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Faces of Philanthropy

Communities Foundation of Texas
| |Photography by Bret Redman
Left to Right: CFT’s newest executives and board leaders Rakesh Dahiya, Trustee; Calvert Collins-Bratton, Chief Relationships Officer; Wayne White, President/CEO; Andy Smith, Trustee; Katie Robbins, Trustee Photography by Bret Redman

As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) has a vision of thriving communities for all, seeking to grow community giving, expand community impact, and advance community equity. 

CFT works side by side with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits through charitable funds and strategic grantmaking. CFT has awarded $2.5 billion in cumulative grants to nonprofits since its founding in 1953 and professionally manages more than 1,300 charitable funds. CFT leverages extensive community and gift planning knowledge to serve and understand donor needs, expertly handle complex gifts, and provide customized giving guidance.

As CFT reflects on its 70th anniversary year, the foundation looks with hope to the future, while giving gratitude to those who have made past and present impact possible. 2023 was another impactful year for both gifts and grants, with $152 million in gifts received and $154 million in grants distributed to nonprofits. Behind these numbers are many caring community members who are purposeful in how they give back to the causes that they care about.

Through CFT’s programs, such as CFT for Business, Educate Texas, Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy, GiveWisely, the Live Oak Society, and North Texas Giving Day, CFT helps maximize generosity. 2023 marked the 15th anniversary of CFT’s North Texas Giving Day, and $63.9 million was raised for more than 3,200 local nonprofits. Together, this community of givers has fueled this incredible generosity movement, generating more than $566 million in impact for nonprofits since its inception in 2009.

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. 

Contact CFT at your convenience to learn more about the benefits of charitable giving funds and how they can help you help others.

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