2018-2019 Giving Guide Agencies

In Spring 2018, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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A Memory Grows
A Memory Grows provides a space to heal for parents who are grieving the death of a child. Through retreats and special events, it assists parents who have suffered the loss of a child by helping them to heal, find peace, and connect with others who have experienced similar losses while also honoring and helping to carry the legacy of their child. Funding will support retreat expenses and scholarships.
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Aberg Center for Literacy
Aberg Center for Literacy is building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities through programs in English fluency, Spanish and English high school equivalency preparation, early childhood education and family literacy. Funding will support the Family Literacy Program, an innovative approach that prepares mothers with young children to be their children’s first teachers. Funds will specifically be used for early childhood education caregivers, educational tools and supplies.
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Adult Rehabilitation Ministry
Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (ARM) has dedicated the last 27 years to transforming chemically dependent individuals through loving, accountable relationships and a Christ-Centered twelve step process in a residential treatment program. Funding will support clients who cannot afford the cost of entering the program as well as further development of the program. ARM helped 45 men in 2017, with an average stay of 164 days.
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Advocates for Special People, Inc.
Advocates for Special People (ASP) provides intellectually disabled adults with programs for socialization, recreation, and life skills development. Funding will support Special Connexion, a program that provides recreation, socialization, and habilitation at three locations in Tarrant County. The program also offers field trips, exercise programs, and peer-to-peer experiences.
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After-School All-Stars North Texas (ASAS)
After-School All-Stars North Texas (ASAS) offers comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. ASAS provides academic support and enrichment opportunities to underserved middle school students during the “danger zone” hours of 3-6pm. Funding will support general operating costs for after-school programs in five high-need Dallas schools, STEM and healthy living program equipment and expenses for program staff training.
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Agape Resource & Assistance Center
Agape Resource & Assistance Center provides housing and support services to homeless single women, moms and their children to help them move from crisis and poverty to self-sustaining lives. Services include housing, counseling, childcare, transportation, and education, with the goal to help more women achieve economic security. Since, 2013 Agape has served 43 women and 64 children, 77% of whom are survivors of family violence, sex trafficking or sexual assault. Funding will support counseling services, scholarships and housing.
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AIDS Services of Dallas
AIDS Services of Dallas provides service-enriched housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS. In 2017 they provided 206 clients with shelter across 125 apartment units, which resulted in over 56,000 nights of safe, affordable housing and over 46,000 hot, nutritious meals. Funding will support: renovations to housing units that are reserved for sub-acute, longtime residents who need intensive medical support; upgrades to security systems across the campus; and renovations to the outdated and aging commercial kitchen.
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All Star Equestrian Foundation Inc.
All Star Equestrian works to improve lives of individuals living with mental, physical, and cognitive disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding. All Star currently has 22 horses and serves 75-100 riders a week. Funding will support horse care costs (farrier, feed and vet), adaptive equipment for riding therapy, and scholarships for the veteran program and underprivileged riders.
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All Stars Project of Dallas
The All Stars Project's afterschool development programs use a performance-based approach to help disadvantaged youth in high poverty areas like West Dallas and South Oak Cliff create success in their lives. Funding will support its core programs in Dallas: the All Stars Talent Show Network, the Development School for Youth, and Cops & Kids, a partnership with the Dallas Police Department that builds relationships between youth and officers.
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Allen Community Outreach (ACO)
Allen Community Outreach (ACO) provides basic needs support to residents of Allen and surrounding communities in Collin County who are facing financial crisis. In 2017, ACO distributed 600,000 pounds of food and provided free comprehensive human services to 2,717 individuals in crisis, helping them avoid hunger and homelessness and achieve economic security. Funding will support childcare to keep teen moms in school, transportation gas cards, and a refrigerated truck to add capacity to Food Pantry.
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Alley's House
Alley’s House exists to transform the lives of teen moms and their children through holistic programs that foster emotional wellness and teach practical life skills. In 2017, Alley's House served 177 low-income teen mothers and their children, provided 196 counseling hours, 250 workshops by staff/partners, and 930 service hours by 67 volunteers. Funds will support the Pathway to Independence program, which provides counseling, parent education, financial literacy, job readiness, GED attainment, mentoring and community outreach.
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ALS Association of Texas
The ALS Association of Texas works to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people with ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Funds are requested to establish ALS multidisciplinary clinics in North Texas, maintain, and enhance equipment loan closet inventory, and sustain the Continuum of Care program to patients.
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Anglican Church of The Resurrection/Common Ground Community Garden
Common Ground at Church of the Resurrection is a grassroots effort to bring fresh, locally grown produce to those in need and to promote earth stewardship and education. Providing this produce is accomplished by giving monthly instructor-led workshops and creating a community space for volunteers to interact while growing food for local food pantries. Funding will support the development of the educational curriculum, garden materials and irrigation. In 2017, they provided 1,200 pounds of food for those in need.
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Arlington Classics Academy (ACA)
Arlington Classics Academy (ACA) is a tuition-free open-enrollment public charter school serving over 1,500 students in grades K - 9. ACA provides a college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum through a classical style of instruction. Since 2007, ACA has received the highest accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency. Funds are requested for additional space needs, early literacy program and art/music enrichment.
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Arlington-Grand Prairie Guide Right Foundation (AGPGRF)
Arlington-Grand Prairie Guide Right Foundation (AGPGRF) provides mentoring, leadership, and scholarship programs for young males in the Arlington and Grand Prairie communities as well as the DFW area. AGPGRF is involved in several programs: Annual Beautillion Presentation, Adopt-A-School, Kappa League, Kappa Kamp, Feeding the Homeless, Holiday Baskets, Mentoring Programs, Scholarships, Sunday of Hope, and St. Jude. Funding will support Adopt-A-School, Kappa League, and scholarships for the Annual Beautillion Presentation.
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Army Scholarship Foundation
The Army Scholarship Foundation provides educational college scholarships to sons and daughters of those who have served our nation honorably as US Army soldiers. It also provides college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers on active duty. They have awarded 500 scholarships since founding in 2001. Funding will support scholarships for Army family members, STEM scholarships for girls graduating from high school, and scholarships for nursing students.
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Art House Dallas
Art House Dallas works to cultivate creativity for the common good through programs, curated events, community partnerships, and artist care—inspiring everyone to live more imaginative, meaningful lives. Funds are requested for their bi-monthly gathering which fosters creative community and collaboration; their new leadership initiative consisting of a six-part series focused on empowering exceptional creatives in art mentoring and leadership; and their monthly writer's programming.
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Artes de la Rosa Cultural center for the Arts
Artes de la Rosa promotes and interprets the art, culture, lives, and history of the Latino community by offering educational art/culture programs, providing opportunities and support for Latinx artists. Funding will support the Artes Academy after-school arts instruction program, which offers low cost classes in art, dance and theater arts for low-income students. Specific funding needs include technology upgrades, art supplies and end of semester theater production expenses.
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Astraios Chamber Music
Now in their 10th season, Astraios produces world-class chamber music built around innovative and engaging audience interaction. Funds are requested to help Astraios serve three additional Frisco ISD elementary schools through their residency program. Funding is also requested for the continued production of their evening concert series, which will help to strengthen the professional arts offerings in the city of Frisco.
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Autism Lifetime Resources dba 29 Acres
The mission of 29 Acres is to elevate the quality of life for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by creating a dynamic housing community enriched with customized programming where every person will be empowered to live with purpose and joy. Funding will support the Residential Transition Academy as well as 29 Adventures, their social clubs program that serves high school students. The program expects to help 85% of program participants gain employment and 95% to live independently.
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Balanced Almond, Inc d.b.a. Ochre House Theater
Ochre House Theater is a professional theater that strives to produce high quality, original theatre productions using minimal resources to their maximum potential. They are committed to producing innovative plays and performing arts projects that carry a message of artistic and spiritual revival to the community. Funds requested are for a flamenco collaboration with The Dallas FLAME Foundation, the employment of a lyricist for musical productions, and upgrades to their facility.
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Battered Women's Foundation
Battered Women's Foundation's mission is to help battered women and their children become self-sufficient by providing physical, mental, spiritual, and educational support. Their programs serve battered women and children from all over the DFW area, and their goal is to help 85% of women served achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of abuse. Funds are requested for their Emergency Care Program.
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Bedford Euless Soccer Association
Bedford Euless Soccer Association (BESA) is a volunteer-led non-profit with the mission to impact the development of the community by helping children ages 3-18 years learn soccer skills, build self-confidence, and promote team building. Funding is requested to replace old soccer goals and to provide financial aid to those in need.
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Best Buddies
Best Buddies works to create opportunities for one-to-one friendship, integrated employment, and leadership development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies aims to build a more inclusive world, one association at a time, by removing barriers that often isolate those with disabilities from our schools, workplaces, and our lives. Funding will support the critical expansion of Best Buddies programs in underserved areas of the DFW Metroplex.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Big Brothers Big Sisters' (BBBS) mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Children in BBBS programs develop higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships, learn to avoid risky behaviors, and achieve higher educational success. Requested funds are for on-going match support, volunteer recruitment, and general program operations.
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BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas
BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas BIND operates the first and only post-rehabilitation program for brain injury survivors in the state of Texas. Their mission is to provide a bridge of support for adult brain injury survivors so they can reconnect to work, life and the community. Funding is requested to help expand their Work Readiness program, open a second location, and expand program staffing in areas of direct program support, volunteer service coordination, and development. These efforts will help to reduce the program waiting list.
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Bishop Dunne Catholic School
Bishop Dunne Catholic School is a 6th through 12th grade Catholic college preparatory school in south Dallas that serves a diverse community and provides educational equity and access for students living in poverty to change the course of their lives through education. Funds are requested for tuition assistance for 1st generation college attendees and Momentous Institute graduates who need a challenging academic option in their community.
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Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding and Respite
Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding and Respite's mission is to provide a safe, happy and healthy therapeutic community that empowers special needs citizens and their families to reach their fullest potential. They provide therapeutic horseback riding and respite, and vocational and entrepreneurial training. Funds are requested for client service support, facility expansion and horse care support for Equine Therapy horses.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ mission is to enable all young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Funds are requested for the Accelerated Early Childhood Education Program, which helps children improve reading skills; the College & Career Ready Program, which prepares Dallas County teens to enter college or the professional world equipped to succeed; and STEM Programs such as Coding Camp and Robotics.
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Bridge Lacrosse
Bridge Lacrosse's mission is to use lacrosse to broaden the horizons of the community's youth. They offer year-round programming that includes competition, skill development as well as educational opportunities, workshops, and travel experiences. Bridge is proud to work with more than 440 student-athletes each year while fostering a culture of family.
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Bridges To Life
Bridges To Life (BTL) is a restorative justice program that rehabilitates offenders and brings healing to victims of crime. Funds are requested for BTL project expenses in DFW area prisons and alternative facilities including CitySquare, Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, and Judicial Treatment Center. These projects will aid participants in overcoming poverty, addiction, and homelessness; eliminating future criminal behavior; and achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency.
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Brighter Tomorrows
Brighter Tomorrow's mission is to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing emergency safe shelter and support services that help reduce violence in our communities. Funding will support two full-service emergency safe shelters that combined to provide emergency safe shelter to 496 women and 500 of their children in 2017.
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Bruce Wood Dance Co, Inc | Bruce Wood Dance
Bruce Wood Dance presents high-caliber, original, contemporary choreography that provides entertainment, enrichment, and healing to 15,800 people annually. Funds are requested to support 1) producing Bruce Wood’s acclaimed pieces and commissioning innovative new works 2) sustaining dance careers for dancers in Dallas, 3) providing classes, tickets, and transportation to performances at no cost to under-resourced communities such as International Rescue Committee and Nexus Recovery Center.
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Bryan’s House
Bryan's House provides a unique medical-education-therapy model for at-risk children with medical, social, emotional, physical and developmental challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, Down syndrome, lupus, leukemia, cerebral palsy, and Spina bifida. Children thrive from daily care, while their families find long-term stability through Family Supportive Services. Funds are requested for the following programs: Early Childhood Education, Family Supportive Services, and Emergency Financial Assistance to Prevent Homelessness.
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Buckner Children and Family Services
Buckner Children and Family Services, founded in Dallas in 1879, is a highly diversified social services agency with programs in Texas and six countries worldwide. Core programs are Family Hope Centers, Family Pathways and foster care/adoption. Requested funds are for construction, equipment, and furnishings for the new Bachman Lake Family Hope Center, scheduled to break ground in summer 2018. The Center served more than 3,800 individuals after opening in a temporary location in January 2017.
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buildingcommunityWORKSHOP supports communities that face challenges such as displacement, lack of public investment, and redevelopment pressures. Through buildingcommunityWORKSHOP's affordable housing design and community planning initiatives, residents build knowledge and capacity to self-advocate and drive the decisions that affect their communities. buildingcommunityWORKSHOP's work results in solutions that create healthy, vibrant places in partnership with empowered residents. Funds are requested to support ongoing efforts in Dallas.
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C. C. Young
C. C. Young is a senior living and care facility north of White Rock Lake. Funds are requested to support the Benevolence Fund, which provides food, shelter, and life-sustaining services for residents who have outlived their income. Funds are also requested for the CCY Cares program, which provides free meals for qualifying seniors in need. Finally, funds are needed to purchase a sedan to assist with transportation needs of seniors.
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Café Momentum
Café Momentum, a Dallas restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms lives through a paid, intensive internship program for at-risk youth. Former juvenile offenders receive career and life skills training, mentoring, social services support (housing, medical, and legal assistance), and job placement to foster long-term, sustainable employment and good citizenship. Café Momentum has served 469 youth to-date and expects to serve 100 more youth in 2018. Funding will support Intern wages and general operating costs.
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Camp Summit, Inc.
Camp Summit provides barrier-free outdoor camp programs, promoting personal growth and independence, for children and adults with disabilities. Camp Summit operates eleven months annually, offering 22 week-long sessions plus weekend and respite days. Over 2,400 campers with disabilities ages 6 – 99 enjoy traditional camp activities in a barrier-free environment where each event is adapted to ensure accessibility for all campers. Funds are requested for tuition assistance to ensure that no one is turned away.
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Cancer Care Services
Cancer Care Services serves thousands of individuals affected by cancer annually, in Tarrant, Parker, and Hood counties, by supporting cancer patients, caring for caregivers and empowering survivors. Funds are requested for: 1) COPE programs: Health Insurance Assistance, Prescription Co-Pay Assistance, Nutritional Supplements, Dietitian Services, Medical Supplies, Case Management/Navigation; 2)THRIVE programs: Nutritional Education, Wellness Workshops; and 3) CONNECT programs: Client Activities, Family-centered programs.
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Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence enhances independence for people with disabilities by providing them highly trained assistance dogs, free of charge, and offering ongoing support for throughout the service life of the dog. They help children, veterans and other adults with a variety of physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. Funds will support costs of client services, training, veterinary care, preventive medications, spays and neuters of their assistance dogs.
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Cara Mía Theatre Co.
Founded in 1996, Cara Mía Theatre Co. is a non-profit 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. Funds are requested to support programming for Cara Mía's theatrical productions, free fine arts education for at-risk youth in communities of color, and free community outreach events.
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Care Center Ministries
Care Center 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 offers one-year residential recovery services. The Tree of Life program served 63 residents in 2017. Care Center Ministries also needs donations for operation of their Community Center in Southeast Dallas that includes a food pantry, after-school programs, and spring and summer camps for school-age children.
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Founded in 2008, the mission of CareerDFW and CareerUSA.org is to provide one website where anyone who is unemployed or under-employed can find everything they need to help with his or her career search that will result in employment. Funds are requested to put on two, one day (6-7 hours) training session for the unemployed and to hire a web programmer for security updates.
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Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) is an enterprising non-profit with the belief that ending poverty is possible. Their programs, which served over 70,000 in 2017, are aimed at permanent poverty solutions for families in the Fort Worth community. At CCFW, an end to poverty means living wage income, three month's savings in the bank, no negative debt, and no reliance on public benefits. They believe long-term, individualized, and flexible case management is key to achieving these goals. Funds are requested for poverty-ending case management.
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Catholic Charities of Dallas Inc. (CCD)
Catholic Charities of Dallas (CCD) supports the community's most vulnerable, and helped 38,000 low-income individuals achieve stability and self-sufficiency in 2017. The Financial Stability & Career Services program provides an integrated approach to lift families out of poverty, providing financial coaching, employment services, job skills training, and short-term income supports. CCD also delivered 282,275 meals in 2017 to low-income seniors, families, and children in their after-school programs and camps.
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CCS Dallas
CCS’ mission is to nourish low-income families by providing nutritious food and supportive education. In 2017, they distributed over 2.3 million pounds of food to 11,056 Dallas neighbors. Funding will support their Dallas food pantry and their Community Distribution Partners, which include religious organizations, community centers, retirement communities, Dallas Housing Authority complexes and non-profit agencies who want to feed their neighbors but cannot become full-fledged food pantries.
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Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas
In 2017, the Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute developed an evidence-based, culturally competent mindfulness program for law enforcement. Mindfulness improves resilience and emotional self-regulation, strengthens attention, and promotes well-being. Self-regulation in highly-charged situations is essential for those who work in high-tempo operations professions such as law enforcement. Additional funding will help train officers.
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Center for Survivors of Torture (CST)
Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) heals survivors through counseling and related services that are holistic, strengths-based, and culturally and linguistically appropriate. 84% of program clients meet their counseling goals within six months. Funds are requested to provide intervention services for adult survivors, in-school intervention services for child survivors, and continued growth of necessary community resources to provide for the medical needs of the clients.
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Center for Transforming Lives (CTL)
For 110 years, Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) has moved low-income women and children in Tarrant County from poverty to independence. CTL’s two-generation approach to ending poverty addresses the needs of children and parents through programs that include Homeless Services, Early Childhood Development (including three child care centers that provide free care for homeless kids, and Financial Empowerment Services.
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Chamberlain Ballet DBA Chamberlain Performing Arts
Chamberlain Performing Arts is committed to presenting world-class ballet to enrich the North Texas community, enlighten with arts education, and encourage through outreach programs. Funds are requested for: 1) new or gently used office furniture for their new office space; 2) funding for sets/props for their annual performance of The Nutcracker (Christmas Tree, Mother Ginger, Clara's Sleigh, and Throne); and 3) scholarships for their Shining Stars dance program for special needs children and young adults
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Champions of Hope Mentorship Program
Champions of Hope is a mentorship program that pairs a committed adult mentors with at-risk children in the South Dallas community. Champions of Hope seeks the transformation of individuals and the community of South Dallas through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by gospel-driven relationships. Funds are requested for the mentorship program which matches fourth-grade students with mentors for at least 2 years and supports ongoing relationships through high school graduation. The average length of mentorship in Champions of Hope is 2.7 years, which exceeds the national average of 1.3 years.
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Changing Course Foundation
Changing Course Foundation offers a unique approach to healing by providing equine-assisted mental health and adventure-based therapy services to individuals and groups in North Texas. Services are provided through partnerships with state agencies, public and private schools and local residential treatment facilities. Funds are requested to provide scholarships for low-income clients and military veterans. Funding will also support care and maintenance of horses for animal-assisted therapy.
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Chase's Place
Chase’s Place is a private day school serving students with developmental disabilities, including mental retardation, pervasive developmental disorder/autism, traumatic brain injuries, and neurological disorders. Funding will support scholarships to help families access the program who would otherwise be unable to pay for high quality care and education of their disabled child.
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Child Protective Services Community Partners dba Community Partners of Dallas
Community Partners of Dallas' mission is to ensure safety and restore dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. Funds are requested for the Rainbow Room, an emergency resource center providing critically needed items for 9,000+ children annually. These items include clothing, shoes, hygiene products, diapers, formula, and other critically needed items for children removed from their family because of abuse or neglect.
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Children and Community Health Center
The Children and Community Health Center (dba Community Health Clinic) provides comprehensive, coordinated care with a focus on health, education, preventive care, and lifestyle improvements to effect change in the lives of low-income, uninsured residents of northern Collin County. They provide services at no cost to the patient and have collaborative partnerships for labs and imaging services at no charge. Funding is requested for medical supplies, medications and patient cost of $75 per visit.
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CHILDREN AT RISK is a statewide child research and advocacy organization. Funds would support efforts to improve the quality of K-12 public education and early education; combat domestic sex trafficking by strengthening laws and policies on sex trafficking and focusing on demand reduction; improve the health of all children through collaboration, research, policy, and education; and equip families with the tools and resources to ensure all children grow up in safe, nurturing and aspirational homes.
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Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County unites law enforcement, CPS, prosecutors, medical examiners, counselors, advocates, and forensic interviewers to help children and families who have endured the crime of child abuse. They empower child abuse victims, their families and the community through education, healing, and justice. Funds are requested for facility expansion, direct services to clients, and advocacy support for families during the investigative and prosecutorial process.
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Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County
The Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County provides safety, healing and justice to children in our community victimized by abuse or neglect. They provide forensic interviews, therapy, family support services, emergency aid and community education about abuse and neglect. In 2017, they served 3,515 children and families. Funds are requested to support operating expenses for clinical therapy services, to provide educational material to at-risk populations and stock the emergency aid room.
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Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA)
Children's Craniofacial Association's (CCA) mission is to empower and give hope to individuals and families affected by cranial differences. CCA serves 20,000 families per year and 10,000 unaffected students through educational outreach. CCA requests funding for their Annual Family Retreat and Educational Symposium to provide 160 craniofacial patients and 400 family members an opportunity to interact with others who have endured similar experiences.
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Children's Medical Center Foundation on behalf of Children's Health
Children’s Health provides pediatric care for more than 300,000 children annually. They offer quality clinical care, psycho-social support programs, and pioneering pediatric research. Current funding priorities include the renovation of the Emergency Department on their Dallas campus, clinical research, and support for the non-revenue-generating patient and family support services.
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Christian Community Action
Christian Community Action (CCA) provides full rescue, relief, and restorative services to low-to-moderate income families and individuals in financial crisis across Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties to help move them towards self-sufficiency. Funds are requested for the following: client-choice food pantry for immediate relief, critical rental and utility assistance for homelessness prevention, and seasonal income relief programs to help save a family's limited income.
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Circle Theatre
The mission of Circle Theatre is to present contemporary plays rarely seen in North Texas. Located in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, the Theatre stages innovative productions in an intimate 125-seat theatre setting. Annually 8,000 patrons are served. Funding is requested to support operating and production expenses. Additionally, funding is requested to support the High School Playwriting Project which ends with a public presentation by experienced actors reading scripts by local students.
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Cistercian Preparatory School
Cistercian Preparatory School's mission is to prepare boys for college and to mold their characters through the values of a Catholic education. Their integrated, eight-year curriculum includes theology, language arts, foreign language, math, science, history, and fine arts. Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year totals 345 students in grades 5-12. Requested funds are for scholarships, professional development, and the installation of solar panels, windmills, and a rain harvesting system.
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Citizens Development Center dba Achieve
Achieve provides workforce development services for individuals with disabilities including high school youth, adults and veterans. Funds will support the operating costs for: vocational adjustment training to help high school special education students improve self-awareness, soft skills, job preparation and money management; employment services for low income individuals and veterans with disabilities; and work/soft skills training for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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Citychurch Youth Outreach McKinney
Citychurch Youth Outreach McKinney exists to engage and empower the at-risk youth and families in the McKinney community. Funds are requested to host programs, help meet families' basic needs, and provide fun experiences, mentorship, and advocacy opportunities for the youth in a loving & positive environment.
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Cityscape Schools
East Grand Preparatory (EGP), a Cityscape school, is a public charter school that serves 750 Pre-K - 8th grade students in the East Dallas area (96% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunches). EGP is an International Baccalaureate Candidate (Primary and Middle Years Programmes) and focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). EGP also has a bi-lingual program with English Immersion. Funds are needed for a new library, a free breakfast program, and a new roof.
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Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer
Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer's mission is to provide children in the last stages of terminal cancer assistance in creating "Everlasting Memories." Funds are requested for "Medicine of the Heart," their outreach program providing the platform for creating "Everlasting Memories" for 350 children per year. Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer delivers gifts and last wishes to children. “Medicine of the Heart” picks up where the medicine ends…fulfilling dreams, applauding their bravery, and supporting terminally ill children and their struggling families.
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Clayton Youth Enrichment
For 43 years, Clayton Youth Enrichment has provided before/after school and summer programs for families across Tarrant County. They serve 7,000+ children annually at more than 80 school sites. Funding is requested to support scholarships for low-income youth to attend after school and summer camp; to provide child care to families escaping domestic violence and who are accessing services at One Safe Place; and to support staff training in managing trauma-related behaviors in young children.
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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 2019.
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Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR)
In partnership with local school districts, teachers, and community partners, Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) provides a path from poverty to a better life through education and graduation. Their K-12 students cope with issues like homelessness, hunger, untreated mental/physical illness, and family violence, all while trying to focus on schoolwork. CISDR programs create individuals who are better able to cope with trauma, resilient in facing conflict, and ready to sustain short/long term goals with measured results.
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Community Council of Greater Dallas
Community Council of Greater Dallas is an $18M organization with a 77-year history of community service. Funding will support Skill QUEST, a program that helps low-to-moderate income adults living in Dallas, Collin, and contiguous counties access to jobs that pay a family living wage with benefits and a career path, while also providing local employers with a highly skilled workforce.
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Community Hospice of Texas
Community Hospice of Texas (CHT) is the most extensive non-profit hospice provider in Texas. Their mission is to provide compassionate end-of-life care and services. CHT offers a care model for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the patient and their family and friends regardless of their ability to pay. Funds are requested to help provide hospice care for the uninsured who are facing a life-limiting illness.
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Community Lifeline Center
Community Lifeline Center helps Northern Collin County residents manage crises and navigate their way back to self-sufficiency. Aid ranges from financial help (rent, utilities, medical, dental or prescription assistance) to information/referral and advocacy. Their client choice Lifeline Food Market helps those in need put food on the table. Funding is needed to support case management, to purchase shelf-stable food for the Lifeline Market and for the Client Financial Assistance Fund.
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Community Partners of Tarrant County - S.A.V.E. Program
Community Partners of Tarrant County - S.A.V.E. Program works to preserve the family unit by promoting the health and well-being of children (and reducing the risk of abuse and neglect) by connecting families with needed resources. Funds are requested to support the needs of families such as food, clothing and shoes, school uniforms and supplies, personal hygiene and support in emergency situations.
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Community Storehouse of Keller
Community Storehouse of Keller's mission is to dedicate resources to the well-being and education of low-income children. They provide literacy programs for identified at-risk children performing below acceptable reading levels. They also plan to provide school supplies, education in the arts, and motivation for learning. Funds are requested for their programs that address educational needs and help low-income children be more successful in school, graduate, and discourage the development of destructive or unproductive behaviors.
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Confidence Outreach
Confidence Outreach works with disadvantaged youth in impoverished communities to help them excel academically, personally, and contribute to their community. Our goal is to provide six-week summer S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) enrichment programs to over 500 youth in the DFW area at no cost. Funding will support educators and tutors, educational materials, and snacks for the summer program.
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Coram Deo Academy (CDA)
Coram Deo Academy (CDA) strives to develop ethical servant-leaders and wise thinkers by training the student's heart and mind. CDA is an accredited, non-denominational, private school serving 1,300 students in PreK-12 on three campuses (Collin County, Dallas, Flower Mound). Funds are requested to complete construction and furnish the new multipurpose building on the Flower Mound campus (including audio, visual, theatrical lighting, acoustical treatments) as well as continuing education for faculty.
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Cornerstone Assistance Network
CAN’s mission is to unite with others in Christian love to meet the needs of people. For 25+ years they have been strengthening the stability and prosperity of Tarrant County families. CAN receives more than 10,000 client visits per year, and provides a wide range of services that include Health Clinics, Case Management, Adult Education, Re-Entry, and Emergency Assistance. In 2017, they earned the “Most Trusted Non-Profit” award from Ministry Voice. Funding is requested to upgrade IT systems, hire a fundraising consultant, and support the cataract clinic.
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Cornerstone Assistance Network North Central Texas
Cornerstone Assistance Network North Central Texas works to empower neighbors in need. They accomplish this through a comprehensive and relational approach. Funds are requested for the Case Management Program. Funding will go directly to support clients who are working to learn the tools and skills needed to obtain and maintain a job, draft a budget, and access required coaching as they tackle these skills. In 2017, $100,000 was paid in direct financial assistance.
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Cristo Rey Dallas
Located in Pleasant Grove, Cristo Rey Dallas provides socio-economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with a Catholic college-preparatory education enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Students earn a portion of the cost of their education through the Corporate Work Study Program that includes job partners like AT&T, Deloitte, and PwC. Funds will support operating costs, mental health services, scholarships, and school materials.
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Cry Havoc Theater Company
Cry Havoc Theater Company makes provocative theatre with young people and in doing so challenges audience expectations of what youth theatre can be. We fulfill this mission by devising original work with teens on current issues. Funds are requested to support: stipends for the professional Dallas theatre artists we employ; wages for the high schoolers they work with as part of the students' job-training program; and the costs of DART passes and onsite food for the teens in our programs.
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Cuisine for Healing
Cuisine for Healing provides nutrition education and up to 12 weeks of free, nutritious, delicious meals for low-income Tarrant County clients facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, including Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Funding is requested to support 2018's 10th anniversary goal to serve 18,000 immune-boosting meals to clients facing a health crisis; for nutrition education through their Power of Food Education Program; and their 2018 Capital Campaign.
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Dallas Afterschool
Dallas Afterschool increases the quality and availability of afterschool and summer programs in the Dallas community. Their vision is that all students will have access to quality out-of-school time services that promotes their intellectual, emotional, and creative development in a safe and nurturing environment. Funding will support the Program Quality Initiative, which increases the quality of existing afterschool programs, and the After the Bell Alliance, which increases accessibility by advocating for new programs.
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society promotes the art of horticulture while cultivating opportunities for education and research. In 2017, their curriculum-aligned on-site programs, after-school programs, and summer camps reached over 100,000 children, including at least 19,302 kids from low-income areas. Funds are requested for immersive, interactive science lessons for K-6 students through the Arboretum and its innovative Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.
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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 especially the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Funding is requested to support education programs and outreach concerts. Funding is also requested to cover performance expenses associated with the organization's seven-concert season, including rehearsal and performance space, artist fees, three outreach concerts and marketing costs.
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Dallas Bethlehem Center
72-year old Dallas Bethlehem Center uses its facility and legacy to create partnership teams to address early childhood education, food security, and community development. In 2017, Dallas Bethlem Center programs served over 3,000 people. Funds are requested to support the cost of food distribution, facility operating expenses, staff expenses, and shared results efforts. Through collaborations, donors’ gifts are leveraged to produce six times the services in South Dallas/Fair Park.
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Dallas Black Dance Theatre
As Dallas’ oldest and largest professional dance company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre bridges cultures and engages the community through captivating performances, inclusive education/outreach programs, and expert dance training. Its five performing companies annually serve 100,000 worldwide. Funding will help maintain low Academy rates through subsidized tuition, provide a new phone system for its historic building, or enable dancers to further their professional development at an international dance conference.
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Dallas Christian Women's Job Corps
Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps serves women transitioning out of a crisis that may include prison, addiction, homelessness or being widowed. They are currently building a new facility that will allow them to provide their current Job Readiness and Life Skills Program to more women. The program components include: Bible study, job and life skills training and mentoring; and support services. Funding is requested for capital building costs, furniture, fixtures and equipment, training and support programs.
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Dallas Elite Track Club Youth Organization
Dallas Elite Track Club (DETC) is a nonprofit youth organization whose mission is to develop well-rounded student-athletes who will become successful adults. Funds are requested for implementation of their Learning Academy which will include a reading program, a life skills program, and an indoor space where the team can meet, access reading and life skills programs, and receive tutoring. DETC is supported by five parents who are certified teachers committed to youth success.
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Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB)
Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) provides furniture to families transitioning from homelessness in order to restore normalcy and independence. Working in collaboration with multiple partner agencies, DFB identifies people in need and helps them to acquire basic household furnishings. As the only furniture bank in North Texas, DFB is uniquely positioned to support the transfer of unwanted furniture items to people in desperate need. DFB request funds to defray costs of storing and transporting furniture.
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Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum dedicates itself to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Funds are requested for: 1) Exhibit: Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank - September 13, 2018 — February 8, 2019, 2) Educator workshops (providing educators the tools needed to teach the essential lessons of the Holocaust thoughtfully); and 3) Museum Experience Fund, which supplies Museum scholarships to economically challenged students.
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Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF)
Since its inception in 1995, Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF) has worked to identify local leaders, affirm their ability to make a difference, and develop and leverage their inherent strengths to serve the poor. Funds are requested to support DLF’s youth mentoring program. In 2017, 2,093 at-risk high school students ages 12-18 engaged with strong mentors who taught and modeled leadership during the school day at DLF’s weekly lunch life skills training sessions.
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Dallas Legal Hospice dba Legal Hospice of Texas
Legal Hospice of Texas' mission is to provide timely and compassionate legal services to low-income individuals with terminal illnesses or HIV-disease. They provide free legal counsel, advocacy, and representation in the areas of estate planning, insurance, employment, credit, public benefits, and housing. A qualifying diagnosis and limited income determine eligibility for their services. Funds are requested to submit direct legal services to qualified low-income residents of Dallas County.
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Dallas Life, Inc. dba Thrive Women's Clinic
Thrive Women’s Center extends Christ-like love compassionately and responsively that values the family and empowers women and their partners to choose life. Funding is requested for the Healthy Behaviors Educational Medical Program, which provides non-judgmental care to women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Thrive Women's Center's goal is to help women find hope, answers, and information immediately. Last year their nurses conducted 1,806 pregnancy tests and performed 1,572 sonograms.
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Dallas Mission for Life
Founded in 1954, Dallas LIFE is a private homeless shelter meeting all physical needs of individuals and families. They also address practical and spiritual causes of one’s problems with personalized, outcome-based teaching and counseling from a Christian outlook (non-Christians are welcome). They seek funds for the 10-month Homeless No More program, which has a 90% success rate; the Children’s Program, to help them thrive; and the Veterans’ Program, to help them reintegrate into society.
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Dallas Museum of Art
With an encyclopedic collection of more than 24,000 objects, the Dallas Museum of Art is a place of wonder and discovery where art comes alive. Funds are requested for 'Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist', an exhibition dedicated to the only 19th-century female Impressionist; Go van Gogh, a free outreach program that provides K-12 classroom arts experiences; and an English-Spanish bilingual initiative to increase the DMA’s accessibility to the second largest segment of the city’s population.
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Dallas Pets Alive! (DPA)
Dallas Pets Alive! (DPA) is a primarily volunteer-run organization dedicated to eliminating the killing of companion animals in Dallas and is seeking funding to build an innovative Adoption Center using repurposed shipping containers. This Adoption Center will promote animal adoption by combating the stigma that rescued pets are damaged and is estimated to allow DPA to save 2,500 lives each year.
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Dallas Police Youth Foundation
Dallas Police Youth Foundation supports the Dallas Police Department’s comprehensive citywide youth community engagement efforts as they engage and mentor youth to become future community leaders. Funds are requested to support programs that provide positive and consistent interaction between youth and police, thus building trust; programs include Law Enforcement Explorers, Junior Explorers, Junior Police Academy, Blue in the School, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL), and select activities/events.
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Dallas SPARK!
Dallas SPARK! aspires to ignite the spark of creativity inherent in all children. SPARK! ignites this creativity through creating a fully immersive learning environment, layering various creative disciplines to spark the imagination, expand the mind, and engage the body. As a result, children who define themselves as creative have higher self-esteem and better problem solving skills. Funding is requested to support creative programs that help 10,000 children each year discover innovative skills that lead to success.
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Dallas Zoo
Dallas Zoo works to create a better world for animals by engaging people and saving wildlife – including protecting threatened species from extinction. Funding is requested for the Dallas Zoo Whooping Crane Breeding and Preservation Center, which aims to increase the numbers of this iconic Texas species for wild release, contributing to the cranes’ remarkable comeback (from just 15 birds in 1941 to more than 750 today). Funding is also requested for Zoo animal care and enrichment.
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Dental Health Programs, Inc. dba Community Dental Care
Community Dental Care works to improve the oral health of all by providing low cost or free dental services. Existing programs allow them to serve specific populations at little-to-no out of pocket expense. A focus on routine, preventive care helps mitigate the impact of poor oral health on the region as a whole by reducing emergency room visits and days missed at school or work caused by dental pain. Funds are requested to help the agency serve those for whom they cannot provide grant-funded care.
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Denton Community Market
Denton Community Market is a producer-only local art and farmer's market located in Denton, Texas. The mission of the Denton Community Market is to strengthen the community by providing economic opportunities for local artists, businesses, food vendors, and food producers to contribute to the vitality and livability of Denton. They promote sustainable farming practices, host SNAP and WIC programs, and reduce barriers to entry for new entrepreneurs and small businesses.
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Denton County Master Gardeners Association
Denton County Master Gardeners Association provides research-based information to promote safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices. Funding is requested for a three-day Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Specialist Training, specifically for venue and speaker expenses. The JMG program teaches children a love of gardening and an appreciation for the environment. JMG Specialist Training increases the number of children served by adding certified specialists who start up and revitalize JMG programs.
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Denton County MHMR Center
Denton County MHMR Center provides critical public safety services for crises prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness and developmental disabilities. Last year, the organization served 5,882 low-income individuals. Funds are requested for the LOSS Team, which provides services to individuals and families impacted by suicide. Also, funds are requested for Holiday Helping Hands, which provides providing holiday assistance to clients and their children.
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Design Connect Create
Design Connect Create prepares economically disadvantaged high school women in Dallas County to succeed in advanced math and science courses to keep them on the path to high paying, top demand careers. Design Connect Create accomplishes this success by offering engaging summer physics activities and exposing girls to inspirational female role models. Funding will provide the summer program at no cost to deserving students and STEM Star trading cards that show how women have changed the world to make it a better place.
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D-FW Humane Society of Irving
DFW Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter that gives unwanted pets a second chance at life through adoption and promotes the importance of spay/neutering to address animal overpopulation and abandonment. Their top funding priority is pet retention efforts, which ensure animals receive spay/neuter services, microchips, and rabies shots to increase the likelihood of adoption and retention. The program will provide 700 animals with free services; only 13% of pets they receive currently are altered.
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DFW Pug Rescue Club
DFW Pug Rescue Club, a volunteer-driven organization, rescued 188 Pugs last year and placed 173 in safe, loving homes. Rescued Pugs receive a comprehensive examination before entering foster care, and 95% need additional veterinary care that includes medications, vaccinations, or surgeries. Veterinary expenses average $200,000 a year. Funding is requested to obtain veterinary services for rescued Pugs to ensure their health and wellness, reduce the length of stay in foster care, and expedite the adoption process.
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DIVERGE Holistic Youth Empowerment
DIVERGE Holistic Youth Empowerment mentors at-risk youth to help them discover their leadership potential. Youth build skills like respect, responsibility, stewardship, and honesty. Since its inception in 2014, DIVERGE’s programs have helped over 150 students in the Fort Worth Morningside area. Funds are requested to support experiential learning trips to museums and sports events, camping trips, and mentoring groups for the youth served.
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DKMS dedicates itself to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders by creating awareness, recruiting bone marrow donors, raising funds to match donor registration costs, supporting the improvement of therapies through research, and supporting patients. Funds are requested to support the recruitment of young males and ethnically diverse individuals by funding registration costs, development of educational materials, and identifying areas of Dallas to host drives that target potential lifesaving donors.
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The DRC provides critical safety net services and evidence-based, award-winning housing solutions for people and communities affected by homelessness in greater Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Funds are requested for general operating support, which provides local match dollars required for high-value DRC programs and underwrites DRC leadership and administrative functions essential to program success.
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Drug Prevention Resources (DPR)
Founded in 1935, Drug Prevention Resources (DPR) helps parents and kids navigate the turbulent teenage years through drug-prevention education and community coalitions. Funds are requested to help young people develop social and emotional skills and learn to value themselves so they can make better decisions; to increase their staff so they can proactively protect young people from the developing threat of opioids; and to expand outreach, so more students and families are aware of their programs.
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Education is Freedom
Education is Freedom's (EIF) mission is to transform lives through education by having on-site advisors who help students identify and navigate their pathway to postsecondary success. Funds are requested to support programming on middle school and high school campuses; their annual scholarship reception, An Evening with the Stars, which awards scholarships to a select group of college-bound EIF Scholars; and the cost of technology resources, i.e. laptops, wifi hotspot, and printers.
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Education Opens Doors, Inc.
Education Opens Doors empowers students to purposefully navigate through middle school and high school to college and career success. They have addressed the need for college knowledge preparation since 2012, and achieve their mission by partnering with schools and other student-centered programs to implement their agenda and increase students' expectations, motivation, and college knowledge. Funds are requested to support 10,000 students over the 2018-19 school year.
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Educational First Steps (EFS)
Educational First Steps (EFS) is in its 28th year bringing quality early education to at-risk children at more than 100 partner centers in impoverished neighborhoods throughout the DFW metroplex. Through training, mentoring, and coaching of daycare teachers and directors, EFS transforms daycare centers into accredited learning centers at no charge to the centers, teachers or parents. Funds are requested for classroom equipment and supplies, field trips, and outdoor gardens.
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Educational Oportunities
Educational Opportunities, founded in 1965, is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentoring support to graduates of Dallas public schools from low-income families. Requested funds will contribute to $6,600 scholarships for deserving students who have been interviewed and chosen for their outstanding academic qualifications. Financial support comes from our solicitation from foundations and individuals and goes directly to assist students.
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Embrace Waiting Children
Embrace connects willing hands with opportunities to serve children in foster, adoptive, and kinship care. Respite care, support groups and parent training improve the lives of these children, while transition services support teens who will "age-out” of foster care without an adoptive family. Funding is requested to provide basic household items to help these young adults as they become independent. In 2017, teens received over 100 “first apartment kits" valued at $700-$1,000.
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Emily's Place
Emily's Place seeks to break the cycle of domestic violence for women and their children through long-term transformational care that seeks to restore faith, hope and health by providing a unique supportive housing community for up to 24 months, serving up to 32 women and children at a time. Women residents attend mandatory weekly counseling sessions and life skills training. Emily’s Place requests funding for counseling and child care so that mothers may return to work and build new lives.
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Emma's House
Emma's House provides after school, spring break, and summer camp for teens and young adults (ages 14 to 29) with special needs, such as Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities and autism. Funds are requested to support tuition assistance to enable ten young people with disabilities to attend the 2018 summer camp program. Funding would also enable 25 members/volunteers to attend two field trips per week and to hire a part-time counselor.
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Essilor Vision Foundation
Essilor Vision Foundation empowers children to reach their full potential by giving them the ability to see clearly. Funds are requested for Kids Vision for Life Greater Dallas and Kids Vision for Life Tarrant County. These programs provide vision services to low-income children through a mobile clinic that travels from school to school. In 2017, the programs offered 53,172 vision screenings, 11,044 eye exams, and 10,492 pairs of prescription eyeglasses to low-income children in the DFW area.
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Evergreen Life Services
Evergreen serves people with many different types of intellectual and developmental disabilities in Texas. People with disabilities face lifelong challenges and usually need some level of professional support throughout their lifespan. Funds are requested for the day programs in Dallas and Fort Worth including Art Therapy, Music Therapy and the Horticultural Program. These types of programs can allow the individuals they serve to gain more independence and increase their confidence.
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Excellence by Design Education Center
Excellence by Design Education Center transforms the lives of children and youth who experience significant life challenges that make them vulnerable to underachievement and school failure. Programs and services address academic, social, cultural, and economic needs (tutoring, mentoring, college and career readiness) and provide food, clothing, and school supplies to children and youth in need. Funding will support the operating cost of academic programs and help provide food, clothing and school supplies.
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Faith Family Kids, Inc. dba Faith Family Academy Charter Schools
Faith Family Academy is a public charter school serving 2,200 students age pre-K - 12. Their mission is to empower and educate the whole child for lifelong success as a responsible leader in the community. They provide an exemplary education for a diverse student body, preparing them for success at a university of choice. Funds are requested for enrichment and extracurricular activities that educate, empower, and inspire students. 98% of students are low-income. Family Faith Academy has a 94.4% graduation rate.
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Faith in Texas - PICO
Faith in Texas is a multi-racial movement that organizes congregations across social divides for economic and racial justice. By training teams of lay leaders in local churches, mosques and synagogues, and serving low-to-moderate-income people, Justice Teams are able to identify systemic problems that affect their community and move entire congregations to action through powerful policy campaigns. Funding is requested to support the development of civic leaders in under-represented populations, serving predominately people of color.
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Family Compass
Family Compass is solely dedicated to the mission of child abuse prevention with the singular purpose of keeping vulnerable children from entering the child welfare system. Their programs are evidence-based, voluntary and free-of-charge, and target families with an elevated risk for child abuse. Funds are requested for proven home mentoring and community-based educational programs that work in synergy to protect children and build strong, healthy families.
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Family Gateway
Family Gateway's mission is to provide stability and life-changing services to families with children experiencing homelessness. Designated by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance as the triage point for families, they provide emergency shelter, supportive housing, wrap-around services, and a unique assessment/diversion program to serve families without bringing them into a shelter. Funds are requested to help them support families without bringing them into the shelter system and to support emergency shelter care.
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Family Promise of Collin County
Family Promise of Collin County serves homeless families with children by providing food, shelter, and support services. Funds are requested to provide transitional housing for families who need additional time to save for rental deposits and fees for residence, finish education, or pay off evictions; temporary childcare costs for families seeking employment; and transportation expenses that include car repairs for guest vehicles or donated vehicles and gas cards.
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Ferguson Road Initiative
Ferguson Road Initiative is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of Far East Dallas. They do this by leading, advocating, connecting, communicating, and providing free income tax and financial literacy services to their constituents. Funds are requested to support operations for the 2019 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and for operational support as they plan with White Rock UMC & Destination Inc to create the Owenwood Community Center.
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Finding Faith Within Yourself
Finding Faith Within Yourself was founded in 2013 to educate women and youth in the prevention of domestic violence and provide resources to escape abusive relationships. Their goal is to provide victims of domestic violence with emergency supprt, safety, shelter and hope. Funding will support hotel stays for victims of abuse, expanding their teen education program, and establishing a central office for counseling in Arlington, TX.
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Fine Arts Chamber Players
Fine Arts Chamber Players' mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of life for North Texas area residents, especially families and children, through free concerts of classical music and educational activities. Each year, Fine Arts Chamber Players presents more than a dozen free concerts and serves nearly 1,500 unique students. Funds are requested for free music lessons for Dallas public school students, support for free community concerts, and student instrument repairs and maintenance.
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Flower Mound High School Band Boosters
Flower Mound High School has consistently distinguished itself as one of the country's elite high school music programs. Last fall, at the BOA Grand National Marching Championship, Flower Mound was chosen from 100 bands to march in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Funds are requested to help fulfill the over $500,000 required to participate in the parade.
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Focus on Teens
Envisioning a world without homelessness or despair, Focus on Teens compassionately serves marginalized teens in North Texas. Through a partnership with DISD, and FWISD, Focus on Teens provides 25 Drop-In Centers on school campuses for homeless teens. Through these Drop-In Centers, they can provide for the students' primary needs and offer solutions to mitigate long-term problems. Funds are requested to staff the Drop-In Centers and purchase basic needs supplies.
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For Love & Art (FL&A)
For Love & Art (FL&A) brings the Art Experience to those with limited mobility. Termed "therapeutic art," their service stimulates art appreciation while elevating the quality of life psychosocially, cognitively, spiritually and physically for seniors and hospice. FL&A showcases digital images from its partner museums and engages viewers in sharing their thoughts and feelings while viewing. Funding is requested for underwriting art presentations at poor, elderly communities, and professional staffing.
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Fort Worth HOPE Center dba The HOPE Center
The Hope Center's mission is to change the lives of families in need through The Hope Center's food distribution program that provides groceries for the hungry. The Hope Center distributes food twice each week to families in need who live at or below the poverty level, and provides families with enough food to feed a family of four for at least five days. Funds are requested for The Hope Center's Food Distribution program.
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Fort Worth Opera
At Fort Worth Opera, their mission is to educate, entertain, and expand the horizons of current and future audiences and artists through variety and artistic integrity. Funding is requested to support the 2019 Fort Worth Opera Festival which includes multiple productions in April and May; the Education Through Opera program; and 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 produces three educational programs (Launch Pad College App Program, Children's Author Series, and Books for Tarrant County Babies) and increases awareness of library assets by supporting a variety of library programs, early learning programs, Early Childhood Matters, Music Together, and 3rd Thursday Jazz Series. Funds are requested to help these programs and their operating costs, including book purchases, author visits, and administrative expenses.
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Foster Friends
Foster Friends provides Collin County foster children with ordinary childhood comforts that the government doesn’t furnish. For 16 years, they’ve worked closely with CPS to determine the unmet needs of individual, local foster children. Funds are requested for 1) hosting recreational events to offer children a reprieve from the day-to-day realities of foster care; 2) providing foster children with resources to succeed academically; and 3) purchasing holiday gifts for teenagers in foster care.
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Foundation For C.H.O.I.C.E.
By serving at-risk youth through a one-to-one mentoring program, Foundation For C.H.O.I.C.E. creates opportunities for a college education through professionally supported relationships, inspiring the student to make positive choices for their future. Current Funds are requested to: 1) impact an additional 400 at-risk kids by adding eight new low-income high schools and 2) match 1,000 at-risk students with a mentor by 2020.
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Foundation for the Young Women's Leadership Academy of Fort Worth
The Foundation supports the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a single-gender public school in the Fort Worth ISD. Their purpose is to provide funding for programs that enhance academic achievement and offer leadership opportunities that promote the success of every student in college, career and life. Funds are requested for after-school programs, standardized test prep, leadership and service activities, etiquette courses and technology training.
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Frazier Revitalization
Since 2005 Frazier Revitalization has served as the community quarterback bringing together partners and facilitating change in the South Dallas Frazier area. The neighborhood has seen steady improvement in both the physical assets and quality of life for residents, but there is more to be done. Funds are requested to develop and implement a resident-driven, comprehensive community development plan for Bertrand, a neighborhood within Frazier where 47 percent of residents are living in poverty.
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Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
The mission of the Friends of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy is to invest in and empower endangered young men to develop as leaders and role models for the community. They support an academically rigorous, character-based, single-gender education that includes rich experiences outside of school. Funding will increase student access and exposure through college visits, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) opportunities, leadership opportunities, faculty enrichment and program support.
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Frisco Family Services
For 24 years, Frisco Family Services has helped community members who face hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. Funds are requested for capital campaign support, to provide expanded and multi-purpose space for programs, on-site counseling, a learning lab, vocational training, simultaneous classes, streamlined services, and improved client experience.
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Frisco Moms Care
Frisco Moms Care assists local struggling families by providing clothing, housewares, winter coats, personal care items, and emergency bill assistance. Requested funds are for our Helping Hands program which provides emergency financial assistance to families in crisis. Frisco Moms Care often uses funds for rent, utilities, and groceries. Requested funds are for our Personal Care Basket Project which will provide baskets full of personal care supplies for families in our program.
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Gaston Christian Center
Gaston Christian Center (GCC) houses a medical/dental/behavioral health clinic, a holistic ministry for refugees and tutoring services for at-risk students. GCC also houses food distribution for organizations in North Korea, an East African agency supporting immigrants assimilating into the U.S., administrative offices of a graduate university and seven congregations (six ethnic and one Anglo). GCC serves more than 2,000 individuals each week. Funds are requested for repair/replacement of windows, HVAC units and an elevator.
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Gifts For Moms
Gifts for Moms works to support single parents in Collin County by providing access to resources and emergency services. They also have a single moms university where they educate mothers to help them navigate difficult situations and overcome barriers. Funds are requested to support their emergency fund, which helps mothers that don't have the money to make emergency car repairs, pay utility bills, purchase food, and pay rent.
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Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas inspires girls everywhere to stand up and make a difference. Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership by providing access to many girl-led experiences, skill-building opportunities, and connections, because girls built of courage, confidence, and character make the world a better place. Funds are requested for financial assistance for low-income girls to participate free of charge, the volunteer mentoring program and equipment for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiments.
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Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
As the premier leadership program for girls, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plans helps girls learn to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders through hands-on, girl-led experiences. Through Girl Scouts, 75% of girls know how they can make a difference, and 73% are willing to persist amid challenges. One middle school girl says, "I learned how much one girl can do by herself, and how much girls can do together." Funds are requested for memberships ($25/girl), program supplies, and event fees.
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Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas provides vulnerable, underserved girls ages 6-18 in Dallas with the support and resources they need to thrive and overcome opportunity gaps. Each year, over 1,000 girls participate in afterschool and summer activities at neighborhood locations (Love Field, South Dallas, and Oak Cliff) and through community outreach with area schools and partnering agencies. Funding will support onsite programs, community outreach, and the Eureka! STEM program, all for girls.
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Girls on the Run of the DFW Metroplex
Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength, celebrates what makes them one of a kind, and believes that every girl is inherently full of power and potential. Trained coaches lead small teams of girls through a 10-week, research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Funds are requested for scholarships for low-income 3rd-8th grade girls to ensure all girls are able to participate, regardless of financial situation.
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Global Breast Care Initatiative
Global Breast Care Initiative works with local community leaders to overcome proven barriers to healthcare including distance and lack of transportation. The "Texas Scanning Project" uses a pain-free, radiation-free, handheld, mobile device to provide free community-based breast health screening within statistically identified low income or low resource areas. Funding priorities include direct support for mobile screening expenses, breast health navigation, and a text-based breast cancer resource program.
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Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Dallas provides job training and employment to persons with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions to transform lives through the power of jobs. Last year, Goodwill served 4,087 people with disabilities and disadvantages, placing 1,592 individuals into jobs earning $21 million in wages. Funding is requested for Workforce Development Programs that prepare individuals for meaningful employment through job readiness, skills building, career counseling and job placement services.
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Grace Lake Ministries
Grace Lake Ministries provides therapeutic horsemanship to people with disabilities and others in need of hope and healing in a Christian environment. Their small, personalized program adheres to high safety standards as a PATH International Member Center. In over 13 years of helping riders achieve their goals, Grace Lake Ministries has served 154 passengers in partnership with 532 volunteers. Funds are requested for maintaining six specially trained horses and for financial assistance for families who are unable to pay full tuition.
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Grant Halliburton Foundation
Grant Halliburton Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens, and young adults; promote better mental health, and help prevent suicide. Funds are requested for educational presentations delivered in the classroom to teach students about mental illness, and how to recognize and respond to a crisis. Additionally, funds are requested to launch a no-cost psychological health navigation line to help individuals find appropriate care for mental illness.
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Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC)
The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) serves the Denton community through educational programs, nationally renowned exhibitions, and cultural events for audiences of all ages. Each year, over 550,000 people attend GDAC-sponsored events. For 50 years, they have provided support for local artists and art-centric organizations. Their facility, the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, hosts a plethora of after-school arts and summer camp programs for children, family workshops, and weekly evening programs.
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Greater Lewisville Community Theatre
Founded in 1983, Greater Lewisville Community Theatre's mission is to stimulate and promote education in the theater and to perform arts by providing the highest quality of productions possible. Funding requested will help support operating and production costs for the 2018-2019 season, which will include three musicals and three plays.
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Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
The Grief and Loss Center of North Texas provides individual and group support for preschoolers to senior adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. In 2017, the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas served 1,380 individuals. Funds are requested for the Same As Me program that provides children's grief groups in schools and at the Center’s office. Additionally, funds are requested for counseling services for adults and educational presentations in the community.
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H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Pupils Excel) Tutoring Center
H.O.P.E. is a volunteer-driven organization that offers free one-on-one tutoring to children in 3rd - 8th grade in schools located in east and central and southeast Arlington. The typical student is academically at-risk, comes from a low-income family whose parents lack the skills to help, and often faces language barriers. H.O.P.E. is known for its success with students and helps build an "I can" attitude. Funding is requested to support H.O.P.E.'s endeavor to help kids.
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Hanna4Hope (H4H)
Hanna4Hope (H4H) directly trains teens and those who care for them to be first responders for teens experiencing depression, trauma or impulsive decision-making that results in contemplating suicide. Hanna4Hope's mission is to prevent these tragic deaths by educating families and community leaders on the possible signs of suicide. H4H requests funding to support school and community workshops and the curriculum and resources provided.
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Healing Hands Ministries
Healing Hands Ministries' primary-care, full-service clinic assists 2,000 low-income children and families each year. Funding will support medical, dental, and behavioral health services for children. Their goals are to improve children’s health by increasing child visits by 5%; assist underserved children in obtaining tools to improve health status and quality of life by offering asthma education, diabetes education, and obesity prevention; and reduce non-emergent Emergency Room visits by 3%.
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Health Services of North Texas, Inc.
Health Services of North Texas (HSNT) provides quality primary medical care and support services to create a continuum of care for underserved individuals, prevent unnecessary emergency department visits, and address social determinants of health. In 2017, HSNT provided medical care to 14,148 patients. Funds are requested for a portion of the cost of medical visits for uninsured patients using the reduced-rate, sliding-fee scale, as well as patients with chronic disease and mental health issues.
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Heart House
Heart House provides safety, education, and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children living in Vickery Meadow. They use knowledge as a catalyst to combat poverty and inequality for vulnerable children in our city. Through Head, Heart, and Hands (H3), they offer afterschool and summer programs, including homework help, social and emotional learning, specialized curricula and field trips to increase opportunities for success. Funding is requested for art and play therapy supplies, staff training, and evaluation.
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Heart of Courage
Heart of Courage helps mothers who have aged out of foster care, and/or have a CPS case, become self-sufficient mentally, emotionally and physically so they can become better individuals and mothers to their children and maintain a loving and sustainable environment. Funds are requested to support operational cost of programs, continual development, measurement of programs and further outreach and prevention services.
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Hearts for Homes (H4H)
Hearts for Homes (H4H), founded in 2006, engages volunteers in providing no-cost home repairs for low-income, elderly Denton County homeowners age 60+. H4H delivers hope and dignity through home rehabilitation, affording low-income seniors a safe and well-functioning home. Since its inception, H4H has served over 147 seniors, mostly women, and continues to serve some 70 homeowners on an ongoing basis to assist with maintenance repairs, build relationships, and help connect them with other services.
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Heather's Old Skool Village
Heather’s Old Skool Village provides a safe and stimulating environment for 30 individuals with disabilities. Their vision is to build a bigger facility for their students after they have graduated from school. Funding is requested to expand their facility to ensure adequate space for wheelchair students, quiet areas for therapy, and changing areas for diapered students.
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Helping Restore Ability (HRA)
Helping Restore Ability (HRA) employs, trains, and monitors personal attendant care providers to help people with disabilities of all ages live as independently as possible, remain in their homes, and avoid costly institutions. Funds are requested for out of pocket enrollment costs required per individual that HRA enrolls in a lifetime of services which approach $1,000 per person. The charges arise from needed activities not reimbursed to HRA.
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Heritage Guild of Collin County/Chestnut Square Historic Village
HGCC/Chestnut Square Historic Village (2-acre museum campus) boasts the oldest house in McKinney and 7 other historic buildings. Their mission is to preserve history, celebrate community and inspire the future. Funds are requested for two structures that need significant siding replacement and paint. Additionally, funds are requested for highly visible signage. Finally, funds are requested for new furniture for the corporate meeting center, a 100-year-old house that just underwent a $250,000 renovation.
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Heroes for Children
Heroes for Children provides direct financial and social assistance for families who have a child (birth to age 22) battling cancer in Texas. Funding will support the Family Financial Assistance program which fulfills common requests that include: mortgage/rent, utilities, phone, gas, car payments, meals, transportation to the hospital, and sadly, funeral expenses. Assisting with these essential services enables families to focus on the most critical part of treatment - the child.
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High-Tech High Heels
High-Tech High Heels aims to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Funds are requested to support summer and after-school programs for girls (elementary to high school) and enhance each teacher's and school counselor's ability to encourage, develop, and guide all students to their best ability.
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Homeward Bound
Homeward Bound treats about 6,000 impoverished people each year struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. Their services range from detoxification to outpatient services. Recovery coaches help throughout the recovery journey and the program's results are consistently above the national average. Funds are requested for: 1) a car/van to drive clients to appointments and classes; 2) a picnic area/playground to engage children of clients/parents during family education, CPS and other visitations; and 3) client laundry facilities.
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Hope Adoption, Inc dba Hope International
Hope International's mission is to unite orphaned children from around the world with loving adoptive families, provide educational programs and continuing support services to these families, and provide humanitarian aid to the children left behind in orphanages, foster care, and medical facilities. Funds are requested to provide extended post-adoption services at no cost to families, provide humanitarian aid for orphans left behind, and cover operating expenses to keep client fees low.
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Hope Cottage, Inc.
Founded in 1918, Hope Cottage is one of Dallas’ oldest nonprofit adoption agencies. Requested funding will: 1) provide free counseling, case management and basic needs to women in a crisis pregnancy; 2) recruit, train, monitor and license homes to adopt children and remove them permanently from foster care; and 3) provide free character education for teens on topics such as the harsh realities of teen parenting, healthy relationships, informed decision making and parenting education.
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Hope Supply Co.
Hope Supply Co. provides critically needed resources to homeless children in North Texas. For homeless infants and toddlers, they offer formula, diapers, and toiletries. For school-age children, they provide school supplies, uniforms, clothing, coats, and backpacks. For 2018, their goal is to distribute $2.7 million in resources and leverage $2.2 million of in-kind donations. Funds are needed to purchase and deliver items that they are unable to secure through in-kind contributions.
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Hopeful Solutions
Hopeful Solutions empowers single mothers overcoming substance abuse to sustain their sobriety and achieve self-sufficiency while living with their children. Hopeful Solutions provides supportive recovery services, transitional housing, and case management. Funding will support direct living assistance which includes rental and utility assistance, medical/mental health needs, transportation, counseling services and therapeutic activities for the mother and child.
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HopeKids North Texas
HopeKids North Texas provides ongoing events, activities and a robust, unique support community for families who have a child with cancer or some other life­threatening medical condition. All of HopeKids' events are focused on the whole family to prevent siblings from being unintentionally overlooked, bring families together who understand their journey. Events are offered at no cost to families. In 2017, they provided 395 events and served over 800 families. Funds are requested for the HopeDay program.
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Hope's Door New Beginning Center (HDNBC)
Hope's Door New Beginning Center (HDNBC) provides prevention and intervention services for family and intimate partner violence, including emergency shelters, transitional housing, counseling, legal assistance, a batterers treatment program and community education. In 2017, HDNBC answered 5,854 hotline calls, provided emergency shelter for 470 adults and children, and supported 150 individuals in transitional housing. Their funding needs range from shelter maintenance to client education and services.
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Housing Crisis Center (HCC)
Housing Crisis Center prevents homelessness and stabilizes those at risk in decent, affordable, and permanent housing, and empowers them to solve their housing problems. HCC prevents homelessness through a Housing First model that includes intensive wraparound services. HCC believes that when those experiencing homelessness receive housing and appropriate support services, they gain skills necessary to reach their highest potential, manage future crises, and remain permanently housed.
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Inspire School Programs
Southern Dallas Youth Initiative - Inspire provides weekly mentoring classes at local schools to help students succeed. Inspire's approach to student mentoring includes academic encouragement, social and emotional intelligence as well as mental health awareness through developing positive coping skills. Funding will support tutoring for 200 students at South Oak Cliff High School and 200 middle school students in Cedar Hill ISD.
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Insync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educatin Center
Insync Exotics provides a permanent home for exotic felines (lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, cheetah, and leopards) that have been neglected, abused, abandoned and may be in desperate need of health care. The larger cats have a lifespan of 20+ years. They provide them with clean, spacious, loving, happy homes. Funds are requested for food for the year($188,000), veterinary care ($155,000), and a cougar enclosure ($60,000).
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Interfaith Family Services
Since 1985, Interfaith Family Services has remained committed to its mission to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. They serve approximately 75 working needy families each year, including nearly 150 children, through their Home and Hope Transitional Housing Program, Hope Horizon's Children's Program, and the recently launched Non-Residential Family Empowerment Program. Last year, 88% of Interfaith families exited the program with full-time employment and an average wage of $14.05/hour.
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International Rescue Committee in Dallas
The International Rescue Committee in Dallas supports newly arrived refugees by providing access to the tools of self-reliance such as housing, job placement and employment skills, medical attention, and English classes. Funds are requested to support mental health services for refugees; immigration services to assist refugees and asylees become US citizens; and to support the early employment, career path training, and financial programming that expands financial capabilities of refugee clients.
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Irving Black Arts Council
The Irving Black Arts Council promotes and encourages cultural enrichment for individuals and families. Their focus is to create and support diverse and vibrant African American art and artists. Activities include art and musical shows, poetry readings, theatrical productions, literary scholarship contests, lectures, seminars and youth programs. Membership is open to all individuals, organizations, and businesses. Funds are requested to support their upcoming season programming and a student intern.
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It's a Sensory World! (ISW)
ISW Academy is the educational school program within It’s a Sensory World! (ISW). They celebrate and challenge children with autism, Down syndrome, and Communication/Sensory Processing Disorders to reach their full potential in education and home life regardless of their diagnosis. Funds are needed to keep these services affordable to the community. Nearly 30% of their $850,000 budget depends on donors.
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Jewish Family Service
Jewish Family Service, an open door to those in need, provides low or no-cost wraparound care in areas of mental health, career/ employment, financial coaching, food pantry/emergency assistance services, and services for older adults. Funds are requested to 1) enable older adults to maintain independence in their own homes; 2) provide crisis intervention, psychiatric services, counseling, special needs and play therapy; and 3) provide food and emergency financial assistance.
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Journey of Hope Grief Support Center
For 20 years, Journey of Hope Grief Support Center has provided support at no cost for children and their families as they learn to mourn the death of their loved one in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. By intervening at a critical point in the grief process, they are both intervention and prevention for the risk factors associated with grief. With nearly 400,000 children in North Texas who are grieving the loss of a parent or brother or sister, families drive to them from ten counties to find help. Funds are requested for general support.
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Journey To Dream
Located in Denton County, Journey to Dream houses Kyle's Place Homeless Shelter, which provides housing, programs, support, counseling, and life skills to equip and empower youth to overcome destructive influences and adversity so that they can live purposeful and productive lives. Funds are requested to support the Shelter, specifically: 1) safe, stable living accommodations; 2) individual, group and family counseling; and 3) food, clothing, medical care, crisis intervention and life skill and mentoring programs.
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Juliette Fowler Communities
Founded in 1892, Juliette Fowler Communities is Texas’ only intergenerational community providing a home, healthcare, and services for 770 children, youth, and elders. Funds are requested to: 1) exceed industry standards of care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias; 2) prevent homelessness and provide basic needs, education and a pathway to self-reliance for young women, ages 18-24 at The Ebby House; and 3) fill the gap for older adults who have exhausted their savings.
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Junior Achievement of Dallas
Junior Achievement of Dallas’ (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA's educational focus centers around three pillars for student success: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workplace readiness. For many students, these essential skills are not taught in school or modeled at home. They request funding to support program implementation costs, including purchasing program materials and the expenses associated with volunteer recruitment and training.
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Junior Players
Junior Players 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. Funds are requested for: 1) Discover Theater Summer Camps that teach low-to-moderate income children about theater and performing arts while improving literacy skills; and 2) the Transformation Project which provides a safe environment and creative outlet for students to share challenging issues they face.
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KERA carries the best in local, national and international public television and radio programs that speak to those who value knowing about regional and world topics through trusted, in-depth reporting and discussion. Funds are requested to support: 1) their news project focused on issues of race and equity in North Texas, 2) children’s educational television programming serving 600,000 kids weekly and 3) their multi-platform journalism initiative exploring the subject of mental health and brain science.
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Key School
Key School’s mission is overcoming learning differences to create individualized educational success. Founded in 1966, Key School serves students with dyslexia and other learning differences through a summer program and nine-month school. Key School offers student-to-teacher ratio average of 4:1, curriculum focused on Greek and Latin roots, and Certified Academic Language Therapists. Funds are requested for financial aid, technology, and curriculum needs.
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For 35+ years, KidLinks has provided therapeutic music entertainment and music therapy programs to more than 300,000 hospitalized and special needs children, family members, and caregivers - giving healing, hope and happiness through music and media. Funds are requested to provide Music Therapy services, live performances for children with special needs and to build content for their online platform, Hugworks Children's Network, for those times when they can't be there in person.
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Kids Who Care
Kids Who Care produces creative and confident kids through arts, leadership, and global caring. With theatre camps and classes, an Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute and a season of musical productions, they produce the next generation of creative thinkers who will enrich communities locally and around the world. Funding will support scholarships for camp or class and leadership training for their summer KidPower Team. Last year they provided 126 scholarships valued at $66,607.
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Kitchen Dog Theater Company
For 27 years, Kitchen Dog has produced work that explores justice, morality, and human freedom. KDT maintains a company of 40 artists, providing an artistic home for some of Dallas' best talent. The company’s long commitment to new work has earned it a national reputation as a leader in the field. Funds are requested to support: 1) Admit:ALL, their free ticketing program for those with need; 2) increased reach of their in-school playwriting workshops; and 3) staffing for community engagement.
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Leg Up Program
The Leg Up Program's mission is to provide employment and housing assistance for those who are homeless and at-risk of being homeless in the DFW area through advocacy, education, and support. Their programs are focused on employment and housing readiness. Any funds given to the organization will go to support their efforts to help more members of the homeless community find jobs and housing and provide the social services support to ensure they are successful in their new jobs and housing.
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Legacy Counseling Center
Legacy helps people living with HIV reclaim their lives and thrive by providing mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and housing assistance. Legacy cares for and teaches healthy habits to over 1,100 positive people annually, resulting in reduced new infections and a healthier, happier community. Funds are requested for 1) operating support, 2) counseling, including a 24-hour hotline, and 3) scholarships for positive women to attend our 3-day leadership conference.
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Leukemia Texas
Leukemia Texas improves the lives of Texans with leukemia in two distinct ways: 1) through the Patient Aid Program that provides crucial financial support, up to $1,250 per leukemia patient annually, to offset the expensive cost of life-saving treatments and provide for basic needs (medications, transportation, housing costs, food) and 2) through funding of medical research towards innovative therapies and an eventual cure. Funds are requested for the Patient Aid Program or Research Program.
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Lewisville Civic Chorale
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Lewisville Civic Chorale seeks to propel the region’s arts community through participation in and exposure to high quality, diverse choral music. With a goal of expanding their geographic impact, operational funding is a top priority. Funding is also requested to support a program serving under-resourced middle school choral programs. Finally, support is needed to transport their performances to top tier venues throughout North Texas.
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Life Message Inc.
Life Message hopes to provide low-cost healthcare, including medical, vision, dental and counseling services, as well as hot meals and after-school programs. Life Message aims to triple the number of clients served over the next year, offer more types of professional services and to help thousands more families across the Northeast Texas Region regain their health and food stability. Funds are requested for construction costs, a refrigerated boxed truck, two walkie trucks and a forklift.
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LifeLine Shelter for Families
LifeLine Shelter for Families helps homeless or near homeless students and their families in the Grand Prairie Independent School District that live in Grand Prairie/Dallas County with rental assistance. The goal of the LifeLine program is to keep children enrolled in school. In 2017, 98% of families served enrolled their children in GPISD, 94% of children improved grades, and 98% had elevated attendance and fewer disciplinary actions. Funds are requested for rental assistance.
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LifePath Systems Foundation
LifePath Systems Foundation raises funds to provide community-wide training on Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention. They also assist with securing funding for internship and job readiness programs for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. They work with Military Veteran Peer Support, helping veterans struggling with substance abuse, PTSD, and other mental health crises.
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Lifestyle of Worship
Lifestyle of Worship is the bridge between churches and the community. The Complete Lifestyle of Worship Summit is explicitly designed to bring insight and change to people from all walks of life. The event will feature professional medical institutions to give valuable information and provide health screenings and offer booklets that include current statistics and explain how health awareness can help prevent future issues.
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Light of Hope Immigration Law Center
In 2006, Light of Hope Immigration Law Center, an agency recognized by the DOJ and Homeland Security for expertise in immigration issues, began serving low-income individuals with immigration challenges. Family reunification and access to citizenship are priorities. Services include consultations, citizenship classes, and community workshops. Funds are requested for consultations on immigration issues, DACA scholarships, and low-cost legal services. 1,200 individuals received services in 2017.
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Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth (Tarrant County Association for the Blind)
The Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth is focused on encouraging and empowering visually disabled children, youth, adults, and seniors to lead full lives with the highest level of quality and independence through superior training, meaningful employment and specialized services - all at no charge. Funding will support Independent Living for Aging Eyes, Rehab on the Road! Community Outreach Program, and equipment to optimize its industrial operations.
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Literacy Achieves
Literacy Achieves serves immigrant and refugee families with free English Literacy and Early Childhood Education Programs in 3 low-income Dallas neighborhoods: Vickery Meadow, West Dallas, and East Dallas. Funding is requested for classroom materials and supplies for children and adults, textbooks and e-readers for adult classes, and funds to support case managers who provide social services assistance to families.
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Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT)
Since 1961, LIFT has worked to change lives and strengthen communities by providing literacy programs and workforce skill development for low-literate adults. Volunteers offer instruction in basic reading, GED preparation, and English language acquisition. Funds are requested to 1) upgrade curricula to align with state adult learning standards, 2) implement multisensory practices to better serve adults with learning differences, and 3) to implement and maintain a strategic, integrated technology plan.
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Lone Star CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
Lone Star CASA recruits, trains, and supports volunteers who advocate for abused or neglected children in the courts of Rockwall & Kaufman Counties. CASAs provide guidance and support for abused or neglected children; interact with CPS, attorneys, judges, teachers, doctors, therapists, and family members; and assist in ensuring placement in a safe, permanent home, free of abuse. Funds are requested to train/support volunteers to provide a CASA for every child placed in foster care.
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ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
At ManeGait, children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional and caring community. Proven outcomes, professional standards, and a family atmosphere have led to high demand for ManeGait programs. Funding is needed to serve ManeGait’s growing waitlist, expand their innovative “GaitWay to the Brain” program, and support their “ManeGait to Freedom” program dedicated to helping veterans and first responders.
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March of Dimes
March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies. Unfortunately, more than 10% of babies born in Texas are premature. March of Dimes supports moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. They also advocate for policies that prioritize maternal health and support radical improvements to prenatal care. Funding will be used to provide prenatal education classes, outreach to hospitals, doctors, and nurses in the DFW area, and consumer awareness on the importance of prenatal care.
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Marshalls Dream
Marshall's Dream is a nonprofit organization that specializes in social and academic advancement for economically disadvantaged youth and families. Funds are requested for: 1) Project Innovation, which provides learning technologies such as iPads, Kindles, and laptops to students; 2) The Denise Project, which provides food and clothing support to impoverished children and families; and 3) Marshall's Dream Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to high school seniors and enrolled college students.
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McKinney Gifted & Talented Alliance (MGTA)
McKinney Gifted & Talented Alliance (MGTA), formerly known as ALPHA Parents Support, is the support group for McKinney Independent School District's Gifted and Talented Program. MGTA aspires to connect members with the people and information necessary to enhance awareness, effectiveness, and a sense of community in parenting and guiding gifted and talented children. MGTA supports, facilitates and encourages the development of programs for gifted and talented students both in school and through extracurricular activities and events.
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Meals on Wheels Collin County
Meals on Wheels Collin County (MOWCC) exists to provide regular meals and companionship to Collin County seniors and individuals with disabilities. In 2017, over 1,500 nutritionally at-risk, home-bound elderly in Collin County were served, with 98 percent continuing to live independently in their homes. As the Collin County population continues to grow, funding will ensure that one of the most vulnerable and often forgotten people receive this essential support.
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Meals-On-Wheels of Tarrant County
Meals-On-Wheels of Tarrant County provides home-delivered meals, professional case management, and other needed items or services to elderly and disabled homebound residents of Tarrant County in response to several community needs: malnutrition, food insecurity, social isolation, and poor mental and physical health. Funds are requested for home-delivered meals, professional case management, and client projects. 98.9% of clients report improved nutritional status from receiving meals.
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Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas' mission is to lead the community in improving mental health through advocacy and education and become a safe place that understands psychological health concerns and supports people with mental illness in reaching their potential. Funds are requested for its WHO (We Help Ourselves) program, an anti-victimization curriculum delivered in schools. Funds are also requested to update and expand the proven program's content to new grade levels. Over 107,000 youth were served by the program last year.
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Methodist Health System Foundation
With a mission to improve and save lives through compassionate, quality healthcare, Methodist Health System has served the Dallas community for more than 90 years. Funding is requested for: 1) outreach services that provide breast screenings to underinsured patients; 2) programs to educate and train the next generation of clinicians, including care technicians, nurses, and physicians; and 3) the establishment of the Robert S. Folsom Wellness Center to serve the southern Dallas region.
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Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation
Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation supports the growth of the Richardson hospital. Their 326 physicians offer expertise in 35 specialties. Last year Methodist Richardson served patients from 45 counties in Texas and five other states. Funds are requested to purchase equipment for the Center for Surgeries and Digestive Diseases. Additionally, funds are requested for the Asian Breast Health Outreach program, targeting Asian women who are susceptible to breast cancer.
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Metro Relief-DFW
Metro Relief-DFW seeks to mobilize, empower, restore, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed. They serve soup, socks, and hygiene products to their friends on the streets every week, which in turn gives them a chance to build trusting relationships with one another. They work to find out what the core of the problem is, so they can do something about it, and stop the cycle of poverty in their lives. Funds will support the operating cost of food, socks, hygiene products, and fuel for the bus.
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Metrocrest Services, Inc.
Metrocrest Services provides programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Help with rent, utility bills, food, employment, and seasonal programs keep families from falling further into debt, poverty, or homelessness. For elderly clients, they provide direct services such as home-delivered meals, home repairs, and transportation. Funds are requested for their Food Pantry, Senior Transportation, and Emergency Rent/Utilities programs.
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MHMR Visions
MHMR Visions helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), behavioral health needs, substance use disorders, and veterans living in homelessness. Funds are needed to support babies and children with developmental delays, veterans services, teens and adults in need of substance use services and mental health supports.
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Mi Escuelita Preschool
Mi Escuelita Preschool’s mission is to teach English to children from all cultures and prepare them for academic success. Through partnerships with Head Start of Greater Dallas and Uplift Education, Mi Escuelita offers full and half-day preschool programs in an English immersion environment to low-income and at-risk children across Dallas County. In the 2018-19 school year, Mi Escuelita plans to serve more than 650 children. Funds are requested to support the Early Childhood Education program.
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Mid-Cities Care Corps
Mid-Cities Care Corps works to preserve the independence of senior citizens in Northeast Tarrant County by matching community volunteers with senior citizens to meet critical needs. Funds are needed to recruit and manage volunteers, purchase equipment for the Helping Hands program, and for the "Certified Technicians" fund which hires professional help when a home repair is beyond volunteer capabilities and poses an immediate safety threat to their elderly clients.
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Miles of Hope
Miles of Hope’s goal is to place homeless animals in forever homes. The organization is 100% volunteer based and finds homes for close to 1,000 animals each year in dwellings across DFW. Funds are requested for: 1) heartworm treatment, which averages about $300 per dog; 2) the purchase of durable dog beds for comfort and sanitary purposes while dogs are at the shelter; and 3) creating a medical expense fund to treat sick or injured animals that arrive at the shelter.
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Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex
Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex exists to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of the community. They accomplish this through donations and utilizing thousands of volunteers. Funds are requested for the following: food pantry support (~150 families seek assistance each day), funding to help families with gas vouchers and bus passes in order to get to work, and support for their dental clinic to provide free dental care.
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Mission Central Metroplex
Mission Central Metroplex is empowering people in need to improve their own quality of life in Hurst, Euless, and Bedford, TX. Their emergency programs include the Village Pantry and Mobile Food Pantry. Their transformational programs include a Community Resource Center, the STEPS (Self Transformation Equals Personal Success) program, and the Village Library after-school tutoring program. Funds are requested to upgrade technology for their STEPS program and Village Library, as well as for a refrigerated truck.
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Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT)
Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) trains Montessori teachers, including educators serving low-income families throughout Dallas County. MINT-trained teachers deliver high quality, free early childhood education to at-risk children in Dallas ISD. They also support children’s development, building strong skills in academics, leadership, self-discipline, responsibility, independence, and initiative. Funding will support elementary training courses, scholarships for teachers of at-risk children, and coaching for public Montessori teachers.
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Mosaic Family Services
Mosaic Family Services provides culturally competent services to refugees and immigrants in crisis as well as victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Services include case management, legal services, counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, and outreach. Funds are requested to: 1) support legal services for victims of domestic violence; 2) provide food and client supplies at the Mosaic House shelter; and 3) provide a Volunteer Coordinator to train and manage the nearly 800 volunteers supporting their programs.
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Mothers Against Drunk Driving - North Texas Affiliate
The North Texas Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the premiere nonprofit working to eliminate drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these senseless crimes and prevent underage drinking. Through education, they help avoid needless tragedies and provide supportive services to victims at no charge in 31 North Texas counties. Funds are requested for new/on-going services to victims/survivors, outreach to law enforcement and hosting Power of You(th) program.
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Museum of Biblical Art
The Museum of Biblical Art's mission is to exhibit and display Biblically themed art and artifacts while sharing their historical, educational, and cultural relevance with the public. Primarily Jewish and Christian themed, they provide 14 galleries exhibiting oil paintings, sculpture, drawings, rare manuscripts, and artifacts. They serve over 60,000 world-wide visitors annually.
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My Possibilities
My Possibilities provides educational and workforce development programs to 625 adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). My Possibilities requests funding to support the construction of the MP Campus for Higher Learning, a model for diversity and inclusion. My Possibilities also requests funding for the LaunchAbility Career Services Program for adults with IDD who want to work. Finally, they request funding for the Therapy Services Program that provides speech, music, and behavior therapy to adults with disabilities.
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NAMI Dallas
NAMI Dallas works to educate, advocate and support communities to relieve the effects of severe mental illnesses, now known as biological brain diseases, on individuals, family members, and society. NAMI Dallas supports communities by providing education classes for peers in recovery, courses taught by families for families, and youth programs for students and educators to recognize signs of mental illness. Funds are requested to support operating costs of providing programming to persons free of charge.
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Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center is home to a collection of modern and contemporary sculptures and advances the understanding of this vital art form. Funds are requested for: 1) free museum tours for K-12 students; 2) accessibility programs that address the needs and abilities of all museum visitors; and 3) the 2019 Nasher Prize Month, which will feature public events, family activities, student workshops, and more.
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New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving
New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving introduces families to symphony music. They work with Irving schools through "First Tickets," a program that enables middle school students to attend a working rehearsal and bring families to a concert on a free family pass, and also features high school students performing side-by-side. Audiences from the larger DFW area enjoy "Sundays at the Symphony" and "Latino Connections!" concerts. Funds are requested to bring annual "Latino Connections!" concerts to Dallas and for a new regional mariachi festival.
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New Texas Symphony Orchestra
New Texas Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer, non-profit arts group in Dallas, with goals to perform dynamic symphonic music that inspires and educates local communities while nurturing participant musicianship. North Texas Symphony Orchestra is committed to sharing the joy of making music as adults to a broad audience, especially youth. Funds are requested to expand outreach to students in underserved areas, explore new marketing/exchange paths for those in need of connection, and expand bonds with other organizations.
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North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
North Collin County Habitat sees a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They build strength, stability, and self-reliance for lower income families through shelter. They make 8 to 10 new construction homes with volunteers each year, and they repair 40 existing homes annually. Funds are requested for home repairs for low to moderate-income families in rural areas. Funds are also requested for the Cotton Groves, a new affordable housing initiative they are developing that will feature 35 homes built using shipping containers.
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North Texas Boxer Rescue (NTBR)
North Texas Boxer Rescue (NTBR) is a volunteer-run organization that pulls dogs from shelters that have medical and training needs that prevent them from being adopted directly from the shelter. NTBR also takes in boxers that are being surrendered by their owners for the same reasons. NTBR can do this through tax-deductible donations.
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North Texas Patriot Anglers (NTPA)
North Texas Patriot Anglers' (NTPA) mission is to provide mentorship and support to our disabled and medically affected veterans in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma through fly fishing and related activities that enhance their lives and increase self-confidence. NTPA provides a team setting that provides camaraderie and the motivation to move forward. As NTPA has grown over the last four years so have their needs. Funds are requested for boots and waders, new rods and reels, and 20 vises and materials for their fly tying program.
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Northside Inter-Community Agency (NICA)
Northside Inter-Community Agency (NICA) occupies a location near the Fort Worth Stockyards, an area where many senior citizens are living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. NICA's mission is to help break the cycle of poverty by helping people in need help themselves. NICA's Good Works program helps 1,027 elderly and disabled citizens preserve their independence and stay in their homes longer. Funds are requested for food, minor home repairs and maintenance for seniors, and for assistance with utility & medical bills.
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NPower Inc.
Funding is requested for NPower’s free tech-based workforce development programs that are transforming the lives of military veterans in Texas, the vast majority of whom come with minimal resources and limited prospects. Their programs, which focus on job placement and career advancement, multiply the impact on the veterans they serve to the nth power—setting them on the path to economic prosperity while exponentially improving the shared economic welfare of their families and communities.
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Oak Cliff Empowered
Oak Cliff Empowered, the nonprofit arm of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, provides work readiness and job training programs to help low-income individuals achieve successful career pathways. Their programs are designed to meet the needs of unemployed or underemployed individuals living in poverty and remove barriers to job skill training and employment. Funds are requested for Patient Care Technician training and certification taught at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Carlton Methodist.
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One by One Ministries
One by One Ministries provides hope, support, and parent education to pregnant and new moms through mentoring. Volunteers are thoroughly trained, supplied with educational curriculum, and matched one-on-one with under-resourced moms for 18 months. Mentors make regular visits to teach parenting and life skills, child development, and connect families to local support networks. Funds are requested for programming expenses, training additional volunteers, and covering the cost of mentoring materials.
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One Heart Project
The One Heart Project-Texas Mentoring Initiative is a collaboration with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department to mentor youthful offenders and redefine re-entry in Dallas County by providing job training/placement, non-acute mental health education, mentoring, legal amelioration and a community network of support. The holistic approach to their service delivery model ensures that they can provide youthful offenders with a genuine second chance.
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One Man's Treasure
One Man's Treasure provides indigent men recently released from prison to the Dallas area with clothing items that meet daily needs and are also appropriate for job interviews. One Man's Treasure served 1,439 men in 2017 and 1,600 are projected to be served in 2018. Funds are requested for: 1) the purchase of critical clothing and shoes; 2) delivery costs; and 3) expenses for expansion of the clothes closet, including clothing racks and shelving for this new space.
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Open Arms Health Clinic
Open Arms Health Clinic provides high quality, compassionate healthcare to uninsured and underinsured individuals and families in North Texas. Located in Arlington, their all-volunteer medical and support staff provided over 3,000 free medical and counseling appointments to almost 550 unique patients in 2017. Funding will support the cost of medical supplies and other operating expenses. As an all-volunteer organization, 100% of donations go to patient care.
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Open Door Preschool
Since 1971, Open Door Preschool has prepared children for academic success by providing nurturing, quality, affordable education in a Christian environment. Extended hours (7:00am-5:30 pm), affordable tuition (maximum $400/month), and high-quality programming (NAEYC accredited) make this school a critical resource for families. More than just childcare, their school prepares young students for kindergarten and empowers families by giving them the ability to work while their children learn.
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Opportunity Rising
Over 60,000 people receive housing assistance through DHA (formerly Dallas Housing Authority), and 52% of those are children under 18. The goal of Opportunity Rising is to help families move towards self-sufficiency and independence. Opportunity Rising believes that education is a key to ending poverty, and everyone deserves an opportunity to pursue higher education and lifelong learning. Funding will support DHA residents who will enter college for the first time, return to college, or work toward a GED or technical school completion.
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Operation Kindness
The mission of Operation Kindness is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until responsible, loving homes adopt them. Operation Kindness never turns an animal away due to the cost of medical treatment. Funding will support operating expenses for the nearly 5,000 animals they care for each year. Support will allow them to provide life-saving treatments, surgeries and care to local homeless animals to ensure an excellent quality of life.
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Orpheus Chamber Singers
The Orpheus Chamber Singers (OCS) enrich, inspire, and educate through exceptional performances of choral music from the past six centuries. OCS seeks to assemble the best professional adult mixed choir in DFW to broaden and transform the cultural climate of Texas by presenting live performances, community events, and educational activities. Funds are requested to expand their outreach programs, including educational concerts with local schools and performances at local hospitals/rehab facilities.
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OurCalling, Inc.
OurCalling is a discipleship ministry for the unsheltered homeless. OurCalling's downtown facility and street outreach teams see 400-600 people per day. They provide the support services necessary for survival and recovery on the streets. OurCalling's strategy includes five different programs to address the needs of the homeless community: education, rehabilitation, mentoring, support services, and our strategic partner network. OurCalling also utilizes innovative technology to serve this population.
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Parkland Foundation
Parkland Foundation secures financial resources that advance the clinical, educational and research quests of Parkland Hospital. Funds are requested to provide free screening mammograms, diagnostic services, and transportation to women whose income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and who are uninsured. The lives of medically underserved Dallas residents without access to healthcare will be saved by screening and treating them earlier for breast cancer.
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PediPlace provides pediatric healthcare for uninsured or underinsured children, who would go without care or would unnecessarily use the E.R. With clinics in Lewisville and Dallas, PediPlace served 6,581 unduplicated children in 24,634 office visits in 2017. Funds are requested: 1) to provide free and low-cost services to families served; 2) for the Healthy Babies program which offers free access to all 6 recommended pediatric visits; and 3) to the Reach Out & Read program to purchase new books.
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Pegasus Theatre
Pegasus Theatre’s mission is to produce new and original comedies in a professional setting, highlighting the talents of North Texas theatre artists. The theatre’s signature work is an annual “Living Black & White™” production, made to look like a black-and-white film come to life on stage. Pegasus Theatre actively supports the community at large through joint fundraisers and talks for area theatre students. The theatre has won numerous awards, including recognition from the Today Show in 2018.
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Per Scholas
Per Scholas is a 23-year-old nonprofit that drives positive and proven social change in communities across the country. Funds are requested to support their rigorous, tuition-free technology training and professional development that prepares motivated and curious adults who are un/underemployed for successful careers as IT professionals. Since opening its doors in Dallas in 2015, Per Scholas has enrolled 170 students; 88% have graduated the program, 90% have achieved CompTIA professional certification, and 76% have been placed in jobs.
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Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW)
Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) advances the mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. A cornerstone of PAFW’s mission, to promulgate arts education, is fulfilled through its Children’s Education Program, which has no cost to students in grades 1-12 from all economic and social backgrounds. Funding will support the presentation of curriculum related Student Performances for 70,000 students annually, enriching their arts education and inspiring arts appreciation.
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum’s mission is to inspire minds through nature and science. Funds are requested for the Financial Aid program, which allows students from low-income (Title I) schools to experience Perot Museum exhibits, classroom lab programs, and other “amaze-your-brain” activities. The Museum believes that these types of experiences unlock a world of possibilities for future generations. They aim to provide $500,000 of financial aid to serve 120,000 students this year.
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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT)
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) creates 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. In 2017, PPGT provided healthcare services and health education to more than 85,000 Texans. Funding is requested to support core programming for healthcare services, health education, and advocacy efforts for reproductive justice.
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Project Transformation Central Texas
In 2017 Project Transformation Central Texas launched the nationally recognized Project Transformation (PT) program in Fort Worth, bringing their evidence-based literacy program into the lives of at-risk children in Tarrant County. On average, 95% of the children served will maintain or improve their reading levels. PT fosters transformative relationships among the three vital parts of their mission: children, college students, and churches. Their funding requests are for staff (including housing), supplies and materials.
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Promise House
Promise House is working to end youth homelessness in North Texas. Their free programs include emergency shelter, transitional housing, pregnant and parenting teen support, counseling, education, and outreach. Funding is requested for: 1) the Emergency Youth Shelter, which houses 37 youth each night; 2) the Wesley Inn program, which cares for 12 teen mothers and their babies for up to two years; and 3) the Transitional Living Program, which provides 16 youth up to two years of housing and support.
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QuestCare Foundation
In 2013, Questcare Foundation launched the Questcare Clinic in partnership with Watermark. The clinic provides urgent care services and in 2017 had 9,750 patient visits, 86% of which were for patients with no insurance. Conservatively, the citizens of Dallas who would have nowhere else to turn but the city's ERs saved $10.2 million because of the clinic's service. Funds are requested to help launch a second clinic serving the residents of Collin County in partnership with Watermark Plano.
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Ranch Hands Rescue (RHR)
Ranch Hands Rescue (RHR) is a sanctuary for animals and a mental health counseling center for people. RHR specializes in treating the 1 to 8% of the population that is not making progress in their current treatment program as well as more complex trauma cases. Funds are requested for counseling services for low-income families, care and feeding of the rescued/therapy animals, and capital improvements. RHR's scientifically validated testing results show that we are capable of helping improve our client’s mental health.
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Readers 2 Leaders (R2L)
Readers 2 Leaders (R2L) provides Team Read tutoring through in-school, after-school and summer camp programs to West Dallas children who are reading below grade level so they can catch up and achieve their dreams. In 2016-17, students gained 1.5 years of skills in one year of tutoring, and 94 percent of campers did not experience the summer slide. Funds are requested to support Team Read and to help R2L provide training for other nonprofits who wish to offer literacy tutoring.
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Reading Partners
Reading Partners works to ensure that students in local under-resourced elementary schools are provided with individualized instruction to acquire proficient reading skills. They recruit and train community volunteers to provide 1:1 education to students who are reading six months to 2.5 years below grade level. Student-tutor pairs work for 45 minutes twice a week, and the results are dramatic; the average student more than doubles his or her rate of learning while in the program.
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REAL School Gardens
REAL School Gardens believes every child deserves a REAL education, filled with experiences that make lessons meaningful and memorable. Their outdoor classrooms and teacher training programs for low-income schools grow more effective teachers and more engaged students who learn by doing. Their partner schools have seen standardized test pass rates increase 12-15%. Funds are requested to help the neediest students accomplish academic achievement through hands-on learning.
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Reconciliation Outreach
Reconciliation Outreach's mission is to create a Christian community in the inner city and meet the needs of broken lives, providing healing and restoration in families and growing God's church. No clients are required to accept a particular doctrine. Their passion for the poor and needy is in seeing lives changed and helping the city begin transforming. They provide transitional housing in addition to their after school program. Over the past year, their after school program has doubled in size from 30 to 65 children. Their growing numbers have created a need for additional staff.
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Recovery Resource Council
Adverse life experiences, addictions, and mental health disorders are robbing the future for thousands of North Texas children, youth and adults. The Recovery Resource Council's clinical and prevention services impact over 12,000 North Texas residents each year. Funds are requested to help adults end chronic homelessness by achieving self-sufficiency and permanent housing, support counseling for veterans and family members struggling with PTSD, and continue prevention services for at-risk children and youth.
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Relationships First
Relationships First is powered by Safe Conversations, a 3-step process (mirroring, validating and empathizing) which gives individuals, couples, and families the tools to form relationships that are safe, valued, and connected. Funds are requested to: 1) provide workshops and training to ecosystems they serve, which include schools (teachers, students, parents), first responders, families, veterans and those in transitional housing; 2) translate materials into Spanish; and 3) digitize "Train the Leader" program.
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Repertory Company Theatre (RCT)
Audio Visual Technology is the future of live theatre Help Repertory Company Theatre (RCT) light the way. RCT is requesting funds to purchase state of the art, audio visual and lighting equipment for their new 165-seat theatre theatre, which they moved into in October 2017. The new space allows them to expand their current School of Musical Theatre (400 students, year-round workshops, and classes for ages 7-18) as well as their Main Stage Shows (Season of 9 shows, 9,000 patrons per season).
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Resource Center of Dallas
Resource Center of Dallas operates a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community center. Funds are requested for Youth First, the only North Texas program of its kind that serves LGBTQ youth, ages 12-18, and equips them with the skills and resources they need to lead an authentic life. Funding will support programs/activities that build self-confidence and improve the well-being of the community’s LGBTQ youth during their critical, formative years.
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RISE Adventures dba RISE Adaptive Sports
RISE Adaptive Sports' mission is to assist persons with physical challenges to Recover, Inspire, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) themselves and others by providing inclusive, adaptive recreational sports programs. Funds are requested for children with physical disabilities to participate in therapeutic recreational sports programs adapted to their specific needs. They serve 500 disabled children per year. Ninety percent of participants are below the poverty line, and all of their programs are free.
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Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps families together, inspires strength and gives love and support to families whose children are receiving essential medical care. Nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child. Funds are requested for general operating costs to continue to serve 1,400 families a year. Capital funds are requested to expand the House by 30 additional bedrooms. In 2017, 983 families were turned away due to lack of space.
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Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth provides a supportive "home-away-from-home" for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. Their vision is to never turn away a family. Through their 55,000 square foot facility and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Cook Children’s, they strive to provide a sense of normalcy during an otherwise stressful time. Requested funds are for the Share-A-Night program to help provide night stays for families and children.
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SafeHaven Of Tarrant County
SafeHaven is a Tarrant County agency serving domestic violence victims. SafeHaven's mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention, and social change. SafeHaven offers 24-hour care at emergency shelters for families fleeing violent situations. When leaving shelter, SafeHaven provides survivors with a safety net of services and support for establishing and sustaining self-sufficiency.
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Sammons Center for the Arts
Founded in 1981, Sammons Center is like a greenhouse to grow small to mid-sized performing arts organizations by providing low-cost office, rehearsal, performance, and meeting space, as well as administrative resources. Sammons Center is home to 14 arts groups and serves another 80 with rehearsal, audition and performance space. Funding is requested for: 1) a built-in sound system for performances for user groups at $20,000; 2)“Art-Works”, a professional development program for arts professionals at $10,000; and 3) Arts-Business Internship Program at $10,000.
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Sci-Tech Discovery Center
The Sci­Tech 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. Funding is requested to allow Title I students in Collin County to enjoy all the STEM programming Sci-Tech offers free of charge. Science for All includes camp scholarships, after-school programming for Title I schools and free admission for low-income families.
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Second Chance SPCA
Second Chance SPCA is a volunteer non-profit animal no-kill shelter. Their mission is to rescue dogs and cats from municipal shelters at risk for euthanasia and provide them with a compassionate no-kill environment until adopted into responsible, caring homes. They provide food, shelter, vaccines, and preventative medical care for dogs and cats, and spay/neuter and microchip all animals before adoption. They have rescued and adopted over 4,000 pets since the shelter opened in 2006. Funding will support veterinary care, medical supplies/medicine, and facility improvements.
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Second Thought Theatre
Second Thought Theatre (STT) provides an intimate and unique theatrical experience by empowering top local theater artists to take risks and by showcasing writers who boldly tackle the difficult and demanding questions of our rapidly changing world. Funding will support: 1) increased compensation to artists, crew, and staff; 2) expanded access through additional pay-what-you-can and educational tickets; and 3) a multi-year commitment to commission and produce new works from local playwrights.
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Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas, Inc. dba The Senior Source
Since 1961, The Senior Source has served as the go-to nonprofit for all aging-related needs. The Senior Source dedicates efforts to providing Dallas area seniors and their families with services, programs, tools, and resources necessary to thrive. Through assistance, protection, and connection, aging needs are met under one roof through the resources at The Senior Source. Funds are requested for financial safety services, caregiver support services, and long-term care ombudsman services.
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Servolution Network Inc.
Servolution Network's mission is to create opportunities for the blessed to be a blessing. Programs include: 1) Good Neighbors, which revitalizes houses and provides yard cleanup and minor repairs; 2) Pay it Forward, which collects gently used furniture and appliances to bless families in need; 3) Community Ministry, which provides community building outreach; and 4) Azle Community Garden, which features 42 gardens on Main St. 100% of funds will support Community Caring Center.
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Shaken Baby Alliance
Shaken Baby Alliance's mission is to provide support for victim families and professionals, to prevent child abuse, and to provide justice for the innocent victims of child abuse. Funds are requested for their Victim Family Support/Professional Support (training and case consultation) and Prevention Education (students, childcare staff) programs which address significant needs of those affected by Abusive Head Trauma and educate at-risk groups on how to cope with a crying baby, the #1 cause of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
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Shared Housing Center, Inc.
Shared Housing Center's mission is to break the cycle of homelessness for the elderly, single women with children, and persons with special needs. They offer non-traditional permanent and transitional housing solutions and services that create independence, empowerment, and self-worth. Funds are requested for: 1) their Green Haus capital campaign in East Dallas; 2) operational support for their Group Residence program for homeless women and children; and 3) for their Homeshare program for seniors.
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Sharing Life Community Outreach
Sharing Life Community Outreach exists to demonstrate compassion by effectively and efficiently providing superior, benevolent services to families in need in Mesquite and southeastern Dallas County. Their food pantry, clothing closet, and other programs serve those who are hungry and in need of necessities, including a safe place to sleep each night. Funds are requested for emergency housing for homeless students, non-food essentials (toiletries, diapers) and school supplies.
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Shelter Ministries of Dallas DBA Austin Street Center
Founded in 1983, Austin Street Center is focused on the most vulnerable of the homeless adult population: men, ages 45 and older, and women, ages 18 and older. In addition to the basics of safe shelter, food, and clothing, Austin Street Center offers free programs and services designed to help people successfully transition out of homelessness. Funds are requested for general operations, food, and naming opportunities for capital improvements.
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Shelter2Rescue Coalition (S2R)
Shelter2Rescue Coalition (S2R) is volunteer-based organization that assists at-risk dogs and cats in rural shelters. S2R Coalition's program, Nokill Rural Texas, has expanded and built partnerships with boarding facilities, transport organizations and other nationwide rescues. They also operate their own foster and adoption program, spay/neuter services, and vaccination assistance with shelters/rescues. In 2017, S2R added a feral cat program. Funding will support operating costs to help them succeed and expand.
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Silicon Andhra
Silicon Andhra is a non-profit organization with goals to maintain and perpetuate the Telugu Samskruti (Culture), Sahityam (Literature) and Sampradayam (Tradition) among the Telugu speaking people of the USA. Silicon Andhra is committed to raise the awareness of the Telugu culture among the residents of the US and integrate it seamlessly with the mainstream US culture by organizing unique cultural and literary events that depict the rich cultural heritage traditions and arts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana.
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Simply Grace
Simply Grace's mission is to provide chemically dependent women a structured, safe, homelike environment where self-realization and honesty are encouraged and reinforced. Funding is requested for Simply Grace's program for women who are battling substance addiction in the Dallas/Plano area. On average, eight residents can reside at each of Simply Grace's two Dallas and two Plano houses at the same time, and Simply Grace will serve a total of about 160 residents annually in the four homes.
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Sixty and Better
Sixty and Better is where healthy aging begins. Through their comprehensive, evidence-based approach to aging, Sixty and Better participants significantly increase their activity levels, healthy eating habits, social interaction, and contribute to the community in meaningful ways. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Sixty and Better depends on the generosity of the community to help keep older adults and Boomers engaged and thriving.
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Span / Meals on Wheels Denton County
Denton County's Meals on Wheels program helps home-bound seniors meet their daily nutritional needs, provides nutritional education and a daily check-in to participants to help them optimize their health, and allows them to remain in their homes where they are happiest for as long as possible. Funds are requested to help cover a portion of the cost of meals, which are delivered by caring volunteers.
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Spay Neuter Network
Spay Neuter Network (SNN) works to eliminate pet overpopulation, end unnecessary euthanasia, and empower pet owners to care responsibly for their pets by offering free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, wellness services, and community education in 13 counties. Funds are requested to support the mobile rural surgical clinics, the humane education program for DISD and FWISD elementary school students, and the efforts to combat feline overpopulation through spay/neuter specials and education.
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SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes thousands of animals every year in North Texas. In 2017, the SPCA of Texas rescued 3,205 animals from cruelty, found homes for 7,118 animals, provided 21,862 public and shelter spay/neuter surgeries and performed 25,844 wellness appointments. Funds are requested to support the medical needs of animals rescued from cruelty, care for animals in foster homes and the daily care of the animals waiting to find their forever homes.
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Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) provides year-round training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and serves 58,333 athletes competing in 22 sports across the state. The annual cost to support one athlete is $150 per athlete, per year. Funding will help the 7,297 athletes that compete annually in the Greater Dallas Area. For more information on the impact SOTX has in the community please locate their impact report at www.sotx.org/impactreport.
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St. Francis Montessori
St. Francis Montessori, located in south Irving, offers a Montessori education to DFW students ages 3-12. St. Francis Montessori is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale, and is the only bilingual Montessori school in south Irving. Their tuition averages 46% less than the national average, and they offer financial aid to 100% of families who apply for assistance. Funds are requested for the building/expansion program to benefit growing classes, special needs students, and the new bilingual program.
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St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School
St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School provides a quality, Catholic education in a safe and nurturing environment for students in grades Pre-K through 8 in the West Dallas community. Funds are requested to support: 1) their full-time counseling program, which serves their students' social-emotional needs; 2) the cost of software used in the blended learning initiative, where teachers use adaptive programs to meet students at their level; and 3) tuition assistance for the families of St. Mary of Carmel.
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St. Simon's After-School
St. Simon’s After-School's purpose is to implement free after-school programs, focused on academic achievement, in under-served Dallas ISD elementary schools. St. Simon's serves 800 children annually, at a cost of $300 per student per day that school is in session. The $300 underwrites the professional teacher, educational assistance through grade-specific tutoring, enrichment activities, program supplies, and brand new grade-level reading books.
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Stable Strides Farm
Stable Strides Farm is a therapeutic horseback riding program that helps children, adults and military veterans improve confidence, core strength, balance, motor skills and social interaction. Funding will support: 1) veterinarian costs, including horse needs, maintenance and possible emergency care; 2) boarding costs; and 3) feeding costs of approximately $200/month.
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Stepping Stones Foundation
Stepping Stones Foundation is dedicated to serving youth in crisis throughout North Texas by providing access to emergency housing, food, clothing and medical care as well as offering an array of programs and services aimed to empower and instill the necessary tools for making positive life choices.
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Stronger than Espresso
Stronger than Espresso empowers survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse with practical tools to reclaim what abuse took away. Stronger is a catalyst for life-changing emotional healing and restoration and spiritual growth. Every Stronger session is written for survivors by survivors. Funds are requested to help equip leaders to facilitate small restorative groups, incorporate art to transform trauma and provide professional training, and prevention for teens in healthy relationships.
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Students Standing Strong
Students Standing Strong (S3) develops student leaders who learn, live and lead Biblical truth through student-led clubs. Anyone can participate regardless of faith. S3 currently serves more than 3,000 students across 39 public-school campuses. Funding is requested for expansion of clubs and Christian student leaders across North Texas, capital support to purchase new office space to accommodate expansive growth throughout the region, and salary support for the addition of a Marketing Director.
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Take Me Home Pet Rescue (TMHPR)
Take Me Home Pet Rescue's (TMHPR) mission is to care for animals abandoned in shelters and place them in homes. TMHPR selects animals in kill shelters or that have been abandoned but are otherwise fit for adoption. Examples of animals they serve include a injured animals, dogs with severe mange, and abandoned dogs and cats. TMHPR has rescued over 2,000 dogs and cats. Requested funds are for the adoption of rescued dogs and cats.
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talkSTEM provides varied programs, partnerships, and platforms to show all students, teachers, and the greater community that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) is relevant and accessible to all. Funds are requested to 1) support existing programming in partnership with public spaces, 2) develop new programming, 3) provide teacher development workshops in DISD schools, and 4) support and expand afterschool club programming.
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Teaching Trust
Teaching Trust is an educational leadership development organization working to eliminate the achievement gap for low-income students by building high-quality leaders at all levels in and across public schools. They train school leaders in critical practices to drive whole school transformation. Teaching Trust currently serves 750 school leaders in 140+ schools reaching 70,000 students. Funds are requested to grow program capacity to drive academic improvement for more children in Dallas and Fort Worth
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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation
The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation's mission is to raise funds for national childhood cancer research projects, to build awareness of childhood cancer, and to provide patient programming. Since 2008, TeamConnor has donated more than $2.3 million to support this mission. Funds are requested to support the TeamConnor KidzBinz Activity Box Program, the TeamConnor Internship Program, and various childhood cancer research projects in the DFW area.
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Teena's Place
The mission of Teena's Place is to establish a stable home environment for those in need of shelter or housing, whether it be temporary, transitional, or permanent. Teena's Place seeks to reduce and alleviate chronic homelessness by providing short-term accommodation that leads to the attainment of permanent housing, establishing mentoring relationships, and securing stable employment for their clients.
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Texas Ballet Theater
Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) embarks on its 57th Season bringing classical story ballets and cutting-edge new works to North Texas audiences at Winspear Opera House and Bass Performance Hall. Texas Ballet Theater provides Student Performances to 38,000 young people who witness live professional dance while the CityDance outreach program brings free after-school dance lessons to underserved elementary aged students at forty-six locations. The TBT School educates 500 students at campuses located in Dallas and Fort Worth.
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Texas Discovery Gardens
Texas Discovery Gardens (TDG) teaches children and adults how to sustain the natural world. Guests enjoy 7.5 acres of organic gardens that feature native and adapted plants, as well as a tropical butterfly house, Natural Playscape, Discovery Gallery, Eco-Discovery Adventure, and Snakes of Texas exhibit. This school year, TDG has offered $22,000 worth of free programming to schools and nonprofits, thanks to the Moody Foundation Scholarship Fund. Funds are requested to continue the scholarship program.
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Texas Equal Access Fund
The Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA Fund) provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking an abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice. The TEA Fund's primary need is funding to cover the cost of abortion procedures for the over 1,400 Texans who call us each year seeking assistance.
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Texas Health Resources Foundation
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based nonprofit health system with 29 hospitals and more than 350 access points across North Texas. Still, there is more needed to address the health of our communities. In 2018 they launched Texas Health Community Impact, a bold new vision to invest in community health through collaboration. Funds are requested for diabetes management, behavioral health, and access programs to address social determinants that impact the health of vulnerable North Texans.
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Texas Loves Children, Inc. dba Texas Lawyers for Children (TLC)
Texas Lawyers for Children (TLC) improves case outcomes for abused and neglected children by recruiting, training, and engaging attorneys to provide the best possible legal representation for children in foster care. Funds are requested to expand TLC's education advocate program in North Texas, to provide training to judges and attorneys about the needs of traumatized children, and to make presentations at North Texas law firms to recruit more pro bono attorneys.
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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a leading pediatric care center specializing in the treatment of orthopedic conditions and related neurological disorders, and learning disorders like dyslexia. All services, from outpatient clinic visits and inpatient surgeries to on-site therapies and rehabilitative programs, are provided to children regardless of any family's ability to pay. Funds are requested to support patient care efforts at the hospital's central and North Campus locations.
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Texas Sporting Breed Rescue, Inc.
The mission of Texas Sporting Breed Rescue is to provide for the welfare, shelter, and adoption of lost, abandoned, neglected, or homeless dogs and puppies. They place specific focus on the American Kennel Association's defined sporting group breeds, such as Retrievers, Setters, Pointers, & Spaniels. Funds are requested to cover the medical needs of rescued dogs before adoption; these include initial vetting, spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm prevention/treatment and crisis care for ill, mistreated, or abused dogs.
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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. Funds are requested for TTU’s free weekly workshops which help tenants prevent evictions and homelessness; and improve substandard living conditions, recover security deposits that are unlawfully kept, and inform tenants of rights and obligations so that they may avoid rental housing problems.
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Texas Trees Foundation
Texas Trees Foundation strategically plants trees to build a cleaner, greener, cooler North Texas. They determine highest priority planting locations based on their research of urban heat island and current urban tree canopy coverage with the overall goal of creating healthy communities. Funds are requested for Cool Schools, their TEKS-based (Texas Essential Knowlege and Skills) program that creates outdoor learning areas at elementary schools ensuring "no child is left inside."
The TexProtects mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect in Texas. Instead of focusing on treating victims after abuse, TexProtects addresses causes of child maltreatment. They create broad-scale systems change affecting thousands of children and families by improving public policy. Funds are requested to support their efforts in scaling up evidence-based and cost-effective prevention services to reach 112,000 Texas families in need versus the current 21,000 families currently served.
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The Arc of North Texas
The Arc of North Texas supports and empowers individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life. Their service area includes ten counties in DFW with the majority served in Dallas, Collin, and Tarrant Counties. Funds are requested for obtaining new contracts for employment training and services, transportation, and program supplies. The Arc of North Texas has revised its leadership team and programming and is thrilled to see great things unfold.
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The Bridge
The Bridge is the only 24-hour services program for adults experiencing homelessness in Dallas. Through its many partnerships, The Bridge provides meals, shelter, primary/behavioral healthcare, income and housing services. Last year The Bridge served 8,646 adults, approximately 85% of Dallas County’s homeless population. Funds are requested to support meal services, care management, and programs such as our Emergency Medical Services Clinic (as contracted with Dallas Fire-Rescue).
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The Cliburn
The Cliburn promotes classical piano music around the world through international competitions, concert series, and education and outreach programs. In 2019, the organization will present the Second Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival in Dallas at SMU and the Meyerson. Funds are requested for the Junior Competition, the annual Cliburn Concerts series, and Dallas ISD presentations of the Cliburn in the Classroom educational program.
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The Commit Partnership
Commit strengthens 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 through Early Matters Dallas, the Dallas County Promise, and Best in Class. The Early Matters Initiatives seek to increase the access to and quality of early childhood education and will increase the number of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolling in high-quality Pre-K by 1,000.
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The Concilio
The Concilio's mission is to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. Funds are requested to give parents the knowledge and resources needed to support their child's path to graduate high school and enroll in higher education. A $50 monthly gift will help change education opportunities for one family. The Concilio served over 11,000 individuals in 2017 across the Dallas Fort-Worth area.
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The Cooper Institute (CI)
The Cooper Institute (CI) dedicates focus to promoting life-long health and wellness through research and education. CI houses the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study that evaluates the health benefits of physical activity and lifestyle. Funds are requested for: 1) their researchers to focus on healthy aging; 2) to establish a renowned scientific advisory board that uses the CCLS and take research from the regional level to national; and 3) to secure the latest technology in managing large research data warehouses.
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The Dallas Opera
The Dallas Opera produces mainstage and chamber operas, attracts national and international attention, and is committed to extensive community outreach and education. Funds are requested for: 1) educational programs including student matinee performances which bring 6,000 children to the Winspear Opera House; 2) Kids Opera Boot Camp, a summer program that teaches every part of the creation of an opera; and 3) Opera in a Suitcase which brings opera to 4,200 students in afterschool programs.
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The Family Place
2018 marks the 40th year of The Family Place saving lives of family violence victims in our community. The Family Place provides 178 shelter beds each night in three shelters, including a shelter for men and children. They served 10,049 clients with 130,996 hours of service last year alone. Funds will be used to pay for emergency shelter, food, basic needs, and counseling.
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The Father Effect
The Father Effect is changing lives and legacies of those impacted by the loss of a father through death, divorce, disinterest, addiction or prison. Through speaking engagements, seminars, and screenings of The Father Effect movie, as well as a national, online support group, we provide solutions to dealing with and healing from the “father wound.” Funds are requested for their Prison Impact Project so they may get the book and program into the hands of every incarcerated person in the US, starting in DFW.
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The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is a supportive living community for women - single or with children - leaving abuse, poverty, homelessness, divorce, or other life-changing events by providing housing, food, transportation, medical care, and other services on a secure 61-acre campus in Grapevine. Funds are requested for the construction of the Early Learning Childhood Academy, to support legal aid and career development programs, and to provide activities, sports, and tutoring to the children of our members.
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The Huckleberry Foundation
The Huckleberry Foundation provides financial assistance to special needs children and local organizations that support special needs individuals. The Huckleberry Foundation requests funds to continue granting aid to special needs children for the therapy and devices that their doctors have prescribed, but they are unable to afford, thus improving their quality of life and future. Funds are also requested to continue granting aid to local organizations that assist and care for special needs individuals.
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The Kraddick Foundation dba Kidd's Kids
Kidd's Kids is a wish-granting organization with two yearly group trips to Disney World for kids age 5-12 and teens age 13-18. The entire family also takes the trip. These trips are needed to provide hope and happiness to families of kids with life-altering and life-threatening conditions. The families make friendships that last a lifetime and create memories that sustain them during difficult times. Funds are requested to support these trips.
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The Links, Incorprated, Dallas Chapter
The Dallas Chapter of The Links, Incorporated provides community outreach in the arts, education and social services. A primary focus of the chapter is to help ensure that young women in our community graduate from high school prepared to pursue degrees and careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts, and math) through enrollment in their STEAM Academy. The current priority funding areas are STEAM education, providing college scholarships, and services to low-income seniors.
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The Movie Institute
The Movie Institute dedicates effort to the empowerment of young people and adults for positive character growth and successful career development by providing mentoring and training for success through a variety of programs. Since 2000, The Movie Institute has reached over 1200 individual students and their families. Funds are requested for helping reduce their camp cost for less fortunate youth, purchase of lighting and camera equipment for the kids to use, and for administrative cost.
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The Pegasus Project
The Pegasus Project is an equine rescue that rescues, rehabilitates, retrains, and re-homes neglected, abused and abandoned horses. Requested funds are for the improvement of their training facility by building a cover over their 100'x200' riding arena, including a 40'x200' overhang to provide shelter for fundraising events and to create an area for additional horse housing (cost $250,000). Increased training efficiency equals more adoptions. Over the past two years, Pegasus trained and adopted out 41 horses.
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The Refuge Center for Women International
The mission of The Refuge Center for Women International is to provide a safe place where shelter resistant, chronically homeless women can heal spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally within the safety of a support community. Funds are requested for 1) renting or purchasing a building, 2) building furnishings, and 3) their trauma care curriculum.
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The Ryan Anthony Foundation /Cancer Blows
The Ryan Anthony Foundation / CancerBlows TRAF raises money for blood cancer research through musical events featuring the talents of legendary brass musicians like Doc Severinsen. The study supports new therapies such as CAR-T which offers patients a possible cure when their disease no longer responds to existing treatments. Funding is needed for production costs for a concert featuring the next generation of players, to support the cost of a Director, and to update the website.
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The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command
The Salvation Army is committed to alleviating human suffering through direct community-based programs. They are One Army with many fronts helping North Texans overcome poverty, addiction, and homelessness, and achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Funding will help support 70+ programs and services that they offer throughout the DFW Metroplex, serving over 100,000 people each year.
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The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
The Stewpot’s mission is to offer a haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life. Assisting close to 15,000 people per year, they serve as a hub of centralized services for those in greatest need in downtown Dallas. Funds are requested for support of core programming, i.e., Casework Services Program (including ID assistance); the Children, Youth & Family Program; and Meal Services at The Bridge.
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The Warren Center
The Warren Center has served more than 16,500 families in Dallas County since 1968. Their mission is to advocate, help and empower children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. Their goal is to provide 36,650 therapy hours to more than 2,050 children in 2018. One hour of professional therapy costs an average of $173. A gift to The Warren Center will fund therapy hours, community outreach and support programs for parents.
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The Well Community
The Well Community provides hope and healing to low-income adults living with mental illness through healthy relationships, essential services, and meaningful work. Funding is requested for the Our Daily Bread program that provides prepared meals to ensure clients receive proper nutrition, and the transportation program that offers door-to-door van service and bus passes to ensure clients have access to programs and services. Last year, they served 298 low-income adults with chronic mental illness.
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The Winston School
The Winston School provides individualized educational opportunities for learning disabled students. They are a college prep institution that believes every student deserves a learning plan that fits their needs. Their students are offered unique opportunities through their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs. Funds are requested to support programs in their 3D art studio, equipment for Winston Solar Academy (a student-built solar car) and technology for their Innovation Lab (which will open August 2018).
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The Women's Center of Tarrant County
Since 1979, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County addresses issues of violence, poverty and crisis in Tarrant County. Yearly, they serve 130,000+ women and families through their Rape Crisis and Victim Services, General Counseling, and Employment Solutions programming. Funds are requested to: 1) support personnel costs, 2) mitigate the increased expenses of industry specific training and financial literacy instruction, and 3) help meet the community need for affordable trauma-informed mental health services.
The Women's Chorus of Dallas
The Women's Chorus of Dallas, established in 1989, is an all women's choir. Funding is requested to assist with transportation costs related to community agency clients at concerts, underwriting performance and production costs, and IT expertise. They expect to increase their reach to women and audiences who do not have easy access to the arts (transportation, production costs, and IT innovations).
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The Writer's Garret
The Writer's Garret provides opportunities and support to North Texans through literary, educational and creative language-focused programming. Funds are requested to support the Write to Heal program, utilizing expressive writing in healing and recovery for both psychological and physical trauma; affordable workshops for local writers, including instructor compensation and participant scholarships; and after-school programming for at-risk youth and underserved populations.
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TITAS Presents
TITAS Presents entertains, educates, and inspires by curating and commissioning extraordinary dance and performance art from around the world. Funds are requested to expand TITAS' CROSSROADS program that maximizes visiting artist/community contact through education and engagement activities including workshops, pre- and post-show discussions, lectures/demonstrations, exclusive movies, master classes for high-risk students, internships, open-to-everyone outdoor dance classes, and cultural collaborations.
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Trauma Support Services of North Texas
The mission of Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT) is to provide personalized and compassionate care to those affected by trauma. The Trauma Care Institute is a program of TSSNT that offers high-quality trauma training and education to professional therapists throughout the state. Funds are requested for help in covering the daily operations and administrative costs necessary to expand their direct services and to provide clerical and case management services to their clients.
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Trinity Environmental Academy
Trinity Environmental Academy is an environmentally focused charter school educating more than 400 students, 91% of whom are economically disadvantaged. The need for social and emotional approaches are critical to combating the adverse effects of generational poverty on students, and they have implemented restorative practices and positive behavior intervention systems. Funds are requested for teacher training for trauma-informed education, curriculum, and counseling support for students.
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Trinity Restoration Ministries
Trinity Restoration Ministries has a mission to provide hope and restoration of mind, body, and spirit to incarcerated men. They are committed to changing the lives of former inmates. Funds are requested for their mentoring, aftercare, and other programs for incarcerated men preparing to re-enter society. With mentoring, they teach accountability, challenge, sharing one-on-one, and being honest and transparent. They serve over 200 men per year in prison and at their re-entry facility in South Dallas.
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Trinity River Mission, Inc. (TRM)
Trinity River Mission provides educational and social opportunities to at-risk K-12 students and families that inspire them to change the trajectory of their lives for the better. On average, 95% of their students graduate, and 90% enroll in post-secondary education, many of whom are the first in their family to do so. Their funding is requested for program staff salaries, college prep expenses (e.g., college visits, career exploration events), and technology access to help students reach their potential.
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Umphress Terrace
C. C. Young opened Umphress Terrace in 2009 to serve Dallas area seniors. This 53 unit HUD 202 apartment community serves seniors who need financial help. Umphress Terrace offers a homelike environment with modern amenities, wellness programs, learning opportunities, spiritual care and a connection to the community. Residents at Umphress Terrace do not have funds to purchase food on a consistent basis, so a food pantry has been set up. Funds are requested to provide food for the food pantry.
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Unbridled Horse Therapy (UHT)
Unbridled Horse Therapy (UHT) provides equine therapy to those with various special needs and disabilities. UHT's mission is to efficiently intercede and encourage unrealized potential through the connection between horse and rider. As a therapy center, UHT strives to help those with any and all abilities to adapt and overcome daily struggles through the interaction with their therapy horses. Funds are requested to continue the health and upkeep of UHT's seven therapy horses who provide daily sessions.
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Undermain Theatre
Undermain Theatre inspires, educates and challenges an increasingly diverse audience through innovative works. Funds will commission a new American adaptation of an Ibsen play for its multi-year Classic Series, allowing audiences and artists to engage with an adaptation written specifically for American audiences. Funds are requested for an LED lighting system to provide energy and cost savings and for educational outreach to students. The theatre attracted 30% first-time patrons this season.
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Union Gospel Mission Dallas
Union Gospel Mission Dallas has been transforming lives since 1949 as a faith-based non-profit organization that supports homeless individuals with shelter, food, clothing, life skills, coaching, substance abuse recovery, medical care and State-licensed child care services. Funds are requested for their independence building program, client transportation, and food, shelter, and other essentials. They provide shelter to more than 500 people and serve over 1,400 meals per day.
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United Through HOPE
Each week in 2017, United Through HOPE impacted the lives of 300 youth by providing over 19 programs for them to become more calm, confident, adventurous, involved, and well-spoken regardless of the setting. United through Hope creates leaders through social skills groups and outings. Funds are requested to support recess skills for their elementary aged members, the growth of their female empowerment groups, and to help young adults with the soft skills to be part of a workplace community.
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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way focuses on treating 360 degrees of need in Collin, Dallas, Rockwall, and Southern Denton Counties. United Way tackles complex social problems by surrounding North Texas with local solutions for issues of health, education, and financial stability – the essential components of a thriving community. Funds will support United Way’s work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of emerging and smaller non-profits, building their capacity to amplify their impact for North Texans.
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University of Dallas (UD)
The University of Dallas (UD) is ranked as one of the country’s best colleges by Forbes, Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. UD offers a unique curriculum based on the idea that truth and virtue exist and are the primary ends of education. A superb faculty teaches a nationally recognized Core Curriculum. Funds are requested for the COR Fund which helps supports the education of their students, 96% of whom receive some financial aid.
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University of North Texas Foundation, Inc. (UNT)
UNT seeks to advance educational excellence. Funding is requested to build STEAM at UNT, pairing science, technology, engineering, and math with arts programs to cultivate multidisciplinary research and innovation. Also, funds are requested for Emerald Eagle Scholars, which provides college access for top students with financial need. Finally, UNT seeks support for the UNT Autism Center of Excellence, which drives interventions, training, treatment, and research supporting people with autism.
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University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) Pediatric Mobile Clinic
The UNTHSC Pediatric Mobile Clinic provides free health care services on board a medical mobile unit to children 0-18 in Fort Worth who are uninsured or underinsured. Funds are requested to: 1) implement a teen clinic day by funding an OB/GYN healthcare provider once a month; 2) training for our clinical team on trauma-informed health care; and 3) patient care. Since 2014, the program has served over 5,500 children providing medical services, vaccines, and screenings.
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Uplift Education
Uplift Education is the most extensive public charter school network in North Texas, serving over 17,500 scholars in pre-k through 12th grade on 19 campuses across the DFW metroplex. Each school provides a free, college-preparatory education in a community that has limited high-quality public education options. Funds are requested to support Road to College programming, K-12 literacy efforts, and social-emotional learning and health initiatives.
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Uptown Players
Uptown Players presents professional theatre that meets a rising demand for audiences to see their life experiences represented on stage. Uptown Players presents plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically, strengthen cultural bridges with the LGBT community, and create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. Funds are requested to upgrade sound equipment to meet new FCC rules, generate operating funds for their 18-19 season and increase offsite storage space.
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Valiant Hearts
Valiant Hearts vision is to eradicate sexual exploitation through partnerships with churches, schools, and other organizations. They offer compassionate care to those affected by sexual exploitation and bondage and educate youth and young adults who are at risk. Funds are requested to support: 1) their emergency shelter for trafficked victims; 2) educational materials and resources for youth on topics including trafficking, dating violence and internet safety; and 3) a diversion program for men arrested for buying sex.
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Veterans Center of North Texas
The Veterans Center of North Texas (VCNT) is a volunteer-run organization that supports veterans and their families to identify and locate benefits and services to enable them to establish and maintain productive lifestyles within our communities. Funds are requested to support: 1) daily operations and facility managemnt of VCNT, 2) housing/shelter assistance for under-housed Veterans, and 3) immediate need financial assistance for veterans in crisis.
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Video Association of Dallas
Video Association of Dallas hosts Dallas VideoFest CatFest, a one-day feline film festival celebrating the world’s best cat videos in more genres than you probably thought possible for such an event — comedy, drama, animated, musical, action, vintage and documentary. Proceeds go to a local animal shelter, and volunteers from the center are on-site at the Texas Theater with animals up for adoption and information on cat adoption.
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Since 1934, the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas (VNA) has been providing the highest quality care in the home across North Texas, especially for those with no place to turn and no means to pay. VNA delivers Meals on Wheels in Dallas County and Hospice Care and Palliative Care with the new VNA Care Choices program in 13 North Texas counties. VNA ensures the homebound, elderly, and disabled in our community receive expert and compassionate care.
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We Are Family Enterprises (WAFE)
We Are Family Enterprises (WAFE) is a community nonprofit that engages, encourages, educates, and empowers at-risk Dallas area youths via the performance and recording arts. WAFE provides these artistically inclined youth with mentorship, apprenticeship, and entrepreneurship opportunities that allow them to creatively tell their stories through poetry, spoken word, rap, song, dance, and acting. WAFE is requesting funds for 1) recording equipment and video equipment, 2) transportation, food, and wardrobe, and 3) promotional materials.
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Wesley Mission Center
Wesley Mission Center serves community members in financial crisis. They provide families with resources to ensure they are stabilized and safe. Once stable, the clients-- with the help from empowerment coaches--create a plan for long-term financial health. Over time, families are resilient, thriving, and financially healthy into the future. The organization does this through wrap-around services, including financial coaching, micro-loans, employment help and a market-style food pantry. Funding will help them serve 6,000 families in 2018.
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Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wesley-Rankin Community Center works to elevate, educate and engage West Dallas. Funding is requested to support 1) the K-12 afterschool program that adds groundbreaking enrichment to academic support, in addition to summer camp, where hands-on STEAM activities combat summer slide; 2) the Academy for Adult Education, where women become teachers and leaders; and 3) the senior program that provides the comfort of community in addition to 9,000 yearly meals.
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Wilkinson Center
Wilkinson Center transforms Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect through an integrated services approach to poverty. Programs include help to meet basic needs (food, clothing, housing assistance); workforce readiness (Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, English as a Second Language), employment and financial coaching. Funding will support Wilkinson Center’s most significant needs including Case Managers and emergency assistance for clients.
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World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
The World Affairs Council has been educating North Texans on the international aspects of business, politics, culture and foreign policy since 1951. Annually, the Council presents 90+ speaker events, impacts 7,000+ students through their Global Young Leaders program and works with the City of Dallas and U.S. State Department to host delegations from around the world. Funding will support global education programs for high school students, including career days, leadership training and more.
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YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves a seven-county region through 19 branches, three camps, 75 afterschool locations, and 225 program sites. The Y offers outreach programs to the community in 3 focus areas: for youth development, they offer pre-k, afterschool, teen & summer camp programs; for healthy living, they provide childhood obesity prevention, cancer wellness and weight management; and for social responsibility, they offer drowning prevention, college/career access to at-risk teens and financial aid for all.
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Young Women's Preparatory Network
Young Women's Preparatory Network partners with public school districts to create and support all-girls college-preparatory public schools. 84% of their Dallas County students are low-income and eager to use education to break the cycle of poverty. Funding will support the Road to College Program. This initiative creates an atmosphere of high academic expectations, achievement, and accountability that is rare in the public school environment, resulting in 100% high school graduation and college acceptance for their students.
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Youth 180, Inc. (formerly Dallas Challenge, Inc.)
Youth 180 works with youth to prevent and address challenges such as substance misuse, truancy, conflict resolution, and other self-defeating behaviors. Youth 180 does not see problem children; they see children who need help solving problems. Teens using substances to cope with issues require immediate treatment. Funding is requested for providing free and low-cost substance use disorder treatment to youth whose families cannot afford other treatment programs.
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