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Using a SIMPLER Way

Working Families Success Advisory Council Member, Terri Rios, shares insights on how The Women’s Center of Tarrant County applied behavioral science techniques to improve services for its clients


The Women’s Center of Tarrant County has never used a “one-size-fits-all” approach for our clients. We look at the issues people are facing and figure out effective ways to create positive change for each person we serve and their situation. That’s one of many reasons being part of the Working Families Success (WFS) Network is a great experience for us. Being in the network of our peers gives us the opportunity to learn new ways to address community challenges.

Helping Weather the Storm

CFT fund holders support CFT's North Texas Winter Weather Crisis Relief Fund


Margaret Elizabeth and Michael McKissack established the McKissack Family Fund in December 2020. They had been giving to nonprofits directly and through CFT’s North Texas Giving Day for quite some time, and their new charitable fund at CFT allows them to streamline their giving and lean on CFT’s staff expertise when needed.

Turning Gratitude into Giving

The Eric and Jeannie Nadel Charitable Fund


Eric and Jeannie Nadel established their donor-advised fund, the Eric and Jeannie Nadel Charitable Fund, in April 2020. They have also included CFT and their fund in their estate plans.

Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

Alumni help their company hone giving priorities


After graduating from CFT’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy (ELP) program, alumni members and colleagues Tyler Floyd, Devin DeLapp-Carnes, and Taylor Nipp helped launch a Community Engagement Committee at their company, SFMG Wealth Advisors.

North Texas Giving Day Proclamation


On September 23, 2021, donations can be made from 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 3,200 certified local nonprofits in the 20 county region around DFW listed on www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org; And, from September 1-22, early donations can be made on the website in advance of Giving Day; I would like to thank CFT for powering this incredible day, and I encourage all Dallas residents to take part in this special event and support our local nonprofits by giving to them on North Texas Giving Day.

Turning A Day of Tragedy into A Day of Doing Good

Freedom Day 2021 at Cedar Hill High School


Freedom Day, an annual day of service led by CFT for Business, an initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, commemorates 9/11/2001 by transforming a day of profound loss for our country into a day for doing good in our community.

North Texas Funders Come Together to Provide Essential Support to Nonprofits Leading COVID-19 Recovery


As the U.S. has emerged from the pandemic lockdown and moved toward navigating around the virus, there has been a lot of discussion about lasting impacts — especially in relation to how local funders and nonprofits continue to work together to support our communities most in need. In January 2021, The Dallas Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies came together to partner with Catchafire to bring time-sensitive, virtual support to more than 300 nonprofit organizations in the North Texas region.

Putting the Success in Working Families Success

Gratitude for the WFS Advisory Council


In 2020, as part of CFT’s WFS Network, we formed an Advisory Council to highlight some of our most engaged WFS members who love what they do and love, equally, sharing the lessons they’ve learned with others. This blog is the first in a series highlighting our Advisory Council members – smart, passionate, hard-working leaders who also want to see others like them grow and succeed.

Recipients of Bush Institute’s 2021 North Korea Freedom Scholarship Announced

$50,000 in funds awarded to five North Korean refugees to pursue higher education


The Bush Institute’s 2021 North Korea Freedom Scholarship recipients have been announced. The scholars, who are refugees from North Korea, have been awarded a total of $50,000 to pursue higher education and build productive, prosperous lives as new Americans.