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At Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), our charge is to put giving to work. CFT professionally manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. We believe that where giving thrives, communities thrive, too.

CFT’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy (ELP) program seeks to educate, engage, and broaden the philanthropic impact of the next generation of leaders in North Texas to ensure that our region’s legacy of generosity continues to thrive and grow. We hope that young professionals with a mind and heart for their community can learn to set their personal strategies for giving, have a deeper understanding of how to approach philanthropic issues, and connect with others who have a diverse background but share a commitment to be engaged.

View the tentative syllabus here

We sincerely appreciate the generous funding provided by an anonymous funder to support the launch of the ELP program.

Special Thanks to our Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Steering Committee: 
Aline Bass, Megan Bowdon, Jennifer Lan, Noble Modu, Gunnar Rawlings, Tucker Robinson, DeVaughdric Ross, Jose Manuel Santoyo, Sally Sha, David Shields, and Lucas Shelton

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Where giving thrives, communities thrive too.

Side by side, we can build a thriving community for all.

Learn more about our community impact