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Joining together to help Japan

Joining together to help Japan

On the morning of March 11, 2011, a catastrophic 9.0 earthquake spawned a  30-  foot-high tsunami that destroyed the northeastern coast of Japan. Anna McFarland, witnessing news coverage of the disaster, knew she had to help. As the executive director of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, a friendship organization connecting the two countries, Anna quickly turned to Communities Foundation of Texas for assistance. Searching for an efficient way to enable donations to rebuild Japan, she leveraged the North Texas Giving Day (formerly DonorBridge) profile for the Japan-America Society, allowing people to donate immediately to the relief fund. In just a few short months, they raised over $100,000 for support recovery projects in and around Sendai, and they are still receiving donations today. 

Launched in 2009, NorthTexasGivingDay.org is the most comprehensive and free public resource for connecting North Texas nonprofits and supporters. For supporters, NorthTexasGivingDay.org simplifies the process of gathering reliable information about nonprofits and community needs and making charitable donations. For nonprofits, the website and its annual North Texas Giving Day event serve as another awareness-building and fundraising tool. NorthTexasGivingDay.org profiles more than 2,700 nonprofits and, since its inception, has infused more than $240 million into nonprofits serving the 20 counties of North Texas.

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 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 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.

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.