Health

In Fall 2017, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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29 Acres
29 Acres will begin providing housing and life skills training for adults with autism spectrum disorder in 2018. Funds are requested for start-up costs including: curriculum for the transitioning to independent living; consulting fees for an expert on transition adults with autism to independent living; and staffing and administrative costs.
www.29acres.org
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Agape Clinic
The Agape Clinic has provided primary and specialty medical care to uninsured and underinsured clients throughout North Texas for nearly 34 years. Agape Clinic provides care at one-eighth of the real world cost of services, giving $8 worth of treatment for every $1 donated. Funding is requested for the following: employing scribes to help alleviate some of the work caused by transitioning to electronic medical records; for patient medications/prescriptions; and patient care at a cost of $45/patient.
www.theagapeclinic.org
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AIDS Interfaith Network
AIDS Interfaith Network (AIN) works to prevent the spread of HIV, and services persons living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations. AIN currently serves 2,000 individuals with HIV/AIDS, and another 12,000 individuals through education and prevention. Funds are requested for: 1) the Daire Center Nutrition program, which provides over 24,000 meals per year to over 450 unduplicated clients; 2) the Manos Unidas Spanish-speaking program that provides HIV education, testing and counseling; and 3) capital expenses to renovate AIN's new space it is required to move to, as their current building has been bought out.
www.aindallas.org
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AIDS Services of Dallas
AIDS Services of Dallas provides affordable housing to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, it provides HIV/AIDS advocacy and education. The affordable housing is provided through four apartment complexes, which serve up to 225 individuals. Funds are requested to replace kitchen equipment that serves over 42,000 meals annually. Funds are also requested to replace a truck, used for property maintenance, and a van, used for resident transportation and food services.
www.aidsdallas.org
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Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation (AiRS)
Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Foundation (AiRS) provides women access to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy. In addition, it provides advocacy to help clients navigate the difficult and confusing paperwork and find the best, most financially reasonable hospitals, surgeons and staff. Funds are requested for items not covered by insurance, as well as the salary of both an existing part-time Director of Advocates, and a new Executive Director.
www.airsfoundation.org
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American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a national organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and services to cancer patients and their families. The society is the largest nongovernmental, nonprofit funder of cancer research in the U.S. Funding is requested for the following: conducting and supporting research; construction of Hope Lodge Dallas, to provide free, high-quality, temporary lodging near treatment centers for cancer patients and their families; and general support for the Transportation Assistance Program, which helps transport patients to medical appointments so that they can receive necessary treatment they might otherwise miss. (no data)
www.cancer.org
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American Foundation for the Blind, Center on Vision Loss
Established in 1921, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Center on Vision Loss expands possibilities for those with vision loss by broadening access to technology, improving quality of information available to professionals who serve people with vision loss and their families, friends, and colleagues. AFB serves 900 individuals at the Center annually. Funding is requested for the formalization of the agency's visually-impaired volunteer program. Funding is also requested to update assistive technologies (any item, piece of equipment, software, program, or product system used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities). Funding is finally requested to support new marketing initiatives including display materials and hiring a local Dallas PR firm to improve the Center's outreach in the Dallas area.
www.afb.org
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American Heart Association
The American Heart Association's (AHA's) mission is to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. AHA has 30 million volunteers and trains over 15 million people a year in CPR. Funds are requested to support one of four research programs: Predoctoral Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Scientist Development Grant and Innovative Research Grant. Additionally funds are requested to close the gap on funding needed for worthy research in Dallas. In 2016, AHA funded $8.5 million in heart disease and stroke research, but $3.0 million of worthy research went unfunded.
www.heart.org
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Baylor Health Care System Foundation
Baylor Health Care System Foundation supports Baylor Scott & White Health, a nonprofit network of 49 hospitals and 800 health care access points that provide personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education, and research. Funds are requested for: 1) oncology research through 125 clinical trials with 800 participating patients; 2) the 226 cardiovascular research studies being conducted; and 3) Stop the Bleed which aims to reduce preventable death due to hemorrhaging by training first responders to train community members how to perform bleeding control.
www.give.baylorhealth.com
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Bryan's House
Bryan's House serves children and their families by providing medically managed child care, respite care, and community-based, family-centered support services. Funding is requested for the following programs: Early Childhood Education, which provides children with special health needs and their siblings the experience of an active-learning environment tailored to accommodate individual needs and educational goals; and Family Support Services, which assists families with rent, utilities, financial coaching, case management, and short-term housing.
www.bryanshouse.org
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Cancer Blows/The Ryan Anthony Foundation
Through exciting and unique musical events featuring talents of brass musicians worldwide, CancerBlows and The Ryan Anthony Foundation raises awareness and funds to support cancer research with a focus on blood cancers and multiple myeloma. Funds are requested to conduct a study on the impact of music therapy on chemo patients. Funds are also requested for operating expenses which have expanded since hiring an Executive Director and a Bookkeeper.
www.cancerblows.com
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Cancer Foundation for Life
Cancer Foundation for Life aims to enhance quality of life and survival for individuals living with cancer through exercise and nutritional programs, such as FitSTEPs for Life (FSFL). In 2016, FSFL served 478 cancer patients who exercised in 11,067 sessions. Funds are requested for a new rehabilitation treadmill, a new rehabilitation elliptical, and fitness bands.
www.cancerfoundationforlife.org
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Center for BrainHealth and Brain Performance Institute
The mission of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas Dallas is to enhance, protect, and restore brain health across the lifespan. Funds are requested to bring the two following programs to the Dallas Police. Funds are requested for Positive Mindfulness training which incorporates positive psychology and mindfulness, both of which are proven to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, enhance decision-making, and significantly improve well-being. Funds are also requested for Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART) which will equip the officers through strategic attention, integrated reasoning and innovation/new solutions, actions, ideas and perspective. The Center has funding to reach 150 officers through SMART training, and 350 through positive mindfulness, but would like to expand to reach all 3,000 DPD officers.
www.centerforbrainhealth.org
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Children's Medical Center Foundation
Children's Medical Center Foundation pursues and secures philanthropic contributions to allow Children's Health System of Texas fulfill its mission to make life better for children. Children's serves about 280,000 patients annually. Funds are requested to surpass industry standard and ensure that all nurses serving the hospital hold a Bachelor's degree. To achieve this, it needs to provide scholarship funding for the remaining 330 nurses that do not have their Bachelor's degrees. Funds are also requested for patient puppets and interactive games to help with patient education, distraction and entertainment.
give.childrens.com
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Community Dental Care
Established over 50 years ago, Community Dental Care provides oral care for low-to-moderate individuals in North Texas, from preventive services to orthodontics and endodontics. Funds are requested for dental care for seniors 60 and older, and adults ages 19-59. Costs for senior care are anticipated to be $200,000, while costs for adults 19-59 are expected to be $150,000.
www.communitydentalcare.org
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Cuisine for Healing
Cuisine for Healing aims to educate the community regarding the healing and preventive capacity of food, and makes nutritious food easily available to people who are combatting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Funding is requested for the following: support for the Outreach Food program to provide Cuisine for Healing certified meals to low to moderate-income families; and support for the agency's Power of Food Education Classes, which include cooking classes and free recipes.
www.cuisineforhealing.org
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Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind
Founded in 1931, Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind's mission is to create jobs and promote the quality of life and independence for blind and visually impaired people in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: remodeling and expansion of the Capitol Avenue main campus in Dallas; call center/customer service training to provide upward mobility for blind clients; and a new HVAC system and solar conversion for high energy efficiency.
www.dallaslighthouse.org
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Dallas Services
Dallas Services fosters independence and community inclusiveness for those with vision loss and/or special needs. Services include a Low Vision Clinic that provides low-vision exams to all ages, including those with cognitive and developmental delays, as well as an inclusive early childhood education program. Funds are requested for the following: 30 handheld HD video magnifiers for low-income, low-vision patients; and program support for low-vision diagnostic services for low-income adults and seniors.
www.dallasservices.org/low-vision-clinic/
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Dental Health for Arlington
Dental Health Arlington provides preventive and pain-relieving dental care to low-income residents and educates children about proper oral hygiene habits. It treats nearly 2,500 patients per year and reaches over 29 schools and 9,000 students annually. Funds are requested for operating costs including salaries, supplies and equipment.
www.dentalhealtharlington.org
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DKMS
DKMS works to fight against blood cancers--mostly leukemia and lymphoma. In 2016, they connected 477 bone marrow donors with transplants recipients. Funds are requested to support the registration of new donors. The cost to register each donor is $65.
www.dkms.org
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DME Exchange of Dallas
The Durable Medical Equipment Exchange of Dallas (DME Exchange of Dallas) helps uninsured, underinsured, and low-income residents of Dallas County receive the durable medical equipment they need by collecting donated equipment and, sanitizing, refurbishing, and distributing it to qualified clients. Since its establishment in December 2012, DME Exchange of Dallas has given more than 3,250 pieces of equipment, including wheelchairs, walkers and shower chairs to over 2,300 clients. Funds are requested to: 1) increase the number of clients from 88 to 125 per month; 2) conduct 12, up from 6, community collection days annually to meet the demand; and 3) fund a part-time bio-technician to refurbish and sanitize more equipment.
www.dfwdmeexchange.org
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Drug Prevention Resources
Founded in 1935, Drug Prevention Resources provides prevention education to youth and builds community coalitions to support a safe and drug-free environment in North Texas. Funds are requested for a full-time prevention specialist to target youth and parents in affluent areas where the stigma of addiction is higher, but drug use is just as high as in low-income communities. In addition funds are requested for a program coordinator who will increase the number of public service announcements to increase the number of teen/parent conversations. Finally, funds are requested to target small companies with workplace drug prevention.
drugfreegeneration.org
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Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry
Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry provides intervention strategies, social and spiritual services, and rehabilitation programs to chemically-dependent individuals in North Texas to help rebuild their lives, families, and communities. The organization serves 60 individuals annually. Funding is requested to support the Women Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (WARM) which provides residential treatment and relapse prevention.
www.armdallas.org
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Grant Halliburton Foundation
Founded in memory of Grant Halliburton who took his life at age 19, the Grant Halliburton Foundation aims to prevent suicide, promote better mental health, and strengthen the network of mental health resources available to teens and young adults. Grant Halliburton partners with 50 mental health professionals and educated over 21,000 individuals in 2016. Funds are requested for expansion efforts for the organization's educational programming which targets adults and youth. Additionally funds are requested for the HereForTexas.com website which is a searchable website that lists over 500 mental health care providers and services. Finally funds are requested to create a mental health navigation line that will help address callers' needs, identify appropriate resources and care options, and overcome barriers to seeking care.
www.granthalliburton.org
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Hanna4Hope
Founded in memory of Hanna Clark, who took her life at age 15, Hanna4Hope provides a variety of resources for parents, family, teens, school districts, and community organizations to raise awareness of the signs of suicide. Annually it reaches about 1,700 students, and up to 80 parents at each of its workshops. Funding is requested for Teen Committees and School Clubs, which are programs designed to train students, teachers and faculty on the warning signs of suicide and to create an open dialogue environment within schools. Funding is also requested for operating expenses and for the development of Spanish materials.
www.hanna4hope.com
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Hatching Hope Foundation
Founded in 2013, Hatching Hope Foundation educates, encourages, and advocates for families affected directly or indirectly by autism spectrum disorder and other related disabilities, with a particular focus on raising awareness in underrepresented communities across North Texas. Funding is requested for educational workshops, including a bullying and autism spectrum disorder program, designed to educate K-12th grade students; and the autism vision program, designed to help parents create a two-year action plan that will benefit their autistic child and the family as a whole.
www.hatchinghope.org
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Healing Hands Ministries
Healing Hands Ministries serves economically disadvantaged residents in Dallas County, with a particular emphasis on refugee families, by offering high quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services. Funds are requested for a capital campaign for an OB/GYN clinic in Vickery Meadow.
www.healinghandsdallas.org
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Health Services of North Texas
Health Services of North Texas (HSNT) provides comprehensive health care, social services, and advocacy throughout North Texas to improve the quality of life, remove health disparities, and empower communities to live healthier lives. In 2016, HSNT served 12,636 unduplicated patients through 40,735 medical visits. Funds are requested for a capital campaign for a new medical clinic that will enable HSNT to serve an additional 1,200 patients. Additionally funds are requested for medical and integrated behavioral healthcare.
www.healthntx.org
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Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration
Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration works to improve the health of the community through a collaborative partnership of health care systems, public health organizations, universities and other community partners. Funds are requested for the continuation of the healthy corner store program, which provides access to corner stores that accept SNAP and provide healthy food in food deserts.
www.healthytarrant.org
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Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County
The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) is a partnership of over 40 agencies and organizations committed to a systematic eradication of childhood, vaccine-preventable diseases. ICTC has given more than 115,000 vaccines to children since its establishment in 1991. Funding is requested for awareness and outreach; low-cost vaccine events; and support for its contracted non-profit professional that helps out the otherwise all-volunteer organization.
www.ictchome.org
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Incarnation House
Incarnation House provides afterschool programming for low-income and homeless youth. Since inception the organization has served over 96 youth. Funds are requested for transportation through a shuttle service run by off-duty/retired police officers to take students home after programming is over. In addition, funds are requested for food for snacks and dinner each night the program operates.
incarnationhouse.org
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Legacy Counseling Center, Inc.
Legacy Counseling Center provides affordable mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and housing services for people living with HIV/AIDS to create a healthier, happier community. Annually the organization serves over 1,100 individuals. Funding is requested for: 1) general operating support; 2) mental health therapy, including individual, couples/family counseling, group therapy, 24-hour emergency on-call and home and hospice visits; and 3) substance abuse treatment programming, a twelve-step program with HIV-specific group treatment and individual therapy.
www.legacycares.org
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Leukemia Texas
Leukemia Texas is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting leukemia through research funding and patient aid in Texas. Since its establishment in 1970, Leukemia Texas has awarded more than $7 million in research grants and patient aid. Funds are requested for the patient aid program which helps hundreds of leukemia patients annually through financial assistance. Additionally, funds are requested for cutting-edge research at institutions such as Cook Children's Medical Center, Baylor Research Institute, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.
www.leukemiatexas.org
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LifeSavers Foundation
Located in Richardson, LifeSavers Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit that operates: a re-sale shop that provides free goods to low-income individuals, a community mobile sonogram, and a mobile pediatric clinic. In six months, the mobile pediatric clinic saw over 530 patients, and had to turn away over 600. Funds are requested for operating costs of the mobile pediatric clinic.
www.lifesaversfoundation.org
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Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic has a 45-year history of providing primary health care in West Dallas, Oak Cliff and the surrounding areas. It serves about 22,000 patients annually. Funds are requested for the following: 1) Healthy Parents = Healthy Families, an immunization program that targets parents; 2) Integrated Behavioral Health, mental health screening, intervention and treatment; and 3) Gift of Breath & Life, which provides nebulizers and ancillary systems for low-income patients suffering with severe asthma.
www.losbarriosunidos.org
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Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers
Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers expands treatment options for all cancer patients through investigational vaccine, gene, and cellular therapies. Through their Patient Molecular Registry program, Mary Crowley works to understand the molecular signals driving cancer cell growth for each patient, and designs treatments in clinical trials that target those signals. Funding is requested to support the Patient Molecular Registry program, and the Breast Cancer Clinical Trials program which presently has seven clinical trials open.
www.marycrowley.org
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Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas provides advocacy, support services, educational and preventive programs to create a community dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses. Funding is requested for We Help Ourselves (WHO®), a program designed to teach youth how to avoid school violence, assault, bullying, peer pressure, child abuse, sexual harassment, and emotional abuse through specialized curriculum in schools.
www.mhadallas.org
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Mercy House Ministries
Located in Colleyville, Mercy House provides single, pregnant women a safe and nurturing home, pregnancy care, education, counseling, life skills training, and Christian discipleship. Funding is requested for the following: for the purchase of a passenger van to transport moms and their babies; for the annual salary for a house mom for a second location, allowing them to double their capacity; and operating expenses.
www.mercyhouse.org
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Methodist Health System Foundation
Methodist Health System serves the Greater Dallas area by providing compassionate and quality health care to save and improve lives. First, funds are requested to create a Trauma Simulation Center to train over 200 surgeons, medical and fellowship students, as well as 1,500 nurses and nursing interns. The Center is created to train staff for disaster, active shooter and terror attack incidents. Second, funds are requested for the Chronic Care Management program which addresses patients who have diabetes, need education on managing the disease, and have high-risk needs associated with diabetes, reducing the need for emergency room visits. Finally, funds are requested for the Methodist Dallas College and Career Pathways program, offering high school juniors and seniors college and career-readiness training in a hospital setting through mentoring, volunteerism and educational workshops.
www.foundation.methodisthealthsystem.org
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Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation
Established in 1977, Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation supports the growth of the hospital in the Richardson community. Last year, the hospital provided 34,545 emergency room visits, 73,769 outpatient visits and 10,000 admittances. The Medical Center has seen an increase in certain digestive disease since 2014. Funds are requested to purchase equipment for a new Center for Complex Surgeries and Digestive Diseases. Additionally funds are requested for the Asian Breast Health Outreach program, to target the growing Asian population in Richardson who are more susceptible to breast cancer. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among Asian women.
www.methodisthealthsystem.org
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NAMI Denton County
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Denton County provides support groups, educational tools, a phone line service, and a website to improve quality of life of all individuals and families affected by mental illness. Funding is requested for the following: NAMI education courses for peers, family members, caregivers and significant others of those suffering from mental illness; and a new cell phone and service contract that will allow them to rotate the phone among volunteers.
www.namidenton.org
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National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about the early detection of kidney disease, promoting prevention, increasing organ transplantation and educating individuals to improve the overall health literacy throughout communities. Funds are requested for: the KEEP Healthy Program (Kidney Early Evaluation Program) in South Dallas to help identify individuals at high risk for kidney disease and provide them with a kidney health assessment and path for follow-up care if necessary; and Camp Reynal, which allows Dallas/Fort Worth children ages 8-16 with kidney diseases or a kidney transplant to experience a week-long camp.
www.kidney.org
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Neuro-Fitness Foundation
Located in Euless, Texas, Neuro-Fitness Foundation served as a free fitness facility for approximately 300 disabled individuals over the span of ten years. Funding is requested to enable expansion programming for wounded warriors, disabled veterans, and disabled children. Funding is also requested to contribute to the operations of the organization, including additional training and education for the sole full-time employee and additions to the part-time staff.
www.neurofitnessfoundation.org
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North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens
North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt) was established to be a large-scale, local effort to reduce teen pregnancy through a collective impact approach combining the expertise of over 54 organizations. Ntarupt works to create a common language and community narrative focusing on health and well-being of adolescents across North Texas by creating environments that encourage conversations about relationships and sexual health. Funding is requested to preserve and grow Project Ntarupt, a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that aims to refer clients ot healthcare and deliver evidence-based, medically accurate interventions to 1,500 youths and parents across Dallas.
www.ntarupt.org
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Pastoral Counseling Center
For almost 50 years, the Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) has provided mental health services for vulnerable families in poverty. Funding is requested to support the Integrated Mental Health Care Program at North Dallas Shared Ministries, which provides community-based, culturally sensitive counseling and psycho-education to help families recover and build resiliency. Funding is also requested to subsidize counseling and psycho-education for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families, which will be provided in collaboration with the Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children of UT Southwestern and Children's Health.
www.pccdallas.org
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PediPlace
With clinics in Lewisville and Dallas, PediPlace provides pediatric healthcare for uninsured or underinsured children, who would go without care or would unnecessarily use the emergency room. Annually Pediplace serves on average 6,588 unduplicated children in 25,564 office visits. Funding is requested for the following: funding which allows it to provide free and low-cost services to families served; the Healthy Babies program which provides free access to all six recommend pediatric visits; and the Family Care Fund, which provides financial assistance for families to receive lab work and prescription medications.
www.pediplace.org
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Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
For over 80 years Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) has created healthier communities by providing comprehensive reproductive and related healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive justice in Texas. PPGT health centers located in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Waco, Paris, Tyler, and surrounding communities have provided well-woman gynecological exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and screenings for anemia and hypertension, birth control including emergency contraception, HPV vaccines, rapid HIV testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy testing, sex education, and referrals to other medical and social services. Last year, PPGT provided healthcare to nearly 70,000 patients and health education to over 15,000 students, parents and educators. Funding is requested for general operations and breast and cervical cancer screenings. Last year, PPGT provided nearly 7,000 cervical cancer screenings, over 8,000 breast cancer screenings, and nearly 600 diagnostic and treatment procedures. Funding is also requested for long-acting reversible contraception.
www.ppgreatertx.org
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Prevent Blindness Texas
Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT) works to prevent blindness, preserve sight, and enhance and extend the quality of vision for all residents of Texas. In 2016, PBT screened the eyes of 10,101 adults and 19,686 children. Funds are requested to train student nurses in vision screening through Dallas County Community Colleges.
www.preventblindnesstexas.org
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Project Access Tarrant County
Project Access Tarrant County (PATC) is a network of volunteer physicians, partnering hospitals, charitable community clinics, and other providers serving Tarrant County's uninsured working poor. Since inception, PATC has enrolled over 1,000 patients and has provided over $10.5 million in donated care. Funds are requested to hire an additional case manager and to hire a community health worker.
www.tcms.org/patc.aspx
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Questcare Foundation
Established in 2013 in partnership with Watermark Community Church, Questcare Foundation created the Questcare Clinic which provides urgent care for uninsured and under-insured. In 2016, it provided about 7,000 patient visits, and 86% of patients do not have any type of insurance. Funds are requested to launch Saturday services, adding a day to their operations.
www.questcareclinic.org
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Recovery Resource Council
Founded in 1957, Recovery Resource Council promotes wellness and recovery from alcohol, addiction, or mental health issues to provide hope and a pathway to recovery for individuals and their families living in North Texas. Funding is requested for the following: prevention and wellness services for at-risk children and youth in Tarrant County during the upcoming school year; support for the Sunshine Club, which addresses the devastating effects of alcohol, drug abuse, homelessness, poverty, and violence on young children and provides a safe space for children to share their feelings, learn steps to make healthier choices, and overcome adversity; and an independent, objective evaluation to collect quantifiable data suitable for scientific analysis to determine the effectiveness of the agency's programs and services.
www.recoverycouncil.org
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Retina Foundation of the Southwest
The Retina Foundation of the Southwest, located in Dallas, is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to preventing and restoring vision loss through innovative research and treatment. In 2015, it conducted free in-depth vision testing for 2,326 individuals. Funds are requested to: finish out the remaining $575K of the capital campaign affording it a new building; free vision screenings for 140 low-income seniors; and free reading, motor skills and vision testing for about 250 children with a lazy eye (amblyopia).
www.retinafoundation.org
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Rutledge Foundation
Rutledge Foundation raises awareness for adolescents and young adults with cancer, identifies and meets the needs of young adults/adolescent cancer patients, and supports research for less toxic treatments for sarcomas, one of the most aggressive cancers in adolescents and young adults. Since its inception, Rutledge has supported over $1.1 million in research and care. Funds are requested for: annual operating expenses, current research initiatives; and a patient fertility preservation program.
www.rutledgefoundation.org
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Southern Methodist University - Cancer Research
When chemotherapy fails, it is often due to Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) pumps, proteins in an individual's body that eventually learn to drive out chemotherapy from attacking cancer cells, rendering different chemo drugs inert against fighting the cancer. SMU has patented four compounds that "knock out" MDR pumps, resensitizing cancer to chemotherapy. Funds are requested to support the cost of supplies for graduate and undergraduate students performing supporting experiments.
www.smu.edu
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Taylor's Gift Foundation
Taylor's Gift Foundation, founded in honor of Taylor Storch who donated her organs after a fatal skiing accident, works to increase organ donor registrations around the world, provide financial and emotional support to those touched by organ donation, and provide scholarships to graduating seniors who are making a positive impact in the world. Funds are requested to: financially assist those touched by organ donations; increasing organ donation through marketing and educational opportunities; and the Taylor's Gift Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to students who best embody the Taylor's Gift Foundation motto, "outlive yourself," and make a positive impact in the world.
www.taylorsgift.org
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Texas Equal Access Fund
The Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA) provides financial resources to and advocates for low-income people in North Texas and the Panhandle seeking abortions. The TEA Fund has helped more than 5,500 women since its establishment in 2005. Funding is requested for the following: direct financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford the abortion procedure; administrative costs of running the TEA fund; and abortion access advocacy programming.
www.teafund.org
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Texas Health Resources Foundation
Founded in 1997, Texas Health Resources Foundation raises funds to support clinical, educational, and research programs across the Texas Health system to improve the health of people in North Central Texas. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals, the Texas Health Physicians Group, various outpatient facilities, behavioral and home health services, a medical research organization, and educational programs. Funding is requested for the following: Nursing Excellence Fund for scholarships for nurses seeking bachelors or advanced nursing degrees; a study on the prevention of pregnancy induced heart disease in women; and research on heart disease in women with post-traumatic stress disorder.
www.texashealth.org/giving
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Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation provides support, research funding, education, and advocacy to those impacted by neurofibromatosis (NF). NF causes uncontrolled growth of tumors along the nerves, and the disease varies greatly from person to person. Currently very few treatment methods exist. Funding is requested for the following: the Clinic Liaison Program, a collaboration with Children's Medical Center Dallas, Cook Children's Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and Texas Children's Hospital, which coordinates and funds support groups, social gatherings, and a mentoring program; the Texas NF Symposium, which provides the latest information on genetic testing, educational issues, current treatments, and research trials from the leading NF specialists in the state; and the Texas NF Family Camp to bring families suffering from NF together through social activities such as canoeing and nature walks.
www.texasnf.org
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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) provides extensive therapy and treatment to children challenged by scoliosis, clubfoot, hand differences, hip disorders, limb length discrepancies, sports injuries, and learning disorders. TSRHC maintains six centers that provide specialized orthopedic services and support an active research program. In 2016, TSRHC treated nearly 22,000 patients, facilitated more than 36,000 clinic visits, and performed over 2,600 surgeries. Funding is requested for the following: a six-month nursing residency program for four nurses; and capital for a new Center for Pediatric Bone Biology and Translational Research housed at UT Southwestern, to combine efforts.
www.schottishritehospital.org
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The ALS Association Texas Chapter
The ALS Association Texas Chapter works to: discover treatments and a cure for ALS, provide local care to patients, and advocate for public policies that address the unique needs of ALS patients and their families. Funds are requested to establish an ALS Clinic in North Texas. ALS Clinics are proven to extend an ALS patient's life by 12-18 months through multidisciplinary care, which includes professionals such as respiratory therapists, dieticians, neurologists and medical social workers. Funds are also requested for a second Care Services professional for North Texas, to alleviate the single Care Services professional managing a third of the ALS Association patients in North Texas. Finally, funds are requested for its continuum of care program support, meaning their range of services including providing wheelchairs, disease education, speech generating devices and assistance navigating the medical, psychological, financial and legal challenges imposed by the disease.
www.alstexas.org
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The HeartGift Foundation
The HeartGift Foundation provides heart surgeries to children from around the globe. Since inception, the organization has served over 300 children from 34 countries. Funding is requested for the cost of surgery, air travel, medical visas, meals and other medical supplies needed for each child. In addition, funds are requested for operating costs.
www.heartgift.org
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The Well Community
Serving adults ages 18-80 in Dallas County, the Well Community (The Well) provides hope and healing to adults recovering from mental illness through healthy relationships and programs. Services are delivered through the weekday Community Life Center, offering psychosocial intervention and incorporating elements of a Clubhouse model. Funding is requested for the following: the Daily Bread program, designed to offer nutritious meals to clients every program day; expansion of the transportation services in order to offer a door-to-door van service and bus passes to ensure every client has access to The Well's programming; and Jacob's House, a supportive housing facility for low-income individuals with chronic mental illness.
www.wellcommunity.org
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Trauma Support Services of North Texas
Founded in 2007, Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT) provides affordable therapy and support services to trauma survivors without insurance or ability to pay. The southern sections of Dallas and Tarrant counties have the highest incidences of traumatic events and the lowest number of licensed therapists to serve the victims of those events. Funding is requested for the expansion of the Suicide Trauma Therapy program, designed to provide therapy for friends and family of individuals who have committed suicide. Funding is also requested for: continuing the Family Advocate position at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office; and indirect costs related to individuals' counseling and group therapy.
www.tssnt.org
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UNTHSC Foundation
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation (UNTHSC Foundation) strives to secure community backing to support innovation, allow for programmatic sustainability, and create solutions for a healthier community. Funds are requested for a Pre-K Mobile Vision Screening Program, through which they expect to reach about 7,500 pre-k students in partnership with Fort Worth ISD.
www.unthsc.edu
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YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Founded in 1885, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves seven counties and operates in 19 branch locations, two resident camps, and more than 300 program sites. YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas works to put Christian values into practice through programs that build health, spirit, mind, and body for all. Funding is requested for the Y's Safety Around Water swim safety initiative which targets minorities and underserved children who are three times more likely to drown in swimming pools. In addition, funds are requested for: the Park South Pre-K program that reaches preschool-age children in Fair Park/South Dallas; and the Annual Campaign that supports Water Safety, Community Health, Afterschool and Teens.
www.ymcadallas.org
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Celeste AristaCeleste Arista
Community Philanthropy Officer
214-750-4102
carista@cftexas.org

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