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GiveWisely was created to help you develop your own unique and meaningful approach to your charitable giving.


The goal of GiveWisely is to empower individuals to discover their core values and help them think critically about how they give. GiveWisely offers participants an opportunity to look deeper into what motivates them to give, so they leave the class with a clearer idea of what they want to support and how to best go about it. In the process, they learn how to say "yes" or "no" powerfully, depending on whether an opportunity is aligned with their giving focus.

Class Topics Include:

  • Identifying Your Values

    What are your core values? How do they show up in your giving — or do they? Discussing values, personal giving statements and charitable budgets.
  • Pinpointing Your Passions

    Further identifying your philanthropic values and goals — and effectively communicating your giving philosophy with family, friends and the nonprofit community.
  • Evaluating Effectiveness

    Understanding community needs and assessing nonprofits to be able to choose which nonprofit is right for you. GiveWisely includes transportation to an offsite nonprofit, where you can immediately practice learnings from the day.
  • Beyond the Class: Keeping Focus and Impact in Your Giving

    Creating a simple plan to move forward with what you've learned in the class, finalizing your own charitable giving statement and budget.

Class Fee:

CFT fund holders attend free of charge. Non-CFT fund holders will pay a fee of $150 per person for the 1-Day Course (materials, lunch and transportation to an offsite nonprofit included).

Grant Requirement:

Course attendees will participate in a facilitated off-site visit of a local nonprofit.

A $500 tax-deductible contribution to CFT is required of each participant. They will direct the gift to the nonprofit of their choice at the end of the class.



Our next class is Saturday, February 23! Can’t attend this date but want to GiveWisely? We’re happy to host a custom session for you, your family, or your business. Simply contact us to learn more.

"GiveWisely is well-structured and well-organized. It changed the lives of my classmates as it helped them think about their personal values and the legacy they want to leave. It truly helps people hone in on their passions. The result is giving effectiveness and increased personal satisfaction. It was the best thing I did all year!" Christine Allen, GiveWisely Participant

A small investment in time for a huge return in your giving.

At Communities Foundation of Texas, one of our goals is to empower your giving to be as easy, effective and meaningful as possible. Our GiveWisely curriculum helps you, in an individual or group setting, do just that. Contact CFT today to see how we can help you find your own unique way to give.

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