Saturday, September 30, 2023 Sep 30, 2023
72° F Dallas, TX

The D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards 2018

Our inaugural awards recognize corporate efforts to give back to the community in North Texas.
By |

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Large Organization

It’s hard to top the impact of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, which aims to “strengthen communities” from McKinney to Waxahachie with Christian values and programs that “build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.” The organization annually provides programming for more than 200,000 North Texans at 19 branches, two camps, 78 after-school locations, and 200 program locations. The nonprofit, which serves all North Texans regardless of their ability to pay, last year distributed more than 65,400 financial-aid scholarships and offered free programs for the likes of drowning- and diabetes-prevention and STEM learning for low-income students.

Recording a budget surplus the last five years, the group is led by Curt Hazelbaker, who took over as president and CEO in 2017 after serving as president and CEO of the Y operation in Northwest North Carolina. Hazelbaker says he’ll stress two main initiatives over the next year: the Y’s new Summer Learning Academies—focused on providing elementary-school students with a five- to six-week summer-camp learning experience—and a purposeful “growth strategy” for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. That strategy, Hazelbaker says, could result in as many as 18 new or renovated locations over the next five years.

Organization of the Year

The Family Place
Midsize Organization
20: Number of beds for men and their children provided by The Family Place, which in 2017 opened the first shelter in Texas dedicated specifically for male victims of domestic violence.
Finalists: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas

Texas Trees Foundation
Small Organization
90,913: Number of trees the foundation has planted in North Texas since 2015.
Finalists: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Operation Kindness, ScholarShot

Angel Flight South Central
Micro Organization
32K+: Number of missions logged since 1991 by Angel Flight, whose volunteer pilots donate their own time and money to fly people for medical and humanitarian purposes.
Finalists: Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E., In My Shoes

Leadership Excellence

Steven Pace
Access and Information Network
47.5K+: Number of people living with HIV and AIDS in North Texas served by AIN, where Pace has been executive director and now CEO for 18 years.
Finalists: Jennifer Bartkowski, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas; Trey Bowles, The DEC; Terry Flowers, St. Philip’s School and Community Center; Florencia Velasco Fortner, The Concilio; Madeline McClure, TexProtects; Patti Niles, Southwest Transplant Alliance; Kimberly Williams, Interfaith Family Services; Todd Williams, The Commit Partnership

Most Successful Fundraising Campaign

North Texas Food Bank
Amount raised from 505 donors over three years in NTFB’s Stop Hunger Build Hope campaign, which was co-chaired by Pamela and John Beckert.
Finalists: Cristo Rey Dallas High School, My Possibilities, Parkinson Voice Project

Social Enterprise

Percentage of at-risk students helped by ScholarShot who earn vocational, associate, or undergraduate degrees in 1, 3, or 5 years.
Finalists: Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Project Unity

Team of the Year

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
Client Legal Assistance Team
40: Number of families that were provided full and affordable civil legal representation in 2017 by the Genesis team, which consists of two staff attorneys and a bilingual legal assistant.
Finalists: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Horticulture Team; Sharing Life Community Outreach, The Hub; The Real Estate Council Organization, Community Fund

VNA of Texas, led by president and CEO Katherine Krause, left, partnered with Toyota, whose personal mobility manager is Colleen Casey.

Toyota Motor North America

Corporate Partner of the Year

Since the 1930s, the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas has been helping seniors age at home with dignity and independence. One of the nonprofit’s best-known programs is Meals on Wheels, which provides the homebound with hot, freshly prepared meals five days a week. Last year, Plano-based Toyota Motor North America teamed up with VNA in North Texas and Meals on Wheels Collin County to bolster the nonprofit’s management and internal practices, including in volunteer recruitment and meal production and delivery.

As part of its focus on global mobility, Toyota is investing about $650,000 in VNA/MOW efforts and calling on personnel from a variety of the automaker’s departments to help out, including as MOW volunteers. Along with assessing all the nonprofit’s technology needs, the carmaker is overseeing development of a new mobile app and web platform aimed at collecting healthcare data and making the daily meal distributions more efficient, with fewer returned as “undeliverable.”

The long-term goal, says Colleen Casey, personal mobility manager in Toyota’s Social Innovation division, is scaling up what’s learned across the MOW network within Texas and nationwide. While the North Texas initiative could take 18 to 24 months to complete, “I don’t see our partnership ending there,” Casey says. “We’re really excited about this project.”

Volunteer of the Year

Kern Wildenthal
The Dallas Opera
6: Number of months Wildenthal served without compensation as interim general director and CEO supervising day-to-operations for TDO.
Finalists: Jon Hetzel, Deep Ellum Foundation; Mary Bess Jackson, Manna House; Jennifer Kuncl, Holy Sews; Colleen Taylor, Literacy Achieves

Corporate Social Responsibility

Capital One
Large Company
49K: Number of hours Capital One’s DFW associates volunteered in North Texas in 2017.

Texas Capital Bank
Midsize Company
2K+: Number of low-income children attending after-school enrichment programs in DFW in 2017 thanks to Texas Capital philanthropy.
Finalists: Hillwood Communities, McCarthy Building Cos.

Norma’s Cafe
Small Company
100+: Number of organizations receiving donations from Norma’s each year.

In-Kind Services Supporter

The Beck Group
Number of hours Beck’s team spent in 2017 helping build a new training center for the Dallas Police Department.
Finalists: Deloitte, DPR Construction, Texas Health Resources

Leadership Excellence

Steve Waldman,
IMA Texas
$65M+: Amount Waldman helped raise for a capital campaign for the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.
Finalists: Barclay Berdan, Texas Health Resources; Jim Dunn, ORIX USA Corp./ORIX Foundation; Ed Murph, Norma’s Café; Steve Van Amburgh, KDC

Project Collaboration

NorthPark Center
Number of annual visitors to the Trains at NorthPark exhibit, a holiday fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas that NorthPark has hosted for two decades.
Finalists: Ericsson North America, KDC, PNC

Related Articles

Local News

ACT’s Generation Justice Event Engages Young Professionals

Nonprofit Advocates for Community Transformation's annual event aimed to get young people involved in their legal advocacy and crime reduction work in West and South Dallas.
Philanthropy & Nonprofits

North Texas Giving Day Starts Strong

Hi, my name is Tim, and I'm an addict. Every year at this time, on North Texas Giving Day, I compulsively check and recheck the leaderboard to see how my favorite local nonprofits are performing. Let's just click on over and -- hey! What's up, Cistercian Prep? My tiny little alma mater sits in second place, in terms of total money raised. Go, Hawks! We're coming for you, Alcuin School. Here's where things stand as of 10 o'clock: as a city, we're on pace to hit the collective $26 million goal. We're 5 percent over last year's total at this time of day. Most impressive is the fact that we've already eclipsed last year's total number of nonprofits that received donations. Last year, 1,580 organizations received donations; as of 10 o'clock, 1,691 had already gotten some love. Keep it up, folks. There are giving days all over the country, but ours in North Texas out-raises them all. (Disclosure: my wife does PR for this event. That means she'll be working way past midnight today. Which also means that my kids probably won't eat the most balanced meal for dinner, and they'll eat it in front of the TV, because Daddy will be watching the Rangers.)
By Tim Rogers