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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 Our Future will be Brighterhappy 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. By offering prenatal care, education and networking opportunities with other moms-to-be, Life Shines Bright has reduced the preterm birth rate to 5.6% for program participants, compared with 20% in the Methodist Dallas service area. Roughly one in seven babies is born prematurely in Texas, but thanks to the generous donations from the William F. and Noreen L. Nicol Fund, Life Shines Bright and Methodist Health System are working to beat the odds.

When the Nicols created a fund with Communities Foundation of Texas to benefit specific area needs, they made sure the fund would continue to make a difference even after they were gone. After their passing, CFT reviewed several worthy projects with their family and recommended Life Shines Bright. Crystal Charity Ball approached CFT with an offer to triple the amount of the grant as part of a one-time matching opportunity. By leveraging those additional resources, CFT made sure donations from the Nicol Fund went even further to improve life for little girls like Regina and her mother, Elizabeth.

 

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.