Other Causes

In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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Alliance for Justice
Alliance for Justice (AFJ) is a national association of over 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. The organization opened its Dallas office in February 2015 to address the needs of local nonprofits engaged in advocacy efforts by providing technical assistance, workshops, legal guidance and public education. Funding is requested to help AFJ expand its outreach efforts and conduct additional advocacy trainings in North Texas.
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CNM Connect
The mission of CNM Connect (Center for Nonprofit Management) is to strengthen communities by connecting and engaging nonprofits and other stakeholders through leadership, management expertise and outcomes technology. Each year the organization serves more than 1,000 local nonprofit organizations through its various training and certificate programs and consulting services. Funding is requested to support CNM's new outcomes technology services, which give nonprofits the ability to efficiently and effectively track, analyze, evaluate and report program performance. Funding is also requested to support the organization's Leadership Development Certificate programs, a series of cohort-based classes focused on fund development, management, marketing, program evaluation and leadership skills. The program is offered twice a year in Dallas and Fort Worth at a cost of $1,500 per participant.
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Dallas Innovation Alliance
The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is a nonprofit, public/private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a "Smart City" strategy for Dallas, where social and technological solutions facilitate sustainable economic growth and resource efficiency to improve the quality of life in our city. DIA currently operates as an initiative of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center. Funding is requested to support staff positions that will be charged with leading and rolling out key projects in a "living laboratory" focused on the West End district in downtown Dallas to determine the most feasible, effective and beneficial elements suited for citywide deployment.
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Friends of Northaven Trail
The mission of Friends of Northaven Trail is to promote community support and raise private funds to improve, beautify and expand the Northaven Trail, which when completed, will be 11 miles linking the White Rock Creek Trail on the east to Irving's Campion Trail on the west. Funding is requested to construct a respite area along the trail, in partnership with Congregation Tiferet Israel, which will include a shade pavilion and water fountains. Funding is also requested to support trail amenities including flower beds, water fountains and special events such as movie nights.
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International Museum of Cultures
The International Museum of Cultures is a unique anthropology museum located in Duncanville, with a large collection of Native American artifacts and a focus on indigenous cultures. It's mission is to enchance understanding, involvement and appreciation of contemporary world cutures within our local and international communities. Funding is requested to support: technology upgrades in exhibit areas; highway signage to enhance the Museum's visibility; and to install an elevator and additional classroom space on the 2nd floor of the Museum.
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Junior League of Dallas
The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) is an organization of more than 5,500 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Funding is requested to support JLD's Community Service Fund, which provides financial support and volunteers to a portfolio of rigorously selected Dallas-area nonprofit agencies each year. Funding is also requested for JLD's Grants for Innovative Teaching program, which provides grants of up to $2,000 to Dallas ISD teachers for special projects that otherwise would not be funded through school budgets.
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KERA serves North Texans through public television, radio and multimedia resources. Funds are requested for: 1) "One Crisis Away" a journalism project that explores life for one in three North Texans who can't weather a financial crisis that lasts 90 days; 2) children's programming; and 3) Art&Seek, which provides journalism on the arts and a calendar of community arts events.
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Klyde Warren Park
Opened in 2012, Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre deck park built over the recessed Woodall Rogers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in downtown Dallas. The park offers over 1,300 free programs and events annually, including fitness classes, live music, children's activities, movie nights and holiday celebrations. Funds are requested to support ongoing maintenance of the park, and toward general program support. Naming opportunities are available in high-traffic areas in the Children's Park and on the East Lawn.
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Preserve Granbury
Founded in 2005, Preserve Granbury works to preserve and promote the history of Granbury. Funding is requested to support renovations to the Preserve Granbury house, a salt box-style home built in 1873 that will serve as the organization's office. Funding is also requested to assist residents with registering historic properties with the Texas Historical Commission, and for developing educational opportunities in partnership with Granbury ISD.
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Tarrant County Bar Foundation
The Tarrant County Bar Foundation was established in 1997 to support the Bar Association's commitment to community service projects. Funding is requested to support the Foundation's two primary pro bono legal programs - Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans and Tarrant County Attorney Services. Specifically, funds will support a part-time position responsible for administering the two programs, which provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents of Tarrant County. Legal assistance can include negotiating landlord/tenant matters, obtaining criminal expunction orders, assisting with divorce and child support matters, as well as bankruptcy relief and negotiating civil debts.
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The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) is a nonprofit, co-working space created to help entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses through support, education and mentorship. Funding is requested to support full-time fundraising and marketing staff positions, and to expand The DEC's community outreach and educational opportunities for the entrepreneurial community. Funding is also requested to support capital improvements and equipment needs, including white boards, standing desks and the creation of collaborative spaces to accommodate growth and expansion.
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The Real Estate Council Foundation
The Real Estate Council (TREC) represents more than 1,700 individual members and 500 companies, which account for 95% of the commercial real estate business in North Texas. TREC Foundation seeks to provide financial support and technical expertise to nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, housing, job creation and the environment. Funding is requested to support the professional documentation and distribution of TREC's Real Estate 101 curriculum, which provides an introductory overview of the complexities of real estate transactions to nonprofits and best practices when making real estate-related decisions. To date, 100 local organizations have participated in the course. TREC's goal is to make the content available online so that any nonprofit in any location can benefit.
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The Texas Tribune
The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that informs Texans on public policy, government and statewide issues. The Tribune's news coverage is provided for free to media partners across the state, and to more than 800,000 monthly readers on the Tribune's website. The organization's staff of 50 professional journalists routinely collaborate with major newspapers, television and radio stations to produce investigative projects. Funding is requested to support a comprehensive open records project that will track police-involved shootings in Texas' large and medium-sized cities since 2010. The goal is to provide more transparency on past and present actions of law enforcement, and to create a baseline from which to compare future incidents in Texas.
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World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft Worth
Since 1951, the mission of the World Affairs Council (WAC) has been to provide relevant information about global issues, challenges and opportunities while establishing North Texas as a center for international interests and business. Funding is requested to support various programs offered as part of the Council's International Education Programs, which reach students and teachers in more than 300 schools across 92 school districts. Funding is specifically needed for: Teacher Enrichment Programs, which provide educators with professional development and access to content resources; Student Readiness Programs, which include opportunities for students to participate in WAC events, International Career Day, and Academic WorldQuest; and to support Junior World Affairs Council clubs at local high schools.
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