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We Know This Much Is True: North Texas Cares

32 Area Funders and United Ways Partner to Create Second Phase Common Grant Application for Nonprofits


If we've learned anything about North Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's that we care. Between April and mid-July 2020, 1,400 grants totaling $40 million were awarded to 630 area nonprofits through the North Texas Application process from 30+ participating funders. Now, participating foundations and United Ways are working collaboratively to field a second round of funding requests!

Bush Institute Partners with CFT to Award North Korea Freedom Scholarships

$40,900 in funds awarded to 12 North Korean escapees to pursue higher education


The George W. Bush Institute announced the 12 recipients of the 2020 North Korea Freedom Scholarship. Established in 2017, the North Korea Freedom Scholarship is designed to help North Korean escapees and their children pursue higher education and build productive, prosperous lives as new Americans.

Young Virtual Volunteers Spread Joy During Pandemic

Local youth make impact during COVID-19


I find myself constantly yearning for positive stories during this period of perpetual uncertainty. Fortunately, the myriad of ‘bright spots’ emanating from Be the Change South Asian Young Giving Circle, continue to warm our hearts with inspiring acts of kindness and compassion by our young virtual volunteers.

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.

Study: U.S. Community Foundations Have Mobilized More Than $1 Billion to Help Nonprofits Address COVID-19

Foundations support and empower giving during times of crisis


An unprecedented effort by U.S. community foundations to help those impacted by COVID-19 has now mobilized more than $1 billion to support on-the-ground efforts by nonprofits.

City of Dallas establishes The Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund

Dallas receives $500,000 for immigrant communities impacted by COVID-19


The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) has partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a public-private effort providing $500,000 to nonprofits who provide financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs.

 

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Group collaborates to workshop food access challenges


Following the Healthy Food Access Summit in June of 2019, CFT, the City of Dallas’ Economic Development Department and newly minted Innovation Office aligned as a collaborative to launch the Food Equity Innovation Challenge.

Donate a Book, Change a Life

DFW Book Drive on June 20 – 28 to benefit Mi Escuelita, Readers2Leaders, Reading Partners, and United to Learn


When businesses and city services across Dallas closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to do something to help those affected by the disruptions the pandemic caused. When the City of Dallas made the necessary decision to halt operations of the Dallas Public Library’s 29 branches around the city, children, especially those in lower-income households lost access to much-needed reading materials.

Graceful Pivots

Remote Volunteering During a Time of Crisis


The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the paradox of being required to shelter at home while community needs escalate. The good news is, that this has not stymied Communities Foundation of Texas for Business members who are always ready to volunteer! One of the most valuable trends emerging from this crisis is increased remote volunteering.