A Letter From Our Leadership:

Communities Foundation of Texas


Whatever your philanthropic passions are, Communities Foundation of Texas is here to help you give with purpose to the causes that matter most to you. With all we do, we seek to achieve our vision—our North Star—a thriving community for all. At CFT, our mission is to improve the lives of all people in our community by investing in their health, wealth, living, and learning. We work to make our mission and vision a reality by growing community giving, expanding community impact, and advancing community equity.

Because of givers like you, and through the outstanding work of our staff, board, and investment committee, CFT continues to grow in giving and in impact. FY22 was a record-breaking year for both gifts and grants, with $208 million in gifts received and $166 million in grants distributed to nonprofits, far exceeding prior year results.

In September, CFT’s 14th annual North Texas Giving Day raised $62.6 million for more than 3,000 local nonprofits, which brings the total dollars raised through North Texas Giving Day to more than $500 million. Behind these numbers are many caring people who are purposeful in how they give back to our community and show up for the causes they care about. This is what makes our community so special.

In this year’s annual report, we’ve focused on highlighting the passions of our partners, showcasing a few recent collaborative efforts with our charitable fund holders and nonprofit grantees. We’ve also featured a look back at our decade-long focus on increasing economic security across North Texas, as this work has been integral to two of our priorities: advancing community equity and expanding community impact.

As you read these stories about giving, community, opportunity, innovation, and more, we hope you’ll see how these passions help us meet our own purpose in building the thriving community for all that we’re seeking.

We are especially mindful in acknowledging that everything we have accomplished this past year has been enabled by your generous support. We are grateful, and with your help, we are ready to go to yet another level! If we haven’t yet had the opportunity to collaborate, please reach out to learn how we can work side by side as a partner to you in your giving.

Dave Scullin, President and CEO
Alfreda Norman, Chair, Board of Trustees
Communities Foundation of Texas

Joylynn Huynh-Ngo’s children haven’t quite made it out of elementary school, but they know a thing or two about whipping up batches of boba tea, cookies, and lemonade, and sharing their creations with and for the community.

Joylynn currently serves as president of the Carrollton Early Childhood PTA (CECPTA), and she and her family recently helped facilitate their third annual “Kidsgiving Day” event to raise funds for nonprofits participating in CFT’s NTX Giving Day. This year, in partnership with 26 families and their 52 “kidpreneurs,” nearly $8,000 was raised in support of three local organizations: CECPTA, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Educational Foundation, and Metrocrest Services. Through their volunteer fundraising efforts for CECPTA, they’ve helped build the first handicap accessible playground in Carrollton at Rosemeade Park, helped preschools redo their learning spaces, furnish their classrooms, and more.

For Joylynn, the life-changing value of community, generosity, and connectedness runs deep. In her own family’s experience, these anchors have made the difference between enduring crisis and having a safe place to call home. After being displaced following Hurricane Katrina, Joylynn eventually found a new home in Dallas with the help of nonprofits who offered critical assistance along the way. Once resettled, Joylynn immediately began to volunteer with a number of nonprofits, giving back through her time and talents, especially in support of immigrants and refugees.

Eight years ago, as a new resident of Carrollton, Joylynn attended a playdate for her son that turned out to be a community event in celebration of NTX Giving Day. Blown away by the number of organizations represented and the incredible work that she witnessed happening in support of North Texas, Joylynn knew that she and her family had to become part of the community celebration.

“Kidsgiving Day” began three years ago as a lemonade stand in their neighborhood with a handful of kids and families. The first year, the Ngos raised $260 for NTX Giving Day. It has since grown into something much bigger that her children look forward to with anticipation—this year’s efforts included a “world-of-foods-themed petite farmer’s market” at Castle Hills Village Shops, dedicated to teaching kids about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and giving back to the community.

In 2022, the Ngos and the participating families brought new flavors to the family-friendly fundraising event with their World of Foods theme, featuring Japanese onigiri, Mexican fruit cups, Indian curry masala, Vietnamese fruit tea, fresh flowers, produce, and more. Other past themes include a superhero theme and a Texas State Fair inspired theme.

Joylynn is intentional about teaching her children to give back. She says that one way for parents to get started is to have conversations around the dinner table and by modeling kindness and supporting the needs of others. The Ngo family has found that volunteering with their children for different causes has created conversations that teach empathy, kindness, and gratitude.

“We try to reiterate to our kids that no matter how much you have, or how little you have, a community gets stronger when you pitch in; and if you start with yourself, it will inspire other people. We are especially grateful to CFT for creating a community platform for each of us to not only give through, but to have a means to teach and involve our children in our giving.”

  Creator of NTX Giving Day “Kidsgiving Day” – Petite Farmer’s Market

Chris McSwain

Director of Community Engagement, North Texas Giving Day



Matt Allen

Senior Director, North Texas Giving Day



Learn more about CFT’s North Texas Giving Day and Kidsgiving Day below.

As Cece Smith Lacy and Ford Lacy began their estate planning process, they came to Communities Foundation of Texas for assistance with their planned giving. During their research, they learned about donor-advised funds and decided to open the Cece Smith Lacy and John Ford Lacy Fund at CFT to support their giving during their lifetime.

Ford encourages everyone to think about how they want to impact their community and what they could pledge to charity, both during and beyond their lifetimes. He recalls watching his parents give back and volunteering with them, and Cece has a fond memory of the late restaurateur and philanthropist Norm Brinker encouraging her to get involved in the community when she was a young employee.

Today, their commitment to giving back evolved from those first experiences and they’ve been long-time supporters of their shared passions—the arts and medical research. Their first date was at the Dallas Theater Center, and they’ve been active supporters of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where Cece serves as board chair, as well as the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Museum of Art, and UT Southwestern, where they founded the President’s Research Council. They also fund the Ford Lacey Latin Prize scholarship at Highland Park High School and the endowed trombone chairs at the Symphony and the Opera.

One of their latest interests has been funding new works of local nonprofit arts organizations. “We believe that the arts can inspire people and bring out the best of them,” said Ford. “It’s been really terrific and fun,” Cece added. “We’ve historically funded organizations that we’re familiar with, and our latest partnership with CFT has exposed us to new organizations and genres.”

“It would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for Cece and me to organize the grantmaking process that CFT created for us on our own,” said Ford.

“This illustrates the value of donor-advised funds at organizations with grantmaking expertise and how they can play an important role in personal philanthropy. It’s a great alternative to a private foundation.”

CFT’s team of experts created a custom process that resulted in a broad variety of grant applications aligned with Cece and Ford’s funding priorities that they were then able to review and select from. They planned to select three organizations to fund, but were so inspired by the applications that they decided to provide funding in support of new artistic works at four nonprofits: American Baroque Opera Company, Bruce Wood Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Dallas Children’s Theater.

“We wanted to try something different, and hope that this can inspire people and bring joy to those who come to see these new performances,” said Cece.

“For those who are just getting started in their giving journey, we encourage you to think about what you’re passionate about and what reflects your interests. Spend time on that and determine if you would like an active or passive role in the causes and organizations you support.”

  CFT Fund Holder

Carolyn Newham

Senior Director of Donor Relations and Services



Galen Smith

Director, Community Philanthropy



Greg Oertel

Senior Community Philanthropy Officer



Mary Anne Sammons Cree had a passion for our North Texas community. She spent her life giving back in support of the causes that mattered most to her—the performing and visual arts, museums, education, and nature.

More than 30 years ago, Mary Anne established the Rosine Foundation Fund at CFT, a donor-advised fund that she named after her mother, Rosine Sammons Smith. Mary Anne inherited her spirit of giving from Rosine, who died at an early age. Over the years, she regularly made grants through the fund in support of her passion cause areas. To honor her mother, many of the large community investments Mary Anne funded continue to bear Rosine’s name.

Mary Anne’s father, Charles Sammons, was also a generous long-time supporter of CFT. He made a significant gift from the Sammons Dallas Foundation that is now an endowment used for CFT’s discretionary grantmaking in support of local nonprofit organizations making a positive impact in Dallas.

When Mary Anne passed away in 2021 at age 91, she left a legacy for our community through her fund, by leaving her fine jewelry collection to CFT as an estate gift.

In September 2022, Heritage Auctions offered more than 125 pieces of Cree’s extraordinary jewelry collection as the centerpiece of their Fall Fine Jewelry Signature® Auction. Proceeds from the sale benefited the Rosine Foundation Fund at CFT.

The sale was expected to generate more than $1.5 million, and did better than expected, raising $1.88 million for the fund.

“As a Dallas-based auction house, it was kismet for Heritage Auctions to partner with Communities Foundation of Texas to present Mary Anne’s stunning jewelry collection. We are proud that our local community will continue to benefit from Mary Anne’s generous spirit long beyond her lifetime.”

  Director of Trusts & Estates, Heritage Auctions

One of the auction pieces was a beautiful diamond-studded butterfly brooch. Receiving this as one of the pieces from Mary Anne’s estate gift was a full-circle moment—20 years prior, Mary Anne had made a generous gift and worked with CFT to establish an endowment that provides ongoing support for the Butterfly House and Insectarium at the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park.

CFT partners with fund holders like Mary Anne to help identify their charitable passions, both during their lifetime and to develop and carry out their legacy of giving beyond their lifetime. This has been such a special gift to our community, as the pieces in the auction were meaningful to Mary Anne, and the sale of her extraordinary collection will continue benefiting her passions for years to come.

“Mary Anne Cree had a lifelong commitment to the Girl Scouts in North Texas. Her mother is credited with bringing the first Girl Scout Brownie troop to the Dallas area and Mary Anne participated as a girl and a volunteer. She was passionate about giving girls opportunities, especially in the area of science, technology, engineering and math. One of my very favorite memories as a Girl Scout is taking Mary Anne on a tour of the STEM Center of Excellence where she shared her memories of the camp from when she was a girl and discussed the importance of the facility for girls in our community today. She ultimately made a generous gift to the camp and named several special places for her mother. Mary Anne was honored with our Lifetime Achievement Award and today, our Young Women of Distinction Award is named for Mary Anne Cree in perpetuity. Mary Anne’s commitment to girls and their leadership journeys and her investment in the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas inspires me and will continue to inspire girls for generations to come.”

  CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

CFT’s Live Oak Society was established in 2018 to recognize individuals and families who have created a legacy with CFT through a planned gift in their will or estate to their donor-advised fund or to support CFT’s discretionary grantmaking. To date, more than 70 individuals and couples have joined CFT’s Live Oak Society.

Current Members

Anonymous (5)
Raj & Aradhana Asava
The Louise P. Backa Charitable Fund
Jeff Balcombe
Jim and Hong Bass
Toni Chapman Brinker
Mr. Wylie D. Cavin and Dr. Lillian W. Cavin
Brent E. Christopher
Betty Taylor Cox
Carter Creech
Rhonda Helms Daugherty and Randal Daugherty
Michael and Barbara Eberhardt
Ann and Charles Eisemann
John Lill and Veletta Forsythe-Lill
Don and Beverly Freeman
GiGi Gartner
Suzy and Larry Gekiere
Carol and Mark Goglia
Corrine and Tom Greco
Jeremy Gregg
Keith and D’Etta Hughes
Martha and Chandler Hugh Jackson Youth Fund
Amy Johnson
Sonia King Charitable Fund
Cece and Ford Lacy
Sarah Losinger
Lynne and Allen Mabry
Phyllis Meyerson
Eric and Jeannie Nadel
Carolyn and Denton Newham
Pankey Family Fund
Bill and Gayle Parker
Chris Freeman Popolo
Andy and Jackie Schwitter
Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld
Susan Swan Smith
Karen S. Stuart
Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus
Gary and Rosie Walker
The Jean and Tom Walter Family
Kay and Bill Wehunt
Marnie and Kern Wildenthal
The Jefflyn Williamson Family Trust

Remembered Members

Elizabeth Anne Ala
Pearl C. Anderson
Vonia Fritzess Van London Anderson
William D. Barrett
Patricia A. Bernstein
Forrest R. Biard
Jesse North Bigbee
Isadore H. and Eleanor R. Bonifas
Bill C. and Jean Hollowell Booziotis
Barbara and Bill E. Brice, Sr.
Norman Brinker
Frances and Jack Brown
Hattie Louise Browning
Jane and Bill Browning
Beryle G. Burdyn
Roberta Coke Camp
George Peters Caruth
Mabel Peters Caruth
William Walter Caruth, Jr.
Eddie Connor Case
Allison Cassens
Anson L. Clark
C. W. & Dorothy Anne Conn
Sherry Wigley Crow
V. A. and Earline Davidson
Lucile and Clarence Dragert
Jack McKinney Dumas
George Adeline and Jules H. Fine
James Carl and Hazel Ruby Forbes
Etha Reagin Forman
Edward C. Fritz
Louise Gartner
Charlotte W. and Joseph W. Geary
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Gordin
Elaine W. Gordon
Wallace and Sydney Hall
Harriet Halsell
Jack H. and Jane R. Hamilton
J. C. and Kaye Harrington
Tom A. Harris
Robert J. Hertich
Ben O. Hindman
Margaret Horn
T. B. and Dorothy Hudson
Ruby Jennings
Robert L. Jensen
Lawrence Wendl and Loraine Froelich Jones
Bess W. Jones
John G. and Elena S. Kenedy
Lucille Brown Kennedy
Hazel Kyle
C. T. and Eula C. LaMaster
Fred M. Lange

Dean & Billye Libby
Bryan and Marcella G. Long
Martha D. Lytton
Betty Jeanne MacArthur
Elaine M. Mathes
Ruth Maxwell
Hugh and Mary Ann McAfee
Charles V. McCarter
Paul D. & Margaret M McElroy
Helen Medlin & John Michael Beidel
K. K. Meisenbach
Keith L. and Clela Ketchum Merrick
C. C. and Rosalind Miao
Ludwig A. and Carmen M. Michael
Margot W. and Ben H. Mitchell
Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton
John and Rheba Myers
Phyllis W. Nelson
William F. and Noreen L. Nicol
Phoebe & Russell H. Perry
Donald R. Polan
Leonard E. Powell
Grier and Louise Raggio
Julia M. Repp
Kristofer Robinson
Daniel C. Russell
Morton H. and Hortense L. Sanger
Lillie Mae Schwetke
Ernest H. Seelhorst
Jeanne Shelby
Robert F. and Carolyn K. Sherman
Allan Shivers, Jr., Brian M. Shivers, Marialice Shivers Ferguson
Charles R. Sitter
Vinitia C. and Cecil L. Smith
Geraldine Willens Sobel
William Soza
James Weldon & Bess Fleming Thomas
Robert B. Trull
William A. Turner, Jr.
Jack M. Tuttle, Jr.
Dorothy Hill Volk
Ernest G. and Irene H. Wadel
Travis T. Wallace
Adolph and Pauline Weinberger
Lucy Wight
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Wigley, Jr.
Joel and Betty Lu Williams
Ivor and Mildred Wold
Arthur L. Wolf
Manny B. and Janis R. Zelzer

Carolyn Newham

Senior Director of Donor Relations and Services



Melissa Hardage

Director of Donor Initiatives



For the Sethis, giving back is a family affair. Parvesh and Jeet Sethi have two charitable funds at CFT: the Om & Shanti Scholarship Fund and the Om & Shanti Fund, a donor-advised fund. Both their family fund and their scholarship fund are centered around providing educational opportunities for students.

Parvesh and his family first immigrated to the United States from India. From an early age, Parvesh remembers his parents as hard workers who instilled the value of education in him and his siblings. Although his mother never finished high school, she believed that an education would give her children the opportunity to pursue their passions in life. “For our family, getting an education was never about working in a specific industry or discipline. It was about following our interests and pursuing the things that brought us joy,” Parvesh said.

With a family of his own and his parent’s example of working hard and giving back, Parvesh began to explore giving vehicles that would align with their family values, and came across Communities Foundation of Texas. He spent time learning about the available charitable fund options and was amazed by the level of community impact. Parvesh noted, “I wish that I had known about CFT a lot earlier in my career, but it’s never too late to start your charitable giving journey!”

Established in 2017, the Om & Shanti Fund was named after Parvesh’s late parents and is used to invest in nonprofits that support early childhood and secondary education programs. It was important to Parvesh to continue his parents’ legacy by naming the fund after them. Parvesh, his wife, and their three adult children – Kiran, Arun, and Anjali – have found a deep sense of purpose in giving to organizations that align with their passion for education through their family fund. The Sethi family desired to make additional impact that furthered their heart for supporting students pursuing higher education, and established the Om & Shanti Scholarship Fund in 2020.

“The scholarship fund provides more structure for giving to students in underserved communities who are graduating high school and/or graduates who would be first-generation college students. Between our family fund and our scholarship fund, we can positively impact a student’s entire career journey, and that is important to us,” said Parvesh.

Anjali, their youngest daughter, serves as one of the reviewers for scholarship applications to the fund. “I’ve been so inspired by the scholarship applications,” said Anjali. “They remind me of the resilience of my parents and my grandparents. I’m beyond amazed by their tenacity and perseverance; these students aren’t a product of their circumstances, but rather they’ve used their experiences to better their environment.”

For Anjali, education is as much a personal value as it is a family value. Like most of her family members, Anjali holds several degrees and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Baylor University. She has experienced firsthand how the power of education gives students opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise.

“For me, being able to read the stories of these students who have dreams to make a positive impact on their families and in their communities and knowing that the money we’re giving will be a part of helping them achieve their goals in life, is what gives me a deep sense of purpose and fulfillment,” said Anjali.

To date, 10 high school graduates have been awarded four-year scholarships from the fund, and the Sethis have plans to award five more in spring 2023. Parvesh shared, however, that their purpose is not fulfilled by how many scholarships they award. “When we opened our scholarship fund, it was never about the total number of students who would receive a scholarship. I don’t know how many students we’ll be able to help support in total, but if we can make a small impact on someone in a positive way, it will have been worth it.”

The Sethis’ donor-advised fund and scholarship fund at CFT are now integral parts of their family’s legacy. CFT is honored to play a role in stewarding their family’s passion for education by helping them leverage multiple giving strategies to achieve their charitable goals.

“The scholarship fund provides more structure for giving to students in underserved communities who are graduating high school and/or graduates who would be first-generation college students. Between our family fund and our scholarship fund, we can positively impact a student’s entire career journey.”

  CFT Fund Holder

Learn more about establishing donor-advised funds at CFT.

Learn more about establishing scholarship funds at CFT.

Jeri Chambers

Senior Officer of Donor Engagement, Collin County



Katie Kuehl

Officer, Scholarships and Nonprofit Funds



Established after a tragic automobile accident that left the late Kristofer Robinson paralyzed from the neck down, the Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund at CFT was created to support the education of paraplegic or quadriplegic individuals. One recent scholarship recipient of the Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund is Nathan McClintock.

Nathan McClintock was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that impacts an individual’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. For Nathan, the area most impacted by this disability is his legs. Like many with his same condition, Nathan uses a wheelchair to improve his mobility.

One of Nathan’s greatest challenges growing up was not being able to participate in the same activities as his family members or peers. His family had a history of athleticism. His father played collegiate basketball and baseball and was almost selected to play Minor League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies. Similarly, his mother was a skilled softball player; his siblings played various sports as well.

Nathan, like the rest of his family, loved sports but had grown accustomed to watching from the sidelines. While in his junior year of high school, he was serendipitously given an opportunity to play wheelchair basketball at a fundraiser for the Memphis Rolling Grizzlies, a local team in Memphis, Tennessee. His performance that day opened the door for him to formally play for the Rolling Grizzlies, where he developed a real skill and love for the sport. For the first time in his life, Nathan wasn’t seated on the sidelines; he was a part of the team!

When Nathan graduated from high school, he received a partial scholarship to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Texas at Arlington, but he knew he would need additional financial assistance to complete his undergraduate degree. He asked his basketball coach, Doug Garner, if there were any support programs that he could apply for to help him get through school. His coach, Doug Garner, told him about the Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas and encouraged him to apply.

As a 2017–2021 scholarship recipient of the fund, Nathan was able to pursue his passion to play wheelchair basketball at the collegiate level and complete his bachelor’s degree— and, later, a master’s degree— in social work. “Growing up, I didn’t have a social worker assigned to my case. No one helped me navigate opportunities for individuals with a disability,” said Nathan.

Now, Nathan works as an Autism Services Provider at Total Transition Services, where his primary role is advocacy. Total Transition Services offers job and life skills training for young adults with autism and other intellectual disabilities. He teaches classes at local high schools and hosts individualized training sessions to help young adults with disabilities experience joy and hope in their journey of learning. He helps them advocate for themselves and find opportunities to pursue their own personal passions.

With tears in his eyes, Nathan said, “I get to help young adults learn how to be a person with a disability in the world, because it’s really, really difficult.”

The Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund at CFT gave Nathan the opportunity to participate and excel in a sport that brought him immense joy throughout college and helped him complete a degree that aligns with his passion; to ensure that individuals with disabilities don’t have to grow up without knowing what opportunities and resources are available to them.

“I use my story and my unique platform to give individuals with disabilities hope and to help them find a deeper sense of purpose and value in learning how to advocate for themselves. My goal is to help others in need, because so much has been done for me. CFT, along with my faith, has been an integral part of giving me hope and joy in my own journey.”

  Kristofer Robinson Scholarship Fund Recipient, 2017–2021

Learn more about establishing scholarship funds at CFT.

Katie Kuehl

Officer, Scholarships and Nonprofit Funds



CFT has seen firsthand that companies that do good, do better. CFT for Business connects companies with resources and expertise to foster and grow cultures of good corporate citizenship.

The PGA of America is deeply committed to bringing greater inclusion to the sport of golf, to the industry’s workforce, and to the supply chain, so that more people can discover the joy of playing golf. Upgrading from CFT for Business’ Be In Good Company program to our Business Impact Network in 2022 enabled a deeper and more meaningful partnership, right as the new Home of the PGA of America at PGA Frisco in Frisco, Texas, opened.

The PGA has a longstanding passion for strengthening its surrounding communities. Comprised of 28,000 PGA Professionals, the Association creates golf programming that supports education, youth development, and health and wellness. PGA REACH, a charitable foundation of the PGA of America, positively impacts the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to the game of golf.

Their drive for corporate social responsibility stems from their focus on a desire to positively impact communities where PGA Professionals and staff members are active.

Since joining CFT for Business, the PGA has expanded its efforts to give back where employees live and work, from its home office in Frisco to additional offices in Florida and New York City. This year, they used the CFT for Business community engagement survey to better understand employee interests and passions.

“We really want to make sure that we listen to our people. At the PGA of America, we take an active approach to deeply understand what matters most to them. When we think about engaging in our communities, we consider our people and the remarkable cultural impact of embracing their voices and feeding their passions.”

  CEO, PGA of America

The PGA worked with CFT for Business to execute the first PGA Cares Company-wide Give Back Day, an employee volunteerism initiative that will become an annual event. The PGA offers its staff 16 hours of paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO), and in one big day of impact in August, team members volunteered together at Texas and Florida nonprofits. Employees in North Texas served at Children’s Advocacy Center for North Texas, Frisco Family Services, Frisco FastPACS, ManeGait, and Mercy Street. Employees in Florida were also empowered to volunteer that day, and served at Palm Beach County Food Bank and Kayla Cares 4 Kids.

PGA of America is looking forward to collaborating with CFT for Business in growing and scaling both PGA REACH and the PGA Cares program. CFT for Business is the market leader in corporate social responsibility. Our team is passionate about making North Texas one of the most business-engaged communities in the country, and with companies like the PGA of America collaborating with us, we’re certainly on the right course.

JJ Ponce

CFT for Business, Director



Kymberlaine Banks

Senior Business Engagement Officer



Educate Texas, an initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, has built partnerships for nearly 20 years with school districts, institutions of higher education, businesses, community organizations, state agencies, policymakers, and philanthropic partners to implement data-driven strategies that support students on their path to educational and career success and improve the quality of teaching.

In September 2022, Educate Texas joined the Cotton Bowl Foundation and College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation in honoring teachers at the CFP Foundation’s BIG Day for Teachers celebration. BIG Day for Teachers, part of the Extra Yard for Teachers Week, is the largest singleday effort of community impact by the extended college football family. Educate Texas received grants from the Cotton Bowl Foundation, CFP Foundation, and Texas Mutual to invest in innovative teachers in Educate Texas’ network of campus partners.

On EYFT’s Big Day for Teachers 2022, Educate Texas announced the inaugural recipients of the Texas Campus Innovator Awards. A total of $120,000 was distributed between four schools: G.W. Truett Elementary, Marine Creek Collegiate High School, Rowlett High School P-TECH, and Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

The Texas Campus Innovator Awards were established to recognize excellence in teaching among Educate Texas’ network of campus partners. Awardees received $30,000 to invest in needed resources for classrooms, teacher recruitment and retention, professional development, and teacher incentives.

“We know that quality teachers are the most important factor in the classroom contributing to student success and achievement. The Texas Campus Innovators Awards is a token of appreciation for these teachers and the innovation that is taking place in the classroom.”

  Managing Director, Programs, Educate Texas

With a passion for making transformational change for all Texas students, Educate Texas knows a workforce of qualified teachers relies on a comprehensive pipeline to prepare, support, and retain educators. The Texas Campus Innovator Awards uplift that effort, and we’re grateful to the Educate Texas partners who made it possible this year—Cotton Bowl Foundation, CFP Foundation, and Texas Mutual.

Learn more about this year’s Innovator Awards recipients.

Chris Coxon

Managing Director, Educate Texas



In 2012, Communities Foundation of Texas launched its focus on improving the economic security and mobility of low-income people and families who live and work in North Texas. For 10 years, CFT has focused on creating awareness and opportunities for families and individuals to increase their income and acquire the assets that will help in supporting their families and advancing economically.

View our 10-year look back timeline of how it all came together

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CFT remains committed to continuing and expanding collaborative efforts, and to determining what’s next for this work, in alignment with our priority of advancing community equity.

Wende Burton

Chief Philanthropy Officer



A Closer Look at the Working Families Success Network

2022 Financial Highlights

Investment Managers

Aberdeen Asset Management, PLC
Alphadyne Asset Management LP
BNY Mellon Cash Investment Strategies
Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Inc.
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.
Calvert Research and Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors
Disciplined Growth Investors, Inc.
Freshford Capital Management, LLC
GQG Partners LLC
Lazard Asset Management
Loomis, Sayles & Company LP
Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC

Renaissance Technologies LLC
State Street Global Advisors
Trinity Street Asset Management
Two Sigma Advisers, LP
Western Asset Management Company


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For a listing of named funds at CFT and to review the annual independent audit report and the related audited consolidated financial statements with footnotes, please click here.

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