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Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation collaborate on racial equity funding

Communities Foundation of Texas has partnered with The Dallas Foundation to help further the impact of its Racial Equity Fund by funding 20 additional nonprofits seeking to address ongoing disparities that directly impact Dallas’ Black and Hispanic residents.

Supported programs include mentoring and tutoring for youth, social emotional and mental health services, access to healthy food, maternal healthcare, legal services for citizenship, and connection to living wage jobs. 

A total of $250,000 was awarded across 20 nonprofits.

“As we work to advance equity, we are eager to increase our understanding of the landscape and needs of equity-focused organizations across North Texas,” said Wende Burton, CFT’s Chief Philanthropy Officer.

In 2022, The Dallas Foundation awarded $2.5 million across 25 nonprofits through their inaugural racial equity funding cycle to address the ongoing disparities and systematic and persistent gaps in outcomes in Dallas for Black & Hispanic residents. 

Learn more about these 25 grants here, and learn more about their Racial Equity Fund here.

“We received more than 250 requests during the application stage of our first Racial Equity Funding Cycle,” said The Dallas Foundation’s Chief Impact Officer Drexell Owusu. “And while we are very proud to invest over $2 million toward the trajectory-changing work of these nonprofit grantees, there is a significant need for more donors and partners to work with us to close this gap. We appreciate the spirit of partnership from Communities Foundation of Texas in stepping up to support this funding cycle by making grants to additional nonprofits doing this important work. Our continued collaborative efforts across so many facets of our work are truly making Dallas a brighter place for all our neighbors.”

A total of $250,000 was awarded across 20 nonprofits in alignment with CFT’s grantmaking pillar of “Living.”

“CFT is grateful that we had this opportunity to help amplify the impact of The Dallas Foundation’s equity-focused efforts by fully funding or partially funding additional nonprofits who applied for grant funding,” said Burton. Our goal from this collaboration is to learn from and elevate the nonprofits that are working hard, and often without adequate support or attention, to confront systemic racial inequity in our communities.” 

The 20 nonprofits who received funding are: Any Step Community ServicesBig ThoughtCommunity Does ItDallas Bethlehem CenterDelighted to Doula Birth ServicesEmpowering the MassesFirme DFWFrazier Revitalization, Inc.Harmony CDCHeart of CourageHomeward Bound, Inc.Leadership Forward Mentoring ProgramLight of Hope Immigration Law CenterPOETICRae’s HopeSouthern Dallas Link, Inc.Texas Muslim Women’s FoundationViola’s HouseYouth Believing in Change, and Youth Guidance. 90% of these nonprofit grantees have an executive leader that is a person of color. You can read about these racial equity grantees at publishes every week.
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