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Communities Foundation of Texas

5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, Texas 75225
United States

Mission

To stimulate creative solutions to key challenges in our community. We thoughtfully and effectively support our diverse donors and grantees by providing exemplary service and by demonstrating accountability. We improve lives through an unwavering commitment to lasting impact.

Most Meaningful Change

Our Data Driven Decision-Making Institute (D3) is designed to provide organizations that offer programs and services to low-income working families the power to accelerate their development of enduring solutions to the social and economic problems facing this population. The institute helps organizations to develop a shared understanding of the current issues and areas of need for the working poor based on currently available data; implement or expand use of data as part of program development and in strategic decision-making; and expand their network of resources and support, including sharing best practices through participation in a learning community.

1953 Year Founded
$982,331,000 Endowment Value
$76,000,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

7,000,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunities Foundation of Texas
Address 15500 Caruth Haven Lane
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownDallas
State / RegionTexas
ZIP / Postal Code75225
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone214-750-4147
Emailchodges@cftexas.org
Websitewww.CFTexas.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Brent Christopher, President & CEO
Primary Contact’s NameClaire Hodges
Primary Contact’s PositionMarketing and Communications Manager
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1953
Mission StatementTo stimulate creative solutions to key challenges in our community. We thoughtfully and effectively support our diverse donors and grantees by providing exemplary service and by demonstrating accountability. We improve lives through an unwavering commitment to lasting impact.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced7,000,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)56
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)1
Total Board Members18
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$216,245,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$120,500,000
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$103,454,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$76,000,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$982,331,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed an important role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a centrally important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyFair amount of time
InternationallyVery little time
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
Building an endowmentSlightly important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equitySlightly important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentImportant but not central
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLot
Education
EnvironmentFair amount
Health
Human and social services
Human rightsFair amount
International relationsLittle
ReligionLot
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityFair amount
Information technologyFair amount
Strengthening local or regional governmentFair amount
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterFair amount
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefFair amount
Advocacy with authoritiesLot
Job trainingFair amount
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOften
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOften
Loaned staffRarely
ResearchOccasionally
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOccasionally
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeGetting better
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting much better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting much better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeA few small achievements
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesSome important achievements
Value of community assetsA few small achievements
Quality of the environmentWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsA few small achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLot
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsOur Data Driven Decision-Making Institute (D3) is designed to provide organizations that offer programs and services to low-income working families the power to accelerate their development of enduring solutions to the social and economic problems facing this population. The institute helps organizations to develop a shared understanding of the current issues and areas of need for the working poor based on currently available data; implement or expand use of data as part of program development and in strategic decision-making; and expand their network of resources and support, including sharing best practices through participation in a learning community.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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