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Wisdom of Pearl

 Wisdom of Pearl

S.M. Wright Foundation receives funding from the Pearl Anderson Fund at CFT

Pearl AndersonThe first major gift to the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund, later Communities Foundation of Texas, came from Pearl C. Anderson, an African-American grocer and physician’s widow. Her gift was a future interest in a prime piece of real estate in downtown Dallas worth $325,000. Growing up in rural Louisiana, Pearl was not allowed to go to the racially segregated school a few miles away, and there was no school for black children. When such a school was finally built, it was the result of a gift from the Rosenwald Fund. Pearl felt that she owed a debt to those who made it possible for her to get an education, and she vowed that she would one day pay it back. Her gift to the Community Chest Trust Fund kept her promise. She asked that the donated funds be used to help "the poor, young people, and other struggling people," regardless of race or religion. Today, we still use the Pearl C. Anderson Fund to honor her wish. Recently, the fund made a grant to the S.M. Wright Foundation’s tutoring center, which provides free, one-on-one tutoring for South Dallas students.

Pictured Above: Ms. Betty Curl has been tutoring children at the South Dallas "Top of the Class" Community Tutoring Center at S.M. Wrightfor over 40 years. Her efforts have helped at-risk students succeed in school. During the 2009 school year, the center provided test-taking practice for standardized tests, and its students passed reading and math tests at a rate of 97 percent and writing tests at a rate of 100 percent.

Nation's First District-Wide STEM program

Nation's First District-Wide STEM program

Educate Texas teams up with Texas Instruments Foundation to impact STEM in Lancaster ISD


A community rallies together and receives a substantial grant from Educate Texas and Texas Instruments Foundation that will change the way Lancaster ISD teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Time for Tier 1

Time for Tier 1

Swift Action Raises $4.245 Million to help UTD Advance to Tier 1


Through the use of government matching funds, we helped raise money to advance University of Texas at Dallas to a Tier 1 university in Texas.

Jan Pruitt Compares CFT to a Kitchen Table

Jan Pruitt Compares CFT to a Kitchen Table

Jan Pruitt, CEO of North Texas Food Bank, shares her perspective on CFT’s role in the community


North Texas Food Bank Executive Director, Jan Pruitt, gives a nonprofit angle on our impact and involvement with the community.

Giving Day Success: A Nonprofit’s Appreciation

Giving Day Success: A Nonprofit’s Appreciation

Giving Day sure beats hosting an event!


Bill Farrell, Development Director at Mercy Street, tells how his organization spend thousands of hours working on a fundraising event and raised the same amount as they did during North Texas Giving Day—with a small percentage of the effort.

Meeting Needs: Building for the Future

Meeting Needs: Building for the Future

Mabel Peters Caruth Center Opens in 2003


Mabel Peters Caruth wrote a new chapter in the family’s legacy of giving when she announced her bequest of $34 million to CFT, among the largest single charitable donation ever recorded in Dallas.

$15M to Dallas Police Department (DPD)

$15M to Dallas Police Department (DPD)


A $15 million grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas to the Dallas Police Department (DPD) was the largest ever made from the foundation created by Will Caruth and entrusted to CFT, and also the largest grant on record made through a public foundation to a police department anywhere in the country.

The Ultimate Gift: Organ Donation

The Ultimate Gift: Organ Donation

Transplant Immunology Research Grant


In 2002, CFT honored the memory of Will Caruth with a $5 million gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation Fund to establish a Basic Science Research Program in the Immunology of Solid Organ Transplantation at Baylor Research Institute.

Overflowing Gratitude: A Wave of Generosity

Overflowing Gratitude: A Wave of Generosity

Rosine Foundation Fund of CFT expedited the design and construction of SMU's Calatrava Fountain


Calatrava Fountain – 2001 In 2001, a $1.5 million gift from the Rosine Foundation Fund of CFT expedited the design and construction of a sculpture-fountain outside Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Museum.

Entertaining New Ideas: Cultural Change

Entertaining New Ideas: Cultural Change

Eisemann Center for Performing Arts opens in 2001 thanks to CFT fund holders


Eisemann Center for Performing Arts – 2001 Charles and Ann Eisemann are longtime supporters of the cultural arts in Richardson, especially the symphony orchestra. The Eisemann Foundation Fund of CFT granted $2 million to the city of Richardson to support a new performing arts venue.

Building Goodwill

Building Goodwill

Many CFT fund contribute to Goodwill Industries campaign


Goodwill Industries – 2001 When Goodwill Industries was in the midst of a $16.7 million building campaign in 2001, CFT decided to help. Goodwill’s capital campaign sought to raise money for a new facility that would triple to 3,000 the number of people served at its west Dallas facility.

Wings of an Angel: Transformed by Philanthropy

Wings of an Angel: Transformed by Philanthropy

Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly Garden gets wings thanks to Rosine Foundation Fund for Texas Discovery Gardens at CFT


Texas Discovery Gardens Butterfly Garden 2001 Her mother’s passion for butterflies as well as education and conservation, inspired Mary Anne Sammons Cree to recommend a $2.5 million grant from the Rosine Foundation Fund for Texas Discovery Gardens.

In the Line of Duty: Honoring Fallen Heroes

In the Line of Duty: Honoring Fallen Heroes

CFT funds Dallas Police Memorial


Dallas Police Memorial – 1999 Dallas police officers, who have lost their lives serving the city’s citizens are honored at the Dallas Police Memorial. A grant from CFT was used to build and dedicate the memorial to our Dallas Police fallen heroes.

Dog Gone Generous: Pet Project

Dog Gone Generous: Pet Project

Phoebe Perry honors her husband with gift to SPCA of Texas


SPCA of Texas – 1998 The SPCA of Texas has a tough job -- caring for animals without the support of government funding. Generous contributions from CFT donors like Phoebe and Russell Perry help make the SPCA’s job easier.

Concerted Effort: Music to Our Ears

Concerted Effort: Music to Our Ears

Perot Fund at CFT gives Dallas Symphony Orchestra grant


Perot Fund Symphony Grant – 1985 Thanks to H. Ross Perot’s $10 million donation through a fund established at CFT, the community foundation became a player in the construction of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, named in honor Perot’s friend and business associate.

Little House in the Piney Woods: Making Philanthropic History

Little House in the Piney Woods: Making Philanthropic History

Millard’s Crossing is a mini-city filled with 19th century homes in Nacogdoches


Millard’s Crossing – 1982 Born and raised in Nacogdoches, Lera Millard Thomas married a lawyer-turned-congressman and became a congresswoman herself in 1965. When her term ended, she returned to her birthplace and began to restore old homes and antiquities in the town.