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At Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), our charge is to put giving to work. CFT professionally manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.8 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. We believe that where giving thrives, communities thrive, too.

CFT’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program seeks to educate, engage, and broaden the philanthropic impact of the next generation of leaders in North Texas. CFT believes that educating and guiding highly engaged community-minded professionals will ensure that our region’s legacy of generosity continues to thrive and grow.


Applications are open now closed for our 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Cohort.

Who should apply:

  • Leaders ages 25-40 interested in learning, engaging, and broadening their impact through philanthropy and strategic giving

What you can expect out of the program:

  • Monthly meetings from September - May (time and location varies: held during breakfast, lunch, or happy hour, will need to attend at least 6 out of 9 of the sessions to participate in grantmaking)
  • Engaging speakers and hands-on learning
  • Visits to a variety of effective nonprofit organizations in Dallas
  • Optional volunteerism and networking opportunities
  • A better understanding of community needs and the ability to assess nonprofits to assist you in determining which causes and organizations are a good fit for your philanthropy and strategic giving

Topics we will cover:

  • Key community issues (education, health, social services, etc.)
  • Finding and evaluating effective nonprofits
  • Ways to give and engage
  • Board leadership and training
  • Funding organizations (includes site visits)
  • Creating a personal giving plan and more!

View a sample syllabus from our 2018-2019 cohort here

 

2018-2019 Cohort

CFT’s inaugural 9-month cohort kicked off in September 2018 in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. Thanks to an anonymous funder, cohort participants will deploy $50,000 in CFT grant awards to support a nonprofit(s) of the group’s choosing. 

View photos from the 2018-2019 cohort:

PHOTOS: EMERGING LEADERS KICK OFF/WELCOME
PHOTOS: GRADUATION CELEBRATION/CHECK PRESENTATION
PHOTOS: Session on Board LeadershipPHOTOS: SESSION ON FUNDING AN ORGANIZATION




 

Questions? Contact Tina Lin, Strategic Initiatives Officer, at tlin@cftexas.org or 214-346-5504.

We sincerely appreciate the generous funding provided by an anonymous funder to support the launch of the ELP program.
 

Special Thanks to our Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Steering Committee: 
Aline Bass, Megan Bowdon, Jennifer Lan, Noble Modu, Gunnar Rawlings, Tucker Robinson, DeVaughdric Ross, Jose Manuel Santoyo, Sally Sha, David Shields, and Lucas Shelton

2019-2020 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Cohort Members

Lindsay Abernethy

Director Of Development at Trinity Park Conservancy

Ayelia Ali

Educator, North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens

Larry Banda

Attorney, Conner & Winters, LLP

Jonathan Bassham

Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Cimajie Best

Program Manager of Fellowships, OpEd project

Seth Block

Demetra Brown

Partnership Engagement Manager, Generation

Kristen Carter

Account Supervisor, Sunwest Communications

Brooks Caston

Attorney, Clark Hill Strasburger

Calvert Collins-Bratton

Vice President, Strategic Events & Relationships, Methodist Health System Foundation

Clara Cooke

Client Success Manager, Friendemic

Devin DeLapp

Financial Planning Analyst, SFMG Wealth Advisors

Belén Diez

Manager, Grants & AmeriCorps, Teach For America

Danielle Digeralamo

Campus Recruitment & Employee Wellness Lead, Whitley Penn

Lacy Durham

Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax, LLP

Tyler Floyd

Financial Planning Analyst, SFMG Wealth Advisors

Ryan Garcia

Real Estate Acquisition Analyst, Liberty Multifamily

Brooke Ginsburg

Attorney

Henry Gordon

Search Marketing Manager, Camelot Communications

Carrie Gregg

Director of Operations, Ministry Brands

Mark Hamm

Director, Economic Mobility, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Rebekah Hardage

Senior Manager of Content Marketing, GuideStone

Lauren Holloway

Executive Director, Highland Park Education Foundation

Kalae Hooper

Vice President Senior Operations Consultant & Chair of North Texas My Environment, Bank of America

Brittany Huber

Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Texas at Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Scott Hvidt

Associate Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Tshiunza Kalubi

Community Advocate & Citizen of the World

Diana Kao

Major Gifts Officer, North Texas Food Bank

Brittney King

Senior Audit Associate, Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Dionne Kirby

Associate Director of Development, Literacy Achieves

Sarah Kate Littlefield

Director of Donor Experience, Teach For America DFW

Clayton Lougée

Director of Development - Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Customer Experience Strategist, Thomson Reuters

Elsye Lyons

Associate Attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP

Andrew McMillan

Associate Consultant, People Performance Resources

Laura Mendivil

Co-Founder & Development Director, Rosa Es Rojo, Inc.

Julian Mensah

Development Officer, Institutional Giving, Big Thought

Selwa Moharram

Communications Coordinator, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation

Virginia Mudge

Corporate Engagement Manager, The Dallas Opera

Claire Murchison

Associate, Crow Holdings Capital

Heather Mustain

Minister of Missions & Advocacy, Wilshire Baptist Church

Laurie Parker

Lauren Quam

Corporate Banking, Bank of Texas

Vijay Ram

Senior Therapy Consultant, NeuroPace, Inc.

Melanie Robinson

Program Manager, Dallas County Leadership ISD

Rosy Robson

Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Richardson

LaToya Rowell

Contributions Operations and External Affairs Officer, Comerical Bank

Tyler Russell

Wealth Manager, Carter Financial Management

Jamiel Sale

Marketing Manager, The Locators Real Estate Brokerage

Robyn Schell

Manager of Communications and Marketing, Dallas Regional Chamber

Amber Shcheurer

Product Marketing Engineer, Texas Instruments

Megan Sterquell

Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Goldman Sachs

Mark Studer

Account Manager, One10 Marketing

Katherine Sundby

Co-Executive Director, Elizabeth Toon Charities

Seema Tejura

Founder and Managing Director, The Literacy Architects, LLC

Roselle Tenorio

Grants and Programs Coordinator, Texas Women’s Foundation

Karyn Thomas

General Counsel, Abounding Prosperity Inc. and Black Ladies in Public Health, Inc.

Elizabeth Trecartin

Financial Consultant, Charles Schwab

Jesse Trevino

GTS Analyst, CBRE

Tyler Russell

Juana M. Véliz

Co-Founder, Impact AO

Damian Williams

Associate, Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC

Josh Williams

Associate, Newstone Capital Partners

Tyeshia Wilson

Assistant to City Manager & Chief of Staff, City of Dallas

Dana Zillgitt

Seventh Grade English Teacher, Medrano MS

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