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Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Angie Dickson Returns to her Roots

Angie Dickson spent her childhood on her family’s ranch in West Texas. As an adult, she built a successful career in finance, but she felt a strong calling to give back. So she turned to CFT to help establish a fund that could accept gifts for Kids on the Land, a nonprofit that she formed with her mother, Katherine Dickson, and Peggy Maddox. Partnering with local landowners, schools and government organizations, this unique program teaches elementary school children about the natural resources in their own region.

Communities Foundation of Texas invited Angie to share her experience as a philanthropist and Kids on the Land co-founder with CFT’s 2015 GiveWisely class, which is designed for those wanting to sharpen their giving strategies. During the class, she met a couple who were so moved by her passion for the environment that they chose to give their GiveWisely donation to Kids on the Land—planting seeds for the sustainable future of Angie’s passion and the students she serves.

Where Giving Invests

Where Giving Invests

Cotton Bowl Fund at CFT invests in Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy


“Visiting a college or university is fairly common in middle or upper middle-class homes, but we believe every student should have that opportunity.” — Jay McAuley, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Foundation

Where Giving Serves

Where Giving Serves

RHSB: CFT Business Fund Holder and Freedom Day Volunteers


“CFT is a valuable and strategic partner that helps RHSB make a meaningful impact and contribution to the community where we live, work and raise our families.” — Doug Jones, Senior Vice President and Principal at RHSB

Where Giving Persists

Where Giving Persists

Grace Jo, North Korean Refugee and Scholarship Recipient


“I believe that education has the power to transform societies." - Grace Jo One of the goals of the George W. Bush Institute is to improve the human condition in North Korea, where 24 million people live under a brutal dictator. When the Bush Institute wanted to establish a scholarship fund to support North Korean refugees, it came to CFT to administer the program by handling the scholarship applications, screening and grants.

Where Giving Grows

Where Giving Grows

Martha Jackson, GiveWisely Graduate and CFT Fund Holder


On the 10th anniversary of her nephew’s passing, Martha found a way to honor him. She set up a donor-advised fund through CFT to help children and youth develop self confidence through art and athletics. But she didn’t stop there. After taking CFT’s GiveWisely class and visiting Family Gateway, which supports homeless families, Martha was inspired to roll up her sleeves and volunteer.

Where Giving Shelters

Where Giving Shelters

Dan and Rebecca Tatsch, Record-Holding North Texas Giving Day Donors


CFT’s North Texas Giving Day is the annual, community-wide fundraising event that has pumped more than $195 million into North Texas charities over the last eight years.

Grandparents Spark New Generation

Grandparents Spark New Generation

Hegi Grandchildren Take Up the Torch of Giving


Grandparents Fred and Jan Hegi are passing on a powerful legacy by empowering their six grandchildren to change lives through The Hegi Grandchildren’s Fund at CFT. The fund not only serves as a charitable resource but as a way to instill the importance of giving in a future generation. Through the fund, each grandchild will be giving $200 every year to a charity of their choice — a responsibility that each of them has agreed to approach thoughtfully.

Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons

Angie Dickson Returns to her Roots


Angie Dickson spent her childhood on her family’s ranch in West Texas. As an adult, she built a successful career in finance, but she felt a strong calling to give back. So she turned to CFT to help establish a fund that could accept gifts for Kids on the Land, a nonprofit that she formed with her mother, Katherine Dickson, and Peggy Maddox. Partnering with local landowners, schools and government organizations, this unique program teaches elementary school children about the natural resources in their own region.

Gifted Musicians

Gifted Musicians

Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation Fund at CFT


In corporate philanthropy, Neiman Marcus has an ear for youth arts education. Research has shown that students receiving arts training graduate at higher rates, score higher on the SAT, are better creative problem solvers and become engaged civic leaders. The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation Fund at CFT was established to strategically invest in organizations providing support for arts education for underserved youth.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

The Sweet Life Fund helps burn victims survive tough times


Scott Sweet was just a second-grader when he was severely burned by a live wire. He spent countless days in the hospital and still remembers the sadness of missed recesses and feeling isolated from his schoolmates. But the care he received made a lasting impression, inspiring him and his wife Cathy to help other children dealing with similar medical crises.

What's Next?

What's Next?

John & Veletta Lill put plans in place to give back to the community


What's next? is the question former Dallas City Councilmember Veletta Forsythe-Lill and her husband John asked as they reviewed their financial goals. Approaching a milestone birthday and thankful to have accomplished some bigger goals like funding their son’s college education, Veletta started thinking about how she could sustain the legacy of the community she had helped build.

Norman Brinker Scholarship at CFT

Norman Brinker Scholarship at CFT

Legendary restaurateur’s legacy of excellence continues to inspire


Norman Brinker’s integrity, entrepreneurship and competitive spirit made him a legend, but it was his generosity and the desire to help raise the skill of others that made him beloved by his family, peers, employees, and the countless lives he touched.

Transforming Passion into Purpose

Transforming Passion into Purpose

Mike Tankersley - A Hire With a Higher Purpose


Business lawyer Mike Tankersley hires lawyers who will never work a single day for him. He and his wife, Karen, also an attorney, approached Communities Foundation of Texas seeking to translate their business law practices into courtroom assistance for the less fortunate.

Turning Loss into Legacy

Turning Loss into Legacy

Dan Smith Turns Loss into Legacy


Dan and Joellyn Smith were always strong proponents of helping those in need. They established the Smith Family Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas as a way to pay their prosperity forward. After Joellyn passed away from breast cancer, Dan approached us for guidance on how to honor her memory.

Investing Deeply in the Community

Investing Deeply in the Community

Brad Miller, business-advised fund holder and CFT for Business Member Company


Brad Miller, president of Encore Multifamily, is one of many business people fostering a community of service and building a philanthropic legacy from the ground up through CFT for Business, a Communities Foundation of Texas program that makes it easy for small- and mid-sized companies to do good.

Getting Creative to Fund the Arts

Getting Creative to Fund the Arts

Craig Hall Transforms Real Estate into Real Impact


Craig Hall, founder of Hall Group and fund holder at Communities Foundation of Texas, structured a complex donation of two premium restaurant spaces in the Dallas Arts District to his fund at CFT.