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Choreographing a Campaign

Choreographing a Campaign

Dallas Black Dance Theatre works to secure its financial future

Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the premier professional dance company in Dallas, has taken steps to secure its financial future. In 2008, Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) successfully completed a $10.8 million capital campaign to secure a permanent home and established a fund with Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) to make continued giving easy for donors.

“We established a fund so DBDT could begin to accept online donations,” said Laura J. Brown, senior development director. “CFT created an online giving page for DBDT so we could include a donation link on our website and fundraising materials. It saved DBDT up front expenses allowing us to work on increasing the number of individual gifts to the organization.”

Today, DBDT has endowment and designated funds at CFT. Annual campaign proceeds are directed to a designated fund to cover educational and outreach programs impacting more than 20,000 Dallas-area students each year.

As a testament to the great experience DBDT has working with CFT, their executive director, Zenetta S. Drew, even helped establish her high school’s scholarship fund at CFT.

 Dallas Black Dance Theater  
Dallas Black Dance Theater
Dancer: Nycole Ray
Photographer: Richard Rodriguez
Dancers: Jamie Thompson, Claude Alexander III, Richard A. Freeman, Jr.; Photographer:  Nyesha Graves
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
 
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Photo credit: DBDT File Photo Photo credit: Sharen Bradford  
The Art of Giving

The Art of Giving

Linda and Bob Buford donate art to CFT to use proceeds for charitable good


When Linda and Bob Buford purchased a contemporary painting in New York 27 years ago, little did they realize it would produce so many rewards. The large painting by abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, with its active brush strokes and vibrant yellows and blues, captured the spirit of the bright, sunny landscapes of the South of France. Along with another work by the same artist, the painting hung in the Bufords’ guest bedroom where Bob often read and admired the two favorites from their art collection.

Michelle Hall honors her mother's passion

Michelle Hall honors her mother's passion

Hall uses her donor-advised fund to honor her mother


“My mother was a tireless champion of education and community improvement,” says Michelle.  “She has always been an inspiration for me and now for my four daughters as well.”It’s hard to overstate the effect Margarita De Nocochea had on Calexico, California.

Pet Adoption Advocate

Pet Adoption Advocate

Kit and her daughter, Gloria, opened the Saving Hope Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas after finding and adopting an abandoned and severely abused dog on her ranch outside of Fort Worth 


Kit and her daughter, Gloria, opened the Saving Hope Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas after finding and adopting an abandoned and severely abused dog on her ranch outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Kit Moncrief always had a soft spot for animals. The socialite and animal lover adopted her fair share of rescue animals in the past, so when she heard that an abused dog turned up on her family’s ranch, she knew she had to take action.

Setting an Example

Setting an Example

Generational Hands-on Service from the Scripps Family


“I ENJOY BEING VERY HANDS-ON,” says Debbie Scripps. “At Children’s Medical Center, I’ve loved doing a range of things from working in the gift shop to decorating the hospital to spending time with the kids.”Debbie and Ric Scripps, CFT fund holders, understand the value of giving back to their community. As their children have grown into adults, Ric and Debbie have seen them embrace their philanthropic side as well.

Tomorrow our future will be brighter

Tomorrow our future will be brighter

Help and hope for expecting mothers


Thanks to the passion of donors like the Nicol family, this little girl was born a happy and healthy baby. The Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program, an initiative of the Methodist Health System, provides resources for at-risk expectant mothers to help reduce the risk of preterm birth.

Her Dream Lives On

Her Dream Lives On

Pearl Anderson’s Fund from 1955 still supports the community today


When CFT began 60 years ago in 1953, it was known as the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund. The first major gift to the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund was in 1955 from Pearl C. Anderson. She was an African- American grocer and widow of a local physician. Her gift was a future interest to the trust in a prime piece of land in downtown Dallas valued at $325,000.