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Uplifting the Underrepresented

Ross & Rebecca were both largely inspired by their families, particularly their mothers, to give of our time, talent and treasure.

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Ross and Rebecca Anthony are tremendously intentional about their charitable giving, and have partnered with CFT in a variety of ways to align their values with their personal giving strategies. They’ve attended CFT’s GiveWisely course, graduated from CFT’s inaugural Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohort, and utilized CFT’s philanthropic consulting services. They stepped up to serve on CFT’s Fund Holder Advisory Council to provide valuable feedback, and were instrumental in helping to ensure that CFT’s Social Impact Investment fund option meets the needs of donors looking to invest their charitable funds sustainably, taking ecological, social and business ethics into account.

“We’re strong believers in social responsibility and corporate accountability, and that you can advocate and influence change not only through giving charitably but in how you choose to invest your funds,” said Ross. “We give back to help create positive change. There are so many critical issues out there that need support, resolution and helping hands. A lot of times, nonprofits are the ones championing causes and taking on the big issues.”

“We were both largely inspired by our families, particularly our mothers, to give of our time, talent and treasure. We grew up watching them give our entire lives,” said Rebecca.

Through CFT’s GiveWisely course, Ross and Rebecca honed their individual and collective values, often prioritizing their shared values of sustainability and effectiveness when considering charitable funding opportunities through the Ross and Rebecca Anthony Fund, a donor-advised fund at CFT.

“I’m a strong believer in funding organizations that have permanence and a model that allows them to continue from year to year,” Ross said. “Effectiveness goes hand in hand with impact. We’re looking for where our dollars will go the furthest, and we have a passion for supporting advocacy and litigation, especially when it comes to social justice, the environment, education and public school funding. We want to uplift those that are underrepresented,” said Rebecca.

 “We’re still learning and have a lot to learn, but the only way to do so is to dive in and participate in programs like CFT’s and educate yourself. When we’re more informed, we can help support organizations more effectively,” said Rebecca. “The needs are so great and when you get involved, you want to do more and give more than just time.”

“From a time perspective, we want to be extremely effective in giving of our treasure, so we have been focusing on learning how to be better philanthropists, trying to discover more about area nonprofits and how we can help. A lot of our recent education in these areas has been provided through CFT’s programming,” said Ross. “Going on nonprofit site visits with CFT has been fantastic and has made us more confident in our decisions, which often leads to deeper generosity.”
 
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.