#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 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”

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.

Continue reading “2016 Year In Review”

Are you the drop of water that will change the tide?

On December 15th, Communities Foundation of Texas was lucky enough to host a talk by Shankar Ventantam, NPR’s social science correspondent and the host of the Hidden Brain podcast. His talk, Hidden Bias, Hidden Harm, was about unconscious bias and its effects on us as individuals and as a community. Unconscious biases are biases that we are unaware of and which happen outside of our control, and usually, our knowledge.

Shankar said that most people, when they think about bias, think of overt racism, sexism, or homophobia. These are conscious biases – those that have a big effect, that you can point to how they clearly favor one kind of person over another. By contrast, the role of unconscious bias seems very mundane suggests Shankar. However, he argues, these are the biases of which we should be most concerned. Continue reading “Are you the drop of water that will change the tide?”

Announcing David J. Scullin as New President and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas

Scullin to continue CFT’s philanthropic leadership in North Texas and beyond

The board of trustees of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), one of the largest community foundations in the nation, is pleased to announce that David J. Scullin will become its new president and chief executive officer, starting in January 2017. Scullin replaces Brent E. Christopher, who led CFT for nearly eleven years.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, I am thrilled to welcome Dave Scullin, as the new president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas,” said Frank Risch, board chair of CFT. “Dave is known for his seasoned leadership, strategic acumen, financial expertise and his ability to build relationships. We look forward to his leadership which we believe will bring CFT to even higher levels of achievement in developing philanthropy within our North Texas community.” Continue reading “Announcing David J. Scullin as New President and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas”

North Texas Giving Day Sets New Record!

Day of Fundraising Benefits 2,518 Local Nonprofits

The eighth annual North Texas Giving Day has raised the largest amount in the event’s history for the fifth year in a row, and the largest amount for a single online community “Giving Day” in the nation. Nonprofit organizations and supporters celebrated the 18-hour day of fundraising with community-wide Donation Station events in Dallas, Arlington, Denton, Fort Worth and McKinney featuring performances by “The Voice” finalist Luke Wade, Oaktopia’s Texas Gentlemen, and nonprofits as well as children’s activities and much more.

The astounding $37 million raised for 2,518 nonprofits from more than 142,700 donations exceeded last year’s totals of $33.1 million and 118,000 donations. This is the first time in the event’s eight-year history that all participating nonprofits received a gift. Donations poured in from all 50 states and 39 countries at a rate of nearly $34,500 per minute. Continue reading “North Texas Giving Day Sets New Record!”