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Neiman Marcus Employees Support Disaster Relief

Neiman Marcus Employees Support Disaster Relief

Neimans uses their business-advised fund to engage employees and respond to natural disasters

Disasters are life’s great equalizers. They remind us that being human is being vulnerable. When a disaster happens to others, we know it just as easily could have happened to us, and our inborn urge to help swells.

Neiman Marcus wanted to give its employees a way to participate in disaster response and recovery efforts through the company’s annual charitable giving campaign. We helped the management team develop the guiding principles for the Neiman Marcus Group Disaster Relief Fund at CFT, which funnels employee contributions into nonprofits recognized for providing effective disaster response. When a disaster occurs, Neiman Marcus will make grants to organizations that respond with essential services like food, shelter, water and health care, and it will also offer long-term recovery assistance to the community. Now, employees are satisfying their need to reach out while Neiman Marcus ensures that its corporate giving does the most good for the greatest needs.

Setting an Example

Setting an Example

Generational Hands-on Service from the Scripps Family


“I ENJOY BEING VERY HANDS-ON,” says Debbie Scripps. “At Children’s Medical Center, I’ve loved doing a range of things from working in the gift shop to decorating the hospital to spending time with the kids.”Debbie and Ric Scripps, CFT fund holders, understand the value of giving back to their community. As their children have grown into adults, Ric and Debbie have seen them embrace their philanthropic side as well.

Tomorrow our future will be brighter

Tomorrow our future will be brighter

Help and hope for expecting mothers


Thanks to the passion of donors like the Nicol family, this little girl was born a happy and healthy baby. The Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program, an initiative of the Methodist Health System, provides resources for at-risk expectant mothers to help reduce the risk of preterm birth.

Her Dream Lives On

Her Dream Lives On

Pearl Anderson’s Fund from 1955 still supports the community today


When CFT began 60 years ago in 1953, it was known as the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund. The first major gift to the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund was in 1955 from Pearl C. Anderson. She was an African- American grocer and widow of a local physician. Her gift was a future interest to the trust in a prime piece of land in downtown Dallas valued at $325,000.