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Let me start with a confession. I am 47. To some, that probably makes me seem young. To others (like my kids), that’s already unbelievably old.Depending on the day, I can make either viewpoint seem correct!

Regardless, it’s hard for me to take in the fact that CFT now has been helping people invest in their community for 60 years. The foundation started life downtown in 1953 as the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund.We were the financial safety net for the social-service agencies that were part of the Dallas Community Chest, which today has become United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Since 1981, we’ve been known as Communities Foundation of Texas. But more importantly, we have grown significantly in every way over the years.Those folks back in 1953 would not have imagined a day—like today—when the foundation employs 65 staff members and has awarded over $1.3 billion in grants to thousands of different charities. 


We're honoring the past while staying true to our mission.


So, how do you celebrate 60 years? This fall, we’ll take a little time to share a piece of cake. But in the meantime, we’re sharing lots of stories. We’re sparking community conversations on the critical topic of education. We’re pulling together Dallas mayors to talk about what giving means here and the incredible power of public-private partnerships. We’re honoring the past, while staying true to our mission—stimulating new ideas for the future. When you have a chance, be sure to stop by the lobby at CFT and experience the new interactive kiosk. It lets you quickly see the last 60 years in Dallas, decade by decade, with a focus on philanthropy. Based on the numbers, North Texas is one of the most generous places in the country. Based on the stories, you can feel the truth of that in your own heart. Giving back and looking forward is our motto for this 60th year. Thank you for everything you do alongside us to make that possible. Here’s to the next 60!

BRENT CHRISTOPHER

President and CEO

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  • Community|Fund Holders|CFT For Business

    04.22.2020| 3:30 pm

    April Coffee and Tea with CFT4B

    Are you are a company, nonprofit or curious professional who wants to make a difference? Come learn more about the benefits of our CFT for Business (CFT4B) network! Join us for our monthly coffee and tea series with CFT's Sejal Desai and Kymberlaine Banks on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 pm: February 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 28.

  • Community|Nonprofits

    04.28.2020 - 04.28.2020| 11am - 12:30pm

    Radiant Luncheon 2020

    This is a community event hosted by INSPIRE School Programs. CFT is a co-funder of the 19th Amendment Centennial Fund, working to create conversations and advance gender equity by supporting a number of community-centered events in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
     

  • Advisors

    05.12.2020| Welcome 8am | Program 8:15am – 10:30am

    CFT/SMU 2020 Professional Seminar: Washington Update & Planning Considerations for a New Decade

    WE ARE GOING VIRTUAL!

    The morning will kick off with noted speaker Jeff Bush for a one-hour presentation of The Washington Update, covering timely insights of Washington D.C. legislative and fiscal topics.

    Following Jeff's presentation, he'll be joined by Marvin Blum, The Blum Firm, P.C.; Pamela Lucina, Northern Trust; and Jonathan March, Armanino for an engaging one-hour panel discussion for expert insights on how to navigate tax, estate and charitable planning concerns for clients in this important election year.

  • Community|Fund Holders|CFT For Business

    05.27.2020| 3:30 pm

    May Coffee and Tea with CFT4B

    Are you are a company, nonprofit or curious professional who wants to make a difference? Come learn more about the benefits of our CFT for Business (CFT4B) network! Join us for our monthly coffee and tea series with CFT's Sejal Desai and Kymberlaine Banks on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 pm: February 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 28.

  • Community|Fund Holders|CFT For Business

    06.24.2020| 3:30 pm

    June Coffee and Tea with CFT4B

    Are you are a company, nonprofit or curious professional who wants to make a difference? Come learn more about the benefits of our CFT for Business (CFT4B) network! Join us for our monthly coffee and tea series with CFT's Sejal Desai and Kymberlaine Banks on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 pm: February 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 28.

  • Community|Fund Holders|CFT For Business

    08.26.2020| 3:30 pm

    August Coffee and Tea with CFT4B

    Are you are a company, nonprofit or curious professional who wants to make a difference? Come learn more about the benefits of our CFT for Business (CFT4B) network! Join us for our monthly coffee and tea series with CFT's Sejal Desai and Kymberlaine Banks on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 pm: February 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 28.

  • Community|Fund Holders|CFT For Business

    09.23.2020| 3:30 pm

    September Coffee and Tea with CFT4B

    Are you are a company, nonprofit or curious professional who wants to make a difference? Come learn more about the benefits of our CFT for Business (CFT4B) network! Join us for our monthly coffee and tea series with CFT's Sejal Desai and Kymberlaine Banks on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 3:30 pm: February 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 28.