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A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Heather Lepeska, Manager, City of Dallas


“What’s eating you?” was the opening question posed to the room of healthy food stakeholders.  The answers were as varied as the interests represented by participants, with academics, community organizers, faith-based organizations, funders, institutions, non-profits all gathered to discuss what we can do together to improve healthy food access...

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Dr. Kelly Varga, Director of the Mobile Fresh Market Program, University of North Texas at Dallas


Why do social justice initiatives fail? How? Who is to blame? I believe the answer lies in the root challenge of authentic community engagement; without community buy in, there simply is no success...

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Director of State Fair of Texas


One of my favorite quotes is “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   When we examine movements throughout history that made a positive impact, they also started with a group coming together knowing that something good was possible... 

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Nadine Dechausay, Director of Community Philanthropy, Communities Foundation of Texas


Before the crowds and the corndogs, on a quiet day in early June, more than 40 people from 30 organizations gathered in a conference room at the State Fair of Texas. CFT invited them there for a big conversation about food...

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.

Largest community day of giving just got larger with Dirk & Jessica Nowitzki as Honorary Chairs for 11th annual North Texas Giving Day!

Nonprofit registration is now open with kickoff events taking place throughout North Texas


Communities Foundation of Texas’ 11th annual North Texas Giving Day is officially underway with nonprofit kickoff events taking place through June 4. After a banner 10th anniversary year, North Texas Giving Day is back to outdo itself once again. To a sold-out kickoff in Dallas this morning, event organizers at Communities Foundation of Texas announced that Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki will serve as honorary chairs...

Professional Seminar 2019

"Staying Atop Shifting Sands: Keeping Nimble Amidst Changing Tax Laws" by Samuel A. Donaldson


Speaker Professor Samuel A. Donaldson brought humor and planning wisdom to the 3-hour continuing education program Staying Atop Shifting Sands: Keeping Nimble Amidst Changing Tax Laws...

Kathy Muldoon, CFP® receives CFT's 2019 Vester Hughes Award

Honored for Dedicated and Outstanding Service to Our Community


Kathy Muldoon, CFP®, Senior Vice President at Carter Financial Management was the recipient of CFT’s 2019 Vester Hughes Award. The award recognizes Kathy as an outstanding professional advisor for her contributions to CFT’s mission of growing philanthropy in the region; for her devotion to assisting clients with charitable giving; her deep personal commitment to charitable causes; and her thoughtful mentorship of fellow advisors in the field of philanthropy.