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Let me start with a confession. I am 47. To some, that probably makes me seem young. To others (like my kids), that’s already unbelievably old.Depending on the day, I can make either viewpoint seem correct!

Regardless, it’s hard for me to take in the fact that CFT now has been helping people invest in their community for 60 years. The foundation started life downtown in 1953 as the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund.We were the financial safety net for the social-service agencies that were part of the Dallas Community Chest, which today has become United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Since 1981, we’ve been known as Communities Foundation of Texas. But more importantly, we have grown significantly in every way over the years.Those folks back in 1953 would not have imagined a day—like today—when the foundation employs 65 staff members and has awarded over $1.3 billion in grants to thousands of different charities. 

We're honoring the past while staying true to our mission.

So, how do you celebrate 60 years? This fall, we’ll take a little time to share a piece of cake. But in the meantime, we’re sharing lots of stories. We’re sparking community conversations on the critical topic of education. We’re pulling together Dallas mayors to talk about what giving means here and the incredible power of public-private partnerships. We’re honoring the past, while staying true to our mission—stimulating new ideas for the future. When you have a chance, be sure to stop by the lobby at CFT and experience the new interactive kiosk. It lets you quickly see the last 60 years in Dallas, decade by decade, with a focus on philanthropy. Based on the numbers, North Texas is one of the most generous places in the country. Based on the stories, you can feel the truth of that in your own heart. Giving back and looking forward is our motto for this 60th year. Thank you for everything you do alongside us to make that possible. Here’s to the next 60!


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