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About CFT

Building thriving communities for all.

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We are the foundation for a thriving community.

Our community is a special place, with a long history of caring citizens, rapid growth and a robust economy. But as it continues to grow, so to do the needs of those facing imbalances in income, racial equity, and educational and economic opportunity. And data suggests these needs will only increase. But the future of our community can remain bright.

At Communities Foundation of Texas, we work side by side with caring donors, committed nonprofits, philanthropy-focused businesses and civic leaders to help build communities that thrive for all.


Thriving Communities For All



CFT stimulates creative solutions to key challenges in our community. We thoughtfully and effectively support our diverse donors and grantees by providing exemplary service and by demonstrating accountability. We improve lives through an unwavering commitment to lasting impact.



We strive to deliver exemplary service in all that we do.


We are committed to wise stewardship of the resources given to us.


We aim to be your trusted partner for community knowledge and collaboration.


We fulfill our mission by:

  • Making grants to support community issues in North Texas and, through the generosity of our donors, throughout the world. 
  • Encouraging individuals, families and businesses to partner with us to fulfill their charitable goals.
  • Our trustees steward $1.1 billion in assets across more than 1,000 charitable funds.
  • Educating the community on pressing needs and the organizations addressing them.
  • Convening people to work on community problems.

How We Amplify Impact

We Build Strength

Among donors, nonprofits, partners and within our own organization.

We Grow Giving 

By expanding engagement with individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and advisors, investing charitable funds wisely and broadening community-wide giving and impact.

We Catalyze Change

Through our funds, grantmaking and programs.

Our Experts

Our charge is to put giving to work.

To take generosity and amplify it. To take passion and focus it. To seed impact and harvest it year after year. We invest in each other. We nourish the best in our cities, our neighbors and our communities. Because we know where giving thrives, communities thrive, too.

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Our History

Founded in 1953 as Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund, the history of Communities Foundation of Texas tells an important story about where we have been and where we are headed.

Our Financials

We aim to be a steward of your assets, and that means total transparency. All the time.


Fast Facts

$1.7 billion

Communities Foundation of Texas has granted over $1.7 billion since its inception in 1953.

Ranks #1

In total assets among all DFW foundations in 2017. (according the Dallas Business Journal).


Communities Foundation of Texas manages more than 1,000 philanthropic funds, with over $1 billion in total assets.

$240+ million

Communities Foundation of Texas runs North Texas Giving Day: one day of online giving that has pumped more than $240+million into the North Texas community since 2009. It is the largest single-day giving event in the nation.

$106 million

Distributed in FY 2018 to thousands of nonprofits.


Is when it began as the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund.

Ranks #7

In assets among all Texas Foundations.


Is a tax-exempt, public supported organization.