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W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund and many others at CFT supports public parks

As our name attests, we have always been about the community. From the 1950s to today, CFT donors like you understood that public spaces help make cities great. Gathering places that provide recreation, cultural enrichment and civic beauty are the uniting landmarks that reveal a community’s soul. Through their funds at CFT, community leaders have supported numerous civic improvements: playgrounds from West Dallas to Collin County, Crape Myrtle Alley and Toad Corners Fountain at the Dallas Arboretum, the Leonhardt Lagoon at Fair Park and improvements at the Dallas Zoo. In 2010, CFT provided funds and expertise during the planning stages of Klyde Warren Park, the city deck park connecting downtown, Uptown and the Arts District. As the park took shape, CFT’s Caruth Fund gave a $5 million grant for the park’s safety and security.

Projects like Klyde Warren Park and other urban gathering places show the power of public spaces to both help revitalize our city’s central business district and strengthen the bonds of citizenship throughout our community. The future of Dallas is clearly moving toward a more beautiful place.

Christmas Coach: In the Vanguard of Giving

Christmas Coach: In the Vanguard of Giving

Caruth gives Children’s Medical Center a van in lieu of gifts to honor his customers


Children’s Medical Center Van – 1975 Children’s Medical Center was the recipient of a new passenger van made possible by the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund of the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund.

Intensive Love for Children: Newborn Philanthropy

Intensive Love for Children: Newborn Philanthropy

Blanche Swanzy Lange Special Care Newborn Nursery saves lives thanks to fund at CFT


Blanche Swanzy Lange Special Care Newborn Nursery – 1975 Blanche Swanzy Lange and Dr. Fred Lange, early founders of CFT, traveled the world in the interest of improving the medical conditions of children.

Giving to Learn: An Edifice for Education

Giving to Learn: An Edifice for Education

Carr P. & Ruth Collins Learning Center – 1973


Carr P. & Ruth Collins Learning Center – 1973 The Carr P. and Ruth Collins Learning Center on the Dallas Baptist College (now Dallas Baptist University) campus was named for the couple as a reminder of the generosity made possible by the fund they established at the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund.

Investing in Entrepreneurs: Big News for Small Business

Investing in Entrepreneurs: Big News for Small Business

Caruth Institute of Small Business Management – 1969


Caruth Institute of Small Business Management – 1969 A generous $200,000 gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund initiated the establishment of the Caruth Institute of Small Business Management at Southern Methodist University in 1969.

Pumping Up Cardiac Care: The Hearts of Texas

Pumping Up Cardiac Care: The Hearts of Texas

St. Paul Hospital Cardiac Research Grant – 1962


St. Paul Hospital Cardiac Research Grant – 1962 St. Paul Hospital (now UT Southwestern University Hospital – St. Paul) needed to acquire a rotating disc oxygenator, a hAeart-lung machine and diagnostic instruments to help doctors determine a patient’s need for open-heart surgery. art.

The Early Years of Daycare

The Early Years of Daycare

Pearl C. Anderson Day Nursery - 1958


Pearl C. Anderson Day Nursery - 1958 It was not enough for working mothers in Garland to find jobs in 1958; they also had the challenge of arranging oversight for their kids in a city without daycare facilities.

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT

William Walter Caruth, Jr.’s philanthropic goals were to support frontier-advancing projects in public safety, education, and scientific and medical research.


William Walter Caruth, Jr.’s philanthropic goals were to support frontier-advancing projects in public safety, education, and scientific and medical research. We are honored to continue the legacy of his generosity through strategic grantmaking while he was living and further carry out the wishes of his estate.