nation. Funding is requested to support the 2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival, which includes multiple productions in April and May. Funding is also requested to support Noches de Opera, a programmatic commitment to producing works by Latino artists, along with events that foster inclusion among the Hispanic community in Fort Worth.
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Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra Association
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs 200 concerts each year for a diverse audience of more than 200,000 children and adults. Funding is requested to support Symphony in Your School, a program that provides multiple opportunities for elementary students in Title I Fort Worth ISD schools to experience live symphonic music at no cost to their school. The program currently serves over 10,000 students in 18 Fort Worth elementary schools.
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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center focuses on the conservation of threatened/endangered species, conducting scientific research, training of professionals, responsible management of natural resources and public education. The organization is requesting funding to expand its outreach program focused on conservation to 27 additional schools serving K-12. The organization is also seeking funding to purchase a used vehicle for education tours and to build a safe house for students and visitors in case of severe weather.
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Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E.
Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E. (Consider How One Individual Changes Everything) empowers hardworking, gifted individuals to create opportunities for themselves and others. Funding is requested for the C.H.O.I.C.E. Mentoring Program, a 27-week, three-phase initiative designed to increase college readiness. The phases include college preparatory counseling, relationship building, collaborative business internships to show participants different career paths, and "build your own business" projects. Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E. specifically seeks funding for expansion efforts including: expanding the number of college campus visits, supplementing college application and entry exam fees, and test prep and essay workshops. Funding is also requested to hire a Program Coordinator to assist with further development of the organization's Mentoring program.
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Foundation for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders
The Foundation for the Callier Center works to increase recognition of the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, which aims to transform the lives of individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders by providing clinical services, conducting research, and training the next generation of clinical providers. Funding is requested for the following: the Communication Learning Program, a community-based speech and language therapy program serving adults with acquired neurological disorders - such as a stroke - to enable effective engagement; and the Pediatric Hearing Aid Project, an initiative designed to provide hearing aids and three years of follow-up services to financially fragile children with hearing loss to improve their overall quality of life.
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Fred Moore Day Nursery School
Fred Moore Day Nursery School offers quality, safe and affordable childcare to families in Denton County. The school cares for children ages six weeks to five years, 93% of whom are from extremely low-income families. Support is requested for indoor gross motor materials such as balls, games, and small bicycles for the newly completed activity room; furnishings and educational materials for infant and toddler classrooms; and general operating expenses.
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Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
The Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy invest in the development of young leaders to enable achievement without limits. The organization supports programs and enrichment at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, a Dallas ISD school located in South Dallas that serves about 400 young men in grades 6-12. Funding is requested for summer enrichment opportunities for students (including STEAM courses on-campus and study abroad experiences), professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and library materials for both student and faculty use.
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Friends of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Friends of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) supports a 2000-acre nature preserve to preserve and restore native Texas ecosystems and biodiversity while providing opportunities for environmental education, research, and recreation. The agency is requesting funds for Environmental Education for Girls, an after-school pilot program for middle school girls that focuses on science TEKS; a skid steer loader, equipment used for the removal of invasive plants that threaten the natural environment; and to rebuild more than 2 miles of boardwalk over the wetlands connecting to the most popular trail at LLELA, the Bittern Marsh Trail.
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Friends of Northaven Trail
The mission of Friends of Northaven Trail is to promote community support and raise private funds to improve, beautify and expand the Northaven Trail, which when completed, will be 11 miles linking the White Rock Creek Trail on the east to Irving's Campion Trail on the west. Funding is requested to construct a respite area along the trail, in partnership with Congregation Tiferet Israel, which will include a shade pavilion and water fountains. Funding is also requested to support trail amenities including flower beds, water fountains and special events such as movie nights.
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Friends of Sky Ranch
Friends of Sky Ranch is a faith-based organization that operates a Christian summer camp which works to impact children through development of character, leadership, and legacy. With facilities in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, Sky Ranch reaches over 70,000 individuals a year. Funding is requested for the TRU Camp program, a weeklong outreach program for more than 230 at-risk youth focused on leadership development, character, and evangelism. Funding is also requested for the Vision 2020 capital campaign, a seven-year plan to increase capacity to serve 77,000 children annually.
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Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center
Founded in 2009, the mission of the Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center is to foster community support for the preservation of the historic building and to raise funds to support programming at the Center. Funding is requested to support the purchase of a membership software system which will allow the Friends organization to effectively track its members, update contact information and communicate with constituents in a more timely manner.
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Friends of the Dallas Public Library
Friends of the Dallas Public Library exists to support the mission of the Dallas Public Library system in its delivery of resources, services, and information to the Dallas community. The organization has raised funds for the library's facilities and programs for more than 60 years and today receives support from 500 member families. Funding is requested for the Books for Dallas Babies program, a pilot program established in partnership with Parkland Health and Hospital System to provide bilingual books to 10,000 newborn babies in 2016. In addition, the program educates new parents about available literacy resources and the importance of reading aloud to children from an early age. Funding is also requested for the 2017 Dallas Book Festival, a free, community-based event promoting reading, literacy, writing, and discourse that will welcome an estimated 3,000 individuals.
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Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington
The Levitt Pavilion seeks to make the arts accessible to everyone by presenting more than 50 free concerts each year serving more than 115,000 people in Arlington and surrounding communities. Funding is requested to support performance fees for professional musical artists, as well as concert production and marketing costs. The Levitt's summer concert season runs from Memorial Day weekend through mid-July, and the fall season runs from Labor Day weekend through mid-October.
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Friends of the Tri-City Animal Shelter
Friends of the Tri-City Animal Shelter works to promote responsible pet ownership and to support the efforts of the Tri-City Animal Shelter, which serves Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville. They have subsidized the cost of over 3,000 spays and neuters. Funds are requested for: the Pre-Adoption Spay & Neuter Program and the addition of an on-site medical and surgical suite to Tri-City Animal Shelter.
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Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail
Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail was established in 2002 to spearhead the planning, construction and enhancement of a 7.8-mile non-motorized bike, hike, commuter and recreational trail that will eventually connect over 70 miles of trail, including the connection from Katy Trail to the Trinity River. The organization is requesting funds for environmental restoration of the original Trinity River channel and partnership with UNT to collect baseline data through biotic and abiotic surveys, which test naturally occurring organisms in the environment as well as sunlight, temperature, wind patterns, and precipitation. Funding will help create a plan for sustainable and ecologically sound landscapes, which could provide storm water management, air quality improvement, carbon reduction and habitat restoration of the channel.
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Friends of the University Park Public Library
Friends of the University Park Public Library support the library by raising operating support, providing trained volunteers, and hosting and sponsoring community programs and events. Support is requested to expand the library's collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks for youth and to develop educational and social programming for senior citizens in collaboration with the University Park Parks and Recreation Department.
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Friends of Wednesday's Child
Friends of Wednesday's Child works to transform the lives of children in foster care through education. Funding is requested to serve an additional 50 children with the Success in School program, a holistic academic intervention program that currently works to improve educational outcomes for 50 children in foster care who are significantly behind academically. Funding is also requested for the annual third-party evaluation of Success in School, as well as for general operating expenses.
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Friends of Wednesday's Child
Friends of Wednesday's Child's (FWC) mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care through education. Only 41% of foster care children graduate from high school. Support is requested to support the Success in School program, which provides students with an opportunity to work one-on-one with an education specialist who helps develop a student-centered plan for the student's future, and works to ensure they are on track for high school graduation. Specifically, funds will expand Success in School from 50 to 100 students served and support an annual third party evaluation of the program. Funds are also requested for general operating support.
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Frisco Family Services
Frisco Family Services helps community members who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. Funds are requested to support its $5 million capital campaign, which will allow them to add additional staff, new technology and additional services such and mental health/family counseling services. Funds are also requested to support its food pantry. Finally, funds are requested to support its emergency financial assistance program that provides assistance in paying for rent or mortgages, utilities, prescription medication and transportation/gasoline needed.
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Frontiers of Flight Museum
Frontiers of Flight Museum strives to educate, motivate, and inspire all ages in North Texas by presenting aviation and space flight history and innovation through comprehensive exhibits, collections, programming, and its STEM curriculum. Support is requested for a 16-foot portable planetarium for the Space and Astronomy Distance Learning program pilot. During the pilot year, 600 middle and high school students will experience the portable planetarium, but the Museum anticipates serving 3,000 students annually with the planetarium once the program is fully operational. Support is also requested for transportation costs of the Young Women's STEM Leadership Initiative, which brings 2,600 young minority female students from low-income neighborhoods to the Museum to learn about STEM principals in aerospace as well as STEM- and aerospace-focused career opportunities.
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Galaxy Counseling Center
Galaxy Counseling Center provides low-cost mental health services to over 60,000 individuals and families in need in Dallas Collin, Rockwall, Denton, and Tarrant Counties. Funding is requested for the following: implementation of a pilot program for 30 women on parole/probation, and individual therapy for 20 trauma victims, as part of Step Up to Safety, a program designed to offer comprehensive, evidence-based trauma resolutions for people with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and trauma. Funding is also requested to support Stand Up and Speak Out, a program designed to empower adolescent groups to make healthy choices and provide them with the tools necessary to handle peer pressure, abuse, harassment, and assault by engaging in role play, art, and counselor-lead discussions; and operational support to maintain core counseling services for children and adults.
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Garland Area Habitat for Humanity
Garland Area Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate poverty housing in the Greater Garland area and worldwide through Habitat International by building and renovating decent, affordable homes for hard-working, low-income families where they can live and grow into. Funds are requested for ongoing operating support and to repair and add proper drainage to a house built in 2014 that has water damage. Funds are also requested to support the increased demand due to the recent tornadoes in Garland and Rowlett for the Critical Home Repair Program that provides repairs needed to code and safety issues.
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Genesis Women's Shelter and Support
Genesis Women's Shelter and Support works to end the epidemic of domestic violence against women and children by providing shelter, safety, counseling and advocacy for its clients. The organization is seeking funding for the following: its emergency shelter program, which includes a comprehensive program of recovery for clients; its non-residential outreach clinical counseling program, which focuses on counseling and case management for those who are not in the shelter; and its children's program, which uses art, play and cognitive behavioral therapy for children who have witnessed and/or been victims of domestic violence.
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Gill Children's Services
Gill Children's Services is a funding source of last resort that provides a safety net for Tarrant County children whose medical, dental, physical, social, psychological and educational needs have not been met by other community resources. Funds are requested for dental expenses such as exams and extractions, as well as educational needs such as summer school tuition and tutoring.
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Girl Scouts of North East Texas
The mission of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character by working with volunteers to develop their leadership, values, social consciousness, and conviction of their own potential and self-worth. Funding is requested for the STEM Seal of Approval program, which is designed to encourage girls to pursue STEM activities within Girl Scouting by offering five proficiency badges focused on STEM and the STEM activity backpacks, which consist of both consumable and non-consumable materials used to facilitate STEM-related activities. Funding is also requested for Girl Scouting in the School Day, a free in-school leadership development program that provides a Girl Scout experience for 1,550 girls in Title I Dallas County middle schools.
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Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
Based in Fort Worth, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains works to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Funding is requested for Youth Enjoying Summer (YES!), a summer leadership program serving nearly 3,500 girls and boys that teaches hands-on skills through activities centered around STEM, current events, civic responsibility, and community service. Funding is also requested for the Girl Scouts at School program, which provides a staff-led Girl Scout leadership experience to 4,000 girls in Title I Tarrant County middle schools.
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Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas provides STEM-focused afterschool and summer programs for girls ages 6-18. Funds are requested to support the Eureka! Program that combines STEM education and experiential learning with sports, personal development and career development activities. Funds are also requested for operating support and for Istation license fees, an online reading and math literacy program.
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Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County
Girls Incorporated of Tarrant County inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The agency uses research-based curricula delivered by trained mentors in a positive all-girl environment to help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Funding is requested for Operation SMART, which provides more than 3,200 girls with engaging activities and mentoring to showcase STEM topics and career opportunities. Funding is also requested for the Literacy Initiative, an afterschool partnership with Arlington ISD that works with 75 economically disadvantaged, primarily Hispanic girls in grades K-3 to build strong literacy skills.
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Girls on the Run - DFW Metroplex
Girls on the Run - DFW Metroplex is an afterschool physical-activity program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Funds are requested to provide scholarships for program participation to 90 girls in six new classes in low-income, underserved sites in south and west Dallas. Funds are also requested for girls running shoes and shirts, as well as coach recruitment and training.
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Gladney Center for Adoption
For more than 129 years, the Gladney Center for Adoption has been committed to providing loving homes for children, a caring environment for birth parents, supportive services for Gladney families and adoptees, and assistance to orphans and vulnerable children around the world. Since inception, the Center has placed more than 30,000 children in adoptive homes. Funds are requested to support Gladney's New Beginnings program, which assists with the placement of foster children into permanent homes, supportive training for post-adoptive parents/families, and outreach sessions to raise awareness on issues impacting foster children.
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Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry
Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry provides intervention strategies, social and spiritual services, and rehabilitation programs to chemically-dependent individuals in North Texas to help rebuild their lives, families, and communities. Funding is requested to support the Women Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (WARM), recently redesigned to include residential services to enhance recovery efforts.
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Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas (GRRNT)
Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas works to rescue, care for, and place in permanent homes Golden Retrievers in need in the North Texas area, as well as to educate the general public about responsible pet ownership and the special qualities of the breed. Since their inception in 1998, they have rescued over 3,000 Golden Retrievers. Funding is requested for the Hospice/Permanent Foster Program, which provides ongoing medical care for dogs who are not able to be adopted due to a chronic or terminal medical condition.
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Good Shepherd Episcopal School
Good Shepherd Episcopal School inspires children to learn with confidence, serve with compassion, and lead with courage. The school is located in Dallas and serves students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Funding is requested for the K-12 Educator Design Thinking Workshop, a partnership with Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and Momentous Institute. The workshop will teach 60 educators from public and independent schools about the design thinking process, a flexible framework for creativity and innovation that can be used with any subject matter.
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Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth provides employment programs, training opportunities and support services to people with disabilities, disadvantages and other barriers to employment so they may achieve maximum independence. Funds are requested to support its employment initiative for homeless veterans, job placement programming for those exiting the prison system, and career training.
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GRACE, located in Grapevine, is a faith-based organization that provides food, shelter, clothing, medical services, financial assistance and guidance toward self-sufficiency to individuals and families in crisis. Funds are requested for: 1) a $3.5 million capital campaign to consolidate its multiple locations under one roof; 2) case management for transitional housing clients; and 3) medication and education for chronic disease management to improve health outcomes for its patients.
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Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship
Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship, located in Anna, is a faith-based therapeutic riding group serving individuals with special needs. Funds are requested for boarding fees for four horses, the purchase of an additional horse, and for specialized equipment, saddles and bridles for disabled riders.
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Grant Halliburton Foundation
Founded in memory of Grant Halliburton who took his life at age 19, the Grant Halliburton Foundation aims to prevent suicide, promote better mental health, and strengthen the network of mental health resources available to teens and young adults. Funding is requested for expansion efforts of the organization's educational outreach program, which consists of workshops for both teens and adults designed to raise awareness about mental health education, signs of suicide, coping skills, and available resources.
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Great Hearts Texas
Great Heart Texas operates a network of K-12 public charter schools founded upon the classical ideals of truth, beauty, and goodness. The Great Hearts Irving campus currently serves more than 700 students in grades K-8. Funding is requested to expand the grade levels and number of students served in North Texas; purchase the Spalding Phonics and Singapore Math curricula, which will include teacher training, coaching, and teacher and student textbooks; and offer financial support for uniforms, school supplies, books, and afterschool programming for students from low-income families.
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Great Plains Restoration Council
Great Plains Restoration Council (GPRC) is an ecological health organization that helps people take care of their own health through restoring and protecting damaged prairies, plains, and waters. GPRC seeks funds to help with land acquisition of 200+ upland prairie acres which protect the biological heart of the planned Fort Worth Prairie Park.
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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Founded in 1972, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO) provides music education and performance opportunities for youth ages 8-18 with demonstrated musical ability. GDYO consists of over 450 musicians performing in seven ensembles. Funding is requested for the GDYO Jazz Institute Project, which provides the opportunity for 50-75 young musicians to build their instrumental and technical skills, and to experience working with like-minded young people who want to learn what it means to be a jazz musician.
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Greater Denton Arts Council
The mission of the Greater Denton Arts Council is to support, promote and encourage the arts in the Greater Denton area. The organization serves nearly 40 arts organizations by providing venue space, advocacy and financial support. Funding is requested to support Arts After School, a new weekly arts program serving Denton County students ages 6-12, in partnership with the University of North Texas and United Way.
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Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
Grief and Loss Center of North Texas provides grief counseling, bereavement education and support groups where children, teens and adults can begin the healing process. In 2015, the organization served nearly 1,000 individuals. Funds are requested for bereavement programs for children and general operating support.
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GROW North Texas
GROW North Texas works to connect North Texans to food, farms and community in order to create sustainable, secure regional food and agriculture, and provides equitable access to healthy, nutritious food for all residents. Funding is requested for: 1) the expansion of its Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre, a cooking and nutrition education program; 2) the purchase of a food delivery vehicle to deliver to restaurants, the WIC Farmers Market and healthy corner stores ; and 3) the Sandbranch Revitalization Program, which would implement in-community food production to increase community food security in a low-income area.
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Guardianship Services
Guardianship Services, located in Fort Worth, provides guardianship and money management assistance to legally and functionally incapacitated adults who have no family members or friends willing, able, or suitable to help them. Funds are requested to support the Guardianship Services Program, which removes clients from abusive and neglectful environments, places them in safe living facilities, creates a comprehensive care plan and ensures the implementation of the plan. Funds are also requested to support the Money Management Program through which case managers pay bills, create budgets, and take clients to the doctor, shopping and provide socialization opportunities.
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H.I.S. Bridgebuilders
H.I.S. BridgeBuilders is an urban missionary organization that works to alleviate poverty and promote flourishing communities. Funds are requested for Bridges of Hope, employment services and job training with income support and financial coaching, as well as afterschool and summer programming for students in the Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas. Funds are also requested to construct The Market at Bonton Farms which will sell fresh produce grown at the urban farm, and also serve as a community resource center, job training site and health education hub.
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H.O.P.E. Tutoring Center
H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Pupils Excel) Tutoring Center, located in Arlington, provides free tutoring to children in grades 3-8 in a safe learning environment. The agency began as a community outreach project of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in 1996 and now provides tutoring to about 170 students at six afterschool sites and to 95 students during four summer programs. Support is requested for part-time staff salaries; summer program supplies, including snacks, rulers, calculators, pencils, and flash cards that students get to take home; and office supplies for mailings, volunteer training, and student registration.
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Habitat 4 Paws
Founded in 2012, Habitat 4 Paws works to rescue and find permanent homes for dogs and cats while caring for them in a volunteer-staffed adoption facility and foster program. Located in Little Elm, the agency rescues animals from 16 counties in the North Texas region, and collects and distributes dog and cat food weekly for their Paws Pantry program. Funding is requested for: building a permanent shelter, boarding the animals, and general operations (pet food, storage facility, medical care, etc.).
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Founded in memory of Hanna Clark, who took her life at age 15, Hanna4Hope provides a variety of resources for parents, family, teens, school districts, and community organizations to raise awareness of the signs of suicide. Funding is requested for the following: operational expenses for Teen Committees and School Clubs, which are programs designed to train students, teachers and faculty on the warning signs of suicide and to create an open dialogue environment within schools. Funding is also requested to support the Teen Leadership Workshop, which works to educate teens on the statistics, signs, and resources for preventing suicide; as well as funding to purchase a projector, screen, and 20 tool kits for speaking engagements, teen workshops and school assemblies.
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Hatching Hope Foundation
Founded in 2013, Hatching Hope Foundation educates, encourages, and advocates for families affected directly or indirectly by autism spectrum disorder and other related disabilities, with a particular focus on raising awareness in underrepresented communities across North Texas. Funding is requested for educational workshops, including a bullying and autism spectrum disorder program, designed to educate K-12th grade students; and the autism vision program, designed to help parents create a two-year action plan that will benefit their autistic child and the family as a whole.
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Hatching Hope Foundation
Hatching Hope Foundation provides autism support, education and resources for the North Texas minority community. Funds are requested to: 1) facilitate 50 Intro to Autism Programs for North Texas staff members of local childcare centers and educational institutions; 2) implement a new Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder Program for K-12 students to prevent bullying of children with autism; and 3) support the Autism Vision Program that helps parents create a two-year action plan to explore resources such as educational opportunities and insurance to benefit their child with autism and their entire family.
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Head Start of Greater Dallas
Head Start of Greater Dallas provides children with the foundation of skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and life and fosters self-reliant families and communities. The agency serves more than 4,100 children and their families at 42 childcare centers in low-income areas across Dallas County. Funding is requested for professional development for teachers on educating children who are dual language learners, upgraded security systems at 16 childcare centers, and a new school bus for use during field trips.
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Healing Hands Ministries
Healing Hands Ministries serves economically disadvantaged residents in Dallas County, with a particular emphasis on refugee families, by offering high quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Funding is requested for the following: mental health care through the agency's behavioral health clinic; dental care; including preventative measures, x-rays, deep cleanings, sealants, extractions and fillings; and acquisition of the tools necessary to improve a person's overall health, including asthma education, diabetes education, and obesity prevention, resulting in fewer non-emergent hospital visits to local emergency rooms.
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Health Services of North Texas
Health Services of North Texas provides comprehensive health care, social services, and advocacy throughout North Texas to improve the quality of life, remove health disparities, and empower communities to live healthier lives. Funding is requested for the following: pediatric services, which provide affordable, accessible healthcare for uninsured and underinsured children; women's clinical services, including prenatal, family planning, postpartum, and OB/GYN care; and integrated behavioral healthcare to improve overall health and well-being based on an individual patient's needs. In 2015, the organization served more than 10,000 patients in the North Texas area.
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Heart House
Heart House is a free year-round academic enrichment program that provides safety, education, and opportunity to 120 refugee and economically disadvantaged youth in the Vickery Meadow community of Dallas. Funding is requested for the parent engagement program, which educates newcomer refugee community members about parental rights, roles, and responsibilities in the U.S. education system and assists them with becoming involved in their child(ren)'s education. Funding is also requested for the Head, Heart and Hands (H3) program, an afterschool program that encourages children to explore academics creatively, strengthen reading and English skills, and develop strong social emotional health.
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Hearts for Homes
Located in Denton, Hearts for Homes provides no-cost home repairs to ensure safe, comfortable spaces for low-income elderly home owners. Funding is requested for the following: supplies and materials to ensure timely and crucial home repairs; general operating funds to maintain current level of operations; and funding to increase program capacity by adding four key staff positions and an upgraded data management system.
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Hendrick Scholarship Foundation
The Hendrick Scholarship Foundation provides low-income youth who have overcome adversity with support for success after high school. The organization was founded in 1991 in honor of Dr. H. Wayne Hendrick when he retired as superintendent from the Plano Independent School District and currently supports about 50 students who graduated from one of Plano's three public high schools. Funding is requested for student scholarships, life skills workshops for scholarship recipients, and general operating expenses.
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Heritage Farmstead Museum
Located in Plano, the mission of the Heritage Farmstead Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret late 19th century Blackland Prairie history, while making use of the authentically restored Farrell-Wilson Farmstead, a designated historic site. Funding is requested to support the museum's $9 million site restoration and plan to improve existing education areas, creating new interactive learning stations to teach visitors about the importance of farming and agricultural science. The multi-phase project is expected to be completed by 2021.
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Heritage School of Texas
Heritage School of Texas provides a challenging, Christian education to students of average to above average ability who have learning differences. The school is located in North Dallas and serves about 50 students in grades 1-8 each year. Funding is requested for language and math curricula, as well as workbooks and materials to support instruction; a school-wide iPad program, which will increase access to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning opportunities for each student; and language-focused professional development for teachers and language therapists on staff.
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Heroes for Children
Heroes for Children advocates for and provides financial and social assistance to children battling cancer and their families in North Texas. One in every 285 children in the United States will have cancer before they reach 20, and Heroes for Children works to ensure no family with a child with cancer fights alone. Funding is requested for the following: financial assistance for families, such as hotel and travel fees, mortgage payments, and utilities; and social assistance for families, such as the Heroes Milestones program, designed to focus on events a child with cancer might not have the opportunity to celebrate, such as Quinceneras, proms, and even Celebration of Life parties for dying children.
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Heroes on the Water
Heroes on the Water helps wounded veterans and active duty military relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Funding is requested to support the implementation of an online training portal to train over 500 volunteers who serve on chapter leadership teams in 35 states serving 7,500+ warriors per year. The online training portal will prove useful as they work to add a second DFW chapter.
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Heroic Media
Heroic Media is a faith-based organization that uses advertising to reach women facing unplanned pregnancies and connects them with organizations that can help them choose life for their unborn children. Funds are requested to support online advertising, specifically search advertising and video advertisements.
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Hispanic Families Network a fund of the Dallas Foundation
Initially supported through a Knight Foundation grant in partnership with the Dallas Morning News, Hispanic Families Network (HFN) teaches Hispanic parents to disseminate early childhood information to their peers through social media, with the goal of improving educational preparedness of young children. Funds are requested for one full-time and one part-time staff to oversee programming at Bachman Lake, Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove site. Funds are also requested to cover the cost of trainers, provide childcare and purchase supplies.
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Hope Cottage
Established in 1918, Hope Cottage is a pregnancy and adoption center that provides placement services for adoptees, basic needs and employment assistance for pregnant women, counseling for adoptive and birth families, and educational programming for youth to prevent teen pregnancy and inform them that adoption is an option. Funds are requested to support the capital campaign to fund their new building in the historic Wilson District east of downtown Dallas. Funds are also requested to expand educational programming in Dallas area schools and youth agencies, and to expand pregnancy services into Collin, Denton and Grayson counties.
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Hope for the Heart
Located in Plano, Hope for the Heart is a worldwide Christian ministry that provides biblical counsel for dealing with problems affecting individuals, marriages, families and organizations. Fund are requested for the Heroes Fund, which provides free on-site counseling for first responders (fire, police, etc.), single parents, military personnel/veterans, and pastors. Last year the program provided more than 600 counseling sessions. Funds are also requested to update their website and database.
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Hope International
Hope International places international orphans with adoptive families, provides education and continuing support to these families, and provides humanitarian aid to the children left behind in orphanages, foster care and medical facilities. Funds are requested for free post-adoption support, humanitarian aid, and operating expenses.
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Hope Mansion
Hope Mansion houses pregnant homeless women and provides ongoing residential and support services after the child is born, including counseling, case management, education and life skills training. Funds are requested to open a new thrift store to provide income for the organization. Funds are also requested for transitional housing apartments that will house both their clients and the clients of Bridges Safehouse, a partner nonprofit that also serves Cedar Hill.
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Hope's Door
Established in 1986, Hope's Door provides emergency and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence, counseling and battering prevention programming. Located in Collin County, Hope's Door provided shelter to more than 400 women in 2014. Funds are requested for general operating support.
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Hope Supply CO.
Hope Supply CO., formerly Captain Hope's Kids, provides critically needed resources to homeless children in North Texas, in partnership with 50 nonprofit agencies. Funding is requested for the Healthy Children Program, which provides needed items for babies, toddlers and school-aged children who are homeless, such as formula, diapers, strollers, wipes, ointment, toiletries, school supplies, uniforms, socks, underwear, clothing, coats and backpacks. Funds are also requested for Cowboy Camp, which offers students who are living in shelters and transitional housing a week of fun activities including art, dance, horseback riding, storytelling and hay rides.
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House of Shine
Founded in 2014 and located in Westlake, House of Shine is focused on developing confident, engaged women and children by providing leadership programs that raise self-awareness and are creative and experiential in nature. Funding is requested for salary support for the program staff, as well as support for the Learn to Shine program, which is a leadership curriculum for K-12 children. Funding is also requested for Rise and Shine, a personal development program for women.
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Housing Crisis Center
Established in 1978, Housing Crisis Center prevents homelessness and stabilizes those at risk of homelessness by providing affordable and permanent housing. Funds are requested for the Home Again program that places women and their children in apartment homes with financial assistance that decreases over 15 months until the families are self-sufficient. In addition, clients are provided with pre-employment training, job search assistance and financial coaching.
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Human Growth Foundation
The Human Growth Foundation (HGF) offers parent education, supports research, and promotes public awareness of the physical and emotional problems of short-statured people, specifically dwarfism of all forms, whether caused by pituitary growth hormone deficiencies, Turner syndrome or bone disorders. The Fort Worth organization was founded in 1965, and has more than 1,000 members. HGF conducts awareness/outreach programs to identify and encourage persons with growth disorders to seek appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Funding is requested for the following: an annual education day meeting, including venue costs, AV equipment, food expenses, and travel expenses for various professional speakers; New Family Day, a two-day workshop for families designed to discuss growth disorders and anti-bullying campaigns; and writers' fees, editorial staff, and publication fees for an updated information booklet to raise awareness of Turner syndrome.
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Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, advocates for justice, and promotes international human rights. Funds are requested for the Asylum Program that provides legal representation to immigrant survivors of severe persecution with the goal of ensuring asylum and stable legal status, preventing a return to dangerous conditions in their home country.
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Humane Society of North Texas
Humane Society of North Texas works to act as an advocate on behalf of all animals and to ensure their legal, moral, and ethical consideration and protection, as well as to provide for the well-being of animals that are abandoned, injured, or mistreated. In 2015, the organization found homes for 6,460 pets through its four adoption centers across Tarrant County. Funding is requested for the Equine and Livestock Program, which served nearly 600 animals last year. Funding is also requested for animal investigations, and a spay/neuter assistance program.
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Imagination Fort Worth
Founded in 1989 as part of the Kennedy Center's initiative to increase and improve arts experiences in learning, Imagination Fort Worth (IFW) provides free arts integrated educational programming for over 65,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students in Fort Worth ISD. Funding is requested to support "Welcome Back to the Fort" a program that serves 1,100 2nd graders by connecting Fort Worth's rich history to hands-on learning experiences. Funding is also requested to support IFW's Trinity River Learning program, which serves 2,500 middle and high school students by connecting interactive science lessons to practical applications on the banks of the Trinity River.
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Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County
The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) is a partnership of over 40 agencies and organizations committed to a systematic eradication of childhood, vaccine-preventable diseases. ICTC has given more than 115,000 vaccines to children since its establishment in 1991. Funding is requested for the following: operational costs of serving 5,000-7,000 children annually; and continued provision of educational services to 20,000 families and vaccine providers on the importance and safety of vaccines. Funding is also requested to support a part time grant writer/manager.
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Innocence Project of Texas
The Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX) is dedicated to securing the release of those wrongfully convicted and educating the public about the causes and effects of wrongful convictions. Since 2006, IPTX has secured freedom for 10 victims of wrongful conviction, and are currently pursuing freedom in six cases. Funds are requested to increase case volume so the organization can pursue freedom for more victims of wrongful conviction.
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INSPIRE School Programs
Inspire School Programs is dedicated to offering quality programs to public schools that will reinforce positive decision-making, teach life skills and emotional intelligence while encouraging academic achievement. In the last four years, Inspire has worked in seven schools in South Dallas, reaching more than 5,000 students in weekly classes that take place during the school day. Funding is requested for the Inspired-to-Rise program, a collaborative effort with UNT-Dallas Urban SERCH Institute designed to help 200 economically disadvantaged high school students develop self-confidence and life skills, as well as providing college campus experience tours.
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In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center
Located in Wylie and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture, In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center provides a safe haven for exotic cats. Funding is requested for food to feed the 63 large felines currently with the organization; veterinary care for the animals; and a small cat enclosure to house the record number of bobcats that have been affected by the flooding in North Texas.
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Interfaith Family Services
Interfaith Family Services, previously known as Interfaith Housing Coalition, works to help working poor families break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Funds are requested to support the $7.3 million capital campaign to create a new Family Empowerment Center on their current campus to provide working poor families with adult education, career training, financial coaching, after school programming and daycare. The new space will allow them to increase from 100 to 300 families served annually.
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Interfaith Ministries of Denton
Founded in 1992, Interfaith Ministries of Denton seeks to provide emergency assistance to help people of northern Denton County to become self-sufficient. Assistance provided includes housing and utility funding, adult and child eye exams and eyeglasses, emergency medication needs, and transportation. Funding is requested for the Rent and Shelter Assistance program, designed to provide short-term financial assistance for rent and utilities payments to families enduring a financial hardship. Through this program, Interfaith Ministries gives approximately 100 families an opportunity to regain their stability and self-sufficiency after a brief, but ultimately debilitating financial emergency.
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International Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Located in Boyd, Texas, International Exotic Animal Sanctuary (IEAS) is a certified sanctuary by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that provides a permanent sanctuary for exotic animals that have been neglected, abused, abandoned, orphaned, or confiscated. There are currently 76 exotic animals in the care of IEAS. The organization also educates the public about conservation through school programs, lectures, and public appearances. Funding is requested for the education program, which is designed to raise awareness of the value and need for conservation via school presentations and summer camps, and provides internships for college credit by working with exotic animals.
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International Museum of Cultures
The International Museum of Cultures is a unique anthropology museum located in Duncanville, with a large collection of Native American artifacts and a focus on indigenous cultures. It's mission is to enchance understanding, involvement and appreciation of contemporary world cutures within our local and international communities. Funding is requested to support: technology upgrades in exhibit areas; highway signage to enhance the Museum's visibility; and to install an elevator and additional classroom space on the 2nd floor of the Museum.
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International Rescue Committee - Dallas
International Rescue Committee - Dallas assists refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their native countries due to persecution based on their race, religion or political opinion. Funds are requested for: 1) the Trauma Healing and Wellbeing Program, to expand the existing mental health programming provided for the refugees by adding a pro-bono therapist and intern trainees; 2) the Refugee Youth Program, a youth program meant to improve the graduation rates of high school refugees; and 3) for Women's Economic Empowerment, a six-week session that provides financial literacy for women.
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Irving Cares
Irving Cares provides residents with temporary assistance for food, shelter, and utilities as well as job placement and training to promote self-sufficiency and sustainability. The organization is requesting funding to support its food pantry program, financial assistance program aimed at preventing homelessness, and employment services program aimed at creating stable employment.
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Irving Schools Foundation
Irving Schools Foundation provides financial resources to maximize educational opportunities for teachers and students in Irving ISD. The Foundation funds programs, scholarships, and activities that enhance creativity, leadership, and academic success. Funding is requested for accessible technology to help visually impaired students develop literacy skills during out of school time; a summer technology enrichment camp for visually impaired children, which offers an opportunity for 56 students to learn how to use accessible technology and build skills for independence; and Braille translation technology that would allow teachers to convert standard worksheets and documents into Braille for visually impaired students.
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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) works to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat Type I diabetes and its complications. To date, JDRF has raised nearly $2 billion globally for research. Funding is requested for the Family Outreach program, which directly serves children, adults, and families in the Greater Dallas community, who are living with or impacted by the disease by providing educational materials, support, mentorship training, and an annual daylong educational event known as the TypeOneNation Summit.
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Jewish Family Service of Dallas
Jewish Family Service of Dallas provides professional, effective and affordable mental health and social services to promote life-long self-sufficiency and well-being. The organization is seeking funding to add a new case manager to the Planned Living Assistance Network (PLAN) education and social skills program, which helps those with serious mental illness work toward independent living by securing employment, and socializing.
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Jonathan's Place
Jonathan's Place provides safe, loving homes and specialized services for children and youth who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Funding is requested for: 1) the Transitional Living Program, which supports young women aging out of foster care with life skills training, job readiness, educational opportunities and health care; 2) the Girls Residential Therapeutic Program, which helps girls ages 10-18 recover from abuse; and 3) emergency shelter for children 0-17 who have been removed from their homes.
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Joni and Friends
Joni and Friends was founded in 1979 by Joni Eareckson Tada, whose injuries from a diving accident resulted in quadriplegia. The organization serves individuals and families affected by disabilities and has 25 offices nationwide, including one in Dallas. Funds are requested for: 1) family retreats that provide counseling, encouragement, and resources for families caring for a disabled family member; and 2) the Cause 4 Life Internship program, that provides interns with ministry training and experiences through local churches, community/global outreach and family retreats.
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Journey of Hope Grief Center
Journey of Hope Grief Center provides support for children, teens, young adults and their families as they learn to mourn the death, or impending death, of their loved ones. Funds are requested to add a Program Assistant that will allow them to expand to a third location for bereavement support groups. Funds are also requested for Healing Hearts for Schools, which empowers school counselors and teachers to support grieving elementary and middle school students.
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Journey to Dream
Located in Lewisville, Journey to Dream works to embrace, equip, and empower teens to overcome adversity and live purposeful lives. Since its inception in 2004, the organization has impacted more than 85,000 students through school prevention assemblies, student support groups, and community outreach. Funding is requested for program personnel salaries and capital support for operations of Kyle’s place, an emergency shelter for unaccompanied youth in Denton county that is set to open in September of 2016.
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Jubilee Park & Community Center
Jubilee Park & Community Center provides early childhood through adult education, public safety services, food, exercise classes and affordable housing to the Jubilee neighborhood in southeast Dallas/Fair Park. Funds are requested to support the organization's after-school and summer camp programming, which annually serves more than 400 children.
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Jubilee Theatre
Jubilee Theatre, in Fort Worth, creates and produces theatrical works that reflect the African American experience. Funds are requested for production expenses, such as lighting, costumes and set design. In addition, funds are requested for pay for actors. Finally funds are requested for sound equipment such as wireless microphones, receivers and headsets.
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Juliette Fowler Communities
Juliette Fowler Communities is a continuing care retirement community that offers individual living, assisted living, memory support, health and rehabilitation, and affordable housing for older adults; short and long term placement foster care for children and youth; and a residential life skills community for young women ages 18-24. Funding is requested for the following: basic needs for young women and children who live in Ebby House, which provides housing, food, life skills training, education, mentoring, and case management for its residents; research to document the history of Fowler and East Dallas in support of Juliette Fowler Communities' 125th anniversary in 2017; and funds to ensure quality care, food, shelter and social services for children, youth, and elders in this uniquely intergenerational environment.
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Junior Achievement Dallas
The core purpose of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy by providing business role models, basic business skills, and financial literacy to at-risk students. Serving Dallas, Denton, and Collin counties, JA Dallas impacted 44,353 K-12 students. Funding is requested for the JA Dallas Breaking Barriers Initiative, a financial literacy and economic education program that will target at-risk students and reach approximately 2,500 K-8th grade girls. Funding is also requested for JA Finance Park and JA Company, programs that teach students from economically disadvantaged schools to budget, save, and prepare for the future, and learn entrepreneurial skills, respectively.
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Junior League of Dallas
The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) is an organization of more than 5,500 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Funding is requested to support JLD's Community Service Fund, which provides financial support and volunteers to a portfolio of rigorously selected Dallas-area nonprofit agencies each year. Funding is also requested for JLD's Grants for Innovative Teaching program, which provides grants of up to $2,000 to Dallas ISD teachers for special projects that otherwise would not be funded through school budgets.
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Junior Players
Junior Players provides free arts education programs for at-risk youth at recreation centers, low-income housing developments, local schools, and social service agencies. Funding is requested to support summer theater camps at 50 locations, serving over 1,250 youth ages 7-14, and to support the organization's Discover Musical Theater program, which provides musical theater training to local high school students. Funding is also requested to purchase 25 wireless microphones that will be used in various Junior Players' productions.
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Just Say Yes
Just Say Yes provides youth with factual and relational information that equips them to lead healthy and successful lives. Funding is requested for staff development, as well as peer-to-peer mentoring, a program that pairs upper class mentors with freshmen mentees to learn about goal-setting, how to achieve academic success, and avoid high risk behaviors. This peer-to-peer mentoring program will be available in DFW area schools, with an emphasis on the following ISDs: Garland, Duncanville, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Funding is also requested for Breaking the Cycle, a program to provide teen parents a new plan for future relationships and to deliver a positive health and safety message on how to break the cycle of teen pregnancy.
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Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum
The Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Museum was established in 2014 to honor the legacy of Mrs. Kathlyn Joy Gilliam, one of Dallas’ most courageous civil rights leaders and a champion for quality education. The Museum is housed in late Mrs. Gilliam’s former home in South Dallas and displays her awards, books, writings, and photos. Once fully developed it will also provide a space for computer literacy initiatives, youth and adult literacy initiatives, a youth debate program, and community events. Funding is requested for three smart televisions for the Museum’s reading resource room and ten laptop computers to support programming for both youth and seniors. Funding is also requested for general operating support.
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KERA serves North Texans through public television, radio and multimedia resources. Funds are requested for: 1) "One Crisis Away" a journalism project that explores life for one in three North Texans who can't weather a financial crisis that lasts 90 days; 2) children's programming; and 3) Art&Seek, which provides journalism on the arts and a calendar of community arts events.
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KidLinks works to reduce the trauma of childhood hospitalization and chronic illness through Therapeutic Music Entertainment (TME). KidLinks has provided TME to 75,000 children in Dallas-Fort Worth-area hospitals over the past 32 years and now offers its musical experience at no cost to children, parents and hospital staff via the online Hugworks Children’s Network. Funding is requested to develop a library of online storybooks that explore themes with meaningful therapeutic value; translate six KidLinks songs in Spanish and produce high-quality recordings by native Spanish speakers; and create affordable, online continuing education opportunities for board-certified music therapists.
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Kidney Texas
Kidney Texas works to ensure quality care for adults and children suffering from kidney disease, while supporting research to improve treatment options and potential cures. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the dialysis unit at Parkland Hospital to enhance treatment and care services for 3,800 adults and children; acquisition of two hemodialysis units at Texas Health Resources to provide treatment services to 300 patients annually; and support for the Pediatric Stone Center at Children's Medical Center to ensure 1,900 children with urologic conditions receive treatment and follow-up care.
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Kids On the Land
Kids on the Land (KOL) is an outdoor education program designed to teach children about the region where they live, connecting them to the land and a more sustainable future. KOL serves 1,250 students statewide and reaches about 660 North Texas students each year, 98% of whom qualify for free and reduced lunch. Funding is requested for general program support, as well as for creating a sustainable outdoor learning area at the Harmony School of Nature in southwest Dallas.
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Kids Vision for Life
Essilor Vision Foundation is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Its primary program, Kids Vision for Life, works to establish strategic, local partnerships in communities throughout the U.S. to increase access to vision services for underserved students. Funding is requested for city-wide Vision Fests in Dallas, Farmers Branch, and Fort Worth that will promote awareness of vision impairment prevention and offer vision examinations and glasses to up to 1,000 students in Dallas and Tarrant Counties. Funding is also requested for annual maintenance and repair of the Greater Dallas Mobile Vision Clinic, which provides vision screenings to more than 27,000 students in Dallas-area Title I schools, 5,000 of whom receive full eye exams and glasses. Finally, funding is requested for the costs of conducting screenings and exams at more than 300 school sites in Dallas and Tarrant Counties.
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Kids Who Care
Kids Who Care is a musical theatre production company based in Fort Worth that desires to create a place where children are cherished. The company recently celebrated its 25th year of programming and offers weekly musical theatre classes, summer camps, and international exchange opportunities. Funding is requested for the Hope Scholarship program, which awards sliding scale scholarships to more than 100 economically disadvantaged students each year. Funding is also requested for Exposure to the Arts initiatives that include free community performances, tickets and transportation for students to school day performances, and complimentary tickets for families served by local social service agencies. Finally, funding is requested for the KidPower Leadership Training program, which selects 80 students age 7-24 each summer to receive 120 hours of instruction and 300 hours of practicum as they assist with leading summer camps.
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Kitchen Dog Theater Company
Founded in 1990 by five theater graduates from SMU, the mission of Kitchen Dog Theater (KDT) is to provide a place where questions of justice, morality and human freedom can be explored. After performing for 20 years at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), KDT is transitioning to temporary space at the Trinity River Arts Council. Funding is requested to support rent expenses during the transition, until KDT moves into a new permanent space in the next few years. Funding is also needed to support a part-time Development and Marketing Coordinator position, along with an Administrative Coordinator position, which will help the organization prioritize its marketing efforts and more efficiently manage administrative tasks.
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Klyde Warren Park
Opened in 2012, Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre deck park built over the recessed Woodall Rogers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in downtown Dallas. The park offers over 1,300 free programs and events annually, including fitness classes, live music, children's activities, movie nights and holiday celebrations. Funds are requested to support ongoing maintenance of the park, and toward general program support. Naming opportunities are available in high-traffic areas in the Children's Park and on the East Lawn.
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La Bajada Urban Youth Farm
La Bajada Urban Youth Farm employs and educates teens in West Dallas to the benefits of growing, preparing, and consuming fresh food, as well as introducing new career ideas to the teens, such as farming, culinary arts, and restaurant management. The project will serve 1,800 people in the La Bajada Hispanic neighborhood. Funding is requested for completion of the farm and pavilion, as well as for general operations and the salaries for two executive positions.
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La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation
The mission of La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation is to empower, inspire, and educate today’s at-risk and homeless youth to be tomorrow’s leaders. Funding is requested for La Buena Vida House, which provides a transitional living program for 12-16 homeless young men ages 18-21 who have aged out of foster care or are homeless and still working to complete their education. Funding is also requested for the La Buena Vida Leader Board Summit, a two-day program for seniors of all five Irving ISD high schools to learn leadership skills, conflict resolution, financial literacy, and business ethics from a select group of business leaders.
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Lake Country Christian School
Lake Country Christian School (LCCS) prepares students to be respectful and informed citizens, creative critical thinkers, and strong leaders. The school serves 450 students in Pre-K through grade 12 from across Fort Worth. Funding is requested for a new service project that will provide “blessing bags” containing nutritious, non-perishable food items to 200 economically disadvantaged students in either Saginaw ISD or Eagle Mountain Lake ISD. Students in the LCCS Lower School will deliver the bags each Friday that school is in session.
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Lakehill Preparatory School
Lakehill Preparatory School challenges students to navigate a diverse and ever-changing world by providing them with the opportunity to develop robust academic skills and to cultivate unique talents. The school, located in East Dallas, was founded in 1971 and serves students in kindergarten through grade 12. Capital funding is requested to expand and renovate the original school building. Plans include adding 16,000 feet of new space that will include new classrooms, administrative offices, meeting rooms, and labs.
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LaunchAbility works to empower individuals with cognitive disabilities to reach their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. The organization seeks funding to support its Academy program, which provides pre-job training to students with disabilities at their high school campuses to prepare them for jobs at large corporations. Funds are also requested for its core program, Supported Employment Services, that places each client at an employer and ensures their success through a one-on-one advocate. Finally funds are requested to train clients with autism for IT positions.
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Leadership ISD
Leadership ISD recruits, informs, and empowers citizen leaders to advocate for public schools. Funding is requested for its Fellows Program, a 10-month civic leadership program that will train 40 community and business stakeholders this year. Funding would allow Leadership ISD to add a Saturday cohort to make the program more accessible to young professionals and educators. Funding is also requested for Leadership ISD Governance 201, a development and support network that provides school board trustees and trustee candidates with data, research, and access to Leadership ISD alumni and current Fellows. Finally, funding is requested for the Emerging Leaders and Family Engagement program, a six-month training program for up to 50 parent advocates and community liaisons focusing on advocacy skills, resource management, and community building.
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Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy
The Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy is charged with the preservation, conservation, maintenance and thoughtful development of Lee Park & Arlington Hall. The organization is requesting funds to match a challenge gift of $500,000 to support ongoing operations, maintenance and preservation of Lee Park and Arlington Hall. Funds are also requested for lighting to increase safe passage through the park onto the Katy Trail and for the replacement of trees lost due to weather/drought and age.
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Legacy Counseling Center
Legacy Counseling Center provides affordable mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and housing services for people living with HIV/AIDS to create a healthier, happier community. Legacy also collaborates with other AIDS service organizations to fill the gaps in the continuum of care for underserved clients. Funding is requested for Legacy's programs, which addresses mental health and substance abuse issues for HIV positive people by meeting with clients and providing counseling to relieve depression and isolation, behavioral therapy to improve self-care, substance abuse treatment, housing referral programs, and hospice-style care.
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Lena Pope
Founded in 1930, Lena Pope works to create hope, happiness, and success for children and families by providing counseling and education services. In 2009, United Way of Tarrant County named Lena Pope as one of the top 10 organizations it funded. Funding is requested for Lena Pope counseling services to help families grow stronger and stay together. Specializations include play therapy for young children, couples and marital therapy, family therapy, substance abuse treatment, and counseling to help individuals overcome trauma, loss, anxiety, and depression. Funding is also requested for the Lena Pope Early Learning Center, which provides quality early learning opportunities to 114 children ages six weeks to five years in Fort Worth. Additional funding is requested for Early Learning Center scholarships for low-income families.
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Leukemia Texas
Leukemia Texas is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting leukemia through research funding and patient aid in Texas. Since its establishment in 1970, Leukemia Texas has awarded more than $7 million in research grants and patient aid. Funding is requested for the following: leukemia research at major medical institutions in Texas, including Baylor, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and UNT Health Science Center; and the Patient Aid Program, which has recently seen, dramatic increase in requests as healthcare costs have skyrocketed, and leukemia remains one of the most expensive diseases to treat.
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Liberty Christian School
Liberty Christian School was founded in 1983 with the vision of offering a quality preparatory education in a Christian environment. The school is located in Argyle and enrolls almost 1,300 students in preschool through grade 12. Funding is requested for a 1,000-seat worship and performing arts auditorium that will be used for performances, monthly chapel services, guest lectures, academic competitions, student and parent orientations and community events.
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Life Message
Life Message is a food pantry based in Rowlett that serves 12,000 annually. Funds are requested for food and distribution costs, a walk-in cooler/freezer, and electric lift trucks to move pallets in their pantry.
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Life Schools
Life School’s mission is to train leaders with life skills for the 21st century through strong academics, character training, and a parenting program. The public charter school network is comprised of seven campuses that serve more than 5,300 students in Dallas and Ellis counties. Funding is requested for a tablet for each of the 560 students in grades K-4 and a laptop for each of the 970 students in grades 5-12. Funding is also requested for musical instruments for the middle and high school bands and construction of a new gym at the Cedar Hill Elementary campus.
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Lifeline Shelter for Families
Lifeline Shelter for Families reduces homelessness among families of Grand Prairie ISD children, by providing emergency assistance, temporary shelter and life skills training for their parents. In 2015, the organization served more than 500 individuals. Funds are requested to provide rental assistance to families. Funds are also requested for salary support to allow the agency to provide casework services to families.
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LifeTalk Resource Center
LifeTalk Resource Center (LTRC) is a pregnancy resource center serving the Collin, Denton and Dallas Counties. LTRC serves about 250 new clients per year, providing pregnancy testing, limited sonograms and for sexually transmitted disease testing, options counseling and support to women who are concerned about a possible pregnancy. Funds are requested to support the addition of a part-time nurse sonographer and a part-time support staff person to expand their service hours.
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Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth
Established in 1935, Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth empowers blind individuals by providing employment opportunities, rehabilitation services and job training. Funds are requested for assistive technology training for clients in general computer/keyboarding skills, and adaptive software such as magnification, screen reader and voice over. Funds are also requested to expand onsite employment opportunities and job training.
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LINC North Texas
LINC North Texas (LINC NT) was established in 1977 as a faith-based initiative to help low-income families thrive in their communities. By forming relationships with individual families, program developers work to strengthen and improve economic foundations to help students grow educationally. Funding is requested for the Student Advancement and Leadership Initiative (SALI), which allows facilitators, hired and trained by LINC NT, to teach leadership and character-building curriculum. This program includes parenting training and team-building games at Family Nights for students and their parents. SALI currently operates in 10 schools across North Texas, serving approximately 1,110 students and their families. Funding is also requested to continue providing faith-based values-centered, financial literacy courses in Spanish. In 2016, LINC NT hosted the first all-Spanish training workshop for facilitators in Dallas, certifying 15 leaders from around the nation.
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Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT)
Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) works to enhance lives and strengthen communities by teaching adults to read. The organization was founded by the Greater Dallas section of the National Council of Jewish Women in 1961 and now provides three core programs: Adult Basic and Literacy Education, GED preparation, and English as a Second Language. Ninety-eight percent of LIFT's 3,000 students live at or below the federal poverty line, and 93% are racial minorities. Funding is requested for a smartphone game app designed to teach low-literate adults to read, which LIFT is developing in collaboration with the SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Guildhall, SMU’s digital game development education program. Funding is also requested for LIFT’s first ever public awareness campaign that will address rising adult illiteracy rates in Dallas and offer LIFT’s programs as the primary solution.
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Lone Star CASA
Lone Star CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides trained community volunteers as Guardians ad Litem to advocate for the best interests of the children of Kaufman and Rockwall counties who have been removed from their homes, placed in foster care, and come into the court system as a result of abuse or neglect. Lone Star CASA works to match every child with a Guardian ad Litem within the two-county program area. CASA volunteers provide written and verbal reports and testimonies to the court and stay with the case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Last year, the 73 CASA programs in the state of Texas provided an advocate for more than half of the 47,348 children and youth in the care of the state. Funding is requested for program expansion, including increased volunteer recruitment and training, seminars, and community outreach.
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Lone Star Film Society
The mission of Lone Star Film Society is to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of film through year-round screenings, educational workshops, collaborative partnerships, and the annual Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth's Sundance Square. Funding is requested to support the expansion of educational and community programs to reach more students and adults in the Fort Worth area.
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Love Never Fails International
Love Never Fails International (LNFI) exists to provide “a hand up, not a hand out” to at-risk and impoverished children through positive, caring relationships and educational support. LFNI anticipates providing afterschool care to over 240 children in Fort Worth ISD this year. Funding is requested to establish a new in-school mentoring program for elementary students that will focus on improving educational outcomes and decrease the number of discipline referrals at school.
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Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor (LTN) is a North Texas based nonprofit committed to raising awareness and providing for those in need in order to improve their quality of life. LTN is 100% volunteer based, relying exclusively on the support of the community to assist with providing food, clothing, and monetary donations. Funding is requested for Love Thy Baby, which provides clothing, blankets, quilts, and other care essentials to newborns born into economic or health crisis. Funding is additionally requested for Community Kitchen, which provides free lunches to anyone who enters the Salvation Army Lewisville Center. LTN provides food and preparation services, serving approximately 100 meals daily. Funding is finally requested for Clothing Assistance Program (CAP), providing clothing to eligible families in North Texas. Typically CAP serves 40 families a week, an estimated 160 individuals.
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Lucas Christian Academy
Lucas Christian Academy strives to transform lives through academics, athletics, servant leadership, and the arts. Established in 1999 in Lucas, Texas, the school offers a Christian education to about 450 students in grades K-12. Capital funding is requested for the new secure, technologically equipped school campus. Funding is also requested for a four-year faculty and staff professional development program that will focus on integrating technology with curriculum. Finally, funding is requested to purchase computers and photo and video editing software for a new multimedia small group for female secondary students that will offer instruction on media organization, video editing and production, and print design.
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Lumin Education
Lumin Education’s mission is to transform education by starting young, involving parents, and creating learning environments to inspire children from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. The organization operates four early childhood learning centers in Dallas neighborhoods that struggle with poverty, illiteracy, and high dropout rates. Funding is requested for the Before Age Six (B4Six) Program, which provides more than 450 children under age six with a foundation for success in both school and life through personalized and group instruction for parents and children. Capital funding is also requested for new classrooms at campuses in the Bachman Lake and West Dallas neighborhoods and a new building in the Old East Dallas neighborhood, all of which will allow Lumin to increase its capacity to serve additional students.
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Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter
The Lupus Foundation of America, Lone Star Chapter is dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals suffering from lupus through research programs, education, support, and advocacy. Funding is requested for the following: a new program dedicated to helping African American women, as they are three to four times more likely to develop Lupus; and to support operational fees of the annual lupus education conference, lupus workshops, and monthly teleconferences/webinars and support groups throughout the Greater Dallas area.
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Since its establishment in 1982, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted wishes to more than 9,000 children throughout North Texas, and 75% of parents reported observing an improvement in their child's physical health as a result of having a wish granted. Funding is requested to directly support wish expenses for children who live in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, or Rockwall counties. Wishes can include travel, electronic devices, playsets, room redecorations, parties, pets, and much more.
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Making Connections
Making Connections, Inc. is a cultural education organization dedicated to ensuring children’s success by connecting families with schools, teaching parents the importance of participating in their children’s education, embracing cultural heritage to increase children’s self-esteem, and building youth leadership. Funding is requested to present “La Cultura Cura,” a community-based multi-cultural education program that teaches youth and parents the importance of valuing cultural heritage and continuing their education, at L.G. Pinkston High School in West Dallas. The training will be presented as a series of weekly cultural education workshops and will reach 974 students, 72% of whom are Hispanic or Latino and 27% of whom are African American. Funding is also requested to present “Caribbean Roots,” a cultural program that offers hands-on activities that support learning about art, mask making, history, geography, storytelling, and dancing, at four Dallas ISD schools. “Caribbean Roots” has been presented at St. Philips School and Community Center, Arcadia Park Library, West Dallas Bataan Center, and several Dallas ISD schools.
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ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Founded in 2007, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship (ManeGait) provides weekly, equine-assisted therapy to more than 130 adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral disabilities. Certified instructors lead programs and are assisted by 350 volunteers per week and 20 skilled horses. ManeGait is a PATH (Premier Accredited Equine Center) located in Collin County. Funding is requested for the Racewood Ridemaster Equestrian Simulator, an interactive, full-sized horse simulator that imitates riding a live horse. With the simulator, ManeGait would be able to open additional riding slots during the high demand hours, increasing its capacity from 135 to 160 riders. Funding is additionally requested for the veteran program founded in 2015 to provide therapeutic services to wounded veterans. ManeGait hopes to increase the current capacity of the program from 4 to 15 veterans by March 2017.
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Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers
Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers expands treatment options for all cancer patients through investigational vaccine, gene, and cellular therapies. Through their Patient Molecular Registry program, Mary Crowley works to understand the molecular signals driving cancer cell growth for each patient, and designs treatments in clinical trials that target those signals. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the Patient Molecular Registry due to a recent explosion of readily available genetic information; and to establish a more user friendly website platform while incorporating an interactive educational component for physicians and patients.
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Mary Immaculate School
Mary Immaculate School operates within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas and strives to provide academic excellence in a Catholic and Christ-centered environment. The school was established in 1959 in Farmers Branch and has grown to serve about 475 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade, 350 of whom hail from Dallas and Denton counties. Capital funding is requested for electrical and security system improvements to the 55-year old junior high school building. Funding is also requested for Love and Logic Training for teachers, which offers positive techniques for maintaining calm and effective classrooms, as well as grade-specific field trips and speakers to enrich what students learn in the classroom.
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Mazie's Mission
Mazie’s Mission was founded with the purpose to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia by providing medical care, forensic evidence, and adoption assistance to shelters and other rescue groups. Located in Frisco, the brick and mortar clinic treated over 3,000 animals in 2014-2015. Funding is requested for medical equipment for the Shelter Outreach and Support program, which is a collaborative program with municipal shelters who agree to pay Mazie’s Mission $200 to treat an animal instead of euthanizing it, and Mazie’s will bear the cost of anything over the $200 and receive the first right of refusal to take the animal if the shelter cannot hold it until adopted. Funding is also requested for the Senior Pet Retention program, which is similar to the above, but as a collaboration with several pet charities that serve older animals; and the domestic abuse program, which completely subsidizes the treatment and care of pets of domestic violence victims through Hope’s Door.
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McKinney Education Foundation
McKinney Education Foundation’s (MEF) mission is to inspire and assist McKinney ISD students and teachers to achieve excellence. MEF was established in 1991 to better coordinate scholarships being offered by local businesses and organizations and has grown to offer scholarships, classroom and professional development grants, fellowship opportunities for McKinney ISD alumni, and on-campus college advising. Funding is requested for grants for teachers who are piloting innovative new programs or who are seeking additional professional development; MEF Advisors, higher education admissions specialists at each McKinney high school that guide parents and students through college, scholarship, and financial aid applications; and college scholarships for McKinney ISD graduating seniors.
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Meals on Wheels Collin County
Meals on Wheels Collin County works to combat isolation and promote health, dignity, and independence by providing hot, wholesome meals for individuals who are homebound. Funding is requested for the following: purchase and preparation of food due to increased demand from Collin County residents, and support for the Senior Safety Net program, which helps clients pay for medical and dental expenses, prescriptions, supplemental nutrition, diabetic supplies, transportation, and emergency support response services.
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Meals on Wheels Denton County
Meals on Wheels Denton County provides nutrition, transportation, and social services to the elderly, veterans, and persons with disabilities, as well as education programs to combat isolation and malnutrition. Funding is requested to support the purchase, preparation and delivery of food to Denton County's growing number of seniors in need.
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Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
Established in 1973, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County promotes the dignity and independence of older adults and persons with disabilities by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services. The agency now serves approximately 3,700 meals daily to homebound elderly and disabled residents. Since its inception, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County has delivered more than 18.5 million meals. Funding is requested for providing home-delivered meals, professional case management, and other services to homebound elderly and disabled residents in response to several community needs: malnutrition, food insecurity, social isolation, and poor mental or physical health. Funding is also requested for the Client Services Program, which provides additional support to recipients of the Home-Delivered meals program. Basic items and services range from air conditioners, blankets, and smoke detectors to minor plumbing, electrical repair, and lawn care. Funding is finally requested for meal delivery vans to continue providing nutritious meals to those in need.
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Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas provides advocacy, support services, educational and preventive programs to create a community dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses. Funding is requested for We Help Ourselves (WHO®), a program designed to teach youth how to avoid school violence, assault, bullying, peer pressure, child abuse, sexual harassment, and emotional abuse through specialized curriculum in schools.
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Mercy House Ministries
Located in Colleyville, Mercy House provides single, pregnant women a safe and nurturing home, pregnancy care, education, counseling, life skills training, and Christian discipleship. Funding is requested for the following: continuation of operational support for the agency's maternity home, including food, baby formula, diapers, mortgage payments, utilities, and the salary of the house pastor.
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Mercy House Ministries
Located in Colleyville, Texas, Mercy House provides single, pregnant women a safe and nurturing home, pregnancy care, education, counseling, life skills training, Christian discipleship to establish strong foundations for two lives. Funding is requested for the following: continuation of operational support for maternity home, including food, baby formula, diapers, mortgage payments, utilities, and house pastor's salaries.
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Mercy Street
Founded in 2002, Mercy Street works to spark faith-based community restoration by engaging in mutually transforming relationships with youth who will become the future leaders of West Dallas. Mercy Street helps Christian leaders build a better West Dallas through various mentoring and leadership programs. Funding is requested for the Field of Dreams sports facility, designed to serve as a community hub for althetlic events for both recreational sports and interscholastic league teams. This two-phase project was created in collaboration with Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers, and the MLB Player Union. Funding is also requested for an auditorium remodel, including a renovated roof, floor, HVAC, lighting, stage, updated sound systems and restrooms. Funding is finally requested for the Mentoring Program, which pairs children in grades 4-12 in West Dallas with a mentor, who acts as a friend, advocate, and advisor.
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Methodist Health System Foundation
Methodist Health System serves the Greater Dallas area by providing compassionate and quality health care to save and improve lives. Last year Methodist Health donated nearly $109 million in unreimbursed charity care. Funding is requested for the following: training and certification of additional nurses in the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, which provides, sexual assault victims prompt care and comprehensive evidence collection in a safe, private setting; CenteringParenting®, which focuses on providing medical care, teaching parenting skills, and offering peer support to 96 low-income teenage mothers and their babies during their babies' first two years of life; and Methodist Dallas College and Career Pathways, which offers college and career-readiness training in a hospital setting to high school students through mentoring, volunteerism, and educational workshops to build life skills, including financial literacy, self-safety awareness, coping skills, overall wellness, college admissions and financial aid support, resume writing, interviewing basics, and business etiquette.
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Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) leads the development of an effective homeless response system that will make the experience of homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties, rare, brief, and non-reoccurring. MDHA brings together more than 85 shelters, housing, and supportive services and programs to create an efficient crisis response system. From 2004 to 2014, MDHA successfully led the community in increasing the number of permanent supportive housing units from less than 200 to more than 2,050. Funding is requested to continue building a homeless response system in collaboration with other continuum of care agencies.
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Metrocrest Services, Inc.
Metrocrest Services provides programs for individuals, families, and seniors to foster self-sufficiency and independence. Help with rent, utility bills, employment, and seasonal programs keep families from falling further into debt, poverty, and homelessness. Funding is requested for the Sack Summer Hunger program, which distributes bags of nutritious, easy to prepare meals and snacks to more than 1,700 low-income children during the summer. Funding is also requested for the Workforce Development Program, which combines soft skills training such as resume writing and basic computer education, vocational training, and job placement services. This program will also include access to benefits screening, skill training and education, financial coaching services, food, and free tax assistance.
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Metroplex Military Charitable Trust
Metroplex Military Charitable Trust (MMCT) provides economic support to military personnel (regular, reserved or retired) and to military support charities and volunteer organizations. Metroplex Veterans Legal Services, a project of MMCT, provides free legal counsel and advice to low income, unemployed, homeless, disabled, elderly or at-risk homeless veterans. Legal matters such as unresolved traffic tickets and bankruptcy become barriers for veterans to obtain employment. Funds are requested to support Metroplex Veterans Legal Services, specifically for personnel costs, software costs, and IT maintenance costs.
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Metroport Meals on Wheels
Metroport Meals on Wheels is a volunteer based organization that provides home-delivered meals and social services to seniors and families in need in north Tarrant and Denton counties. Funding is requested to ensure continuation and expansion of the agency's services by increasing both the number of meals delivered annually and the number of volunteers.
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Mi Escuelita Preschool
Mi Escuelita Preschool provides comprehensive early childhood education to low-income, at-risk children in the Dallas area. The organization uses an English language immersion approach to prepare students from all cultures for academic success in English-only Kindergarten classrooms. It will enroll over 600 students during the 2016-17 school year, about half of whom come from families with incomes lower than $24,850 and receive significant tuition support from Head Start. The remaining students, who come from families considered to be “working poor,” enroll on a private pay basis but typically pay just under 40% of full tuition costs. Funding is requested to cover the tuition gap between what families pay and the actual cost of services.
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Mission Central Metroplex
Founded in 1996, Mission Central empowers people in northeast Tarrant County to improve their quality of life by providing support through emergency and long-term assistance programs. Funding is requested for the Community Resource Center to fund a program specialist and five computers to be used during the intake process. Funding is also requested for the Family Opportunities Program to provide financial assistance to homeless/near-homeless families as they seek employment and guidance toward self-sufficiency. Funding is finally requested for the operational support and iPads for the Village Library After-School Tutoring Program.
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Mission Metroplex, Inc.
Founded in 1986, Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex exists to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs in Arlington and the surrounding areas. Services include food, clothing, furniture, and assistance with rent and utilities. Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex provides emergency assistance to 450 families daily. Funding is requested for rent and utility assistance for low-income families. Funding is also requested for gasoline vouchers for individuals who are working or have job interviews. Funding is finally requested for food pantry support.
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Founded in 2003, MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS (MPK) empowers kids to become "agents of change" in the world by helping others in need. MPK has helped more than two million people in need and donated $1 million in in-kind goods. Funding is requested to expand the MPK DFW chapter's capacity to reach more elementary-aged children. Funding is also requested for the Corporate Employee Engagement Program, pioneered last year to develop a collaborative culture of generosity through hands-on service. Funding is finally requested for the Women's One-the-Job Training Program, providing women with skills, experience, career training, and confidence to help them reenter the workforce.
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Momentous Institute
Momentous Institute works to build and repair social emotional health in children and families who experience toxic stress due to poverty or trauma. The agency directly serves more than 6,000 Dallas area children and family members annually through mental health and educational programming, including a Pre-K-5 school in Oak Cliff, and is also expanding its reach by investing in training and research for dissemination to education and mental health professionals nationwide. Funding is requested for two additional Huddle Up program group leaders for Momentous’ eight-week, in-school therapeutic group interventions for students with emotional and behavioral difficulties; two additional trainers to provide professional development on building and repairing social emotional health to educational professionals; and renovations to Momentous School’s library that will provide students expanded access to digital technology.
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Montessori Institute for North Texas
Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) strives to better the lives of all children through teacher training programs accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and to expand the awareness of Montessori principles in society. MINT has existed for more than 10 years to train and certify North Texas teachers in the Montessori method, which is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. Funding is requested for MINT’s professional development program for 270 Montessori public school educators in Dallas ISD, Garland ISD, and at Lumin Education schools; furniture, equipment and teaching materials for a new Montessori elementary teacher certification course that will begin in summer 2017 and certify between 140 and 300 teachers; and scholarships to offset training costs for Montessori teachers who will work with low-income or vulnerable student populations.
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Mosaic Family Services
Founded in 1993, Mosaic Family Services (Mosaic) provides culturally competent services to refugees and immigrants in crisis, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Services include case management, comprehensive legal services, counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, education, and outreach. The staff is fluent in 28 languages and has become well-established in the community for its work with multicultural groups. Mosaic reaches more than 15,000 individuals annually through direct client services and community education. Funding is requested to cover increased program costs for the larger shelter facility, including utility bills, food, clothing, supplies, and security enhancements. Funding is also requested for the Multicultural Counseling Program, which provides culturally competent counseling services to help individuals overcome trauma and increase emotional health and well-being. Funding is finally requested for the Client Assistance Fund, which provides bus passes, child care, emergency rental and utilities assistance, and emergency medical and dental costs.
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Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas
Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas (MMBNT) provides premature, critically-ill infants with pasteurized donated human milk when their own mother's milk is not available. In 11 years, MMBNT has dispensed over 2.5 million ounces of milk to over 110 hospitals from over 5,500 donors. Funding is requested for the following: the addition of drug detection equipment for the human milk processing laboratory; Milk Money Fund, which ensures medically needy outpatient babies are never turned away based on the family's ability to pay processing fees; and Project Make Our Mission Matter (MOMM), which distributes information packets to educate potential breastmilk donors about milk banking.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support, education, advocacy, and research to relieve the effects of severe mental illnesses, on individuals, family members, and society. Funding is requested to raise awareness, train staff members, and educate the public about mental health disorders. NAMI Dallas' Children and Youth programs provide a trio of comprehensive prevention and intervention programs focused on the needs of school communities. Funding is also requested for education classes and support groups, which include curriculum for both families and individuals living with mental illnesses.
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NAMI Denton County
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Denton County provides support groups, educational tools, a phone line service, and a website to improve quality of life of all individuals and families affected by mental illness. Funding is requested for the following: NAMI education courses for peers, family members, caregivers and significant others of those suffering from mental illness; NAMI Parents & Teachers as Alllies, a program designed to provide free, in-service presentations to educate school personnel on early warning signs of mental health conditions in youth and how to create a more supportive learning environment; and brochures and flyers for increased outreach.
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Nasher Sculpture Center
The mission of the Nasher Sculpture Center is to be the global focal point for the study and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Since its opening in 2003, the Nasher has welcomed more than 1.6M visitors from around the world. Funding is requested to support the Gallery Teachers program, which provides free, customized museum tours for K-12 students, as well as classroom resources for use before and after museum visits. Funding is also requested for capital improvements to the museum and garden, as well as support for an innovative exhibition exploring paper as a sculptural materials, which will run March 11-July 16, 2017.
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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) works to build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing educational equity and workforce diversity. NAPE has a strategic focus on STEM subjects, and has demonstrated measurable impact on academic performance of students taught by NAPE-trained teachers. Funding is requested to provide the STEM Equity Micromessaging program, which trains teachers on how to create equitable learning environments where each student can thrive, to 50 education staff from Dallas-Fort Worth-area nonprofit agencies with STEM/STEAM priorities. Funding is also requested to offer the new Action Research for Equity (AR4E) toolkit and workshop to 40 in-service and pre-service educators locally, with the goal of training educators to solve equity issues reflectively and collaboratively. Finally, funding is requested to certify 10 educators as “Local Collaborative Equity Leaders” to facilitate professional learning communities aimed at improving equitable classroom practices in their schools.
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National Center for Policy Analysis
Established in 1983, the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a non-partisan think tank, designed to promote innovative, free-market solutions to public policy problems. In addition to educating policymakers, media, and the general public about the nation's policy challenges, NCPA feels strongly about the importance of empowering tomorrow's leaders by supporting youth who are eager to participate in the public policy discourse. Since 1996, NCPA's Debate Central has provided free resources to middle and high school debaters and coaches. In 2015, more than 2.9 million debaters and coaches used Debate Central as a resource. Multi-year academic studies show debaters are more likely to graduate on time, more likely to meet ACT college-readiness benchmarks, and had greater gains in cumulative grade point average over the course of high school relative to comparable peers. Funding is requested to host "Train the Coach" workshops as part of Debate Central and to continue providing support services to debate coaches in low-income Dallas ISD schools.
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National Hispanic Council on Aging
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCAO) works to improve the quality of life for Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers through specialized programming and outreach services. Funding is requested for the following: a STEM outreach program to recruit, empower, and mentor Hispanic girls; and for NHCAO Dallas Regional Office's Leadership Program Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training, a forum designed to provide training and technical support to community leaders.
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Headquartered in Houston, the South Central Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides research grants, support programs, and financial services to better serve those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Funding is requested for the following: "Identifying and Characterizing Auditory Processing Disruptions in MS," a study conducted by John Hart, Jr., MD, at The University of Texas at Dallas to better understand communication capabilities of those with MS, which significantly impacts the ability of an individual with the disease to interact with others. Funding is also requested to support wellness programs, financial services, and scholarships offered in Texas.
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NatureReach seeks to bring nature-related programs to the community and to be an advocate for environmental literacy and sustainability to community organizations. This agency seeks funding to support nature-related STEAM workshops in collaboration with the Girl Scouts; the distribution of bird feeders and related supplies to nursing homes; and to provide science related equipment for nature related programs for homeschoolers, after-school, and youth programs in Tarrant County.
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NCMEC, Texas Regional Office
The mission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation. With congressional designation, NCMEC is a public/private partnership working to ensure a coordinated and national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children. Since 1984, NCMEC's national toll-free hotline has received more than 4.2 million calls, many reporting missing children and suspected child sexual exploitation, and assisting families and law enforcement in recovering more than 218,000 children. NCMEC requests funding to continue providing education to children in public and private schools in North Texas through two programs: NetSmartz Workshop for children grades K-12, and KidzSmartz for families and children in grades K-5. Funding is also requested for Spotlight on Exploitation, a multidisciplinary, one-day workshop for stakeholders in the child welfare system to learn and collaborate about solutions for the online and street exploitation of children in care. Funding is finally requested for Responding to Children With Special Needs When Missing, a one hour presentation, designed to provide information about an effective response, including search, rescue, recovery, and reunification measures.
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NETWORK of Community Ministries
The Network of Community Ministries Inc. (NETWORK) provides short-term assistance to those in need, with the goal of helping individuals achieve long-term independence. Founded in in 1985, NETWORK serves 14 zip codes in the Richardson Independent School District, including parts of Garland and Dallas. Funding is requested for emergency services to immediately respond to those in crisis by supplying them with food, clothes, utility and housing assistance. Funding is additionally requested to expand the hours of operation for the Adolescent and Children's Medical and Dental Clinic. The Clinic aims to decrease hospital emergency room visits by offering health services one evening a week. In 2014-15, the clinic provided acute care for 105 children, dental care for 65 children, and dental kits to elementary schools that helped nearly 7,000 children. Finally, funding is requested to help senior citizens maintain their independence and stay in their homes through Seniors' Net, a home repair program that serves approximately 350 seniors annually.
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Founded in 1997, NewDay Services for Children & Families (NewDay) rebuilds children's lives by helping their parents gain the tools they need to redirect their lives. Clients come from the courts, child welfare, and community agencies. NewDay works to place families on the path to healing through various educational programs and coaching services. In 2015, NewDay served 1,641 families, 774 fathers, 248 mothers, and impacted the lives of 6,558 children. NewDay provided spiritual support and guidance for 1,215 teens at the Juvenile Detention Center and 208 victims of domestic violence at One Safe Place. Funding is requested for general operating support to meet current demands for program services. Funding is additionally requested for chaplaincy services, which NewDay provides pastoral care and support to families and children in Tarrant Count Family Law Center, One Safe Place, and The Juvenile Detention Center. Funding is finally requested for FOCUS for Mothers (Families Offering Children Unfailing Support), a 10-week parenting education program designed to teach mothers how to fully support the needs of their children.
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New Favour New Vision
Based in DeSoto, New Favour, New Vision is dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged women and families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The organization was founded in 2012 and works to inspire women and children to live positive, practical, progressive, and proficient lives. Various programs and services offered include: Mary's Kidz and The King's Kidz Boyz to Men, which provide after school mentoring and academic enhancement activities; Opal's Angel Tree Christmas Give Away and A Place at the Table Thanksgiving Dinner Give Away programs, designed to meet the needs of struggling families during the holiday season; and Successful Money Habits program to develop proper saving and spending habits. Funding is requested for the Cathy Riles R.N. Nursing Scholarship, which provides life-changing educational opportunities and comprehensive case management to women facing financial crisis.
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New Friends New Life
New Friends New Life (NFNL) restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children. By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health, and spiritual support, NFNL helps women and their children overcome abuse, addiction, poverty, and limited opportunities. Funding is requested for prevention and after care for teens, including a sexual abuse recovery program for adolescent girls within the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center. Services offered include case management, counseling, and individualized support. Funding is also requested for the Second Chance Job Program, which helps women with limited skills and work experience transition into conventional employment. Businesses in and around the DFW area have also partnered with NFNL to hire clients for entry level, livable wage jobs with the intention of training them for advancement in the company. Funding is finally requested for the Men's Advocacy Group, led by Dallas' distinguished business and community leaders, to mobilize men to promote awareness and act against the human trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls, teens, women, and their children.
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New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
Now in its 28th year, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving seeks to provide high-quality orchestral performances to the community at affordable prices. Funding is requested to support the annual Latino Connections concerts, featuring Hispanic music performed for audiences in Dallas and Irving; as well as the First Tickets program, which provides complimentary concert tickets to 6th grade Irving ISD students and their families. Finally, funding is requested to help establish a music library at the Irving Arts Center, in partnership with two other nonprofit musical groups.
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NewDay Services for Children and Families
Founded in 1997, NewDay Services for Children & Families (NewDay) rebuilds children's lives by helping their parents gain the tools they need to redirect their lives. Clients come from the courts, child welfare, and community agencies. NewDay works to place families on the path to healing through various educational programs and coaching services. In 2015, NewDay served 1,641 families, 774 fathers, 248 mothers, and impacted the lives of 6,558 children. NewDay provided spiritual support and guidance for 1,215 teens at the Juvenile Detention Center and 208 victims of domestic violence at One Safe Place. Funding is requested for general operating support to meet current demands for program services. Funding is additionally requested for chaplaincy services, which NewDay provides pastoral care and support to families and children in Tarrant Count Family Law Center, One Safe Place, and The Juvenile Detention Center. Funding is finally requested for FOCUS for Mothers (Families Offering Children Unfailing Support), a ten-week parenting education program designed to teach mothers how to fully support the needs of their children.
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Nexus Recovery Center
Founded in 1971, the Nexus Recovery Center serves as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. The agency's continuum of care therapeutic model addresses issues that frequently distinguish female substance abusers from their male counterparts. The program promotes healthy behaviors, and facilitates drug and alcohol abstinence. Activities include detox, residential treatment, outpatient recovery support services, and alumni support. Funding is requested for the Pregnant/Parenting Women with Children Residential program, which allows women ages 18 and older to bring as many as three children with them while they are in residential treatment. Program curriculum includes parenting education. Funding is additionally requested for the Adolescent Residential program, which serves girls ages 13-17 and allows them to continue their education on-site with DISD teachers while receiving treatment. Funding is finally requested for Children's Services, which serves children from birth to age 12, who accompany their mothers into treatment, allowing them to participate in therapeutic and educational activities such as play therapy.
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North Central Texas College Foundation
North Central Texas College Foundation connects North Central Texas College (NCTC) students with scholarships, programs, and activities that promote student success and institutional excellence. NCTC was established in 1924 as Cooke County College and now serves students at five campuses in Cooke, Denton, and Montague counties. Funding is requested for a no-cost academic rescue course for students who are at risk of withdrawing from the associate degree of nursing program; scholarships for at least 10% of enrolled students from Denton County, including scholarships to nursing students and to female students pursuing STEM fields of study; and a new endowed student emergency fund that will provide aid to students who experience a financial crisis while enrolled at NCTC.
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North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC Habitat) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. NCC Habitat works to provide housing for low-income families in Anna, Blueridge, Celina, Farmersville, Frisco, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton, Prosper, Westminister, and Weston. Since its founding in 1992, the organization has completed 100 new homes and 89 home rehabilitations, serving189 families or 6,767 people now living in solid, secure permanent homes. Funding is requested for rural neighborhood revitalization efforts. NCC is completing exterior home repair projects for low-income families and individuals living in rural areas where city funding is not readily available. Funding is also requested to build affordable housing for low-income, working families. Funding is finally requested for a forklift, to complete work efficiently at the ReStore, an NCC Habitat warehouse, which sells new and gently used appliances, furniture, cabinets, and other home-building materials.
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North Dallas Young Life
North Dallas Young Life is a non-denominational outreach for youth from all religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Young Life volunteers help run special events and Bible studies, mentor kids one-on-one, and take their mentees to summer camp. Funding is requested for continuation and growth of the organization's middle and high school programs, which help students and teen moms of various backgrounds. Specifically, funding will support camperships to help children attend Young Life Summer camps, as well as programming expenses, and staff salaries.
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North Fort Worth Historical Society
North Fort Worth Historical Society was founded in 1976 to preserve and perpetuate the rich history of North Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Society established the Stockyards Museum in 1989 to educate visitors about the significance of the livestock and other industries, and it serves more than 25,000 visitors annually. Funding is requested to expand the Museum’s inventory of books and souvenirs available for sale and for the Saints and Sinners Annual Cemetery Tour, an annual fundraiser held each October. General operating support is also requested.
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North Texas Business Council for the Arts
The mission of the North Texas Business Council for the Arts is to create strong business/arts partnerships through programs that support employee engagement and retention, leadership development, creative thinking, and diversity. Funding is requested to support a breakfast seminar, which will explore how healthcare institutions can benefit from partnerships with business and arts organizations. Funding is also requested to support an annual board fair, which will feature approximately 75 Dallas area arts organizations seeking individuals interested in serving on nonprofit boards and other volunteer opportunities.
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North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is the primary hub for food and hunger relief in North Texas, serving a 13 county area. Hunger continues to be a growing problem in North Texas affecting one in six residents, or more than 850,000 in NFTB's service area. Although NFTB provided 63 million meals to 439,000 individuals last year, there is still a need for 30 million more meals annually. Funding is requested to support NTFB's $55M capital campaign to expand food distribution and outreach efforts. Funding is also requested to supplement startup costs for additional "client choice" pantries in high-need and underserved areas. Funding is additionally requested for a community garden, located at the New Northern Distribution Center in Plano, near the intersection of Coit Road and President George Bush Turnpike. The community garden will be a hub for health and wellness education and will include outdoor seating areas, an outdoor community classroom, a butterfly garden, and children's play area.
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North Texas Healing Waters
North Texas Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled veterans and active personnel through fly-fishing and associated activities including education and outings. Funds are requested for continued operations for outings to Oklahoma's Lower Mountain Fork River. Funds are also requested for fly rods, reels, line, waders and boots to take additional veterans on trips. Trips are either one-day or three-day with 13 veterans attending per trip. Finally, funds are requested for a large capacity van for traveling to and from retreat destinations.
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North Texas Traditional Dance Society
The mission of North Texas Traditional Dance Society (NTTDS) is to develop and promote among the general public a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing and its music, roots and influences. Funding is requested to support a pilot program to develop and train younger dancers and musicians. Specifically, the organization intends to host dances on the UTD and UNT campuses throughout the year; provide dance lessons at Oak Point Recreation Center in Plano; and support training and talent development by sponsoring summer camp opportunities for dancers, callers and musicians.
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Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation
Founded in 1983, the North Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation is committed to introducing, promoting and growing the game of golf to a diverse group of kids in North Texas. Funding is requested to support two summer intern positions for minority undergraduate students, who will receive a stipend for housing, food and transportation, and be responsibile for managing junior golf tournaments throughout the summer. Funding is also requested to support graduate scholarships for high school students who have received undergraduate support through the Fairway to Success program, which currently serves students at three DISD high schools - Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln and W.W. Samuell. Finally, funding is requested to support summer golf camp scholarships for elementary school students in the South Dallas area.
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Notre Dame School of Dallas
Notre Dame School educates students with intellectual disabilities and facilitates their integration into society. Funding is requested for a Financial Aid Program for up to fifty qualified students. In addition, funds are requested for 20 iPads and reading apps, opening up a world of accessibility for students who have difficulty using a mouse. Notre Dame currently serves 150 students.
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Ochre House Theater
Founded in 2008 in the heart of Fair Park, Ochre House Theater is a professional, alternative theater committed to producing innovative plays and performances that carry a message of artistic and spiritual revival. Funding is requested to to support maintenance and facility upgrades at the organization's 50-seat theater in Exposition Park; to support an annual collaboration with the Dallas Flamenco Festival, and to allow the organization to increase artists' salaries for its annual season of four plays.
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On the Road Lending
Founded in 2013, On the Road Lending (ONRL) helps low- to moderate-income people obtain safe, reliable, affordable transportation to enable them to travel to their workplaces, live healthier lives, and avoid predatory lenders. Transportation is a barrier for many low-income families, especially in a widespread region like Dallas-Fort Worth, where efficient use of mass transit can be difficult. Funding is requested to increase the agency's financial coaching staff to double the number of clients served from 200 to 400 annually. Financial coaching services include one-on-one counseling, a recurrent savings demonstration, and access to financial products that are otherwise unavailable to ONRL clients. Funding is also requested for the new "First Steps Provisional Transportation Program," which will enable working clients who are not yet able to qualify for the regular program to access a fleet of vehicles available on short-term lease while they progress to the full program.
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One Man's Treasure
One Man's Treasure (OMT) seeks to empower men recently released from prison into the Dallas area by providing them with clothing so that they can seek employment opportunities. In collaboration with other nonprofit service providers, OMT has provided sets of clothing to more than 6,500 men since its establishment in 2005. A typical set of clothing includes five shirts, two pairs of pants, shoes, a t-shirt, a tie, five pairs of new underwear and socks, and a Bible verse card handwritten by a volunteer to provide a message of hope. Funding is requested for a new communications coordinator to help raise community awareness, including strengthening a social media presence, website maintenance, and print and email communications to all supporters. Funding is also requested for a staff person to deliver clothing to volunteers who distribute the sets to clients all over the Dallas area.
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Orchestra of New Spain
The Orchestra of New Spain is a period-instrument baroque orchestra specializing in, but not limited to, the music of 18th-century Spain. The organization's educational outreach efforts include annual in-school programs in English and Spanish, as well as theatrical works co-produced with DISD's Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts and SMU's Theater Department. Funding is requested to support a concert tour in Cuba scheduled for fall 2016, as well as a fall concert of "Don Quixote" and a winter production of "Seville & Spanish Dance: From Cathedral to the Street."
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Our Calling
OurCalling serves the homeless in Dallas County by building long-term relationships and providing guidance necessary to develop healthy lifestyles with accountability and integrity. Every week, OurCalling serves more than 1,400 men, women, and children. OurCalling's unique services include an app for iPhone and android with a database of service providers in Dallas and more than 200 resources available by location, category, and qualifications. Funding is requested for Loaves and Fishes, a nutrition program serving more than 5,000 meals a week. OurCalling distributes 14,500 pounds of food each year, including 11,500 pounds of produce. Funding is also requested to purchase and renovate a larger facility to meet growing demands for services.
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Our Daily Bread
Established in 2000, Our Daily Bread (ODB) is a community soup kitchen located in Denton, created by a partnership of 16 churches. ODB provides nutritious meals and special services, including gas vouchers, bus passes, shower vouchers, laundry vouchers, and hygiene products. Funding is requested to supplement expansion costs of the food program. Due to a growing number of clients, ODB recently started serving Monday dinners and Saturday lunches, in addition to the regular weekday lunches. Funding is also requested for kitchen equipment and supplies, specifically a steam table and silverware. Lastly, funding is requested for transportation vouchers, such as gas vouchers and bus passes, for clients. These services help many clients reach job interviews and medical appointments.
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Our Friends Place
Since 1987, Our Friends Place (OFP) has been dedicated to providing a foundation for young women with a self-reliant approach. Funding is requested for the Transitional Living Center, which offers support to young women ages 18-24 by providing a stable and supportive housing environment where they can learn critical life skills. In 2015, OFP served 26 young women at its primary location, Beazley House. This year, with the addition of a second residential facility, Pauline's Place, OFP anticipates serving up to 40. Residents are required to enroll in an educational or vocational school and obtain and maintain a job. Residents are also required to apply a portion of their earnings towards rent and savings and attend weekly group sessions where they learn life and job skills. Funding is also requested for the non-residential transitional living program, which offers a comprehensive life skills program with instruction in each of four core components: education, employment, housing, and finances. Finally, funding is requested for capital needs to renovate the Beazley House, built in 1920. Funding will specifically be used to support kitchen and bathroom repairs.
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Passing Hats
Founded in March 2011, Passing Hats works to provide handmade hats to cancer patients in North Texas. A completely voluntary program, Passing Hats made more than 10,000 hats distributed to 32 locations in Texas in 2015. Funding is requested for the following: hiring a part-time worker to help with administration; and yarn and supplies for volunteers who are unable to afford their own materials to make the hats.
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Pastoral Counseling Center
Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) helps families navigate the changes and challenges of life through psychotherapy and psychological services for children, teens, and adults designed to help them acknowledge faith and spirituality in life and relationships. Funding is requested for the following: Family and Community Transformation program in West Dallas, Vickery Meadow, and South Dallas, which provides on-site counseling in collaboration with other agencies; subsidization of counseling and psychological services for veterans, which assist veterans and their families dealing with depression and PTSD; and subsidization of counseling for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families in collaboration with Children's Health and the Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children at UT Southwestern.
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Patriot Paws Service Dogs
Patriot Paws Service Dogs' mission is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Funds are requested for their prison training program which teaches inmates to train service dogs. Participating inmates' recidivism rates are below 1%. Funds are also requested for traditional service dog training, as well as training for veterans receiving service dogs and for the follow up required after placement of a dog in a veteran's home.
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Paws for Reflection Ranch
Paws for Reflection Ranch provides a healthy, educational, motivational and recreational environment utilizing equine and other animal-assisted therapies to enhance the quality of life for all clients. Funding is requested for expansion of the Boots of Honor Veterans Program, a program serving military veterans and their families at no cost. Participants choose the services that fit them best, including traditional counseling, equine therapy, music therapy, play therapy and equine-assisted counseling. Funding is also requested for construction of an indoor arena, which will allow for expansion of therapeutic riding and therapeutic horsemanship groups, and a veterans program. Finally, funding is needed for operational costs such as utilities, horse care, small animal care, animal enrichment and website enrichment.
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With clinics in Lewisville and Dallas, PediPlace provides pediatric healthcare for uninsured or underinsured children, who would go without care or would unnecessarily use the emergency room. In 2015, PediPlace provided services to 1,091 patients in 2,792 office visits. Funding is requested for the following: expansion and renovation of the original Lewisville clinic; expansion of the school-based clinic program, which provides healthcare for children, who are unable to visit the Lewisville or Dallas clinics; and the Family Care Fund, which provides financial assistance for families to receive labwork and prescription medications.
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PeopleFund creates economic opportunity and financial stability for underserved people by providing access to capital, education, and resources to build healthy small businesses. Funds are requested to expand their Spanish-only program, Emprende, as well as adding more bilingual programming to expand their reach into Spanish-speaking neighborhoods. Funds are also requested for their PeopleVet program, which offers education and lending curriculum for veterans, underwriting for each participant a $20,000 business loan at a 5% rate. The program helps veteran entrepreneurs transition to successful civilian life. Finally, funds are requested to expand lending, education and networking through their women's program, PeopleSpring.
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Performing Arts Fort Worth
Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) owns and operates the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and the adjacent Maddox-Muse Center. The Hall serves as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations in Fort Worth, and has seen more than 5M visitors since 1998. Funding is requested to support PAFW's Children's Education Program, which includes curriculum-related free performing arts presentations for 70,000 students annually, and summer music camps, which provide free, specialized music instruction for 600+ students in June and August.
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The mission of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is to inspire minds through nature and science. The Museum is located in Dallas’ Victory Park neighborhood and serves 1.2 million people annually, half of whom are children, through its permanent exhibit halls, temporary exhibitions, digital films, outreach in schools, summer day camps, special programs for both children and adults, and professional development workshops for educators. Funding is requested for the STEM Teacher Institute, which provides 160 teachers each year with high-quality professional development to increase their confidence, competence and creativity in teaching STEM subjects. Funding is also requested to provide financial aid for field trips and school-site programming for schools with large economically disadvantaged student populations. Finally, funding is requested for the Community Partners Program, which increases access to museum experiences among economically disadvantaged families by offering $1 summer admission.
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Phoenix House of Texas
Phoenix House of Texas provides evidence-based treatment and intervention methods to help individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders and related mental health conditions. The agency's Hill A. Feinberg Academy in Dallas provides residential, rehabilitation treatment services for teens ages 13-17. Funding is requested to fill the gap between the cost of treatment and the state's funding reimbursement for each teen staying at Feinberg Academy.
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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
For over 80 years Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) has created healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive justice in Texas. PPGT health centers located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, Paris, Tyler, and surrounding communities have provided well-woman gynecological exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and screenings for anemia and hypertension, birth control including emergency contraception, HPV vaccines, rapid HIV testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy testing, sex education, and referrals to other medical and social services. Last year, PPGT provided healthcare to nearly 70,000 patients and health education to nearly 14,000 students, parents and educators. Funding is requested for the breast and cervical cancer screenings. Last year, PPGT provided over 7,000 cervical cancer screenings, over 8,000 breast cancer screenings, and nearly 6,000 diagnostic and treatment procedures. Funding is also requested for the Community Health Education programs, which includes sexual and reproductive health programming for adults, youth, parents, and children.
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Plano Civic Chorus
Now in its 44th season, the mission of the Plano Civic Chorus is to perform great choral masterpieces and exceptional modern choral works. The organization's 100 singers annually present a season of three or four unique programs, frequently in collaboration with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. Funding is requested for technology upgrades, including a customer relationship management system and website support, as well as professional audio/video editing of live performance recordings. Funding is also needed to host the 21st Century Choral Masters competition to support and encourage future composers of choral music.
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Plano ISD Education Foundation
Plano ISD Education Foundation (PISDEF) is committed to helping all students in Plano ISD achieve their full potential by providing financial support for educators and student programs. PISDEF was founded in 1993 and continues to support programs that are not included in the annual district budget. Funding is requested for a new robotics program, which will feature 27 competitive robotics teams on nine elementary and middle school campuses; the Plano Family Literacy School, a program designed to develop life, literacy, and parenting skills among families living in poverty; and tuition costs of the annual three-day experiential Outdoor Learning Camp that serves 4,000 fifth graders each year.
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Pregnancy Resource Center
The Pregnancy Resource Center helps women facing unplanned pregnancies make informed decisions by providing education, resources, referrals, programs, and consultation. Since its establishment in 1994, the Pregnancy Resource Center has had 33,152 visits, with 1,699 visits in the last year. The Pregnancy Resource Center services Grand Prairie and surrounding areas including Dallas, Arlington and Irving. Funding is requested for a new copier and to upgrade the agency's phone system to create a more professional environment.
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Presbyterian Children's Home and Services
Founded in 1903, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (PCHAS) provides Christ-centered care and support to children and their families in need. PCHAS serves more than 3,400 children and families each year. Funding is requested for the Child and Family Program, which includes four specialists who serve the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Hurst areas. Specialists are masters-level social workers trained to work creatively with at-risk children and their families. The specialists meet with struggling families in their own homes to assess their needs and the overall situation, develop an action plan, and utilize community services to assist the family in addressing their problems so that they are able to stay together.
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Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation
The Presbyterian Communities and Services (PC&S) Foundation seeks to extend exceptional care and services in a faith-based culture through its three Dallas-based branches: Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Grace Presbyterian Village, and Presbyterian Village North. On any given day, PC&S serves 2,459 individuals through independent living, traditional assisted living, memory support/Alzheimer's care, nursing care, short term in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, out-patient rehab, hospital -based palliative care programs, community-based hospice care programs, and bereavement services. Patients hail from Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall, Cooke and Tarrant counties. Funding is requested for the following: to increase benevolent care services for financially disadvantaged elderly residents through the Grace Caring Fund; expand bereavement care services to children who have lost a sibling, parent, or other significant adult through the expanded Child and Family Bereavement Program; and establishment of the Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Palliative Care and Education Care Center, currently under construction, as part of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.
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Presbyterian Night Shelter
Since 1984, Presbyterian Night Shelter has served Fort Worth and Tarrant County's homeless population with various programs and services. In 2015, the Shelter served over 95% of Tarrant County's homeless population - a total of 4,335 unduplicated clients - with six specialized programs: emergency shelter and self-sufficiency services; women and children's programs; veterans transitional housing and self-sufficiency services through the Patriot House; behavioral health services through Safe Haven; and permanent supportive housing. Funding is requested for program and service support for the Women & Children's program to allow staff to adequately and better serve clients. The program provides services that emphasize crisis alleviation, self-empowerment, nutritional and behavioral health, parenting skills, early childhood intervention, vocational training, and job readiness curriculum.
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Preserve Granbury
Founded in 2005, Preserve Granbury works to preserve and promote the history of Granbury. Funding is requested to support renovations to the Preserve Granbury house, a salt box-style home built in 1873 that will serve as the organization's office. Funding is also requested to assist residents with registering historic properties with the Texas Historical Commission, and for developing educational opportunities in partnership with Granbury ISD.
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Primary Care Clinic
With locations in Lewisville, Plano, and Dallas, Primary Care Clinic of North Texas provides affordable medical care to low-income, uninsured working families. Since 2003, Primary Care Clinic has provided care to more than 40,000 patients. Funding is requested for the following: operational support to maintain the current level of service hours at all three clinics; to increase salaries to allow the organization to hire and retain medical assistants and administrative staff in an increasingly competitive job market; and to support the acquisition of new updated equipment.
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Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Founded in 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) transforms the lives of incarcerated men by providing a college-level entrepreneurship boot camp and life-skills training program that includes a structured reintegration process upon release. Since May 2010, PEP has maintained 100% employment within 90 days for recent graduates. Funding is requested for the Workforce Training and Entrepreneurship Development Program, a two-phase, nine-month boot camp. The three-month first phase is Leadership Academy, which teaches important leadership skills to program participants. The second phase consists of a six-month Business Plan Competition (BPC), in which each student completes a business plan, financial literacy course, employment workshop, a business etiquette course, and a Toastmasters class. The Workforce Training and Entrepreneurship Development Program serves more than 400 each year, 150 of whom are in the North Texas area. Funding is additionally requested for purchasing a second transitional home in East Dallas to serve recently released program participants. Funding is finally requested for breaking the cycle of generational incarceration by providing parenting programs and support for the fathers in PEP. Children with at least one parent in jail or prison have a 70% chance of entering the criminal justice system themselves.
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Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 to help those affected by crime and incarceration through a supportive network of churches and community inside and outside of prisons. Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers have reached out to more than 120,000 men and women behind bars statewide, serving them through special events, Bible and disciple studies, moral and behavioral transformation programs, seminary courses, job preparation training, and parenting and relationship skills development. Funding is requested for Angel Tree, which helps incarcerated men and women connect with their children through handwritten notes, gifts, and summer camps. Funding is additionally requested for the North Texas Prison Fellowship team, which coordinates restorative programs in correctional facilities and helps recently released men and women connect with the support agencies that help in mentoring, job training, finding jobs, connecting to churches, and counseling. Last year, the team helped more than 80 individuals.
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Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses (PRH) was founded in 1993 in Houston's historic Third Ward to provide local African American artists with a positive and engaging creative community. PRH seeks funding to support "Trans.lation" Vickery Meadow, PRH's expansion program in Dallas. The goal of Trans.lation is to promote arts-driven community development in North Texas by offering storefront studio space and three outdoor exhibition spaces located throughout the neighborhood. Trans.lation provides crucial free services to unite community members, cultivate community voice, and provide economic support by focusing on the arts and culture of the diverse residents. Funding is requested for Trans.lation's programs and services including a Social Enterprise initiative to support local artisans; a Teaching Artists/Leadership Council, to empower artists to be leaders within their own communities; and a series of Community Festivals and events.
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Project Standup
Project Standup was founded more than 15 years ago to empower disadvantaged learners from a variety of backgrounds to be successful in schools, college, careers, and communities. The organization provides tutoring, educational seminars, parenting workshops, job and career assistance to disadvantaged youth and adults, from a variety of at-risk environments. Funding is requested for club membership scholarships, which provide access to tutoring, computer portals, and IT support etc. Funding is additionally requested for equipment and incentives for students such as small tokens and prizes awarded for good work. Funding is finally requested for printing expenses for workbooks and software.
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Project Success
Project Success mentors unsheltered youth so that they can break the cycle of homelessness by providing a creative outlet through art. Project Success was organized as a separate extension of the community service work of the Fort Worth Police Department. Each week, two officers and two volunteers walk to the Presbyterian Night Shelter and bring 15-20 youth, ages 12-17, to the police sub-station, where the youth are given a nutritious meal and led through art projects, which are then sold at local art festivals. Project Success now serves more than 500 youth every year. Funding is requested for meals and supplies to continue providing services to homeless youth.
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Project Transformation
Founded in 1998, Project Transformation engages young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, supports underserved children and families, and connects churches to communities in need. In 18 years, the organization has equipped more than 1,000 college students with future leadership skills and served more than 8,000 children and youth. Funding is requested for the organization's literacy-focused summer and after-school programs for under-served children and youth. Program participants are mentored by college student interns, 30 of whom actually completed the program themselves, and 96% of students in the summer program have either increased or maintained their reading level. Funding is also requested for Summer Leaders in Training Experiences (LITE) Program, which serves 90 students, grades 10-12, many of whom have participated in Project Transformation's programs since elementary school. The course addresses three overarching needs: 1) academic needs through writing workshops, critical thinking skills, and discussion of social justice issues; 2) self awareness and leadership skills through personality assessments, leadership building activities, and self-led direct service; and 3) college and career preparedness through resume writing, interview skills, and college application assistance.
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Promise House
Promise House moves abused, abandoned and neglected youth toward safety and success. The agency was established by Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in 1984 as a 16-bed emergency shelter for youth and has since grown to provide no-cost crisis intervention, transitional housing, pregnant and parenting teen support, and counseling and case management. Funding is requested to reestablish the Street Outreach Shelter, which offered emergency housing and support services to youth ages 18-21, after having to repurpose the beds reserved for young adults in order to meet the overwhelming demand from 6-18 year-olds in Child Protective Services’ custody. Funding is also requested for two part-time child care professionals for the Wesley Inn program, a group home that provides up to two years of supportive housing to pregnant and parenting teen mothers and their children. Finally, funding is requested for the volunteer coordinator position, which is responsible for recruiting, training, and placing over 1,200 volunteers.
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Promise of Peace Gardens
Promise of Peace Gardens (P.O.P.) was established in 2009 to seek simple solutions for stagnant circumstances in urban communities. P.O.P. partners with communities across North Texas to transform vacant spaces into thriving places by building community gardens such as those at Bayles Elementary, Agape Memorial United Methodist Church and Emanuel Community Garden. Funding is requested for garden management, maintenance, and expansion for three gardens; for 8 week programming focusing on horticulture, environmental art, cooking and life skills; and for future neighborhood garden markets to host guest artists and musicians to connect the community to local talent.
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Promising Youth Alliance
Founded in 2009, Promising Youth Alliance (PYA) is a collaborative, joint-venture between Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, Phoneix House, and Boy and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas that intergrates and leverages the capabilities of these organizations to provide holistic after-school programs, which promote the wellbeing of at-risk students in Dallas. All students take a detailed assessment designed by UTD to determine specific needs, and then program partners align services tailored to each program participant. This individualized approach is unique to PYA. Funding is requested to support PYA's afterschool program, which currently serves more than 1,000 youth at seven Dallas locations.
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Rae's Hope
Rae's Hope empowers at-risk girls to take charge of their lives and become productive members of their community, by supporting the development of girls ages 6-18 from South Dallas through regular one-on-one meetings two-three times a week with an emphasis on healthy living, athletics, and education. Rae's Hope is committed to increasing the number of girls who stay in school and do well academically, live healthy lives, achieve competency in critical life and financial skills, and contribute to their communities. Funding is requested for salaries for a paid program director and four part-time program managers to strengthen the organization's program offerings.
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Ragan's Hope
Ragan's HOPE (Helping Other Parents Endure and Embrace the future) offers immediate help to parents with children with serious, ongoing medical conditions or injuries. Ragan's HOPE provides support to over 400 pediatric patients and their families annually. Funding is requested for the following: crisis management and ongoing logistical support, such as meals, hospital visits, counseling, funeral assistance and seasonal items such as Christmas gifts or school supplies; educational/resource support including mentoring programs, seminars on Medicare and government sponsored financial options, group therapy sessions, financial budgeting, and hospital policies and procedures; and financial assistance, to help with medical bills, medications, utilities, housing, and travel accommodations.
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Rainbow Days
Rainbow Days helps children and youth facing adversity build coping skills and resilience to create positive futures. Since its establishment in 1982, Rainbow Days has served more than 190,000 children in the Dallas area. Funding is requested for the summer camp program for homeless children, which helps more than 700 homeless children ages 4-12 from 20 area shelters. Funding is also requested for the agency's middle school drug intervention program, which provides support groups, individualized counseling, and resource referrals to teach youth healthy coping and decision making skills to make better choices regarding substance abuse. Finally, funding is requested for expansion of the support groups, homework assistance, and enrichment programs offered to children in DISD who reside in extended stay motels.
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Ranch Hand Rescue
Founded in 2008, Ranch Hand Rescue works to improve the quality of life for people suffering from mental health challenges due to traumatic life experiences by providing Equine/Animal assisted counseling. Ranch Hand Rescue rescues approximately 28 animals annually and trains them as therapy animals. The agency believes rescued animals are effective because their clients can better relate to the trauma the animal has faced. Funding is requested to continue providing mental health counseling services for victims of physical and sexual abuse from low-income families and to continue caring for therapy animals.
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Readers 2 Leaders
Readers 2 Leaders (R2L) works to develop and grow the reading skills of West Dallas children ages 3-10 so that they succeed in school, graduate, and leave school prepared to live productive lives. Funding is requested for the Team Read in-school program, which provides children on five Dallas ISD campuses with 120 minutes of reading tutoring each week for 35 weeks; the Team Read afterschool program at Booktown, R2L’s family literacy center, that provides eight hours of afterschool reading tutoring to students in grades K-5 each week; and the purchase of new books, computers and technology, and Saturday Storytime programming at Booktown.
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Real Choices Pregnancy Medical Clinic
Real Choices Pregnancy Medical Clinic provides information about options other than abortion to clients in the Grapevine area. Funding is requested for increased marketing efforts, operating costs of the mobile outreach unit, and salary costs of the Continuum of Care Director, who connects the clinic’s clients with social services organizations.
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REAL School Gardens
REAL School Gardens partners with elementary schools with large low-income student populations to build outdoor classrooms and train teachers to use these outdoor spaces to improve academic achievement. The organization began in 2003 as a program of the Rainwater Charitable Foundation in Fort Worth and has since incorporated as an independent organization and expanded to serve more than 100 elementary schools across North Texas. Funding is requested to expand the program to 17 new partner schools. Six of the new partner schools will receive the "Build & Train" program, which works collaboratively with schools to design and build custom campus gardens and then facilitates three years of professional development to train school staff on how to use the gardens to increase student engagement. Eleven schools which already have learning gardens or outdoor classrooms will receive the "Training & Support" program, a compressed version of the Built & Train professional development that is delivered in two years. Expanded programming at these sites will serve an additional 595 teachers and 8,500 students.
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Reasoning Mind
Reasoning Mind's mission is to provide a first-rate math education for every child. The organization offers an interactive, online mathematics curriculum for elementary and middle school students that is used by more than 100,000 students across 12 states. Program support is requested to deliver the curriculum to 40,000 public, private, and charter school students and 1,000 teachers in North Texas, the majority of whom are second- through fifth-grade students enrolled in Dallas ISD.
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Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas
Founded in 1973, Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas (RTGD) works to improve the quality of life of homeowners in need by bringing volunteers and communities together to rebuild homes and neighborhoods. RTGD focuses on low-income homeowners and gives special consideration to veterans, the elderly, the disabled, and families who care for dependent children. Funding is requested for the Safe at Home program, which provides critical home repairs and home modifications that enable the homeowner to live in a safe and healthy environment. Repairs typically include safety improvements, minor systems repairs, carpentry repairs, weatherization, painting, and creating accessibility modifications. Funding is additionally requested for Operation Freedom, part of RTGD's participation in September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Operation Freedom aims to provide home repairs to as many veterans as resources allow. Last year RTGD performed 61 projects for veterans in 60 days between 9/11/15 and 11/11/15.
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Reconciliation Outreach Ministries
Founded in 1988, Reconciliation Outreach works to create a strong Christian community where families and individuals can regain productive lives. Reconciliation Outreach operates four residential properties and provides faith-based, comprehensive services to 1,400 low-income men, women, and children annually in Dallas County. Funding is requested for the drug and alcohol Residential Recovery program, an intensive 12-month program in a structured and supportive environment that provides recovery classes, mandatory drug tests, curfews, and daily chapel services to 200 people annually. Funding is also requested for transitional housing to help the working poor and graduates of the Residential Recovery program. Transitional housing services help 35 families annually. Finally, funding is requested for children and youth programs, which serve 450 children and youth ages 3-18 each year. Programming includes faith-based, afterschool academic tutoring, mentoring, and character building activities.
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Recovery Resource Council
Founded in 1957, Recovery Resource Council promotes wellness and recovery from alcohol, addiction, or mental health issues to provide hope and a pathway to recovery for individuals and their families living in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: prevention and wellness services for at-risk children and youth in Tarrant County during the upcoming school year; support for the Sunshine Club, which addresses the devastating effects of alcohol, drug abuse, homelessness, poverty, and violence on young children and provides a safe space for children to share their feelings, learn steps to make healthier choices, and overcome adversity; and an independent, objective evaluation to collect quantifiable data suitable for scientific analysis to determine the effectiveness of the agency's programs and services.
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Reel Recovery, Texas Chapter
Reel Recovery, Texas Chapter introduces men in the cancer recovery process to the healing powers of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive environment to explore and share their personal experiences with cancer. Funding is requested for five Texas retreats, two of which will be in Glen Rose. These two retreats will serve a total of 24-28 men coping with cancer.
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Resource Center
Established in 1983, Resource Center operates one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community centers in the nation. The Center is home to a variety of community organizations and programs that serve more than 60,000 individuals annually. Funding is requested for Youth First, an LGBTQ-focused program serving youth ages 12-18 to decrease risky health behaviors, increase social support, decrease social isolation, and improve self-esteem to produce happy, healthy, empowered, and productive members of society.
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Retina Foundation of the Southwest
The Retina Foundation of the Southwest, located in Dallas, is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to preventing and restoring vision loss through innovative research and treatment. Funding is requested for the following: the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, a new collaborative effort with SMU's Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering working to provide individualized treatment to decelerate and/or prevent vision loss for older adults with age-related muscular degeneration; Vision of the Future Building Campaign to help fund the organization's new research center located on Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway to increase patient capacity by 24% in the first year alone; and the Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Laboratory, which promotes early detection and effective treatment of eye disorders while conducting free specialized pediatric vision testing procedures.
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Richardson Adult Literacy Center
Richardson Adult Literacy Center (RALC) works to transform lives by providing English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who live or work in the northern half of Dallas County. Program support is requested for RALC's two core literacy programs: ESL for Parents and ESL for Adults. ESL for Parents works with Richardson ISD parents to improve their English proficiency in order to become more engaged in their children's education. ESL for Adults offers leveled, semester-based classes to adults in the Richardson community so that they can achieve their goals, including obtaining better jobs, gaining greater economic security, and receiving U.S. citizenship. The two programs will collectively serve about 700 adults this year.
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Richardson Symphony
For 54 years, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has inspired, educated and excited audiences with exceptional musical performances. Comprised of 60 professional musicans, the RSO serves as the resident symphony of the Charles W. Eisemann Center. Funding is requested to support the Symphony Days program, which introduces 4,000 elementary students (3rd-5th grades) to the world of classical music each year. The multi-faceted program includes classroom curriculum, in-school visits by RSO musicians, and a field trip to attend a concert at the Eisemann Center.
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RISD Excellence in Education Foundation
RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, Inc. exists to promote enrichment, innovation and excellence in education throughout the Richardson Independent School District. The Foundation raises funds for district initiatives not covered by public funds, recognition of excellent teachers and administrators, and scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education. Funding is requested to implement the Districts in Action community-focused service learning program, a new initiative developed through a collaboration between the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement and the National Youth Leadership Council. The initiative will provide professional development to 47 teachers who will then lead 1,087 students in grades 6-8 through inquiry-based projects that address local community issues.
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River Legacy Foundation
River Legacy Foundation uses the land along the Trinity River and its tributaries as an educational, recreational and natural resource by collaborating with the Arlington Public Library and the Arlington Independent School District. The organization is seeking funding to support Field Investigations and other environmental education programs at the Living Science Center to PK -8th grade students; to purchase 20 wireless handheld digital microscopes and iPads to enhance science and environmental education programs; and to enhance classrooms, learning laboratories and environmental stewardship space in the Living Science Center.
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Rivertree Academy
Rivertree Academy, Inc. is a private Christian school in Fort Worth that provides under-resourced students in the Lake Como neighborhood with community-funded private education. The school currently serves 46 students in grades Pre-K-2 and plans to expand to serve 70 students in grades Pre-K-5 during the 2016-17 school year. It is also converting the former Timberview Golf Club into a sustainable farm and ranch operation that will support student curricula and character building activities. Capital funding is requested to construct an additional four new classrooms and designated office space, as well as equipment for establishing the new farm campus. Support is also requested for scholarships to bridge the gap between the sliding-scale tuition families pay and the full cost of educating each student.
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Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) exists to serve and sustain families with seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at Dallas-area hospitals. Since it was established in 1981, RMHD has provided affordable housing and support services to more than 37,000 families. In 2015, RMHD hosted nearly 1,800 families, equating to 18,406 night visits. Funding is requested to fill the cost gap between the reduced nightly rate all guests pay and the actual cost of host a family, which includes meals, transportation, and family support services and activities.
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Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
Founded in 1981, the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth (RMHFW) provides a supportive home-away-from-home for families with children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. In 2015, RMHFW served 994 families, providing nearly 14,000 night stays. Funding is requested for the Share-A-Night program, which allows donors to give the gift of "home" to families when they need it the most by sharing the cost of their stay at RMHFW. Funding is additionally requested for renovations of rooms that families stay in while at RMHFW. Finally, funding is requested for a LobbyGuard System, which will support a safe and secure environment by providing instant background checks and printing name tags with photos for all visitors to wear during their time at RMHFW.
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Royse City ISD Education Foundation
Royse City ISD Education Foundation's mission is to generate and distribute resources to Royse City ISD to enrich teaching, inspire learning and advance innovative and creative programs needed to cultivate a passion for learning. The Foundation primarily makes grants to encourage innovative teaching practices. Funding is requested for the Technology Initiative, which will ensure that each of the 5,200 students in Royse City ISD has a hand held device (i.e., an iPad or similar device) to support engagement in the classroom and at home.
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SafeHaven of Tarrant County
SafeHaven of Tarrant County offers a unique array of services designed to address the complex needs of domestic violence survivors and the community through safety, support, prevention, and social change. In 2015, SafeHaven answered 35,000 crisis calls, protected 664 women and 896 children at its two emergency shelters, housed 230 women and children in its transitional living program, counseled more than 2,900 women and children at its resource centers, and educated more than 33,000 people, primarily students, on violence prevention and available agency services. Funding is requested for SafeShelter, an emergency shelter and support service center for victims fleeing from abuse. SafeShelter operates two secure centers with 164 beds for women and children in imminent danger due to domestic violence, and its counseling services for adults and children help victims recover from traumatic experiences. Funding is also requested for SafeLiving, a long-term housing and stability program for victims rebuilding their lives. SafeLiving provides clients with rental and utility assistance, case management, financial literacy education, a matched savings program, and access to wrap-around supportive services. Finally, funding is requested for Project Change, a collaborative program in under-served Everman Independent School District providing more than 2,000 3rd-12th grade students with best-practice prevention, intervention, treatment and response strategies to reduce the incidence and minimize the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
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Safer Better Dallas, The SANE Initiative
Safer Dallas Better Dallas (SDSB) works to protect citizens from becoming victims of crimes and to engage them in a partnership with Dallas Police, to support the effort of Dallas Police officers, and to make Dallas America's safest big city. Funding is requested for the Student Nursing Training Initiative to provide student nurses with a basic understanding of forensic nursing, educate them on how this field can improve their career path, and create a core empathy for sexual assault victims that each student nurse will carry with them for the rest of their career. Funding is also requested to expand SANE programs in North Texas and provide support to the new SANE Program partners at Methodist Dallas and Parkland Memorial hospitals. The SANE Initiative is working with a group of doctors and surgeons to explore making SANE programs a requirement in Level 1 trauma centers around the U.S. Finally, funding is requested for community education, outreach, and advocacy with a special focus on college campuses. In 2015, the SANE Initiative served 1,883 individuals in Dallas County and Collin County.
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Saint Francis Montessori Irving
Saint Francis Montessori Irving was established in 2009 to meet the desire for affordable Montessori education in Irving. The private school educates 67 children ages 2 1/2 - 9 in accordance with the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale, the custodial organization for the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. It also offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic religious education program, to 60 students from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Capital support is requested to fund the costs of the existing campus, as well as to add new classrooms in order to accommodate students currently on the school's wait list. Support is also requested for establishing a scholarship fund for children from families with financial need.
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Sammons Center for the Arts
Founded in 1981, the Sammons Center is like a greenhouse that helps to grow small and midsized performing arts organizations by providing low-cost office, rehearsal, performance and meeting space, as well as administrative resources. The Center is home to 14 performing arts groups, and serves another 80 with rehearsal, audition and performance space. Funding is requested to support the next phase of a study being done in partnership with the City of Dallas and TACA on creating affordable live/work space for artists. Funding is also needed to purchase a high quality projector and portable screen for use by organizations served by Sammons, and to cover the costs of framing 27 limited edition jazz-themed posters to create a rotating exhibit at the Center.
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Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Sci-Tech Discovery Center provides dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science. Program funding is requested for the Girl POWER (Physics, Outcomes, Wonder, Engineering, Results) program, a new program for 100 girls in grades 2-5 at Central Elementary in Lewisville, Texas. Girls will explore a different scientific field of study each week, including visits from women currently in STEM careers. Funding is also requested for the First Lego League Robotics program, in which up to three teams of eight students in Collin County Title I schools will learn about STEM careers while working together to design, build and program a robot. Finally, funding is requested for Sci-Tech’s Maker Space, where students ages 3-13 can participate in a variety of hands-on design and building projects.
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Second Thought Theatre
Founded in 2003 by five Baylor graduates, Second Thought Theatre (STT) produces intensely challenging plays that invite audiences to question convention and gaze beneath the surface of things. Funding is requested to support competitive salaries that will help the organization retain top theatrical talent and upgrade its current contract with Actors' Equity Association. Funding is also requested to support STT's performance space needs, and to increase organizational capacity by adding a development director position.
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Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County
Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County works to empower older adults to live with purpose, independence, and dignity, by providing social, health, and nutritional support. Funding is requested for the following: establishment of up to ten Benefit Enrollment Centers to help low-income older adults apply for benefits they may not be aware they qualify for; support for evidence-based health and wellness programs that teach seniors to self-manage chronic diseases and how to avoid injuries caused by falls; and for food preparation and delivery for the agency's nutrition program.
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Serve Denton
Serve Denton supports Denton County nonprofits that opens doors for people to become self-sufficient through 19 areas of direct service. The organization's vision is to develop real estate projects in Denton where nonprofits will pay $1 a year for rent and share costs for utilities, thereby sending more donation dollars straight to the people who need it the most. In April 2014, Serve Denton opened an Assistance and Events center, a shared space building where currently seven nonprofits agencies work closely together. Funding is requested for renovations to open and operate an Assistance and Events center in a 32,000 square foot building designed to accommodate several local nonprofits in one convenient location and serve as an event space and classrooms for the community to use. Funding is also requested to establish a financial counseling program with a financial coach to provide weekly financial counseling for tenants' clients.
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Serve West Dallas
As a network of organizations, Serve West Dallas (SWD) creates and oversees strategic initiative to address gaps in services to help meet the needs of West Dallas. SWD raises awareness of their corporate work and tells the story of West Dallas. SWD also recruits volunteers and attracts resources to the community, all while demonstrating the loving hand of Christ. Since its establishment in 2009, SWD has brought together 15 faith-based organizations, 10 church partners, and over 100 cross-sector partners to share best practices and assets to serve West Dallas together. Funding is requested to pilot the mid-level career pathways in healthcare program, a multiyear initiative to prepare low-skill individuals for entry-level and mid-level healthcare careers. Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the DFW economy, and 45% of jobs in sector are mid-level. Funding is also requested for Services Optimizing Academic Reach (SOAR), a West Dallas collaboration to accelerate academic achievement, enhance students' social and emotional well-being, and increase teacher and parent client and involvement so that students can become successful and engaged citizens. Finally, funding is requested for Faith Community Health, a collaboration between SWD and Baylor Scott & White Health to train church volunteers to be caregivers to their neighbors to improve the health of West Dallas residents.
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Shakespeare Dallas
Using Shakespeare's works as a cornerstone, Shakespeare Dallas offers fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, school programs, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Funding is requested to support lighting upgrades for Shakespeare in the Park, which will enhance the audience experience and help the organization save on electricity costs. Funding is also requested to support free tickets and "Pay What You Can" nights during the summer series at Samuell Grand Amphiteatre in South Dallas and Addison Circle Park in Addison. Finally, funding is needed to support training for 50 Dallas-based actors by Passion in Practice, a London-based theatre the specializes in original practices and pronunciation of Shakespeare and will be coming to Dallas for a two week residency.
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Shared Housing Center
Founded in 1984, Shared Housing Center (SHC) works to break the cycle of homelessness for the elderly, single women with children, and persons with special needs by offering permanent and transitional housing services and specialized programs to foster independence, empowerment, and self-worth. The agency houses a food pantry, a computer lab, a shopping room stocked with donations of new and used clothing and houseware goods, and classroom space to teach life skills, nutrition, and financial literacy. Funding is requested to partially fund a new case management position specifically focused on the needs of longer-term supportive transitional/permanent housing residents of single veteran women with children and grandparents raising their grandchildren. Funding is additionally requested to complete construction of the new Green Haus facility by the end of 2016, to increase the number of clients served in the Group Residence program from 324 to more than 400. This project provides a supportive community for elderly single women and women with children for up to 12 months. Finally, funding is requested for the Homeshare program, designed to help elderly facing eviction or premature institutionalization due to mental and/or physical health issues.
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Sharing Life Community Outreach
Founded in 1999, Sharing Life Community Outreach (Sharing Life) exists to provide various programs and services to families in need in the Mesquite and Southeastern Dallas County. Last year Sharing Life provided educational programs and classes, clinical services, food pantry access, utilities and electrical bill payments and gas vouchers to more than 87,000 individuals. Funding is requested for the housing assistance program, which helps individuals avoid homelessness by providing financial assistance to pay rent, mortgage, and hotel fees.
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Shiloh Place McKinney
Serving Collin Country, the Shiloh Place equips single mothers with financial independence and personal well-being by addressing their physical, educational, spiritual, and emotional needs. Shiloh Place offers housing, childcare, and tuition assistance for up to two years. Since its establishment in 2012, Shiloh Place has helped 17 families, 16 of which have increased their education or career training level. Funding is requested for tuition and transportation expenses for licensed vocational nursing (LVN) students, mothers, who through Shiloh Place, receive training to become a LVN. Funding is additionally requested for a three-phase facility repair project to renovate Shiloh Place.
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Skill Quest
Founded in 2012, Skill QUEST Inc. works to clear a path for low- to moderate- income adults living in Dallas, Collin, and surrounding counties to jobs paying a family living wage with benefits and career path, while simultaneously providing local employers with a highly skilled, prepared workforce. Skill QUEST case management moves participants who are 200% below the poverty level into Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and Collin College (CC) and onto middle skilled careers. Skills developed in tandem with Skill QUEST and local community college job education and training have allowed more than 80% of participants to acquire positions paying at least $25 an hour. Funding is requested for books and tuition for community college courses, basic needs to support the families of nurse candidates participating in skills training, and exam fees, laptops, uniforms and other resources necessary to improve the probability of employment.
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Skillful Living Center, Inc.
Skillfull Living Center equips and empowers adolescents with healthy social-emotional skills. Skillfull Living Center serves 2,500 low-income students annually in high risk areas of Dallas, and 90% of participants showed an increase in social-emotional assets that contribute to positive behavior as measured by pre- and post-program testing. Funding is requested for the Sexual Intelligence Program in the south Dallas/Fair Park area of Dallas County. Sexual Intelligence aims to increase academic and economic opportunities by decreasing the occurrence of teen pregnancies, STDs, poverty, and school dropout.
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Soldiers' Angels
Soldiers' Angels serves 2,600 Dallas veterans annually by providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the armed services and their families. Funding is requested to cover expenses of lunches and dinners for veterans in need of a nutritious meal while waiting at the Dallas VA Hospital for out-patient services, or for homeless veterans. Funding is also requested for hygiene kits for homeless veterans at the hospital's annual Stand Down event. Finally, funding is requested for monthly food pantries and/or lunches or dinners at the Veterans Resource Center.
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Soul's Harbor
Founded in 1956, Soul’s Harbor provides rehabilitation and a recovery home where men learn the tools to deal with addiction issues and personal obstacles to break the cycle of homelessness. Funding is requested for a facilities renovation, including painting, tiling, plumbing, and fixtures. Funding is additionally requested to acquire a new box truck to collect donations from a 3,000-square-mile area to sell in the Soul's Harbor Thrift Stores. Finally, funding is requested for Nurturing Father, a program designed to help fathers overcome any fears and help them gain confidence to pursue a positive and influential role in their children's lives.
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South Dallas Fair Park Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC)
Founded in 1986, South Dallas Fair Park Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC) creates vibrant, stable, and safe community by building partnerships that promote homeownership, economic development, and community education. ICDC has developed a strategy to educate and empower local emerging business leaders through the Business Incubation Center (BIC), by equipping them with the necessary training through the structured, evidence-based curriculum. As an extension of the BIC, the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) provides 5th grade students with experience and intense training opportunities for personal and professional development. Funding is requested for both the BIC and the YEP.
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Southern Methodist University - Budd Center
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU works to create and disseminate knowledge and to engage communities in education transformation. The Simmons School’s Budd Center works to equip schools and communities to work together to assess and meet the interconnected needs of children in poverty in order to close the achievement gap. The Budd Center’s flagship program is The School Zone (TSZ), a data-driven, collaborative, multi-year framework through which 32 social service nonprofit agencies and 16 schools in West Dallas work together to meet student needs, improve student performance, raise graduation rates, and increase college and career readiness. Funding is requested for the Resource Management Initiative, which uses regular electronic reports that contain updates on student indicators of academic, social, and emotional well-being to support TSZ nonprofit agency members as they respond to student need. Funding is also requested to train at least 1,000 students at two West Dallas TSZ schools in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an approach to developing healthy social and emotional skills. Finally, funding is requested for the Early Learners Excellence Initiative (ELEI), an evidence-based strategy designed to ensure children in Pre-K –grade 2 have a strong social and emotional foundation to prepare them for academic success.
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Southern Methodist University - Department of Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies
Southern Methodist University's mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. The SMU Department of Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies (DASS) serves more than 650 students with disabilities, providing resources beyond the legally-required accommodations. Of these students, half are identified as having a learning disability. DASS has recently piloted Kurzwill 3000, an online text-to-speech program that helps those with reading difficulties and also includes a writing and study platform. Based on positive feedback from the nearly 300 students who participated in the pilot, funds are requested to support a multi-year license for all SMU students to access the program.
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Southern Methodist University - Stephanie and Hunter Hunt Urban Food System Initiative
SMU's Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity partners with leaders in business, academia, non-governmental organizations, and government organizations to develop and scale sustainable and affordable technologies and solutions to the challenges facing the local and global poor. The Institute focuses mainly on sustainable food systems, energy efficiency, and low-income housing solutions, clean water access and water conservation, and access to financial opportunities. Dallas has the third highest poverty rate among major U.S. cities. Impoverished communities often struggle not only from lack of economic opportunity but also from food insecurity. Funding is requested to develop the project-based educational curriculum for the Urban Food System Initiative, which will empower disadvantaged individuals living in areas where food is not readily available to make good decisions about food and nutrition, take advantage of the increasing opportunities that urban farming represents, and access fresh produce in their communities. This two-phase initiative will not only provide fresh food, but also educate the community in long-term, sustainable food production and economic viability.
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Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary assists the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by educating men and women for their respective ministries. The Seminary was established as part of the Department of Theology at Baylor University in 1908 and has operated in Fort Worth since 1910. It enrolls nearly 3,200 students. Capital support is requested for renovations to the music department’s auditorium, including a digital audio and recording system and the installation of a new pipe organ. Capital support is also requested to install 10 blue light security poles in order to improve student access to security personnel in the event of an emergency. Finally, funding is requested for student scholarships.
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SPARK! provides a creative, interactive atmosphere designed to encourage students to take risks and ask questions in the pursuit of their own abilities. SPARK! offers hands-on experiences in art, music, theatre, engineering, and more. Since opening in June 2015, SPARK! has engaged more than 2,400 children in creative programs, 57% of whom come from low-income families. Funding is requested for the Metamorphosis Project, which provides children from low-income families with multiple opportunities to participate in SPARK! creative programming. Funding is also requested for general operating support, including field trips, summer camps, family days, and themed programming.
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Spay Neuter Network
Operating a transport service over a 13-county region, Spay Neuter Network (SNN) aims to eliminate pet overpopulation through spay/neuter services. The organization also runs a regional clinic and a Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital (MASH) in the metroplex that brings free pet vaccinations, sterilizations, and pet care resources to low-income neighborhoods. SNN provides more than 17,500 spay/neuter surgeries annually to North Texas pets. Funding is requested for the Community Cat Craze Project, which teams with shelters to reduce the number of cats euthanized by spaying and neutering shelter and free-roaming cats. Funding is also requested for the Community Outreach Program, which involves volunteers going door-to-door in targeted neighborhoods to educate people on spaying and neutering their pets.
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SPCA of Texas
Dedicated to providing animals exceptional care and finding loving homes, the SPCA of Texas operates two animal care and adoption centers, as well as three low-cost veterinary care clinics that provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and preventative healthcare services to the public. Funding is requested for general operating support, as the SPCA of Texas serves more than 50,000 pets and people in North Texas. Funding is also requested for support of its animal cruelty investigations, which is currently run by a staff of ten in the Animal Cruelty Investigation (ACI) Unit department within the SPCA.
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Special Olympics Texas
The Special Olympics Texas provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience employment, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other athletes, and the community. Founded in 1969 with 350 athletes competing, Special Olympics Texas has since grown to more than 55,232 athletes competing in 22 Olympic-type sports across the state in more than 300 competitions. Funding is requested to provide year-round sports training, athletic competition, and other programs for 6,888 intellectually disabled athletes in the Greater Dallas area and 3,850 intellectually disabled athletes in the Greater Fort Worth area.
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School was founded in 2000 as an educational ministry of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller. The school works to develop each child spiritually, physically and academically in a Christ-centered environment. Currently, 533 students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 8. Funding is requested for professional development and support materials for faculty who provide differentiated instruction to students with a variety of learning styles, including students with learning differences. Funding is also requested for technological upgrades for both student and teacher devices, as well as for student transportation to the Future Servant Leaders service learning program at Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.
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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School is located in Southwest Dallas and strives to provide an academically rigorous education within the tradition of the Catholic Church. The school was founded in 1958 and has since grown to enroll about 300 students. Funding is requested for two state-of-the-art science labs to support its partnership with Notre Dame University to enrich STEM opportunities for its students. Funding is also requested to renovate the downstairs restroom, as well as to purchase and install a new school-wide intercom system.
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St. Matthew's Cathedral
St. Matthew's Cathedral is the oldest Episcopal Congregation in North Texas. Its ministries serve economically disadvantaged members of the East Dallas community and include the Aberg Center for Literacy, Mi Escuelita Preschool, and Bishop's Camp. Funding is requested for Bishop's Camp, a summer academic enrichment program that serves 200 at-risk East Dallas students age 6-14, 86% of whom are Hispanic. Participants receive 210 hours of math, reading, arts, and technology education over the seven-week program. Participants also receive a nutritious lunch each day through Dallas ISD’s Summer Meals for Kids program, and parents of participants receive bilingual parent education through the Aberg Center for Literacy family literacy program.
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St. Philip's School & Community Center
St. Philips School & Community Center strives to provide an unparalleled experience to families in Southern Dallas through faith-based education and community services, with an emphasis on impacting low and moderate income families. St. Philip’s was established as an Episcopal Church in the late 1940’s and has since expanded services to include a Pre-K-6 school, community food pantry, community afterschool care program, and children’s clinic. Capital support is requested for improvements to the school building and gymnasium, including upgrades to flooring, the roof, and ceiling repair, as well as age-appropriate improvements to the campus’ playground areas. Funding is also requested for technology upgrades necessary to expand STEM education offerings. Finally, funding is requested for tuition assistance for students seeking enrollment in St. Philip’s School and/or afterschool care program.
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St. Pius X Early Care and Education Center
St. Pius X Early Care and Education Center strives to provide quality, affordable, and loving childcare for working families that is centered on Christian teachings. The Center is located in Mesquite and operates programs for traditional early childcare, preschool education, and afterschool and summer care for children from infancy through age 12. Funding is requested to continue the use of the GOLDplus assessment tool, which is used to assess students in several domains, including social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy and mathematics progress.
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St. Simon's After-School
St. Simon’s After-School works to support economically disadvantaged elementary school children and their families. St. Simon’s currently provides free afterschool care to 700 students at 15 Dallas ISD schools, 90% of whom are Hispanic or African American and 50% of whom have limited English proficiency. Students in the program receive academic support, recreational activities, and a nutritious snack every school day. Students who are behind in reading also receive individualized tutoring. Funding is requested for general operating support.
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STAR Sponsorship Program
STAR (Success Through Academic Readiness) Sponsorship Program exists to provide a solid academic foundation for low-income, elementary school-aged children in Tarrant County through scholarships for private education. The organization was founded in 1993 and currently provides partial scholarships to 115 students. Support is requested for student scholarships.
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Students Standing Strong
Students Standing Strong (S3) establishes faith-based communities in public schools to equip students to stand strong in their Christian faith through Bible teaching, leadership, encouragement, accountability, and outreach. Based in Colleyville, S3 currently serves more than 3,000 students across 24 campus-based clubs throughout North Texas. Funding is requested to support S3 clubs, which provide Christian students a place to engage, learn, and share. Funding is also requested to develop an online portal and app to help students across the nation start their own club and connect with the S3 community. Finally, funding is requested for hiring a point of contact for parent coordinators and student leaders for lesson planning, service projects, leadership training, and support.
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Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas (SCCenter) works to help those in crisis find hope for the future through specialized programs and services. Funding is requested for the following: salaries for paid crisis line staff who provide intervention services from the free, 24/7 Suicide and Crisis Center HopeLine; expansion of the Teens Can Survive program, which offers suicide prevention education and training to North Texas schools; the Survivors of Suicide program, which served more than 1,600 survivors of suicide, and provided training and professional development to more than 13,000 professionals employed by police departments, hospitals, and schools throughout North Texas.
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TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) champions excellence, innovation and collaboration in performing arts by providing financial support and other resources to local performing arts organizations. In 2016, TACA granted $1.3M to arts groups in Dallas. Funding is requested to support TACA's Perforum event, an annual convening focused on best practices and innovation across the national performing arts sector. Funding is also needed to support TACA's Amplifier Workshops, a series of tactical sessions designed to capitalize on the theme and momentum of Perforum by providing capacity-building opportunities to strengthen local performing arts organizations.
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Take Me Home Pet Rescue
Located in Richardson, Take Me Home Pet Rescue cares for animals abandoned in shelters and places them into loving forever-homes. Since 2008, the organization has rescued over 2,300 dogs and cats. Funding is requested for veterinary care and boarding expenses for the animals.
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Taps 'n Tunes Productions
Located in the City of Hurst, the mission of Taps 'n Tunes is to preserve and recreate interest in musical comedy entertainment and tap dancing. The organization presents performances to seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and also performs for veterans groups. Funding is requested to support rehearsal space rental costs, and to support the organization's annual "Salute to Our Veterans," a USO-style show on Veterans Day that is free and open to the public.
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Tarrant County Bar Foundation
The Tarrant County Bar Foundation was established in 1997 to support the Bar Association's commitment to community service projects. Funding is requested to support the Foundation's two primary pro bono legal programs - Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans and Tarrant County Attorney Services. Specifically, funds will support a part-time position responsible for administering the two programs, which provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents of Tarrant County. Legal assistance can include negotiating landlord/tenant matters, obtaining criminal expunction orders, assisting with divorce and child support matters, as well as bankruptcy relief and negotiating civil debts.
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Taylor's Gift Foundation
Taylor's Gift Foundation, founded in honor of Taylor Storch who donated her organs after a fatal skiing accident, works to increase organ donor registrations around the world, provide financial and emotional support to those touched by organ donation, and provide scholarships to graduating seniors who are making a positive impact in the world. Funding is requested for the following: Legacy Gift program, established to provide financial assistance to individuals and families touched by organ donation; and the Taylor's Gift Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to students who best embody the Taylor's Gift Foundation motto, "outlive yourself," and make a positive impact in the world.
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Teaching Trust
Teaching Trust envisions a community of leaders who have the capacity to transform schools and eliminate the achievement gap to ensure all children have an extraordinary education. Founded in 2010, Teaching Trust set out to radically rethink how school leaders are prepared and supported as they strive to bring about dramatic and lasting improvements in student achievements. In order to improve DISD schools, Teaching Trust developed three programs to build the leadership skills necessary for transformational change: Aspiring Ed Program for future principals, Executive Ed for Team for school leadership teams, and Ed Fellows for teacher leaders. The agency currently serves 300 principals and teacher leaders in 103 schools, who impact 60,000 students annually. Funding is requested to maintain and grow program capacity to continue serving the teachers and future leaders of Dallas ISD.
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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation
Founded in 2007 in honor of Connor Cruse, The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation (TCCF) helps fund childhood cancer research programs, supports inpatient groups, and raises public awareness of the limited government funding for childhood cancer research. Funding is requested for the following: collection and banking of blood and DNA samples of children recently diagnosed with cancer to identify specific genetic reasons for the disease, a study being conducted by the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Health and UT Southwestern. Funding is also requested to support a study conducted by the Cook Children's Hematology/Oncology Center researching nanoparticle therapy as a chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma, an aggressive type of tumor that affects children under five; as well as the TCCF summer internship offered to college and/or medical students in collaboration with Children's Health and UT Southwestern pediatric oncology division.
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TeCo Theatrical Productions
TeCo is a multi-cultural theater company that seeks to contribute to a diverse and vibrant arts community from its home in the Bishop Arts Theater Center. Funding is requested for Teenagers and Theatre (T-and-T), an apprenticeship program for at-risk youth ages 13-18, in partnership with the Dallas County Juvenile Department and VolunteerNow's truancy program. Funding is also requested to support TeCo's acquisition of La Rondalla, an after school music program for students ages 8-18, and to support the addition of a Director of Student Outreach position, which will oversee all of TeCo's arts education programs, which serve nearly 3,000 children from 50 Dallas area schools.
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Texans Can Academies
Texans Can Academies is a dropout recovery program that works to help all students earn their high school diploma and ensure their economic independence. With 11, soon to be 13, campuses across Texas, Texas Can Academies provides all of its students with free breakfast and lunch, transportation passes, eye exams and glasses, immunizations, school uniforms, and access to early childhood development centers. Texas Can Academies has a 91% graduation rate and currently serves 4,640 students statewide. Funding is requested to expand the agency's use of the Feurstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) curriculum, including the tools and materials necessary for training teachers and implementing the curriculum at all campuses.
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Texas Ballet Theater
Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) is the only fully professional ballet company in North Texas, with a company of 43 professional dancers who present an average of 60 performances to an audience of over 57,000 patrons each year. Funding is requested to support: commissioning new works to offer fresh artistic experiences to TBT's dancers and the community; live orchestral accompaniment for four productions during the 2016-17 season; and the CityDance Outreach program, which provides free, introductory ballet training to 900 elementary students in 42 local public schools.
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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) began in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina and Rita to mobilize church groups to rebuild homes. TBDR is dedicated to helping communities rebuild after disasters, working with disaster survivors throughout the long-term restoration process by partnering with local long-term recovery teams to mobilize volunteers, gather and transport donated items, provide prayer and spiritual support and raise awareness. In 2015, TBDR volunteers worked nearly 30,000 hours to help families clear debris, rebuild and repair homes, and collected donated items. Funding is requested for long term disaster recovery for low-income families affected by the December 2015 tornadoes in Dallas County.
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Texas Central Hemophilia Association
The Texas Central Hemophilia Association (TexCen) advocates for and supports people with bleeding disorders through educational programs and research funding. TexCen, along with the National Hemophilia Foundation hosts a statewide educational conference annually to provide networking and support opportunities to people with hemophilia and their families. Funding is requested for Camp Ailipomeh (hemophilia spelled backwards), a summer camp for boys ages 7-17 who are usually excluded from traditional summer programs because of their bleeding disorder. The camp focuses on teaching its participants how to manage their condition. Funding is also requested for translation services, including translation equipment and interpreters, to ensure Hispanic community members will be able to fully engage in educational events and programming.
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Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
The Texas Coalition for Animal Protection provides compassionate solutions to pet overpopulation and community animal welfare by making preventative services affordable and available to pet owners. Since its formation in 2002, TCAP has spayed/neutered more than 275,000 animals and vaccinated more than 465,000 animals. Funding is requested for spay/neuter subsidies, surgery packs, and a mini-van to transport staff and supplies to remote spay/neuter and vaccine clinics.
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Texas Discovery Gardens
Located in Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens demonstrates and teaches organic, water-efficient gardening practices with a focus on native and adapted plants. Since 1941, Texas Discovery Gardens has provided educational programming for both children and adults to help them discover and learn to sustain the natural world. Each year, Texas Discovery Garden teaches 7,500 students valuable science skills and concepts, such as the life and water cycles, plant biology, and environmental science. Funding is requested for the Growing Green program, a new program that emphasizes science skills, natural resource literacy and critical thinking among at-risk students in 4th and 5th grade in Dallas. Funding will support transportation fees, curriculum development, program evaluation, and supplies.
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Texas Equal Access Fund
The Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA) provides financial resources to and advocates for low-income people in North Texas and the Panhandle seeking abortions. The TEA Fund has helped more than 5,500 women since its establishment in 2005. Funding is requested for the following: direct financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford the abortion procedure; and administrative costs of running the TEA fund.
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Texas Girls' Choir
The Texas Girls' Choir (TGC) teaches girls music theory and choral performance through a wide variety of music, as well as skills necessary to become women of character. Based in Fort Worth, the choir has toured over 50 countries, and has performed at the White House, on the Today Show, for dignitaries, heads of state, and royalty. Since its establishment in 1962, TGC has served more than 25,000 girls and currently has 275 members, ages 8-18. Approximately 40% of TGC's members come from low-income families and qualify for free or reduced meals. Funding is requested to upgrade kitchen equipment to provide more meals, which are served during rehearsals to program participants.
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Texas Health Resources Foundation
Founded in 1997, Texas Health Resources Foundation raises funds to support clinical, educational, and research programs across the Texas Health system to improve the health of people in North Central Texas. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals, the Texas Health Physicians Group, various outpatient facilities, behavioral and home health services, a medical research organization, and educational programs. Funding is requested for the following: Nursing Excellence Fund for scholarships for nurses seeking bachelors or advanced nursing degrees; and the Texas Health Dallas 50th Anniversary Mobile Health Project, a five-year investment to support initial capital and operations of a mobile health unit for underserved communities in Dallas County.
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Texas Husky Rescue
Texas Husky Rescue operates to rescue, rehabilitate, and find loving homes for neglected and abused Huskies throughout Texas. The organization educates the public about responsible pet ownership and special qualities of the Siberian Husky breed, and in 2015 alone, saved 287 Huskies. Funding is requested for general operational and medical costs.
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Texas Loves Children
Texas Loves Children (TLC) works to improve case outcomes for abused and neglected children by enhancing the quality of legal services they receive. Many children in the custody of the state are abused mentally and physically and live in unstable environments. Attorneys are the only ones who have the ability to advocate for the child's rights, but many attorneys do not have the necessary training and education to recognize abuse and neglect. TLC requests program funding to expand attorney education efforts. Funding will be used to recruit attorneys to serve in the pro bono network, recruit experts to train attorneys, collaborate with other agencies that serve abused children, conduct awareness campaigns directed to lawyers, and prepare resource materials for TLC programming.
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Texas Master Naturalist
Texas Master Naturalist develops a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within Denton, Cooke, and Wise counties. The organization is seeking funding for a laptop for outside speakers' Power Point presentations; for advertisement to recruit volunteers; and for materials to help facilitate the education of adults and children (i.e. geological supplies, insect nets, books, etc).
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Texas Neurofribromatosis Foundation
Texas Neurofribromatosis Foundation provides support, research funding, education, and advocacy to those impacted by neurofibromatosis (NF). NF causes uncontrolled growth of tumors along the nerves, and the disease varies greatly from person to person. Currently very few treatment methods exist. Funding is requested for the following: the Clinic Liaison Program, a collaboration with Children's Medical Center Dallas, Cook Children's Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children's Hospital, which coordinates and funds support groups, social gatherings, and a mentoring program; the Texas NF Symposium, which provides the latest information on genetic testing, educational issues, current treatments, and research trials from the leading NF specialists in the state; and the Texas NF Family Camp to bring families suffering from NF together through social activities such as canoeing and nature walks.
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Texas Ramp Project - Dallas and Fort Worth Projects
Founded in 1985, Texas Ramp Project builds free wheelchair ramps for elderly and disabled people, including children and veterans, who cannot afford to build them. The installation of a ramp often prevents recipients from entering a nursing facility, often at a taxpayer's expense. A $600 ramp can save up to $60,000 a year in nursing homes fees. In 2015, Dallas and Fort Worth ramp project received 669 requests for ramps from healthcare professionals and social workers and were able to build 368 of these referrals. Statewide, the Texas Project built more than 1,623 ramps last year. The Texas Ramp's sole funding priority in North Texas is to build free wheelchair ramps for disabled people in need, specifically in Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties. Funds will be used to purchase, lumber, materials, and tools for ramp construction.
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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) promotes the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety, and stability of low-income Texans, by providing free, high-quality legal assistance, and related legal education. TRLA serves approximately 20,000 individuals a year. TRLA hopes that all Texans, regardless of economic advantage, will have equal access to legal services to improve their quality of life. TRLA seeks funding for the Dallas portion of its Foster Youth Misdemeanor Representation Project, part of a larger effort including Houston and Central Texas. Funding is requested for the following: hiring a Texas TRLA attorney to work with foster youth to resolve Class C misdemeanor charges in Dallas and surrounding communities; development of a volunteer attorneys network and local bar association to assist in cases and training to support them; and creation of written and online information for judges, prosecutors, and volunteers defense lawyers pertaining to foster youth and Class C misdemeanors.
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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) provides extensive therapy and treatment to children challenged by scoliosis, clubfoot, hand differences, hip disorders, limb length discrepancies, sports injuries, and learning disorders. TSRHC maintains six centers that provide specialized orthopedic services and support an active research program. In 2015, TSRHC treated nearly 20,000 patients, facilitated more than 35,000 clinic visits, and performed over 2,100 surgeries. Funding is requested for the following: Summer Nursing Externship Program, which hosts 23 student nurses to work in one of four clinical disciplines: Inpatient Nursing, Ambulatory Care, Surgery, and Neurology/Pediatric Developmental Disorders; and for development and maintenance of a digital portal for "Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia," which is part of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at TSRHC.
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Texas Tenants' Union
Founded in 1973, The Texas Tenants' Union (TTU) empowers tenants through education and organizing to protect their rights, preserve their homes, improve their living conditions, and enhance the quality of life in their communities. TTU helps more than 4,000 tenants annually, with a focus on DFW. Funding is requested for the Tenant Education Program, designed to help prevent evictions and homelessness, minimalize the adverse consequences to tenants when evictions do occur, improve living conditions in substandard properties, help tenants recover security deposits that are unlawfully kept, and inform tenants of their rights and responsibilities generally so that they may avoid rental housing problems in the future. In 2015, TTU provided education and/or counseling to 4,215 households through free weekly workshops and a telephone service. Funding is also requested for the Housing Preservation Program, designed to preserve and improve affordable housing conditions. In 2015, 2,385 low-income households received help from the Housing Preservation Program. Finally, funding is requested for the Leadership Development Program, which provides education and assistance to minimize evictions, prevent homeless, and solve other tenant/landlord problems.
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Texas Trees Foundation
Texas Tree Foundation's mission is to preserve, beautify and expand parks, streets and other public natural green spaces by planting trees and offering educational programs. Funding is requested to create a landscape plan and outdoor learning center for 1 of 4 projected Cool Schools, a program which seeks to increase tree canopy to 20%, add shade to playgrounds, and create an outdoor learning center. Additional funding is requested to fund a NeighborWoods project to plant 100 trees in underserved communities and to host conferences reporting the findings of the Dallas Urban Heat Island Report.
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TexProtects works to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, education, and advocacy. The agency effects change by organizing and educating its members to advocate for increased investments in evidence-based child abuse prevention programs, CPS reforms, and treatment programs to heal victims of abuse. Funding is requested to hire additional staff to bolster research and advocacy efforts related to home visiting initiatives and prevention efforts. Funding is also requested for the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy designed to communicate the effectiveness of home visiting programs targeting a variety of audiences including legislative decision makers, participants in home visiting services, and the public. Funding is lastly requested to develop and conduct training material for the Texas Home Visiting Consortium to share research findings on the most successful messaging and strategies designed to engage decision makers from school boards, superintendents or the legislature, who are critical to the maintenance and expansion of home visiting programs.
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The Agape Clinic
The Agape Clinic has provided primary and specialty medical care to uninsured and underinsured clients throughout North Texas for nearly 33 years. Agape Clinic provides care at one-eighth of the real world cost of services, giving $8 worth of treatment for every $1 donated. Funding is requested for the following: capital funding for the new Baxter Crowley Agape Health and Wellness Center and renovation costs of the current facility; and expansion of counseling services at Agape Clinic by adding one therapist. Funding is also requested to cover the cost of patient visits, which average $35 per person.
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The Arc of Dallas
Founded in 1951, The Arc of Dallas supports and empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life by envisioning a community where people with mental disabilities are valued, offered a quality education, welcomed into the workforce, and allowed the chance to live productive lives. Last year, The Arc served more than 9,000 people living in Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall counties. Most of The Arc's clients are economically disadvantaged - 90% of The Arc's Day Program participants depend on Supplemental Security Income. Funding is requested for Adventure Camps, is designed especially for children and teens ages 5-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Non-disabled siblings can also attend camp if space allows, providing opportunities for social interaction between disabled and non-disabled children and a peer-to-peer support network for the non-disabled children in an inclusive setting. Each camp location serves approximately 30 children per weekly session. Funding is additionally requested for teacher training. The Arc maintains a 1:4 teacher to client ratio, allowing teachers to serve as educators, case managers, and champions for each client. Finally, funding is requested for family education seminars and support groups to provide parents and siblings a space to connect with others who have had similar experiences.
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The ARKGroup
The ARKGroup empowers adults to become skilled, nuturing, and loving caregivers for children. ARK programs use adult peer-to-peer mentoring to help parents and teachers build their relationships with kids. In the Dallas and Houston areas, ARKGroup served more than 30,228 individuals in 2015. Funding is requested for developing an evaluation with SMU's Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) to measure the potential impact of the ARK for Teachers and the ARK for Parents programs. Funding is also requested for updating the "Introduction to ARK" and "ARK for Parents" video lessons produced in 1995. The new videos will be used in ARK for Parents groups nationwide.
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The Artist Outreach
The Artist Outreach works to change the educational, emotional, and financial futures of students through creative arts programs provided to schools and advocacy centers. Funding is requested for the Streamliners program which provides services to schools as supplemental education through cross-curricular integration, reinforcing teacher lessons with strong emphasis on imaginative and playful techniques.
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The Art Station
The Art Station provides art therapy to help individuals deal with various life challenges, ranging from mental health issues such as depression, relationship conflicts, behavioral issues, traumatic experiences, grief and loss, chronic illnesses, developmental delays, and anxiety. Art therapy provides a visual language allowing an individual to express his or her feelings when words are too painful, difficult, or inaccessible. Funding is requested to hire an art therapist to expand programming. Funding is additionally requested for program support for two existing art therapy groups designed to help veterans dealing with anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST).
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The Birthday Party Project
The Birthday Party Project brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays by hosting monthly parties at homeless, transitional, and domestic violence shelters. Since 2012, The Birthday Project has provided parties complete with games, decorations, activities, cupcakes, party favors, and birthday presents. These celebrations help create a sense of normalcy for children in crisis, many of whom have suffered from extreme social and emotional trauma, helping form family bonds, and providing an innovative approach to help heal families in need. Funding is requested to partially supplement the salary of a Volunteer Coordinator; implementation of SalesForce technology to help streamline volunteers, donations, communications, and database management; and warehouse and utilities costs.
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The Bridge
The Bridge works to end long-term homelessness in Dallas and the surrounding area by developing, coordinating, and/or delivering shelter, homeless recovery, and housing solutions. The Bridge, through its many partnerships, provides meals, shelter, primary and behavioral healthcare, job placement, and housing to approximately 85% of Dallas County's homeless population. Funding is requested for the "Recovery-Oriented System of Care" services, which offer a variety of different programs in one location to more than 9,000 homeless individuals annually, including coordinated assessments, day shelter services, care coordination services, primary and behavioral healthcare services, employment, and income services, and housing services. Funding is additionally requested for the music therapy services, led by a board-certified therapist. Since its establishment in December 2014, the music therapy program has served 287 people.
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The Bridge Breast Network
The Bridge Breast Network (BBN) provides patient navigation, medical referrals for non-breast health issues, health education/awareness, early detection and diagnostic services, and full breast cancer treatment to underserved individuals across North Texas. Since its establishment in 1992, BBN has served more than 150,000 North Texans. Funding is requested for the following: operational costs and hiring another patient navigator for the Bridging Breast Health Access program, which incorporates community education, navigation, and access to detection and treatment services for breast cancer and other chronic diseases. The program is designed to reduce health care disparities and inequalities by removing geographic, cultural and financial barriers to care.
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The Cambridge School of Dallas
The Cambridge School of Dallas (CSD) is a college preparatory school committed to fostering a love of learning with a passion for Jesus Christ. Serving grades 6-12, the school is located in Northwest Dallas and currently enrolls children from more than 35 zip codes. 27% of students currently receive need-based financial aid. Funding is requested for updated technology, including 25 new computers for faculty, three library workstations, and two teacher workroom stations; financial aid for students; and the professional development fund, which allows the teaching faculty to pursue additional education and expand their ability to better serve their students.
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The Chocolate MINT Foundation
Founded in 2009, The Chocolate MINT (Mentor, Invest, Nurture, and Train) Foundation (TMCF) empowers children and families to be self-sustaining through education, training, mentoring, and service. TMCF serves students in DeSoto and Southern Dallas County, focusing on two strategies areas: afterschool programming and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) components. 71% of students show improvement in grades from failing to passing after participating in TMCF programs. Families only pay a portion of the afterschool programming costs, so TMCF requests funding to cover the cost gap to continue providing after school care and education programs to more than 100 children and youth daily.
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The Cliburn
Founded shortly after Van Cliburn's victory at the inaugural Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958, the mission of The Cliburn is to advance classical piano music throughout the world through its international competitions, education programs and community concert series. Funding is requested to support live broadcasts, simulcasts and webcasts of the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which will take place May 25-June 10, 2017. Funding is also requested to support Musical Awakenings, The Cliburn's signature education program, which provides programs to over 50,000 elementary students in 10 school districts across North Texas. Finally, funding is needed to support Cliburn in the Community, a series of free concerts by Cliburn artists in accessible venues throughout Tarrant County.
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The Concilio
The Concilio (The Council) builds stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. Since 1981, The Concilio has worked with other agencies to provide direct services and programs to help families overcome obstacles that interfere with their health and education. Last year, The Concilio served 11,000 individuals, 100% of whom were Hispanic. Funding is requested for the Parents as Leaders (PAL) program, which educates both parents and children simultaneously to help make families Kindergarten ready. The PAL program helps parents learn their role, rights, and responsibilities when preparing their children for kindergarten. The curriculum for children works to develop vocabulary motor skills, social and emotional skills, numeracy, and literacy.
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The Cooper Institute
The Cooper Institute is dedicated to promoting lifelong health and wellness through research and education. Founded in 1970, the Institute has not only established the benefit of regular physical activity, but also helped provide links between fitness and many preventable, chronic illnesses including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and dementia. Funding is requested for Spanish translation of the FitnessGram®- the first "student fitness report card" designed to improve physical education programs and bring awareness to children's health. Funding is additionally requested for the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study (CCLS), one of the oldest and longest running longitudinal studies in the world on measured cardiorespiratory fitness. The CCLS helped establish the link between fitness and cardiovascular diseases, dementia, healthcare costs, and more. Currently CCLS houses over 300,000 records from over 110,000 individuals representing more than 1.8M years of life observation and will continue to grow in perpetuity.
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The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
The Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse works to improve the Greater Dallas community's health, safety, and productivity by reducing the incidence and impact of alcohol and drug abuse. For 70 years, the Council has administered prevention programs developed for individuals of all ages. Last year, the Council provided programs and services to 29,686 individuals. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports that one in seven Americans ages 12 and older have a substance abuse problem, which is more than the number of people affected by heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Funding is requested for general support to continue providing prevention and intervention programs. Funding is also requested for the Positive Action Program, which prevents and interrupts the onset of progression and substance abuse in children grades 6-12 in Dallas, Grand Prairie, Irving, and Lancaster school districts who are exhibiting early signs of substance abuse. Programming includes presentations on marijuana, prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco dangers and addictions. Finally, funding is requested for HIV Outreach and HIV Early Intervention programs. Outreach staff locate people with substance abuse and offer free HIV tests, referrals, risk-reduction steps, transportation services, support groups, dental and optical services, and case management.
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The Dallas Arts District Foundaton
The mission of the Dallas Arts District Foundation is to provide leadership in determining priority issues for the district, convening stakeholders and neighbors to identify opportunities to improve services and quality of life in the district, and to increase awareness and access to the district by the general public. Funding is requested to support the Foundation's competitive grants, which support site-specific, diverse and innovative programs in the Dallas Arts District, developed through collaboration among two or more local arts and cultural organizations. Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded 162 grants to 35 organizations totaling over $300,000.
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The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) is a nonprofit, co-working space created to help entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses through support, education and mentorship. Funding is requested to support full-time fundraising and marketing staff positions, and to expand The DEC's community outreach and educational opportunities for the entrepreneurial community. Funding is also requested to support capital improvements and equipment needs, including white boards, standing desks and the creation of collaborative spaces to accommodate growth and expansion.
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The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture works to enrich and deepen the practical life of the city with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities. The Institute offers programs for school teachers and principals, general courses of study, public and professional seminars, conferences, and civic involvement opportunities. Funding is requested to plan the renovation of the Institute's campus, which includes two structures built over 100 years ago, in order to ensure its historical integrity and character while increasing program capacity. Funding is also requested for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, which brings a rich variety of voices offering insight and direction for the future of civil liberties, equality, and race relations. Finally, funding is requested for "What Makes a City," a public event bringing speakers, urban planners, and thinkers together to focus on issues relevant to Dallas and cities in general.
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The Elisa Project
The Elisa Project is dedicated to fighting eating disorders through education, support, and advocacy. The Elisa Project has since partnered with UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, created LEAD (Lead, Empower, Accept, and Discover), a student leader program to raise eating disorder awareness, founded the Elisa's Disordered Eating Coalition, which advocates the efforts of The Elisa Project, developed educational programs, and supported more than 300 individuals annually through case management services. Funding is requested for the following: school-age student educational programming; case management and coaching programs; and advocacy programming.
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The Family Place
Founded in 1978, The Family Place empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence at its Safe Campus. The Family Place is the largest family violence service provider in Texas and reaches out to thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that keep women and children safe. In 2015, The Family Place served 10,729 clients. Funding is requested for the Child Development Center, which provides early childhood education for children who have suffered from family violence. Through the Child Development Center, The Family Place has served 170 children. Funding is also requested for Be Project, a violence prevention outreach program to area elementary, middle, and high schools. Through the Be Project, The Family Place has served 6,065 children, teens, and young adults with building, dating violence, and sexual assault prevention education. Finally, funding is requested to provide transitional housing and hotel rooms to families and individuals until more permanent residence is available at Safe Campus.
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The Family Wellness Dallas Initiative Fund of The Dallas Foundation
Founded in 2013, The Family Wellness Dallas (FWD) Initiative Fund of the Dallas Foundation fosters deeper, more meaningful connections combined with effective communication within families, schools workplaces and communities to improve the well-being of the individual well-being, as well as that of the global community. FWD empowers individuals, couples families, and organizations with dynamic communication tools that strengthen relationships and resolve conflicts in all aspects of life. Funding is requested for the Safe Conversation Community Impact Workshops for Kids in Dallas ISD schools in south and west Dallas, designed to enhance communication in the classroom, on the playground, and between students and teachers while focusing on the increasing number of education institution from elementary schools to universities. Funding is also requested for hosting a specialized military program for North Texas veterans and active duty military personnel in collaboration with Empowering Heroes, Spartan's Pledge, and several other veteran focused, local nonprofits. Finally, funding is requested to provide materials for about 10 2016 Safe Conversation Community Impact Series Workshops taking place at various locations across the Dallas-Forth Worth area, designed to interrupt the downward cycle of poverty by supporting family relationships, ensuring greater health and economic security, and reducing violence.
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The First Tee of Fort Worth
Founded in 1996, The First Tee of Fort Worth is a youth development organization committed to providing life enhancing values that encourage leadership, build character, foster community service, and promote wellness through the First Tee's Life Skills Curriculum and the game of golf. In 2015, The First Tee of Fort Worth served 35,000 youth ages 5-18 from Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Denton, and Parker counties. Approximately 20% of Life Skills participants recieve financial aid. Funding is requested for general programming costs to increase participation to impact a total of 100,000 youth by the year 2022.
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The First Tee of Greater Dallas
Founded in 1995, The First Tee of Greater Dallas (TFTGD) works to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Funding is requested for operational support to keep pace with growing demand for programs. TFTGD's programs served more than 65,000 Dallas-area youth in 2015, a 40% increase from 2014. Capital funding is requested to support the construction of The First Tee of Greater Dallas Learning Center, a permanent home and flagship location for all of the organization's youth development programs. Funding is lastly requested for the college scholarship program. Since 2011, more than $124,000 has been awareded to 39 TFTGD participants.
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The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is a supportive living community, serving the DFW Metroplex, where women and their children in crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources, and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent, positive change. The organization provides a place and program for those ready to end cycles of abuse, poverty, and homelessness and build new lives for themselves and generations to follow. Funding is requested for the following: 1) Independent Life Program support which provides a holistic package of services to help the families heal from trauma and achieve the goal of self-supportiveness. It provides housing, food, transportation, child care, medical/dental care, clothing, professional counseling, education, life skills training, financial literacy training, and career development. 2) IT equipment and services including: laptops/printers, an IT staff person, and a License Plate Recognition System for improved security. 3) Student Enrichment Program support. This after-school/summer program enriches the lives of Gatehouse children ages 5-15 through exposure to music, physical activities, STEAM (STEM + Art), literature, and more. It helps the children heal emotionally, learn to relate to others in healthy ways, and introduces them to possibilities they may never receive if not enrolled at The Gatehouse.
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The HOPE Center
The HOPE Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 2002 to serve low-income and unemployed individuals by providing food and educational programs. As an arm of The HOPE Center, Hope SMILE Center assists unemployed individuals by providing restorative dentistry in preparation for employment. Funding is requested for the Food Pantry and Resource Center that last year, provided groceries for hungry individuals in South Dallas and Fort Worth more than 100,000 times. Each week, The HOPE Center distributes a week's worth of food to families of four or five who live at or below the poverty level. Over the last two years, The HOPE Center has distributed $3.5 million of food products.
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The K16 Ready Society, Inc.
Based in Fort Worth, The K16 Ready Society is a multi-disciplinary, community-based organization that seeks to help at-risk youth in Tarrant County. The K16 Ready Society offers stability, support, intensive case management, and a range of comprehensive services. Funding is requested for the mentoring program that works to correct maladaptive and anti-social behaviors among at-risk males and females ages 10-18.
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The Ladder Alliance
Established in 2002, The Ladder Alliance provides victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the tools and resources to lead independent and successful lives. Last year, the agency served more than 350 people. Funding is requested for the Basic Computer Skills Training (BCST) program, which includes instruction in keyboarding, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, e-mail and Internet usage. Funding is also requested for the High School Equivalency Program (HSE) course, which helps women receive the education necessary for long-term employment. Finally, funding is requested for the Professional Office Skills Training (POST) program, which equips participants with advanced computer, business communication, customer service, and job search skills.
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The Learning Center of North Texas
Founded in 2001, the Learning Center of North Texas (TLCNT) provides resources to increase the success of individuals with learning differences and disabilities living in North Central Texas. TLCNT offers a variety programs and services including: educational evaluation and support, which provides comprehensive, diagnostic educational evaluations for children from birth through adulthood; professional development for educators to improve their skills in teaching and understanding all learners; parent and educator resources, including a library, website, and partnerships with various agencies; and adult services programs to serve adults with learning and literacy barriers. Funding is requested for financial assistance to provide access to services for the economically disadvantaged. Funding is additionally requested to support the expansion of the agency's bilingual educational evaluation capabilities by hiring a bilingual educational diagnostician and purchasing appropriate testing instruments. Finally, funding is requested for operating support.
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - North Texas Chapter
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) North Texas Chapter works to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its inception in 1949, LLS has allocated more than $1 billion to research. Last year, the North Texas Chapter raised $5,400,000 towards its mission. Funding is requested for the following: leukemia and lymphoma research; copays and travel assistance for patients and families to help supplement transportation costs and care not covered by insurance; and to provide continuing education for nurses who attend the North Texas Blood Cancer Conference, which educates patients, families, and healthcare professionals.
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The Magdalen House
The Magdalen House provides a safe house where women may detox from alcohol at no-cost, connects clients with a 12-Step program, and offers additional resources to assist women with successfully reestablishing their lives without alcohol. More than 76,000 women are alcohol dependent in the Dallas area. Since its establishment in 1987, The Magdalen House has served more than 5,000 people through the two-week detox program with a 78% success rate. The Magdalen House accredits the majority of its success to its strong volunteer and alumni network. Funding is requested for the following: continuation of the Education Initiative, programming designed to empower, connect, and teach women how to flourish in life after alcohol addiction; the Detox Program, to help clients achieve sobriety by the end of their two-week stay; and upgrading information technology systems to become more efficient and cost-effective in fundraising, volunteer management, day-to-day operations, programming, and communications.
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The Men of Nehemiah
The Men of Nehemiah (MON) serves men with addictive disorders by providing residential accommodations, substance abuse treatment, counseling, life skills and job placement training, case management, and a variety of recovery support services. The nine-month recovery program is based on 15 biblical principles, which embrace the 12-step recovery model, and includes a military-style approach including physical fitness, community service and personal accountability. Funding is requested for the following: operating costs to provide food and housing for men in the program; and to support the cost of providing breakfast to 100 people every Sunday, many of whom are homeless. The program serves approximately 165 men annually.
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The Mexico Institute
For the last 27 years, The Mexico Institute has worked to advance knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Mexican culture through artistic and cultural programs and events. Funding is requested for operating support, and to support events surrounding the "Day of the Spanish Language," including a Spanish writing contest for high school and college students and a scholarly lecture.
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The Pegasus Project
The Pegasus Project rescues, rehabilitates, trains and finds homes for neglected, abused, and abandoned horses, donkeys, and mules throughout Texas. The Pegasus Projects also collaborates with the Windridge Therapeutic Riding school, Victory Therapy Center, R.O.C.K., and Ride for Kids to address the needs of at-risk adults and children. Funding is requested for the for the following: a cover for a training arena to continue to provides services in all weather conditions; and hiring an additional assistant trainer to increase efficiency of the organization's training program, thus increasing adoption rates by an estimated 40%.
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The Real Estate Council Foundation
The Real Estate Council (TREC) represents more than 1,700 individual members and 500 companies, which account for 95% of the commercial real estate business in North Texas. TREC Foundation seeks to provide financial support and technical expertise to nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, housing, job creation and the environment. Funding is requested to support the professional documentation and distribution of TREC's Real Estate 101 curriculum, which provides an introductory overview of the complexities of real estate transactions to nonprofits and best practices when making real estate-related decisions. To date, 100 local organizations have participated in the course. TREC's goal is to make the content available online so that any nonprofit in any location can benefit.
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The Rise School of Dallas
Founded in 1998, The Rise School of Dallas provides quality education and therapy services to preschool children with and without developmental disabilities. The Rise School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the only special needs school in Dallas to receive this prestigious recognition. Funding is requested for the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy (PT & OT) program, which provides therapy services through a group-based therapy model to improve strength, balance, coordination, and sensory processing. The program also trains parents and teachers to carry over the program through the school day. Funding is also requested for financial aid services, which ensure students from all backgrounds have access to The Rise School. Finally, funding is requested for a safe, age-appropriate playground at the new Rise School facility collocated with the Park Cities YMCA.
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The Senior Source
The Senior Source works to improve quality of life of senior adults in the greater Dallas area through protection, eldercare, financial security, advocacy, volunteerism, and employment services. Funding is requested for the Senior Employment program, which assists persons 50 and over, many of whom have had to come out of retirement and find employment to meet their expenses.
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The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Since February 1989, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza has chronicled the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, interpreted the Dealy Plaza Natural Historical Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and presented the contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. The museum requests funding to become a part of the Blue Star Museum Program, which offers free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day. More than 2,000 museums nationwide take part in this program each year. Funding is also requested to digitize, categorize, and preserve 50,000 historical films, photographs, records, artifacts, and original materials related to the assassination of President Kennedy.
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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began in Paris, France in 1833 to serve the poor. The Society serves 150 countries in five continents with over 800,000 members. The Society started in the Diocese of Dallas in 1954 and currently has nearly 800 members in 36 conferences in Collin, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall Counties. Funding is requested for the following: the Mini Loan Program (MLP), designed to end the cycle of poverty through systematic change by providing low-interest loans to families, who are inclined to take payday loans with exorbitant lending rates; StudyTime, an afterschool tutoring and mentoring program held at four Dallas and Plano locations where 290 students from grades K-8 get individual tutoring with their homework, reading, writing, and math; and Urban Garden, which offers a unique opportunity to local neighborhoods to teach about where food comes from, math skills, basic business principles, the importance of community and stewardship, issues of sustainability, job/life skills, and nutritionally rich foods.
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The Something for Kelly Foundation
The Something for Kelly Foundation (SFK) assists and empowers children who are at-risk for eating disorders, their family members, and professionals who support them. Current statistics indicate that 42% of students who are in the first through third grades report wanting to be thinner, and 81% of 10 year-olds are afraid of being fat. SFK provides programs to create a mindset shift in children with a predisposition to eating disorders, assists them in their relationship with food, and motivates them to voluntarily choose a healthier direction. Funding is requested for the following: expansion of the organization's curriculum and children's book, Yummy Wisdom; support for speakers to hold educational presentations for PTA groups, teachers, and continuing education courses for nurses; and summer camps held in collaboration with Garland Recreation Centers for children ages 6-12.
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The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church
Established in 1975 by the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, The Stewpot offers a safe haven for the homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life. Today, The Stewpot prepares and serve an estimated 1,000 meals each day at The Bridge, Dallas' homeless assistance center. Each year, The Stewpot serves a multi-cultural, multi-racial homeless population of 15,000 people. Funding is requested for ID document/Vital record retrieval to provide identification documentation necessary to secure employment, housing, Social Security, Veteran's benefits, food stamps, even referrals to treatment programs for substance abuse. The Stewpot purchased storage facilities for a "document bank" to save copies of client documents for up to two years. Funding is additionally requested for the Rep Payee Program, which offers counseling sessions to physically and mentally-challenged individuals to help them retrieve their rightful supplemental security income, so they can support their housing and basic living expenses. The Stewpot staff works with 44-45 people, and during a one year period, clients receive 6,530 counseling sessions.
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The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that informs Texans on public policy, government and statewide issues. The Tribune's news coverage is provided for free to media partners across the state, and to more than 800,000 monthly readers on the Tribune's website. The organization's staff of 50 professional journalists routinely collaborate with major newspapers, television and radio stations to produce investigative projects. Funding is requested to support a comprehensive open records project that will track police-involved shootings in Texas' large and medium-sized cities since 2010. The goal is to provide more transparency on past and present actions of law enforcement, and to create a baseline from which to compare future incidents in Texas.
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The Turnaround Agenda
Established in 1985, The Turnaround Agenda (TTA) works to rebuild communities from the inside out with comprehensive faith-based programs and community partnerships designed to transform the lives of the urban youth. TTA currently works with 52 public schools in Dallas, Lancaster, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Cedar Hill school districts, offering school-based mentoring, life skills education, and a variety of support services to students and their families. Funding is requested for the TurnAround Agenda Family Success Initiative (TAAFSI), designed for low-income working families in South Dallas. The TAAFSI employment and career advancement component will offer services to help job seekers join or rejoin the workforce. The TAAFSI Family services program gives access to food, clean clothing, showers, and laundry facilities. TTA hopes to increase overall program capacity with additional funding.
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The University of Texas at Arlington
Established in 1895, The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is a comprehensive research, teaching, and public service institution whose mission is the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence. The Texas Nursing Workforce Shortage Coalition projects a shortage of nurses in Texas by 2020, and UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation requests funding for its nursing scholarships and fellowships to meet the growing demand. Last year, the College awarded more than 3,300 nursing degrees and current enrollment exceeds 19,000 students. Funding is also requested for the Girlgeneering Camp, a week-long program which aims to increase interest in engineering careers among girls in grades 5-9 by combating stereotypes, developing relationships with mentors, and demonstrating the real-world social impact of engineering.
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The WARM Place
The WARM (What About Remembering Me?) Place provides year-round grief support services to children ages three and a half to eighteen and their families, as well as young adults ages 19-25, who have experienced the death of a loved one. The WARM Place was founded in 1989 in response to a young girl's words, "what about remembering me?" spoken to her mother after her brother's illness and tragic death and has since helped more than 35,000 children cope with the death of a loved one. In 1990, President George H. Bush honored The WARM Place with his 230th Daily Point of Light Award for the work of its volunteers with grieving children. Funding is requested for the Monthly Group, a temporary group session offered to clients waiting for the available space in the standard, biweekly program. These temporary group sessions are held one Monday evening per month, and children and families can attend for as long as they feel they are benefitting from the program.
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The Warren Center
The Warren Center works to assure children with developmental difference or disabilities and their families receive the treatment and support they need to reach their full potential. Every year, The Warren Center provides quality therapeutic services to 1,768 children through two programs, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and therapy services for children ages 3-5. They also empower 660 parents and caregivers in the Family Education and Support Program, which trains parents to teach their children how to use their own toys at home to gain new skills to needed to function well. The Warren Center currently seeks funding for three specific services: case management referrals to therapy services to vision impaired children; Specialized Skills Training (SST) offered to qualified ECI clients, which provides personalized therapy sessions to children from birth to three years of age in their natural environment when possible; and therapy services for children ages 3-5 to promote developmental progress through additional therapy for children who show delays or disabilities in communication, social skills, and motor/coordination and sensory processing.
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The Well Community
Serving adults ages 18-80 in Dallas County, the Well Community (The Well) provides hope and healing to adults recovering from mental illness through healthy relationships and programs. Services are delivered through the weekday Community Life Center, offering psychosocial intervention and incorporating elements of a Clubhouse model. Funding is requested for the following: the Daily Bread program, designed to offer nutritious meals to clients every program day; and expansion of the transportation services in order to offer a door-to-door van service and bus passes to ensure every client has access to The Well's programming.
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The Women's Center of Tarrant County
Founded in 1979, The Women's Center of Tarrant County inspires, teaches, and empowers women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. With 90 employees and more than 600 volunteers, The Women's Center served more than 130,000 women, men, and children last year. Funding is requested to support instructors for the Play it Safe® child sexual abuse prevention program, which teaches youth how to recognize abuse, respond appropriately, and report abuse to a trusted adult. Funding is additionally requested for the Employment Solutions (ES) program, which helps job seekers increase financial well-being through stable employment in high-demand occupations and greater financial capability. The program provides employment connections, Career Development services, and financial coaching services. Finally, funding is requested for the General Counseling program, which provides low to no-cost clinical counseling to low-income individuals facing a broad spectrum of crises and mental health problems, ranging from depression to suicidal thoughts.
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Theatre Three
Founded in 1961, Theatre Three (T3) produces seven mainstage productions each year from its initimate theater space located in Uptown. Funding is requested to support The Jac Alder Memorial Fund, created in memory of T3 founder, Jac Alder, who passed away in March 2015. The fund will support ongoing maintenance and capital improvements at the theater, including: safety and equipment upgrades in the T3 shop where sets are built; lighting improvements; and sound system upgrades. Funds raised will be matched by a gift from Mr. Alder's estate.
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Thrive Women's Clinic
Thrive Women's Clinic (TWC) extends Christ-like love in a compassionate and responsive manner that values family and empower women and their partners to choose life. TWC strives to address the complex needs of women experiencing unplanned pregnancy with emotional, spiritual and physical support services. With utmost respect for a woman and her unborn child, TWC extends a variety of services to empower her to make educated decision regarding her future. Funding is requested for the Healthy Behaviors Medical Program, which delivers nonjudgmental care to all women. TWC saw 2,617 individual clients in 2015.
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Tom Joyner Foundation, Inc.
The Tom Joyner Foundation provides scholarships and partnerships in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), their students, and their communities. Since its inception in 1989, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million to more than 30,000 students across the United States and the Virgin Islands. Funding is requested to bring the "Giving Back: the Soul of Philanthropy" traveling exhibit and workshop series, a program designed for both new and seasoned donors, to Dallas. Workshops cover topics including cultural heritage, social responsibility, civic leadership, strategic giving, and community impact. Funding is also requested for the North Texas Student College Fair and Tour, which gives local high school students the opportunity to tour HBCUs. Finally, funding is requested for the Dallas Metroplex HBCU Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to 150,000 graduating seniors attending HBCUs each year.
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Traffick911 works to free youth from sex trafficking by using a three-pronged strategy: prevention, rescue, and restoration. Founded in 2009, Traffick911 delivers programs in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and Denton counties, and has helped more than 400 victims of sex trafficking, resulting in 2.4% of all victims identified in the Western Hemisphere. The organization also helps survivors begin their path to recovery through case management for counseling and residential treatment services. Funding is requested for the following: hiring a community engagement director, who is responsible for speaking to area community groups and increasing awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking; hiring a survivor empowerment case worker, to coordinate support services for survivors and volunteer director, who will be responsible for conducting volunteer orientation, continued education training, background checks, and vetting all volunteers of Traffick911.
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Trans Pride Initiative
Trans Pride Initiative (TPI) empowers trans and gender nonconforming persons to rise above social barriers to equal healthcare, housing employment, and education. As the visibility of trans persons is increasing, more and more trans persons feel empowered enough to come out and be their true selves. This can be a very validating and rewarding experience for some, but for persons experiencing racial, economic, gender identity based discrimination, coming out can create more problems. TPI works to provide assistance to those individuals. Funding is requested for the following: a permanent community center space with a small office; emergency and transitional housing space for trans and queer persons experiencing housing instability; and general administrative and overhead costs.
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Founded in 1974, Transformance (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas) empowers individuals and families to achieve financial freedom by providing financial counseling, professional debt management plans, and responsive customer service. Current education curriculum is tailored to specific audiences, and services are offered in both English and Spanish. The agency requests funding for Pocket Change Kids (PCK), which serves youth in grades K-5 in DISD Title I schools. PCK delivers an experiential, engaging, e-learning platform for children to help develop critical thinking skills and basic financial literacy in preparation for the STAAR math test. Funding will support program delivery to the approximately 100,000 low-income youth in DISD Title I schools. Funding is also requested for C2: SAFE (College Counts: Securing Assets and Financial Education), which offers financial education and coaching to prospective female college students and student loan borrowers in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). Program activities include classes, live chat webinars, and intensive financial counseling and coaching to help participants evaluate student loan debt, explore and apply for appropriate loan options, and review credit scores and reports. Funding will support counselor training, educational material development, and creation and distribution of outreach materials to help 750 students in 2016.
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Trauma Support Services of North Texas
Founded in 2007, Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT) provides affordable therapy and support services to trauma survivors without insurance or ability to pay. The southern sections of Dallas and Tarrant counties have the highest incidences of traumatic events and the lowest number of licensed therapists to serve the victims of those events. Funding is requested for the expansion of the Suicide Trauma Therapy program, designed to provide therapy for friends and family of individuals who have committed suicide. Funding is also requested for hiring a Director of Development and Marketing.
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Travis Academy of Fine Arts
Travis Academy of Fine Arts (TAFA) was founded in 1999 to provide the highest quality arts training for homeschool students across Tarrant County and surrounding areas. The organization's K-12th grade program serves nearly 1,000 students and offers 134 courses and 151 private lessons in art, dance, music, photography, drama, theater, film and sound production. Funding is requested to support TAFA's instrument fund for the purchase of band instruments and pianos, and for costuming and production costs of its musical theater programs. Funding is also requested to support renovations to the historic Riverside Baptist Church, which will become TAFA's new permanent home, allowing the organization to serve more students in the future.
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Trinity Environmental Academy
Trinity Environmental Academy (TriEA) opened in 2015 as the first public charter/private college partnership in Texas. An environmentally focused charter school located on the historic campus of Paul Quinn College, TriEA currently serves kindergarten, first and sixth grades. The school seeks to provide an innovative, community-based environmental education. Funding is requested to help provide mentoring opportunities for young women of TriEA to engage with women in STEM fields and to renovate a 50,000 square foot science building that sits on the edge of the Great Trinity Forest.
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Trinity River Mission
Trinity River Mission (TRM) is a volunteer-based, community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success, and develops life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas. Funding is requested for the Homework Help program, which focuses on each child's personal and social-emotional needs. Participating K-5th grade students have access to daily homework assistance, daily STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities, and field trips to colleges and universities. Funding is also requested for TRM's tutoring program, which provides targeted weekly literacy instruction to incoming 2nd and 3rd graders who struggle with reading and beginning literacy tools to K-1st graders to ensure a solid foundation for reading.
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Turning POINT
Turning POINT (Paraplegics On Independent Nature Trips) was founded in 1979 to develop self-esteem and confidence among people with physical disabilities in Dallas-Fort Worth through participation in adapted outdoor activities. The backbone of the program is the unique personal mentor program, in which accomplished people with physical challenges empower newly injured individuals. Turning POINT requests funding to continue providing free monthly and seasonal activities, including boating, archery, hand cycling, shooting sports, tubing, kayaking, and the 26th Annual Extravaganza – a one day event that provides 20 adaptive outdoor activities to more than 200 people with physical impairments. Funding is additionally requested for new market adaptive equipment to provide outdoor activities, such as archery, shooting sports, kayaking, and fishing, to people with a wider range of ability levels.
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Turtle Creek Chorale
Founded in 1980, the Turtle Creek Chorale (TCC) is comprised of more than 200 singing members who collectively contribute over 100,000 hours annually to rehearsals, performances and community outreach, including a main stage concert series at Dallas City Performance Hall and more than 30 benefit concerts across the community. Funding is requested to support TCC's 2016-17 season of performances; collaborative programming with other local performing arts organizations; and funding to allow TCC to provide complimentary tickets to underserved audiences.
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TX Supreme Court's Children's Commission via CFT
Founded in 2007, the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families works to strengthen courts for children, youth, and families in the Texas child-protection system and thereby improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. The Children's Commission plans to conduct research, perform long-term evaluation of key policies, practice, and law, examine potential policy changes, engage freely in diverse entities including philanthropists, advocates, policy makers, and agencies, and hold major awareness-raising events. The Commission currently seeks funding to conduct a two-phase study on the feasibility of creating a new Child Welfare Policy Center to improve the availability and accessibility of evidence-based and Texas-specific child welfare research and analysis in order to facilitate improvement and reform of Texas child welfare and practice. The first phase involves seeking funds for the study to determine potential interest from the community. If phase one is successful, the Commission will move on to phase two, which will create an implementation plan for creating and sustaining the Center.
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Tyler Street Tower
Tyler Street Tower provides safe, affordable housing and programming to low-income seniors while enhancing their mental, physical, and social well-being. Funding is requested for the following: a community health counselor to work in individual and group settings with seniors to provide supportive services; a transportation specialist to assist seniors with medical appointments, grocery shopping, and appointments at the social security and food stamp offices; and mattresses, box springs, and bed frames for formerly homeless seniors.
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Under 1 Roof
Under 1 Roof (U1R) assists persons with becoming self-reliant by providing transitional and permanent housing and other services to homeless and low-income individuals in the Dallas area. U1R provides housing as well as household items and services to those who are unable. Such needs are determined by several evaluations with U1R case managers. U1R staff answers calls and provides referrals to more than 100 unduplicated persons weekly. Funding is requested to provide U1R services to disabled families with children, most of which have female-headed households.
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Undermain Theatre
Founded in 1984 by a group of artists who transformed a warehouse basement under Main Street into a unique performance space, Undermain's mission is to inspire, educate and challenge audiences through production of innovative works. Funding is requested for numerous facility improvements, including electrical upgrades, new AC equipment, bathroom renovations, and installation of a paint sink and laundry facilities. Funding is also requested to support development of a complete marketing and brand strategy in partnership with Imaginuity, a Dallas-based marketing firm.
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Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
Founded in 1888 by local churches to address the growing local homeless population, Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County (UGM-TC) is a Christian organization and ministry dedicated to providing a new beginning for homeless women, men, and families. UGM-TC offers a residency program for individuals looking to maximize their potential and transition out of homelessness. Funding is requested for general operating support to provide meals, shelter and case management services. Funding is also requested to continue one-on-one tutoring and enrichment services as part of the Children's Enrichment program, which has experienced significant growth due to the opening of the new Scott Walker Building. Finally, funding is requested for the Pathway Out of Poverty Program, a comprehensive education and employment program designed to assist families currently living in poverty by providing them with the tools to find and keep long-term, living-wage employment.
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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
For 90 years, United Way has identified pressing community needs, leveraged community support and resources to help those in need, and served as a hub for collaborative endeavors to achieve lasting change. United Way believes large-scale community change requires broad, cross-sector coordination and adoption of new approaches to solve old problems. Capitalizing on a rich array of community data and strong relationships with corporations, community leaders, educational institutions, and non-profits, United Way launched its GroundFloor initiative launched in 2013. Funding is requested for GroundFloor, which seeks to spark, build, and support innovative social enterprises to generate creative solutions to complex community issues by drawing on the strength and vast networks of United Way. Nonprofits all over North Texas apply for United Way's training programs, coaching services, and endorsement provided through GroundFloor. If accepted, nonprofits become Fellows with access to various resources offered through the program.
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United Way of Tarrant County
United Way of Tarrant County improves lives across its diverse communities by prioritizing needs in education, income, and health, forming partnerships with other organizations, and raising and investing resources to make lasting change. Funding is requested for the following: scholarships for workforce training programs to allow individuals to compete in today's job market by providing them with new skills to obtain a higher paying job; Leveled Literacy Intervention, a reading intervention curriculum offered to 1st-3rd graders in 13 elementary schools who have been identified as not reading on grade level; and medication management to carefully review and reevaluate all medications taken by the elderly to avoid further complications, such as falls from dizziness and hospitalization. All three funding requests are part of United Way's "Bold Goal" initiative with individual milestones to achieve by 2020.
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University of Dallas
The University of Dallas (UD) is dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth, and virtue as the proper and primary ends of education. UD seeks to educate its students so they may develop intellectual and moral virtues, prepare themselves for life and work, and become leaders able to act responsibly for their own good and that of their family, community, country, and church. Funding is requested for the Cor Fund, which supports student scholarships, student development, health and wellness services, faculty development, and general campus enhancements. Funding is also requested for scholarships awarded to graduate students who will go on to teach theological studies and pastoral courses. Finally, funding is requested for construction of the new student services and administration facility.
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University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation (UNTHSC) strives to secure community backing to support innovation, allow for programmatic sustainability, and create solutions for a healthier community. Located in Fort Worth, the Health Science Center includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, UNT System College of Pharmacy, and the School of Health Professions. Funding is requested for the following: STEM Mentorship program, designed to let students from Arlington Independent School District meet post-secondary students and faculty as part of the National Research Mentoring Network; Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE), which allows medical students in TCOM to visit senior homes through partnerships with Meals on Wheels, hospitals, and senior living communities; and the UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic, which provides comprehensive medical care including well-child exams, sick visits, immunizations, vision and dental screenings, and laboratory testing to uninsured and underinsured children in Fort Worth.
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University of Texas at Dallas - Academic Bridge Program
Founded in 1999, the University of Texas at Dallas - Academic Bridge Program (ABP) recruits and supports first-generation college students from low socioeconomic backgrounds that succeeded in Dallas-area urban high schools but need financial and academic assistance to persist in college. The program serves approximately 160 students annually. Funding is requested for tuition and books for students enrolled in ABP, tutoring to ensure the success of all students in the program, and stipends for interns, who are returning ABP students who serve as peer advisors for incoming ABP freshman.
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University of Texas at Dallas - Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies
The University of Texas at Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies offers UTD students and the broader Dallas community the opportunity to study first-hand accounts, literature, philosophy, and cultural and political aspects of the Holocaust and its aftermath. The Dallas Holocaust Museum and the Center have a formal partnership that offers education programs for both communities, teaching opportunities for graduate students, and potential docent training. This relationship provides the Holocaust Museum access to UTD's dedicated research library and resources, highly trained graduate students, and the faculty in the field of Holocaust Studies. Funding is requested to support student internships, expand the existing museum docent training, and a student-led exhibition about the Eichmann Trial, detailing the capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.
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UNT Dallas Foundation
The University of North Texas Dallas Foundation (UNT Dallas) mobilizes philanthropic investment to support UNT Dallas' ability to provide an educational experience that transforms lives. UNT Dallas currently serves more than 2,600 students, 87% of whom are from Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, or Denton counties. Funding is requested for the Eureka Summer STEM Camp Program, held in conjunction with Girls Inc. of Dallas. The program presents STEM subjects as cohesive, integrated aspects of everyday life. Funding is also requested for the Caruth Police Institute, a collaboration between UNT Dallas and the Dallas Police Department to provide innovative professional development and leadership opportunities to police officers and other criminal justice practitioners in North Texas. Finally, funding is requested for scholarships and program development at the UNT Dallas College of Law, a new public law school located in downtown Dallas. The College aims to increase access to legal education through lower tuition rates for both full-time and evening students and address the need for legal services in underserved communities.
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UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center
The University of North Texas Kristen Farmer Autism Center (KFAC) conducts evidence-based research, training, and direct services to positively impact individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The center represents a unique, dynamic collaboration between faculty and students across many disciplines at UNT, including applied behavior analysis, special education, and counseling. Funding is requested for the following: a web-based outreach research study designed to observe whether the use of puppets helps improve basic skills of children with ASD; hiring a Training Director and Director of Research to standardize and nationally disseminate KFAC's treatment model, implementing evidence-based research, and securing and managing grants; and installation of an elevator or wheelchair lift to enable clients and family members with physical disabilities to access the KFAC second floor space, largely unusable at the moment due to federal accessibility laws.
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Uplift Education
Founded in 1996, Uplift Education works to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential and inspire a lifelong love of learning, achievement, service, and responsible citizenship. Today, Uplift Education operates 34 schools on 17 campuses located in Arlington, Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth, Desoto, Grand Prairie. Funding is requested to implement the Education Energized program at Uplift Lee. The program is a collaboration with Grand Prairie ISD that allows families to choose one of three educational tracks: Uplift Education College Preparatory, International Baccalaureate program, or the traditional Grand Prairie ISD Dual Language program. Funding is also requested to partner with the Urban Teachers program to strengthen the pipeline of Uplift Teachers and leaders. Finally, funding is requested for the Reading Partners program, which aims to increase K-5th grade literacy through dedicated intervention.
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Uptown Players
The mission of Uptown Players is to present professional theater that meets an increasing demand in the community for audiences to see a wide variety of life experiences represented on stage, including plays and musicals with contemporary and alternate lifestyle themes. Funding is requested to support Uptown Players' 2017 season of five mainstage productions at the historic Kalita Humphreys Theater on Turtle Creek. Funding is also requested to support lighting upgrades, as well as a collaboration with the Turtle Creek Chorale on a musical concert to be presented at City Performance Hall in May 2017.
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Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Founded in 1874, the Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. Educating students for 141 years, the Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas. Funding is requested to hire a professional learning coordinator to lead the Planned Professional Learning (PPL) program, which supports Ursuline educators' continued professional and academic development. Funding is also requested for student tuition assistance. Last year, Ursuline granted more than $1 million in financial assistance and merit awards. Finally, funding is requested for the digitization of archives to preserve Ursuline's most important collateral and historical materials.
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UT Dallas - Center for Children and Families
The University of Texas at Dallas' Center for Children and Families (CFF) was founded in 2008 with the mission of promoting optimal family and child development through research, practice, and outreach. CCF's research, educational, and clinical outreach programming is focused on three key initiatives: parenting healthy children, strengthening interpersonal relationships, and enhancing learning and thinking. Funding is requested for Juega Conmigo (Play with Me), a relationship-centered, playful-learning program for at-risk children up to three years of age and their parents. Juega Conmigo strengthens the child's foundation for school readiness and success by promoting positive parent-child relationships through guided play activities and supportive parenting conversations. Programming is offered in both English and Spanish in the Bachman Lake, Vickery Meadow, Pleasant Grove, and East Plano neighborhoods. Since the program's inception in 2011, Juega Conmigo has served over 800 children and 700 parents.
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UT Dallas - Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Founded in 2005, the University of Texas at Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) utilizes cross-disciplinary education, training, mentorship, and resources to support students, faculty, and staff in the launch of new businesses. The program has received numerous awards from the United States Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Funding is requested for the following: seed funding for students participating in IIE's startup launch courses to help student entrepreneurs validate, develop, and start their companies; scholarships to support students pursuing undergraduate or graduate level studies or concentrations in innovation and entrepreneurship; and support for community outreach events, such as Girls Going Places, a one day, national conference held on the UT Dallas campus for 150+ local middle school and high schools girls.
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UT Dallas - STEM Education for Girls Initiative
UT Dallas is committed to providing comprehensive STEM outreach programs to under-served populations in the DFW area. Funding is requested for UTD's STEM Education for Girls Initiative which encompasses multiple programs including the Young Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Investigators program and the Teaming for Tomorrow Camp within UTD's Science and Engineering Education Center. The Young WISE program seeks to foster interest/participation in STEM careers for low-income high school students by promoting applied research and mentoring in a team environment. To date, the Young WISE Investigators program has served more than 150 high school students from the DFW area. Funding will specifically be used for supplies, materials, and equipment necessary for various scientific research experiments. Funding is also requested for the Teaming for Tomorrow (TFT) Camp, a residential program for high schools girls from Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties. Funds will be used to purchase hardware and software, which will be at the core of several project-based learning activities.
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UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute
As an affiliate of the UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Moncrief Cancer Institute (UTSW-MCI) provides leading-edge services in cancer care to the medically underserved of North Texas, specifically uninsured and underinsured patients. Loss of fertility is a significant late effect of cancer treatment for those patients diagnosed in their reproductive years. Therefore, fertility preservation must be completed before cancer treatment begins, creating a small window of opportunity for those interested. Unfortunately, few people know of this option - half of oncologists report never having referred a patient for a fertility consultation and 60% of cancer survivors do not recall having received this information from their doctor at the time of diagnosis. MCI requests funding for the following: expansion of the Fertility Preservation Program to provide fertility preservation education and treatment opportunities to physicians and patients, including coordination of treatment, and financial assistance for uninsured and underinsured adolescent and young adult cancer patients.
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Val's House International Ministries
Val's House International Ministries was founded in 2008 with the mission to anchor women in God's redeeming love and serve as a G.A.T.E. to Guard, Anchor, Transform, and Equip women to understand their purpose and fulfill their destiny by providing them with a safe place to experience hope, healing, love, and laughter in a supportive environment. To date, Val's House has helped more than 1,500 women in Denton County deal with and overcome life issues that have devastated them in the past by providing counseling, 12 Step programs, and GED and life skills classes, including cooking, budgeting and Bible study. Funding is requested to open two additional Val's Houses; operating expenses for 3-4 staff members to organize, teach, track and monitor the homes and programs offered; and training materials and space to hold GED and life skills classes, including computers, commercial kitchen equipment, and business-related software.
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Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas
Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas supports veterans with housing, entrepreneuship and career development, mental health assistance, higher education/job training and financial education. Funds are requested to hire an additional staff person for program implementation, and to build a comprehensive veterans database of veterans resources and veterans service organizations. Finally funds are requested to support Operation Healthy Reunions, a mental health counseling program that provides individual, couples, and family counseling, as well as anger management. The organization would like to expand Operation Healthy Reunions to also serve families of veterans left behind as a result of suicide, or because of their loved one being killed in action.
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Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation
The Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation was founded in 2007 to serve students in the highly diverse, low-income Vickery Meadow neighborhood located in northeastern Dallas. Funding is requested for the Eagle Scholars program, a college readiness program created to address the achievement gap for minority, low-income children. As Eagle Scholars, 7-12th grade students will receive five years of tutoring from a collaboration of community partners, including SMU, UTD, the Dallas Arboretum, and Toastmasters. Funding is also requested for the agency's scholarship program for 25 low-income students to attend higher education institutions. Many students receive tuition scholarships from colleges but are unable to afford the necessary supplies and books. The scholarship program offers funding for these non-tuition expenses.
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Video Association of Dallas
The Video Association of Dallas is dedicated to promoting an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force in our society, and to supporting and advance the work of Texas artists working in video and electronic arts. Funding is requested to support a collaboration with the Dallas Chamber Symphony to present a silent film with a live musical score. Funding is also requested to support the salary of a new full time development position, which will help build the organization's capacity through focused fundraising efforts. Finally, funding is needed to support archiving and digitizing the organization's collection of video materials so that they can be made available online to the public.
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Visual Teaching from Genesis to Revelation
Visual Teachings from Genesis to Revelations (VTFGTR) is a faith-based nonprofit organization, which uses dramatic media to educate, encourage, and heighten self-esteem among children and adults to help bring families together. Funding is requested for Jordan Indigo Children's Theatre (JICT), which presents productions to reach and help at-risk youth, who struggle with moral ethics and peer pressure. JICT teaches a positive way to convey words and feelings and a successful method to handle social pressures. Funding is additionally requested for Visual Teachings Productions (VTP), which presents productions based on every-day life problems. Unlike JICT, VTP was designed with a mature audience in mind. VTP works to reach underserved audiences with expectations to enrich lives of families within communities. Finally, funding is requested for the VTFGTR Annual Mother and Daughter Tea and establishment of the Father and Son "Tee" to foster relationships between parents and their children.
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Established in 1997, Vickery Meadow Learning Center (VMLC) provides English literacy classes for non-English speaking adults in Vickery Meadow, West Dallas, and East Dallas neighborhoods. Funding is requested for the adult English literacy program, which provides free English literacy instruction and empowerment programs to approximately 1,200 immigrants and refugees each year. In the communities VMLC serves, about half of individuals are developing English proficiency. The program also offers free early childhood education programming, multiple levels of daytime and nighttime classes and a team of highly-trained volunteers to equip participants with the English literacy and life skills necessary to gain self-sufficiency. 80% of participants reported gaining, retaining, or improving employment after completion of the program.
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Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) helps people live with dignity and independence at home. Since 1934, VNA nurses, therapists, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers have provided quality care in homes across North Texas. Funding is requested for the VNA Meals on Wheels program, which provides nutritious, hot, home-delivered meals to those who, due to illness, advanced age, or disability, are unable to provide or prepare their own meals. More than 77% of Meals on Wheels' clients live alone. Funding is additionally requested for the Pet Care Program, which helps Meals on Wheels clients care for their beloved pets by delivering supplemental pet food, facilitating access to preventive veterinary care, and educating clients about responsible pet ownership. In the second year of the program, VNA has cared for 120 homebound seniors and their 152 dogs and 56 cats. Finally, funding is requested for VNA Hospice Care, which provides medical care as well as emotional and spiritual support for adults in the final phase of a terminal illness and bereavement support of their families. Last year, VNA cared for 1,120 patients, who in received 84,644 days of care.
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Voice of Hope Ministries
Voice of Hope Ministries provides children living in West Dallas with strong role models, educational support, life skills, and family support services to help them become productive, Christian citizens. Additional resources include Bible study and support services for low-income seniors, and an emergency food pantry and social service referrals for families. Funding is requested for the ASPIRE afterschool program in partnership with the Uplift Education campuses Heights Preparatory Primary, Heights Preparatory Secondary, and Uplift Gradus. ASPIRE offers activities designed for character development, spiritual growth, direct academic instruction, and physical recreation in a supportive, learning environment. Funding is also requested for the summer day camp, established to provide a safe haven for the children of West Dallas in the summer months. Programming includes Bible study, fitness, sports education, arts and crafts, academic support food services, and character development activities.
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Volunteer Services Council for Denton State Supported Living Center
Denton State Support Living Center (DSSLC) opened in 1960, and is one of 13 state supported living centers in Texas for intellectually, developmentally, and physically challenged individuals. The mission of the DSSLC Volunteer Services Council is to seek and accept in-kind goods, services, and donations to benefit the lives of approximately 460 individuals served by the Center. Funding is requested to support musical concerts, held in collaboration with Texas Women's University to provide quality music programs several times a month for 160 medically-fragile or non-ambulatory residents. Funding is also requested to support Impressions, a retail outlet in Denton Square, that sells pottery, ceramics, and other crafts made by DSSLC residents, while also providing employment and life skills training opportunities.
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Founded in 1971, VolunteerNow works to transform the community through volunteerism, and is one of the largest and most active volunteer centers in the country. Primarily serving Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties, VolunteersNow recruits volunteers to serve nonprofit, corporate, and municipal members, while also providing a range of support programs including trainings, advocacy, and VeriFYI background checks. In 2015, VolunteerNow served 2,200 nonprofit organizations and engaged 40,000 volunteers in more than 1.1 million service hours. Funding is requested for VOLY.org, the VolunteerNow website, an online platform to connect volunteers with service opportunities at nonprofits across North Texas. VOLY.org provides an easy way for prospective volunteers to search for opportunities via profiles and information posted by local nonprofit agencies.
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Volunteers of America Texas
Volunteers of America Texas (VOATX) has served Texas for more than 100 years by helping individuals who are most vulnerable reach their full potential. VOATX has more than 30 locations in urban and rural communities throughout the state, including Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio, which serve more than 6,000 clients annually. Funding is requested for Resolana, a program which provides gender-specific trauma-informed services to women in the Dallas County Jail. Resolana provides support services for these incarcerated women, who often have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime. Last year, Resolana served 534 clients.
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We Teach Science Foundation
Established in San Mateo County, CA, We Teach Science Foundation motivates, inspires, and mentors K-12 grade American public school students to achieve excellence in the science and math. Lack of basic proficiency in middle school level algebra is a leading indicator that a student may drop out prior to high school graduation. We Teach Science's sole program, Remote Tutoring and Mentoring (RTM) works to solidify the math and science foundation of students that is essential for high school graduation and college readiness. RTM matches STEM professionals with students for online, one-on-one sessions held at the student's school. Funding is requested for recruitment and retention of current Dallas area districts and schools, recruiting and training volunteer tutor-mentors, and the web-based interactive platform used during tutoring sessions.
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Wesley Mission Center
Wesley Mission Center was founded in 1973 at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield to provide financial aid to families to crisis through profits made from the agency's thrift store. Wesley Mission Center has since grown to serve more than 4,300 North Texas residents through various services and programs, including financial coaching, skills training, and women's empowerment workshops. Funding is requested for the Unity Lending Program, designed to equip clients with resources and tools to avoid predatory lending products and create longer-term financial stability. Clients meet with a financial coach, who assesses their situation holistically to determine a loan amount and interest free payment plan, and set up monthly coaching meetings to provide ongoing, practical tools for financial management. Through its services, Unity Lending hopes to cultivate a saving mentality, and a sense of dignity and self-efficacy among its clients.
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Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) has served West Dallas for more than 114 years through programs designed to address multigenerational needs. Funding is requested for the Wesley-Rankin Community School (WRCS), a Montessori school for students ages 0-5. As of 2015, 94% of program participants have graduated from high school and 89% attended or currently attend college. Funding is also requested for afterschool programming for K-12 grade students. Students receive homework help, a hot meal, math and reading enrichment, and various recreational activities. Finally, funding is requested for B3X (Beakers, Base 10, and the Beat) Summer Enrichment Camp, a seven-week summer camp for incoming 8th grade students. Students learn about science, math, music and art and participate in character development activities focused on social-emotional mental health.
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West Dallas Community School
Founded in 1995, West Dallas Community School (WDCS) provides Pre-K-8th grade students with a challenging, educational experience designed to help them live purposefully and intelligently. Since 2005, 100% of WDCS graduates have gone on to finish high school at some of the top schools in Dallas, including St. Marks, and the Hockaday School. WDCS uses a sliding scale tuition model based on annual household income and number of dependents to ensure every child has the opportunity to attend WDCS. Funding is requested to help cover the gap between the cost of educating each student and the amount paid by each family.
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White Rock Lake Conservancy
The White Rock Lake Conservancy was created in 2007 to enhance the identity, beauty, and safety of White Rock Lake in partnership with the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. As a result of President Roosevelt’s 1933 New Deal, many improvements to White Rock Lake Park were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Conservancy is requesting funds to complete the renovation of the historic Stone Tables picnic area, which includes: rebuilding 13 stone picnic tables, restoring the original Lily Pond, and renovating restrooms.
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Wilkinson Center
Established in 1985, Wilkinson Center is a dynamic service provider for families struggling to escape poverty, providing services throughout nine zip codes in east and southeast Dallas. Programs include financial coaching, education, family support, and nutrition. Funding is requested for hiring two additional case managers. The organization's case managers assist clients with setting goals, developing a self-sufficiency plan, and provide financial and employment coaching. Funding is also requested for the agency's food and emergency services program, which provides short-term assistance to help stabilize clients living in poverty and facing financial crisis.
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Women in Need of Generous Support (WiNGS)
In January 2016, YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas changed its name to Women in Need of Generous Support (WiNGS). Today, WiNGS addresses a variety of social and economic issues impacting women's health, financial stability, career readiness, and parenting. Funding is requested for the Finance & Career program, which provides coaching, education, benefit screenings, assets, and work supports to help low-to-moderate income families achieve financial security. Last year, the program served 3,105 individuals. Funding is also requested for the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which pairs a first-time mother with a Registered Nurse who makes home visits for two and a half years. Mothers enrolled in the program are identified as being at-risk of receiving inconsistent or insufficient health care, including prenatal and well-child care. Last year, Nurse-Family Partnership helped 405 first-time mothers and 324 babies.
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World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft Worth
Since 1951, the mission of the World Affairs Council (WAC) has been to provide relevant information about global issues, challenges and opportunities while establishing North Texas as a center for international interests and business. Funding is requested to support various programs offered as part of the Council's International Education Programs, which reach students and teachers in more than 300 schools across 92 school districts. Funding is specifically needed for: Teacher Enrichment Programs, which provide educators with professional development and access to content resources; Student Readiness Programs, which include opportunities for students to participate in WAC events, International Career Day, and Academic WorldQuest; and to support Junior World Affairs Council clubs at local high schools.
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World Vision North Texas
Founded in 2004, World Vision North Texas is a Christian, humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision North Texas currently partners with nearly 300 community nonprofit organizations to serve more than 630,000 people each year. Funding is requested for the Teacher Resource Center and the Mobile Teacher Resource Center to provide school supplies to families in poverty. The school supplies are distributed though teachers, and relieves a burden from teachers who often spend their own money as many school budgets do not accommodate for basic school supplies. In 2015, nearly 65,000 North Texas students received supplies.
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Writing Center at University of Texas at Dallas
The Writing Center at the University of Texas at Dallas focuses was established to provide writing assistance to the school's culturally diverse population, which includes a large percentage of international students. During the 2014-2015 school year, the Center conducted more than 2,300 tutoring sessions with nearly 1,400 unique students. However, the Writing Center's services are limited to students only, and the staff would like to broaden its services to include residents of Dallas County. Therefore, the Center requests funding to develop a summer writing tutoring program in public libraries across the city. The program will launch in 2017 and will offer targeted help with college and job applications. The Center particularly hopes this new program will help refugees improve employment, since Dallas ranks as one of the top four areas in Texas for refugee resettlement.
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Year Up Dallas
Year Up Dallas' mission is to close the opportunity divide between young individuals and companies looking for a skilled workforce by providing urban adults with training, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. The year-long program consists of an intensive, semester-long, skill-building experience characterized by intensive support and accountability, followed by a six-month professional internship. Year Up's model, which includes combining marketable job skills development, life skills training, stipends, paid internships, college credit, and a behavior management system, has demonstrated success with putting young people on the path to rewarding careers and higher education. Year Up has launched its newest program site with a cohort of 40 students at El Centro College in Dallas and currently seeks funding to help support launch costs, which include general operating support, student stipends for program participation, and student related costs, such as books, transportation, and child care.
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YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Founded in 1885, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves seven counties and operates in 19 branch locations, two resident camps, and more than 300 program sites. YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas works to put Christian values into practice through programs that build health, spirit, mind, and body for all. Funding is requested for the Y's Safety Around Water swim safety initiative and the YMCA Apartment Swim program, designed to educate youth living in apartment complexes on swim safety. Funding is also requested for the Rise School at the Moody Family YMCA in the Park Cities, a collaborative effort between the Rise School of Dallas and the YMCA. The Rise School provides care and therapy services to preschool children with developmental disabilities.
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Young Women's Preparatory Network
Young Women's Preparatory Network (YWPN) supports single-gender, college preparatory, public education in Texas, giving young women the academic and leadership skills to be successful in college and in life. YWPN requests funding for the STEM Initiative, which hosts several programs and workshops year round to give girls continued exposure to STEM fields. Funding is also requested for Respect Starts Here - Listen, Learn, and Act (RSH), a communication development program designed to teach young women how to express their opinions and ideas, especially when it comes to sensitive topics such as race, gender, and ethnicity. Programming will be implemented at the Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in Dallas and the Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold in Grand Prairie.
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Youth With Faces
Founded in 2001, Youth with Faces helps young men and women in Dallas County's juvenile justice system break the cycle of incarceration and create a more promising future by providing contiuum of care style programs. Programs include retail training, horticulture summer internships, financial literacy education, work readiness, mentoring services, and more. Approximately 73% of YWF program participants obtained employment post-release compared to 20% for non-participants, and YWF participants earn 45% more than non-particpants who did find employment. Funding is requested for operational support of the job readiness programs, which help youth in trouble turn their lives in a positive direction through education and healthy life changes.
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Youth World
Located in South Oak Cliff, Youth World has provided a safe haven and loving community for low-income, at-risk children in Dallas County since 1998. Funding is requested for Youth World's six-week summer camps, which offer health programs, music education, reading clubs, leadership and life skills development, and computer programming classes. Funds will help 300-400 children attend camp daily. Funding is also requested for the construction of a multi-use athletic field to promote healthy living, team-building and athletic skills, while exposing children to excellent coaching and leadership training, and providing a safe space for children to play outside. Nearly 45% of children living in poverty are overweight or obese compared to 22% of children living in households with incomes four times the poverty level.
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