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Community speakers

We’ve got experts on call for you. Our team at Communities Foundation of Texas actively speaks in public settings and participates in panels and forums designed to spur charitable giving and community involvement.

Our experts can speak in-depth on a wide range of topics, and they love to engage in open discussions and participate in robust Q&As. Want to learn more about charitable giving and energize your community? Reach out and connect with us today.

Our experts

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Calvert Collins-Bratton

Chief Relationship Officer

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Jeri Chambers, CAP®

Senior Officer, Donor Relations,
Collin County

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Elizabeth Liser, CAP®

Senior Donor
Engagement Specialist

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Heather Lothes, CAP®

Donor Relations Officer,
Collin County

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Carolyn Newham

Senior Director of

Donor Relations and Services

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Nicole Paquette

Senior Director, Communications, 

Public Relations, and External Affairs

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Dr. Reo Prueitt

Chief Diversity,

Equity and Inclusion Officer

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Boski Sharma, CAP®

Director, Donor Relations

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Wayne White

President and CEO

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John Fitzpatrick

Education Texas
Executive Director

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Our areas of expertise

We have many prepared lectures and deep subject matter expertise in a number of areas related to community involvement and improvement. Take a look through the topics available and connect with us on what’s of interest to you and your organization.

  • Giving Back & Looking Forward: A History of Communities Foundation of Texas from 1953 to today.

  • NTX Giving Day: How we raised over $60 million for over 3,000 nonprofits in 18 hours.

  • Searchable Nonprofit Database: How to find your charitable passion and give with impact.

  • Asset Poverty: How we learned that 2/5 of Dallas households are asset poor and what we’re doing about it.

  • Data-Driven Decision-Making: How to use quantitative and qualitative data to drive your nonprofits’ strategy.

Charitable Giving

  • Charitable giving in uncertain economic times

  • Strategic charitable giving: How to make your giving more meaningful and satisfying.

  • Generations of Giving: Involving your family in your philanthropy

  • Finding Your Charitable Passion

  • Charitable giving and tax laws

  • Find Your Cause: Funding Needs in North Texas

Nonprofit Sector

  • Stewardship/Engagement

  • Successful Donor Cultivation Strategies

  • Board Training

  • Campaign Planning

  • Fundraising Tips & Tricks

  • Foundations 101

  • Marketing Strategy: Bringing For-Profit Experience to Nonprofit Causes


  • How to Think Bigger about Improving Texas Education

  • Best Practices in College and Career Readiness Programs

  • Collective Impact: How to wire a community to improve outcomes for Texans from cradle to career.

  • STEM Rocks: A look inside the nation's first K-12 STEM district.

Want to hear from one of our experts?

To invite a foundation representative to speak at your event, contact us.

Nicole Paquette
Senior Director, Communications, Public Relations, and External Affairs

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