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How to Spot A Prime Charitable Remainder Trust Opportunity

When you have a client who could benefit from a CRT, Communities Foundation of Texas is ready to work with you!


A charitable remainder trust (“CRT”) is a “split interest” charitable planning tool that allows your client to transfer an asset (in this case, real estate) to an irrevocable trust, retain an income stream, and earmark what’s left (the “remainder”) to pass to a charity or charities of the client’s choice.

North Texas Funders Come Together to Provide Essential Support to Nonprofits Leading COVID-19 Recovery


As the U.S. has emerged from the pandemic lockdown and moved toward navigating around the virus, there has been a lot of discussion about lasting impacts — especially in relation to how local funders and nonprofits continue to work together to support our communities most in need. In January 2021, The Dallas Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies came together to partner with Catchafire to bring time-sensitive, virtual support to more than 300 nonprofit organizations in the North Texas region.

Putting the Success in Working Families Success

Gratitude for the WFS Advisory Council


In 2020, as part of CFT’s WFS Network, we formed an Advisory Council to highlight some of our most engaged WFS members who love what they do and love, equally, sharing the lessons they’ve learned with others. This blog is the first in a series highlighting our Advisory Council members – smart, passionate, hard-working leaders who also want to see others like them grow and succeed.

Recipients of Bush Institute’s 2021 North Korea Freedom Scholarship Announced

$50,000 in funds awarded to five North Korean refugees to pursue higher education


The Bush Institute’s 2021 North Korea Freedom Scholarship recipients have been announced. The scholars, who are refugees from North Korea, have been awarded a total of $50,000 to pursue higher education and build productive, prosperous lives as new Americans.

CFT Announces First-Ever Presenting Sponsor: Amazon

North Texas Giving Day Season is now open with nonprofit registration happening now through August 17


Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day 2021 launches with the announcement of Amazon as the event’s inaugural presenting sponsor. The 13th annual Giving Day follows another record-setting year, where more than 106,000 donors raised $58.8 million for more than 3,000 nonprofits!

Strengthening Collin County through Leadership

Collin County Community Leadership Council


CFT recently created a Collin County Community Leadership Council, a group of community leaders who will learn about CFT's services and programs; bring community issues, needs and trends to CFT for discussion; and offer advice and counsel to CFT regarding its strategies for strengthening philanthropy in the region...

Q&A with Educate Texas Managing Director of Higher Education, Kenyatta Lovett


We recently sat down with Kenyatta Lovett, Ph.D, our new Managing Director of Higher Education, to learn more about how he is working to help achieve the vision of Educate Texas and Communities Foundation of Texas.

Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund

City of Dallas and CFT partner to establish financial assistance fund


CFT has partnered with the City of Dallas Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) to establish the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund, a publicprivate effort providing $600,000 in financial assistance to individuals and families ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief programs.

The City of Dallas has announced that 813 families received cash assistance through the Emma Lazarus Resilience Fund in the span of five months.

Investments Q&A with CFT's Carolyn A. Newham, J.D.


One of the topics we talk frequently about with fund holders and their professional advisors is our investment performance and investment portfolio options for our charitable funds. Learn more below about our recent investment performance success and how CFT manages our charitable assets.