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The same month I arrived at CFT 11 years ago, the massive Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast at New Orleans, Louisiana.

As our country struggled with how to respond to the catastrophic results, thousands of beleaguered people began pouring into our own community in North Texas. Local elected officials and nonprofit leaders sprang into action. At CFT, I quickly learned about the range of tools available for responding to human need, and the depth of generosity within the hearts of our neighbors. Both are astounding.

During those early days, I had an opportunity to share publicly some words of Theodore Roosevelt that have inspired me for many years. The quote included this admonition: “Far better it is to dare mighty things…”

Far better it is, indeed. Back then, I had no idea how many things we would dare together. With an ever-stronger combination of donors, trustees, staff and community colleagues, CFT didn’t shy away from those mighty things, such as:

  • helping to make quality education available to students across the state, regardless of their backgrounds or zip codes;

  • boosting the effectiveness of local organizations serving a surprisingly large population of low-income working families that are literally “one crisis away” from financial disaster; and

  • building the largest single-day communitywide charitable giving event anywhere in the country.

No one ever flinched. Instead, we acknowledged together that smart collaboration, fueled by incredibly generous donors, can accomplish wonders. It’s true that plenty of challenges remain. But the way we crave – and work hard to produce – real impact in the lives of people will never be the same.

As I leave CFT, I am deeply grateful that I had the chance to dare mighty things alongside you. Thank you for that privilege. And I can’t wait to see what you tackle next.


Former President and CEO

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  • CFT For Business

    12.10.2022| 8:45-11:30 am & 12:45-3:30 pm

    Family-friendly Holiday Service Day at North Texas Food Bank

    Volunteers at the North Texas Food Bank will sort, bag, and box food for hungry North Texans in a warehouse environment working cooperatively with other volunteers and staff. Closed-toe shoes are required. Volunteers may potentially be lifting 25-30 pound boxes.

  • CFT For Business

    12.17.2022| 11:00 am-1:00 pm

    Wreaths Across America Day

    CFT for Business Volunteers will join Wreaths Across America at the Dallas - Fort Worth National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.

  • CFT For Business

    01.18.2023| 8:30 am-12:30 pm & 12:30-4:00pm

    MLK Week Service Day at CitySquare

    The volunteer project will take place at the CitySquare Opportunity Center. Volunteer activities will vary based on need and may include helping neighbors check in to shop for groceries in the pantry, restock shelves, or assist with taking groceries out to the car.

    Please wear casual, comfortable clothes, and closed toed shoes. Masks are encouraged but not required.

    If you have extra plastic grocery bags (disposable), please bring them with you as the Food Pantry always needs them for neighbors to use shopping!

  • CFT For Business

    02.02.2023| 10:00 am-2:30 pm

    National Volunteer Month: Community Tour

    Join CFT for Business on a Community Tour in the lead up to National Volunteer Month. We will be visiting nonprofits in three neighborhoods – West Dallas, Oak Cliff, and South Dallas – to learn about their history, challenges, and opportunities. Lunch will be provided, and seating is limited, so RSVP early.

  • CFT For Business

    02.07.2023| 10:00am-12:00pm

    Social Entrepreneurship Webinar

    We’re excited to invite you to a conversation centered on social entrepreneurship and how companies like yours are helping accelerate the rate of social change across North Texas. In partnership with Social Impact Architects, CFT will host an interactive webinar on social entrepreneurship with Suzanne Smith on Tuesday, February 7 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. for leaders at all levels interested in making a greater difference in the world.

  • CFT For Business

    02.23.2023| 11:45 am-1:30 pm

    Black History Month Learning: Together We Dine

    Network with a diverse group of CFT for Business members at our Black History Month Together We Dine event.
    Share lunch with colleagues and total strangers as you engage in courageous and safe conversations about race relations, tell your experiences and listen to the stories of your fellow diners.

  • CFT For Business

    03.08.2023| 10:00am-2:00pm

    International Women's Day at Nexus Recovery Center

    Nexus serves as a community of hope and sobriety for all women and their families who strive to live healthy, resilient lives.

    Details to come for this project at Nexus Recovery Center