In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), established in 1987, is an international research and education center focused on expanding their knowledge of the plant world to inspire a sustainable planet by bringing awareness of the value of plants to life. BRIT employs 5 Ph.D. and 5 masterslevel scientists. The agency is requesting funds for Green Revolution, an environmental program designed for 6th-12th grade students to get outdoors to explore science using experimental methods. Funding is also requested for scholarships to fund study trips for teachers at Title I schools through their E-STEM Boot Camp series for teachers and to support professional development in preschool centers in low income areas of Fort Worth.
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Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is managed by Audubon Texas Its mission is to instill a shared appreciation and sense of stewardship for the natural world through hands-on nature education and conservation. The organization is seeking funds to help underwrite the cost of the Eco-Investigation program, which seeks to strengthen science literacy, ignite interest in the natural environment, and encourage conservation stewardship action by immersing middle school students in their local ecosystem.
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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center focuses on the conservation of threatened/endangered species, conducting scientific research, training of professionals, responsible management of natural resources and public education. The organization is requesting funding to expand its outreach program focused on conservation to 27 additional schools serving K-12. The organization is also seeking funding to purchase a used vehicle for education tours and to build a safe house for students and visitors in case of severe weather.
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Friends of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Friends of Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) supports a 2000-acre nature preserve to preserve and restore native Texas ecosystems and biodiversity while providing opportunities for environmental education, research, and recreation. The agency is requesting funds for Environmental Education for Girls, an after-school pilot program for middle school girls that focuses on science TEKS; a skid steer loader, equipment used for the removal of invasive plants that threaten the natural environment; and to rebuild more than 2 miles of boardwalk over the wetlands connecting to the most popular trail at LLELA, the Bittern Marsh Trail.
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Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail
Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail was established in 2002 to spearhead the planning, construction and enhancement of a 7.8-mile non-motorized bike, hike, commuter and recreational trail that will eventually connect over 70 miles of trail, including the connection from Katy Trail to the Trinity River. The organization is requesting funds for environmental restoration of the original Trinity River channel and partnership with UNT to collect baseline data through biotic and abiotic surveys, which test naturally occurring organisms in the environment as well as sunlight, temperature, wind patterns, and precipitation. Funding will help create a plan for sustainable and ecologically sound landscapes, which could provide storm water management, air quality improvement, carbon reduction and habitat restoration of the channel.
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Great Plains Restoration Council
Great Plains Restoration Council (GPRC) is an ecological health organization that helps people take care of their own health through restoring and protecting damaged prairies, plains, and waters. GPRC seeks funds to help with land acquisition of 200+ upland prairie acres which protect the biological heart of the planned Fort Worth Prairie Park.
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Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy
The Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy is charged with the preservation, conservation, maintenance and thoughtful development of Lee Park & Arlington Hall. The organization is requesting funds to match a challenge gift of $500,000 to support ongoing operations, maintenance and preservation of Lee Park and Arlington Hall. Funds are also requested for lighting to increase safe passage through the park onto the Katy Trail and for the replacement of trees lost due to weather/drought and age.
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NatureReach seeks to bring nature-related programs to the community and to be an advocate for environmental literacy and sustainability to community organizations. This agency seeks funding to support nature-related STEAM workshops in collaboration with the Girl Scouts; the distribution of bird feeders and related supplies to nursing homes; and to provide science related equipment for nature related programs for homeschoolers, after-school, and youth programs in Tarrant County.
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Promise of Peace Gardens
Promise of Peace Gardens (P.O.P.) was established in 2009 to seek simple solutions for stagnant circumstances in urban communities. P.O.P. partners with communities across North Texas to transform vacant spaces into thriving places by building community gardens such as those at Bayles Elementary, Agape Memorial United Methodist Church and Emanuel Community Garden. Funding is requested for garden management, maintenance, and expansion for three gardens; for 8 week programming focusing on horticulture, environmental art, cooking and life skills; and for future neighborhood garden markets to host guest artists and musicians to connect the community to local talent.
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River Legacy Foundation
River Legacy Foundation uses the land along the Trinity River and its tributaries as an educational, recreational and natural resource by collaborating with the Arlington Public Library and the Arlington Independent School District. The organization is seeking funding to support Field Investigations and other environmental education programs at the Living Science Center to PK -8th grade students; to purchase 20 wireless handheld digital microscopes and iPads to enhance science and environmental education programs; and to enhance classrooms, learning laboratories and environmental stewardship space in the Living Science Center.
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Texas Master Naturalist
Texas Master Naturalist develops a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within Denton, Cooke, and Wise counties. The organization is seeking funding for a laptop for outside speakers' Power Point presentations; for advertisement to recruit volunteers; and for materials to help facilitate the education of adults and children (i.e. geological supplies, insect nets, books, etc).
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Texas Trees Foundation
Texas Tree Foundation's mission is to preserve, beautify and expand parks, streets and other public natural green spaces by planting trees and offering educational programs. Funding is requested to create a landscape plan and outdoor learning center for 1 of 4 projected Cool Schools, a program which seeks to increase tree canopy to 20%, add shade to playgrounds, and create an outdoor learning center. Additional funding is requested to fund a NeighborWoods project to plant 100 trees in underserved communities and to host conferences reporting the findings of the Dallas Urban Heat Island Report.
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Trinity Environmental Academy
Trinity Environmental Academy (TriEA) opened in 2015 as the first public charter/private college partnership in Texas. An environmentally focused charter school located on the historic campus of Paul Quinn College, TriEA currently serves kindergarten, first and sixth grades. The school seeks to provide an innovative, community-based environmental education. Funding is requested to help provide mentoring opportunities for young women of TriEA to engage with women in STEM fields and to renovate a 50,000 square foot science building that sits on the edge of the Great Trinity Forest.
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White Rock Lake Conservancy
The White Rock Lake Conservancy was created in 2007 to enhance the identity, beauty, and safety of White Rock Lake in partnership with the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. As a result of President Roosevelt’s 1933 New Deal, many improvements to White Rock Lake Park were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Conservancy is requesting funds to complete the renovation of the historic Stone Tables picnic area, which includes: rebuilding 13 stone picnic tables, restoring the original Lily Pond, and renovating restrooms.
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Celeste AristaCeleste Arista
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