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Leading Through Legacy: CFT's Live Oak Society

Everyone can leave a legacy. What will yours be?


In the past 66 years, hundreds of forward-thinking individuals, couples and families have partnered with CFT to make a commitment to further their passions and better our community beyond their lifetimes. These generous donors have named Communities Foundation of Texas as the beneficiary of a planned or deferred gift through their wills or estate plans and are recognized as part of CFT’s legacy society, the Live Oak Society. Planned gifts to any fund at CFT qualify for Live Oak Society membership and demonstrate the highest level of trust in Communities Foundation of Texas...
 

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...

A Letter From Our President

Dave Scullin, President and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas


There are 7.5 million people in North Texas, and that number continues  to grow. Each day, we are inspired by the countless hometown heroes  we encounter through our work at Communities Foundation of Texas. They continue to remind us that our future here is bright...

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.