Social Services

Are you called to help those who cannot help themselves? You can support nonprofit organizations in many areas of social service including children’s services, domestic violence support, prison rehabilitation, hunger, homelessness, support for veterans and many more.

Explore the tabs below to better understand the needs locally, or go directly to our Giving Guide to review social service funding requests. You may also want to visit our DonorBridge website to explore all of the local social service agencies.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
— Booker T. Washington


A child is abused every 15 minutes in Dallas County. In 2010, approximately 33,000 cases of child abuse were reported with 6,000 cases confirmed in Dallas County. Each night, nearly 2,000 children who have been taken from their homes are in foster care.

Children’s Medical Center reports that 37% of the child deaths they see are due to abuse and neglect. There are many excellent nonprofit organizations serving children who have been abused and neglected, as well as those children in foster care.

To learn about more North Texas nonprofits serving children in need, click the links below:

Domestic Violence

The number of domestic violence cases has increased with the downturn in the economy. In 2011, the Dallas Police Department recorded more than 13,500 family violence calls. Local domestic violence shelters continuously operate at capacity, and most maintain waiting lists for people seeking services. At some shelters the wait for safe shelter can be 60 days or more.

To learn about more North Texas nonprofits serving domestic violence victims, click the links below:

  • Review projects in our Giving Guide
  • Read about the Caruth SAFE Suites at Texas Health Resources and the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center’s new headquarters, both funded by a grant from the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at CFT 

Prison Rehabilitation

In 2011, the Texas prison system released 7,617 offenders from Dallas County. Of those released, up to 80% will be unable to find jobs within a year of release. According to the North Central Texas Council of Government, the ex-offender support system is a “disconnected and complex array of social service providers.” Locally, there are nonprofit organizations that provide housing, job training, counseling and other support services for both ex-offenders and their families.

To learn about more North Texas nonprofits serving those rehabilitating from prison, click the links below:


Social ServicesApproximately 20% of families in the City of Dallas live at or below the Federal poverty line, which in 2011 was $18,530 for a family of three. Therefore, it is no surprise that food insecurity in our community continues to increase in spite of a coordinated system of food banks and food pantries throughout North Texas. In fiscal year 2011 the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) provided access to nearly 33 million nutritious meals (90,000 per day). NTFB estimates that one in four children is at risk of hunger each day.

To learn about more North Texas nonprofits working to end hunger locally, click the links below:

Homeless Services

In 2012, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance’s identified 3,447 people in Dallas –11% age 6 or under -- living on the streets or in shelters. Twenty-five per cent of those identified in the annual count reported being homeless for the first time – many due to job loss. The Bridge, Dallas’ homeless assistance center regularly sees more than 1,000 people seeking services each day. In 2012, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance reported that there are just over 400 homeless veterans in Dallas. The most important factor in their homelessness is mental illness and chronic substance abuse. The City has set a goal to end chronic homelessness by 2015, in part through the creation of more units of permanent supportive housing, which is apartment-based housing that includes comprehensive support services to help a person maintain stability.

To learn about more North Texas nonprofits serving the homeless, click the links below:


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 112,500 veterans of active military duty living in Dallas County. Among the needs of veterans returning from service are affordable housing, job placement assistance, counseling/ mental health services, and case management to help them access available services.

To learn about more North Texas nonprofits serving veterans, click the links below:

  • Review projects in our Giving Guide
  • Learn about Honor Flight DFW, a network of volunteers created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. You can donate to their CFT fund here.

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