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How to Spot A Prime Charitable Remainder Trust Opportunity

When you have a client who could benefit from a CRT, Communities Foundation of Texas is ready to work with you!


A charitable remainder trust (“CRT”) is a “split interest” charitable planning tool that allows your client to transfer an asset (in this case, real estate) to an irrevocable trust, retain an income stream, and earmark what’s left (the “remainder”) to pass to a charity or charities of the client’s choice.

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.

Reflecting on 2020: A Year of Collaborative Impact

Through collaboration, partnership, and generosity, we've accomplished a lot together in one of our community's most challenging years.


As we begin the New Year, we've been reflecting on the power of "we" and all that we've accomplished, together, during one of our community's most challenging years. View a snapshot of what our donors, partners, and collaborators made possible in 2020!

Insights for Professional Advisors

Congress extends charitable giving incentives 


As your clients reboot after 2020, now is a great time to address their charitable giving plans for 2021! COVID-19 has proven to be a marathon, not a sprint. Nonprofit organizations continue to look to the generosity of donors for the foreseeable future to stay afloat and serve those in need of their programs. 

Communities Foundation of Texas funds 20 Scholarships for Black and African American Fundraisers

CFT awards grant to Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Dallas Chapter for professional membership fees


In July 2020, the Communities Foundation of Texas partnered with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter to offer scholarships for 20 Black and African American fundraising professionals to be used for membership to AFP Greater Dallas.

Peer-Education & Philanthropic Planning - a Collaborative Endeavor

Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation to Sponsor CAP® Study Group Program


The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) Study Group Program has provided a collaborative forum that brings professional advisors and nonprofit leaders around the same table to learn about charitable planning and build lasting professional networks. For nearly a decade this peer-learning experience has empowered participants to be more connected to philanthropic resources and help their clients and donors maximize community impact.

Communities Foundation of Texas Reaches $2 Billion In Cumulative Grantmaking

Landmark figure reached with the help of countless individuals, businesses and others both public and private since founding of North Texas institution in 1953


Celebrating 67 years of leadership in grantmaking and philanthropy, CFT, one of the largest grantmakers in the state, has officially surpassed the $2 billion threshold in cumulative giving.

Professional Seminar 2019

"Staying Atop Shifting Sands: Keeping Nimble Amidst Changing Tax Laws" by Samuel A. Donaldson


Speaker Professor Samuel A. Donaldson brought humor and planning wisdom to the 3-hour continuing education program Staying Atop Shifting Sands: Keeping Nimble Amidst Changing Tax Laws...

Kathy Muldoon, CFP® receives CFT's 2019 Vester Hughes Award

Honored for Dedicated and Outstanding Service to Our Community


Kathy Muldoon, CFP®, Senior Vice President at Carter Financial Management was the recipient of CFT’s 2019 Vester Hughes Award. The award recognizes Kathy as an outstanding professional advisor for her contributions to CFT’s mission of growing philanthropy in the region; for her devotion to assisting clients with charitable giving; her deep personal commitment to charitable causes; and her thoughtful mentorship of fellow advisors in the field of philanthropy.