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Education is the foundation of all advancement in society and strong schools are the bedrock for a strong community.

Because education is fundamental to a thriving community, education is CFT’s single largest grantmaking and program focus area. 

Educate Texas

Preparing students for success in school, work and life

For more than a decade, Educate Texas, an educational initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, has partnered with public and private entities to achieve large-scale change to transform the Texas public and higher-education systems so every student is successful in school, the workforce and life.

Educate Texas 20x2020 Student Success Plan is supported by work in four impact areas: College and Career Readiness, Effective Teaching, Higher Education and Collective Impact.

The programs and initiatives in each area work together to create a connection between pre-K-12, higher education and the workforce so every Texas student has a clear path and equal opportunity to pursue a meaningful future.

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Best in Class

Championing effective educators for every student

The Best in Class Coalition is powered by Communities Foundation of Texas and The Commit Partnership and is made up of more than 50 organizations across Dallas-Fort Worth that are committed to attracting, preparing, developing and retaining excellent teachers and school leaders for every child.

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W. W. Caruth Jr. Fund at CFT

Investing in education, public safety and health

A thriving community is built on the foundation of enriching educational opportunities, good jobs, strong relationships, quality healthcare, and a safe environment. The William Walter Caruth Jr. fund is dedicated to bringing about this inclusive, multifaceted vision of community. 

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Increasing access to education and success

With the goal of increasing advancement for all, we manage more than 60 scholarship funds that support deserving students in North Texas and far beyond. Scholarships span from youth programs to continuing education for adults.

Learn more about our scholarships