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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. An unceasing advocate for impoverished children and education, “Mrs. D” mobilized her community to help save the historic Carnegie Library, worked as a high school librarian to nurture the college dreams of thousands of students and for decades actively supported San Diego State University.

Her daughter Michelle Hall wanted to honor her mother’s memory by continuing her generous tradition. Through the donor-advised fund she and her husband, Houston, established with us, she is furthering many community projects that her mother would have supported, from college scholarships to library improvements to a community swimming pool.

Michelle’s daughter even penned her college application essay about her grandmother’s kind and giving spirit. So in addition to the countless lives made better by “The Grand Lady of Calexico,” Michelle has the satisfaction of knowing that her mother’s legacy is alive and well in the hearts of her children.

Michelle and Houston Hall opened their donor-advised fund with CFT as a more straight forward tax-wise alternative to continuing to manage their own private foundation.

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.

Your Guide to Simplified Complex Giving

Your Guide to Simplified Complex Giving

Did you know Communities Foundation of Texas can accept a wide range of gifts, even real estate, art and antiques?


Did you know Communities Foundation of Texas can accept a wide range of gifts, even real estate, art and antiques?

Supporting the Heart of a Champion

Supporting the Heart of a Champion

Gini Florer uses CFT's GiveWisely class to guide her charitable giving


Following a stroke in utero that left her son with his brain severely damaged, Gini Florer has become a champion for children with special needs.

Intentional Giving

Intentional Giving

Darryl Rose & Melisa Ambers feel the power of giving back


“KNOWING WE WANTED TO GIVE BACK in our community on a more significant level, my initial thought was to start my own foundation,” says Melisa Ambers. “But after we discovered CFT, we realized they have the resources and knowledge to help us make intentional gifts in this community. Why reinvent the wheel?”

Chip Off the Old Block

Chip Off the Old Block

Meredith Woodworth administers grants from her grandfather's fund


Before there were Morton’s Potato Chips, there was Granville C. Morton, honing his potato chip recipe in the kitchen of his Dallas sandwich shop.

Strikeouts Save Lives

Strikeouts Save Lives

Clayton Kershaw Uses CFT Fund to Raise Money for African Children


Dallas native and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw fused his natural baseball ability with helping children in need last season when he began pledging $100 for every strikeout to support children in Africa.

Casey McManemin keeps his grandfather's legacy alive

Casey McManemin keeps his grandfather's legacy alive

Casey & Megan McManemin bring Mack's Barber Shop to The Bridge


Casey’s grandfather was an unassuming man. He opened a barbershop in 1920 when he moved to Dallas. Today, Megan and Casey are continuing his grandfather’s legacy by funding a barbershop at The Bridge, a homeless shelter in downtown Dallas through their fund at CFT.

Choreographing a Campaign

Choreographing a Campaign

Dallas Black Dance Theatre works to secure its financial future


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Neiman Marcus Employees Support Disaster Relief

Neiman Marcus Employees Support Disaster Relief

Neimans uses their business-advised fund to engage employees and respond to natural disasters


Disasters are life’s great equalizers. They remind us that being human is being vulnerable. When a disaster happens to others, we know it just as easily could have happened to us, and our inborn urge to help swells. Neiman Marcus wanted to give its employees a way to participate in disaster response and recovery efforts through the company’s annual charitable giving campaign.

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.

Focusing on Kids' Futures

Focusing on Kids' Futures

Trinity River Mission uses scholarship funds to focus kids' on their futures


The children who complete the Believe and Achieve program offered through Trinity River Mission (TRM) receive more than the enhanced self-esteem that comes from academic success.  “The high school seniors are pretty much guaranteed a $4,000 scholarship to college,” said Dolores Sosa Green, executive director, referring to the $500-per-semester scholarship that is funded and administered through CFT.

The Art of Financial Management

The Art of Financial Management


Looking to raise a large amount of money to help restore the original Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts campus and build a new state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the 1922 building—without spending resources on staff and infrastructure to manage those funds—the Arts Magnet Advisory Board partnered with Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) when they launched a capital campaign.