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Faces of Philanthropy

Communities Foundation of Texas.
|Photography by Matthew Shelley
Left to Right: Dr. Reo Pruiett, Executive Leader; Richie Butler, Board of Trustees Chair; Monica Christopher, Executive Leader Seated: Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Alumni Dylan Rafaty and Amanda Arizola

As the largest Community Foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas has a vision of thriving communities for all, seeking to grow community giving, expand community impact, and advance community equity. CFT works with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits through charitable funds and strategic grantmaking steeped in equity and connectedness across the areas of health, wealth, living, and learning.

CFT has awarded over $2.5 billion in grants to nonprofits since its founding in 1953 and professionally manages more than 1,200 charitable funds. CFT is committed to serving and understanding donor needs, expertly handling complex gifts, providing giving guidance, and leveraging community knowledge to increase charitable impact.

CFT works with companies of all sizes to spark or grow a culture of generosity, manage employee giving, and increase employee engagement. Through CFT’s programs, such as CFT for Business, Educate Texas, Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy, GiveWisely, the Live Oak Society, North Star Services, and North Texas Giving Day, CFT helps individuals, families, and businesses maximize generosity and impact.

Partnering with the next generation of givers and change-makers is one of the ways CFT works to build a thriving community. Since 2018, more than 375 local young professionals have been part of CFT’s annual Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohorts. Learn more and see the alumni members at

Working with CFT is like having your own charitable giving concierge. You can establish a fund and recommend grants to nonprofits while CFT invests and grows the fund, shares expertise, and performs due diligence on nonprofits. Donor-advised funds are an easy and effective way to give to nonprofits while receiving an immediate tax benefit. Learn more at

 How will you give back to your community beyond your lifetime? Consider leaving a legacy of generosity by joining CFT’s Live Oak Society. CFT is here to help you continue to support your passions through your estate plan, will, or trust. Learn more at CFT staff experts are always available to help you think through what matters most to you and how that can align with your giving strategy.

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