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Melissa Hardage

Senior Director of Donor Engagement
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Favorite quote
“Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.”
— Brene Brown
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"Listening to an individual's story or connection to a nonprofit or cause and partnering with a great team to make our community better."
Joined CFT

As senior director of donor engagement, Melissa builds relationships and connections with fund holders to deepen and enhance their charitable giving experience. She works closely with fund holders by facilitating family meetings, consulting on grantmaking and connecting donors to North Texas nonprofits.

Melissa was previously the coordinator of outreach and communication at the Waco Foundation. Prior to that, she worked with Big Brothers, Big Sisters and taught fourth grade through Teach for America in Atlanta Public Schools.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations and a master’s degree in social work from Baylor University.

Melissa’s Favorites
Early childhood education
Local Restaurant
White Rock Coffee
Place to take out-of-towners
The Dallas Arboretum or Fort Worth Stockyards
Spending time with her husband and two daughters, walks around the neighborhood and reading Texas Monthly

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