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Faces of Philanthropy

Partnering with the next generation of givers and changemakers.
By D Partner Studio |
Communities Foundation
Left to right: CFT Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Richie Butler; CFT president/CEO, Dave Scullin; and CFT Board of Trustees Chair, Alfreda Norman with CFT’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy alumni members Lucas Shelton, Marisa Roberson, and Zhen Barrientos Bret Redman

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 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 Be In Good Company, CFT for Business, Educate Texas, Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy, GiveWisely, the Live Oak Society, and North Texas Giving Day, CFT helps individuals, families, and businesses maximize their generosity and impact. 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.

One of the things that matters most to CFT in building a thriving community is partnering with the next generation of givers and changemakers. Since 2018, over 300 local young professionals have been part of CFT’s annual Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohorts. Learn more and see the alumni members at CFTexas.org/ELP.


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