Impact Stories

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Working Family Success Modely helps Metrocrest Services
Eric MacFarlane was a successful electrician. But his career came to a halt when a serious car wreck left him injured and out of a job. He turned to Metrocrest Services, whose mission is to help people in crisis get back on their feet and sustain their independence.   

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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.  

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Play it Forward:

Klyde Warren Park
In the 1960s, CFT leaders like Charles Sharp understood that public spaces help make cities great. That philosophy continues today at CFT. A recent grant of $5 million was made for safety and security at Klyde Warren Park, the deck park built in downtown Dallas.

Kim Orth

The Science of Giving:

Caruth Scholars at UT Southwestern
In 1997, a grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation created  The Caruth Scholars in Medical Research at UT Southwestern: a program that enables 20 of the world's brightest young medical scientists to work in the most promising areas of research.  

Berry CurlWisdom of Pearl:

S.M. Wright Foundation receives funding from Pearl Anderson's Fund
Pearl Anderson made one of the first donations to CFT in 1955 when it was the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund. Today, her legacy lives on as we continue to support children in need through grants to organizations like the S.M. Wright Foundation from her fund.



Emily Shryock

Emily Shryock:

Rugby-playing paraplegic receives scholarship from CFT
Most paraplegics are not award-winning rugby players. Read Emily’s remarkable story of how she took her disability and turned it into opportunity.  

Nestor Colmenero:

First in his family to graduate from a major university
A scholarship from us made his dreams of going to college come true.


Community Impact Grants:

At-risk middle school youth and increasing the economic security of working families are our focus. Read how we are making a difference in these areas. 

Ryan LoreyRyan Lorey is first recipient of the James 5:1 Scholarship

After losing his father, Ryan realizes that he could overcome obstacles. He becomes the first Rockwall High School recipient of the largest scholarship at CFT.

LancasterChanging lives in Lancaster, Texas

A community rallies together and receives a substantial grant from Educate Texas and Texas Instruments Foundation that will change the way Lancaster ISD teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Swift Action Raises $4.245 Million to help UT Dallas Advance to Tier 1

Through the use of government matching funds, we helped raise money to advance University of Texas at Dallas to a Tier 1 university in Texas.

Partner Perspective:

North Texas Food Bank
North Texas Food Bank Executive Director, Jan Pruitt, gives a nonprofit angle on our impact and involvement with the community.

Mercy StreetGiving Day Success:

A nonprofit's story
Bill Farrell, Development Director at Mercy Street, tells how his organization spend thousands of hours working on a fundraising event and raised the same amount as they did during Giving Day—with a small percentage of the effort.

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Mabel Peters Caruth Center – 2003
Mabel Peters Caruth wrote a new chapter in the family’s legacy of giving when she announced her bequest of $34 million to CFT, among the largest single charitable donation ever recorded in Dallas.

Backing the Blue: $15MM to Dallas Police Department (DPD)

A $15 million grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas to the Dallas Police Department (DPD) was the largest ever made from the foundation created by Will Caruth and entrusted to CFT, and also the largest grant on record made through a public foundation to a police department anywhere in the country.

The Ultimate Gift: Organ Donation

Transplant Immunology Research Grant – 2002
In 2002, CFT honored the memory of Will Caruth with a $5 million gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund to establish a Basic Science Research Program in the Immunology of Solid Organ Transplantation at Baylor Research Institute.

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Calatrava Fountain – 2001
In 2001, a $1.5 million gift from the Rosine Foundation Fund of CFT expedited the design and construction of a sculpture-fountain outside Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum.

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Eisemann Center for Performing Arts – 2001
Charles and Ann Eisemann are longtime supporters of the cultural arts in Richardson, especially the symphony orchestra. The Eisemann Foundation Fund of CFT granted $2 million to the city of Richardson to support a new performing arts venue.

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Goodwill Industries – 2001
When Goodwill Industries was in the midst of a $16.7 million building campaign in 2001, CFT decided to help. Goodwill’s capital campaign sought to raise money for a new facility that would triple to 3,000 the number of people served at its west Dallas facility.

Wings of an Angel: Transformed by Philanthropy

Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly Garden – 2001
Her mother’s passion for butterflies as well as education and conservation, inspired Mary Anne Sammons Cree to recommend a $2.5 million grant from the Rosine Foundation Fund for Texas Discovery Gardens.

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Dallas Police Memorial – 1999
Dallas police officers, who have lost their lives serving the city’s citizens are honored at the Dallas Police Memorial. A grant from CFT was used to build and dedicate the memorial to our Dallas Police fallen heroes.


Dog Gone Generous: Pet Project

SPCA of Texas – 1998
The SPCA of Texas has a tough job -- caring for animals without the support of government funding. Generous contributions from CFT donors like Phoebe and Russell Perry help make the SPCA’s job easier.

Concerted Effort: Music to Our Ears

Perot Fund Symphony Grant – 1985
Thanks to H. Ross Perot’s $10 million donation through a fund established at CFT, the community foundation became a player in the construction of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, named in honor Perot’s friend and business associate.

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Millard’s Crossing – 1982
Born and raised in Nacogdoches, Lera Millard Thomas married a lawyer-turned-congressman and became a congresswoman herself in 1965. When her term ended, she returned to her birthplace and began to restore old homes and antiquities in the town.

Christmas Coach: In the Vanguard of Giving

Children’s Medical Center Van – 1975
Children’s Medical Center was the recipient of a new passenger van made possible by the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund of the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund.

Intensive Love for Children: Newborn Philanthropy

Blanche Swanzy Lange Special Care Newborn Nursery – 1975
Blanche Swanzy Lange and Dr. Fred Lange, early founders of CFT, traveled the world in the interest of improving the medical conditions of children.

Giving to Learn: An Edifice for Education

Carr P. & Ruth Collins Learning Center – 1973
The Carr P. and Ruth Collins Learning Center on the Dallas Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University) campus was named for the couple as a reminder of the generosity made possible by the fund they established at the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund.

Investing in Entrepreneurs: Big News for Small Business

Caruth Institute of Small Business Management – 1969
A generous $200,000 gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund initiated the establishment of the Caruth Institute of Small Business Management at Southern Methodist University in 1969.

Travis Wolff logoPumping Up Cardiac Care: The Hearts of Texas

St. Paul Hospital Cardiac Research Grant – 1962
St. Paul Hospital (now UT Southwestern University Hospital – St. Paul) needed to acquire a rotating disc oxygenator, a hAeart-lung machine and diagnostic instruments to help doctors determine a patient’s need for open-heart surgery. art.

The Early Years of Daycare

Pearl C. Anderson Day Nursery - 1958
It was not enough for working mothers in Garland to find jobs in 1958; they also had the challenge of arranging oversight for their kids in a city without daycare facilities.

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