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Celebrating Susan Swan Smith

10 years of impact at CFT and in our community


Great movements happen when people are motivated to work together, go the distance, and are part of a thriving team with strong leadership.  At Communities Foundation of Texas, we know this to be true for many facets of our work, and we have seen the direct impact of great leadership in that of Susan Swan Smith, CFT’s Chief Giving Day Officer.

Helping Our Community Weather the Storm

Ways you can help your neighbors in need as they weather the winter storm


Our North Texas community faced record-low temperatures along with snow and ice over the weekend. With rolling power outages and many in dire need of temporary housing and other resources to stay safe and warm, CFT is especially thankful for our nonprofit partners who are on the frontlines of serving our community. While temperatures are slowly beginning to warm and power is being restored, we know there is still great need amongst our neighbors who remain in crisis and the nonprofits working to support them.

North Texas Funders Align to Provide Additional Support to Nonprofits Through Catchafire


CFT, The Dallas Foundation, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies have come together to partner with Catchafire to bring time-sensitive, virtual support to more than 300 nonprofit organizations in the North Texas region. Through this partnership, invited nonprofits will have access to skills-based volunteers on Catchafire’s virtual platform, where they can complete any number of operational or capacity-building projects together.

Reflecting on 2020: A Year of Collaborative Impact

Through collaboration, partnership, and generosity, we've accomplished a lot together in one of our community's most challenging years.


As we begin the New Year, we've been reflecting on the power of "we" and all that we've accomplished, together, during one of our community's most challenging years. View a snapshot of what our donors, partners, and collaborators made possible in 2020!

$5 Million in Grants Awarded from CFT’s W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund

Grants Awarded to Nonprofits Across North Texas Cares Priority Issue Areas of Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety & Wellbeing, and Social Justice


The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund is CFT's largest endowment gifted to CFT through the estate plans of the late William Walter Caruth, Jr. to advance innovative and evidence-based solutions to significant community challenges in the areas of education, public safety, health, and medical and scientific research.

CFT Launches “Be In Good Company” Recognition Program

New program encourages businesses to make a commitment to North Texas


A new recognition program launched by CFT shines a spotlight on businesses doing good in our community with a goal to inspire companies of all sizes to commit to making North Texas one of the most business-engaged communities in the country.

Let Us All Be Philanthropists

A message from CFT's President & CEO, Dave Scullin


The unparalleled crisis of COVID-19 has changed our lives and our community dramatically as we continue to navigate the effects of being at a distance from one another, our loved ones, and our colleagues. Despite this distance, and perhaps in recognition of this, $20 million was raised this spring in an outpouring of support for 2,500 nonprofits through North Texas Giving Tuesday Now, an emergency day of giving that proved that COVID-19 cannot cancel the generosity and kindness of North Texans.

To Go Far, Go Together

CFT, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Trusted World partner to bring free personal protective equipment to nonprofits


At CFT, we believe wholeheartedly in working side by side with others, knowing that our impact is greater and farther-reaching when we collaborate with partners. This rings especially true as our community works to navigate and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Communities Foundation of Texas funds 20 Scholarships for Black and African American Fundraisers

CFT awards grant to Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Dallas Chapter for professional membership fees


In July 2020, the Communities Foundation of Texas partnered with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter to offer scholarships for 20 Black and African American fundraising professionals to be used for membership to AFP Greater Dallas.