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

Investment opportunities in education range from early childhood education programs, K-12 and postsecondary education, as well as after-school and summer learning programs. Whether investing in the education of underprivileged youth, funding scholarships of aspiring college students or donating to your own alma mater or your children’s schools, education is a strong passion of CFT fund holders.

Below you can find information about education nonprofits in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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Aberg Center for Literacy is building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities through programs in English fluency, Spanish and English high school equivalency preparation, early childhood education and family literacy. Funding will support the Family Literacy Program, an innovative approach that prepares mothers with young children to be their children’s first teachers. Funds will specifically be used for early childhood education caregivers, educational tools and supplies.

After-School All-Stars North Texas (ASAS) offers comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life. ASAS provides academic support and enrichment opportunities to underserved middle school students during the “danger zone” hours of 3-6pm. Funding will support general operating costs for after-school programs in five high-need Dallas schools, STEM and healthy living program equipment and expenses for program staff training.

Arlington Classics Academy (ACA) is a tuition-free open-enrollment public charter school serving over 1,500 students in grades K - 9. ACA provides a college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum through a classical style of instruction. Since 2007, ACA has received the highest accountability rating from the Texas Education Agency. Funds are requested for additional space needs, early literacy program and art/music enrichment.

The Army Scholarship Foundation provides educational college scholarships to sons and daughters of those who have served our nation honorably as US Army soldiers. It also provides college scholarships to spouses of enlisted soldiers on active duty. They have awarded 500 scholarships since founding in 2001. Funding will support scholarships for Army family members, STEM scholarships for girls graduating from high school, and scholarships for nursing students.

Bishop Dunne Catholic School is a 6th through 12th grade Catholic college preparatory school in south Dallas that serves a diverse community and provides educational equity and access for students living in poverty to change the course of their lives through education. Funds are requested for tuition assistance for 1st generation college attendees and Momentous Institute graduates who need a challenging academic option in their community.

Bryan's House provides a unique medical-education-therapy model for at-risk children with medical, social, emotional, physical and developmental challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, Down syndrome, lupus, leukemia, cerebral palsy, and Spina bifida. Children thrive from daily care, while their families find long-term stability through Family Supportive Services. Funds are requested for the following programs: Early Childhood Education, Family Supportive Services, and Emergency Financial Assistance to Prevent Homelessness.

Cistercian Preparatory School's mission is to prepare boys for college and to mold their characters through the values of a Catholic education. Their integrated, eight-year curriculum includes theology, language arts, foreign language, math, science, history, and fine arts. Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year totals 345 students in grades 5-12. Requested funds are for scholarships, professional development, and the installation of solar panels, windmills, and a rain harvesting system.

East Grand Preparatory (EGP), a Cityscape school, is a public charter school that serves 750 Pre-K - 8th grade students in the East Dallas area (96% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunches). EGP is an International Baccalaureate Candidate (Primary and Middle Years Programmes) and focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). EGP also has a bi-lingual program with English Immersion. Funds are needed for a new library, a free breakfast program, and a new roof.

The Commemorative Air Force was established to preserve American military aviation history. In 2011, the agency launched a national education outreach program, a traveling exhibit that tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots. The agency seeks funding to provide this program to Dallas area schools at no cost. Since its launch, the exhibit has received over 500,000 visitors and aims to reach 3,000 Dallas students in 2019.

In partnership with local school districts, teachers, and community partners, Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) provides a path from poverty to a better life through education and graduation. Their K-12 students cope with issues like homelessness, hunger, untreated mental/physical illness, and family violence, all while trying to focus on schoolwork. CISDR programs create individuals who are better able to cope with trauma, resilient in facing conflict, and ready to sustain short/long term goals with measured results.

Community Storehouse of Keller's mission is to dedicate resources to the well-being and education of low-income children. They provide literacy programs for identified at-risk children performing below acceptable reading levels. They also plan to provide school supplies, education in the arts, and motivation for learning. Funds are requested for their programs that address educational needs and help low-income children be more successful in school, graduate, and discourage the development of destructive or unproductive behaviors.

Coram Deo Academy (CDA) strives to develop ethical servant-leaders and wise thinkers by training the student's heart and mind. CDA is an accredited, non-denominational, private school serving 1,300 students in PreK-12 on three campuses (Collin County, Dallas, Flower Mound). Funds are requested to complete construction and furnish the new multipurpose building on the Flower Mound campus (including audio, visual, theatrical lighting, acoustical treatments) as well as continuing education for faculty.

Located in Pleasant Grove, Cristo Rey Dallas provides socio-economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with a Catholic college-preparatory education enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Students earn a portion of the cost of their education through the Corporate Work Study Program that includes job partners like AT&T, Deloitte, and PwC. Funds will support operating costs, mental health services, scholarships, and school materials.

Cry Havoc Theater Company makes provocative theatre with young people and in doing so challenges audience expectations of what youth theatre can be. We fulfill this mission by devising original work with teens on current issues. Funds are requested to support: stipends for the professional Dallas theatre artists we employ; wages for the high schoolers they work with as part of the students' job-training program; and the costs of DART passes and onsite food for the teens in our programs.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society promotes the art of horticulture while cultivating opportunities for education and research. In 2017, their curriculum-aligned on-site programs, after-school programs, and summer camps reached over 100,000 children, including at least 19,302 kids from low-income areas. Funds are requested for immersive, interactive science lessons for K-6 students through the Arboretum and its innovative Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum dedicates itself to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Funds are requested for: 1) Exhibit: Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank - September 13, 2018 — February 8, 2019, 2) Educator workshops (providing educators the tools needed to teach the essential lessons of the Holocaust thoughtfully); and 3) Museum Experience Fund, which supplies Museum scholarships to economically challenged students.

Denton County Master Gardeners Association provides research-based information to promote safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices. Funding is requested for a three-day Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Specialist Training, specifically for venue and speaker expenses. The JMG program teaches children a love of gardening and an appreciation for the environment. JMG Specialist Training increases the number of children served by adding certified specialists who start up and revitalize JMG programs.

Design Connect Create prepares economically disadvantaged high school women in Dallas County to succeed in advanced math and science courses to keep them on the path to high paying, top demand careers. Design Connect Create accomplishes this success by offering engaging summer physics activities and exposing girls to inspirational female role models. Funding will provide the summer program at no cost to deserving students and STEM Star trading cards that show how women have changed the world to make it a better place.

Education is Freedom's (EIF) mission is to transform lives through education by having on-site advisors who help students identify and navigate their pathway to postsecondary success. Funds are requested to support programming on middle school and high school campuses; their annual scholarship reception, An Evening with the Stars, which awards scholarships to a select group of college-bound EIF Scholars; and the cost of technology resources, i.e. laptops, wifi hotspot, and printers.

Education Opens Doors empowers students to purposefully navigate through middle school and high school to college and career success. They have addressed the need for college knowledge preparation since 2012, and achieve their mission by partnering with schools and other student-centered programs to implement their agenda and increase students' expectations, motivation, and college knowledge. Funds are requested to support 10,000 students over the 2018-19 school year.

Educational First Steps (EFS) is in its 28th year bringing quality early education to at-risk children at more than 100 partner centers in impoverished neighborhoods throughout the DFW metroplex. Through training, mentoring, and coaching of daycare teachers and directors, EFS transforms daycare centers into accredited learning centers at no charge to the centers, teachers or parents. Funds are requested for classroom equipment and supplies, field trips, and outdoor gardens.

Educational Opportunities, founded in 1965, is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentoring support to graduates of Dallas public schools from low-income families. Requested funds will contribute to $6,600 scholarships for deserving students who have been interviewed and chosen for their outstanding academic qualifications. Financial support comes from our solicitation from foundations and individuals and goes directly to assist students.

Excellence by Design Education Center transforms the lives of children and youth who experience significant life challenges that make them vulnerable to underachievement and school failure. Programs and services address academic, social, cultural, and economic needs (tutoring, mentoring, college and career readiness) and provide food, clothing, and school supplies to children and youth in need. Funding will support the operating cost of academic programs and help provide food, clothing and school supplies.

Faith Family Academy is a public charter school serving 2,200 students age pre-K - 12. Their mission is to empower and educate the whole child for lifelong success as a responsible leader in the community. They provide an exemplary education for a diverse student body, preparing them for success at a university of choice. Funds are requested for enrichment and extracurricular activities that educate, empower, and inspire students. 98% of students are low-income. Family Faith Academy has a 94.4% graduation rate.

The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation produces three educational programs (Launch Pad College App Program, Children's Author Series, and Books for Tarrant County Babies) and increases awareness of library assets by supporting a variety of library programs, early learning programs, Early Childhood Matters, Music Together, and 3rd Thursday Jazz Series. Funds are requested to help these programs and their operating costs, including book purchases, author visits, and administrative expenses.

By serving at-risk youth through a one-to-one mentoring program, Foundation For C.H.O.I.C.E. creates opportunities for a college education through professionally supported relationships, inspiring the student to make positive choices for their future. Current Funds are requested to: 1) impact an additional 400 at-risk kids by adding eight new low-income high schools and 2) match 1,000 at-risk students with a mentor by 2020.

The Foundation supports the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a single-gender public school in the Fort Worth ISD. Their purpose is to provide funding for programs that enhance academic achievement and offer leadership opportunities that promote the success of every student in college, career and life. Funds are requested for after-school programs, standardized test prep, leadership and service activities, etiquette courses and technology training.

The mission of the Friends of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy is to invest in and empower endangered young men to develop as leaders and role models for the community. They support an academically rigorous, character-based, single-gender education that includes rich experiences outside of school. Funding will increase student access and exposure through college visits, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) opportunities, leadership opportunities, faculty enrichment and program support.

Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas provides vulnerable, underserved girls ages 6-18 in Dallas with the support and resources they need to thrive and overcome opportunity gaps. Each year, over 1,000 girls participate in afterschool and summer activities at neighborhood locations (Love Field, South Dallas, and Oak Cliff) and through community outreach with area schools and partnering agencies. Funding will support onsite programs, community outreach, and the Eureka! STEM program, all for girls.

H.O.P.E. is a volunteer-driven organization that offers free one-on-one tutoring to children in 3rd - 8th grade in schools located in east and central and southeast Arlington. The typical student is academically at-risk, comes from a low-income family whose parents lack the skills to help, and often faces language barriers. H.O.P.E. is known for its success with students and helps build an "I can" attitude. Funding is requested to support H.O.P.E.'s endeavor to help kids.

Heart House provides safety, education, and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children living in Vickery Meadow. They use knowledge as a catalyst to combat poverty and inequality for vulnerable children in our city. Through Head, Heart, and Hands (H3), they offer afterschool and summer programs, including homework help, social and emotional learning, specialized curricula and field trips to increase opportunities for success. Funding is requested for art and play therapy supplies, staff training, and evaluation.

High-Tech High Heels aims to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Funds are requested to support summer and after-school programs for girls (elementary to high school) and enhance each teacher's and school counselor's ability to encourage, develop, and guide all students to their best ability.

ISW Academy is the educational school program within It’s a Sensory World! (ISW). They celebrate and challenge children with autism, Down syndrome, and Communication/Sensory Processing Disorders to reach their full potential in education and home life regardless of their diagnosis. Funds are needed to keep these services affordable to the community. Nearly 30% of their $850,000 budget depends on donors.

Junior Achievement of Dallas’ (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA's educational focus centers around three pillars for student success: entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workplace readiness. For many students, these essential skills are not taught in school or modeled at home. They request funding to support program implementation costs, including purchasing program materials and the expenses associated with volunteer recruitment and training.

Key School’s mission is overcoming learning differences to create individualized educational success. Founded in 1966, Key School serves students with dyslexia and other learning differences through a summer program and nine-month school. Key School offers student-to-teacher ratio average of 4:1, curriculum focused on Greek and Latin roots, and Certified Academic Language Therapists. Funds are requested for financial aid, technology, and curriculum needs.

Since 1961, LIFT has worked to change lives and strengthen communities by providing literacy programs and workforce skill development for low-literate adults. Volunteers offer instruction in basic reading, GED preparation, and English language acquisition. Funds are requested to 1) upgrade curricula to align with state adult learning standards, 2) implement multisensory practices to better serve adults with learning differences, and 3) to implement and maintain a strategic, integrated technology plan.

Marshall's Dream is a nonprofit organization that specializes in social and academic advancement for economically disadvantaged youth and families. Funds are requested for: 1) Project Innovation, which provides learning technologies such as iPads, Kindles, and laptops to students; 2) The Denise Project, which provides food and clothing support to impoverished children and families; and 3) Marshall's Dream Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to high school seniors and enrolled college students.

McKinney Gifted & Talented Alliance (MGTA), formerly known as ALPHA Parents Support, is the support group for McKinney Independent School District's Gifted and Talented Program. MGTA aspires to connect members with the people and information necessary to enhance awareness, effectiveness, and a sense of community in parenting and guiding gifted and talented children. MGTA supports, facilitates and encourages the development of programs for gifted and talented students both in school and through extracurricular activities and events.

Mi Escuelita Preschool’s mission is to teach English to children from all cultures and prepare them for academic success. Through partnerships with Head Start of Greater Dallas and Uplift Education, Mi Escuelita offers full and half-day preschool programs in an English immersion environment to low-income and at-risk children across Dallas County. In the 2018-19 school year, Mi Escuelita plans to serve more than 650 children. Funds are requested to support the Early Childhood Education program.

Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) trains Montessori teachers, including educators serving low-income families throughout Dallas County. MINT-trained teachers deliver high quality, free early childhood education to at-risk children in Dallas ISD. They also support children’s development, building strong skills in academics, leadership, self-discipline, responsibility, independence, and initiative. Funding will support elementary training courses, scholarships for teachers of at-risk children, and coaching for public Montessori teachers.

Since 1971, Open Door Preschool has prepared children for academic success by providing nurturing, quality, affordable education in a Christian environment. Extended hours (7:00am-5:30 pm), affordable tuition (maximum $400/month), and high-quality programming (NAEYC accredited) make this school a critical resource for families. More than just childcare, their school prepares young students for kindergarten and empowers families by giving them the ability to work while their children learn.

Over 60,000 people receive housing assistance through DHA (formerly Dallas Housing Authority), and 52% of those are children under 18. The goal of Opportunity Rising is to help families move towards self-sufficiency and independence. Opportunity Rising believes that education is a key to ending poverty, and everyone deserves an opportunity to pursue higher education and lifelong learning. Funding will support DHA residents who will enter college for the first time, return to college, or work toward a GED or technical school completion.

The Perot Museum’s mission is to inspire minds through nature and science. Funds are requested for the Financial Aid program, which allows students from low-income (Title I) schools to experience Perot Museum exhibits, classroom lab programs, and other “amaze-your-brain” activities. The Museum believes that these types of experiences unlock a world of possibilities for future generations. They aim to provide $500,000 of financial aid to serve 120,000 students this year.

Readers 2 Leaders (R2L) provides Team Read tutoring through in-school, after-school and summer camp programs to West Dallas children who are reading below grade level so they can catch up and achieve their dreams. In 2016-17, students gained 1.5 years of skills in one year of tutoring, and 94 percent of campers did not experience the summer slide. Funds are requested to support Team Read and to help R2L provide training for other nonprofits who wish to offer literacy tutoring.

Reading Partners works to ensure that students in local under-resourced elementary schools are provided with individualized instruction to acquire proficient reading skills. They recruit and train community volunteers to provide 1:1 education to students who are reading six months to 2.5 years below grade level. Student-tutor pairs work for 45 minutes twice a week, and the results are dramatic; the average student more than doubles his or her rate of learning while in the program.

REAL School Gardens believes every child deserves a REAL education, filled with experiences that make lessons meaningful and memorable. Their outdoor classrooms and teacher training programs for low-income schools grow more effective teachers and more engaged students who learn by doing. Their partner schools have seen standardized test pass rates increase 12-15%. Funds are requested to help the neediest students accomplish academic achievement through hands-on learning.

The Sci­Tech Discovery Center provides dynamic educational experiences that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace discovery and innovation through the active exploration of science. Funding is requested to allow Title I students in Collin County to enjoy all the STEM programming Sci-Tech offers free of charge. Science for All includes camp scholarships, after-school programming for Title I schools and free admission for low-income families.

Silicon Andhra is a non-profit organization with goals to maintain and perpetuate the Telugu Samskruti (Culture), Sahityam (Literature) and Sampradayam (Tradition) among the Telugu speaking people of the USA. Silicon Andhra is committed to raise the awareness of the Telugu culture among the residents of the US and integrate it seamlessly with the mainstream US culture by organizing unique cultural and literary events that depict the rich cultural heritage traditions and arts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana.

St. Francis Montessori, located in south Irving, offers a Montessori education to DFW students ages 3-12. St. Francis Montessori is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale, and is the only bilingual Montessori school in south Irving. Their tuition averages 46% less than the national average, and they offer financial aid to 100% of families who apply for assistance. Funds are requested for the building/expansion program to benefit growing classes, special needs students, and the new bilingual program.

St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School provides a quality, Catholic education in a safe and nurturing environment for students in grades Pre-K through 8 in the West Dallas community. Funds are requested to support: 1) their full-time counseling program, which serves their students' social-emotional needs; 2) the cost of software used in the blended learning initiative, where teachers use adaptive programs to meet students at their level; and 3) tuition assistance for the families of St. Mary of Carmel.

St. Simon’s After-School's purpose is to implement free after-school programs, focused on academic achievement, in under-served Dallas ISD elementary schools. St. Simon's serves 800 children annually, at a cost of $300 per student per day that school is in session. The $300 underwrites the professional teacher, educational assistance through grade-specific tutoring, enrichment activities, program supplies, and brand new grade-level reading books.

talkSTEM provides varied programs, partnerships, and platforms to show all students, teachers, and the greater community that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) is relevant and accessible to all. Funds are requested to 1) support existing programming in partnership with public spaces, 2) develop new programming, 3) provide teacher development workshops in DISD schools, and 4) support and expand afterschool club programming.

Teaching Trust is an educational leadership development organization working to eliminate the achievement gap for low-income students by building high-quality leaders at all levels in and across public schools. They train school leaders in critical practices to drive whole school transformation. Teaching Trust currently serves 750 school leaders in 140+ schools reaching 70,000 students. Funds are requested to grow program capacity to drive academic improvement for more children in Dallas and Fort Worth

Commit strengthens educational outcomes in Dallas County by leveraging data and community expertise. Commit works collaboratively to measure what matters, identify best practices and share what works best across all Dallas schools through Early Matters Dallas, the Dallas County Promise, and Best in Class. The Early Matters Initiatives seek to increase the access to and quality of early childhood education and will increase the number of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolling in high-quality Pre-K by 1,000.

The Concilio's mission is to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. Funds are requested to give parents the knowledge and resources needed to support their child's path to graduate high school and enroll in higher education. A $50 monthly gift will help change education opportunities for one family. The Concilio served over 11,000 individuals in 2017 across the Dallas Fort-Worth area.

The Dallas Chapter of The Links, Incorporated provides community outreach in the arts, education and social services. A primary focus of the chapter is to help ensure that young women in our community graduate from high school prepared to pursue degrees and careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts, and math) through enrollment in their STEAM Academy. The current priority funding areas are STEAM education, providing college scholarships, and services to low-income seniors.

The Winston School provides individualized educational opportunities for learning disabled students. They are a college prep institution that believes every student deserves a learning plan that fits their needs. Their students are offered unique opportunities through their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs. Funds are requested to support programs in their 3D art studio, equipment for Winston Solar Academy (a student-built solar car) and technology for their Innovation Lab (which will open August 2018).

Trinity River Mission provides educational and social opportunities to at-risk K-12 students and families that inspire them to change the trajectory of their lives for the better. On average, 95% of their students graduate, and 90% enroll in post-secondary education, many of whom are the first in their family to do so. Their funding is requested for program staff salaries, college prep expenses (e.g., college visits, career exploration events), and technology access to help students reach their potential.

The University of Dallas (UD) is ranked as one of the country’s best colleges by Forbes, Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. UD offers a unique curriculum based on the idea that truth and virtue exist and are the primary ends of education. A superb faculty teaches a nationally recognized Core Curriculum. Funds are requested for the COR Fund which helps supports the education of their students, 96% of whom receive some financial aid.

UNT seeks to advance educational excellence. Funding is requested to build STEAM at UNT, pairing science, technology, engineering, and math with arts programs to cultivate multidisciplinary research and innovation. Also, funds are requested for Emerald Eagle Scholars, which provides college access for top students with financial need. Finally, UNT seeks support for the UNT Autism Center of Excellence, which drives interventions, training, treatment, and research supporting people with autism.

Uplift Education is the most extensive public charter school network in North Texas, serving over 17,500 scholars in pre-k through 12th grade on 19 campuses across the DFW metroplex. Each school provides a free, college-preparatory education in a community that has limited high-quality public education options. Funds are requested to support Road to College programming, K-12 literacy efforts, and social-emotional learning and health initiatives.

Wesley-Rankin Community Center works to elevate, educate and engage West Dallas. Funding is requested to support 1) the K-12 afterschool program that adds groundbreaking enrichment to academic support, in addition to summer camp, where hands-on STEAM activities combat summer slide; 2) the Academy for Adult Education, where women become teachers and leaders; and 3) the senior program that provides the comfort of community in addition to 9,000 yearly meals.

The World Affairs Council has been educating North Texans on the international aspects of business, politics, culture and foreign policy since 1951. Annually, the Council presents 90+ speaker events, impacts 7,000+ students through their Global Young Leaders program and works with the City of Dallas and U.S. State Department to host delegations from around the world. Funding will support global education programs for high school students, including career days, leadership training and more.

Young Women's Preparatory Network partners with public school districts to create and support all-girls college-preparatory public schools. 84% of their Dallas County students are low-income and eager to use education to break the cycle of poverty. Funding will support the Road to College Program. This initiative creates an atmosphere of high academic expectations, achievement, and accountability that is rare in the public school environment, resulting in 100% high school graduation and college acceptance for their students.

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