Donor Stories

Beyond the financial support that our donors provide, we are also grateful for the inspirational stories that accompany so many of our funds. We are happy to share these stories of how their relationship with CFT has influenced their philanthropy.

Where Giving Invests

Cotton Bowl Fund at CFT and the Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
“Visiting a college or university is fairly common in middle or upper middle-class homes, but we believe every student should have that opportunity.”  

Where Giving Serves

RHSB: CFT Business Fund Holder and Freedom Day Volunteers
“CFT is a valuable and strategic partner that helps RHSB make a meaningful impact and contribution to the community where we live, work and raise our families.”  

Where Giving Persists

Grace Jo, North Korean Refugee and Scholarship Recipient
When the Bush Institute wanted to establish a scholarship fund to support North Korean refugees, it came to CFT to administer the program by handling the scholarship applications, screening and grants. 

Where Giving Grows

Martha Jackson, GiveWisely Graduate and CFT Fund Holder
By giving back in his name, Martha Jackson found a way to honor her nephew by helping children and youth develop self-confidence through art and athletics. 

Where Giving Shelters

Dan & Rebecca Tatsch, Record-Holding North Texas Giving Day Donors
“Our passion is animal rescue. We know from firsthand experience that it’s through small groups that animal rescue happens. On North Texas Giving Day, we saw a lot of these groups participating, and we know they’re working really hard.”  

Angie Dickson - Kids on the LandExpanding Horizons

Angie Dickson goes back to her roots
Angie Dickson spent her childhood on her family’s ranch in West Texas. As an adult, she built a successful career in finance, but she felt a strong calling to give back.   

Dallas Symphony and Neiman MarcusGifted Musicians

Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation Fund
In corporate philanthropy, Neiman Marcus has an ear for youth arts education. Research has shown that students receiving arts training graduate at higher rates, score higher on the SAT, are better creative problem solvers and become engaged civic leaders.  

The Sweet Life FundHelping Hands

Scott Sweet creates the Sweet Life Fund
Scott Sweet was just a second grader when he was severely burned by a live wire. Now he's helping other burn victims through his fund at CFT.   


Veletta and John LillPutting CFT in your will

John & Veletta Lill put plans in place to give back to the community
WHAT’S NEXT? is the question former Dallas City Councilmember Veletta Forsythe-Lill and her husband John asked as they reviewed their financial goals. 

Mike TankersleyTransforming Passion into Purpose

Mike & Karen Tankersley use charitable fund to pay lawyers salary
Mike and Karen Tankersley saved up each month, depositing money into their chartiable fund to pay for a full-time position at Legal Aide for North West Texas.  

Dan Smith Fund HolderTurning Loss into Legacy

Dan Smith creates fund to honor wife's legacy
Dan and his four children are honoring their mother's legacy through the Joellyn Smith Charitable Fund for Breast Cancer Support.

Brad Encore Multifamily CFT Fund HolderInvesting Deeply in the Community

Brad Miller is a Bbusiness-advised fund holder at CFT
Brad is President of Encore Multifamily, an EFNT Member Company, and he enjoys giving back to the community.  A veteran himself, he serves those who have served.

Gini FlorerSupporting the Heart of a Champion

Gini Florer participates in the pilot GiveWisely class
Following a stroke in utero that left her son with his brain severely damaged, Gini Florer has become a champion for children with special needs.

Meredeith WoodworthOff the Old Block

Meredith Woodworth grants to FCA from her grandfather's Fund
Granville C. Morton started Morton Potato Chip Company and opened a fund at Communities Foundation of Texas in the 1970s. Today, his granddaughter, Meredith Woodworth, fulfills his charitable legacy by granting out of his fund.  

Intentional Giving

The Power of Giving Back
Read how donor-advised fund holders Melisa Ambers and Darryl Rose used their corporate holiday party to raise funds for a nonprofit they found in CFT’s giving guide. 

Travis Wolff ThumbBusiness-Advised fund

Enabling Employees Pays Off
The team of independent accountants, advisors, and administrators at Armanino would rather spend their time working together to help others than vetting the many nonprofit organizations. That’s why Armanino established a business-advised fund at CFT.

Strikeouts Save Lives

MLB pitcher and Dallas native, Clayton Kershaw, began Kershaw’s Challenge which raised funds for Hope’s Home, an orphanage in Zambia. Read how he and his wife, Ellen, used their charitable fund with us to make children’s lives better in Africa. 


Casey MMegan and Casey McManenimcManemin keeps his grandfather's legacy alive

Casey’s grandfather was an unassuming man. He opened a barbershop in 1920 when he moved to Dallas. Today, Casey is continuing his grandfather’s legacy by funding a barbershop at The Bridge, a homeless shelter in downtown Dallas.

Designated Fund

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

The premier professional dance company in Dallas, Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) successfully completed a $10.8 million capital campaign to secure a permanent home in 2008 and established a fund with CFT to make annual giving easy for donors.

Businesses that serve others

Neiman Marcus' disaster relief efforts
Neiman Marcus wanted to give its employees a way to participate in disaster response and recovery efforts t hrough the company’s annual charitable giving campaign. We helped the management team develop the guiding principles for the Neiman Marcus Group Disaster Relief Fund at CFT.

Joining together to help Japan

The Power of Giving Back
On the morning of March 11, 2011, a catastrophic 9.0 earthquake spawned a 30-foot-high tsunami that destroyed the northeastern coast of Japan. Read how CFT was able to help.

Trinity River Mission ThumbnailFocusing on Kids' Futures

Trinity River Mission
The children who complete the Believe and Achieve program offered through Trinity River Mission (TRM) receive more than the enhanced self-esteem that comes from academic success. Read how TRM works with Community Foundation of Texas to run a scholarship fund for its Believe and Achieve students.

Arts Magnet ThumbnailThe Art of Financial Management

Looking to raise a large amount of money to help restore the original Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts campus and build a new state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the 1922 building—without spending resources on staff and infrastructure to manage those funds—the Arts Magnet Advisory Board partnered with CFT when it launched a capital campaign.

BufordLinda and Bob Buford

Art turns into Charitable Giving
When Linda and Bob purchased 2 paintings in the 1980s, they had no way of knowing that the art would appreciate to nearly 50 times what they paid for them. They donated the art to CFT to contribute to their donor-advised fund. 

Michelle HallMichelle Hall honors her mother's passion

Michelle’s mother, “Mrs. D,” was an unceasing activist for education and community improvement in Calexioco, California. Learn how Michelle and her husband, Houston, continue to fulfill her mother’s wishes.

CFT fundholder, Kit MoncreifKit Moncrief

Pet Adoption Advocate
Kit started the Saving Hope Fund—a donor-advised fund focused on animal rights—though us after finding and adopting a severely abused dog on her Ranch outside of Fort Worth, Texas.  

Setting an Example

Generational Hands-on Service from the Scripps Family
“We try to be an example for our children,” says CFT fundholder, Debbie Scripps. “So it’s wonderful seeing our sons and their wives find their calling in volunteer work.” Read how Debbie and Ric Scripps passed on the value of volunteering to their children.

newborn babyTomorrow our future will be brighter

Help and hope for expectant 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.

PearlHer 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.

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