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Where Giving Shelters

Where Giving Shelters

Dan and Rebecca Tatsch, Record-Holding North Texas Giving Day Donors

CFT’s North Texas Giving Day is the annual, community-wide fundraising event that has pumped more than $195 million into North Texas charities over the last eight years. On 2017’s North Texas Giving Day, more than $39 million was donated to 2,723 nonprofits through 137,638 donations, setting a national record. Dan and Rebecca Tatsch themselves broke the record for the number of individual donations. They gave to 296 organizations.

For several years, the Tatsches have given to many nonprofits on North Texas Giving Day. Explaining their strategy of donating to so many charities, Dan said, “Our passion is animal rescue. We know from firsthand experience that it’s through small groups that animal rescue happens. On North Texas Giving Day, we saw a lot of these groups participating, and we know they’re working really hard.” For the recipients and the animals they care for, that kind of generosity makes for a very large number of best friends.

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Donor Testimonial North Texas Giving Day from Communities Foundation of Texas.

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.