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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.

CFT's Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Cohort Graduates, Awards $25,000 to Local Nonprofits

$25,000 in grants will benefit For Oak Cliff


Through a guided exploration of community issues, and after hearing from a variety of community leaders, philanthropists, and nonprofits, the virtual 2020–2021 cohort worked together to identify their priority issue areas.

Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund

City of Dallas and CFT partner to establish financial assistance fund


CFT has partnered with the City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a publicprivate effort providing $600,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs.

The City of Dallas has announced that 813 families received cash assistance through the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund in the span of five months.

Investments Q&A with CFT's Carolyn A. Newham, J.D.


One of the topics we talk frequently about with fund holders and their professional advisors is our investment performance and investment portfolio options for our charitable funds. Learn more below about our recent investment performance success and how CFT manages our charitable assets.

Celebrating Susan Swan Smith

10 years of impact at CFT and in our community


Great movements happen when people are motivated to work together, go the distance, and are part of a thriving team with strong leadership.  At Communities Foundation of Texas, we know this to be true for many facets of our work, and we have seen the direct impact of great leadership in that of Susan Swan Smith, CFT’s Chief Giving Day Officer.

The Time for Change is Now

A Message from Communities Foundation of Texas


Communities Foundation of Texas and Educate Texas join millions of other voices across America in condemning the violent attacks against Asian Americans across the country, including the senseless murders that occurred this week in Georgia. We stand with all communities and especially now the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We mourn the tragic loss of life. 

Helping Our Community Weather the Storm

Ways you can help your neighbors in need as they weather the winter storm


Our North Texas community faced record-low temperatures along with snow and ice over the weekend. With rolling power outages and many in dire need of temporary housing and other resources to stay safe and warm, CFT is especially thankful for our nonprofit partners who are on the frontlines of serving our community. While temperatures are slowly beginning to warm and power is being restored, we know there is still great need amongst our neighbors who remain in crisis and the nonprofits working to support them.