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Where Giving Invests

Where Giving Invests

Cotton Bowl Fund at CFT invests in Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy

“Visiting a college or university is fairly common in middle or upper middle-class homes, but we believe every student should have that opportunity.” — Jay McAuley, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Foundation

A year ago, the Cotton Bowl Foundation came to CFT to help define their giving strategy. After they worked with our staff and decided to focus some of their grantmaking on college and career access for underserved youth, we introduced them to Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, a Dallas ISD magnet school whose student body is composed of high-achieving, underserved young men. The school’s mission is to shape these students into effective leaders by providing them with an academically rigorous, character-based education that prepares them for college.

Thanks to a CFT-facilitated grant from the Cotton Bowl Foundation, these young men will not only be college-ready but will be further motivated to continue their education by having the chance to visit college campuses before graduation. Giving these students a taste of the college experience is a true game changer. It will help the academy maintain its 100 percent college acceptance and matriculation rates. It’s also an investment in our community’s future, where all sides win.

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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.