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We've Got $2 Billion Reasons to Celebrate

Thank you for celebrating this milestone with us!


Confetti cannons marked the occasion as our board trustees, fund holders, and community leaders came together on Tuesday, February 11 to celebrate a momentous occasion and historic milestone - $2 billion in cumulative charitable grantmaking since our inception in 1953.

Giving Doesn't Have to be so Hard

Reclaiming the Power of Your "YES!"


At CFT, our goal is to help you understand the ins and outs of charitable giving and think critically about how you give. We know your inbox is overflowing with financial asks and giving opportunities from dozens of worthy organizations and causes. It’s no wonder you’re having trouble giving a joyful and decisive “YES!” or “No, thank you!” to all those charitable requests. Giving doesn’t have to be so hard. CFT can help!
 

Impacting Communities One Nonprofit at a Time

The 2019 Letter of Inquiry Grantees


Since our inception in 1953, we have made more than $1.9 billion in grants to support education, health care, public safety, social service, animals, the arts and more — touching nearly all aspects of life in our community. It’s no surprise that one of the primary ways CFT is helping build strong communities is through these grants. In 2019, CFT awarded 81 different nonprofits, a total of $1.6 million dollars, through the Letter of Inquiry process to receive funds that would directly support their efforts in the community.

Peer-Education & Philanthropic Planning - a Collaborative Endeavor

Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation to Sponsor CAP® Study Group Program


The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) Study Group Program has provided a collaborative forum that brings professional advisors and nonprofit leaders around the same table to learn about charitable planning and build lasting professional networks. For nearly a decade this peer-learning experience has empowered participants to be more connected to philanthropic resources and help their clients and donors maximize community impact.

Communities Foundation of Texas Reaches $2 Billion In Cumulative Grantmaking

Landmark figure reached with the help of countless individuals, businesses and others both public and private since founding of North Texas institution in 1953


Celebrating 67 years of leadership in grantmaking and philanthropy, CFT, one of the largest grantmakers in the state, has officially surpassed the $2 billion threshold in cumulative giving.

Strengthening Collin County through Leadership

Collin County Community Leadership Council


CFT recently created a Collin County Community Leadership Council, a group of community leaders who will learn about CFT's services and programs; bring community issues, needs and trends to CFT for discussion; and offer advice and counsel to CFT regarding its strategies for strengthening philanthropy in the region...

$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...

Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute Completes First Year

12 local nonprofits in first cohort focused on strategies to address community needs


As Collin County grows, so do its challenges with issues such as homelessness, hunger and affordable housing. To help nonprofits address pressing needs for Collin County residents, CFT and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas joined forces to create the Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute, supporting nonprofits that primarily serve low- to moderate-income families and individuals to develop strategic approaches to addressing community needs...

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...