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Giving Wisely

Family Values: Deepening Connections


Family Values help define what is meaningful. They provide a moral compass; they help identify the non-negotiable aspects of our lives. On a trip to India at the start of the new year, I decided to take CFT’s Identifying Values and Defining Passions cards with the hope of doing these meaningful exercises with my family.

The time for community-based organizations to plan for a disease-related public health emergency is now

Community-based organizations need emergency operations plans in place to help them respond effectively to their staff members, clients and volunteers.


As coronavirus/COVID-19 cases continue to be confirmed, the many nonprofit agencies here in North Texas that are often the frontline of assistance during local public health emergencies – will need emergency operations plans in place to help them respond effectively to their staff members, clients and volunteers...

CFT4B's Women's Collective Event - Board Service

A Fresh Perspective: Through the Eyes of the Executive Director


Each year, we host a conversation around nonprofit board service which usually takes the form of discussions around governance or perspectives from Board members. This year, we decided to take on this conversation from the perspective of Executive Directors within Nonprofits. Our Women’s Collective Event welcomed close to one hundred women in business and women in nonprofit. Attendees included women who serve on a board or were interested in Board service.

Nominations Open: D CEO & CFT's Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards

Bolstered by deep corporate support, Dallas-Fort Worth has one of the most powerful nonprofit communities in the nation.


For a third straight year, Communities Foundation of Texas is proud to partner with D CEO to honor professionals and organizations in the nonprofit world that continue to make a positive impact on the community, often under difficult financial constraints. We are also honoring the efforts of the corporations that support the local nonprofits, from executives volunteering their time on boards to lending support through financial donations, in-kind services, and sponsorships.

Collin County Nonprofits Learn Strategies to Aid Census 2020 Count

Collin County Business Alliance partnered with CFT to host census workshop, addressing challenges of reaching hard-to-count populations


The Collin County Business Alliance (CCBA) and CFT recently hosted a census workshop to help 75 area nonprofits prepare for the 2020 census. The event aided nonprofits’ efforts to ensure all stakeholders in their communities participate in the census since funding is at stake if populations are undercounted.

A Celebration Worth Having - 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

Dallas Area Funders Award $320,000 to 38 Organizations in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote


To mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, community philanthropic partners came together to create the 19th Amendment Centennial Fund, which has provided $320,000 in grants to create a yearlong series of community-centered events that will create conversations and advance gender equity in recognition of the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote.

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 $2 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. One of the primary ways CFT is helping build strong communities is through grants awards to nonprofits. In 2019, CFT awarded 81 different nonprofits a total of $1.6 million dollars through our Letter of Inquiry process to receive funds that would directly support their efforts in the community.