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Racial Equity

Racial Equity Grant Awards $150,000 in Grants to Support Racial Equity Work in Dallas

JANUARY, 21 2019

“This support for racial equity nonprofits shows Communities Foundation of Texas’ commitment to the hard work and the heart work of truth, racial healing and transformation.”

On January 17, the National Day of Racial Healing, Communities Foundation of Texas announced that a total of $150,000 was distributed across 35 nonprofits to help them facilitate storytelling or implement practical solutions to race-related challenges in Dallas.

“Allowing people the space to tell their stories and providing opportunities for others to be touched by them is the first step toward healing.” Sarah Cotton Nelson,  CFT’S Chief Philanthropy Officer

“Cara Mia is now better able to promote racial healing:  its cutting-edge theatrical performances are now coupled with community conversations, youth engagement processes and healing circles,” says Ernest McMillan, curator for community action for Cara Mia Theatre.

“This support for racial equity nonprofits shows Communities Foundation of Texas’ commitment to the hard work and the heart work of truth, racial healing and transformation,” says Joli Robinson, manager of the community affairs and outreach unit of the Dallas Police Department and co-chair of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.
CFT board members approved this unique racial equity funding opportunity to complement the new Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (D-TRHT) effort. Dallas is one of 14 places in the country receiving $1 million in grant support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to implement D-TRHT, which will be customized for Dallas with input and leadership from the community. CFT is proud to be one of the many organizations contributing to TRHT in Dallas.
Racial Equity Grant Recipients:
Abounding Prosperity
Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at UT Dallas
Bachman Lake Together
Border Crossers
Buildingcommunity WORKSHOP
Cara Mia Theatre Company
Chocolate MINT Foundation
Community Alcohol Drug Aftercare Program
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
Education Open Doors
Faith in Texas-PICO
Girls Embracing Mothers
Inclusive Communities Project
Institute for Urban Policy Research at UT Dallas via 
    The University of Texas Foundation
Junior Players Guild
Make Art with Purpose
Paul Quinn College
Project Row Houses
Project Unity
Social Venture Partners Dallas
Soul Rep Theatre Company
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
St. Philip’s School & Community Center Teach for America
Teatro Dallas
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund Vickery Meadow Youth
     Development Foundation
Village United Methodist Church
WaterTower Theatre
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Young Women’s Preparatory Network

To learn more about our racial equity work and read details about the above grantees, visit

Many nonprofits and organizations in North Texas fight against injustice and promote social equality in systems, structures and institutions.

Through organizing and activism, they engage all members of society in dialogue and action toward the root causes of social problems. Some of these nonprofits respond to long-term needs by working at the underlying causation or structural level while others work to address more immediate needs in our community.

Below you can find information about nonprofits who are focused on racial equity in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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Black Transmen Inc's mission is to ensure that all transmen and TLGB people are acknowledged and provided equal access and protection under the law. Their primary program is the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition (BTAC), which is the largest program created to achieve the Black Transmen Inc mission and the only national social justice organization led by black trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) people to collectively improve the black trans human experience by overcoming violence and injustice in the world. They mobilized hundreds to end violence against black trans people and over 300 black trans and GNC people attended the 2019 National BTAC Conference. Funding is needed to assist black transgender people through the BTAC program by way of general operating and direct program support

Faith in Texas is a multi-racial, multi-faith movement developing civic leadership in faith communities for economic, racial and social justice. Priority issue campaigns include Live Free TX, which aims to end mass incarceration and urban gun violence; LA RED, which develops leadership in Hispanic and other immigrant congregations; and Moral Economy, which influences how economic policies are shaped in Texas cities, counties, and state. In the past year, Faith in Texas advocated passing Cite and Release for Dallas Co. Additionally, Faith in Texas had 14,000+ conversations with potential voters, 87% of whom voted in the 2018 Midterm Elections. In the past year, Faith in Texas also trained 300 leaders. Funding will support the hiring of more organizers, payment for translation services, and video production to share directly-impacted people's stories and impact.

Inclusive Communities Project seeks to expand affordable fair housing options for low-income families & ensure neighborhood equity by the remedy of effects of discrimination & segregation. Core programs include the Mobility Assistance Program, providing housing mobility counseling for voucher holders who seek safe, low-poverty, well-resourced areas; Neighborhood Equity outreach & advocacy seeking govt action to address unequal conditions; and the Sublease rental program for voucher families in complexes that don’t take vouchers. In 2018, ICP helped over 600 families move to safe, low poverty areas. Additionally, ICP residents of freedman’s town get a resolution to halt discriminatory demolitions. Funding will support general operating costs for ICP’s Mobility Assistance Program, Neighborhood Equity Program, and Sublease Program.

The mission of the National LGBTQ Task Force (The Task Force) is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Core programs include the Creating Change Conference that attracts 4,000 people annually to network and share best practices; Census 2020 work to ensure a full count; and grassroots organizing for pro-LGBTQ and against anti-LGBTQ legislation and ballot initiatives at the state and federal levels. The Task Force is a leader in progressive policy conversations, a government watchdog, a convener of progressive people and grassroots organizing. Funding will support the Creating Change Conference to be held in Dallas from January 15-19, 2020 to benefit local LGBTQ people and organizations.

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Over 3,300 nonprofits participated in CFT’s NTX Giving Day in 2021. Explore our 2021 Searchable Nonprofit Database to learn more about nonprofits and their missions, needs, and volunteer opportunities.

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