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The Art of Giving

The Art of Giving

Linda and Bob Buford donate art to CFT to use proceeds for charitable good

 When Linda and Bob Buford purchased a contemporary painting in New York 27 years ago, little did they realize it would produce so many rewards. The large painting by abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, with its active brush strokes and vibrant yellows and blues, captured the spirit of the bright, sunny landscapes of the South of France. Along with another work by the same artist, the painting hung in the Bufords’ guest bedroom where Bob often read and admired the two favorites from their art collection.

Last summer, the Bufords’ insurance agent requested that the couple get a new appraisal of the Mitchell paintings. “The appraisal came back at 50 times what we paid for those two pictures in 1981,” Bob said. “We were stunned!”

With the new appraisal, the Bufords began to think of the paintings more as an investment that had appreciated than as beautiful artwork, and they worried about how light and humidity might affect their value. One night over dinner, Bob said to Linda, “Let’s give the paintings to your donor-advised fund at Communities Foundation of Texas.  If CFT can sell the art at auction, then you’ll be able to recommend more grants for the causes you care about.” Linda readily agreed. And she added, “Wouldn’t it be fun to go to the auction and see what happens?”

The Bufords donated the paintings to CFT, which handled the details necessary for selling the paintings at the fall contemporary art auction at Sotheby’s. That included working on details of the consignment agreement, insuring the paintings and arranging for them to be transported to New York by mid-August in order to be photographed for Sotheby’s art catalog. The auction house devoted a two-page spread to the larger Mitchell painting.

Despite turmoil in the financial markets, the fall art auction season remained strong, aided by a weak dollar and expanding wealth from developing nations. The Bufords treated themselves to a trip to New York and attended the auction. Needless to say, they were delighted when there was a great deal of interest during bidding for the paintings.

The Bufords’ donation of the art has left them much to look forward to in the future. One is the empty wall in their house, which they plan to fill with the work of an emerging artist. Even better is knowing the two paintings provided philanthropic dollars to Linda’s donor-advised fund at CFT. “I’m excited about the opportunities I’ll have to recommend grants to charitable organizations I care about,” she said. “We enjoyed the paintings for many years, and now we can experience more joy by using their value to help others.”

The Art of Giving

The Art of Giving

Linda and Bob Buford donate art to CFT to use proceeds for charitable good


When Linda and Bob Buford purchased a contemporary painting in New York 27 years ago, little did they realize it would produce so many rewards. The large painting by abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell, with its active brush strokes and vibrant yellows and blues, captured the spirit of the bright, sunny landscapes of the South of France. Along with another work by the same artist, the painting hung in the Bufords’ guest bedroom where Bob often read and admired the two favorites from their art collection.

Michelle Hall honors her mother's passion

Michelle Hall honors her mother's passion

Hall uses her donor-advised fund to honor her mother


“My mother was a tireless champion of education and community improvement,” says Michelle.  “She has always been an inspiration for me and now for my four daughters as well.”It’s hard to overstate the effect Margarita De Nocochea had on Calexico, California.

Pet Adoption Advocate

Pet Adoption Advocate

Kit and her daughter, Gloria, opened the Saving Hope Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas after finding and adopting an abandoned and severely abused dog on her ranch outside of Fort Worth 


Kit and her daughter, Gloria, opened the Saving Hope Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas after finding and adopting an abandoned and severely abused dog on her ranch outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Kit Moncrief always had a soft spot for animals. The socialite and animal lover adopted her fair share of rescue animals in the past, so when she heard that an abused dog turned up on her family’s ranch, she knew she had to take action.

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.