Skip to main content

We're Furthering Family Values

Involving our children in our charitable giving plans beyond our lifetime from the very beginning!


IMG_8159-Edit.jpg

Ann and Taoreed Badmus have been engaged in philanthropy individually, as a couple, and now as a family through the Dr. Taoreed and Ann Massey Badmus Charitable Fund at CFT. “We wanted to involve our children in our charitable giving plans beyond our lifetime from the very beginning,” said Taoreed.

They had initially discussed establishing a private foundation to manage their philanthropy, planning to eventually pass that on to their children, but discovered they could have a fund in their family name at CFT to accomplish their charitable goals — with the added value of the guidance and resources of CFT, and without the administrative work.

“Once we learned about donor-advised funds at CFT, we knew that partnering with their team of experts would align with what we were hoping to achieve. It’s really supported and strengthened our giving philosophy,” said Taoreed.

The Badmuses participated in CFT’s GiveWisely program together as a family. “GiveWisely gave us an opportunity to come together around giving. We learned a lot about our kids and their unique and overlapping passions by going through the values-based exercises. It was a great experience to bond us in ways we hadn’t thought of before, and have us focus as a family on causes we care about,” said Ann. “There are many worthy causes, so being able to focus and know what’s most important to us as a family and being able to align that with the charitable giving we do has been really meaningful.”

“We discovered a lot of common interest areas as a family, such as social justice and equity, but we also give our three children the opportunity to fund their own individual charitable interests through our family fund at CFT. There are so many causes that we believe in, and if we believe in them, we should give to them to further their mission,” said Ann. The family recent made grants through their fund as part of North Texas Giving Day, noting that the nonprofits they selected for funding were aligned with the family values they had established in CFT’s GiveWisely program.

“There are so many opportunities to learn and engage when you partner with CFT, whether it’s information about effective nonprofits, support in vetting nonprofits, their family philanthropy resources or the variety of issue-focused events they host. There’s something for all of us, as far as causes that we care about, and the staff are truly here to help,” said Ann.

Learn more about CFT's GiveWisely!

For more donor impact stories, visit cftexas.org/stories

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.