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A Letter From Our Leadership

  • About CFT,
  • Disaster Relief,
  • donors,
  • nonprofits
A Letter From Our Leadership

Now, more than ever.

This is a phrase that we’ve lived daily since the pandemic began, from the urgency in the siren call to address inequities across our community to the depth of our neighbors’ needs, to the ways our community’s doers and givers have responded with astounding levels of generosity.

While things around us continue to evolve, our goal and commitment to you remain the same – to help you help others. We are steadfast in our commitment to see our community, and you, our donors, through uncertain times. We also recognize there are silver linings amidst these trying times – moments of collaboration and triumph. Moments that allow us to lift others up, to give hope and help to those around us.

This year, even though we have not gathered, met, or celebrated in person as frequently as we did a year ago, your generosity – now, more than ever – continues to bind you even closer to the organizations and communities you love so dearly during a time when they need you most. Your trust and investment in Communities Foundation of Texas has built a place where giving truly thrives and does more good.

Whether responding to an unforeseen crisis like COVID-19 or providing ongoing support to our communities as we seek solutions to racial inequity and economic disparity, as a community foundation, CFT has acted rapidly to support immediate needs without altering our long-term lens toward our vision of building thriving communities for all.

Our relationships with our charitable fund holders, donors, and nonprofit and community partners have been critical to our ability to learn, adapt, and respond during what may be our community’s most challenging time in recent history. CFT is proud to steward these relationships and charitable dollars and multiply their impact to address critical and emerging needs.

A year as unique as 2020 demanded an annual report reflective of the many pivots required of our team and our community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social and racial turmoil. This report is about North Texans responding in unprecedented ways to an unprecedented crisis, highlighting the collaborative efforts of working side by side with donors and partners, who stepped in as early responders to equitably provide resources and relief.

The word “we” is used throughout this publication to honor the many donors, partners, and collaborators that prove how we are significantly better together than we are apart.

While there are still many unknowns about what the coming days will bring, one thing is clear – we cannot shift back to normal. We must, in service to our mission, move forward to make each tomorrow better and more equitable. As we usher in a new phase of recovery, we invite you to learn alongside us in navigating how to best support our community through the needs and opportunities ahead. Even in challenging times, we look with optimism and purpose to our next collective chapter. Together, let us continue to strive for more.

Dave Scullin, President and CEO

Alfreda Norman, Chair, Board of Trustees

This note was originally featured in our 2020 annual report. For additional details and content, click here.

Nicole Paquette
Nicole Paquette
Senior Director, Communications, Public Relations, and External Affairs

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