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$10.2 Million in Grants Awarded from W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund

Grants Awarded to Nonprofits Across Education, Health and Public Safety


The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT continues its enhanced pace of grantmaking, bringing the total amount of grant awards in 2019 from the Caruth Fund to $10.2 million across 32 organizations...

Dollars for College

CFT partners to kick-start college savings for local students


When children know they have money set aside for college or postsecondary education, they embrace graduation as an expectation. Children who grow up with college savings accounts are three times more likely to go to college and four times more likely to graduate, compared to those who don’t have college savings...

The Impact of the 86th Legislative Session

Educate Texas collaborates, educates and informs with great results for Texas students


When it comes to education policy, there are many stakeholders. Texas legislators, public and private universities, community colleges, educators and students are all invested. Working side by side with our partners during the 86th legislative session, we were able to help several critical bills pass that will benefit Texas students. Leading up to the session, Educate Texas worked to convene stakeholders to develop awareness of evidence-based initiatives that boost student outcomes. We also partnered with organizations to host lunch-and-learn sessions for legislators and staff to educate and inform them about critical issues affecting public and higher education during the legislative session...
 

CFT's Education Expertise

Educate Texas’ J. Chris Coxon and Dr. Reo Pruiett are agents of change


Most people see community foundations as conveners, funders and collaborators connecting donors to critical community needs. We are proud to play those roles here in North Texas and beyond, but we also create statewide impact through Educate Texas, the public-private partnership we’ve built in collaboration with many national, statewide and local philanthropic organizations, businesses, policymakers, school districts, colleges, universities, state agencies and community organizations...

CFT's Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Cohort Graduates, Awards $50,000

$50,000 grant will further education equity through nonprofit Per Scholas


CFT and our inaugural cohort of young philanthropists, “Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy” (ELP), are thrilled to announce a $50,000 grant award to Per Scholas to further equity in education. 75 emerging leaders graduated from the inaugural cohort in June 2019.

Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals "Get On Board" event features CFT's Monica Egert Smith

Panel features nonprofit leaders discussing board service


The Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals (DRC YP) recently hosted area young professionals for a panel discussion featuring nonprofit leaders as part of their “Get On Board” initiative. Communities Foundation of Texas’ chief relationship officer, Monica Egert Smith, kicked off the event and moderated the panel discussion with nonprofit leaders.

Scoring a Touchdown for Teachers with Best in Class


Teachers are the No. 1 in-school factor that influences student achievement – yet attracting and retaining the best educators remains challenging. Best in Class, an Educate Texas initiative powered by Communities Foundation of Texas and Commit, is committed to ensuring North Texas students get access to the very best teachers and school leaders.
 

$6.3 Million in Grants Awarded by CFT's W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund to Drive Social Innovation

First Set of 2019 Caruth Grants to Benefit Education, Public Safety and Health


15 nonprofits have been awarded a total of $6.3 million in grants from CFT’s W.W. Caruth Jr. Fund.  CFT is the custodian of the Caruth Fund, the foundation’s largest endowment donated by 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...

Michelle Obama and Educate Texas Inspire Students to "Reach Higher"


When Michelle Obama's Foundation reached out to Shareea Woods, director of Educate Texas’ newly refreshed Texas College Access Network (TxCAN), offering 100 free tickets to disadvantaged Dallasarea high school students to attend her sold-out Becoming book tour event on December 17 in Dallas, Shareea “jumped at the chance.”