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Applications are now open

Applications for our 2024 – 2025 cohort are open now until July 31 and we’ll kick off the next cohort in the fall.

All applicants, regardless of their acceptance status, will be notified by email in early September.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy (ELP)

Our ELP program is a training and networking program for corporate and nonprofit employees aged 25 – 40 focused on the philanthropy landscape in North Texas. The cohort will have the opportunity to learn about Communities Foundation of Texas focus areas of philanthropy, hear from established foundations and corporations about their vision for positive change, and learn about key touchpoints the community hopes to make an impact on in the future. Through the process, the cohort will hear directly from nonprofits and work together to allocate funding and plan for their own charitable giving.

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Program details

If you are interested in participating in our ELP program, please read the following Information.


The ELP Program is designed for leaders ages 25 – 40 interested in learning, engaging, and broadening their impact through philanthropy and strategic giving.


Accessing the application:

  • Visit our online application portal: CFTgrants.org
  • Enter your email address and password.
    • Click Forgot Your Password if you’ve forgotten your password.
    • Click Create New Account if the site says you do not have an account.
  • Click the green “Apply button at the top of the page.
  • Top right, enter the Access Code: ELP2024
  • Click the green “Apply button.


  • All program sessions will be held in person.
  • There are 2 – 4 hours of pre-work for each session (including exercises, learnings, nonprofit grant application reviews, etc.)
  • Attendance at all sessions is mandatory — only one absence is allowed during the program year.
  • The program tuition fee is $500 for nonprofit/government professionals and $1,000 for business professionals. Note: Limited scholarships are available.
  • In addition to your attendance, we ask for your presence, attention, commitment, and engagement at each session.
  • Optional networking and volunteer opportunities are planned throughout the year to help further connect you with the community and your cohort.

Dates for the 2024 – 2025 program are below.

  • October 9, 2024, 2 – 5 p.m.
  • November 20, 2024, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • January 15, 2025, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • February 19, 2025, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • March 26, 2025, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • April 16, 2025, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
  • May 21, 2025, 2 – 5:30 p.m.

Explore our Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program’s community impact.

Emerging Leaders In Philanthropy

Alumni help their company hone giving priorities
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One of the things we learned firsthand in CFT’s ELP program is that while monetary donations are very helpful for nonprofits, the time, effort, and skills that volunteers bring make a huge impact on organizations.
- Tyler Floyd
Associate Wealth Advisor, SFMG Wealth Advisors
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Co-Founder / Executive Director, Pasos for Oak Cliff
Harsh Agarwal
Managing Director, Family Offices, Bank of America
Ola Akintola
Executive Director, Jacob's Harvest
Gerry Altamirano
Workplace Diversity Manager, AMN Healthcare
Gina Angelella
Senior Product Manager, Solo Stove
Denise Benavides
Founder & Executive Director, La Monarca Foundation
Mary Elizabeth Benton
Philanthropy Associate, Tolleson Wealth Management
Amy Berger
Associate Director, American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Adam Brennan
Supply Chain Manager, Capital One

Photo gallery

Browse past cohort events and click through to view the full albums. See all our cohort photos on our Flickr page.

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

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