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Investing In Our Neighbors

"CFT was the perfect avenue for us to dig deep to make a difference in Collin County."

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The Rineharts moved to Collin County in 2000, when it used to be a few factories and a lot of tree farms. “We have lived a lot of places where we ‘needed’ to go for our careers, and Collin County is where we chose to go,” said Brian. “Once we got here, we knew this is where we wanted to be. We love it here.”

“There has been tremendous economic opportunity, but it’s important that each of our neighbors has an opportunity to come along on Collin County’s journey of growth. There are a lot of challenges and quiet needs here that many people don’t see,” noted Brian.

 “CFT was the perfect avenue for us to dig deep to make a difference in Collin County. We trust CFT and had a history here through our past involvement with North Texas Giving Day. We wanted to make a big investment in where we live, and that’s why we made a significant investment in CFT’s Collin County Impact Fund. We considered remaining anonymous, but we knew it was important to put our name out there to show how much we care in the hopes that we can inspire others to consider contributing to the fund,” said Tracy.

“We still have our favorite causes we’re going to give to, but supporting the Collin County Impact Fund has been a way for us to learn of new and growing needs that aren’t the most obvious. The team at CFT vets the nonprofit applications for funding and we trust CFT’s data-driven approach. We’re confident in CFT’s ability to deploy the funds in the most effective and thoughtful way,” said Brian.

In addition to supporting the Collin County Impact Fund, the Rineharts established a donor-advised fund at CFT. “The Rinehart Family Fund at CFT is an opportunity to make giving back even more of a family process. We really wanted it to be beyond just the two of us,” said Tracy. “Our children already have a heart for service, and our hope is that our family fund will help them think through what’s important to them and what they’re passionate about, and how it fits into the big picture of their lives.”

A Passion for Opportunity

A Passion for Opportunity

Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund at CFT provides educational opportunities for paraplegic and quadriplegic students in Texas


Established after a tragic automobile accident that left the late Kristofer Robinson paralyzed from the neck down, the Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund at CFT was created to support the education of paraplegic or quadriplegic individuals. One recent scholarship recipient of the Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund is Nathan McClintock.

A Passion for Education

A Passion for Education

Om & Shanti Funds at CFT provides scholarships and opportunities to students


For the Sethis, giving back is a family affair. Parvesh and Jeet Sethi have two charitable funds at CFT: the Om & Shanti Scholarship Fund and the Om & Shanti Fund, a donor-advised fund. Both their family fund and their scholarship fund are centered around providing educational opportunities for students.

A Passion for Community

A Passion for Community

Mary Anne Sammons Cree leaves legacy of giving through CFT's Live Oak Legacy Society


Mary Anne Sammons Cree had a passion for our North Texas community. She spent her life giving back in support of the causes that mattered most to her—the performing and visual arts, museums, education, and nature.

A Passion for the Arts

A Passion for the Arts

Cece Smith Lacy and Ford Lacy fund new works from arts organizations through their fund at CFT


As Cece Smith Lacy and Ford Lacy began their estate planning process, they came to Communities Foundation of Texas for assistance with their planned giving. During their research, they learned about donor-advised funds and decided to open the Cece Smith Lacy and John Ford Lacy Fund at CFT to support their giving during their lifetime.

A Passion for Giving

A Passion for Giving

CFT’s NTX Giving Day becomes an annual celebration for the Ngo family


Joylynn Huynh-Ngo’s children haven’t quite made it out of elementary school, but they know a thing or two about whipping up batches of boba tea, cookies, and lemonade, and sharing their creations with and for the community.

Inclusion Matters

Inclusion Matters

CFT launches #IAMPEARL FUND in honor of Pearl C. Anderson


CFT’s first six-figure gift came from an African American woman named Pearl C. Anderson. Pearl grew up in rural Louisiana during the days of racial segregation and was prohibited from going to school until the age of 12, when a school for Black children was finally built a few miles from her home.