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Shields Legal Group Works for Higher

Shields Legal Group Works for Higher

by Kathy Hoke

When Shields Legal Group (SLG) began partnering with CFT, it was the start of a mutually beneficial relationship. CFT provided the structure that our law firm needed to start giving back to the community. As Jim Shields, SLG’s founder and CEO remarked, “Our 15 employees had the heartfelt desire to volunteer, but we simply lacked the in-house resources to make it happen in a focused and meaningful way.”

In conjunction with joining CFT for Business and establishing the Shields Legal Group Charitable Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, SLG launched its IMPACT365 program in early 2014 as a means to challenge our employees to take intentional action to give back, 365 days a year. The program is focused on three primary objectives: (1) sustaining the environment through the firm’s Going Greener Office Policy; (2) lending a helping hand through volunteer service; and (3) giving back through financial gifts.

CFT has been with us each step of the way, through program launch and beyond. The Plug ‘N Play calendar offers a variety of community involvement events, making it easy for SLG’s employees to find something of interest throughout the year. Engagement Captain round table discussions provide a regular forum for exchanging ideas on how to ignite employee enthusiasm for volunteerism. CEO events featured by CFT afford a unique opportunity to learn from and be inspired by exceptional entrepreneurs.

With CFT as shepherd, the IMPACT365 program has provided a platform for SLG’s 15 employees to make a meaningful impact in our community. During SLG’s first year, employees invested more than 145 volunteer hours in Plug ‘N Plays and other community involvement events. Firm employees collected 1,000 boxes of instant mashed potatoes for a local food pantry and made online donations to their favorite charity as part of North Texas Giving Day. SLG supported CFT's annual Freedom Day event through a sponsorship, service on the steering committee, and sending a team of volunteers to help repair a VA transitional home. Kathy Hoke, the firm’s managing partner, was named 2014 Engagement Captain of the Year.

But the biggest impact of the first year has been found in unexpected places. The IMPACT365 program has nurtured a greater spirit of understanding and cooperation among SLG’s employees, boosting morale firm-wide. The program also has enhanced the firm’s relationship with its business clients by affording opportunities for firm and client employees at all levels to interact and connect in a positive way. And, most impactful of all, the program has brought out the big heart and giving spirit in each of our employees.

We are thankful and grateful to CFT for the guidance and support received during the past year, and we look forward to many more years of affiliation with CFT.

Inspiring Giving From Generation to Generation

Inspiring Giving From Generation to Generation

The Fallen Family Fund at CFT supports Freedom Day


“It’s been the greatest gift,” said Nancy. “I feel like what granddad gave us was an opportunity – an opportunity to make a difference and to explore within ourselves something he had already figured out: lifting up the people around you is what matters most. He knew that the fund could bring good to others but also to us as we practiced generosity together.”

A Year of Service

A Year of Service

by Michelle Grose


Throughout 2018, 1st Global continued to live out one of the company’s guiding principles: aspiring to servant leadership through community outreach and volunteerism. Supported by a now three-year partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas for Business, 1st Global has annually increased its social responsibility efforts in the Dallas community.

Partnering with local companies like NETSCOUT to help business philanthropy thrive

Partnering with local companies like NETSCOUT to help business philanthropy thrive

When NETSCOUT needed a partner to implement and launch their local charitable grant program, they turned to Communities Foundation of Texas.


This past fall, NETSCOUT established a charitable fund known as a business-advised fund with CFT. Next, CFT helped NETSCOUT engage their employees in learning how nonprofits are addressing important issues in the community and choosing focus areas for the company’s grant funds.

Freedom Day Bonds Businesses

Freedom Day Bonds Businesses

17th annual volunteer day honors 9/11 through joint service


Honoring the lives lost and forever changed on 9/11/01, CFT for Business presented its 17th annual Freedom Day, a community service event last September that was part of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. In recognition of the courage and bravery of the men and women who fight for our freedom and those first responders who protect us, we dedicated this day of service to them by supporting local organizations that provide essential services to veterans, first responders and their families.

Istation Supports Educators and Empowers Kids

Istation Supports Educators and Empowers Kids

CFT4B Partner Spotlight


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Reflecting Your Team in Your Philanthropy

Reflecting Your Team in Your Philanthropy

Texas Health Resources Partners with CFT4B to Find Projects That Represent Its Employees


“We want our employees to see themselves in our community service projects,” was the vision that Felicia Williams, program director of Community Affairs at Texas Health Resources shared with CFT4B’s Sejal Desai.