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Freedom Day 2020

Volunteers rally together for the 19th annual Freedom Day centered around Equity and Justice for All!


Communities Foundation of Texas’ 19th annual Freedom Day community service event will be held in observance of the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the federally-recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance, September 11 and as part of the North Texas Giving Day season. Hundreds of volunteers representing CFT for Business member companies, sponsors, CFT fund holders, staff, and DFW-area veterans will join in service around the theme of Equity and Justice for All.

To Go Far, Go Together

CFT, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Trusted World partner to bring free personal protective equipment to nonprofits


At CFT, we believe wholeheartedly in working side by side with others, knowing that our impact is greater and farther-reaching when we collaborate with partners. This rings especially true as our community works to navigate and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We Know This Much Is True: North Texas Cares

32 Area Funders and United Ways Partner to Create Second Phase Common Grant Application for Nonprofits


If we've learned anything about North Texans during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's that we care. Between April and mid-July 2020, 1,400 grants totaling $40 million were awarded to 630 area nonprofits through the North Texas Application process from 30+ participating funders. Now, participating foundations and United Ways are working collaboratively to field a second round of funding requests!

Bush Institute Partners with CFT to Award North Korea Freedom Scholarships

$40,900 in funds awarded to 12 North Korean escapees to pursue higher education


The George W. Bush Institute announced the 12 recipients of the 2020 North Korea Freedom Scholarship. Established in 2017, the North Korea Freedom Scholarship is designed to help North Korean escapees and their children pursue higher education and build productive, prosperous lives as new Americans.

Young Virtual Volunteers Spread Joy During Pandemic

Local youth make impact during COVID-19


I find myself constantly yearning for positive stories during this period of perpetual uncertainty. Fortunately, the myriad of ‘bright spots’ emanating from Be the Change South Asian Young Giving Circle, continue to warm our hearts with inspiring acts of kindness and compassion by our young virtual volunteers.

Study: U.S. Community Foundations Have Mobilized More Than $1 Billion to Help Nonprofits Address COVID-19

Foundations support and empower giving during times of crisis


An unprecedented effort by U.S. community foundations to help those impacted by COVID-19 has now mobilized more than $1 billion to support on-the-ground efforts by nonprofits.

City of Dallas establishes The Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund

Dallas receives $500,000 for immigrant communities impacted by COVID-19


The City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) has partnered with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a public-private effort providing $500,000 to nonprofits who provide financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs.

 

A Perspective on Healthy Food Access

Group collaborates to workshop food access challenges


Following the Healthy Food Access Summit in June of 2019, CFT, the City of Dallas’ Economic Development Department and newly minted Innovation Office aligned as a collaborative to launch the Food Equity Innovation Challenge.

Donate a Book, Change a Life

DFW Book Drive on June 20 – 28 to benefit Mi Escuelita, Readers2Leaders, Reading Partners, and United to Learn


When businesses and city services across Dallas closed because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to do something to help those affected by the disruptions the pandemic caused. When the City of Dallas made the necessary decision to halt operations of the Dallas Public Library’s 29 branches around the city, children, especially those in lower-income households lost access to much-needed reading materials.