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North Texas Community Response Fund

CFT established the North Texas Community Response Fund to support community needs in response to COVID-19. Donations to this fund will be used to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities most affected by COVID-19. To date, CFT's response fund has awarded grants totaling almost $1.5 million to 200 local nonprofits.

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*For CFT fundholders wishing to make a grant from your fund, contact your Relationship Manager or click here.

All nonprofits need continued support, even if they may not be directly responding the crisis. We encourage everyone to continue providing financial support to the broad range of causes and nonprofits you care about across the community. Nonprofits are experiencing an increased need for services and need access to flexible, unrestricted funds that provide additional dollars to help them during this pandemic.

The Get Shift Done Fund at CFT

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Get Shift Done for North Texas Fund was launched at CFT to address both affected service workers who have lost their paychecks while providing immediate support for increased demands on nonprofits, especially with respect to hunger relief. Anurag Jain and Patrick Brandt are the innovative thinkers who brought this idea to fruition. Since its official launch in North Texas in March 2020, Get Shift Done has supported 22,000 workers at 110+ nonprofits in 11 cities, providing 50 million meals to those in need.

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Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund

The DEC Network (Dallas Entrepreneur Center) in collaboration with the private business community and LiftFund has launched the Revive Dallas Small Business Relief Fund at CFT. This fund was created to support small business entrepreneurs whose businesses are in jeopardy of not surviving in the age of coronavirus, with a priority on providing funding to minority- and women-owned small businesses who have been unable to find suitable funding to get them through the pandemic. CFT serves as the fiscal sponsor for this fund and LiftFund is the loan partner that will be administering the application and approval process.
This initiative has already raised $2 million in fundraising commitments and has received endorsements from the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Citizens Council, Downtown Dallas Inc., Visit Dallas, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Dallas.

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Dallas County COVID-19 Response Fund  

The Dallas County COVID-19 Response Fund has been established to provide frontline responders with the resources necessary to directly combat the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2 which produces the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19. By donating to this fund, your contribution will go directly to the front lines of the fight in Dallas County as directed by its executive, Judge Clay Jenkins.

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The Dallas Morning News Charities Fund

The Dallas Morning News Charities campaign raises funds for a number of North Texas organizations that help those who are homeless, hungry and able to rehabilitate. Donations provide food, clothing, transitional housing, financial assistance and other forms of short-term relief to locals throughout North Texas. 100% of your donation goes to those in need as The Dallas Morning News Charities makes sure all administrative costs are covered so that 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to recipient agencies for those in need.

Donations are accepted year-round and at any level. A gift of $25 can give food and hope to someone in need of both. A gift of $100 can get a local family through the month or set up in an apartment for a family moving into transitional housing.

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North Texas Cares 

Over the course of a week in March, CFT helped create, launch, and lead a funder collaborative called North Texas Cares to help streamline the process for nonprofits applying for COVID-19 related emergency funding, through the creation of a shared online grant application. What launched with 15 participating foundations and United Ways coming together to provide support for organizations that serve those most affected by the pandemic, quickly grew to more than 30 participating funders. Each participating funder is able to see and review submitted grant applications and make independent funding decisions.

Between April and July 2020, 1,400 grants totaling over $40 million were awarded to 630 area nonprofits through the North Texas Cares application process. This success inspired a second phase in August that launched with 35 funders and closed in October, to support nonprofits serving individuals and families across the focus areas of economic security, education, health, safety and well-being, and social justice. The funders are now reviewing an additional $100 million in funding requests from nearly 800 nonprofits.

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Looking for additional resources and information on how to help our community during COVID-19?

Visit our resource page to find information on:

  • Ways to Give
  • Family Resources
  • Education Resources
  • Nonprofit Amazon Wish Lists
  • Online Resources
  • Webinars & Podcasts
  • Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
  • North Texas Cares
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About CFT's Relief and Recovery Approach

An effective response, regardless of where a crisis occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors. The bulk of dollars in response to tragedy and disaster are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care). Emergency relief is vital. Still, experts agree that relief and recovery dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of crisis-affected communities. CFT believes in supporting the complete timeline of management efforts: from immediate relief to recovery.

Learn more about CFT's approach to long-term recovery efforts