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What's Next?

What's Next?

John & Veletta Lill put plans in place to give back to the community

What's next? is the question former Dallas City Council member Veletta Forsythe-Lill and her husband John asked as they reviewed their financial goals. Approaching a milestone birthday and thankful to have accomplished some bigger goals like funding their son’s college education, Veletta started thinking about how she could sustain the legacy of the community she had helped build. While she has invested a significant amount of time in the community, it was important to her that she invest financially in its future as well.

As Veletta and John started their estate planning process , they came to Communities Foundation of Texas for assistance with their planned giving.

“CFT is an outgrowth of giving to the community through the Community Chest, and it feels communally owned,” says Lill. “I wanted to set up a fund with CFT because I had a personal relationship with the foundation through my work on nonprofit boards and admire its work.”

The Lills worked with CFT to set up a donor-advised fund that is an extension of their lifetime giving. Putting the donor-advised fund as a beneficiary in their will allows them to continue to contribute to the community even after they are gone and incorporates many of their current passions. For Veletta, passions include the arts and community health. For John, an airline pilot, they hope to invest in a new generation of pilots.

Veletta’s advice to others on estate planning: “It’s never too early to start. And, it’s important to review your plans as you have course-corrections in your life. You want to make sure they reflect your current lifestyle and goals.”

For assistance in developing a giving strategy that is consistent with your charitable goals, contact Geri Jacobs, director of charitable gift planning, Communities Foundation of Texas at (214) 750-4255.

Michelle Hall honors her mother's passion

Michelle Hall honors her mother's passion

Hall uses her donor-advised fund to honor her mother


“My mother was a tireless champion of education and community improvement,” says Michelle.  “She has always been an inspiration for me and now for my four daughters as well.”It’s hard to overstate the effect Margarita De Nocochea had on Calexico, California.

Pet Adoption Advocate

Pet Adoption Advocate

Kit and her daughter, Gloria, opened the Saving Hope Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas after finding and adopting an abandoned and severely abused dog on her ranch outside of Fort Worth 


Kit and her daughter, Gloria, opened the Saving Hope Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas after finding and adopting an abandoned and severely abused dog on her ranch outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Kit Moncrief always had a soft spot for animals. The socialite and animal lover adopted her fair share of rescue animals in the past, so when she heard that an abused dog turned up on her family’s ranch, she knew she had to take action.

Setting an Example

Setting an Example

Generational Hands-on Service from the Scripps Family


“I ENJOY BEING VERY HANDS-ON,” says Debbie Scripps. “At Children’s Medical Center, I’ve loved doing a range of things from working in the gift shop to decorating the hospital to spending time with the kids.”Debbie and Ric Scripps, CFT fund holders, understand the value of giving back to their community. As their children have grown into adults, Ric and Debbie have seen them embrace their philanthropic side as well.

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.