2017-2018 Giving Guide Agencies

In Fall 2017, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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1 $ Wiser Consumer Education, Inc.
1 $ Wiser Consumer Education empowers individuals to take control of their personal finances and fiscal responsibility through consumer budgeting, credit, and personal finance education and counseling. Funds are requested for Know Before You Owe - Student Loans Program that will educate high school students and parents throughout Texas on the real costs and pitfalls of most of the financing options available for higher education.
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29 Acres
29 Acres will begin providing housing and life skills training for adults with autism spectrum disorder in 2018. Funds are requested for start-up costs including: curriculum for the transitioning to independent living; consulting fees for an expert on transition adults with autism to independent living; and staffing and administrative costs.
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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. Funds are requested for: 1) training and hiring two teaching artists to assist in lesson facilitation and provide professional development workshops for teachers, 2) to hire an outside consultant to perform a professional evaluation of its education programming, and 3) funds are requested to underwrite education program staff.
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2ndSaturday CDC
2nd Saturday began work in 2009 as a volunteer effort to make home repairs to the homes of older adults in South Dallas. Today, they continue their mission of serving our "forgotten neighbors" in South Dallas through two main programs. The 2nd Saturday home rehabilitation program now serves 60 older adults each year by making home repairs to 30 homes on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Additionally, the agency has developed a lawn mowing business to provide employment opportunities to previously incarcerated men. The business has grown significantly, with revenues of $800,000 last year. The organization seeks funding for these two core programs as well as for capital costs associated with acquiring and renovating a headquarters space in South Dallas.
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3e McKinney
3e McKinney focuses on improving the community through the clothe a child program. The clothe a child program provides new clothes per child which on average is between 600-700 children out of the 1200-1500 applications they receive, also along with receiving clothes the partners are given a workshop to help them be more engaged in there children’s success. 3e McKinney clothe a child program is seeking to engage community neighbors in long-term relationships, equip our community to live together in love, grace and compassion, and empower the materially under resourced to long term self-sufficiency.
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6 Stones
6 Stones was founded in 2008 by First Baptist Church of Euless, to bring together local churches and social organizations to solve community issues. Serving primarily Tarrant County and the Hurst Euless Bedford area, 6 Stones is a volunteer-driven effort, engaging 5,517 volunteers last year alone to serve over 21,000 individuals. The organization requests funds for three programs. First, Operation: Back to School needs funding to provide school supplies to low-income children. 6,000 children and families are served through this program each year. Second, funding is needed for Community Powered Revitalization, which utilizes volunteers to assist with home repairs. Last year, 3,000 volunteers revitalized 125 homes. Finally, 6 Stones requests funds for the New Hope Center, which provides food, clothing and counseling to over 15,000 people each year.
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A+ Academy Secondary Charter School
A+ Academy is a tuition free public charter school. They are seeking funding for 1) New Black Box Theatre; and 2) "State of the Art Furnishings" to support its Pathways to College Program. It currently serves 410 students and has a 100% graduation rate. A+ Academy started in 2011 with 14 students. Currently serves 96 students (585% increase over 5 years).
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Aberg Center for Literacy
The Aberg Center for Literacy has programs in English fluency, Spanish and English high school equivalency preparation, early childhood education and family literacy. It primarily serves low-income Spanish speaking Latina mothers of DISD students. It is seeking funding for its: 1) Family Literacy Program; 2) Early Childhood Program; and 3) Dual-Generation Program.
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Ability Connection
Ability Connection provides comprehensive, life-changing care, training, and support services to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Funding is requested to invest in equitable health outcomes for children with disabilities. Funding is also requested for creating vocational opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities. Finally funding is requested for home-based nursing care for adults with severe disabilities, empowering independent living.
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Abounding Prosperity
Abounding Prosperity, Inc.’s (AP Inc.) mission is to provide services that address health, social, and economic disparities among African American men, with a focus on reaching and serving gay and bisexual men, and male-to-female transgender persons and their families in Dallas County. AP Inc. was selected by the CDC's evaluation consultant for a review of its program data collection, tools, methods and outcomes, which will be replicated by other CDC-funded providers. AP Inc. requests funding for project Black LGBTQ S.A.F.E, which will bring together many members of the community including stakeholders, politicians, strategic advocates, health professionals and more to discuss the racial health inequality in the Dallas LGBT community.
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Academic Success Program Dallas
The Academic Success Program (ASP) focus is on getting students into college and helping them obtain adequate funding for college. It provides individualized college counseling to students. It primarily serves students in DISD schools. In total they serve students at 20 high schools in the DFW area. It is seeking funding for: 1) Support for three events in the coming year College Kickoff, College Signing Day and the Symposium for Multicultural Recruitment; and 2) day to day programing needs.
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ACH Child and Family Services
ACH Child and Family Services brings resources and skills to children and families struggling with life's challenges. Funding is requested for the ACH Wellness Program that provides informational sessions and activities focusing on nutrition, exercise, job-skills and other skills, all designed to help youth in the shelter develop a relationship with trusted adults.
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Achieve (formerly known as Citizens Development Center) is empowering individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest level of independence and employment. Funding is requested for Veterans Employment Program which assists veterans with readiness skills like job training, resume creation and achieving employment. Funding is also requested for Vocational Adjustment Training (VAT) a curriculum-based program that targets self-awareness, soft-skills and job preparation to assist students develop skills and competencies to succeed on the job and in the community. Finally funds are requested to support and provide art and cultural enrichment activities such as dance, music, art and photography.
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Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas serves students and the DFW community by teaching the history and legacy of the Holocaust. They are seeking funding for a new collaborative interactive citizen history project called "Confronting Our Histories, Changing our Future". The project's goal is to explore, document and curate the history of hate and racial/ethnic violence in DFW.
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Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas
The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, which is celebrating its thirtieth year as a program at UT Dallas, was founded to teach both the history and legacy of the Holocaust. By educating the current generations, the center can help to shape the ways in which the Holocaust will be taught to future generations. Currently, the Center provides invaluable educational, intellectual, and ethical insights to more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies requests funding for a collaborative “Confronting Our Histories, Changing our Future” which will be an interactive citizen history project to explore and document the history of hate and racial/ethnic violence in Dallas-Fort Worth. Through storytelling, the project aims to acknowledge and empower citizens.
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Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT)
Founded in 2009 Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT) is inspired to fight for neighborhoods, where crime is no longer tolerated and dignity and hope are restored. Funds are requested to support the Legal Advocacy Program that aims to reduce crime by 50% through resolving 75% of identified crime in the Cross Hampton area of West Dallas. Act works on the grass roots level to organize local residents and educate and counsel them about their legal rights.
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Advocates for Special People
Advocates for Special People (ASP) provides intellectually disabled adults with programs for socialization, recreation, and life skills development. Funding is requested for Special Connexion, a program that provides recreation, socialization and habilitation unlike any other program in Tarrant County. Also the program offers field trips, exercise programs, peer to peer experiences and varied activities.
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After-School All-Stars North Texas
The After School All Stars North Texas provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them achieve in school and life. the program is grounded in 3 pillars - academics, enrichment and health & fitness. They currently serve 565 students at five high need schools in Dallas County. They are adding one additional school site in the Fall of 2017. They are seeking funding for: 1) its STEM Expansion Program; and 2) CampUs-College Immersion Camp for rising 9th graders. At camp they are submerged into a college campus participating in high school readiness and college planning, career exploration and leadership training, and a business competition.
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Agape Clinic
The Agape Clinic has provided primary and specialty medical care to uninsured and underinsured clients throughout North Texas for nearly 34 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: employing scribes to help alleviate some of the work caused by transitioning to medical records; for patient medications/prescriptions; and patient care at a cost of $45/patient.
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Agape Resource & Assistance Center
Agape provides housing and transformational services to homeless women, moms and their children through a community continuum of care, like-minded social agencies, property owners, municipalities and faith groups to end the disproportionate impact of homelessness and poverty on women and children. Agape provides life changing solutions to the growing problems of homelessness and poverty that debilitate thousands of single women, moms and children in crisis and poverty in Collin county and zip codes within 5 miles of Agape's office in East Plano. Funds are requested to expand funding for bridge housing assistance that enables women to transition to living independently.
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Aid for Educators
Aid for Educators directly helps teachers lessen the burden of spending their own money for supplies, projects and technology. Funding is requested for the reserve fund for teachers needing supplies and decorations for their classroom. Funding is also requested for scholarship money for low socioeconomic status students needing assistance planning to attend college. Finally funding is requested for Honor 21, a program that funds teacher’s projects and supplies teachers with technology, and supplies.
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AIDS Interfaith Network
AIDS Interfaith Network (AIN) works to prevent the spread of HIV, and services persons living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations. AIN currently serves 2,000 individuals with HIV/AIDS, and another 12,000 individuals through education and prevention. Funds are requested for: 1) the Daire Center Nutrition program, which provides over 24,000 meals per year to over 450 unduplicated clients; 2) the Manos Unidas Spanish-speaking program that provides HIV education, testing and counseling; and 3) capital expenses to renovate AIN's new space it is required to move to, as their current building has been bought out.
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AIDS Services of Dallas
AIDS Services of Dallas provides affordable housing to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, it provides HIV/AIDS advocacy and education. The affordable housing is provided through four apartment complexes, which serve up to 225 individuals. Funds are requested to replace kitchen equipment that serves over 42,000 meals annually. Funds are also requested to replace a truck, used for property maintenance, and a van, used for resident transportation and food services.
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AIR (Arts Incubator of Richardson)
Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR) is exploring opportunities to house a center for creativity, innovation and collaboration in the City of Richardson. This initiative is composed of multiple entities who support the city's cultural arts master plan and would allow for the inclusion of art and artistry from a diversity of cultures. AIR began six years ago and has developed strong partnerships with other Richardson-based arts organizations. AIR is requesting $250,000 in operating funds to hire an architect or consultant for renovation and building needs and the initiation and development of a capital fundraising campaign.
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Akola Project
Akola Project is a jewelry business that provides pathways to financial stability for families and communities in poverty by empowering women with income-earning opportunities and holistic skills. Akola's fusion model utilizes social business revenue and donation-funded programs to sustainably employ hundreds of women throughout Uganda and Dallas, impacting thousands of children to create a next generation ripple effect. Funding is requested for the Akola Dallas Empowerment Team which provides women with little or no work history, pay a living wage of $15/hour. Funding is also requested for Program-Related Investments (PRI) which donates seed capital and program related investments to lay the groundwork for impact initiatives.
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Alice Givens Jones Foundation
The Alice Givens Jones Foundation provides scholarships, technology, mentorship and support for visually impaired college and trade students. They are seeking funding for: 1) providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships, to visually-impaired college and trade school students in Dallas County; 2) creating a database of resources and mentors based on visual impairment, academic institution and demographic variables; and 3) funds to investigate changes in academic success based on the provision of technological needs of visually impaired students. Project collaborators include UNT and the Perot Museum.
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All Star Equestrian Foundation, Inc.
All Star Equestrian Foundation improves physical, cognitive, and emotional fitness through therapeutic horseback riding, equine assisted, and therapies. Funding is requested for the Veterans Program that is a 10-week program that improves physical, cognitive, and emotional fitness through therapeutic horseback riding, equine assisted, and therapies. Funding is also requested for 6 desktop computers and a potable building.
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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. Support is also needed for the Cops & Kids in Dallas partnership program to strengthen and improve relationships and facilitate challenging conversations on race and poverty.
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All Things Made New
All Things Made New is a mentoring program that mentors youth and their families who seek direction, encouragement, community and support in their life to press toward their dreams by offering hope and counsel in finding and using their personal qualities to accomplish their purpose in life. Funding is requested for enhancing the current program by hiring staff to facilitate programs and providing resources for guest speakers, field trips, and developing curriculum. Funding is also requested to purchase a 16- passenger van to provide transportation to programs and youth events, Finally funding is requested to secure a larger facility to meet the needs of more youth and their families.
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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 15,000 youth in grades preK-12 enroll in sports teams and more than 6,000 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 in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation (AiRS)
Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation (AiRS) provides women access to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy. In addition, it provides advocacy to help clients navigate the difficult and confusing paperwork and find the best, most financially reasonable hospitals, surgeons and staff. Funds are requested for items not covered by insurance, as well as the salary of both an existing part-time Director of Advocates, and a new Executive Director.
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Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership
Aliance of Elite Youth Leadership was started in 2014 to provide opportunities for youth in the Collin and Dallas County juvenile justice system to participate in skill building, leadership development, one-on-one counseling and college and career development. Support is requested for scholarships to asist low-income families. Funds are also requested to support an additional staff member to allow them to expand the number of youth served by their program.
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Alpha Parent Support
Alpha Parent Support (ALPS) strives to further the McKinney ISD's Gifted & Talented program through communication with the community, schools, and school board and to create expanded opportunities for gifted students in MISD. They are seeking funding for 1) a Gifted Girls STEM conference; 2) a Gifted Boys STEM Conference; and 3) ALPHA Digital Learning Commons.
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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. (no data)
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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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American Heart Association
The American Heart Association's (AHA's) mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. AHA has 30 million volunteers and trains over 15 million people a year in CPR. Funds are requested to support one of four research programs: Predoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Scientist Development Grant and Innovative Research Grant. Additionally funds are requested to close the gap on funding needed for worthy research in Dallas. In 2016, AHA funded $8.5 million in heart disease and stroke research, but $3.0 million of worthy research went unfunded.
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Arlington Charities
Arlington charities is committed to fighting hunger poverty in North Texas areas by providing food, shelter, educational programs and assistance in securing and maintaining employment. Funds are requested for computer technology, merchandising coolers, and case management.
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Arlington Symphony Orchestra Inc.
Arlington Symphony Orchestra is an outreach program that helps to inspire, entertain, and teach youth in Arlington ISD. This organization wants to improve the learning for students in band and fine art classes throughout Arlington ISD by providing a TEKS curriculum and service training for teachers so that it can decrease the cost of auxiliary music education and increase the students exposure to classical music. Funds are requested for the Conversations with Music program.
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Army Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The Army Scholarship Foundation provides educational college scholarships to the sons and daughters of those who have served our nation honorably as soldiers in the US Army. It also provides college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers serving on active duty. Have awarded 300 scholarships since founding in 2001. They are currently seeking funds specifically for 1) Scholarships for Army Family Members; 2) STEM Scholarship funds for high school graduating girls; and 3) Scholarships for Nursing Students.
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Art House Dallas
Art House Dallas provides artist care and development for all individuals seeking to lead creative lives and fosters community among creative individuals. Since 2010, Art House Dallas has served over 4,500 artists. Funding is requested for 1) $4,000 for Awaken Creativity, a program and workshops to encourage and support writers 2) $3,500 for DEPLOY, a program designed for artists to share their creativity with neighborhoods who have little or no exposure to arts and culture.
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Association for Independent Living
AFIL initiative is to help youth become proficient in cooking skills, kitchen maintenance, household maintenance, and cleaning. AFIL strengthens the independence of young adults with intellectual and developmental through life skills, education, vocational guidance, community integration and spiritual growth. AFIL hope's that with this training the youth will be provided the experience of residential living. Funds are requested for the AFIL Way Program, Capital Improvements for Residential Training, and General Operating Support.
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Association of Persons Affected by Addiction
Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA) was founded in 1998 with a mission to educate all segments of the community about the nature of addiction/mental health recovery, and provide recovery support services to individuals, families, and the recovering community. APAA’s goals are focused on permanently changing the lives of people seeking recovery; they acknowledge that sustainable, successful recovery is more than abstinence from alcohol and drugs, it is about building a full, productive life in the community. APAA requests funds to facilitate storytelling among peers, supporters, and in the community to help give a voice and understanding to marginalized experiences, particularly among African Americans.
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Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA)
APAA's mission is to educate all segments of the community about the nature of addiction and mental health recovery, and provide recovery support services to individuals, families, and the recovering community. APAA is peer driven and peer led meaning that all coaches who work with clients seeking recovery are themselves persons in long term recovery. APAA goals are focused on permanently changing the lives of people seeking recovery, thus eliminating the "revolving door" of addiction. APPA is committed to educate and provide outreach to the lager community about addiction, recovery, and sustaining long term recovery and wellness, with particular emphasis on shedding light on the nuances of addiction and recovery outlook for racial and ethnic minorities. Funds are requested for Recovery Support Services, and Racial Ethnic Equity.
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Astraios, Inc.
Astraios, Inc. produces world-class chamber music built around innovative and engaging audience interaction. Astraisos is seeking funds to support and expand their free community concerts and elementary program partnerships in the Frisco area. Each $5,000 gift provides a free evening concert and a gift of $1,000 provides a one-time assembly at a Frisco ISD Elementary School.
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Aurora Dallas
Aurora is a free contemporary art event in downtown Dallas that presents interactive new media artworks of light, video and sound in exciting and unexpected public spaces, specifically on Young Street. Aurora facilitates collaboration among local, national and international artists and the City of Dallas to produce a unique community and artistic experience. Over 50,000 individuals attended in 2015. Funds are requested for the following: 1) for five local artists to produce installations at satellite locations across the City of Dallas, 2) to provide ground installation, including all artists' costs and costs of curators, and 3) to provide funding for a permanent, transportable installation that can be displayed on school campuses and other locations at which Aurora can offer trainings and seminars on mixed media art.
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Austin Street Center
Austin Street Center provides safe shelter and meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless. Austin Street Centers goal is that every homeless person who comes to Austin Street Center also finds hope support, and the resources they need to transition out of homelessness. Funds are requested for the following. Austin Street Center's E2 Program helps clients move toward employment and self-sufficiency, thus increasing their chances to not only transition out of homelessness, but to do so with resources for long-term independence. Austin Street Center also holds a Women's Day Resource Program which is designed to address the unique issues and risks that females face when homeless, the program provides support and tools that assist women through their homelessness and in future situations and relationships. Housing-focused case management another highlight of Austin Street Center provides strengths based case management in service coordination services to assist clients in obtaining and maintaining housing and building relationships with area agencies to find permanent housing options. Austin Street Center provides a safe place to sleep, food, clothing, and hope for the homeless. Funding is requested for the E2 program, women's day, and the housing case management.
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AZAR Foundation
The AZAR Foundation's mission is to meet the needs of homeless children and at-risk youth. Through their Education and Enrichment programs they provide young people with health, wellness, civic and leadership skills, entrepreneurial, career and college planning programs and physical fitness activities. It is seeking funding for 1) its U-Connect program which is an 11-week after school and summer camp focused on STEM programing for high achieving girls; and 2) Social and Emotional Learning Skills programs.
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AZAR Foundation, Inc.
Established in 2011, AZAR Foundation seeks to meet the needs of homeless and at-risk children by focusing on hunger relief, educational excellence, health, community service and economic empowerment. Last year, they served over 1,000 youth in summer camps and over 4,000 youth in after-school programming. It seeks support to begin two new programs addressing gaps they see in youth development: STEM-focused after-shool and summer programs as well as programs to develop social emotional competencies of youth to build resiliency.
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BAC Education Foundation, Inc.
The BAC Education Foundation supports the activities of the Ft Worth Business Assistance Center (BAC), which is a division of the City of Ft Worth. They sponsor complementary or low cost educational programs to small, women and/or minority owned businesses. They are currently seeking funding for 1). Entrepreneurial Summit - which is a one day networking and learning set; 2). counseling opportunities through FW BAC and IDEA Works FW; and 3) website design and implementation.
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Bachman Lake Together
Bachman Lake Together is an early childhood collective impact intitiative commited to serving the families of the Bachman Lake community through dual-generational programming and parent-led community leadership. Operating out of the new Bachman Lake Together Family Center, dual generational services are provided by four core partners: AVANCE-Dallas, Catholic Charities, The Concilio, and Lumin Education -alongside many other dual-generational partners commited to school readiness and community improvement in Bachman Lake. Funding is requested to facilitate storytelling to help give voice and understanding to marginalized experiences of the Hispanic/Latin(x) immigrant families in its community. By activating their community action network to engage in storyelling exercises, Bachman Lake Together plans to lead discussions about race and racism, learn about race and racism from skilled presenters, share their own narratives about their experiences and document them, learn how to outline and write their narratives in a shareable format, and produce a Community Action Network Narrative Collection.
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Back on My Feet - Dallas
Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Back on My Feet severs a diverse range of induvial experiencing homelessness such as veterans, individuals with a history of mental health, women, and individuals with criminal history. Back on My Feet has three key focus areas in common: Education, Health, and Social services. Because of Back on My Feet many of it's members are engaged in physical activity which helps lower negative health, also individuals chances of finding employment and independent housing. At both the individual and community levels, the impact of Back on My Feet program includes significant improvements in health and economic stability. Funds are requested for program support, specifically with job readiness training.
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Battered Women's Foundation
Battered Women's Foundation's mission is to help battered woman and their children become self-sufficient by providing physical, mental, spiritual, and educational support. The Battered Women's Foundation was founded in 1995 by Brenda Jackson to address the ever-growing problem of domestic violence. Once a battered woman herself, Brenda Jackson recognized that it takes more than temporary shelter to begin a new life of independence and self-sufficiency. Battered Women's Foundation's work is designed to complement the work of other organizations by providing long term assistance to women attempting to break the cycle of abuse and hopelessness. Because of Battered Women’s Foundation's clients are able to become self-sufficient and effectively break the cycle of abuse for themselves, their children, and future generation of their family. Funding is requested for the organization's Emergency Care Program that is a two-year program designed to heal all areas of a client's life. 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. Funds are requested for: 1) oncology research through 125 clinical trials with 800 participating patients; 2) the 226 cardiovascular research studies being conducted; and 3) Stop the Bleed which aims to reduce preventable death due to hemorrhaging by training first responders to train community members how to perform bleeding control.
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Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
The Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute (Beacon Hill), established in 2003, provides holistic child development through academic, cultural, and life-skill programs with active parental involvement. During the last 10 years, Beacon Hill has tutored over 4,000 students across 13 local school districts. 73% of students and parents served by Beacon Hill are African American, 36% are Hispanic, and 87% of all students served are economically disadvantaged. With the help of Beacon Hill, students see a 28% increase in their test scores, narrowing the achievement gap between students of color and their classmates. The Beacon Hill Prepatory Institute requests funding for an increase in the hours of high-quality, in-school literacy tutoring, which will be accessible to 110 students in grades kindergarten through 5th at two South Dallas public elementary schools.
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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 tools necessary to support 150 students in literacy efforts, namely WiFi, software licenses, tech support and staff implementation. In addition, funds are requested to hire a Friendship Coordinator to support mentoring efforts by building relationships with community members, leveraging knowledge from on-site staff, and using these two resources, enhancing the abilities of volunteer mentors through training and assistance.
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Better Block Foundation
Better Block Foundation works to educate, equip and empower communities to improve their own environment. This is accomplished through community members developing common spaces for community activity such as markets, parks and bike lanes. Funds are requested to support programing at headquarters by funding honorariums and travel expenses for speakers; development of educational curriculum; and identifying a section of Dallas to serve as the next site of a Better Block.
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Betty Ford Five Star Kids
The Betty Ford Five Star Kids Program works to help children and families in North Texas deal with the challenges of addiction. The program teaches children about the disease of addiction and helps them understand addiction is not their fault, they cannot control it and that they are not alone. Funding is requested to help fund scholarships so that no child is turned away. Additionally, the Program is in need of new kid-friendly furniture to update the space so that it continues to provide a welcoming environment. In 2016, the Program directly served 216 children in school programs and 123 children in community programs. Additionally, it served 102 parents in the family programs.
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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 the MIlitary Mentoring program to match children of veterans or active duty military personnel with a mentor who understands the armed services lifestyle and challenges.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star (BBBS) mission since 1927 is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Funding is requested for the Bigs in Blue program, which allows local police, fire-fighters, first responders and city/county personnel to serve as mentors, or "Bigs", establishing strong and enduring one-to-one relationships with 300 at-risk youth, ages 6-18, and their families. These relationships will build stronger community bonds, while significantly impacting educational success, avoidance/reduction of risky behaviors, and socio-emotional competency for participating youth.
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Big Thought
Big Thought brings relentless optimism and innovation to the biggest problem facing education today: the opportunity gap. Its mission is to make imagination a part of everyday learning. It has achieved national recognition and numerous awards. It is seeking funding for 1) Dallas City of Learning (DCOL), which is a public-private citywide collective impact initiative. Big Thought serves as the fiscal agent and managing partner for DCOL; 2) Dallas Youth Voice Initiative, which is focused on building a sustainable field of youth development programs throughout the city; and 3). Mobile Tech XPerience which is a retrofitted RV equipped with the latest technology that travels around the city to bring accessible STEM learning to girls and boys.
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Bishop Dunne Catholic School
Bishop Dunne Catholic School empowers each student to explore, inquire, lead and serve through a college preparatory education in a joyful community of faith. They serve a diverse community from sixth through twelfth grades in southern Dallas. They are currently seeking funding for 1) a strength and conditioning gym to better serve the formation of well-rounded scholar-athletes; 2) a Geo Tech Lecture Series to bring in renowned speakers and experts; and 3).Student Outreach and Readiness (SOAR) Program, which is a comprehensive after school program.
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Bonton Farms
Bonton Farms uses agriculture to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope for the most marginalized and vulnerable people. Bonton Farms requests financial assistance in 3 areas: Bonton Farm Extension-building of infrastructure at an additional 40 acre site; The Market at Bonton Farms set up-furniture, fixtures and equipment for a new marketplace in the a food desert; and The Market at Bonton Farms operations. Ninety youth participate regularly in the farm work at Bonton Farms. Additionally, twelve individuals to date have gone through the job-preparedness program.
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Border Crossers
Founded in 2001, Border Crossers trains and empowers educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities. It envisions educational spaces where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering classrooms. Since 2014, Border Crossers has trained over 800 classroom teachers, administrators, district leaders and non-profit educators in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Border Crossers requests funding to support the expansion of the racial justice training team in Dallas. Through the expansion of the team from 13-25, Border Crossers will have the capacity to lead anti-racism trainings for at least 2,000 educators in 2018.
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Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center strives to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and to encourage them in becoming all they were born to be through horseback riding and equine activities. Funding is needed to provide rider scholarships to make the cost of the therapeutic services available to all those who need them. Born 2 Be is also seeking funds to add an additional horse to its herd in order to serve more individuals. Born 2 Be currently serves 45 riders each week, 30% of whom are children.
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Boy Scouts of America, Circle Ten Council
Boys Scouts of America was founded in 1913 to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Last year, they served over 56,000 youth across 24 counties in North Texas and Oklahoma. Funds are requested for the STEM Scouts program to expose youth to a broad variety of future career options and spark their interest in STEM fields; the ScoutReach program designed to build leadership skills through mentoring; and the Exploring program, a worksite-based training to help youth build lifeskills, career readiness and good citizenship.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The are seeking funding for the 1) Implementation of a DIY STEM program for low-income youth at East and Kromer Branch locations to serve Arlington's low income areas; and 2) capacity building renovations at the Don Kromer Branch to be able to serve an additional 300 youth.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas serves more than 4,000 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 expand Accelerated Early Childhood Education for 160 first and second graders. 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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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth
For over 91 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth has served the community with afterschool programs, gang-intervention programs and targeted outreach and education services in schools. Last year they served over 12,000 youth. Support is requested to expand the Youth Program Quality Intervention program designed to increase program quality through skills-based training, self-assessment, third-party assessment and planning with data and coaching.
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Brain Injury Network of Dallas
Brain Injury Network of Dallas (BIND) fills a gap in services for adults with acquired brain injury. They provide tools and support to survivors of adult brain injury so they can reconnect into life, the community, and the workplace. Support is needed to fund three staff positions: Program Director, Volunteer Manager and Development/Communications Director. BIND currently serves 21 members 3 days a week and seeks to expand its offerings. 76% of those served reported stable or improved quality of life and within 18 months, 16% of BIND members transition from the program to full or part-time employment.
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Bridge Lacrosse
Bridge Lacrosse is a sports-based youth development organization that trains over 400 student athletes in Lacrosse through a summer season and a fall after-school season. Programming includes competition, outreach, afterschool programs and college preparation. Funds are requested to continue offering its services in under-resourced neighborhods.
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Bruce Wood Dance Project
Bruce Wood Dance Project presents high-caliber, original, contemporary choreography that harnesses the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment and healing. BWDP commissions new work by acclaimed and resident choreographers; produces and licenses Wood's repertoire; provides education outreach to underserved populations; and contributes to the cultural life of the region, state and nation. Funds are requested for 1) to restage Bruce Wood's performances 2) to commission innovative new works 3) to sustain the first generation of the Wood Legacy dancers and choreographers.
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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; and Family Support Services, which assists families with rent, utilities, financial coaching, case management, and short-term housing.
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Buckner Children and Family Services
Buckner Children and Family Services provides a home, a family, post adoption and counseling services for children, ages 0 to 18, who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. Buckner is seeking funding for foster care summer camp scholarships that provide foster children fellowship, therapy and outdoor fun. Funds are also needed to cover the cost for foster children to participate in activities such as sports, dance, field trips and other extracurricular activities. Finally, funding is needed to provide counseling services for children to help them cope with the traumas they have experienced. In 2016, Buckner served 254 foster care children in North Texas and completed 20 adoptions.
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The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bc) is a community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design. Funding is requested for the following. Neighborhood Stories documents neighborhood narratives and provides a platform to share those stories. So far, this program has recorded 512 interviews with Dallas residents. The Tenth Street Neighborhood Resource Center is a historic home on 10th Street from and through which bc provides workshops on maintaining historic homes, property tax and title clearance and other legal knowledge to help residents remain in their homes or allow them to sell their homes to create capital. The Public Design Impact pairs local design professionals with area nonprofits and community groups to address design challenges to filling community needs.
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C. C. Young
C. C. Young is experienced and has expertise in providing care and living quarters for over 360 senior citizens in Dallas. Funds are requested for the following: 1) for C.C. Young Cares Program--providing healthy microwaveable meals; and 2) for the C. C. Young Benevelonce Fund that assists residents who have outlived their income to have a place to stay.
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C5 Youth Foundation of Texas
Established in 2000, C5 Youth Foundation of Texas offers at-risk teens a five-year leadership development program that includes adventure camp settings, community service forums, and college and career preparation. Offered at no cost to the youth, the program has served over 950 youth, all of whom graduated from high school and were accepted and attend college. Funds are requested to support program costs for 175 youth throughout the year. Support is also requested for the purchase of a database management system to help track, organize and learn from program data.
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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, youth and those who care for them, to realize and become caring, self-directed individuals responsible to themselves and others, and to improve those conditions in society that affect them. They are seeking funding for: 1) Camp Fires School Readiness Program, which is a rigorous, sustained, integrated professional development model for early childhood educators; 2) El Tesros de la Vida, which is the only week-long camp for grieving children in the region. This summer camp allows kids (6 to 17) to spend a week in Granbury, TX and experience summer camp along with structured grief therapy activities; and 3) Camp Fires Child Development Center, which is a demonstration school that is a resource for early education professionals.
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Camp Fire Lone Star
Camp Fire Lone Star's mission is to provide young people with the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are. The local chapter has a goal to serve more than 1,000 youth annually in the area. They make it a priority to serve low to moderate income youth attending urban schools. They are seeking funding for 1) Camp on the Go, which is a mobile camp utilized during the summer which can be unpacked and settled within a park or even a parking lot; 2) a traditional afterschool program for John Neely Bryan Elementary school (a DISD elementary school in south central Dallas); and 3) Urban Family Cookouts - whereby it would work with the City of Dallas Parks and Rec Division to utilize city parks (Klyde Warren and Fair Park) to host family campouts.
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Camp Summit
Camp Summit provides outdoor experiences for children and adults with disabilities. Traditional camp activities such as swimming, horseback riding, sports and nature programs are adapted to make them accessible to all campers. Trained counselors and medical staff allow for campers to experience these activities in a safe environment. Camp Summit is seeking support for its financial assistance project as 90% of its campers receive assistance. Camp Summit is raising capital funds to purchase and renovate a site for a permanent location. Finally, Camp Summit needs funds to pay for student nurse job training positions. Not only would student nurses ensure campers are cared for during their stay. These nurses will be equipped with the knowledge of how to care for those with disabilities throughout their careers. In 2016, Camp Summit served 2,420 campers. Significant increases in self-determination skills were realized by 66% of campers and independent living skills were realized by 69% of campers.
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Cancer Blows/The Ryan Anthony Foundation
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. Funds are requested to conduct a study on the impact of music therapy on chemo patients. Funds are also requested for operating expenses which have expanded since hiring an Executive Director and a Bookkeeper.
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Cancer Care Services
Cancer Care Services' mission is to provide help and hope to cancer patients, survivors, their families, and their caregivers by providing direct financial, emotional, spiritual, and social programs. Ninety percent of their clients reside in Tarrant county with the remaining coming from Hood and Parker counties. They seek funding for their Crisis Help Program that uses a case management approach to provide financial assistance, nutrition support, transportation support. Cancer Care Services uses the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General evaluation tool to measure their outcomes of service. In 2016, 49% of client reported an increase in overall quality of life.
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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). In 2016, FSFL served 478 cancer patients who exercised in 11,067 sessions. Funds are requested for a new rehabilitation treadmill, a new rehabilitation elliptical, and fitness bands.
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Canine Companions for Independence
The mission of Canine Companions for Independence is to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing them highly trained assistance dogs free of charge and offering ongoing support. Funding is needed for three areas. Team Training Support provides classroom and field trip experiences to help the assistance dog and their companion learn to work together. Dog Training Supplies and Veterinary Care are needed as the assistance dogs are trained to assist their companions in real world situations. Finally, Canine Companions for Independence covers the cost of spay/neutering their assistance dogs. Canine Companions for Independence has served 157 unduplicated individuals residing in the Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall and Tarrant county areas.
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Cara Mia Theatre
Founded in 1996, Cara Mia Theatre Co. (CMTC) is a nonprofit-theatre company that presents live, accessible theatre by producing critically-acclaimed published plays and creating new and experimental works while developing innovative and educational youth arts programming reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S. CMTC understands that in order to speak to the experiences of people of color, the organization should hire people of color as artists, administrators and curators of programming. The racial breakdown of CMTC participants is 71% Latino, 16% African-American, 9% White, 2% mixed race, 1% Native American, and 1% Asian. Cara Mia Theatre requests funding for the salary for the Curator for Community Action who helps develop community conversations and talkbacks based on the themes of each production with an emphasis on the experience of Latinos, people of color, community healing and community action.
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CareCenter Ministries
CareCenter Ministries provides support and assistance to homeless, battered and addicted women. It seeks donations to support its new Tree of Life Women's Refuge Expansion project which provides one-year residential recovery services. The Tree of Life program served 47 residents in 2016. CareCenter Ministries also needs donations to help build a playground for the children in its community including those in after-school and summer camp programs. In 2016, the after-school, summer and league programs had 326 enrollments.
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CASA of Tarrant County
CASA of Tarrant County and its court-appointed volunteers advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children. Annually, they provide services to over 900 abused and neglected children with close to 400 volunteer advocates. CASA of Tarrant County seeks donations to support its direct advocacy services which matches volunteers with children going through the family court system. CASA also seeks donations for its volunteer training that helps prepare volunteers to serve in this advocacy role. The training includes the Collaborative Family Engagement model and the Trust-Based Relational Intervention model. Finally, CASA of Tarrant County would like funds to support re-opening the cases of children in permanent managing conservationship. These children are permanently assigned to the foster care system, but are in need of ongoing advocation to ensure they are safe and to help them prepare for life after foster care when they age out.
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Cassata Catholic High School
Cassata Catholic High School's mission is to provide an effective, quality education that enables students of all backgrounds to raise their educational level and complete their secondary education. Most of their students have difficulty in traditional schools and face serious challenges to graduating high school, including poverty, mental and emotional health, academic issues, teen pregnancy and abuse. Cassata offers progressive solutions to these challenges including morning and afternoon sessions, remedial classes, small class sizes and an individual, self paced curriculum. Funds are requested for general operating support.
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Catch the Next
Catch the Next is a national award winning not for profit college readiness and completion organization with the mission to empower students to catch college and career dreams. They began working with UNT-Dallas in 2016 and Eastfield College (part of the Dallas Community College District) in 2017. It is seeking funding to scale up its Dream Catchers program in Dallas by adding 3 additional community colleges to the network of schools served. The Dream Catchers program has many components, but at its core is literacy. Professional Development is also at the core of its model.
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Catch Up & Read
Catch Up & Read's mission is to equip at-risk students for long-term reading success by providing high quality, data-driven programming for students and empowering teachers through targeted professional development to improve literacy instruction. Funds are requested to 1) respond to a request to provide Catch Up & Read on all elementary campuses in the WT White and Bryan Adams (DISD High Schools) feeder patterns; and 2) to provide summer training and professional development to its tutors.
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Cathedral of Hope
Cathedral of Hope is a United Church of Christ community that emphasizes the inclusion of all and serves a voice for civil rights and social justice issues. Cathedral of Hope is seeking funding for their Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope program which provides Saturday morning breakfast to 200-400 individuals each week and also offers health checks, haircuts and an AA program during that time. Another program, iCare, offers homeless clients free groceries, clothing, health screenings, AIDS testing and a hot lunch. The iCare program served over 16,000 individuals last year.
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Cathedral of Hope
Founded almost 5 decades ago, Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ seeks to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion. The congregation engages in service that will bring about tangible, positive transformation within the lives of all who are marginalized. The Cathedral's programming focuses on service to others, and has served the homeless for a number of years as well as partnered with a local elementary school (Maple Lawn) with mostly low-income and children of Latino ancestry. Cathedral of Hope works closely with a variety of like-minded churches and secular organizations to bring wider attention to community problems in need of solutions. Cathedral of Hope requests funding for expansion of racial justice programming that focuses on providing racial bias educational opportunities to all members of its large congregation and the community it serves, with special emphasis given to the issue of systemic racism and the subject of white privilege, using a multi-media curriculum informed by progressive Christian values.
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Catholic Charities of Dallas
Catholic Charities of Dallas, motivated by the teachings of Jesus Christ, assists those in low-income families to lift themselves out of poverty. Through its Financial Stability & Career Services program, it provides financial education, job coaching, vocational training and other educational opportunities. As part of the working families success model, Catholic Charities of Dallas has taken an integrated approach to its services resulting in 200 clients gaining employment or improving their work status in 2016. In 2016, it helped over 700 people earn nearly $1 million in tax refunds through the VITA program.
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Catholic Charities of Fort Worth
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth provides services to those in need, and advocates compassion and justice. Funds are requested for the following. The Working Families Services provides bundled services including financial counseling, employment training and vocational training to move families out of poverty. The Hope Center provides an atmosphere of hospitality as Catholic Charities of Fort Worth provides for emergency needs such as food and other basic resources. In 2016, the Hope Center served 11,000 individuals. Catholic Charities of Fort Worth also provides transportation so that those in need can attend interviews for employment, health appointments and other important events. In 2016, 4,000 individuals received 88,000 rides.
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Cedar Hill Shares
Cedar Hill Shares is a community wide effort to provide food and other assistance to the neighbors in Cedar Hill. It served 1,688 individuals in 2016. Cedar Hill Shares is raising funds to build a new facility that will expand its service space as well as provide space for the thrift store. It is also in need of operating funds that will be used for food purchases, utilities, insurance and other operating costs.
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Cedars Union
The Cedars Union (CU) was established as a non-profit to support the work of local artists. The CU has a team of experienced professionals with skills that are unique to the concept of arts, entrepreneurship, and business, with programs that equip emerging artists with the business skills and acumen to thrive as working art professionals. Artists from different racial or ethnic backgrounds most often begin their artistic journey feeling like outsiders, receiving little or no encouragement from organizations, professionals, or even family to pursue a university art degree. The CU requests funding for a program in collaboration with El Centro art students to encourage them to pursue a university art degree and pursue an art career. This program will consist of seminars throughout the fall semester targeting students of color and connecting them with other art professionals of color.
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Center for BrainHealth and Brain Performance Institute
The mission of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas Dallas is to enhance, protect, and restore brain health across the lifespan. Funds are requested to bring the two following programs to the Dallas Police. Funds are requested for Positive Mindfulness training which incorporates positive psychology and mindfulness, both of which are proven to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, enhance decision-making, and significantly improve well-being. Funds are also requested for Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) which will equip the officers through strategic attention, integrated reasoning and innovation/new solutions, actions, ideas and perspective. The Center has funding to reach 150 officers through SMART training, and 350 through positive mindfulness, but would like to expand to reach all 3,000 DPD officers.
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Center for Employment Opportunities
The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides employment services to men and women with recent criminal convictions. The highly structured programs include life skills education, paid transitional work, job placement services and 12 months of follow up. CEO is seeking funding to establish a Dallas office through support for a director salary, space and training. The CEO program has rolled out in 14 areas including New York, Ohio and California. Through an independent evaluation, CEO was shown to reduce recidivism up to 30%. CEO plans to serve 150-225 participants in its first year in Dallas.
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Center for Survivors of Torture
Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) provides specialized services to address psychological, medical, social and legal needs for survivors of torture. Individuals served are typically people tortured in foreign countries and presented to the US, and include refugees, asylees and immigrants. In 2016, CST served 750 clients from 62 different countries. Using a team of physicians, medical specialists, psychiatrists and community clinics to help the survivor. It is seeking funding for the program in order to provide services to more individuals.
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Center for Transforming Lives
Center for Transforming Lives was founded in 1907, the anti-poverty agency helps women, children, and families transform their lives from poverty to independence through safe housing, early childhood education programs, and financial empowerment services. Including one-on-one financial coaching, matched savings, and job training and placement. Last year Transforming Lives served 3,718 unduplicated individuals from 1,235 households. The Center for Transforming Lives provides safe housing for women and families who otherwise would be forced to choose between abuse at home and homelessness. Funds are requested for the following, 10 laptops to be used in its Job Readiness and Skill Development training, to replace old furniture, equipment, rugs and educational toys in 10 of 19 early childhood classrooms, and to help match a $70,000 federal grant for Individual Development Accounts, which are 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. Nearly 4,000 patrons are served annually. 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 its performances of the Nutcracker, and to hire additional staff to meet increasing demand.
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Champions of Hope Mentorship Program
Champions of Hope is a mentorship program that pairs a committed adult mentors with an at-risk children in the South Dallas community. Champions of Hope seeks the transformation of individuals and the community through the gospel of Jesus Christ by gospel-driven relationships. Funds are requested for the mentorship program which provides mentors for 4th grade students from three elementary school in South Dallas.
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Chase's Place
Chase's place, founded in 2003, is a private day school serving students and adult’s with developmental disabilities. Chase's Place supports its clients in discovering these abilities. Funds are requested for tuition assistance, 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 was established in 1973 and has grown to a 2.5 acre site in downtown McKinney. The village preserves history and brings it to life for its 50,000 annual visitors through buildings that span the time period from 1854-1930. In addition to the oldest home in McKinney (c. 1854), the village includes a general store, an historic chapel, a replica of a one-room school house and a visitor center. Funding is requested for repairs to the Dulaney House, a prairie-style home built in 1916 that is the focal point of the village. Funding is also requested to expand the reach of the educational program, which offers tours and learning experiences to about 1,000 McKinney ISD students each year.
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The mission of ChildCareGroup is to promote, deliver and expand the best early care and education programs for children, parents and early childhood professionals. Funding is requested for 1) operating six early care and education center programs which help provide high quality early childhood education; 2) a fund for the Healthy Start , Healthy Children program to bring about a systematic change to childhood obesity through intervening in child care centers and at home; and 3) to update the website to maintain functionality and to integrate multiple on-line portals. CCG affects the lives of over 50,000 children, parents, and child care professionals in north Texas every year. Early Care and Education Center Programs addresses the needs of 627 children and their 850 parents living in poverty in east, south, and West Dallas and Southeast Garland. HSHC directly impacts approximately 40 centers per year, indirectly affecting 4,000 children a year.
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Children at Risk
Children At Risk serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy. Through its many partnerships and outreach activities, Children At Risk 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 First
Children First provides for the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and adults through counseling and education with emphasis on the prevention of recovery from abuse, neglect, and victimization. Funding is requested to add counselors so to reduce or eliminate the wait list and continue its outreach efforts to offer hope and healing.
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Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County
Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County(CACDC) provides justice and healing for abused and neglected children in Denton County. CACDC empowers child abuse victims, their families and communities through education, healing, and justice. CACDC brings together law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, nurses, counselors, forensic interviews, and volunteers to help children and families who have endured the trauma of severe child abuse, most of which is sexual abuse. CACDC provides justice for the abused and neglected through there four core values Commitment, Collaboration, Integrity, and Wellness. Funds are requested to support the 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 Craniofacial Association
The mission of Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA) is empowering and giving hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. CCA is the premier organization addressing the medical, financial, emotional, psychosocial, and educational issues related to craniofacial conditions. Funding is requested for the Choose Kind initiative to educate children about craniofacial conditions and help prevent bullying. CCA serves about 20,000 families per year.
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Children's Medical Center Foundation
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. Children's serves about 280,000 patients annually. Funds are requested to surpass industry standard and ensure that all nurses serving the hospital hold a Bachelor's degree. To achieve this, it needs to provide scholarship funding for the remaining 330 nurses that do not have their Bachelor's degrees. Funds are also requested for patient puppets and interactive games to help with patient education, distraction and entertainment.
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Chocolate MINT Foundation
The Chocolate MINT Foundation (TCMF) seeks to empower children and families to be self-sustaining through education, training, mentoring and service. TCMF programs include after-school tutoring, a community food pantry, summer camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), year-round mentoring , and a boxing club in partnership with local police officers aimed at mentoring at-risk youth within DeSoto ISD. Funding is requested for a pilot program to engage high school youth, their families, city officials and police officers to discuss concerns about community policing. The program aims to build stronger relationships between residents and police officers as well as foster better civic exchange. Also, the program will support youth in accessing college entrance exams through guidance and financial assistance in taking the PreSAT, SAT or ACT exams.
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Christian Care Center
Christian Care Center provides quality housing and health care services for senior adults, serving 1,544 individuals annually. Funds are requested for the following: 1) to assist in building Snoezelen Rooms at Allen and Mesquite facilities. Snoezelen Rooms are successful in reducing agitation and anxiety for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's or chronic pain; and 2) toward its Charity Care fund which provides financial support for residents who have outlived their income.
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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 to bring hope and positive change to the lives it touches. Last year 9,842 individuals were positively impacted through CCA's services and program. The organization is seeking funding for financial assistance to be put toward housing costs for clients at risk of homelessness.
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Church in the City (CITC)
Church in the City (CITC) is a multi-ethnic church located in Rowlett, Texas that was established in 1980. CITC partners with the Arab-American Learning Center (AALC) to assist Muslim refugees with housing, basic daily needs, jobs, ESL, medical appointments, and exposure to the American culture. CITC, in collaboration with the AALC, requests funding for a Cross Cultural Interactive Exchange, which will allow selected members of the Hispanic, African-American and Arabic speaking Muslim communities the chance to engage in discussion about local issues, as well as specific challenging community topics.
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Circle of Support
Since its inception in 2000, Circle of Support (COS) has reduced summer learning loss by supporting students with academic enrichment and project-based activities. COS helps bridge the opportunity gap, support working families in South Dallas by keeping children safe and healthy during summer and helping them enter school in the fall ready to excel. Approximately 61% of students enrolled in the summer programs provided by COS did not experience a summer slide in reading, and 73% did not experience the slide in math when returning to school in the fall. COS requests funding for support of the World Culture Program, to help students explore multiculturalism and discuss diversity and conciliation. Students will also learn how cultures and races interact in today’s society.
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Circle Theatre
The mission of Circle Theatre is to present contemporary plays rarely seen in North Texas. Now in its 36th 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. Annually 10,000-12,000 are served. Funding is requested to support operating and production expenses.
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City House
City House was founded in 1988 to provide emergency shelter and transitional housing services for at-risk youth. They offer multiple programs, including intensive case management, that have served over 7,000 homeless youth or youth transitioning out of foster care. Support is requested to implement a cultural enrichment program for youth to provide artistic and educational opportunities that many of its youth have never experienced prior.
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City Year Dallas
City Year is an education-focused organization dedicated to helping students graduate from high school , ready for college and career. City Year Dallas is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income students in Dallas. Funding is requested to support the Whole School Whole Child program , through which 60 talented idealistic young people are currently serving in seven public schools within DISD. Funding this year would help grow into an eighth school beginning in the 2017-18 school year which would require at least one additional staff member and approximately 14 additional AmeriCorps members. For 201-17 service year , 60 City Year Dallas AmeriCorps members are serving over 7,000 students in seven schools.
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City Square fights the causes of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. City Square is centered on feeding the hungry, healing the sick, housing the homeless, and renewing hope in the heart of the city. Bringing together resources from the public, business, religious, and philanthropic sectors City Square can continue to integrate a range of financial, educational, employment, housing, and income support services to fight poverty. Funds are requested for the Work Paths program, Transition Resource Action, and City Square General Operations.
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Clayton YES!
For over 42 years, Clayton YES! has provided before and after school youth programs for families in Tarrant County.It offers financial assistance for underserved families and currently serves over 7,000 children and their families at 80 sites. Funding is requested to support scholarships for low-income youth to attend out-of-school-time programming. They also seek support for building renovations after recent water damage to a high use area. Finally, funds would be used to provide continued early child care to children, 6 weeks to five years old, whose families have experienced domestic violence and are accessing services at One Safe Place.
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CLC, Inc.
The Community Learning Center (CLC, Inc.) was founded in 2000 to provide high-wage employment opportunities to people with barriers to employment. The agency provides training, such as aircraft assembly and welding, based on specific and timely industry needs and shortages. They target people, such as veterans or at-risk youth, who have barriers to employment. Currently, the agency seeks funding to complete a capital campaign for its new facility. To date, the agency has served 8,000 individuals, 6,400 of whom have gained the skills needed for high-demand, high-wage positions, and over 2,000 of whom are veterans or immediate family.
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Coalition for Quality End of Life Care
Coalition for Quality End of Life Care (CQEC) facilitates proactive dialogue of preplanning with family members their most important and last wishes. Only 10% of the DFW population have advance directives completed. CQEC trains professionals and volunteers in the Respecting Choices program and trained 33 facilitators and 986 unique individuals in 2016. Funds are requested for: 1) $12,000 to train volunteers and health care professionals to become credentialed in Advanced Care Planning best practices; 2) $10,000 for a Speaker's Bureau to supply civic and NPOs with training and development for clergy, laity and general public; and 3) $15,000 fo train two new trainers annually for the next three years to become credentialed First and Last Steps Care Planning facilitators.
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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 over 30 public art projects in Dallas and served more than 6,000 students. Funds are requested for: a public youth art employment program which engages high school artists and employs them to create public murals; new after school and summer programming that will produce about seven public art projects annually; and towards the renovations of their new North Oak Cliff facility.
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Comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy is an organization that began as an Eagle Scout project to purchase new coats for the homeless distribute through Collin County homeless service providers. Comfort and Joy requests funds to purchase new coats and 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
The Commemorative Air Force was established to preserve American military aviation history. In 2011, the agency launched a national education outreach program; a traveling exhibit that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots. The agency seeks funding to provide this program to Dallas area schools at no cost. Since its launch, the exhibit has received over 500,000 visitors, and aims to reach 3,000 Dallas students in 2018.
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Commit! helps to improve educational outcomes in Dallas County by leveraging data and community expertise. Commit! works collaboratively to measure what matters, identify best practices and share what works best across all Dallas schools. Funding is sought for two ongoing initiatives. First, the Early Matters Initiative works to increase the access to and quality of early childhood education. Additionally, this initiative works to increase parent awareness of the importance of early education. As a result of their awareness and registration campaigns, 1,000 more 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled in high quality Pre-K. Second, Commit! seeks funding for its Human Capital Initiative, a long-term strategy to expand the next generation of highly-qualified educators.
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Communities in Schools of North Texas
Communities in Schools of North Texas (CISNT) provides dropout prevention services to at-risk K-12 children in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin and Rockwall counties. The agency seeks funding for operations as well as their core program, which provides an on-campus case worker to identify and address the comprehensive needs of at-risk children. Additionally, the agency seeks funds for mental health services to complement their ongoing core programs. Last year, CISNT served 37 school campuses across the Dallas area, directly serving 4,010 children. Of those served, 99% stayed in school and 95% were promoted to the next grade level and/or graduated.
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Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region
For more than 30 years, Communities in Schools (CIS) has provided dropout prevention services to at-risk K-12 children across the country. Last year, the Dallas Region (CISDR) served 75 school campuses across the Dallas area, directly serving 7,697 children. Of those served, 91% saw improved behavior, 96% were promoted to the next grade level and 95% of eligible seniors graduated. CISDR has experienced an increase in students with mental and behavioral health issues, and seeks funding to increase clinical intervention and support. Additionally, the agency seeks funds to launch a teacher training program, in response to a survey of teachers that indicated a desire for tailored teacher-based intervention training. Finally, CISDR requests funding to administer the Children's Provider Collaborative, which would leverage the extensive knowledge of the agency, bringing together its many community partners to share knowledge and resources.
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Community Alcohol Drug Aftercare Program
Community Alcohol Drug Aftercare Program (CADAP) seeks to empower and improve the underserved communities of Southern Dallas County through awareness, education, and special services, specifically serving youth, women with children, and persons transitioning back into society. Funding is requested to create a digital-based platform to allow community members to create and share impactful visual stories of and propose solutions to racial inequities. CADAP will purchase studio software and hardware to create digital stories that will build advocacy, promote causes and increase education and awareness around various issues.
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Community Clothes Closet
Community Clothes Closet provides assistance to Denton who are families in need of clothing. Community Clothes Closet's goal is to provide clothing for everyday life, to wear to school and even a job interview all at no cost. Funds are requested to support general programming with their clothing needs. 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
The Community Council is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in North Texas, enabling each individual to achieve his or her full potential. The community Council provides leadership in determining solutions for priority issues in the human services arena, convenes partners to significantly impact service delivery, and increases awareness of and access to services. Funding is requested for the Minor Home Repair program that provides low-income seniors with home repairs and accessibility improvements. Funding is also requested for 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
Established over 50 years ago, Community Dental Care provides oral care for low-to-moderate individuals in North Texas, from preventive services to orthodontics and endodontics. Funds are requested for dental care for seniors 60 and older, and adults ages 19-59. Costs for senior care are anticipated to be $200,000, while costs for adults 19-59 are expected to be $150,000.
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Community Development Alliance & DFW Chapter of National Organization of Minority Architects
Serving the community since 2009, Community Development Alliance (CDA) strengthens the community through empowering individuals, mobilizing the community, and developing economic initiatives for community investment. The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects seeks to cultivate and foster growth among minority architects, interns, and related disciplines within the DFW Metroplex. The Community Development Alliance in conjunction with the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects requests funds to support the establishment of a guided tour of Dallas architectural sites designed by African-American architects. The intent of the tour is to tell the story of the African-American architects in Dallas, acknowledge their contributions made to the built environment, and encourage the discussion of the history and legacy of these talented individuals.
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Community Food Bank
The Community Food Bank fights hunger by efficiently collecting and distributing free food to families directly as a food pantry, and our surplus to other non-profit food pantries. Community Food Bank also supports individuals in need of job training and work experiences through its partnerships with Tarrant County, Workforce Commission, SER, and the Forth Worth ISD. 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 for Permanent Supported Housing
Community for Permanent Supported Housing (CPSH) promotes collaboration among businesses, social organization and all levels of government to establish safe, affordable, service-enriched, housing options for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities or social challenges in North Texas. CPSH requests funding for home safety training for persons with developmental disabilities and their families, developing community safety training for persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Finally, funding is requested for operational needs.
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Community Partners of Dallas
Community Partners of Dallas ensures the safety and restores dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. 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 5,978 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
S.A.V.E. works to preserve the family unit by prompting the health and well-being of children through the use of students and volunteers connecting families with needed resources. 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 is dedicated to serving low-income children in a 300 square mile area, primarily in Tarrant and Denton Counties. While the agency provides a variety of services, its focus is addressing the educational needs of the children it serves. Participants are identified by elementary school counselors; all are low-income and reading below grade level. The agency requests support of its summer reading program, which serves approximately 150 children each summer.
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Concord Missionary Baptist Church
Since the early 1970's Concord Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC) has had a mission to connect people to their next step in Christ. CMBC completed a facility which was converted to a community center that is used by congregants and the community for learning centers, mentoring programs, and as a place for meetings and special events for nonprofit, educational and government programs throughout North Texas. CMBC requests funding to execute a community project through Transform Dallas that creates a vehicle where community members can address a timely need for racial healing. Transform Dallas is essential in providing Concord Church staff and volunteers with the ability to talk about the powerful benefits of working together despite denominational, racial, class, or political difference.
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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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Coram Deo Academy
The mission Coram Deo Academy is to train ethical servant-leaders and wise thinkers who will shape culture for the glory of god.Funding is requested for: 1) towards the capital campaign for Flower Mound campus to complete the building (not furnishings); 2) to create a Performance Stage for the Fine Arts Program; and 3) continued education for faculty and staff. In academics last year , 58 graduates were offered over $6.5 million in scholarships; 88% of the senior class received scholarship awards and 93% were accepted to their first-choice college.
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Cornerstone Assistance Network
Cornerstone Assistance Network unites with others in Christian love to meets the needs of people in the community. CAN is transforming the future of Tarrant County by strengthening the most basic building block of the community: the stability and prosperity of local families. CAN is requesting funding to replace and upgrade outdated computers and reporting systems.
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Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (CCA) develops urban youth in South Dallas through transformative education. CCA's goal is to help students who have given up hope, dropped out of school, and live on the verge of homelessness, develop physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually, so that they may graduate with a high school diploma and be prepared to enter the workforce or go to college Funding is requested for:1) student transformation program to provide at-risk, South Dallas students with the education, mentoring, leadership and social services that they need to graduate from high school and become self sufficient member of the community; 2) program and technology expenses for students with barriers to reading due to learning differences; and 3) student leadership house: opening in 2018, the program will provide family-style, residential housing and discipleship for young men, ages 17 and older, who are completing their high school diploma, working, and beginning college or trade school. CCA serves 25 students in the program at any point throughout the year.
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Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (CCA) established in 2006, is a faith-based private high school for at-risk youth. Each student who attends CCA is low-income or extremely low-income and are referred to the program by probation officers, public school counselors, and community members. Twenty-five students are in the program at any point throughout the year; as students complete the program, new students are able to begin. Approximately 80% of the students served are African American and 20% are Hispanic with 48% of all students entering the program reading below a sixth grade level. CCA requests funding for the Darkness to Light art project, which will allow students to engage in written, drawn, or multimedia art projects that symbolize their journeys so others can hear and learn about their challenges they have overcome.
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Council on American-Islamic Relations-Texas, DFW Chapter
CAIR- Texas, Dallas Forth Worth chapter was formed in 1998 as a grassroots advocacy and civil rights organization. CAIR enhances understanding of Islam, encourages dialogue, protects civil liberties, empowers American Muslim, and builds coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIR requests funding for community safety training, interfaith community conversations, and the report hate hotline.
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Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County
CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve the child's quality of life and serves as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home. CASA requests funding for training supervising volunteer advocates and staff.
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CR Smith Museum Foundation
The C.R. Smith Museum exists to preserve the history of American Airlines as well as educate children about the history, science, and engineering of and careers in flight. The agency seeks funding to continue its Flight Workshop, a hands-on aviation education that also highlights its many career opportunities. This program serves approximately 15,000 children per year, and anticipates that at least 6,500 of those children will be from Title I schools and, therefore, served free of charge.
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Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep
The mission of Cristo Rey Dallas (CRD) is to provide socio-economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with a Catholic college-preparatory education enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Funding is requested to help fund the Education Funding Gap. This gift will serve five deserving CRD students. 100% of CRD graduates are admitted to college, and Cristo Rey alumni graduate from college at four times the rate of their low income peers. The signature component of CRD is the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) through which students work at salaried positions one day each week in 70 premier Dallas companies including AT&T, Hunt Oil, and PwC.
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Crossfire Kids
Crossfire Kids was established in 1994 to adress the academic, social, and spiritual needs of at-risk youth in East Dallas. They serve about 100 youth annually in partnership with other local nonprofits, churches, and neighborhood associations. Funding is requested for operating the Lions Den Youth Center for after school, evening and weekend youth programs. Funds would also support the Leadership, Inspiration, Family, Education (LIFE) programming that provides mentoring, homework asistance, reading enrichment, recreation, GED tutoring, college assistance, weekly Bible study, field trips and summer camps. Finally, funding would support crisis housing.
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Crossroads Community Services
Crossroads Community Services, provides access to food and provides nutrition and life skills education in an effort to improve health 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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Crossroads Studio
Crossroads Studio is an art studio and gallery in the Como neighborhood of Fort Worth that provides art classes to all ages and skill levels. Como is 63% African American and considered low-income. Funds are requested to renovate the gallery at the existing site. In addition, funds are requested to create a coloring book featuring the iconic buildings of Como. Finally funds are requested to support educational programming.
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Cry Havoc Theater Company
Cry Havoc Theater Company provides pre-professional training for young people through opportunities to act in contemporary, provocative productions. Funds are requested for a second season of Shots Fired which focuses on the July 7th shootings. The last audience of about 1,000 was 60% African American and 40% Anglo or Hispanic. Second, funds are requested for The Great American Sideshow a political allegory about the state of affairs in the U.S. Additional funds are requested for a yet to be selected production in January 2018.
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CryHavoc Theater Company
Founded in 2014, Cry Havoc seeks to fill a gap in the Dallas theater community by producing contemporary, provocative work, often in response to local or national events. The most recent production, SHOTS FIRED, took a firsthand look at multiple witnesses to the Dallas shooting in July 2016 including police, first responders, bystanders and activists. Their first-person narratives were reenacted by teens without alteration of intent. Talkbacks following the performance fostered important dialogue on race and police relations in our community with many of the individuals interviewed participating. Cry Havoc requests funding for a second run of SHOTS FIRED, as well as a production called THE GREAT AMERICAN SIDESHOW which is a political allegory about the state of affairs in the U.S. Additional funding is requested for the development of work, that includes outreach to Dallas high schools, that will be featured in 2018.
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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 Power of Food Education Classes, which include cooking classes and free recipes.
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Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home
Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home serves children and families by providing healing and hope. CPCH has four interrelated programs children’s residential, Cumberland emergency shelter for children, single parent family, and Cumberland family services all which help children and families find healing and hope through identifying their strengths and finding solutions to the challenges in their lives. Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home requests funding for operational support, and life skills education supplies.
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Dallas Afterschool
The mission of Dallas Afterschool is to improve the quality and availability of afterschool and summer programs in our community.Funding is requested for: 1) the Afterschool Training Institute to develop the current training offerings into a systematic, organized, sequenced set of offerings that enable the teachers and staff of out school time programs to learn skills and methodologies to teach youth the academic, social and emotional skills they need to be successful; and 2) the Literacy Intervention in Afterschool program to expand literacy cohort to provide staff training, curriculum, student assessment, and professional learning circles to expand their ability to help students who are behind grade level in reading and help them to grade level. The Literacy Intervention in Afterschool programs delivered intensive literacy intervention for 500 K-3rd grade students during last summer. 64% of the children had no summer learning loss and 57% stayed on grade level or grew 5 percentile points.
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society
The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research. Funding is requested for 1) Extended After-School STEM-Integrated Life and Earth Program: for engaging at-risk elementary and middle school students in high-quality life and earth science exploration, problem solving, and learning; and 2) Robust STEM-Immersion program: for guided field trips in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden during which poverty-level elementary and middle school students connect and learn in the living world of nature and fundamental sciences. In 2016, through the After-School program, Arboretum educators reached 7,787 poverty-level students.
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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. It expects 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 Arts District Foundation
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. Funds are requested for Nexus 2050 which is laying the groundwork for future infrastructure projects throughout the district, including revitalizing Flora Street, pedestrian connections to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and more. In addition, funds are requested for Signature Block Parties, including Late Night at the Museums and a block party for the Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery at the Dallas Museum of Art. A Signature Block Party reaches about 15,000 people.
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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 13-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, empowerment, and education to people in South Dallas. The organization is seeking funding for: summer camp; the addition of a development director; and 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. Funds are requested to repair its parking access equipment which ordinarily provides revenue for the organization, but allows for vandals to enter the exit gate when it is broken. Funds are also requested to replace DBDT's outdated phone system which results in dropped calls, dial-in errors and transfer/conferencing difficulties. Finally funds are requested for technology and software to improved the speed with which DBDT can create its marketing materials.
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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 so they can grow up in a safe, permanent homes where they can thrive. Last year, the organization served 2,768 children. Funds are requested for ongoing operating costs, as well as the addition of volunteer supervisors to serve children in 2017.
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Dallas Center for Architecture
The Dallas Center for Architecture was established in 2008 to connect citizens of Dallas with with architecture and design and provide opportunities to learn how those elements transform the way we live. Their programs include scholarships to students and young architects, walking tours around downtown Dallas, and exhibitions at its Center. It is seeking support for the following youth initiatives: Youth Design Lab to offer student tour groups workshops on basic design, engineering and architectural history; Imagination Playground blocks for young students to participate in hands on building; and finally, for its Build Your City! program that provides youth the chance to envision what they would like to see and then build it with arts and crafts.
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Dallas Challenge
Founded in 1984 to address the rising tide of drug and alcohol use among youth, Dallas Challenge provides education, prevention and intervention programs to youth and their families. They serve over 9,000 youth and almost 4,000 parents each year. Dallas Challenge seeks support to expand its programs to provide youth greater opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities that promote healthy coping mechanisms. Support would also allow them to incorporate job training into the program.
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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, dancers, and digital media. Funds are requested for "Taking It to the Streets" which will provide interactive/music therapy performances downtown and in area hospitals and homeless shelters. This project requires a $50,000 match. Funds are also requested for "The Sounds Between," a composer residency through which Dallas audiences will explore how music is composed, how musicians/conductors collaborate with composers to interpret music and how the audience plays a role in the performance.
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Dallas Champions Academy
Dllas Champions Academy was established in 2010 to provide summer sports and mentoring opportunities for at-risk youth in South Dallas. It offers a year-long mentoring and college readiness program and through a 5-day summer camp focused on character building and connections between youth and strong role models. Funding is requested to continue summer programming to low-income youth from South Dallas, which serves about 200 youth each summer. Funds are also requested to support sending high school seniors to attend college football scouting events. Finally, support is requested to provide college visits around the state.
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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 The agency serves over 12,000 annually. Funding is requested for Youth Chinese Classes in which local teachers will teach youth Chinese so they can be more proficient in the language. In addition, funds are requested for a Chinese Calligraphy Painting Exhibition and Demonstration, including famous Chinese artists from New York and Dallas.
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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 County Community College District Foundation
The mission of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCD) Foundation is to enhance the level of achievement and excellence of DCCD by providing scholarships, supporting the professional development of faculty and staff, and fostering innovation in educational programs. Funding is requested for: 1) creating a LevelUP scholarship endowment that provides students over 21 with last dollar funding for tuition and book costs not covered by financial aid to enroll in fast-track, high-demand career programs ;2) a fund to expand El Centro's Food & Hospitality Institute to meet culinary workforce demands across North Texas; and 3) to grow Early Childhood Education across the colleges of DCCD in order to meet education, community, and workforce gaps through providing high-quality, affordable education to future caregivers of our community's children. 75% of students that attend DCCD remain in Dallas County after completing their education, helping to fill the local economy's middle skills gap.
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Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship Fund
The mission of Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Foundation (DCMSAF) is to promote health education through community programming. The purpose of the DCMSAF Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship fund (ECNSF) is to aid, financially, any young man or woman in Dallas County who desires to become a nurse, can meet the academic requirements, demonstrates the type of personality and character necessary to be a successful nursing career. Funding is requested to help finance the ECNSF scholarship program so it can continue to increase the number of nursing scholarships given while it develops a successful endowment campaign to ensure the fund's future.Since its inception in 1954, ECNSF has awarded $573,476 to 899 scholars.
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Dallas Dinner Table
Established in 2002, the Dallas Dinner Table is focused on improving race relations in the DFW metro area, one dinner at a time. Dinners are held in private homes, churches, businesses, or restaurants and hosted by citizens who provide an evening meal and guided dialogue to participants from diverse backgrounds. In 2017, over 700 people participated in dialogue with a focus on cross-cultural communication and creating cross-racial relationships. Funding is requested for software support, which would ensure there is diverse representation at every table and each participant gets to dine nearest to their home. Funding is also requested to hire a staff person to coordinate development and outreach.
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Dallas Firefighters Museum
The Dallas Firefighter's Museum strives to provide the City of Dallas a well-attended historical and educational asset that teaches fire safety, honors fallen heroes of the Department, and preserves firefighting heritage. Funding is requested to professionally restore, enlarge, enhance, and frame photographs of historic fires, Dallas history, and the life of firefighters from the Museum's collection. The Museum would also work with the City Archivist, history teacher, and museum curators to create narratives for the photos. It estimates 3,000+ viewings a year. It had over 4,000 visitors last year, half of whom were children, many through school groups and summer day camps.
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Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance
The mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Funding is requested for 1) a 5-month special exhibit highlighting the achievements of African Americans during WWII and how the war was a catalyst for African Americans seeking social change and equal rights; 2) a series of 3 speakers with stories of courage that extend awareness of world wide human rights issues; and 3) a fund to pay for admission and transportation costs for financially disadvantaged students. The museum hosts more than 83,000 annual visitors, half of whom are students grades 5-12.
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Dallas Junior Forum
Dallas Junior Forum is creating a greater interest among women in civic, educational, and philanthropic endeavors by serving the community through volunteer work focused on children, families and the elderly. Funds are requested for the following, Nourish to Flourish - distributing food to the families of hospitalized children, Golden Friendships - providing seniors with companionship, holiday gifts and interactive games, and 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 helps people permanently recover from homelessness by addressing root causes with personalized, Christian outcome-based instruction and guidance. Dallas LIFE is requesting funding for the Homeless No More program for veterans, kids LIFE program support, and the Homeless No More program for seniors and overcomers.
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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: remodeling and expansion of the Capitol Avenue main campus in Dallas; call center/customer service training to provide upward mobility for blind clients; and a new HVAC system and solar conversion for high energy efficiency.
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Dallas Meditation Center
The Dallas Meditation Center provides mindfulness, medication, and wellness educational programs that are open to all persons, regardless of faith, on a donation basis. Funding is requested to 1) expand meditation workshops/classes; 2) community education and outreach for the organization's new location; and 3) replace meditation cushions and mats. Currently classes are fully booked several months ahead and cannot keep up with demand. Regular attendees report increased peace and well-being. The Center serves more than 5,200 people a year.
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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. Funds are requested for: Access Programs, which provide art education for individuals with special needs including vision impairment, autism and dementia and their caregivers; Asante Gold, a major new exhibition that will explore the adornments worn and implements carried by Asante royals from the 18th to the mid-20th century; and for the renovation of the Objects Conservation Laboratory, dedicated to conserving the works in the permanent collection.
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Dallas Pets Alive!
Dallas Pets Alive! is committed to eliminate the killing of companion animals via education, resources, and programming. They are seeking funding for two programs: PASS a program posting bilingual volunteers outside Dallas animal shelters in low-income areas that helps prevent the surrending of animals and a Trap-Neuter-Release Program to address the stray cat population of south Dallas. DPA has impressive impact results, improving Dallas Animal Services live release rates to 81.1% from 42.7%. The TNR Program has also prevented an estimated 3,042 kitten births and the projected success of the 2017 TNR Program will prevent 6,804 kitten births.
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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; a new compoenent, the PAL Scholars program promotes mentorship, financial literacy, writing preparation, and job skills. 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 Secondary Education Academy
The Dallas Secondary Education Academy was the first school in Texas established exclusively for students with learning disabilities. Funding is requested for 20 iPads with TacScreens to increase student engagement in their multi-sensory reading program. TacScreens are bumpy film screen covers that provide tactile stimulation for students with dyslexia, autism, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other conditions. With small classes, innovative and proven approaches, individualized attention, accountability, and creative activities, the school's graduation rate is 45% higher than the national average for students with learning disabilities (64% nationally vs 93% at the school). The school serves 200 students each year.
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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; and program support for low-vision diagnostic services for low-income adults and seniors.
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Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been serving North Texas for more than 117 years, and currently reaches more than 250,000 children and adults annually through more than 150 classical concerts, pops concerts, and a variety of family, youth and holiday concerts. Funding is requested for My DSO Concert, a free afternoon of live orchestral music designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental differences, and their families, caregivers and friends. Funds are also requested for a free community Parks Concert series that serves about 8,000 through performances at local parks.
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Dallas Tennis Association
Dallas Tennis Association was founded over 85 years ago and today serves approximately 25,000 area youth through its programs focused on tennis and after-school tutoring. Youth who complete the program have a 100% high school graduation rate and of those that attend college, 98% receive academic and tennis scholarships. Funding is requested to support the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math program to teach youth in grade levels 6-9. Funds are also requested to operate its tennis Play Days aimed at helping youth develop and enhance their skils while encouraging physical and emotional development. Lastly, funds are requested to operate the summer National Junior Tennis and Learning programs in partnership with the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation centers throughout the city. Over 2,400 children are expected to participate this summer.
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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 community inclusiveness initiative designed to engage people from under-resourced neighborhoods in DTC workshops, classes and performances. The program will culminate its second year with the production of a free, 200-person, production of Shakespeare's "A Winter Tale" in September 2018. Funds are also requested for Project Discovery which provides tickets, transportation, scripts and study guides at no cost to select students and teachers at Title I high schools.
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Dallas Theological Seminary
Dallas Theological Seminary's mission is to glorify God by equipping godly servant leaders for the proclamation of His Word and the building up of the body of Christ worldwide. Funding is requested for general scholarship; "last year free" scholarships for free tuition for the final 24 required hours of the 4-year Master of Theology program, which encourages students to pursue this deeper ministry preparation program; daily operating expenses; online classes in Chinese; DTS in Spanish training program; and a new chapel. Enrollment per semester is around 2,400 students, who have gone on to author books, lead conferences, and serve in ministry.
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Dallas Urban Debate Alliance
Dallas Urban Debate Alliance is committed to provide every Dallas ISD student the opportunity to participate in rigorous academic policy debate, so that every student has the opportunity to become an articulate and informed leader in the community. Funding is requested for the core high school debate program with on-campus coaching and increasing tournaments from six to ten next school year. This will allow more students to participate and ease the long wait list. Other funding requests include the summer residential camp, staffed by top university debate coaches that coach and recruit seniors, and the Mayor's cup public debate whose 2017 topic is "education vouchers leave the most needy students behind," a very timely issue. Debate increases high school graduation, standardized test performance, and GPA. This year over 1,500 students were touched by this organization, and there is a long wait list.
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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 to 14,600 attendees, and serves more than 15,000 students through its education programs. Funds are requested for: salary and benefits for an Education Director; the rental of an improved video screen to enhance performances; and to expand its band camp doubling the number served from 600-700 to 1,200-1,400 annually.
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Dental Health for Arlington
Dental Health Arlington provides preventive and pain-relieving dental care to low-income residents and educates children about proper oral hygiene habits. It treats nearly 2,500 patients per year and reaches over 29 schools and 9,000 students annually. Funds are requested for operating costs including salaries, supplies and equipment.
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Denton Community Market
Denton Community Market is strengthening communities in Denton by providing economic opportunities for local artists, businesses, food vendors, and food producers to contribute to the vitality and livability of Denton. Funding is requested for community outreach, operating and administrative costs, and to improve and promote the DCM as a small-business.
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Denton County Master Gardner Association (DCMGA)
The DCMGA provides horticultural information and training to Denton County citizens on a volunteer basis. DCMGA programming includes Junior Master Gardener (JMG) learning experiences for youth facilitated by JMG Specialists, public gardening classes through libraries and city events, and horticultural scholarships for college students. Funding is requested to support each of these above programs to: 1) train 50 additional JMG Specialists, 2) expand public classes to an additional venue, and 3) provide a fourth scholarship this year. Impact is measured via attendance at programming events and feedback surveys.
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Denton Parks Foundation
Founded in 1987, Denton Parks Foundation supports projects and programs of the Denton Parks and Recreation Department, especially for the building and renovations to playgrounds and facilities as well as scholarships for youth who would otherwise not be able to participate in park programs. Support is requested to increase their scholarship fund to be able to help over 300 low-income youth participate in camps and on athletic teams. They have partnered with local nonprofits to provide scholarships to children from the local homeless shelter as well as children from domestic violence situations. Funds are also requested to help purchase and install shade structures at a new spray park the city is building in a low-income area of Denton as well as one other park in the area.
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Design Connect Create
Design Connect Create empowers young women to be successful in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses in order to reach gender parity in STEM careers. Funding needs include 1) expansion of the existing 2-week summer physics camps for girls on the pre-AP track to introduce them to key physics and math concepts before taking advanced physics high school courses, 2) expansion of the new student-led after school physics clubs which was piloted at Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School last semester, and to develop and deploy a social media plan to recruit more students. Funding is requested for expanding the after school physics clubs, which provides a supportive learning community for girls, provides leadership opportunities, and continues STEM activities after summer camp concludes. Camp participants had 15-20% point higher pass rate on the AP Physics exam compared to girls who didn't participate.
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DFW Pug Rescue Club, Inc.
The DFW Pug Rescue Club rescues, cares for, and facilitates adoption for unwanted, mistreated, or homeless pugs. The organization provides services for about 350 pugs annually. It is seeking funding for vetrinary services, medical care, and transportation costs for the pugs they serve.
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DFW Writers' Workshop
DFW Writers Workshop produces and promotes professionally published work by providing read and critique sessions, educational activities, ongoing author support, networking opportunities and a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere. Funding is requested for the DFW Writers Conference where DFW teaches the art and business aspects of writing. Funding is also requested for the Writers BLOC program which is a monthly writing class that is free of charge where professional authors give a one-hour seminar. Finally funds are requested for Read and Critique, a weekly program where writers practice their skills and improve their writing.
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Dickinson Place Charitable Corp.
Dickinson Place provides low-income senior citizens safe, affordable housing and programming to enhance spiritual, individual and social well-being. It is located in a high-rise and has 116 single bedroom apartments. Focus on homleess seniors and those living in unsafe temporary living situations and has strong partnerships with City of Dallas, the Bridge and many others. Funds are requested for the following: 1) a Handicap Accessible Bus to transport individuals with mobility devices at Dickinson Place and Tyler Street Tower; 2) to replace kitchen cabinets in all apartment units;and 3) $7,000 for 50 mattress sets for formerly homeless residents and new move-in seniors.
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DKMS works to fight against blood cancers--mostly leukemia and lymphoma. In 2016, they connected 477 bone marrow donors with transplants recipients. Funds are requested to support the registration of new donors. The cost to register each donor is $65.
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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 3,250 pieces of equipment, including wheelchairs, walkers and shower chairs to over 2,300 clients. Funds are requested to: 1) increase the number of clients from 88 to 125 per month; 2) conduct 12, up from 6, community collection days annually to meet the demand; and 3) fund a part-time bio-technician to refurbish and sanitize more equipment.
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Don't Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank
Don't Forget to Feed Me is a pet food bank that provides pet food for those in need. They are seeking funding for their "Stay or Go" program that collects and distrubutes pet food to DFW pet owners. Funding will support the operating cost of food donations, collection, and distribution. In 2016, they distributed 266,621 pounds of pet food.
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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 hiring a contract data analyst to help evaluate program outcomes.
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DRC, formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless, provides solutions to help Fort Worth individuals and families emerge from homelessness as productive, healthy people. DRC uses community-based, common-sense solutions to homelessness that puts housing first and sets the stage for housing unmeet need in the community. 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. Funds are requested for a full-time prevention specialist to target youth and parents in affluent areas where the stigma of addiction is higher, but drug use is just as high as in low-income communities. In addition funds are requested for a program coordinator who will increase the number of public service announcements to increase the number of teen/parent conversations. Finally, funds are requested to target small companies with workplace drug prevention.
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Dwell with Dignity
Dwell with Dignity helps families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time. Funding is requested for 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.
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Eastside Ministries of Fort Worth
Eastside Ministries is providing hope and compassion to needy persons and families located within East Dallas by providing effective and efficient distribution of food, clothing, and resources when available. Eastside Ministries are requesting funds for formal transportation and extra staffing.
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Education is Freedom
Education is Freedom (EIF) is a comprehensive, school-based, year-round college planning and access program to increase college access and career success. Funding is needed for 1) their College and Career Access Program that ensures underserved students are capable of enrolling and succeeding in college and careers; 2) EIF Mobile to provide technology for students to research career pathways, postsecondary opportunities, and scholarships, and to allow advisors to track and maintain students' individualized progress; and 3) funding is requested for the College and Career Access Program. Its reach has expanded from 3 to 14 high schools in DISD, reaching over 44% of the DISD student population. Last year EIF reached 20,000 students.
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Education Opens Doors, Inc.
Education Open Doors (EOD) aims to empower students to purposefully navigate through high school to the college or career option of their choice, turning college aspiration into reality. Funding is needed for 1) general funds to support main Roadmap to Success Program, centered around the Roadmap to Success manual and in-school support, 2) Virtual Roadmap online learning management system, and 3) parent workshops and parent manuals. Funding is requested for the Virtual Roadmap program, which will digitize its curriculum to expand to districts in and surrounding DISD, who have been requesting access to their program for years. EOD has empowered over 23,000 students. Last year students averaged 47% increase in college knowledge.
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Educational First Steps
Educational First Steps (EFS) aims to improve the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children. It does this by working with resource constrained daycare centers in at-risk neighborhoods to improve the quality of their caregiving to become nationally accredited centers, free of charge to the centers and parents. Funding needs include 1) expansion of support services for centers after accreditation that include marketing, website/social media, and best business practices to increase enrollment and economic viability, 2) playground equipment for up to five centers most in need to reach four Star/National Accreditation standards, and 3) an Annual Teacher/Director Conference. EFS is currently working with 93 partner centers and 5 licensed/registered homes, in over 485 classrooms, serving more than 5,700 children and 850 teachers/center directors. Its support services for accredited centers with low enrollment has increased enrollment from 30% to 65-75%.
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Embrace Grace
Embrace Grace inspires and equips single and pregnant young women by providing teaching about parenting, purity, dating, identity, dreams and goals, financial management, and time stewardship. Embrace Grace is requesting funding for their 3rd annual benefit dinner, Love Grows women's luncheon, and Embrace Life dvd curriculum.
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Embrace Waiting Children
Embrace Waiting Children serve foster, and kinship families and equip churches, and communities to replicate services in their respective areas. Funding is requested to improve placement outcomes and the Family Beacon which is a program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect by serving families at-risk.
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Essilor Vision Foundation
Essilor Vision Foundation is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Funds are requested for Kids Vision for Life Greater Dallas. In 2016, Kids Vision for Life provided children with 33,542 vision screenings, 6,088 vision exams and 5,794 prescription eyeglasses in Dallas County.
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Evergreen Life Services of Texas
Evergreen Life Services of Texas provides support for individuals with disabilities and offers community services to meet basic needs, teach life skills, and help each individual reach his/her potential. Evergreen Life Services request funds to improve computer and career labs where individuals develop thinking and mouse skills.
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Excellence by Design Education Center
Excellence by Design was founded in 2014 to provide after-school and summer programs designed to support academic success. Programs serve children living in West Dallas. Current needs include funding for middle-school summer programs, middle-school afterschool programs and high-school college/career readiness programs.
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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 for repairing a/c units, and support counseling services for each mother and child.
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Explorium Denton Children's Museum
Explorium Denton was established in 2012 to provide an interactive and educational museum experience for the local Denton community. To date, the museum has been providing a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) experience via its traveling program. With a growing number of visitors, Explorium seeks funds for a capital campaign to open a permanent facility. Funding would be used specifically for consulting design costs, the cost of exhibits and ongoing operations. The museum serves more than 5,000 annually.
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Faith & Grief Ministries
Faith & Grief provides ongoing comfort to persons who have expercined the death of a love one. Faith and Grief requests funds for the 2nd annual community Tree of Remebrance, Financial Education for Widows, and Tarrant County Community Educators.
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Faith in Texas - PICO
Faith in Texas develops civic leadership in low- and moderate-income faith communities for economic and racial justice. Faith in Texas request funds for their solidarity campaign and general operating.
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Family Compass
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 for the Home Mentoring Programming, which guides, strengthens and empowers parents to improve their families and create a nurturing home for their children.
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Family Gateway
Family Gateway provides stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. Funding is requested for case management services, assessment and implementation diversion services, capital purchase for industrial furniture and mattresses.
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Family Promise of Collin County
Family Promise of Collin County serves homeless families with children by providing housing, food and support services. Family Promise of Collin County is able to serve 14 individuals at any one time (4 families) and served 45 individuals in 2016. The agency seeks funding for affordable housing for clients, repairs for clients' vehicles and the Loved-Well Children Enrichment Program. The Loved Well program provides childcare, summer outings and camps as well as therapy to the children at Family Promise of Collin County.
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Ferguson Road Initiative
Ferguson Road Initiative provides community advocacy, public safety initiatives, crime watch activities and social services for those living in Far East Dallas. It seeks funding to begin a financial literacy counseling center that would pair with their existing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center. Additionally, it is looking for assistance for its advocacy campaign in support of a White Rock Recreation Center.
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Fine Arts Chamber Players
Now in its 36th season, the mission of Fine Arts Chamber Players (FACP) is to enrich the lives of North Texas residents, especially 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 has been 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. In addition, funding is also requested for a new part-time Education Coordinator, given that FACP's five education programs have grown. Finally, funding is requested for the production of a free community musical festival, Basically Beethoven, which reaches nearly 3,000 Dallas residents annually.
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First Baptist Academy
First Baptist Academy of Dallas provides a Christ-centered college preparatory education to 207 students living in 76 unique zip codes across Dallas. After 45 years at the main church campus in downtown Dallas, the school will be relocating to a 22 acre campus in East Dallas. This project broke ground in January of 2017 and classes began in August of 2017. Funding is requested to complete the capital campaign; $1 million is still needed to complete this $4M project.
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First3Years increases awareness of the critical importance of the first three years of a child's life and provides services to support infants and toddlers. Through Safe Babies-Dallas County, First3Years seeks to work with babies in the foster system to help their parents achieve a successful reuniting. First3Years also seeks funding to perform research in racial disparities in early childhood expulsions so that issues can be identified and addressed. Finally, First3Years seeks operational funding.
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First3Years, Youth with Faces, and Café Momentum
First3Years was founded in 1980 as a statewide effort to advocate for and advance the healthy development of young children. Funds are sought in support of the agency's program, Just Beginning, which provides parenting support for teen fathers in the juvenile justice system. This program serves 30 teen fathers each year, giving the young men tools to communicate and build a positive relationship with their child(ren). In the first two years of programming, 100% of participants who completed the program reported a better understanding of how to parent and be responsive to their young children.
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Focus on Teens
Focus on Teens (FoT) serves homeless or marginalized teens through a model that focuses on reaching teens in their own environment-at their schools or on the street. The goal is to work with teens to provide support and education before they become homeless adults. FoT is seeking funding to support its drop-in centers which are housed at 13 DISD campuses, 2 FWISD campuses and at The Stewpot. At these drop-in centers, teens can receive food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies, blankets and case management for medical and psychological needs. FoT is also raising funds to open another drop-in center at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church near Fairpark. Finally, FoT is in need of support for their drug abuse and suicide prevention courses to help these at risk teens. In 2016, FoT served 1,000 clients ages 12-21. Ninety-five percent of homeless teens that frequented FoT drop in centers stayed in school as compared to eighty-one percent of those that did not frequent drop-in centers.
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For the Love of the Lake Foundation
For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) supports White Rock Lake via preservation and beautification projects and programs. Funding is requested to support building an "All- Abilities" playground, the Adopt-A-Shoreline project, and reforestation through the Celebration Tree Grove program. Adopt-A-Shoreline is a weekly lake clean-up that is most heavily promoted and attended on the second Saturday of each month; Celebration Tree Grove allows donors to purchase memoriam plaques that honor loved ones and fund planting new trees. The Tree Grove project has funding planting 150+ trees in the park; 53 groups regularly participate in the shoreline clean-up.
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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is dedicated to lifelong learning, engaging the community through programs and exhibits that interpret science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest. The museum has served the metroplex since 1941 and currently receives 700,000 visitors of all ages each year. The museum requests funding for Sensory Awareness Activities, the Morningside Children's Partnership and professional development. The Sensory Awareness Activities target children on the autism spectrum, providing them with a safe museum experience. The Morningside Children's Partnership is a pre-k and kindergarten educational program specifically for the underserved Morningside community. Finally, the professional development programs provide educators with knowledge and strategies to improve classroom STEM instruction.
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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 2018 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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Fort Worth Public Library Foundation
The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation serves to support the Fort Worth Public Library and the community. Funds are requested for: the Launch Pad Program, which assists aspiring students to apply for college; Books for Tarrant County Babies to provide a bilingual book and Library card to every newborn family; and the Children's Author Series which brings acclaimed authors to visit with Fort Worth schoolchildren.
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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Fossil Rim converses species in peril and produces public learning experiences to inspire positive change on environmental impact. Funds are requested for the Animal Waste Composting initiative and the Attwater Prairie Chicken Recovery Program. Animal Waste Composting utilizes the animal waste from the stabled animals at Fossil Rim to environmentally supplement fertilizer needs across the preserve. The Attwater Prairie Chicken Recovery Program repopulates the endangered species through captive breeding and wild release. The Recovery Program has tripled the wild population on Attwater Chickens. Implementing the Animal Waste program will save $10,000 per year.
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Foster Kids Charity Inc.
Foster Kids Charity Inc. works to improve the well-being of children while in foster care. Historically, they have collected and provided food, clothing, shoes, books and other items to kids in foster care. They are seeking funding to start a new camp program for girls in foster care that will focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics.
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Foundation Communities
Foundation Communities helps low and moderate income individuals and families attain financial stability through free tax preparation services and financial literacy programs. It is seeking funding to support its Dallas Community Tax Centers where last year over 10,000 individuals received assistance with their tax returns. Foundation Communities also seeks matching dollars for its Dallas Saves program in which individuals can receive matching dollars based on the amount of their tax refund that they put in savings and keep there for at least 12 months.
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Foundation for Responsible Television
The Foundation for Responsible Television produces The McCuisition Program, an issue-based educational television program that has been aired by KERA for the past 27 years. Viewership is estimated at 30-50,000 households weekly, and each season includes 24 thirty minute programs. Funding is sought for the production of next season's episodes. Additionally, the organizations seeks funding to digitally archive past programs, making them searchable and usable by educators as well as students.
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Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
The Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy support programs and enrichment at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA), a single gender, college preparatory DISD magnet school serving young men in grades 6-12. Located in the southern sector of Dallas, BOMLA serves a diverse group of 436 young men from each of the high school feeder patterns in DISD. Funding is requested for college tours, faculty and staff professional development, and technology improvements. The second graduating class of BOMLA was in 2016; 100% of the young men graduated and 100% were accepted into a four year college/university.
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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 to support Outdoor Education and leadership programs that engage 17,500 students annually. Funding is also requested for the TRU Camp program, a weeklong outreach program for youth focused on leadership development, character, and evangelism.
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Friends of the Dallas Public Library
Friends of the Dallas Public Library (FoDPL) was established in 1950 to provide philanthropic support for the Dallas Public Library system. To date, FoDPL has raised over $50 million in support for the library, with contributions from 500 member families. Current funding needs include the Homeless Engagement Initiative, the Mayor's Summer Reading Program and the Police Memorial Archives. The Homeless Engagement Initiative served 1,778 people last year, providing assistance with resumes, computer training and job applications. The Mayor's Summer Reading Program has been serving children for 45 years with educational summer programs and incentives that encourage daily summer reading. Across all 29 branch libraries, 11,000 children participated last year, logging over 160,000 hours of reading. Finally, the Police Memorial Archive project is working to archive items from the makeshift memorial that was created in front of the Jack Evans Police Headquarters, following the July 7, 2016 attack in downtown Dallas that left five police officers dead.
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Friends of the Katy Trail
Friends of the Katy Trail was founded to support and promote the Katy Trail as a recreational, educational and transportation resource for the community. Currently, over 1,000,000 people of all ages enjoy the trail. Current funding needs include operating support for ongoing maintenance and management as well as part-time clerical staff. Additionally, the organization seeks funding for new drinking fountains and waste receptacles along the trail.
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Friends of the Katy Trail
Friends of the Katy Trail oversees management of and supports the Katy Trail. Funds are requested for general operations, part-time staff to assist with membership and special events, and for capital investment in water fountains, dog waste stations, and trash receptacles. The Katy Trail has catalyzed development and provides a green ribbon in the middle of urban Dallas; the trail has supported the increase of surrounding property values by up to 25%.
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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 May 19 through July 23, and the fall season runs from September 1 through October 22.
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Friends of Wednesday's Child
Friends of Wednesday's Child (FWC) serves children in foster care, specifically providing academic support to improve the graduation rates of North Texas foster children. Funding is requested for the Success in School (SIS) program, which provides one-on-one mentoring, educational plans, tutoring, and guidance for foster parents. The goal of SIS is to improve attendance and educational outcomes for foster children who are significantly behind academically and at risk of repeating a grade level. Additionally, the agency seeks operating support as well as funding for technology upgrades. Last year, FWC provided 5,000 tutoring sessions; 154 children were provided with a summer camp experience and 1,500 students were provided with extra curricular programs.
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Frisco Family Services
Frisco Family Services helps members of the community who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs. Due to the growth of Frisco, they are seeking funds for a capital campaign to increase space and services. Frisco Family Services is also raising money to support the food pantry and the emergency financial assistance program. Last year, Frisco Family Services helped 3,700 individuals by distributing 567,000 pounds of food; providing life skills classes to over 500 people; and distributing over 10,000 meals in the Summer Lunch Program.
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Frisco Student Fastpacs
Frisco Student Fastpacs provides weekly bags of nonperishable food to students so that they are able to eat over the weekend. It is seeking funding for the increased costs of food to serve the Frisco students. Additionally, they are in need of website improvements and a grant writer. Frisco Student Fastpacs currently feeds over 700 students each weekend of the school year.
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Frontiers of Flight Museum
Founded in 1988, Frontiers of Flight Museum's mission is 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) curriculum. More than 145,000 people visit the Museum annually, with more than 15,000 being children who participate in the Museum's education programs. Funding is requested for a portable planetarium, which can seat up to 40 explorers; additional funding is requested for a three part video series, which will give students a unique view of past, present, and future space exploration.
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Garland Area Habitat for Humanity
Garland Area Habitat for Humanity (GAHFH) brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Funding is needed for the Home Repair Program that helps low income residents make needed repairs to their homes so that they can continue to live in them. GAHFH is also starting a program in which high school students will build portions of houses (cabinets, electrical work) in order to help with a home build and to allow the student to learn important skills. Additionally, GAHFH needs funding for land purchases on which to build homes. It completes, on average, 2-3 homes each year and assisted with home repair on another 21, in 2016.
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Garland Symphony Orchestra
The Garland Symphony Orchestra enhances the quality of life in our community by inspiring, entertaining and involving citizens through music concerts over the last twenty six years. Funding is requested to support GSO's Young People's Concerts which utilizes orchestra music as a focus for the development of arts-integrated curricula aligning with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills syllabus. Working with teachers and schools in Garland ISD, the Young People's Concerts reach over 6,500 students attending Title I schools and providing the opportunity to experience symphonic music.
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Gaston Christian Center
Gaston Christian Center provides space to small congregations, several area non-profits and to community members for community events such as book clubs and concerts. It is in need of funding to maintain its building including AC equipment, flooring and a new fire/security panel. Gaston Christian Center welcomes approximately 2,200 individuals each week.
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Genesis Women's Shelter and Support
Genesis Women's Shelter and Support provides safety, shelter and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. It seeks funding for an outreach clinical counseling program so it can serve non-residential clients. Genesis also needs continued funding for the emergency shelter program which serves approximately 350 women and children each year. Finally, donations are requested for the children's program. Genesis served 1,056 women and children through its programs in 2016.
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Girl Scouts of Northeast 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. They serve over 21,000 girls from the Dallas metro area. Funding is requested for The Gift of Girl Scouting, a free in-school leadership development program that provides a Girl Scout experience for 2,500 girls in Title I Dallas County elementary and middle schools. Funding is also requested to support STEM programming for 5,000 girls at the STEM Center of Excellence. Finally, funding is requested for volunteer engagement, recruitment and training to support 5,000 adult volunteers.
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Girls Embracing Mothers
Girls Embracing Mothers, Inc. (GEM) works with girls in grades K-12 with mothers in prison to break the cycle of incarceration. The Pearl Program provides enhanced monthly visitation sessions between girls and their mothers at Gatesville. The Pearl Program served 25 girls and 15 mothers in 2016. These 4 hours visits include activities and structured discussions. The Diamond Program provides workshops and summer camps for the daughters and served 40 girls in 2016. Funds are requested for both programs which strive to help strengthen the relationship for both mother and daughter with the goal of decreasing recidivism for the prisoner and ending the incarceration cycle for the daughter.
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Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas strives to inspire all girls to be smart, strong and bold. Eureka provides STEM education to underserved girls through a five year program which includes activities around STEM, sports and personal development. Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas also seeks funding for program operations for their afterschool and summer programs that focus on STEM, reading literacy, economic literacy and college and career readiness.
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Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
Girls Inc. of Tarrant County inspires girls to be smart, strong and bold through life-changing experiences and real solutions. It seeks funding for its literacy initiative to build skills of K-3rd grade girls which serves 200 girls annually. Girls Inc. of Tarrant County is in need of funding for its Prevention, Leadership & Mentoring Program in Crowley ISD to provide mentors to low-income girls and equip them with tools for successful lives. Finally, it needs funding for its SMART-STEM Education for Girls. In 2016, 95% of the senior Girls Inc. participants graduated from high school, 90% went to on to college, and 56% planned to pursue STEM careers.
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Girls on the Run
Established in 2005, 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, including race registration fees, 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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Girls 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 4,200 girls in Title I Tarrant County middle schools.
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Since 1997, Girlstart has served over 70,000 girls and 10,000 teachers and families throughout the Texas region. Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through innovative nationally recognized informal STEM education programs. Girlstart After School has grown from 4 programs reaching fewer than 100 girls in 2009 to 70 programs in 20 districts reaching more than 1,700 girls each week in Spring 2017, 60 girls in North Texas alone. The agency is requesting funds for Girlstart After School North Texas, which bridges learning and achievement gaps in STEM; additional funding is being asked for a Girlstart Summer Camp North Texas.
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Gladney Center for Adoption
Gladney Center for Adoption has a community-based and residential maternity program that serves birth parents, adoptees and adoptive parents. They are seeking funding for their New Beginnings Program which provides pre-adoption, adoption and post-adoption services. The New Beginnings Program placed 85 adoptees in 2016.
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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. The organization serves 60 individuals annually. Funding is requested to support the Women Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (WARM) which provides residential treatment and relapse prevention.
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Goodwill Industries of Dallas
Goodwill Industries of Dallas provides training, employment and support services for people with disabilities or disadvantages. Goodwill seeks funding to help with development of a three-in-one center in west Dallas to serve as a one stop location for a job connection center, a retail store and a valet donation center. Goodwill is fundraising for their Good Job program which provides job readiness training and placement. Finally, Goodwill needs funding support for its GoodGuides mentoring program for youth ages 12-18. In 2016, Goodwill placed 1,433 individuals in jobs earning $19.1 million in wages.
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Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship
Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship provides horsemanship training to people with disabilities. It seeks funding for boarding fees for its horses, for the rental of a handicapped-accessible port-a-potty and for facility maintenance and utilities. Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship serves about 65 riders each year.
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Grace Prep Academy
Since 1993, Grace Preparatory Academy is a beacon of education light as they develop family-centric, college-worthy, character witnesses for Christ. Funding is requested for outfitting two science labs, which will allow Grace Prep to serve an additional 300 families, totaling more than 600 families annually. Additional funding is requested for a state-of-the-art plasma life science table.
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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. Grant Halliburton partners with 50 mental health professionals and educated over 21,000 individuals in 2016. Funds are requested for expansion efforts for the organization's educational programming which targets adults and youth. Additionally funds are requested for the HereForTexas.com website which is a searchable website that lists over 500 mental health care providers and services. Finally funds are requested to create a mental health navigation line that will help address callers' needs, identify appropriate resources and care options, and overcome barriers to seeking care.
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Great Hearts Texas
Since its inception in 2003, Great Hearts has served over 14,000 students varying in backgrounds in Phoenix, San Antonio and Irving. Great Hearts educates young people for a lifelong pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty through a classical liberal arts education. Great Hearts believes that the highest goals of education should be to become good, intellectually and morally. Funding is requested for Teacher Professional Development for Great Hearts Irving. The natural outcomes of trained and committed teachers are superior student achievement and long-term increases in student performances.
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Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
For 45 years, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has provided music education and performance opportunities for youth with demonstrated musical ability. Funds are requested for the Jazz Institute Project which began in 2014 and annually serves 50-75 youth who are interested in learning what it means to be a jazz musician, build their instrumental skills, interact with jazz professionals and perform in jazz jam sessions.
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Greyhound Adoption League of Texas
Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT) places (mainly retired racing) greyhounds into adoptive homes and provides medical care for mistreated greyhounds. GALT requests funds for adoption preparation which include spay/neuter and other medical costs and orthopedic care for injured dogs. GALT places and average of 142 greyhounds per year.
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Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
The Grief and Loss Center of North Texas (GLC) provides counseling, education and other support services to those who have suffered loss. They seek funding for their Same As Me (SAM) program that provides therapeutic services to children who have experienced loss. GLC also needs operating funds to support all of their services. GLC served 843 individuals in 2016 ranging from age 4 to 99. For children in the program, 100% of parents responded that they had seen improvement in their child's attitude and behavior.
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Guardianship Services, Inc.
Guardianship Services, Inc. provides guardianship or less restrictive alternatives to guardianship for vulnerable adults in Tarrant County including those with disabilities and the elderly. It is seeking assistance to start a new program, Bill Payer, to educate low-income residents in money management on a one-on-one basis. Additionally, it is seeking funds for a workshop series that would provide financial education opportunities in a group setting.
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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 the support of the KIDS program that provides at risk students with academic, and athletic activities. Funding is also requested for the Bridge Builders Work program for low-income and formally unemployable residents of Dallas county. Bridge Builders MISSIONS program that inspires people to lead in their communities.
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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. Annually it reaches about 1,700 students, and up to 80 parents at each of its workshops. Funding is requested 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 for operating expenses and for the development of Spanish materials.
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Harmony Community Development Corporation
Harmony Community Development is strengthening families and revitalizing neighborhoods through community-driven and solution oriented approaches. Harmony Community Development Corporations requests funding for its corporation food pantry.
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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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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. Funds are requested for a capital campaign for an OB/GYN clinic in Vickery Meadow.
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Health Services of North Texas
Health Services of North Texas (HSNT) 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. In 2016, HSNT served 12,636 unduplicated patients through 40,735 medical visits. Funds are requested for a capital campaign for a new medical clinic that will enable HSNT to serve an additional 1,200 patients. Additionally funds are requested for medical and integrated behavioral healthcare.
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Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration
Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration works to improve the health of the community through a collaborative partnership of health care systems, public health organizations, universities and other community partners. Funds are requested for the continuation of the healthy corner store program, which provides access to corner stores that accept SNAP and provide healthy food in food deserts.
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Heart House
Established in 2000, Heart House provides safety education and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children in the low-income Vickery Meadows neighborhood of Northeast Dallas. Services include homework assistance, mentoring, counseling and protection from the negative influences they are exposed to in their daily lives. Heart House serves roughly 120 students each, with 100 percent qualifying for free or reduced lunches at school, and 98 percent of whom live in a family with an annual income under $20,000. The agency is requesting funding for the H3 program (head, heart, hands) which focuses on cognitive learning, formation of character, and building self-esteem; therapy and counseling services; and overall strategic planning.
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Hearts for Homes
Hearts for Homes provides no-cost home repairs for low-income senior homeowners in Denton County. They partner with several local businesses to provide services as well as other skilled and unskilled volunteers to perform essential home repairs. Hearts for Homes performs over 260 projects a year with an average cost of $1,000/project. Funds are requested for: 1) to assist with purchasing repair materials; 2) to hire part-time social workers and a part-time project manager to address ongoing needs; and 3) to purchase, install and maintain a warehouse management and inventory system to track project materials and fundraising goals.
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Helping Restore Ability
Helping Restore Ability helps provide personal care income disabled population. Helping Restore Ability request funds to provide personal care, Home management tasks, and other health-related issues for North Texans with disabilities.
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Hendrick Scholarship Foundation
Since 1991, the Hendrick Scholarship Foundation provides a unique program that walks through the entire college journey with students who have overcome adversity – providing funding, support and life skills development to ensure that they graduate and start their career well-equipped. There are currently 54 Plano ISD graduates participating in the program. In the three Plano Senior High Schools, there are over 1,500 students living at or below the federally defined poverty level and the numbers have steadily risen over the last decade. Funding is requested for scholarships; an academic advisor; and life skills workshops.
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Heritage School of Texas
Established in 2011, Heritage School of Texas provides a challenging Christian education to students of average, to above average ability, who have learning differences. Heritage offers flexible grouping which allows students to go as fast as they can but as slow as they must. During the 2016-17 school year, the school served 61 students in K-8th grade. Funding is requested for classroom supplies including language and math curricula for all grades. Additional funding is requested for technology needs, and teacher training.
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High Tech High Heels
Since 2001, the vision of High-Tech High Heels is to close the gender gap in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Through its work, there are now three programs operated by independent non-profit organizations. Funding is requested for gender equity training for teachers in Fort Worth. Additional funding is requested for school science and technology programs for middle and high school girls.
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Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas
HVSD provides assistance in the areas of housing and self sufficiency to homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. Funding is needed to provide rent and utility assistance for 48 veterans, salary for a Program Manager and Stand Down plus other outreach events. Overall 2,550 veterans have been served.
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Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound is changing families through programs and professional services that promote positive behavioral health and independence for individuals and families caught in the cycle of abuse, addiction, and mental illness. Funding is requested for transportation, beds, and kitchen equipment.
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Honor Courage Commitment, Inc.
HCC's mission is to maximize military veteran talent by preparing and mentoring men and women who have previously served our country for successful entrepreneurship, business and community leadership. Funds are specifically requested for increasing participation of Black, Asian and Hispanic veteran participation and also to support a pilot financial education program focused on widows of veterans.
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Honoring Our Wounded Military
HOWM's mission is to raise support for our wounded military by conducting benefit events. Funds are needed to support the purchase of a home for a wounded warrior's family. The homes are used for ADA compliance and furnishings.
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Hope Coalition/Christian Women's Job Corp
Hope Coalition and Christian Women’s Job Corps support women in need of employment. CWJC helps women gain self-confidence, purpose, direction, and hope for their future through classes that teach life skills, and job skills. Hope Coalition and Christian Women’s Job Corps request funds for a Site Coordinator Salary, Rent, and Insurance. Additional funds are requested to help expand the computer lab, and enhancing their website.
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Hope Cottage
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 Youth education, the Foster to Adopt program, and pregnancy services.
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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 Prison Ministries, Inc.
Hope Prison Ministries offers hope to individuals in prison and that have been incarcerated through counseling, mentoring, and teaching. Hope Prison Ministries request funding for Curriculum Development and the After Care mentor programs.
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Hope Supply Co.
Hope Supply Co. provides resources to homeless children in North Texas. Home Supply Co. partners with homeless shelters, domestic violence canters, transitional housing centers, and school districts. Funds are requested for the critical needs program for homeless children, recreational activities, and Hope Hotel, a place where Hope Supply provides year-round support and resources to school-aged children living in welfare hotels.
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Hope4Harper provides individual with disabilities by fostering research designed to alleviate symptoms for a better way of life. Funding is requested for Docu-series which focuses on special needs communities and breaking down a wall in them by making a documentary that educates, empowers, and shines the light on what it really means to have hope through a courageous journey. Funding is also requested for revival of Hope4Harpers website.
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HopeKids, Inc.
HopeKids provides events and activities and support communities for families who have a child diagnosed with cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition. Funding is requested to support the hiring of a brand new Family and Community Manager. Funds are also requested to support the Hope Day program.
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Hope's Door - New Beginning Center
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 1,900 individuals in 2016. Funds are requested for general operating support.
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House of Shine
Founded in 2014 House of Shine works in Tarrant County schools to develop confident, engaged women and children by providing leadership programs that raise self-awareness and are creative and experiential in nature. In 2016, they served over 2,000 women, children and teachers. Funding is requested to provide supplemental funding to cover costs for Title I schools who can otherwise not afford to participate. Funds are also requested to complete a program evaluation tool. Finally, funding is requested to create a train-the-trainer model to certify volunteers and teachers to teach the SHINE curriculum in schools.
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Housing Crisis Center
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 Coalition
Human Coalition rescues children and serves families facing unplanned pregnancy. Human Coalition requests funds for their Care Program which provides one on one assistance and mentoring. Funds are also requested for Women's Mobile Clinic Operations which goes to women who can make it to their facility
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Humane Tomorrow
Humane Tomorrow is a foster organization that rescues and re-homes unwanted and abused animals in north Texas. HT seeks funding for three programs: Love on Wheels (LOW), the Mercy Fund, and the Center for Animal Rescue and Education (CARE). LOW re-homes animals by transporting unwanted DFW companion animals to the northeast US where demand outpaces supply for rescue dogs. The Mercy Fund provides medical care to animal victims of abuse. CARE is a capital project to construct an animal resource center in Argyle, Texas.
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Hunters for Good Incorporated
Hunters for Good helps families in tough times not make hard choices between food, clothing, and basic necessities by filing in the gap. Hunters for Goods provides important necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Funds are requested for meat processing fees, a refrigerated trailer, and a pickup truck.
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IGNITE Texas, launched in 2011, collaborates with key community organizations and leaders to create a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. This year IGNITE is training over 4,000 young women across the country. IGNITE partners with other non-partisan women’s political training organizations like, VoteRunLead, NEW Leadership, and Running Start on programming. Funding is requested for a Young Women’s Political Leadership conference with elected leaders from across the region for a day of civic and political leadership training.
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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 awareness and outreach; low-cost vaccine events; and support for its contracted non-profit professional that helps out the otherwise all-volunteer organization.
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Incarnation House
Incarnation House provides afterschool programming for low-income and homeless youth. Since inception the organization has served over 96 youth. Funds are requested for transportation through a shuttle service run by off-duty/retired police officers to take students home after programming is over. In addition, funds are requested for food for snacks and dinner each night the program operates.
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Inclusive Communities Project
Inclusive Communities Project creates thriving racially inclusive communities with fair and affordable housing opportunities for low income families. ICP request funds for the Voices For Opportunity and Moving Voices project which bring and promote awareness.
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INSPIRE School Programs
Founded in 2008, INSPIRE School Programs provides leadership mentoring and academic support to over 7,000 public school students in Dallas, Duncanville and Cedar Hill. Funding is requested for INSPIRE, a 12-week classroom mentoring program for 100 low-income students, focusing on empowering students, building life skills and supporting academic success. Funding is also requested to support these same students to attend ELEVATE, a week-long leadership and entrepreneurship program in partnership with University of North Texas. Finally, funding is requested for transportation needs for these students to attend off campus and summer programming.
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Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders
Since 2009, the vision of Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders (ITL) is to bridge the gap of inequities in the workplace and communities based on gender, race, education backgrounds, exposure and socioeconomic status. Around 1,350 clients are served annually, with about 44 percent of them being between ages 20 and 29 and over 70 percent of their client basis is female. Funding is requested for work readiness skills which is a 51 hour training program; certification programs for high demand industries – finance/insurance; and technology certification.
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Institute for Urban Policy Researach at UT Dallas via The University of Texas Foundation
The Institute for Urban Policy Research (IUPR) at University of Texas Dallas' mission is to provide research and evaluation, education and outreach, and guidance and consulting to inform, motivate, and inspire community-focused organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. One way they accomplish this is through the Young Leaders, Strong City youth summit, which brings together a diverse group of Dallas-area high school students to learn how to effectively bring racial equity to their community by teaching them how to evaluate institutions, systems, policies and laws. Funds are requested to support the 4th Annual Young Leaders, Strong City Racial Justice Summit including $200 stipends for 16 facilitators, marketing materials, and food.
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Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies
Inaugurated in 1998, Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) is a theological school which prepares students to become pastors for the Christian ministry. IRBS has become a stand-alone seminary, providing a full program of instruction for the preparation of pastors. Funding is requested for facility setup; faculty support; and library setup.
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In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center
In-Sync provides sanctuary for exotic felines. They currently house 76 felines that have been rescued from north Texas homes. In-Sync requests funding to cover the costs of food, vet care, and a capital expenditure to build a new cougar enclosure.
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Integrity Mentors
Integrity Mentors provides one-on-one personalized support for academic learning, spiritual development and character development for at-risk youth in Arlington and Grand Prairie ISD schools. Funding is requested to train mentors in socio-emotional learning. Funding is also requested for transportation to help youth experience learning opportunities in the wider community. Finally, funding is requested to support supplemental pay for classroom teachers and college interns.
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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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International Leadership of Texas
International Leadership of Texas (ILTexas), founded in 2012, prepares students for leadership roles in the international community by emphasizing servant leadership, mastering different languages and strengthening the mind, body, and character. ILTexas currently serves more than 10,000 students throughout 10 campuses, and has a waiting list of over 8,000. More than half of the student population meets the state guidelines for “economic disadvantage”. ILTexas seeks funding for professional development; Science lab equipment; and fine arts equipment.
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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 Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating their 55th season, the Irving Symphony Orchestra provides professional music and education programs for over 2,100 patrons in Irving and the North Texas community. Funding is requested to 1) assist in producing three major concerts in the fall of 2017 and 2) support "Healing Notes," a musical therapy-influenced concert program that allows participants to share their personal story while playing an instrument.
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It's a Sensory World
It's a Sensory World provides educational, recreational, and therapeutic services for children with Autism, Down syndrome, and processing disorders. ISW requests funds to improve Sensory Technology, Therapy Dogs, and a School bus for transportation needs.
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It's Going to Be OK
It’s Going To Be OK creates a world where women, and children are respected and valued through education, research, advocacy, and collaboration. It’s Going To Be OK. requests funds to improve curriculum, parent classes, and a clothing closet.
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Jewish Family Service of Greater 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
Established in 1991, Jonathan's Place provides residential care and specialized services for at-risk children and youth in Dallas County. For the past 25 years, Jonathan's Place has cared for over 5,200 abused, abandoned, and neglected children giving them love, support, comfort and protection. Funds are requested for its Emergency Shelter for children aged 0-17 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse; its Residential Therapeutic Program for girls aged 10-18 who are victims of sexual/physical abuse, abandonment, neglect, sexual exploitation and trafficking; and its Transitional Living Program for those women aging out of foster care, aged 18-23.
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Joni and Friends
Joni and Friends is part of a national organization serving individuals and their families affected by cognitive or physical disabilities. Funding is requested for its Wounded Warrior Getaway, a retreat serving soldiers returning home from their military service with life-altering disabilities and their families; and its Family Retreats which are week-long retreats for families affected by a disability.
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Journey of Hope Grief Support Center
Founded in 1996, Journey of Hope's mission is to provide support for children, teens and young adults as they learn to mourn the death of a loved one. A recent expansion into Collin County has provided 36% more capacity which has allowed them to receive twice the number of intake calls in the first quarter of 2017 versus first quarter of 2016. Funds are requested to continue expansion into North Dallas, which will be its fourth location to provide 12-week wrap-around grief support services; and salary support of a part-time Program Associate to assist with the increased intake and participant processes of the additional locations.
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Journey to Dream
Journey to Dream was established in 2004 to embrace, equip and empower teens to overcome adversity and live purposeful lives. In 2016, they served 79 homeless teens between the ages of 14 and 18. Funding is requested for programming that includes case management and life skills training for homeless and at-risk teens. Funding is also requested for outreach, support programs, and prevention curriculum that is offered to over 10,000 students at local schools. Finally, funds are requested to support the final components of Kyle’s Place, the first emergency homeless shelter for youth in Denton County.
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Jubilee Park & Community Center
Jubilee Park and Community Center provides services and academic assistance for children and adults, serving as a catalyst for comprehensive community revitalization and enrichment in a southeast Dallas surrounding neighborhood. Funding is requested for its award-winning Out-of-School Time programs which include an afterschool program and eight-week summer camps that serves more than 400 low income children annually. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, funding is requested to implement a Specialized Student Support (S3) Program, serving 144 students with special learning needs such as ADHD, Dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, speech/language delays and disordered reading.
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Juliette Fowler Communities
Juliette Fowler Communities in an intergenerational community providing choice, community and connection for children, youth, elders and families. Funds are requested for the following: 1) The Ebby House, a residential program for women 18-24 who have aged out of foster care or who are at risk due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. Women are offered mentorship, education and direction; 2) Basic needs for senior who have outlived their finances; and 3) the Art Therapies program which utilizes the services of music, art and adaptive dance to create greater memory recall, reduce anxiety and stress, reduce pain and improve cognitive processing for individuals with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's.
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Junior Achievement of Dallas
Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Dallas (JA Dallas) delivers relevant, outcome-based curriculum that establishes a foundation of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. An average of 74% of students impacted are considered economically disadvantaged, among four of the largest school districts: Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Irving. JA Dallas has set a goal to impact 52,500 students during the 2016-17 program year. Funding is requested for junior achievement classroom programs; JA Finance Park; and JA BizTown and career exploration center.
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Junior Players
Junior Players provides free arts education programs in local recreation and cultural centers. Their programming encourages intellectual growth, mental well-being and the development of life skills in North Texas youth through mentoring, creative expression and participating in drama and arts activities. Funding is requested for: 1) Discover Theater Summer Camp that reaches low-moderate income children teaches theater and performing arts while working on improving literacy skills and 2) Discover Dance Teen Production provides a safe environment for students to share challenging issues they face and how the arts have given them an outlet to deal with those challenges. Choreographers partner with students to set their ideas to music and dance which culminates in a performance at Dallas City Performance Hall.
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Kickstart Kids
Established in 1990, Kickstart Kids is an in-school physical education curriculum designed to build youth character through karate. Kickstart Kids is primarily offered in economically disadvantaged schools with at-risk youth. In 2016, they worked with over 1,600 youth at public middle schools. Funding is requested to support programming costs that include uniforms, equipment, classroom supplies, curriculum development and instructor training.
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Kidd's Kids
Established 25 years ago by Dallas radio personality, Kidd Kraddick, The Kraddick Foundation was founded to engage radio listeners to help children with life-altering and life-threatening conditions. Support is requested for Kidd's Kids Therapeutic Arts Program, a collaborative partnership with Music Meets Medicine where the two groups provide music therapy in area children's hospitals; support for Kidd's Kids Trips, a week-long Walt Disney World trip for kids ages 5-12 years old; and its first Kidd's Kids Teen Trip for kids ages 13-18 years old.
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For over three decades, KidLinks provides therapeutic music entertainment and music therapy programs for children and families who are hospitalized with chronic illness. Since KidLinks inception it has provided over 75,000 children in local hospitals and care centers the opportunity to forget their worries. The work of KidLinks is founded on “Unconditional Love and Caring” and uses its core values: quality, integrity, accountability, service and creativity as their cornerstone. Funding is requested for the Hugworks Children’s Network (HCN) program, a multi-sensory therapeutic entertainment service offered to hospitalized children and their families free of charge.
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Kids Who Care
Kids Who Care facilitates a safe place for children to be exposed to and experience performing arts through weekly musical theater classes, summer camps and international exchange programs and writing original pieces. Funds are requested for: 1) The Hope Scholarship program which allows low-income students access to classes and camps and aims to support 30% of the students enrolled 2) KidPower Leadership Training to develop creative thinking and entrepreneurial business skills in students ages 7-24 and 3) Exposure to the Arts hosts performances and workshops in the community where children and families gather who may not otherwise be able to experience musical theater.
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KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
KIPP DFW equips students from educationally under-resourced communities with the knowledge, skills, and character traits to succeed in college and careers in order to positively impact the community. Today, KIPP DFW serves 2,000 southern Dallas students in grades K-8 at five schools situated on three campuses in the Red Bird, Oak Cliff, and Pleasant Grove neighborhoods of south Dallas. Nationally, only 8% of low-income students graduate college; presently, KIPP DFW is projected to have 43% of its founding class of 2011 graduate from college at the end of the spring 2017 semester. Funding is requested for campus expansions; teacher professional development; and community engagement.
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Kitchen Dog Theater
Kitchen Dog Theater carefully selects and performs plays that challenge our moral and social consciousness and invite audiences to question conventional views of self and experience. Funds are requested for: 1) 2017 Capital Campaign which would allow a building KDT purchased in 2016 to be renovated and become the theater's permanent home and support expanded operations required by the new space and 2) Capacity Building: Part-time Marketing Coordinator to assist in building KDT's fundraising efforts and increasing revenue sources
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KNON 89.3
KNON 89.3 FM provides quality and unique programming to reflect the diversity of DFW Metroplex for almost 34 years. KNON has been in the forefront of discussing social issues with station proven track record of giving voice and understanding to those with marginalized experiences, and engaging the community with conversation of racial inequalities on a local level. Funding is requested for a new antenna to continue the station's uninterrupted broadcasting.
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Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) provides culturally enriching programming to the citizens in Irving and is dedicated to educating the next generation of musicians and music enthusiasts. Funds are requested to support the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, an education initiative of the LCSO that offers high-level orchestral training to middle and high school musicians throughout the metropole. The only tuition-free youth orchestra in the DFW area, 63% of students attend Title I schools and funding will provide meals, rehearsal space and performance costs.
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Launchability provides education and training for those with special needs to improve their quality of life, economic self-sufficiency and independence through employment to allow them to be productive, contributing members of society. Funds are requested for its Autism Services, an IT Training and social skills program co-created by Deloitte Consulting targeted for entry-level IT staff; its ongoing 1-on-1 intensive 9-12 month Supported Employment Services program; and its Academy Program which teaches job skills and social skills to increase self esteem to be competitive for entry-level jobs in large companies.
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Leadership ISD
Leadership ISD, established in 2011, informs and connects leaders to shape policy, lead strategically, and champion change for educational excellence and equity. Leadership ISD believes that education attainment is an incredibly consequential factor in determining whether children will reach their full potential as healthy, self-sufficient adults. Only 13% of students are truly prepared for college or a career after 12 years of education. Leadership ISD seeks funds for recruiting and matriculate cohorts of leaders for the Tarrant County Fellowship. Additional funding is requested for activation of the alumni network, and expanding its role as a leadership and civic capacity building organization.
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Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy
Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy converses and preserves their eponymous public properties. Funding is requested to support a Freedman's Loop History walk to educate citizens on racial history in Dallas, enhance safety at the Turtle Creek Spillway by purchasing and installing a rail along the spillway, and reforesting the area served by the Conservancy.
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Legacy Counseling Center, Inc.
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. Annually the organization serves over 1,100 individuals. Funding is requested for: 1) general operating support; 2) mental health therapy, including individual, couples/family counseling, group therapy, 24-hour emergency on-call and home and hospice visits; and 3) substance abuse treatment programming, a twelve-step program with HIV-specific group treatment and individual therapy.
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Legacy Family Court Foundation
Founded in 2013, Legacy Family Court provides collaborative wrap-around services, including legal services, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, random drug testing, transportation assistance, education, housing assistance and general basic needs. Its mission is to achieve successful recovery, rehabilitation and reunification of parents with their children. Funding is requested for its voluntary, eighteen-month program for drug-addicted parents whose children have been removed as a result of child abuse or neglect perpetuated by their substance abuse.
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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. Funds are requested for the patient aid program which helps hundreds of leukemia patients annually through financial assistance. Additionally, funds are requested for cutting-edge research at institutions such as Cook Children's Medical Center, Baylor Research Institute, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
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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. Funds are requested to install a Mac Lab with 25 Mac computers for Middle School and Upper School users. Additionally funds are requested to ensure the schools return to the Bridgestone World Solar Car Challenge in 2019, a competition in Australia in which high schools and colleges design, build, and race a solar-powered vehicle.
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Liberty Proclaimed Ministry
Liberty Proclaimed Ministry, based in Fort Worth, is a program designed to meet the needs of citizens that have physical, mental, emotional and learning disabilities by offering them jobs to help them build responsibility. Funds are requested to purchase a 2-acre property located on Berry street and Highway 280 in order to have a permanent building located closer to the neighborhood that it provides services.
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Life Message
Life Message, the largest nutritious hunger relief organization in Northeast Texas, provides nutritious meals, fitness classes and weight loss programs to 55 communities. Support is requested for a centralized Cold/Frozen Storage Unit which will replace twelve smaller units currently in distribution; a Walkie Truck to streamline food intake and output which will allow food to be handled on a larger scale in and out of cold storage; and construction costs of an additional cold storage unit.
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Lifeline Shelter for Families
Lifeline Shelter for Families focuses on reducing homelessness by providing emergency assistance, temporary shelter and life skills training for families of school children in crisis who are enrolled in the Grand Prairie Independent School District. Lifeline's goal is to help homeless children remain in their own schools and community so that they can have an uninterrupted educational experience, which results in increased potential for the future. Support is requested for rental/shelter assistance; and salary support for a part-time Program Caseworker.
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LifeSavers Foundation
Located in Richardson, LifeSavers Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit that operates: a re-sale shop that provides free goods to low-income individuals, a community mobile sonogram, and a mobile pediatric clinic. In six months, the mobile pediatric clinic saw over 530 patients, and had to turn away over 600. Funds are requested for operating costs of the mobile pediatric clinic.
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Literacy Achieves formerly VMLC
Established in 1997, Literacy Achieves 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 Literacy Achieves serves, about half of individuals are developing English proficiency
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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. Funds are requested for: a new database to track clients and donors, helping to achieve growth in both areas; a public awareness campaign to bring rising adult illiteracy to the forefront; and for ongoing development of a mobile game app designed, in collaboration with SMU Simmons School of Education and Guildhall, to teach low-literate and illiterate adults how to read.
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Lone Star CASA
Founded in 1992, 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 Rockwall and Kaufman Counties who have been removed from their home and come into the court system as a result of abuse or neglect. Support is requested to develop resources for the six-week curriculum to recruit, train, and support the continuation of providing additional Guardian ad Litems.
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Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic has a 45-year history of providing primary health care in West Dallas, Oak Cliff and the surrounding areas. It serves about 22,000 patients annually. Funds are requested for the following: 1) Healthy Parents = Healthy Families, an immunization program that targets parents; 2) Integrated Behavioral Health, mental health screening, intervention and treatment; and 3) Gift of Breath & Life, which provides nebulizers and ancillary systems for low-income patients suffering with severe asthma.
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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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Make Art with Purpose
Make Art with Purpose (MAP) produces creative projects that shape and transform the world in positive ways by providing an innovative platform for artists, designers and architects addressing social and environmental concerns. Map requests funds to support a pilot project, AMPLIFLY, in partnership with Sunset Art Studios and The Meet Shop Oak Cliff. Phase 1 of this project outreaches to Latino community members in the South Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, with subsequent programs focused on Islamic, African American and Asian communities. The aim is to engage and empower 30 people through a eight-week writing and image making workshop, resulting in a publication about their lives and neighborhood. The project also includes leadership workshops focused on teaching participants how to mobilize and build capacity within their community.
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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. Established in 1982, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has since granted wishes to over 10,000 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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ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, a PATH Premier Accredited Equine Center located in Collin County, provides weekly therapeutic horsemanship programs to 140 adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral disabilities, delivering more than 4000 hours of services each year. In response to its growing waitlist, support is requested to expand ManeGait's current facility and riding program to provide additional riding lessons and grow its capacity by 21% by December 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 to support the Patient Molecular Registry program, and the Breast Cancer Clinical Trials program which presently has seven clinical trials open.
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Mayor's Star Council
In its fifth year, The Mayor's Star Council is a civic leadership organization that brings together culturally diverse and civically minded emerging leaders to embrace and engage the City of Dallas. Funding is requested to support its three core areas: LEARN by continuing to attract young, diverse professionals to learn about the structure of the city and get involved with an organization that matches their position; SERVE by planning a monthly neighborhood-building or beautification opportunity in South Dallas to build relationships with its residents; and CONNECT by growing the Bus Stop Project across the city in partnership with DART to aide community revitalization.
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Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County promotes dignity and independence of older adults and other homebound persons by delivering meals and coordinating services. MOWTC served over 5,000 individuals and nearly 1M meals per year. Funds are requested for: 1) Home Delivered Meal Program which provides meal and case management to elderly and disabled; 2) a Meal Delivery Van specially customized for meal delivery; and 3) a RATIONAL Combi-oven, a multi-purpose oven for baking, roasting, grilling and braising allowing staff to include more menu options.
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Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County
Meals on Wheels of Rockwall County keeps the elderly and disabled citizens of Rockwall County living in their homes as long as possible though supportive services, meals and human contact. Rockwall County is the fastest growing county in Texas and there are 21,000 Baby Boomers eligible for service. They serve 180 seniors daily, 150 in congregate centers and serve 55,000 meals per year. Funding is requested for the following: 1) to provide meals and services for 25 individuals for an entire year; and 2) Launching a $3M capital campaign this fall for the first Senior Center in Rockwall County that can provide elderly citizens with a place to meet and stay active.
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MEED Center
MEED (Multi-Ethnic Education and Economic Development) Center provides free ESL (English as a Second Language) and citizenship classes to elevate the standard of living of historically underserved minorities allowing increased business development and economic empowerment opportunities. Support is requested for a recently launched Refugee Education Class in North East Dallas in the Forest and 635 Refugee Concentration area, a location within walking distance of several apartment complexes with hundreds of refugee residents.
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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: for the purchase of a passenger van to transport moms and their babies; for the annual salary for a house mom for a second location, allowing them to double their capacity; and operating expenses.
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Mercy Street
Founded 15 years ago, 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 mentoring program to provide one-on-one mentors who build strong relationships with youth and their families to encourage, advise, and advocate for youth starting in the fourth grade and lasting through the 12th grade. Funding is also requested for the Leadership Institute to engage college and high school students in a 10-week program to build leadership skills, marketplace awareness and job readiness. Finally, capital funding is requested for a remodel of the aging auditorium that includes a new roof, floor, HVAC, lighting, stage, sound system and restrooms.
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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. First, funds are requested to create a Trauma Simulation Center to train over 200 surgeons, medical and fellowship students, as well as 1,500 nurses and nursing interns. The Center is created to train staff for disaster, active shooter and terror attack incidents. Second, funds are requested for the Chronic Care Management program which addresses patients who have diabetes, need education on managing the disease, and have high-risk needs associated with diabetes, reducing the need for emergency room visits. Finally, funds are requested for the Methodist Dallas College and Career Pathways program, offering high school juniors and seniors college and career-readiness training in a hospital setting through mentoring, volunteerism and educational workshops.
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Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation
Established in 1977, Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation supports the growth of the hospital in the Richardson community. Last year, the hospital provided 34,545 emergency room visits, 73,769 outpatient visits and 10,000 admittances. The Medical Center has seen an increase in certain digestive disease since 2014. Funds are requested to purchase equipment for a new Center for Complex Surgeries and Digestive Diseases. Additionally funds are requested for the Asian Breast Health Outreach program, to target the growing Asian population in Richardson who are more susceptible to breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian women.
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Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance coordinates the City of Dallas' annual count of persons experiencing homelessness and administrates the Homeless Management Information System that other homeless service providers use to track client data and improve homeless service programs. It also facilitates grants funding for US Department and Urban Development (HUD) funded homeless services programs, and maintains an inventory of housing and shelter beds available to the homeless and formerly homeless community. Funds are requested to continue to build a homeless response system that will make homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties rare, brief and non-recurring.
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Metrocrest Services, Inc.
Metrocrest Services provides programs for individuals, families and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency, economic stability and independence. Funds are requested for its Sack Summer Hunger program that distributes nutritious, easy to prepare meals and snacks to 1,800 low income, school-aged children providing 162,000 meals during the summer; and its Workforce Development component of its Working Families Success model which delivers services to low-income families and seniors including job readiness, resume writing, interview coaching, basic computer education, job leads and placement, job retention, GED, ESL, skills training and Associate Degree education.
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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 management fees, computer software and IT costs.
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Metroport Meals on Wheels
Located near Roanoke, Metroport Meals on Wheels is a grassroots volunteer advocate for the elderly and those in need through home delivered meals, senior center lunch programs and other supportive services. In 2016, it served over 77,095 meals to over 1,000 participants in twenty two communities in three counties. Located near Roanoke. They partner with local hospitals, restaurants and retirement communities to prepare food instead of a commercial kitchen. Funds are requested for its home delivery meal program and Senior Center meal program.
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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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Mid-Cities Care Corps
Mid-Cities Care Corps preserves independence of seniors in Northeast Tarrant County and helps with their transportation needs, home maintenance and repairs, and provides opportunities for socialization. Funding is requested for the following: 1) to support Helping Hands program which connects volunteers with lawn and yard maintenance, small home repairs and annual safety checks for senior adults; 2) to assist a network of volunteers to transport senior adults to medical appointments and routine errands; and 3) the social outreach program which include monthly social events for senior adults, including a "phone a friend" program, Visiting Friends and an annual Holiday gathering.
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Miles of Freedom
Miles of Freedom, established in 2012 with compensation funds from a wrongful incarceration judgement, equips, empowers and employs individuals returning home from prison by providing Job Readiness Workshops, employment and housing searches, and youth mentorship programs with the goal of reducing recidivism. Funds are requested for operating expenses to hire full-time staff with social work, administration and grant writing skills; and capital purchases of a 15-passenger van for a family visitation shuttle service, lawn equipment and updated office technology.
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Mission Central Metroplex
Mission Central Metroplex, founded in 1996, provides emergency support, education and employment programs, financial management, afterschool tutoring, a mobile food pantry, and clothing assistance to families and children who are at the poverty level in the mid-cities area of Northeast Tarrant County. Funding is requested for hiring a Community Resource Program Assistant to help oversee the Family Opportunities Program which is a "work first" program that helps homeless/near-homeless families with employment and guidance toward self-sufficiency; to purchase five computers for use in the Community Resource Center by guests, volunteers and staff; and for support of the Village Library After-School Tutoring Program.
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Mission Metroplex
Mission Metroplex, founded in 1986, provides emergency assistance such as food, clothing, furniture and assistance with rent and utilities to low income families living in Arlington and Grand Prairie. Medical and dental care, afterschool programs in apartment communities and neighborhoods, English as a Second Language courses, and summer camps for children are also provided. Funds are requested for construction of a Multipurpose Center to house sports leagues, open gym nights, afterschool programs and community events; a Shower Trailer for visiting school and church groups; and a 15-passenger van to transport teen mothers, summer camp participants, and clients to work.
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MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS (MPK) empowers elementary-aged kids to become agents of change by helping others through TOP SECRET missions such as food drives, making gifts for children in hospitals, and making blankets for wounded soldiers. Funds are requested for the MPK expansion of its afterschool service learning and character building program into 75 DFW elementary schools by covering the cost of the $300 launch kit/school (including curriculum, manual, music, banner, and visual aids); the creation and coverage of all program expenses of MPK at 5 DFW low-income elementary schools; and its Summer Teen Internship Program which allows interns to gain professional job skills in business, marketing, writing, supply logistics and more.
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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. Funds are requested to form Training and Research teams to intensively train 250 teachers and administrators in social emotional health (SEH) practices on an annual basis to allow classrooms to become safe and positive learning environments. Additionally funds are requested to update its website to allow for SEH education on-demand. Finally funds are 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.
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Monsignor King Outreach Center
Monsignor King Outreach Center, through collaboration with the City of Denton, provides basic emergency assistance to homeless individuals by providing a nourishing meal, a comfortable and safe place to sleep for the night, guidance to local support organizations, as well as hospitality and fellowship from volunteers. Funds are requested for salary support and benefits for an administrative support staff member; an update to its kitchen; and furniture and computer equipment for the Client Activity Room.
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Montessori Institute of 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 200 Montessori public school educators in Dallas ISD, and at Lumin Education schools; furniture, equipment and teaching materials for a new Montessori elementary teacher certification course that will begin in summer 2018 and certify hundreds of teachers; and scholarships to offset training costs for Montessori teachers who will work with low-income or vulnerable student populations.
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Montrel Living
Montrel Living provides transitional and supportive housing and programming to Veterans who are experiencing homelessness and mental illness challenges as they are re-entering their communities. Funds are requested to assist in the renovation of a donated historic home which will house female Veterans and their children.
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Mosaic Family Services
Mosaic Family Services, founded in 1993, provides crisis intervention, case management, legal services, counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, education and outreach to immigrant and refugee survivors of family violence and human trafficking. Mosaic reaches 600,000 individuals annually through direct client services and community education. Funding is requested for an updated HVAC system for the Mosaic House shelter which provides emergency shelter; a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to coordinate its 500 volunteers; and a part-time Human Resources Manager to manage personnel matters and ensure compliance with human resource laws and grant regulations.
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Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas
Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, the second largest nonprofit human milk bank in North America, provides pasteurized donor human milk, serving premature and critically ill infants whose mother's milk is not available to improve the health and survival of infants. Funding is requested for its More Miracles Capital Campaign to purchase, expand, and move into a larger facility which includes a state of the art milk processing center; its Milk Money Fund which provides charitable care for outpatient babies; and its Project MOMM information packets which are distributed at hospital education classes to educate potential breastmilk donors about milk banking which increases milk supply in the community.
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My Possibilities
My Possibilities, founded in 2007, serves as a pioneering leader in vocational education for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout North Texas. Funding is requested for its Achieve and Explore education programs which serve an average of 400 adults (HIPsters) with intellectual or developmental disabilities per week teaching them vocational training, creative arts and other recreational activities; its My Possibilities University program, a workforce development program serving 110 students by providing vocational education and skills development training leading to employment; and its MP Catering Services, a social enterprise which employs 28 HIPsters on a part-time basis to learn culinary skills to work in restaurant or catering jobs.
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NAMI Dallas
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides support, education, advocacy and research to relieve the effects of severe mental illness, now known as biological brain diseases, on individuals, family members, and society. Funds are requested for its Peer-to-Peer education classes, a 10-week class for the individual living with mental illness which emphasizes recovery from mental illness as a feasible, supportable goal; and its Family-to-Family education class, a 12-week class which participants gain vital information about their loved one's illness, insight into their common struggles, and understanding of their loved one that many describe as life changing.
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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; and a new cell phone and service contract that will allow them to rotate the phone among volunteers.
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Nancy Lieberman Charities
Nancy Lieberman Charities was established in 2009 to ensure that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Their model uses basketball as a motivational tool to help youth, ages 4 to 17, develop competitive skills, build confidence, self esteem and decision-making skills through teamwork and sports participation. Funding is requested to support 200 youth attend Basketball Camps in the DFW region. Funding is also requested to provide laptops to students in financial need. Finally, funds are requested to build basketball courts in low-income neighborhoods in collaboration with the Dallas Police Department.
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Nasher Sculpture Center
Nasher Sculpture Center inspires to be the global focal point for the study and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Nasher Sculpture Center is advancing the understanding of important art forms, while still engaging visitors with fresh new experiences and great works of art. Funding is requested for a 3D printed model for the visually impaired. Through the production of 3D printed models, The Nasher aims to develop and promote meaningful experiences for people who are visually impaired. Funding is also requested for a Multimedia Mobile Application. The Nasher aims to design and implement a multimedia mobile application to increase the understanding of modern and contemporary sculptures.
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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, founded in 1984, helps find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization serving as a resource center for families, victims and private organizations. Support is requested for its Prevention Education: NetSmartz and KidSmartz, a free educational program provided to private and public schools, afterschool programs, child serving organizations and churches to help ensure families, educators and professionals are equipped to respond to internet safety issues at home, in the classroom and in the community; and its Spotlight on Exploitation, a multidisciplinary one-day workshop for stakeholders in the child welfare system to learn why foster children are at-risk for online and street exploitation.
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National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas
National Center of Jewish Women, founded in 1913, strives for social justice by providing education, community service and coalition to improve the quality of life for women, children and families by addressing critical social and human needs. Support is requested for its Food+Fit=Fun Program which is a collaborative, bilingual, family-centered program with a special focus on income-challenged families, by fighting obesity and encouraging healthy food habits and active lifestyles; its HIPPY program, a home-based parent involvement, school-readiness program that helps low-income parents prepare their 3,4, and 5-year old children for success in school with a 30-week in-home curriculum supplemented with interactive educational field trips; and transportation so families can participate in the Mayor's Back to School Fair and select basic children's clothing items at the Fair.
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National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about the early detection of kidney disease, promoting prevention, increasing organ transplantation and educating individuals to improve the overall health literacy throughout communities. Funds are requested for: the KEEP Healthy Program (Kidney Early Evaluation Program) in South Dallas to help identify individuals at high risk for kidney disease and provide them with a kidney health assessment and path for follow-up care if necessary; and Camp Reynal, which allows Dallas/Fort Worth children ages 8-16 with kidney diseases or a kidney transplant to experience a week-long camp.
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Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
For 29 years, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship has been providing programs that inspire young people from under resourced communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. Of those served, 89% graduate high school and 25% start companies (compared to 11% in the general population). Funds are requested for: a Youth Entrepreneur Rally in which students interact with local entrepreneurs on a college campus and hone their 30-second sales pitch; Camp Lemonade which teaches fifth grade students to craft and run lemonade stands, understand marketing and competitive analysis and to present a 30-second lemonade stand investment pitch; and Start Up Tech which provides middle school students the opportunity to investigate career clusters, identify a problem within a career cluster, and develop a working app to solve the problem.
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NETWORK of Community Ministries
NETWORK of Community Ministries, founded in 1985, provides clothing, food, shelter and healthcare to adults, families and seniors in need living at or below 150% of the poverty threshold. Support is requested for its Job Resource Center, a training and resource center which helps individuals with resume preparation, career counseling, contact with potential employees, and access to job postings to find new or better job opportunities; its Families Fresh Produce Area, an extension of its Client Choice food pantry, which provides families fresh fruits and vegetables and information on healthy eating habits and nutritional food preparation; and its Emergency Shelter which provides families at risk of homelessness with rent assistance, temporary lodging and utility aid.
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Neuro-Fitness Foundation
Located in Euless, Texas, Neuro-Fitness Foundation served as a free fitness facility for approximately 300 disabled individuals over the span of ten years. Funding is requested to enable expansion programming for wounded warriors, disabled veterans, and disabled children. Funding is also requested to contribute to the operations of the organization, including additional training and education for the sole full-time employee and additions to the part-time staff.
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Never Forget Foundation
Never Forget Foundation was established in 2012 to connect at-risk youth with public safety responders who coach and mentor them using lessons learned from the 9-11 tragedy. Over the past few years they have reached over 20,000 students through a speaker series as well as classes on study skills, disaster preparation that includes CPR and first aid, and community resilience. Funding is requested to purchase a passenger van to transport students from schools to partner agencies where they will receive tutoring for K-12 standardized testing.
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New Beginnings Cat Rescue
New Beginnings Cat Rescue facilitates foster care and adoption for homeless cats. New Beginnings requests funding for sterilization, immunization, and flea and tick treatment costs for each of the cats they rescue. It facilitates adoption for about 300 cats per year.
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New Friends New Life
New Friends New Life provides access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support to formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children. Funds are requested for its Drop-in Center capital campaign which will be a survivor-led community based drop-in center for child victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation; its Second Chance Job Program which helps women with limited skills and work experience transition into conventional employment of entry-level, livable wage jobs with the intention of advancing in their employment; and its Prevention and Intervention Programs for Teens, including an integrative tailored program, MAnKINDness, for young men in middle school, high school and college to create an open dialogue around valuing and respecting girls and women, and a sexual abuse recovery program for adolescent girls who are exploited or trafficked in collaboration with the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Department.
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New Horizons of North Texas
New Horizons of North Texas is a faith-based organization that provides tutoring and mentoring. Funds are requested for its after school programming where 42% improve in reading and 73% achieve a grade of "C' or higher in Language Arts. Additional funds are requested for its summer reading program where students collectively read an additional 20,000 minutes, receive over 2,100 hours of mentoring, and participate in over 40 hours of character teaching.
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New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving (NPOI) enhances the cultural arts of North Texas by offering high quality orchestral performances to the community at affordable prices and providing a classical experience that fosters and challenges local musicians to their upmost abilities. Funding is requested for Latino Connections a program that honors and presents wonderful music by Hispanic and Latino composers. Funding is also requested for the First Ticket program that introduces all new orchestra students and their families to the rich environment of orchestra. Finally funding is requested to present a fully staged opera in Irving at the Irving Arts center with a collaboration between the UTA Opera workshop and NPOI.
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Nexus Recovery Center
Nexus Recovery Center, founded in 1971, offers programs for low-income adult women and adolescent girls ages 13-17 (including those pregnant or accompanied by children) affected by addiction. In 2016, about 2,000 women and children were served. Funds are requested for its Continuum of Care for Women and Mothers, a residential drug and alcohol treatment, which allows adult women and teenage girls to remain in treatment throughout their pregnancy or have their children accompany them while they are seeking treatment of care; and its Nexus Clinical Training Institute which trains psychiatric nurse practitioners seeking experience in specialized substance abuse treatment. In 2016, eight nurses were trained.
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nonPareil Institute
nonPareil Institute (nP) provides individuals with autism technology and design training, as well as life skills training. Funds are requested for: improving curriculum for adults and making team-based training more like a real-world technology development studio; social engagement both in and outside of nP to connect participants; and a summer camp for high school students that is modeled after the technology training offered for adults.
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North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities and hopes to eliminate poverty housing in North Collin County. Funding is requested for its Rural Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts of completing exterior home repair projects (leaking roofs, rotting siding, cracked windows and unsecured doors) for low-income families and individuals living in rural areas of Collin County where city funding is not readily available; for building affordable housing for low-income working families; and for a forklift to use in its Habitat Restore facility where donated materials are unloaded, cleaned, stored and then loaded to take to home construction sites.
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North Dallas Bulldog Support League
North Dallas Bulldog Support League provides programming for North Dallas High School students to supply the support they need to graduate with the skills necessary to succeed. Funds are requested to expand the services provided for North Dallas High School's homeless teens, specifically adding a medical wellness center, family outreach programs, expansion of the food pantry and paying tutors for after school and Saturday tutoring sessions. Additionally, funds are requested for continued support of extra-curricular student activities, including paying for competition uniforms, supplies, camps and conventions. Finally, funds are requested for transportation for field trips, extracurricular activities, ACT/SAT preparation and job shadowing.
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North Dallas Shared Ministries
North Dallas Shared Ministries (NDSM), founded in 1983, provides food, financial aid and basic needs to over 65,000 low-income families and individuals annually. Funds are requested for its Integrated Mental Health Care Program to provide mental health services on-site in collaboration with the Pastoral Counseling Center which provides bilingual mental health clinicians to provide screenings and counseling each week to address depression, anxiety and trauma for the families that NDSM serves.
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North East Emergency Distribution
North East Emergency Distribution (NEED) provides Northeast Tarrant County residents short-term emergency assistance of food, clothing and financial support due to poverty, unemployment, underemployment, medical or transportation emergencies, or utility charges. Support is requested for its Senior and Disabled Food Program providing emergency food, transportation emergencies or utility charges to older adults or disabled individuals on fixed incomes; and its Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program which provides food to low-income children during the summer months who do not have enough food at home.
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North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens
North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt) was established to be a large-scale, local effort to reduce teen pregnancy through a collective impact approach combining the expertise of over 54 organizations. Ntarupt works to create a common language and community narrative focusing on health and well-being of adolescents across North Texas by creating environments that encourage conversations about relationships and sexual health. Funding is requested to preserve and grow Project Ntarupt, a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that aims to refer clients ot healthcare and deliver evidence-based, medically accurate interventions to 1,500 youths and parents across Dallas.
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North Texas Food Bank
North Texas Food Bank, founded in 1982, distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 200 Partner agencies and 1,000 feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties to families in need. It provides access to 70 million meals annually, the equivalent of 190,000 meals every day. Funds are requested for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables and high-protein staple foods like tuna, peanut butter and beans.
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North Texas Patriot Anglers
North Texas Patriot Anglers is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly-fishing and educational outings. Funds are needed for various fly fishing equipment.
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North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA)
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 24/7 programming; and 3) Art&Seek, which provides journalism on the arts and a calendar of community arts events.
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Northside Inter-Community Agency, Inc.
Northside Inter-Community Agency is located near the Fort Worth Stockyards and helps break the cycle of hunger and poverty by helping people in need help themselves and their neighbors. In 2016, it provided food for 350 individuals in the Good Works Program. Funds are requested for the Good Works Program which assists clients 125% below the federal poverty level with financial assistance or other self-sustaining services for low-income elderly and disabled and coordinate volunteers with home repairs and maintenance programs.
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Ochre House Theater
Ochre House Theater produces high quality, original theatre productions that carry a message of artistic and spiritual revival to the community using minimal resources to their maximum potential. Funding is requested to support the yearly collaboration of Ochre House Theater and the Dallas F.L.A.M.E Foundation for the annual Dallas Flamenco Festival. Funding is also requested for theater maintenance and upgrades to our permanent home in the Exposition Park area of Dallas. Funding is also requested to secure Ochre House Theatre's Artist-In-Residence educational program.
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Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture
Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture inspires and educates people with rich cultural, economic, political and social history of the Dallas County area, showcasing the many cultures that together have formed the Dallas of today. Funds are requested for the third annual New History at Old Red: Democracy - A Conference on Texas, United States, World History. The conference, targeted at middle- and high school classes, is a source to promote history education and new lesson plans by showcasing a keynote speaker as well as six notable session speakers from various history backgrounds.
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On the Road Lending
On the Road Lending helps working families to obtain reliable transportation so they can get to their jobs, avoid predatory lenders, and live healthier, less stressful lives. Funding is requested for the expansion of its Mobility program to help people gain financial empowerment and acquire affordable and reliable transportation; a partnership with Alliance Texas Job Center, to design and pilot a solution that will overcome transit gaps for low-wage workers at the Center; and technology development to improve its efficiency of operations and client communications with a goal to launch a client web portal and/or mobile application in 2018.
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One Man's Treasure
One Man's Treasure works with individuals recently released from prison by providing clothing and networking opportunities to help them change the course of their lives. Funds are requested for salary support of a part-time clothing facility staff member who will assist current part-time staff by taking client applications, sorting clothing donations, gathering clients' new sets of clothing, scheduling delivery and maintaining the client database; purchase of a van for picking up and delivering client clothing; and clothing purchases to provide needed clothing items to complete clients' sets of clothing that are not available (underwear, socks and specialty work items such as work boots and non-skid shoes).
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Operation Blue Shield
Operation Blue Shield creates collaborative community engagement programs between first responders and citizens of the community through open dialogue and programs to enhance public safety, increase homeownership ability, increase access to small business ownership, improve the public education system and drive economic development. Funding is requested for growing demands of its programs (Race for the Community, My Neighborhood Counts, Youth Community Centers, and What Now? a live stage production by DISD students to teach teenagers how to react when pulled over by police); and for salary support for an Executive Director to oversee anticipated program expansion.
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Operation Kindess of Garland
Operation Kindness rescues homeless cats and dogs and cares for them in a no-kill shelter until the animals are placed in forever homes. Operation Kindness is seeking support for their $12M capital campaign devoted to expanding the largest and original no-kill shelter in north Texas. Operation Kindness served 4,566 animals in 2016.
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Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread is a community soup kitchen that provides nutritious meals, special services and referrals to other service providers for those in need. Funding is requested for food supplies such as meats, spices, and butter that are necessary for food preparation that are not received through in-kind food pantry donations; kitchen supplies such as disposable gloves, paper products, cutlery needed for patron use; and leasing for kitchen appliances so unnecessary costs are not wasted on repair and maintenance.
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Our Friends Place
Our Friends Place helps young women break the generational cycle of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness by providing stable and affordable housing with program services to empower self-reliance and independence. Funds are requested to support its Transitional Living Center, which provides young women ages 18-24 abused or neglected in dysfunctional homes a stable home with weekly classes teaching basic life skills and assistance in enrolling in an educational or vocational program; its SOAR (Self-Sufficient/Open-Minded/Adventurous/Resilient) Program, an 11-week nonresident program comprised of key areas identified as critical to achieving self-sufficiency; and capital needs to construct an Annex building to the Transitional Living Center which will house the site manager, have a multi-purpose space for group meetings, life skills classes, a study area and additional storage space.
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OurCalling serves the unsheltered homeless, the poorest of Dallas County, by conducting Search and Rescue efforts to locate clients, provide food and clothing and provide a SmartPhone application which allows clients to locate additional homeless service providers. Funds are requested for its Loaves and Fishes feeding program of supplying free breakfast and lunch to over 1,400 homeless men, women and children each week; and capital funds to purchase and renovate a larger facility which will allow additional expansion.
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Pais USA
Pais USA provides free Christian gap year apprenticeships in Youth, Church, Business or Organizational Leadership. Funds are requested for: underwriting apprenticeships; Because You Are Loved, a program that seeks to convey the intrinsic worth of each individual by doing acts of kindness in the community like picking up litter, working in community gardens, hosting games, cook outs and other activities; and for hiring a full-time fundraising/grant writing position.
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PAIS USA creates apprenticeships and partnerships between schools, community projects, businesses and churches to offer one-on-one coaching and on-the-job training to youth, ages 18-25. Apprenticeship tracks include business, organizational management, youth and church work. Funding is requested to support the Apprentice Program to serve additional youth as well as provide transportation for them getting to and from school. Funding is also requested for the Because You're Loved program that guides youth into service-oriented actions in their community. Finally, funding is requested to hire staff to assist with fundraising. Last year, their programs served over 25,000 youth around DFW.
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Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) provides private support to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. TPWF seeks to support the North Texas divisions of the TPWD which serve 7 million NT residents. The TPWD engages in search and rescue missions, provides conservation enforcement, and educates North Texans in fishing, hunting, and boating.
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Pastoral Counseling Center
For almost 50 years, the Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) has provided mental health services for vulnerable families in poverty. Funding is requested to support the Integrated Mental Health Care Program at North Dallas Shared Ministries, which provides community-based, culturally sensitive counseling and psycho-education to help families recover and build resiliency. Funding is also requested to subsidize counseling and psycho-education for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families, which will be provided in collaboration with the Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children of UT Southwestern and Children's Health.
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Pathfinders provides mentoring services to include financial education, financial coaching, and career planning to employed single mothers transitioning off welfare, men and women returning to the community after incarceration, and people making life decisions that will lead to self-sufficiency. Funding is requested for its Mentoring Program, a six to twelve-month program which addresses employment, improved financial stability, decision-making and goal setting ; and a Volunteer Coordinator to maintain volunteer data and recruit, train and support additional volunteers needed for expansion of the Mentoring Program.
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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 its Offender Reentry Imitative; Veterinary Equipment and Supplies as well as its High School Transition initiative.
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Paul Quinn College
Paul Quinn College's (PQC) mission is to provide a quality, faith-based education that adresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepare them to be servant leaders and agents of change in the global marketplace. Over the past few years, PQC has experienced a shift in its student demographics with an increase in Hispanic students. In 2016, they designed and implemented a Race Relations Institute as a forum for students to learn about and strategize solutions to racial-related challenges. Funding is requested to build on the current momentum and level of student engagement to hold an interactive symposium that creatively addresses race relations. The symposium will include PQC students, high school students from DISD and community members.
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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. Annually Pediplace serves on average 6,588 unduplicated children in 25,564 office visits. Funding is requested for the following: funding which allows it to provide free and low-cost services to families served; the Healthy Babies program which provides free access to all six recommend pediatric visits; and the Family Care Fund, which provides financial assistance for families to receive lab work and prescription medications.
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PeopleFund provides access to small business capital, free business education and resources for underserved people to build healthy small businesses to create economic opportunity and financial stability. Funds are requested to expand business education and financial literacy programs in North Texas; and to increase lending efforts to women, minorities, veterans and low-income entrepreneurs who have been abandoned by the financial mainstream to build a path to break historical cycles of poverty.
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Per Scholas
Per Scholas provides technology training for low- to moderate-income adults. Funds are requested for IT Support training, a tuition-free, eight-week training that leads to professional IT certification and entry-level careers. About 100 individuals are served per course.
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Performing Arts Fort Worth
Performing Arts owns and operates the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and the adjacent Maddox-Muse Center. Funding is requested for student performances and summer music camps. Every year 70,000 students and teachers from Forth Worth ISD and North Texas travel to learn advanced academic skills and encourage a lifelong appreciation of performing arts.
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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 1.1 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 to provide financial aid for field trips and school-site programming for schools with large economically disadvantaged student populations. Additionally, funding is requested for the Community Partners Program, which increases access to museum experiences among economically disadvantaged families by offering $1 summer admission. Finally, funds are requested scientific field research.
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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 over 15,000 students, parents and educators. Funding is requested for general operations and breast and cervical cancer screenings. Last year, PPGT provided nearly 7,000 cervical cancer screenings, over 8,000 breast cancer screenings, and nearly 600 diagnostic and treatment procedures. Funding is also requested for long-acting reversible contraception.
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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. Funds are requested for: the Health Sciences Academy, a rigorous academic program for students interested in pursuing careers and furthering their education in the healthcare industry; the robotics program which will feature 43 teams made up of over 700 elementary, middle and high school students who will compete in at least one competition a year; and the Plano Family Literacy School, a program designed to develop life, literacy, and parenting skills among families living in poverty.
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Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation
Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation provides senior-care, post-acute and retirement healthcare services through its campuses of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Grace Presbyterian Village and Presbyterian Village North. Funds are requested for capital and start-up costs of the Pickens Center, Dallas' first inpatient hospice center; music therapy for patients of Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Grace Presbyterian Village and Presbyterian Village North; and increased benevolent care services for its aging, financially disadvantaged residents through The Grace Caring Fund.
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Prevent Blindness Texas
Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT) works to prevent blindness, preserve sight, and enhance and extend the quality of vision for all residents of Texas. In 2016, PBT screened the eyes of 10,101 adults and 19,686 children. Funds are requested to train student nurses in vision screening through Dallas County Community Colleges.
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Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) taps into the entrepreneurial spirit of many incarcerated men to help them transform their future by providing entrepreneurial business education and mentoring. Since 2004, PEP has produced the nation's leading results in the prison rehabilitation industry. Men in the PEP program experience less than 7% recidivism, compared to the national average of almost 50%. Additionally, for the last seven years, PEP participants have maintained 100% employment in the 90 days following graduation. Funding is sought for the ongoing core mentoring program. Funds are also sought to help meet a challenge grant to pay for the newly acquired transitional home in East Dallas.
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Pro Players Foundation
Pro Players Foundation is a group of professional athletes and business and community leaders who volunteer time to assist disadvantaged youth. Specifically, the agency focuses on renovating outdated educational areas at social service agencies, to create state-of-the-art reading and learning centers. Funding is sought for the cash needs associated with renovations. The professional athletes are able to leverage relationships to secure a large amount of donated goods and services, doubling the impact of every dollar donated. Each renovation is valued at $25-50,000, and projects are currently in progress at local Boys and Girls Clubs, Readers 2 Leaders and Kid-U.
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Project Access Tarrant County
Project Access Tarrant County (PATC) is a network of volunteer physicians, partnering hospitals, charitable community clinics, and other providers serving Tarrant County's uninsured working poor. Since inception, PATC has enrolled over 1,000 patients and has provided over $10.5 million in donated care. Funds are requested to hire an additional case manager and to hire a community health worker.
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Project Row Houses
Trans.lation Vickery Meadow, sponsored by Project Row Houses, is an arts and cultural organization working at the intersection of culture and community development in the immigrant, refugee, African American and Latinx neighborhood of Vickery Meadow in Dallas. Funding is requested for the youth political education program which provides paid opportunities for neighborhood youth to learn about racial equity issues such as gentrification, policing, cultural appropriation, and microaggressions. Youth will then design community workshops to continue the conversation and awareness-raising in their own local communities. This project is expected to engage 10 teens.
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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. It has prepared over 1,100 college students with leadership skills and served over 9,000 children and youth with year-long literacy programming. Funding is requested for their eight-week summer program that pairs college-age mentors with youth to provide literacy tutoring, art enrichment, physical activity, nutrition education, and bible lessons. This summer, it will also include a social-emotional curriculum and character education program. 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 70 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. Following the program, participants embark on a statewide college tour to explore options for higher education.
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Project Unity
Project Unity was born out of the tragic shooting in Downtown Dallas on July 7, 2016. Since that time, the organization has been hosting various events that help the city heal by bringing together the community and law enforcement. Funding is sought to continue programming that encourages open dialogue and understanding. Additionally, funds are sought for staffing and marketing needs. To date, the two events hosted by Project Unity have had attendance of 3,500 individuals as well as 100 police officers.
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Promise House
Promise House moves abused, abandoned and neglected youth toward safety and success through crisis intervention, emergency shelter and transitional housing, counseling, case management, advocacy, and outreach. Established by Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in 1984, they have grown from a 16-bed emergency shelter for youth to a 40-bed agency providing no-cost crisis intervention, social services and and varied housing support. Funding is requested to increase the amount of youth served through its Specialized Transitional Living program for homeless LGBT youth and young adults who have aged out of foster care. It will increase the program’s capacity by eight beds, allowing it to serve up to 16 youth annually with services that include medical and dental care, counseling, case management, and job training. Funding is also requested to support the Wesley Inn Program for pregnant and parenting teen moms and their babies. Finally, funding is requested for operating support at the Emergency Youth Shelter to provide short-term housing, basic needs and supportive services and follow up care to approximately 250-300 youth annually.
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Quality of Life Foundation for Metropolitan Dallas
Established in 1969, Quality of Life Foundation for Metropolitan Dallas seeks to improve the cultural, social and educational aspects of the Greater Dallas lifestyle. Funds are requested for the development of a mobile app, My Amazing Life, that will be a digital career explorer tool, matching students with high-growth, high-salary career options in their local area. Additionally, funds are requested for the expansion of programming, tools and resources for low-income and disadvantaged students and under-employed adults. Finally, funds are requested for addressing college credit loss, often due to transfers, particularly the expansion of early college and early technology colleges, and innovative career and technical academies.
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Questcare Foundation
Established in 2013 in partnership with Watermark Community Church, Questcare Foundation created the Questcare Clinic which provides urgent care for uninsured and under-insured. In 2016, it provided about 7,000 patient visits, and 86% of patients do not have any type of insurance. Funds are requested to launch Saturday services, adding a day to their operations.
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Rae's Hope
Rae's Hope supports the development of girls, ages 6-18, living in South Dallas. Girls meet several times each week, focusing on education, computer skills, healthy living and athletics. The organizations serves over 200 girls who are primarily African-American and Hispanic, and live in under-resourced communities. Of the girls that participate long-term, 100% have graduated from high school and 75% attend college. Funds are sought to purchase computer equipment for use by girls in the program, specifically as part of its STEM curriculum.
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Ranch Hand Rescue
Founded in 2008, Ranch Hand Rescue (RHR) is a sanctuary for animals as well as a counseling center. RHR is unique in that they specialize in treating complex trauma cases, such as victims of multiple abuses by multiple perpetrators, and people not making progress in traditional treatment. Each year, RHR rescues an average of 28 animals, trains them as therapy animals and provides equine/animal assisted counseling to 350 individuals. Funding is requested to provide counseling to low-income families as well as to provide care and feeding of the therapy animals.
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Rays of Light
Rays of Light began in 2001 as an outreach program of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. The mission of Rays of Light is to provide much-needed respite for parents with special needs children. It achieves its mission by providing four hours of free care for special needs children and their siblings. Due to the demand for this unique program, the ministry grew to become a stand-alone nonprofit in 2009, expanding to three nights each month as well as adding a program for Spanish-speaking families. More than 200 volunteers assist trained staff as they guide children through fun and educational activities that are designed to stimulate and entertain. Children receive love and support, and parents receive much needed respite. Funding is requested for operating support.
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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. Annually the organization tutors over 400 students. 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 featuring minority characters and the purchase or creation of accompanying curriculum.
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Reading Partners
Reading Partners helps students far behind in reading get closer to grade level through on-campus tutoring. Presently it serves 800 students in 21 schools. Funds are requested for: salaries and benefits for all program staff; program operations; and community engagement to recruit and train volunteer tutors.
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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 21 new partner schools. All 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. Additionally schools which already have learning gardens or outdoor classrooms will receive the "Training & Support" program, a compressed version of the "Build & Train" professional development that is delivered in two years. Expanded programming at these sites will serve an additional 735 teachers and 11,550 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 140,000 students across 15 states. Program support is requested to deliver the curriculum to 43,000 public, private, and charter school students and 1,100 teachers in North Texas. In addition, funds are requested for building curriculum for Pre-K through grade 1 and middle school to be able to implement Texas Mission to M.A.R.S. (Making Algebra-Ready Students).
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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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Relationships First
Relationships First was established in 2013 to provide the Safe Conversations Workshops in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Safe Conversations is a relationship education initiative designed to strengthen families, couples and individuals. Funding is sought to continue offering Safe Conversations free-of-charge to large audiences of people who don't typically access this kind of service. Funding helps the agency provide the workshop to 7,000 families, teens and children as well as training for 400 individuals who deliver workshops throughout the metroplex. Additionally, Relationships First collaborates with 120 social service and faith-based institutions to recruit workshop participants.
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Resource Center of Dallas, Inc.
In 1983. the Resource Center of Dallas opened its doors in North Texas, with the goal of achieving equal rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. In 1985, the agency quickly adjusted its mission to focus on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Today, the agency is one of the largest agencies of its kind in the United States, and is a leading resource for HIV/AIDS related issues. With a staff of 59 as well as 1,100 volunteers, the Resource Center serves 60,000 people each year. Funding is requested for three programs. First, funding is sought for Youth First, which equips youth, ages 12-18, with the skills and resources needed to lead an open life. Second, the agency requests funding for the HIV Nutrition Program, one of only two programs in Dallas that specializes in meeting the nutritional needs of homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Finally, funding is requested for support of the United Black Ellument (UBE) Mpowerment Project, that serves young black men, ages 18-29, who have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.
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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. In 2015, it conducted free in-depth vision testing for 2,326 individuals. Funds are requested to: finish out the remaining $575K of the capital campaign affording it a new building; free vision screenings for 140 low-income seniors; and free reading, motor skills and vision testing for about 250 children with a lazy eye (amblyopia).
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Retreet's mission is to address disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees. It seeks funding for the Rowlett Retreet II program which aims to plant 200 trees in the community. Retreet engages local volunteers to participate in their program. To date, they have held 20 Retreet events across North America to plant 4,892 trees.
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Richardson Symphony
For 55 years, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra (RSO) has inspired, educated and excited audiences with exceptional musical performances. Comprised of 60 professional musicians, the RSO serves as the resident symphony of the Charles W. Eisemann Center that inspires, educates, and excites audiences with exceptional musical performances. Funding is requested to support the Symphony Days program that provides students with a 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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Riding Unlimited
For 26 years, Riding Unlimited has provided equine-assisted therapy for individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities. The organization serves Denton County on a 49-acre facility in Ponder. Utilizing more than 200 volunteers, the agency has provided 28,600 lessons since it opened its doors - an average of more than 1,000 lessons each year. Funding is sought to purchase an equine therapy lift for wheelchair-bound clients. Additionally, funding is sought to offset the costs of caring for the horses. Finally, funding is needed for providing lessons. While the average cost of providing a lesson is $200, no family is ever charged more than $37.50, and all families are served regardless of ability to pay.
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RISE Adaptive Sports
RISE Adaptive Sports was established in 2007 to provide adaptive recreational sports programs to individuals with a physical disability. All programs are offered free-of-charge to families and include sports such as: basketball, soccer, boating, water skiing, swimming and many others. Funding is requested for the children's programs. Physical disabilities can significantly affect a child's attitude and self-esteem, often resulting in social isolation. Adapted sports activities can help newly physically disabled children to regain self-esteem, help them come to terms with their disability, and achieve social reintegration.
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Rise School of Dallas at the Moody Family YMCA
The Rise School of Dallas provides a high-quality education and therapy services to preschool children with developmental delays such as down syndrome. The Rise School prepares its children to mainstream into the public education system by providing early interventions that allow children to obtain the skills needed to fully participate in the school system and society. The Rise School has graduated 12-15 students each year since 2000. The school is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a recognition achieved by only 7% of early childhood programs nationwide. Funding is sought to provide tuition assistance to families in need. Additionally, funds are needed to provide individual physical and occupational therapy plans, which help children improve strength, balance, coordination and sensory processing.
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River Legacy Foundation
River Legacy Foundation's mission is to preserve and enhance the land along the Trinity River and its tributaries. The Foundation seeks funding for an Environmental Education program projected to serve 14,700 urban school children. They are also requesting funding for a technology update for office equipment and for Phase II of their capital campaign to transform the Living Science Center.
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Rockwall County Helping Hands
Since 1976, Rockwall County Helping Hands has been the main social service provider for Rockwall County, serving more than 8,700 individuals across its programs last year. The agency provides assistance to help low-income families meet their most basic needs, including a food pantry, mortgage, rent and utility assistance, a thrift store, and healthcare for the uninsured. Funding is requested for three projects. First, funds are needed to provide additional financial assistance with mortgage and utility bills. Currently, the agency has the budget to meet about 40% of these types of emergency requests. Second, the agency would like funding to renovate additional space to provide its healthcare services. The Clinic utilizes volunteer medical staff to provide a medical home for low-income and uninsured families, which also helps to relieve the burden of local hospitals and emergency rooms. Finally, the agency would like funds to build a warehouse space for the thrift store. Donations are currently accepted in an outdoor space that is susceptible to theft and inclement weather.
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Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Rogers Wildlife Rehab Center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured, sick, and orphaned birds. It seeks funding for operation costs (medical supplies, utilities, food, and labor) and capital needs to refurbish a classroom with interactive displays. Rogers Wildlife has treated more than 40,000 birds in ten years and delivered educational programming to approximately 2000 individuals per year.
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Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) provides housing for families with seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at Dallas-area hospitals. Since 1981, RMHD has provided affordable housing and support services to more than 38,400 families. Funding is sought for ongoing services. A gift of $1,000 provides three meals daily for each guest for one week. $250 supplies two kitchens and 63 bathrooms with paper products for one week. $100 provides transportation to and from local hospitals for one week. Funding is also sought for a capital campaign to increase capacity from 58 to 88 rooms, in response to the fact that 1,003 requests by families in 2016 were denied due to lack of space.
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Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth was established in 1981, to provide housing for families of children receiving medical care at local Fort Worth hospitals. Over time, the organization has grown in response to need, and now has the capacity to serve 58 families each night. In addition to the 950 families served each year with housing, the agency provides a special family room inside Cook County Children's Medical Center. This family room has served 14,000 people, and is specifically for families with children in Pediatric Intensive Care. It is stocked with snacks and beverages, and provides volunteers for emotional support and information. Ronald McDonald House seeks funds for its core programming. Additionally, the organization is seeking $25,000 to renovate the 20-year-old meditation room, where families can go for a quiet moment to pray, read and relax.
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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 STEAM for All Initiative, for science, technology, engineering, arts and math on each of their nine campuses.
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Rutledge Foundation
Rutledge Foundation raises awareness for adolescents and young adults with cancer, identifies and meets the needs of young adults/adolescent cancer patients, and supports research for less toxic treatments for sarcomas, one of the most aggressive cancers in adolescents and young adults. Since its inception, Rutledge has supported over $1.1 million in research and care. Funds are requested for: annual operating expenses, current research initiatives; and a patient fertility preservation program.
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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 for: "Sammons Institute" a professional development program for performers, artists and other professionals; for a projector and portable screen; and a built-in sound system for concerts and events.
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ScholarShot offers hands-on academic guidance coupled with funding to ensure scholars complete career-ready, vocational, associate or undergraduate degrees. Of scholars served, 100% are eligible for government financial aid, and over 90% are from single parent homes and achieve a higher education or vocational degree. Funds are requested for scholarship funding.
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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 robotics learning in Title I schools in Collin County. 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 for: 1) new works by North Texas playwrights, 2) hiring a full-time Director of Development and Marketing, and 3) a multi-year lease with STT's current performance space.
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Serve West Dallas
Serve West Dallas (SWD) is a network of faith-based organizations, all working to socially and economically transform West Dallas. Established in 2009, SWD has brought together over 100 partners to share information that helps to optimize services, eliminate duplicated efforts, and identify unmet needs. In addition to bringing a variety of providers together, SWD manages their own programs, for which they currently seek funding. The Mid-level Career Pathways in Healthcare program equips low-wage individuals with the skills needed for entry-level and mid-level healthcare careers. Additionally, the Faith Community Health program trains neighborhood volunteers to preventively identify health risks and concerns, refer individuals to the local nonprofit clinic and, ultimately, reduce the number of visits to the ER and hospital admissions.
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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 for: launching an Indoor Winter Season at Moody Performance Hall, replacement of aging sound equipment for Shakespeare in the Park performances, and providing scholarships to Title 1 schools for Shakespeare on the Go! in-school educational programs.
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Shared Housing Center, Inc.
Founded in 1984, Shared Housing Center (SHC) exists to break the cycle of homelessness for older adults, single women with children, and persons with special needs. Historically, it has accomplished its mission by pairing older adults in need of help with housing costs, with people seeking an affordable housing solution. More recently, Shared Housing has expanded its mission to include a group home that is managed directly by the agency. Funding is requested to raise the remaining capital funds needed for the newly constructed group home. Additionally, funds are sought for the core program, Homeshare, which is in danger of losing government funding.
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Sharing Life Community Outreach
Founded in 1999, Sharing Life Community Outreach (Sharing Life) was established in 1999 to serve families in need in Mesquite and Southeastern Dallas County. Annually, the agency serves 20,000 individuals living in 16 different zip codes. Funding is requested for homeless prevention, which provides one-time financial assistance such as mortgage or utility assistance. Additionally, the agency seeks assistance with their summer backpack distribution, which provides children with easy-to-prepare foods on a weekly basis during the summer months. In addition to food, the agency would appreciate new and gently used books to include in the backpacks. Finally, funds are sought to refurbish durable medical equipment, such as walkers and wheelchairs, to be given to families in need.
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Shiloh Place McKinney
Shiloh Place McKinney serves single mothers in Collin County, helping them to move toward stability and self-sufficiency. The agency invests heavily in each of its mothers, offering housing, childcare and education tuition for up to two years. Shiloh Place has served 20 families since 2012; 90% have increased their education level, 80% have decreased personal debt, and 75% have moved into stable housing after leaving the program. Current funding needs include funds to purchase laptops for residents and staff, and funding for repairs to the facility.
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Shine Therapy
Shine Therapy was established in 2002 with the special mission of providing oncology massage and lymphedema therapy to cancer patients in Tarrant County, primarily those who are low-income or uninsured. In 2016, the organization provided 630 massages to 102 individuals. As the organization grows, it seeks funds to hire a part-time Executive Director. It also seeks funds for the main cost of the agency, payment to licensed massage therapists. Finally, they seek funds for technology to improve client scheduling and database management.
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Simply Grace
Simply Grace was founded in 2011 as a supportive group home for women coming out of treatment for substance abuse. Women are able to live in a sober, supportive environment as they get "back on their feet," and prepare to integrate back into society. While living in the group home, women receive group therapy and individual coaching as well as job search assistance. Currently, Simply Grace serves 180 women each year in three homes (Dallas, Plano and Tyler). Funds are requested to open additional homes in Fort Worth, Waco and Greenville, as well as a second home in Tyler. This expansion would allow the agency to serve an additional 175-200 women each year.
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Sixty and Better
Sixty and Better empowers older adults to live with purpose, independence and dignity by providing social, health and nutritional supports and provides volunteer opportunities that prevent senior isolation and senior hunger. It serves 5,000 individuals annually and has partnerships with 14 cities and eight nonprofits and a network of 25 activity centers throughout Tarrant County. Funds are requested for the following: 1) nutrition to provide meals to new participants; 2) for Evidence-Based Wellness Programs offered at no-cost at hospitals, senior centers, clinics, independent living facilities and churches a) Health for Me workshop to teach self-management of chronic conditions and b) A Matter of Balance Program to prevent falls; and 3) $50,000 for Benefit Enrollment Centers to assist individuals in low-income neighborhoods to screen and enroll for benefit programs like Medicare Savings Programs, Part D Extra Help, SNAP and utility assistance.
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Skill Quest
Skill QUEST serves low wage earners, giving them the training and skills needed to move into living-wage careers. Serving approximately 250 individuals each year, most of whom are single mothers, Skill QUEST helps people move from poverty-level annual income of $9,800 or less, to living-wage incomes of $48,000, or more. This happens with 18-36 months of training and post-education monitoring. With the support of Skill QUEST, 60% of participants graduate from community college training, far greater than the overall graduating average of 12%. Funding is requested for core programming, primarily tuition costs.
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Slappy and Monday's Foundation for Laughter
Slappy and Monday's Foundation for Laughter improves the health and education of the families we serve through the transformational power of laughter. Funding is requested for The Science of the Circus program that uses physical comedy to help children learn naturally through play, and retain the learning long after they forget content from test prep sheets. Funding is also requested to help Slappy and Monday's Foundation to expand nationally which will consist of 10 medically trained clowns working to de-stress families, and help young patients as well.
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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. Funding is requested for box lunches for low-income and homeless veterans; food distributions and hygiene kits for homeless veterans.
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Soul Rep Theatre Company
Soul Rep Theatre Company exists to provide quality, transformative Black theater that enlightens the imagination. Funds are requested for operating funds, and to ensure South Dallas elementary and middle schools have access to its educational programming. Finally funds are requested for capital to construct key set pieces that can be used regularly.
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Soul's Harbor
Since 1956, Soul's Harbor has been serving homeless men, often with other issues such as mental health or substance abuse. The men in the program are given a safe, supportive and sober home while participating in a six month rehabilitation program. The organization is largely supported by four thrift stores managed by the program residents, and in which donated goods are sold. 120 men are served each year, and given the tools and therapy needed to reintegrate into society. Funds are requested to host a Community Conversation, inviting local politicians and community leaders to come together for a facilitated discussion of the complex issues facing the community served by Soul's Harbor.
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SoupMobile, Inc.
Since 2003, SoupMobile has done one thing: feed the homeless. This is a modest, grass-roots effort led by the man affectionately known as the "Soupman." Each year, the organization provides 200,000 meals at a cost of $1 per meal. However, with an estimated 10,000 homeless individuals in Dallas, the organization sees the need to do more. Funding is requested for operating support. Every dollar raised equals an additional meal provided by the organization.
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Southern Methodist University - Cancer Research
When chemotherapy fails, it is often due to Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) pumps, proteins in an individual's body that eventually learn to drive out chemotherapy from attacking cancer cells, rendering different chemo drugs inert against fighting the cancer. SMU has patented four compounds that "knock out" MDR pumps, resensitizing cancer to chemotherapy. Funds are requested to support the cost of supplies for graduate and undergraduate students performing supporting experiments.
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Southern Methodist University - National Center for Arts
Southern Methodist University's mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. SMU's National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) provides evidence-based insights to help arts and cultural organizations overcome barriers to success, increase their impact, and serve as a catalyst for transformation and long-term sustainability. Funds are solely requested for the NCAR Audience Development Tool which will determine consumer behavior through a heat map with census tracts and spending information for nine arts organizations. This will help them become more efficient in their target marketing efforts. Participating organizations are: Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Children's Theater, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Cara Mia Theatre and TITAS.
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Southern Methodist University - STEM for Girls Summer Program
Southern Methodist University's mission is to be a leading private institution of higher learning that expands knowledge through research and teaching. Funds are requested for a one-week all-girls STEM summer camp in 2018. The camp will reach 20 girls and the curriculum is being developed in partnership with the SMU Lyle School of Engineering and the Dedman School.
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SPAN, Inc.
The work of SPAN, Inc. began in 1974, with an overall mission to serve older adults in Denton County. The agency provides two main programs. It is the Meals on Wheels provider for Denton County, and it is the designated rural transit district for Denton County. Through both of these programs, and with the work of more than 200 trained volunteers, the agency helps 2,400 low-income older adults continue to live independently each year. Denton is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Additionally, the number of older adults in Denton, and the country as a whole, will greatly expand over the next fifteen years. For these reasons, SPAN seeks operating support to expand the number of meals it is able to provide through its Meals on Wheels program.
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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. It partners with many local organizations to reach children and youth, including Big Thought, Boys and Girls Club, Family Place, Momentous Institute, Promise House, Vickery Meadows and Uplift Education. Since opening in June 2015, SPARK! has engaged over 4,500 children in creative programs, 40% 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. SPARK! has partnered with SMU to develop an impact study that will evaluate the program on how it impacts youth creativity. 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
The Spay Neuter Network (SNN) works to eliminate pet overpopulation through subsidized spay/neuter programs for communities. 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. The Network seeks funding for mobile spay/neuter clinics for dogs and cats and for an education program in South Dallas elementary schools for humane outreach.
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SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Dallas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. They are seeking funds for a Pet Resource Center (education and treatment services), their Abuse Investigations Unit, and a spay/neuter program for south Dallas dogs.
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Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with the belief that people with disabilities can, through athletic competition, learn, adapt, engage and, ultimately, contribute to society. The mission of the organization is to provide year-round training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics was established in Texas in 1969, with the inaugural games held in Waco and 350 athletes. Over the past 48 years, Special Olympics Texas has grown to 58,000 athletes competing in 22 sports at more than 300 competitions at the area, regional and state levels. The annual cost to the agency is $150 per athlete, per year. Funds are sought to offset the costs involved in serving the 7,297 athletes that compete annually in the Greater Dallas Area.
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Established in 1947, St. Mark's Episcopal Church is the oldest Episcopal Church in Irving. Their community outreach includes assisting nonprofits in the Irving and Dallas area. Funding is requested to support an ongoing project to restore Shelton's Bear Creek Cemetery, one of Texas' oldest former slave burial sites, where there are 183 confirmed graves.The project works to preserve the cemetery by inviting the entire Irving community to work together on lawn maintenance, brush clearing, painting, and genealogy research. Through the communal restoration and geneology efforts, this project aims to facilitate storytelling and understanding of racial inequalities.
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St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts
As a center for the arts in East Dallas, St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts (SMCA) revives an ancient tradition of cathedral churches of proclaiming the presence of God through human creativity. SMCA serves zip code 75206, which has approximately 36,000 people with 20% living below the poverty line. Funds are requested for: 1) program support, 2) operating support, and 3) capital to renovate the performance stage, improve the patio parking lot and circle driveway.
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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. Funds are requested for: tuition assistance, after school care; and a STEM (science technology engineering and math) summer camp.
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St. Rita Catholic School
Established in 1954, St. Rita Catholic School serves 189 students from preschool through eighth grade. Funds are requested to support the robotics program, specifically advancing one all-girls team to the next level and adding another lower-level all-girls team. Additional funds are requested to update the early childhood area bathrooms.
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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 14 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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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 28 campuses and online sites. Funding is requested to expand and develop additional clubs and develop additional student leaders. Funding is also requested to add additional staff and increase operating hours. Finally, funds are requested to support a capital campaign to purchase and renovate new office space from which they house their headquarters, develop curriculum, provide in-house training programs and expand their mission.
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TACA, Inc.
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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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. Funds are requested 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. Additional funds are requested for operational costs and community outreach programs.
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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. Funds are requested to: financially assist those touched by organ donations; increasing organ donation through marketing and educational opportunities; 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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Teach for America - Dallas Fort Worth
Teach for America (TFA) Dallas-Fort Worth's mission is to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting promising future leaders to commit to teach two years in a high-needs urban or rural school. Alumni of TFA are lifelong leaders in educational reform. Funds are requested for teacher recruitment, specifically by selecting a diverse pool of 150-200 top college graduates and professionals to serve in critical teaching roles, such as STEM and bilingual, in low-income DFW schools. Funds are also requested for racial equity teacher training to more deeply infuse race, equity and inclusiveness into teacher training curriculum. Finally funds are requested to increase the number of TFA alumni school leaders that are in the DFW pipeline.
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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, Leadership Teams Program for school leadership teams, and Ed Fellows for teacher leaders. The agency currently serves 300 principals and teacher leaders in 120 schools, who impact 65,000 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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Teammercy assists grieving families experiencing the death of a child by providing connection and resources for the living siblings as they learn the new normal of life without their brother or sister. Funds are requested for marketing and raising awareness for families experiencing child loss. Funds are also requested for books that will be provided to the families experiencing child loss.
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Teatro Dallas
Teatro Dallas, established in 1985, is a non-profit professional theatrical institution focused on international theater through the Latino experience. They seek to promote a sense of community while celebrating the diverse traditions of the community. Funding is requested to present "Little Mexico," collected stories by Mexican Americans from the 1950s through present day, and performed by two actors, a dancer, and local spoken word artist.
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Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) provides compassionate solutions to pet overpopulations and community animal welfare by making affordable, high quality preventative services available to Texas pet owners. Since its formation in 2002, TCAP has spayed/neutered more than 275,000 animals and vaccinated more than 465,000 animals. TCAP requests funding for their spay/neuter program to fund 360 pets, 100 surgery packs to maintain safety and efficiency, and a company van for transporting staff and supplies to remote 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 Gardens teaches 7,500 students valuable science skills and concepts, such as the life and water cycles, plant biology, and environmental science. Funds are requested for finishing the Children's Natural Playscape, a 7.5 acre area that invites children to play outdoors, problem solve, dig in the dirt and stay active. Elements include hill/rock scrambles and water features.
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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; administrative costs of running the TEA fund; and abortion access advocacy programming.
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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; a study on the prevention of pregnancy induced heart disease in women; and research on heart disease in women with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Texas Husky Rescue
Texas Husky Rescue rescues, rehabilitates, and finds 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, saved 287 Huskies. Funding is requested for vetting huskies with medical problems, training huskies with behavorial problems, and to cover boarding fees so that huskies can be removed from shelters prior to euthanasia.
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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 funding to respond to the Texas legislature's overhaul of foster care laws. TLC will intensely train their judges and lawyers to be aware of and able to work in the new system.
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Texas Muslim Women's Foundation
The mission of Texas Muslim Women's Foundation is to empower, promote, and support women and their families through education, outreach, philanthropy, and social services. The Islamic Arts Revival Series (IARS), the signature educational program of the agency, reaches close to 1,000 participants annually through various Islamic art presentations throughout the DFW metroplex. Funding is requested to support IARS, which organizes and hosts events to bring Islamic Art to the public, supporting the expression of under-represented cultural minorities and creating pathways for healing through cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.
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Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
Texas Neurofibromatosis 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 Organizing Project Education Fund
Founded in 2009, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund (TOPEF) has used its expertise in community engagement to grow to a base of over 130,000 members and supporters across the state. Funding is requested to establish coordinated racial healing meetings and workshops for community organizers and nonprofits working in equity-related spaces. The goal of this work is to build a connected network and larger movement for racial and economic justice by standing with Muslim, Asian, LGBTQIA, and reproductive justice communities.
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Texas Ramp Project
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. 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 Rangers Baseball Foundation
Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need through programming and funds for youth in crisis, youth health initiatives, youth baseball programs and education. Since 1991, it has given over $14 million in programming or financial support to North Texas youth. Funding is requested to build the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex. The facility will be built on a 17-acre site in West Dallas and will include five fields and an academy building with a professional-sized infield, batting/pitching cages, classrooms and a weight and nutrition room. The facility will be available to all children with an emphasis on children from West Dallas, 40% of whom live in conditions under the poverty line. Funding is also requested for the Science of Baseball Program to provide hands-on STEM programming to 5th-8th grade students. The program provides training, curriculum and assessments to 15 DISD teachers who then implement the program in their classrooms to approximately 800 students. Finally, funding is requested to support The Rangers Richard Greene Scholars Program, a program that selects a student from each of Arlington’s seven high schools during their junior year to participate in a year-long internship that culminates with each student receiving a $10,000 scholarship.
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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 2016, TSRHC treated nearly 22,000 patients, facilitated more than 36,000 clinic visits, and performed over 2,600 surgeries. Funding is requested for the following: a six-month nursing residency program for four nurses; and capital for a new Center for Pediatric Bone Biology and Translational Research housed at UT Southwestern, to combine efforts.
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Texas State University
Texas State University's Texas Stream Team (TST) supports environmental education, citizen science, and the environmental protection of Texas' water resources. TST seeks funding to address a funding gap created by decreased state and federal funding for water resources. TST wants to host educational conferences to inform Texans about water quality monitoring.
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Texas Tenants' Union
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 Funding is requested for the Tenant Education Program, designed to help prevent evictions and homelessness. Funding is also requested for the Leadership Development and Housing Preservation Program, designed to preserve and improve affordable housing conditions.
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Texas Trees Foundation
Texas Trees 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 complete 2 Cool Schools, a program which seeks to increase the tree canopy to 20%. Additional funding is requested to fund a NeighborWoods project to plant 100 trees in underserved communities. Texas Trees also requests funding for their Urban Streetscape program to create a livable Southwestern Medical District that emphasizes healthy people and a healthy environment.
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Texas Tribune
Texas Tribune is a news organization that informs Texans- and engage with them- on public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Funding is requested so that Texas Tribune can continue the urban-affairs reporting position to cover the city's most pressing challenges from a statewide perspective. Funding is also requested for distribution of content for free statewide and to 100 plus media partners, including the Washington Post. Finally funding is requested to hold free public events in Dallas so that citizens have the opportunity to discuss major public issues with lawmakers and local leaders, and to hold those elected officials accountable.
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Texas Winds Musical Outreach
Texas Winds Musical Outreach engages and comforts seniors, hospital patients, veterans and children in North Texas through live, professional musical performances. In its 32nd season, 70 musicians will provide 1,700 concerts for 142,000 individuals. Funds are requested for concerts for seniors, hospital concerts, and VA hospital concerts.
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Texas Woman's University Foundation
Established in 1952, The Texas Woman's University Foundation administers donations to increase the renown, extend the services, improve the facilities, or promote the welfare of Texas Woman's University. Funds are requested for the Frontiers Program which is designed to help improve college graduation rates for students who have aged out of foster care. Additional funds are requested for nursing scholarships.
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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. Funds are requested for research and policy collaborative and support for additional research to track and evaluate policies passed during the current legislative session.
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The ALS Association Texas Chapter
The ALS Association Texas Chapter works to: discover treatments and a cure for ALS, provide local care to patients, and advocate for public policies that address the unique needs of ALS patients and their families. Funds are requested to establish an ALS Clinic in North Texas. ALS Clinics are proven to extend an ALS patient's life by 12-18 months through multidisciplinary care, which includes professionals such as respiratory therapists, dieticians, neurologists and medical social workers. Funds are also requested for a second Care Services professional for North Texas, to alleviate the single Care Services professional managing a third of the ALS Association patients in North Texas. Finally, funds are requested for its continuum of care program support, meaning their range of services including providing wheelchairs, disease education, speech generating devices and assistance navigating the medical, psychological, financial and legal challenges imposed by the disease.
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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, 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 Artist Outreach
The Artist Outreach is a regional nonprofit that works to change the educational, emotional and financial futures of those they serve through creative arts with the programs they provide in schools and advocacy centers. It utilizes two programming tracks to provide services. Its STREAMliners programing provides services to schools as a supplemental education and its Inspired Living programing is designed for advocacy centers and other like non-profit organizations. It is seeking funding for 1). its Arts-Integrated Cross Curricular Education program; 2) its Art Design and Music/Math Manipulative Educational Tools Package for 3 campuses; and 3) to add a Full-Time Program Staffer/Developer.
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The Birthday Party Project
The Birthday Party Project brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays by hosting birthday parties at homeless, transitional and domestic violence shelters. These parties provide normalcy and create positive memories in children's lives. The Birthday Party Projects is seeking funding to partially fund a volunteer coordinator salary and to help cover warehouse and utilities costs. In 2017, The Birthday Party Project estimates that it will celebrate 144 parties in North Texas with over 5,500 children in attendance.
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The Black Academy of Arts and Letters
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters promotes and preserves awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural and aesthetic differences in the Arts and Letters of the African, Caribbean and African Americans in fine, literary, performing and cinematic arts. TBAAL partners with DISD for the Youth Summer Arts Enrichment Institute and has served over 15,000 in our community. Funds are requested for the following: 1) the Youth Summer Arts Institute, 2) the Summer Arts Intensive with Masters program, and 3) the Riverfront Jazz Festival performances.
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The Bridge
The Bridge works to end adult long-term homelessness in Dallas and the surrounding region by developing, coordinating and/or delivering shelter, homeless recovery and housing solutions. The Bridge seeks assistance in funding three programs: Homeless Recovery-Oriented System of Care, Meals Services and Emergency Medical Services. Through these services, The Bridge offers a one-stop concept for basic needs services, healthcare, job-placement and other services. The Bridge serves 8,685 individuals which accounts for 85% of Dallas County's homeless population.
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The Cambridge School of Dallas
The Cambridge School is a Christ-centered, classical, college preparatory school. It is seeking funding for 1) faculty professional development, with a goal to provide stipends to 20 of their teaching faculty members to pursue additional education, attend conferences and learn new ways to serve students; 2) to provide financial aid to students; and 3) funds for campus security to provide for a security officer during school and after school as well.
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The Clariden School
The Clariden School, located in Southlake, Texas, is a progressive, project-based school that emphasizes Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM). The school serves 100 students, grades Pre-K through High School and has won numerous state and national STEAM awards over the last three years. Funds are currently sought for two projects: 1) an underwater robotics project, based on NASA curriculum, which teaches children how to build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in preparation for an international competition, and 2) a 45 day challenge in which students must build a robot to complete a specific task as part of the Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) competition. Both projects will serve approximately 60 middle school and high school students.
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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. Funds are requested for Cliburn Concerts, an annual concert series that brings classical musicians and computers to Texas. Funding is also requested to support Cliburn in the Classroom, The Cliburn's signature education program, which provides programs to over 13,000 elementary students in at 65 campuses in DISD. 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 was established to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. While open to all families, The Concilio primarily serves Hispanic families, and is recognized as an authority on Hispanic issues and culture as well as community engagement. Funding is sought for the agency's signature education program, Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE). This 9 week program is offered to parents free-of-charge and delivered on local school campuses. Lessons are age-specific for all children K-12. From promoting at-home reading to understanding the education system, parents learn what their roles, rights and responsibilities are at every stage of their child's development and education. This highly regarded 15-year-old program serves 6,200 parents and children at 30 schools across Dallas.
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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 2016, The Family Place served 9,978 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 in 2016, The Family Place served 160 children. Funding is also requested for Be Project, a violence prevention outreach program to area elementary, middle, and high schools. Through the Be Project, in 2016, The Family Place served 5,732 children, teens, and young adults with bullying, dating violence, and sexual assault prevention education. Finally, funding is requested residential services/safe housing.
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The Firehouse Theater
The Firehouse Theater, built in a historic fire station, provides theater programming that is safe for the whole family, including a summer camp for 2nd-8th grade students. Funding is requested for production and operating expenses.
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The First Tee of Greater Dallas
The First Tee of Greater Dallas (TFTGD), founded in 1995, 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 over 86,000 Dallas-area youth in 2016, a 30% increase from 2015. 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. Lastly, funding is requested for the college scholarship program. Since 2011, more than $197,000 has been awareded to 54 TFTGD participants.
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The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is located on 61 acres in Grapevine and serves women recovering from abuse and poverty. They provide 95 women and approximately 150 children with housing, food, transportation, medical care, legal aid, job skills training and other services. The Gatehouse seeks funding for the new construction of the Early Learning Childhood Academy. The Gatehouse also needs funds to support the career development program and the student enrichment program. The student enrichment program provides tutoring, STEAM activities, sports and theater to the children that live at The Gatehouse.
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The HeartGift Foundation
The HeartGift Foundation provides heart surgeries to children from around the globe. Since inception, the organization has served over 300 children from 34 countries. Funding is requested for the cost of surgery, air travel, medical visas, meals and other medical supplies needed for each child. In addition, funds are requested for operating costs.
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The Highlands School
The Highlands School is a 30-year old Catholic, college preparatory school, with a mission to form students both spiritually and academically. Many factors such as GPA, preparedness, and depth of resume are important, however, The Highlands School believes that a student’s character ultimately places him or her in a position of true leadership with an unshakeable foundation of integrity. One third of the student body speaks a language other than English at home. The Highlands School has a 100% college acceptance rate for graduating seniors. Funding is requested for tuition assistance; multi-purpose building project; and a Science lab.
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The Hockaday School
The Hockaday School, founded in 1913, has had a mission to develop resilient, confident women who are educated and inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact. Hockaday is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, One Schoolhouse, The College Board, The National and Texas Associations of College Admission Counseling, and the Cum Laude Association. The Hockaday School currently has 1,089 students enrolled, 74 of which are domestic and international boarding students. Funding is requested for Small World initiatives course, an innovative undergraduate science program. Additional funding is requested for full or partial financial aid, and a distinguished women in Texas panel series.
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The Kessler School
Since 1999, The Kessler School embodies the ideals of the surrounding community and fosters an environment of acceptance, diversity and love. The surrounding community, North Oak Cliff, is diverse, both ethnically and economically, noted for its great sense of creativity and entrepreneurial growth. Students are offered an innovative academic environment that gives them solid foundations socially, physically, academically, and spiritually. The Kessler School is requesting funding for a new Physical Education Center and Playground that would not only serve the students, but also be a centerpiece in the neighboring community.
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The Learning Center of North Texas
Founded in 2001, The Learning Center of North Texas (TLCNT) provides practical, accessible, and affordable resources to increase the success of individuals with learning differences and disabilities. TLCNT provides a variety of programs including: educational evaluation and support, professional development for educators, parent and educator resources, and adult services. In 2016, 63% served were under the age of 17 and 37% were 18 and older. Funding is requested for comprehensive diagnostic educational evaluation to diagnose learning differences or disabilities. Additional funding requested for bilingual educational diagnostician and bilingual testing instruments; and operating funds.
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The Links, Incorporated
Established in 1957, the Dallas chapter of The Links, Incorporated prepares young women of color to pursue 21st century STEAM opportunities (science, technology, engineering, arts and science). Nationally there are more than 14,000 professional women of color across all chapters who contribute more than 500,000 hours of community service annually. Funds are requested for:1) four STEAM field trips so participants can see what careers in STEAM actually involve; 2) an SAT summer prep camp; and 3) 8-10 tutoring and skill building sessions in math and science.
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The Lullaby House for Girls
The Lullaby House for Girls addresses the needs of teenage mothers, ages 14-17, and their children by providing them a safe home, support and alternative education services to develop independence and self-sufficiency in order to break the cycle of poverty. Funds are requested to expand its Work Readiness, STEM Urban Outreach and Career Pathways programs to provide hands-on computer training for adolescent mothers; technology equipment consisting of fifteen desktops/laptops and two STAR boards for instruction; and one set of training curriculum for STAR software equipment.
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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 to cover a riding arena and horse shelter and to expand the equine training program by retaining an additional trainer and expanding the hours of current trainers.
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The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command
The Salvation Army serves nearly 30 million Americans in need each year, equal to serving one person every second of every day. The Salvation Army DFW Area Metroplex Command has been operating for 130 years, in 21 service centers across the metroplex. The agency serves over 100,000 individuals, offering shelter and providing over 900,000 meals throughout the community. The Salvation Army DFW Area Metroplex Command Headquarters at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center is the largest Salvation Army facility in the country, able to shelter 600 people each night in addition to offering a wide variety of support services under one roof. Funds are sought to provide additional lockers and cots for those people who arrive late in the evening from hospitals and police departments, after the shelter is filled to capacity. Additionally, funding is sought to purchase job readiness course materials developed by WorkNet Solutions. Finally, the agency seeks funding to expand the role of a Women's Shelter Case Aide to include more intense case management and counseling.
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The Samaritan Inn
Operating since 1984, The Samaritan Inn is the only homeless shelter and the largest residential program in Collin County. The organization provides long-term shelter to approximately 100 adults and 60 children each night. The shelter is filled to capacity almost every night and, unfortunately, had to turn away 665 families - 3,151 individuals - last year alone. In addition to a transitional home, the Samaritan Inn offers programming to help families permanently transition out of homelessness. During their stay for up to six months, adults receive employment assistance, counseling, financial literacy and childcare. Funding is sought to assist with this core residential program, which provides 40,000 nights of shelter and support each year.
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The Senior Source
The Senior Source sees nearly 30,000 older adults annually for issues around isolation, abuse, economics, employment and protection to enhance the quality of life of older adults in Dallas. Funding is requested to sustain current efforts of the Elder Financial Safety Center which primarily works with women (widows) on a 1:1 basis to educate them on how to make better financial decisions through a comprehensive financial education program developed by the FDIC and Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.
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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. Funds are requested to meet a $150,000 match that will support the detailed collection of data to complete a full inventory of the Museum's collection. Additional funds are requested for public programming.
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The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church
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 serves 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. 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.
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The Ultimate Healing Kit
The Ultimate Healing Kit (UHK) organization is dedicated to helping men and women heal as they fight their battle with breast cancer. UHK provides healing kits to patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. UHK requests funds to purchase and provide healing kits that includes an inspirational book, a tee shirt, snacks and much more to individuals undergoing breast cancer.
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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 Warren Center
The Warren Center works to assure children with developmental differences or disabilities and their families receive the treatment and support they need to reach their full potential. Funding is requested for the Respite Services for Parents which provides parents of children a respite in order to rest and recharge. Funding is also requested for the Family Education and Support program which provides monthly education workshops and parent support groups throughout the year. Funding is also requested for summer "Camp Friendship" Group Sessions which provides individual group therapy sessions for children with disabilities.
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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; 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; and Jacob's House, a supportive housing facility for low-income individuals with chronic mental illness.
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The Winston School
Established in 1975. The Winston School provides K-12 college preparatory classes for students with learning differences. Presently the school serves over 170 students. Funds are requested for Learning Ally, a program that will allow students access to over 80,000 audio books, significantly helping those with reading comprehension difficulties. Second, funds are requested for scholarships to defray the costs of tuition. Finally, funds are requested for the Winston Solar Academy in which students build a solar car and compete in the Hunt-Winston Solar Car Challenge.
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The Women's Center of Tarrant County
The Women's Center of Tarrant County inspires, teaches, and empowers women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. 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, to help 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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The Writer's Garret
The Writers Garret produces the development of readers, writers, and audiences by putting them in touch with quality literature, each other, and the communities in which they live and write. Funding is requested for Pilot Development for the Rail Writers program where students expand their minds and hearts through reading, writing, and exploring communities and The Write to Heal program that allows individuals suffering form cancer, Alzheimer's, and PTSD to create and write narratives. Funding is also requested for The Venture Community and Mentorship Project (CAMP) trains individuals in the specialties of organizational and audience development. Funding is also requested for the expansion of the Writer's Garret website.
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Thrive Baseball
Thrive Baseball focuses on the intersection of faith and sport to teach their team to be steadfast in wisdom, disciplined in faith and confident in grace while committing to excellence on and off the field. It provides youth with scholarships, a college prep and admissions counselor, positive mentorship between players and coaches and a curriculum tailored to teach players how to seek God and serve others. Funding is requested to support the scholarship program that allows players to earn $500 for each baseball season should they play all four years with Thrive, maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and commit to a two- or four-year institution upon high school graduation. Funding is also requested for its College Concierge program to provide ACT/SAT test prep and assistance with the college application process and accessing financial aid.
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Traffick911 works to free youth from sex trafficking by using a three-pronged strategy: prevention, rescue, and restoration. The organization also helps survivors begin their path to recovery through case management for counseling and residential treatment services. Funding is requested for increasing awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking. Funding is also requested for hiring a survivor empowerment case worker, to coordinate support services for survivors and the volunteer director, who will be responsible for conducting volunteer orientation. Finally funding is requested for 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. TPI requests funding to hire staff to help build capcity to serve more individuals. TPI also requests funding to build a space that will serve as an emergency and transitional housing for persons experiencing housing instability.
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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: continuing the Family Advocate position at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office; and indirect costs related to individuals' counseling and group therapy.
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Treasured Vessels Foundation
Treasured Vessels Foundation is devoted to providing a safe place for healing and growth. They provide programs aimed at restoring purpose and value to the young girls who have experienced domestic violence. Funding is requested to support the capital campaign to construct homes and auxiliary buildings that will house and serve 60 girls.
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Tribute Comfort Dogs
Tribute Comfort Dogs' mission is to enrich the lives of all those who answer the call to serve and their families through the strength of the human-animal bond. Funds are needed for a multi-purpose trailer, a team handler and its unleashed program that focuses social facilitation of the human-animal bond.
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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 Restoration Ministries
Trinity Restoration Ministries provides hope and restoration of mind, body, and spirit to incarcerated men. Funding is requested to support programs that promote long-term, sustainable personal relationships between re-entrants and formerly involved mentors. Its mentorship program is aimed at reducing recidivism.
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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 the Believe & Achieve Scholarship Fund which ensures that students that meet all of the program requirements receive a college scholarship. Presently there are only enough funds for 30 scholarships, despite there being 245 students enrolled.
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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 2017-18 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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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. Tyler Street Tower has 180 efficiency and one bedroom apartments and provide an array of services to its residents. Funds are requested for the following: 1) a Community Health Counselor to support residents with on-going health and well-being education; 2) a transportation specialist to take tenants to the store, and other offices where public transportation is not available; and 3) 50 mattress sets to provide beds for formerly homeless residents.
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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. U1R staff answers calls and provides referrals to more than 100 unduplicated persons weekly. Funding is requested for a full-time case manager, staterkits which include household necessities, and program supplies.
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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. It serves 5,500 people annually. 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 for its student outreach project which provides performances and study guides for high school students. Finally funds are requested for an artist residency for Latino playwright Matthew Paul Olmos and the production of his world premiere So Go the Ghosts of Mexico, Part Two.
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Union cultivates neighborhoods for the good of Dallas and the world it inspires. Funding is requested to increase Union’s impact by elevating coffee program to increase customer donations to local charities, increased awareness of related causes and increased volunteerism. Funding is also requested to create a podcast for Naked Stage to increase Dallas culture impact. Finally funding is requested for Capes Empower Kids and Craft Community through which volunteers dress like superheroes and deliver the capes to kids with chronic illnesses.
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Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County (UGM-TC) is 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 to continue one-on-one tutoring and enrichment services for youth as part of the Children's Enrichment program. Funding is also requested for the Healing Shepherds Clinic which severs as a medical home for residents of UGM-TC.
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Unite Greater Dallas
Unite Greater Dallas was established to connect Christian leaders to each other and to resources that will help them make lasting impact in the community they serve. Funds are requested for the Help Finder Roll-Out which is an online database that includes government, nonprofit, and church based programs that meet identified quality standards and is accessible to the public, churches, services providers, and other frontline community servants.
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United Way of Denton County
United way of Denton County unites the community to help improve lives by promoting people to make change that lasts creating and implementing new collective soultions and measuring the results in Denton County. United Way request funds for their RISE pilot program, Finical Coaching, and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).
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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
University of North Texas is a public university committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world. Funding is requested for the Kristin Farmer Autism Center, providing families with evidence-based interventions and training, comprehensive treatment, research and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Funds are also requested to continue building the STEAM at UNT collaboration. The collaborative pairs the science, technology, engineering and math programs with their world-renowned fine and performing arts programs in order to cultivate a multidisciplinary approach to research and innovation. Finally, funding is requested for the Emerald Eagle Scholars program which provides access to higher education for academically-talented students with high financial need.
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University of North Texas at Dallas
The University of North Texas at Dallas was created to fill an educational desert in South Dallas, and offers the lowest tuition among all four-year schools in the Metroplex. The school serves a culturally diverse student body of 3,030 (34% African-American, 43% Hispanic/Latin, and 23% Caucasian, Asian and other). Funds are requested for: its three institutes, the Caruth Police Institute, the Emerging Teacher Institute and Urban SERCH Institute; student supportive services for the College of Law; and increasing the pipeline for mental health counseling by coming together with policy makers to propose a new clinic in the corridor to serve area residents and provide a drop off for those involved in the justice system.
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UNTHSC Foundation
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation (UNTHSC Foundation) strives to secure community backing to support innovation, allow for programmatic sustainability, and create solutions for a healthier community. Funds are requested for a Pre-K Mobile Vision Screening Program, through which they expect to reach about 7,500 pre-k students in partnership with Fort Worth ISD.
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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. Average audience attendance is 2,600 per production. Funds are requested for: upkeep and upgrades to its existing theater; replacing outdated computers in the offices and the box office; and operational support for the remaining productions in 2017.
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Valiant Hearts
Valiant Hearts provides compassionate care and healing through education, restoration, and empowerment of individuals breaking free from sexual exploitation. Valiant Hearts requests funds for outreach activities designed to engage communities, professional counseling for individuals who have been sexually exploited, and Crisis Aid which provides housing for women who have made the decision to leave their abuser.
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Veritas Life Adventures
Veritas Life Adventures provides youth with an unconventional, holistic experience that rejuvenates and reawakens the mystery and joy that comes from seeing and experiencing God. Funding is requested for monthly operational costs. Funding is also requested for staff compensation for the Executive Director to be compensated as a full-time employee. Finally funding is requested for the Youth program and the trip cost that includes equipment, supplies, curriculum, travel expenses, rental and so much more for the yearly program and three trips operating.
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Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation
Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation's mission is to make the Vickery Meadow neighborhood a great community for children to develop to their full potential by providing best practice educational and enrichment opportunities for very low-income youth. Students in their signature program, Eagle Scholars, represent 15 countries and speak over 21 languages. Funding is requested for a pilot project, Project: MindShift, a three-day retreat that asks a diverse group of teenagers to engage with each other in a meaningful aspect of their culture while also visiting a variety of cultural landmarks within the city of Dallas. The goal of the project is to break down barriers to cross-cultural communication and develop stronger alliances, friendships, and understandings.
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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 advancing the work of Texas artists working in video and electronic arts. In 2016, attendance was 12,000. Funding is requested to highlight first-time filmmakers through a Women Filmmakers in the 70's series highlighting women who wrote story scripts and then cast, directed, shot, edited and screened their movies. 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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Village Tech Schools
Village Tech Schools is a design,science, technology, engineering, art and math (D-STEAM) school that serves 830 Pre-K-12th graders. Of those served 67% are minorities. Funds are requested for a capital campaign to build a new location for the school, specifically funds are requested for building a new Forge area which consists of a makerspace, art studio, build shop, design studio, computer labs and presentation and demonstration space. Additional funds are requested for the costs of design and maker-based labs and classrooms in the new building.
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Village United Methodist Church (UMC)
The Village UMC, an African American congregation, will partner with the the Hispanic congregation, Cockrell Hill UMC and Anglo congregation, The Woods UMC, to engage in activities that promote racial equity and cultural understanding for youth and young adults in the southern sector of Dallas county. 120 Participants will include children and youth in grades 4-6, 7-8, 9-12, and young adults ages 19-25. The project will involve visits to cultural centers that serve other racial, ethnic, and/or religious groups to become familiar with other cultures and identify inequalities or prejudices. These will be followed by brown-bag sessions that provides an age-appropriate forum for participants to discuss solutions that contribute to racial healing across ethnic groups and cultures. The project will culminate with a participant-designed project to address solutions to race-related issues in Dallas.
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Visiting Nurse Association
Visiting Nurse Association helps people age with dignity and independence at home. VNA requests funding for the Meals on Wheels program that supplies meals for homebound individuals, the Pet Care Program which helps care for the pets of senior citizens, and Hospice Care which provides end-of-life care for patients without insurance
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Vogel Alcove
Vogel Alcove provides education for homeless children. It serves about 270 children annually. Funds are requested for: K-5 educational programming; therapeutic early childhood educational programming; and a replacement for its gym floor.
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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. It presently serves 146 students in pre-K-8th grade. 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. Finally funds are requested for the early chilhood education and care program.
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Volunteer Services Council for Denton State Supported Living Center
Denton State Supported 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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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 serves 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.
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WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre's mission is to create innovative, diverse theatre that builds community by fostering empathy and dialogue. It annually serves an audience of over 24,000. Funds are requested to launch Futureworks, a new play development program. The program will produce three new plays over the next two seasons by employing a number of new playwrights to work together collaboratively.
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Waxahachie Faith Family Academy
Waxahachie Faith Family Academy educates a low-income, high-minority student body in South Dallas by emphasizing positive self-esteem, high academic standards, an appreciation for the fine arts and technology, and civic responsibility. Funds are requested for Film Factory, a year-long after school program for 3rd-12th graders that emphasizes filmaking's skills including creative writing, drawing, photography, acting, music, and communication. Additionally, funds are requested to provide all 90 graduating students with a scholarship. Finally, funds are requested for extended learning time whether it be Saturday school or other extensions to improve student achievement, and graduation rates.
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We Teach Science Foundation
Established in San Mateo County, CA, We Teach Science Foundation motivates, inspires, and mentors K-12th grade American public school students to achieve excellence in science and math. Of students served, 70% are low-income and 56% are Hispanic. 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: RTM programming specifically for middle and high school girls; and recruiting and training volunteer tutor-mentors.
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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. 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. Funding is also requested for the Access Ability Program that meets the needs of seniors by allowing access to food pantries and offering financial help.
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Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) is a United Methodist mission that has worked with the West Dallas community to create significant transformation through education for more than 80 years, all towards the ultimate goal of breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. Funding is requested for the K-12 afterschool program that adds groundbreaking enrichment opportunities like 2017’s civil rights pilgrimage to focused academic support which increases math and reading scores. Funding is also requested for the Academy for Adult Education, which incorporates leadership development opportunities so that West Dallas women become teachers, mentors, advocates and entrepreneurs. Finally, WRCC requests support for Beakers, Base 10, and the Beat (B3X) summer enrichment camp, where engaging hands-on STEAM activities tackle summer slide. 100% of B3X Explorers report having a first-time learning experience like building a robot or creating a cloud in a jar.
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Wilkinson Center
The Wilkinson Center builds up Dallas Families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. The Wilkson Center annually ensures that more than 2,000 households are kept from going hungry. Funds are requested for a case management supervisor whose job is crisis management, self-sufficiency, action plans, financial and employment coaching. Also funds are requested an employment coach, and GED Testing Center financial support.
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Window to the Wild
Window to the Wild (WTTW) supports global conservation projects with live, interactive displays of avian wildlife. WTTW was founded in 2014 and has served 24,0000 students in Dallas, Mesquite, Richardson, Garland, and Wylie. It has also hosted 172 public events impacting 72,000 adults and families. WTTW requests funding for bird rescue, rehabilitation, and educational programs. WTTW plans to construct and improve habitat enclosures and purchase telemetry tracking devices.
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Women in Need of Generous Support (WiNGS)
Women In Need of Generous Support (WiNGS) provides women with the tools to lift their families out of poverty. Funding is requested for the Finance & Career program, which equips low income families with tools to become financially stable and ultimately build assets as a pathway out of poverty. Funding is also requested for the Nurse-Family Partnership program that helps first time mothers become more knowledgeable parents. Funds are also requested for the Women's Enterprise Center program that provides women with business training.
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Workers Defense Project
Workers Defense Project is an organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing, and strategic partnerships. Funds are requested for The Safe Immigrant Families Initiative that provides immigrant families with legal guidance and education to prepare them in case of immigration enforcement raids or detention. Funds are also requested for Adult Education and Training program that coordinates ESL classes, safety training courses and workers’ rights training to enable low-wage workers to defend their labor rights.
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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. Funds are requested for: the Junior World Affairs Council Clubs on high school campuses that help students gain insight and information on international affairs: student attendance at Council events, improving global competencies; and the 20 Under 20 Global Leadership program that recognizes 20 outstanding high school students.
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World Vision North Texas
World Vison organization is dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Funds are requested for school supplies through the Teacher Resource Center, and Building Materials to assist families in restoring dilapidated homes destroyed by disaster.
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Year Up
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. Funds are requested for: 1)transportation to help students travel to their internship; 2) college fees, to help students cover costs at partnered college El Centro; and 3) supporting overall growth of the programs.
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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 which targets minorities and underserved children who are three times more likely to drown in swimming pools. In addition, funds are requested for: the Park South Pre-K program that reaches preschool-age children in Fair Park/South Dallas; and the Annual Campaign that supports Water Safety, Community Health, Afterschool and Teens.
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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.Finally, funds are requested for the To College and Through College program that ensures the college readiness of its students.
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Youth Believing in Change
Youth Believing in Change gives children the spiritual and educational foundation they need to become leaders through programs that include after-school tutoring and meals, summer activities, and music classes for children in the Vickery Meadows neighborhood. It also provides financial assistance to families with emergency needs. Funding is requested to support the after-school program that works with 315 youth through literacy programs, community service, and mentoring. Funding is also requested for the Drop Everything and Read summer program that pairs 270 children with one-on-one mentoring with reading tutors to promote literacy and reading comprehension skills while preventing summer learning loss.
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Youth With Faces
Founded in 2001, Youth with Faces (YWF) 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 continuum of care style programs. Programs and services begin during youth incarceration and continue into the community with comprehensive pre-release and aftercare that help prevent re-entry in the juvenile justice system. Programs that build pro-social behaviors include dog training, retail training, horticulture summer internships, financial literacy education, mentoring services, and work readiness. Approximately 73% of YWF program participants obtained employment post-release compared to 20% for non-participants, and YWF participants earn 45% more than non-participants 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
Established in 1998 and based in South Oak Cliff, Youth World provide a safe haven and loving community for low-income, at-risk children in Dallas County. Funding is requested for Youth World's six-week summer camps that serve youth ages five to 14 years old with free lunch, sports clinics, leadership and life skills training, reading, arts, and strategic mentoring. 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, no-cost space for children to play outside.
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Zan W. Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center
Zan W. Holmes Jr. Community creates sustainable pathways out of poverty for young people and their families in Dallas through education and job placement. Funding is requested for a researcher who will develop case studies, focus groups for the Frazier House collaborative program with DISD that provides parents with educational skills, job training, and social services in hopes to increase the number of middle class families in DISD by 20%.
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Zip Code Connection
Established in 2013 as an initiative of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Zip Code Connection partners with community residents, other nonprofit organizations, and city offices to eradicate poverty in the South Dallas zip code of 75215. Their collaborative efforts focus on education, health and wellness, economic development and community engagement. Funding is requested to support a needs assessment specific for the neighborhood they work in to support strategic resource deployment and identification of barriers to services. The research will be completed with many other nonprofit partners and local health systems. Funding is also requested for the launch of the Fair Park District Entrepreneur Center to create and expand economic opportunities and improve the community infrastructure.
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