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CFT Announces 28 Grants to North Texas Nonprofits

January, 7 2019

Grants include Environment, Health, Social Services, Youth, and Arts & Culture

DALLAS – December 2018 – Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced $698,000 in grants awarded to 28 North Texas nonprofits across five key areas: Environment, Health, Social Services, Youth, and the Arts.

Each year, in order to collect timely community needs for CFT fund holders, the foundation invites nonprofit organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to submit Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) outlining critical funding needs. CFT shares that information with their fund holders whose interests align with the nonprofits’ specific areas of focus.

In addition, CFT summarizes projects recommended by its review committee in the foundation’s annual Giving Guide, which is available online for anyone in North Texas to use when making decisions on how to make an impact locally.

“Each year, Communities Foundation of Texas reviews and evaluates hundreds of requests from local nonprofits to create the Giving Guide, which in turn gives donors access to immediate opportunities to make a positive difference in our community,” said Sarah Cotton Nelson, chief philanthropy officer at CFT. “These 2018 grantees have shown they are addressing a timely need and have the capability to solve those needs effectively.”

The nonprofit awardees in the Environment area are GROW North Texas, The Welman Project, and Dallas Zoo.

In the Health area, nonprofits receiving grants are Grant Halliburton Foundation, DKMS – We Delete Blood Cancer, The North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens, The Well Community, Denton Community Health Clinic, Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region, Southern Methodist University, Easterseals North Texas, and Bryan’s House.

Youth-oriented nonprofits on the list include Best Buddies, Heart House, Cornerstone Crossroads Academy, After-School All-Stars North Texas, Lone Star CASA, and Excellence by Design Education Center.

Social Services nonprofits getting grants are Greater Dallas Area Special Olympics Texas Program, The Warren Center, The Chocolate Mint Foundation, The Women's Center of Tarrant County, The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church, The Inclusive Communities Project, Workers Defense Project, Crossroads Community Services, and The Family Place.

CFT is also investing in the arts through TACA – The Arts Community Alliance.
Since CFT’s inception in 1953, the organization has made more than $1.8 billion in grants to support education, health care, public safety, social services, animals, and the arts – touching nearly all aspects of life throughout North Texas.

About Communities Foundation of Texas
Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works with individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and private foundations to build thriving communities locally and across the state through a variety of charitable funds and strategic initiatives. The foundation professionally manages 1,000 charitable funds and runs several key initiatives like Educate Texas, North Texas Giving Day, Working Families Success Network of North Texas, Best in Class and the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT. CFT has awarded over $1.8 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.

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