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At Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), our charge is to put giving to work. CFT professionally manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for families, companies, foundations and nonprofits and has awarded more than $1.8 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. We believe that where giving thrives, communities thrive, too.


CFT’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program seeks to educate, engage, and broaden the philanthropic impact of the next generation of leaders in North Texas. CFT believes that educating and guiding highly engaged community-minded professionals will ensure that our region’s legacy of generosity continues to thrive and grow.

CFT’s inaugural 9-month cohort kicked off in September 2018 in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day. Thanks to an anonymous funder, cohort participants will deploy $50,000 in CFT grant awards to support nonprofits of the group’s choosing.

Who should apply:

  • Leaders ages 25 - 40 interested in learning more about philanthropy, grantmaking, local nonprofits, and strategic giving

What you can expect out of the program:

  • Monthly meetings from September 2018 - May 2019 (time and location varies: held during breakfast, lunch, or happy hour, will need to attend at least 6 out of 9 of the sessions to participate in grantmaking)
  • Engaging speakers and hands-on learning
  • Visits to a variety of effective nonprofit organizations in Dallas
  • Optional volunteerism and networking opportunities

Topics we will cover:

  • Key community issues (education, health, social services, etc.)
  • Finding and evaluating effective nonprofits
  • Ways to give and engage
  • Board leadership and training
  • Creating a personal giving plan and more!



If you would like to pre-register for our 2019 cohort, please contact Tina Lin, Strategic Initiatives Officer, at or 214-346-5504.

Tentative Program Schedule:

September 5 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Introductions
October 10 - 7:30am - 9:00am - Foundation of Big Issues
November 14 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Finding an Effective Nonprofit Organization
December 5 - 11:30am - 1:00pm - Ways to Give and Engage
January 9 - 7:30am - 9:00am - Board Leadership
February 6 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Planning
March 1 - half day TBD - Nonprofit Site Visit
April 6 - half day TBD - Nonprofit Site Visit
May 1- 7:30am - 9:00am Funding an Organization
June 12 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm - Celebration and Check Presentation

We sincerely appreciate the generous funding provided by an anonymous funder to support the launch of the ELP program.

Special Thanks to our Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Steering Committee: 
Aline Bass, Megan Bowdon, Jennifer Lan, Noble Modu, Gunnar Rawlings, Tucker Robinson, DeVaughdric Ross, Jose Manuel Santoyo, Sally Sha, David Shields, and Lucas Shelton

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