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Reflecting Your Team in Your Philanthropy

Reflecting Your Team in Your Philanthropy

Texas Health Resources Partners with CFT4B to Find Projects That Represent Its Employees

“We want our employees to see themselves in our community service projects,” was the vision that Felicia Williams, program director of Community Affairs at Texas Health Resources (Texas Health) shared with CFT4B’s Sejal Desai when they met to create a strategic plan for Texas Health’s employee volunteering program. Texas Health came to Communities Foundation of Texas for Business (CFT4B) in 2017 to expand its existing Community Time Off (CTO) program that allows employees to use company time to volunteer in their community.

CFT4B was able to meet several of Texas Health’s desires through one community-wide event: CFT’s annual Freedom Day. As a member of CFT4B, Texas Health employees participated in the 17th annual Freedom Day, which is a day of service to honor the lives lost and forever changed on 9/11. More than 150 Texas Health employees used their CTO hours to volunteer during Freedom Day at five different nonprofit organizations: Arlington Life Shelter, Equest, Mission Arlington, North Texas Food Bank and Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Our partnership with CFT4B has helped diversify our volunteer service opportunities,” said Felicia Williams, program director of Community Affairs. CFT4B offers a wide variety of service projects that appeal to many different Texas Health employees from all types of backgrounds, cultures and experiences, she added.
 
Each project reflected a different cause or geography close to the Texas Health teammates’ hearts:
 
Veterans:
Freedom Day offered Texas Health the opportunity to engage veteran employees in causes that reflect themselves. Ken Huckaby, senior director, ITS Technology Operations at System Services and proud Army veteran gave his time to sort produce at the North Texas Food Bank's new warehouse in Plano. "Giving back to the community has always been a large part of military service as well as the service of Texas Health. It is great when I get a chance to do things that recognize my career in the Army as well as the one at Texas Health, said Huckaby, “I enjoy volunteering with both my fellow co-workers and fellow members of the military. It is always enjoyable and amazing to see how much impact we can make in such a small timeframe. Knowing that we touched 2,550 families in just a few hours truly shows the power that we can all make by giving a small portion of our time,” added Huckaby.
 
Faith:
Texas Health employees also volunteered at Mission Arlington. "Mission Arlington does so much for people in Arlington. It was a real honor for our faith-based organization at Texas Health Arlington to serve another faith-based organization in Arlington,” said Blake Kretz, President of Texas Health Arlington Memorial.

“As we continue to diversify our CTO opportunities and our community impact in 2019, we’re thankful to have a partner likeCFT4B that truly has a pulse on what our communities need across North Texas, said Williams.
A Passion for Caring

A Passion for Caring

PGA of America is in good company with CFT for Business


CFT has seen firsthand that companies that do good, do better. CFT for Business connects companies with resources and expertise to foster and grow cultures of good corporate citizenship.

Make the Most of Your Membership

Make the Most of Your Membership

Leverage all the benefits your Business Impact Network membership offers!


Over the years, the Business team has added features to our programs that only some of our members are using. We’re sharing this information with the hope that every Business Impact Network member will leverage all the benefits their membership offers!

Inspiring Giving From Generation to Generation

Inspiring Giving From Generation to Generation

The Fallen Family Fund at CFT supports Freedom Day


“It’s been the greatest gift,” said Nancy. “I feel like what granddad gave us was an opportunity – an opportunity to make a difference and to explore within ourselves something he had already figured out: lifting up the people around you is what matters most. He knew that the fund could bring good to others but also to us as we practiced generosity together.”

A Year of Service

A Year of Service

by Michelle Grose


Throughout 2018, 1st Global continued to live out one of the company’s guiding principles: aspiring to servant leadership through community outreach and volunteerism. Supported by a now three-year partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas for Business, 1st Global has annually increased its social responsibility efforts in the Dallas community.

Partnering with local companies like NETSCOUT to help business philanthropy thrive

Partnering with local companies like NETSCOUT to help business philanthropy thrive

When NETSCOUT needed a partner to implement and launch their local charitable grant program, they turned to Communities Foundation of Texas.


This past fall, NETSCOUT established a charitable fund known as a business-advised fund with CFT. Next, CFT helped NETSCOUT engage their employees in learning how nonprofits are addressing important issues in the community and choosing focus areas for the company’s grant funds.

Freedom Day Bonds Businesses

Freedom Day Bonds Businesses

17th annual volunteer day honors 9/11 through joint service


Honoring the lives lost and forever changed on 9/11/01, CFT for Business presented its 17th annual Freedom Day, a community service event last September that was part of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. In recognition of the courage and bravery of the men and women who fight for our freedom and those first responders who protect us, we dedicated this day of service to them by supporting local organizations that provide essential services to veterans, first responders and their families.