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Engaging Employees for Good

We're growing employee engagement and volunteer programs one business at a time.

Over the past year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has partnered closely with CFT for Business (CFT4B) to grow their “Let’s Help” employee engagement and volunteer programs.

“The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ mission is to serve the public. Giving back is the compass that connects us to our community. We focus on three pillars: neighborhood stabilization, economic growth and opportunity, and financial capability and access,” said senior community development advisor Elizabeth Sobel-Blum. “CFT4B has provided us the infrastructure to bring employees closer to our mission through volunteerism. The CFT4B team listened to our priorities and provided us with an ongoing list of nonprofits to partner with that fit within our focus of economic wellness. We’re now able to offer employees a much broader array of choices they can engage in and lead that fit their unique passions.”

“CFT4B makes it easier and more efficient for our employees to become volunteer champions,” noted community development officer Roy Lopez. “We wanted a way to provide service opportunities without employees having to be engaged with logistics that take time away from the volunteer experience. CFT4B acts as our backbone support for so many things we wouldn’t have bandwidth to do on our own.”

“The online portal for volunteer management offered through CFT4B has been a huge help to us,” added program manager and community engagement advisor Jenna Dillenback.

“We value the tremendous expertise of the CFT4B team in growing our program, sharing best practices and connecting us to opportunities we didn’t even know existed. In addition to providing custom volunteer projects, they helped us create an engaging volunteer fair and a nonprofit board leadership training program for employees,” said Lopez. “Being part of the CFT4B network of companies has been meaningful for us, providing us the ability to meet like-minded people outside of our company.”

Beyond their CFT4B partnership, one of the reasons why the Fed’s employee engagement and volunteerism efforts are such a success is because they’ve had the support of leadership from the beginning. “Our president challenged us to be leading citizens and to live out loud our values of corporate social responsibility. To truly be engaged locally, we need to volunteer and serve on boards so we have on-the-ground insight across the organization into economic conditions,” added Lopez.

“It gives employees the ability to learn firsthand about key issues such as food insecurity and financial instability. It’s been a great way for employees to collaborate and deepen connections across departments. It’s also helped us to attract, retain and develop top talent. Each of our volunteer experiences provides a leadership opportunity for employees,” said Lopez.

“We want our staff to lead and take ownership of community issues, to go out and take action. We want our internal culture to reflect that no matter what position you hold in the organization, you can be a leader working on increasing economic well-being through volunteerism, and that you can do so on work time,” said senior vice president Alfreda Norman.

The Fed offers all employees volunteer time during the work day, but they’ve found that employees continue to volunteer on their own time on the weekends and after hours. “For many of our employees, service is part of their lifestyle,” said Norman.

“We’re connecting the dots to show our employees how they can change the world, working together to increase the economic well-being of our community,” Norman continued. “Our employees are celebrating each other’s efforts and uplifting their colleagues who are doing amazing things. We’re collaborating in a much more powerful way.”

Leaving Legacies of Love: Future Newlyweds Rise to the Occasion

Leaving Legacies of Love: Future Newlyweds Rise to the Occasion

Newlyweds open a charitable giving fund for their guests to make a charitable donation in lieu of a gift.


“We were so excited to tell our parents about our charitable fund. They are deeply proud of our choice. The response from our friends and family has been extremely positive,” said Sarah.

Leaving Legacies of Love: The Cole Wehunt Fund

Leaving Legacies of Love: The Cole Wehunt Fund

Parents honor late son's legacy through fund at CFT


“Cole inspired giving. He was such a generous person. We wanted to give back to our community because North Texas was Cole’s home and where he thrived growing up,” said Kay.

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.”

Spurring Social Innovation

Spurring Social Innovation

Across Public Safety, Education & Health Through CFT's Caruth Fund


“Our new approach to Caruth grantmaking seeks to increase access for organizations of different sizes, both within and across our priority issue areas of education, health, and public safety, and their intersections,” said Nadine Dechausay, Community Philanthropy Director. “We’re providing funding not only to projects that are fully implemented or expanding, but also to projects in initial development that we believe will be transformational for our community.”

Raising the Bar of Generosity

Raising the Bar of Generosity

CFT's North Texas Giving Day Rallies 100,000 People to Give Back


In 2019, CFT’s North Texas Giving Day raised $50 million benefiting nearly 3,000 local nonprofits, bringing the eleven-year total to over $290 million for our community. North Texas Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation and this year more than 169,000 gifts poured in from 50 states and 25 countries.

We're Furthering Family Values

We're Furthering Family Values

Involving our children in our charitable giving plans beyond our lifetime from the very beginning!


“GiveWisely gave us an opportunity to come together around giving. We learned a lot about our kids and their unique and overlapping passions by going through the values-based exercises. It was a great experience to bond us in ways we hadn’t thought of before, and have us focus as a family on causes we care about,” said Ann. “There are many worthy causes, so being able to focus and know what’s most important to us as a family and being able to align that with the charitable giving we do has been really meaningful.”

Investing In Our Neighbors

Investing In Our Neighbors

"CFT was the perfect avenue for us to dig deep to make a difference in Collin County."


“There has been tremendous economic opportunity, but it’s important that each of our neighbors has an opportunity to come along on Collin County’s journey of growth. There are a lot of challenges and quiet needs here that many people don’t see,” noted Brian.

We're Building Bridges to Opportunity

We're Building Bridges to Opportunity

Giving life-changing scholarships to students enrolled in Bishop Lynch High School and beyond.


“We’re giving good, solid kids who earn Bs and Cs a leg up with this scholarship. It’s not only life-changing for them, it’s life-changing for me in my involvement,” said son Michael. “Our role was just planting the seed in each recipient to show that we believe in their ability, and the students have done all the rest,” said Jackie.

Engaging Employees for Good

Engaging Employees for Good

We're growing employee engagement and volunteer programs one business at a time.


“We value the tremendous expertise of the CFT4B team in growing our program, sharing best practices and connecting us to opportunities we didn’t even know existed. In addition to providing custom volunteer projects, they helped us create an engaging volunteer fair and a nonprofit board leadership training program for employees...”

Uplifting the Underrepresented

Uplifting the Underrepresented

Ross & Rebecca were both largely inspired by their families, particularly their mothers, to give of our time, talent and treasure.


Ross and Rebecca Anthony are tremendously intentional about their charitable giving, and have partnered with CFT in a variety of ways to align their values with their personal giving strategies.

You can't take it with you!

You can't take it with you!

Ford Lacy and Cece Smith Plan Their Community Legacy


"YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU!" is the first thing Ford Lacy said when we asked what spurred him and his wife, Cece Smith, to plan in advance how they would give to charity through their wills.

Inspiring Students and Uplifting Educators

Inspiring Students and Uplifting Educators

Carter Creech creates lasting impact in his hometown through CFT


Since 2005, Carter Creech has partnered with CFT on his charitable giving as he’s looked to “think bigger,” leading by example to encourage others.

Learning to Heal

Learning to Heal

Simon Greenstone creates a scholarship fund for those impacted by cancer


“We’re so pleased to have CFT as our partners as we make a real difference in the lives of so many deserving kids” says Simon Greenstone, founding shareholder of the law firm Simon Greenstone Panatier.

Racing Toward a Cure

Racing Toward a Cure

Shelby family furthers pancreatic cancer treatment options


The Shelby Family has made meaningful investments in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer by working with CFT staff and funding clinical trials through donor-advised funds at CFT.

Working Side by Side to Simplify a Donor's Life

Working Side by Side to Simplify a Donor's Life

Beverly Brown finds joy converting family foundation to CFT fund


Beverly Brown is a fifth-generation native Texan with a quick smile, who grew up in Farmers Branch. As a child, she would often accompany her mom to area charities where they volunteered to help others who were homeless or hungry. Those early lessons have fueled Beverly’s heart for giving back through active volunteerism, board leadership and donor support.