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Communities Foundation of Texas funds 20 Scholarships for Black and African American Fundraisers

July 13, 2020

CFT awards grant to Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Dallas Chapter for professional membership fees

Dallas, Texas – In July 2020, the Communities Foundation of Texas partnered with the
Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dallas Chapter to offer scholarships for 20 Black and African American fundraising professionals to be used for membership to AFP Greater Dallas. The mission of AFP Greater Dallas is to work to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. In June 2020, AFP Greater Dallas publicly committed to providing support and programming to support and stand with the Black community. The organization is proud to roll out these scholarships, thanks to Communities Foundation of Texas, as the first of many action steps in accordance with that statement.

AFP Greater Dallas President, Shawn Wills, CFRE, shared, “From my first day as president of this chapter, one of my goals has been to recruit and diversify our membership and our programming, and I am absolutely thrilled to have the support of not only my fellow board members, but Communities Foundation of Texas as well! These scholarships, provided by CFT, will help us build a stronger pipeline of African American and Black fundraisers who far too often are overlooked for executive level positions in this industry. My hope is that through this opportunity, our new members will take advantage of the programming, trainings, educational resources, and the social network that this chapter offers - all of which are made possible through the generosity of CFT and their commitment to this effort and outreach.”

“Communities Foundation of Texas is thrilled to partner with AFP on this special initiative to get more people of color engaged in our local AFP chapter,” said Monica Egert Smith, CFT’s Chief Relationship Officer. “Now more than ever, our nonprofits need skilled development professionals, and particularly more leaders of color. We are excited to help support scholarships for new members so that they can benefit from the training opportunities, best practices and professional network that AFP is known for.”

Candidates interested in applying for one of these scholarships should contact or visit the AFP Greater Dallas Scholarship Page.

About Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Dallas Chapter
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is a global membership organization that works to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. The Mission of AFP-Greater Dallas is to enhance the philanthropic effectiveness of the Greater Dallas community through the promotion of ethical practices, professional development, education, communication, leadership, and service. Please visit for more information. Follow AFP Greater Dallas on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Communities Foundation of Texas
With the goal of building thriving communities for all, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works locally and across the state through a variety of charitable funds and strategic initiatives. The public foundation professionally manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for individuals, families, companies and nonprofits in addition to powering several key initiatives including Educate Texas at CFT, W. W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at CFT, Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy at CFT, and CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. CFT has awarded more than $2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. Learn more at . Follow CFT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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