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Intentional Giving

Intentional Giving

Darryl Rose & Melisa Ambers feel the power of giving back

“KNOWING WE WANTED TO GIVE BACK in our community on a more significant level, my initial thought was to start my own foundation,” says Melisa Ambers. “But after we discovered CFT, we realized they have the resources and knowledge to help us make intentional gifts in this community. Why reinvent the wheel?”

Dallas residents Melisa Ambers and Darryl Rose realize there is a smart way to help nonprofits in need. “CFT goes the extra mile to research initiatives and ideas before we step into a specific area,” says Ambers.

The couple brings a creative attitude to raising money and awareness as well. Over the holidays, Melisa and Darryl were looking through the CFT Giving Guide—a resource created for CFT donors to show them specific needs of nonprofits in Dallas. The couple selected an organization from the guide and was able to raise money at a holiday party to benefit Reading and Radio Resources.

Friends and colleagues contributed to the organization’s mission of enriching the lives of children and adults who cannot read for themselves because of learning differences such as dyslexia, limited English proficiency, physical disabilities or vision loss.

As Melisa and Darryl continue their journey with CFT, they hope to educate friends and family on the power of intentional giving.

Ambers notes, “We plan to continue to identify opportunities to tell others how they can give thoughtfully and see the results of their investment. CFT makes it so easy.”

Tomorrow our future will be brighter

Tomorrow our future will be brighter

Help and hope for expecting mothers


Thanks to the passion of donors like the Nicol family, this little girl was born a happy and healthy baby. The Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program, an initiative of the Methodist Health System, provides resources for at-risk expectant mothers to help reduce the risk of preterm birth.

Pearl C. Anderson: Her Dream Lives On

Pearl C. Anderson: Her Dream Lives On

The charitable fund Pearl C. Anderson created in 1955 still supports the community today


When CFT began 60 years ago in 1953, it was known as the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund. The first major gift to the Dallas Community Chest Trust Fund was in 1955 from Pearl C. Anderson. She was an African- American grocer and widow of a local physician. Her gift was a future interest to the trust in a prime piece of land in downtown Dallas valued at $325,000.