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Podcast: Philanthropy 360

In a Global Pandemic, What Does it Mean to Thrive?

At Communities Foundation of Texas, we’re constantly asking “What is ours to do?”
 
In April, we answered the question by launching Philanthropy 360, a podcast for nonprofits and others striving to build thriving communities through health, wealth, living and learning. The first season of the podcast focused on all things related to the community response to COVID-19 and the recognition that we needed to find ways to keep a clear path to thriving, even though our primary instincts were to survive. Through the voices of external and internal partners, we learned how complicated it is to meet the myriad of needs during a public health crisis, but also just how big the heart of North Texas is when it comes to meeting those needs.

Then, in the midst of a pandemic, several moments happened; the moment we learned of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery while he was out for a jog; the moment we heard about the killing of Breonna Taylor in her own home; the moment we saw the killing of George Floyd beneath the knee of a police officer. The painful crack of the nation’s collective heartbreak around the killings of these and countless other Black people loudly called out to us. We recognized the existence of racial injustice in the narratives of these events and, once again asked, “What is ours to do?” We decided to focus Season 2 on the virus of racism.

Season 2 will feature CFT's Chief Philanthropy Officer, Sarah Cotton Nelson in candid conversations with Black nonprofit leaders in North Texas. We'll hear from Antoine Joyce of All Stars Project of Dallas; Jerry Hawkins of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation; Demetria McCain of Inclusive Communities Project, and more to be announced soon.

 

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Philanthropy 360: Overview

Philanthropy 360 is produced by Communities Foundation of Texas for nonprofit organizations and others striving to build thriving communities through health, wealth, living and learning. Enjoy Season 1 and subscribe so that you don’t miss any episodes of Season 2. If you share on social media, we'd love if you would add our hashtags, #CFTImpact and #CFTPhilanthropy360.

Philanthropy 360: Season 1

COVID-19 threatens our opportunity to thrive, shifting our focus to survival. In our first episode of Philanthropy 360, we offer a plan to help nonprofits sort out their needs and share four resources for getting the needs fulfilled during this public health crisis.

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North Texas Cares | Voly | Get Shift Done | The Cares Act | Council of Nonprofits

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Jay Cole, executive director of Crossroads Community Services, describes how the coronavirus pandemic is challenging the organization’s well-oiled hub-and-spoke food distribution network. The network, which nourishes people through more than 60 local partners in Dallas County, is distributing three times more food now than before COVID-19 times. He shares the organization’s needs, volunteer opportunities and some heart-tugging moments that make the work worth doing.

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Crossroads Community Services | Get Shift Done | Voly | VNA

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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests black people are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Numbers released by Dallas County show a similar trend among black and Latinx people locally. Viruses don’t discriminate, but their spread can shine a light on existing race and class disparities in healthcare. Richie Butler, a board member of Communities Foundation of Texas and pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Dallas, talks about this issue and the #WeNeed2Survive campaign, an effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

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#WeNeed2Survive | Dallas County Health & Human Services | How to make cloth masks

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The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the service industry while also putting many people in desperate need of meals. At the same time, nonprofits that usually provide food assistance are seeing a spike in the need for volunteers because of municipal physical distancing orders. Get Shift Done is a relief fund and initiative launched in North Texas to address all of these challenges. Sejal Desai of Communities Foundation of Texas’ CFT4Business chats with us about how the initiative started, the impact its having to stabilize incomes, relieve hunger and create opportunities for similar programs in other cities.

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Organizations interested in learning more about how to create a “Get Shift Done” program in their communities should send an e-mail to Sejal Desai at sdesai@cftexas.org. Members of the local hospitality workforce who have been affected by the COVID-19 economic shutdown and are looking to use their skills to provide hunger relieve to the community should visit GetShiftDone.org.

Check out this heart-warming story from The Chocolate MINT Foundation, one of the nonprofits partners with Get Shift Done. CFT is proud to support organizations like these with the help of Get Shift Done and Shiftsmart! We are better together.

The Mint Foundation + Get Shift Done
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The Deason Innovation Gym in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU is putting its space to use to manufacture face shields for area medical professionals to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Communities Foundation of Texas put the muscle of its highly respected, well-recognized North Texas Giving Day brand behind Giving Tuesday to support the widespread regional needs that are a result of COVID-19.

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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people to process the death of a loved one while navigating uncertainty, requiring us to do without the intimacies we expect to experience when someone dies. 

*A NOTE OF CAUTION: This episode contains explicit details of a young child's suicide. If you or someone you know may be triggered by this conversation, we encourage you to care for yourself well by not listening or sharing.

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The North Texas Community Response Fund, created to support nonprofit organizations that work with people and communities affected by COVID-19, has surfaced more than 1,100 programs and projects in need since CFT and other area funders established the fund in March. Join our conversation with members of CFT’s philanthropy team who are working on the initiative to learn about magnitude and scale of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the reason to address it collaboratively with other funders, and what’s next.

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Visit NorthTexasCares.org for more information about how local foundations and funders are collaborating to support people and communities affected by COVID-19.

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From a Viral Pandemic to a Reckoning with Racism

Philanthropy 360: Season 2

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Black man named George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, sparking protests and a nationwide examination of the existence and history of structural racism in America. This season, starting with this episode, we are creating space to talk about race with local Black nonprofit leaders. This episode features our host and our two producers talking about the reason and hopes for what we want to achieve in the conversations to come over the next several weeks.

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Antoine Joyce, vice president and city leader of the All Stars Project of Dallas, talks about the inspiration for his recent op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News and shares how he felt when he heard that a police officer killed George Floyd in Minnesota.
 

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Antoine Joyce, vice president and city leader of the All Stars Project of Dallas, talks about the inspiration for his recent op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News and shares how he felt when he heard that a police officer killed George Floyd in Minnesota. This is part 2 of our conversation with Antoine. We begin with Sarah and Antoine talking about institutional racism.
 

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Jerry Hawkins, executive director of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, shares some of the history of racism in Dallas and why he is cautiously optimistic about the future.
 

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