Skip to main content

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. John Lawson has progressed beyond expectations, but still needs special care. Grateful for the caregivers in their life, Gini and her husband, John, were inspired to provide support to other families with similar life circumstances. 

The GiveWisely series at Communities Foundation of Texas helped the Florers sharpen their personal giving strategy — one that reflects the lessons learned through their unique experiences. Through the class, they decided to give to Rays of Light, a nonprofit providing.

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.