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Wayne White, Communities Foundation of Texas President & CEO

A former industry leader in the global technology space, Wayne White’s latest endeavor hits closer to home, in alignment with his passion for community. The president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), White leads the charge for thriving communities statewide– starting right here in Dallas.

CFT works with donors, nonprofits, philanthropy-focused businesses and civic leaders to create a brighter future. Fueled by local expertise, the organization deeply understands community challenges and opportunities. With relationships at the heart of its strategy, CFT’s power comes from the ability to bring people, businesses and government institutions together for the greater good of North Texas.

“Everything we do centers around helping people help others to achieve our vision of a thriving community for all. We’re here to grow giving and expand impact across North Texas,” explains White.

Having worked as a senior executive at the American Cancer Society in Chicago for the past five years, White is well-versed in the world of philanthropic initiatives. He believes that effective solutions to community issues are created through collaboration, dialogue and active involvement of stakeholders– a philosophy central to CFT’s mission. As the largest community foundation in Texas, the organization manages 1,300 charitable funds for individuals, families and businesses, totaling $1.5 billion in assets.

“I like to say that I got to Dallas as soon as I could, but in actuality, I got here as soon as I was invited,” explains White.

I like to say that I got to Dallas as soon as I could, but in actuality, I got here as soon as I was invited.

- Wayne White, Communities Foundation of Texas President & CEO

With CFT founded in 1953, White is passionate about building on the past 70 years of philanthropic achievements. By implementing new strategies and innovations, he aims to grow the charitable resources CFT puts into the community. Working primarily through charitable giving accounts known as donor-advised funds and legacy and estate planning, the organization is at the center of helping people support what matters most to them. For White, leading the organization is an honor.

“As president and CEO, the best part of my work is inspiring a great team to do great things for our donors and our community,” explains White.

This story originally appeared in the December edition of Modern Luxury Dallas | Photography by Thomas Garza

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

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