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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.

In 2014, one of the grantees supported was the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings program, which discovers and develops the talent of young African American and Latino string players. CFT is proud to partner with Neiman Marcus through various funds for their corporate philanthropy. To date, Neiman Marcus has provided over $10 million in grants for disaster relief, youth arts education, associate financial assistance and other charitable efforts. One of Neiman Marcus’ core organizational values is “Be All Heart.” By partnering with CFT, they have ensured that their philanthropic heart will continue to beat stronger than ever.
 

Giving Legacy

Giving Legacy

The Plunk Family Fund Inspires Generosity


Jake and Charlyn Plunk first learned about CFT through their support of local nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day, and established their donor-advised fund, The Plunk Family Fund at CFT in 2020.

Giving Opportunity

Giving Opportunity

Chuck and Joan Hensley Family Fund and Joan H. Hensley Scholarship Fund


Chuck and Joannie Hensley have partnered with CFT since 2009, and currently have a donor-advised fund and a scholarship fund at CFT.

Giving Education

Giving Education

Educate Texas: Transforming Education Through Quality Educators


Educate Texas‘ Best In Class (BIC) Coalition, a collaborative effort powered by CFT and The Commit Partnership, united over 50 partner organizations to ensure all students can access effective and diverse educators.

Giving Impact

Giving Impact

Celebrating $566M and 15 Years of CFT's North Texas Giving Day


This year marked the 15th anniversary of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. Together, our community of givers has fueled this incredible generosity movement, generating more than $566 million in impact for nonprofits since its inception in 2009.

Giving Partnership

Giving Partnership

Opportunity 2040 Launches to Increase Economic Mobility in Dallas County


Local nonprofits Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL) and The Commit Partnership have teamed up to align on a shared vision to cut in half the number of children living in poverty in Dallas County, while doubling the number of young adults attaining a living wage by 2040.

A Passion for the Arts

A Passion for the Arts

Cece Smith Lacy and Ford Lacy fund new works from arts organizations through their fund at CFT


As Cece Smith Lacy and Ford Lacy began their estate planning process, they came to Communities Foundation of Texas for assistance with their planned giving. During their research, they learned about donor-advised funds and decided to open the Cece Smith Lacy and John Ford Lacy Fund at CFT to support their giving during their lifetime.