#NTxGivingDay has Kicked Off!

North Texas Giving Day may be 3 months away, but we’ve already kicked into high gear at Communities Foundation of Texas! The North Texas Giving Day kickoffs got started in Denton County, and we continued the North Texas Giving Day Road Show in Fort Worth and Dallas before closing it out in McKinney. Hundreds of nonprofits were represented and the #NTxGivingDay spirit was in the air!

Three women holding a large picture frame while another woman takes their picture.North Texas Giving Day isn’t an exciting day for just for nonprofits, though. Each year Communities Foundation of Texas donors go all in for Giving Day. Last year, over 630 grants were made out of 140 CFT Donor-Advised Funds! These donors gave almost $4 million to nonprofits all over North Texas – that’s over 10% of all donations made on North Texas Giving Day!

With donors like this in the future, it’s no wonder North Texas nonprofits are excited and ready to kick off #NTxGivingDay 2017!

 

 

Want to be a part of the #NTxGivingDay fun? Contact me at mhardage@cftexas.org or 214.750.4251, for information on how Communities Foundation of Texas can help your money go farther on North Texas Giving Day!

Are you a nonprofit who wants to get involved? Register today at NorthTexasGivingDay.org!

 

Dallas Loose Dogs Initiative

Earlier today, Communities Foundation of Texas, in partnership with other local funders, was proud to announce a significant grant from the W. W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at CFT to support an aggressive spay/neuter initiative to dramatically reduce the number of loose dogs across southern Dallas.

This important public safety initiative was featured on the front page and in an editorial in today’s Dallas Morning News:

“The loose dog situation in southern Dallas plagues our citizens on a daily basis, reducing their quality of life by limiting their ability to have full enjoyment of their neighborhoods and causing them to fear for their safety and the safety of their children,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “This initiative is a direct response to the calls from the community and the leadership of my southern Dallas colleagues on the City Council to find a solution to this problem. Solving the loose dog emergency will play a key role in creating the GrowSouth ‘Culture of Clean’ in southern Dallas with secure neighborhoods where residents are safe and economic development can thrive. I thank these fine Dallas institutions for once again partnering with the City to improve the lives of our citizens.”

“We believe strongly in making southern Dallas a safer community for both people and pets,” said Monica Egert Smith, senior director of strategic philanthropy at CFT. “Communities Foundation of Texas has great confidence in the capacity of the SPCA of Texas to undertake this ambitious spay/neuter effort to increase public safety, a key area of focus for W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at CFT.”

Based on the recommendations of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report issued in August 2016, the coalition will provide approximately 46,000 free surgeries for dogs per year for each of the next three years, with the goal of dramatically reducing the birth rate of dogs and thereby reducing the population of loose dogs in southern Dallas. The total cost of the surge is expected to be approximately $24 million. The three grants will fund activities by SPCA of Texas, the Spay Neuter Network and Operation Kindness. The coalition will be managed by Aaron Asmus of Resourceful Elephant Group, a veteran of spay/neuter surges in other cities.

“This ground-breaking initiative is the most aggressive among any major city in the U.S.,” said Peter Brodsky, chairman of the Dallas Animal Advisory Commission and CFT fund holder. “It’s a smart, data-driven approach that will end a problem that affects humans and animals alike. Spaying and neutering not only increases public safety by decreasing the loose dog population and the number of animal bites, it reduces unnecessary euthanasia. Thanks to the generosity of these three funders, we are more than halfway to our fundraising goal. We look forward to discussions with other local and national funders in the coming months about supporting this effort to fundamentally alter the landscape for humans and animals in our city.”

 

Beyond the Helper’s High

We all know that giving back feels good, but did you know that it’s actually good for you?

The warm glow that most people feel from giving back actually has a name – the “helpers high.” Indeed, volunteering, donating and offering emotional support to others not only helps those on the receiving end, they have also all been shown to boost the mental and physical health of the giver.

Good for your mental health

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Dallas Dinner Table

On January 16th I was one of about 600 people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who were intentionally talking about race relations in Dallas around a stranger’s dinner table.

Dallas Dinner Table is a series of dinners on the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day that convenes diverse groups of people, who wouldn’t normally sit down to a meal together, to talk about difficult issues around race relations in Dallas. The dinners happen all over DFW at churches, restaurants and peoples’ homes. With the topic of race relations and equity on many people’s minds right now, this event couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. Continue reading “Dallas Dinner Table”

Educate Texas’ Singapore trip

Educate Texas, through a privately funded grant, recently hosted a delegation of Texas leaders on a learning tour to Singapore, which is regarded as one of the best educational systems in the world. The goal of the week-long excursion was for these Texans to examine and carry back the innovative best practices and ideas to continue to lead, develop and improve Texas’ public education system.

George Tang, managing director of Educate Texas, sat down to tell us some of the things they brought back from Singapore.

Why go halfway around the globe, to Singapore, to explore education?

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Apply to be in the Giving Guide

Each year Communities Foundation of Texas carefully reviews hundreds of nonprofit requests and summarizes recommended projects for our Giving Guide. CFT’s Giving Guide is an online and print resource used by our donors and the community-at-large to make decisions on funding charitable organizations. The Giving Guide becomes a key tool for our donors and their families to use when making decisions on how to make an impact locally. The CFT team uses the Giving Guide to assist donors in narrowing down the thousands of nonprofits in North Texas and finding organizations whose impact areas align with the donor’s focus areas. Continue reading “Apply to be in the Giving Guide”

We’re Here to Talk

With limited resources, we all have to make choices on what to support. Simplifying the giving process is what Communities Foundation of Texas is all about.

At Communities Foundation of Texas, we have giving experts who will sit down with your family or business to talk about your giving goals and help you maximize your giving.  We are happy to help you, just give us a call today and we can set up a free, confidential consultation.

You go to a doctor for medical advice, a lawyer for legal advice, an accountant for tax advice…why not a charitable giving expert for giving advice? That’s why we’re here! We’ll help you navigate the many solicitations you get in the mail and the many ways to help locally, across the nation and beyond—to step back and really make a plan.

Many people want to consider how they will best situate their family as well as how they want to improve the community and leave a legacy. We’ll work together to find the right path for you.

A lot of people work with us all year long, not just at year-end.

We’re here for you and can talk confidentially about your ideas. Contact us today to get started with your giving plan.

Know yourself, know your giving

With so many amazing causes requesting donations, how are you supposed to choose? When saying yes to one means saying no to so many others, how are you supposed to decide? When you know what matters most to you, it’s easier to know which causes you want to support.

While it may not seem like all of these questions are relevant to your charitable giving style, being able to answer them will help better define what’s important to you. And that’s the first step in identifying what you want your charitable legacy to be. Continue reading “Know yourself, know your giving”

2016 Year In Review

What a year!

2016 has been a big year for Communities Foundation of Texas! We had a record-breaking North Texas Giving Day, once again helping pump millions of dollars into the nonprofits of our area. We’ve had talks given by nationally-recognized financial experts and an NPR science correspondent.

Between Freedom Day, our annual Family Service Project and year-round volunteer projects, CFT and partner companies have given over 6300 volunteer hours back to the community.

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