As fears of an H1N1 flu epidemic subsided, representatives from local government, business and nonprofit organizations met in Dallas recently to further their readiness for future public health and safety emergencies.
The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at CFT was a lead sponsor of the Dallas Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness, part of a national effort to prepare leaders from various sectors to act together in times of crisis. Summits are being held across the country, hosted by the CDC Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Brent Christopher, CFT’s president and CEO, addressed the local summit on the role of philanthropy in fostering "meta-leadership."
CFT was one of three recipients of the recent Hall of Leaders Award from the SMU Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. SMU recognized CFT for major grants to support construction of the new Caruth Hall and to establish and endow the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, as well as for its role in the Texas High School Project, including the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative.
Helping the Hungry
The Dallas Morning News Charities raised $928,000 for the hungry and homeless during its 23rd annual drive. The campaign will help 22 area agencies provide services such as food, shelter and emergency assistance. CFT assisted by helping The Charities’ board review applications and by providing administrative support.
Celebrating $1 Billion in Grants
Area nonprofit organizations receiving discretionary grants from Communities Foundation of Texas this spring helped the foundation celebrate $1 billion in grantmaking since its inception in 1953. At a reception at the Mabel Peters Caruth Center are, from left, Mark Hadley, managing director of the Dallas Theater Center; Jody Grant, chairman of CFT’s board of trustees; and Linda Schoelkopf, president of Junior Achievement of Dallas. See $1 Billion Milestone story for more details. View a complete list of recent grant recipients.