DALLAS – Feb. 13, 2019 – Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Collin County, located in Frisco’s Hall Park (2401 Internet Blvd., Suite 101, 75034). The new office extends CFT’s far-reaching history of service in North Texas, dating back to 1953. Since 2006, CFT has awarded more than 4,000 grants to 923 nonprofits in Collin County totaling more than $51 million.


“Communities Foundation of Texas has been serving donors and nonprofits in Collin County for many years and this new office will allow the Foundation to more easily meet the needs of those living and working in this burgeoning area,” said CFT President and CEO Dave Scullin, who has resided in Collin County for more than 30 years.


Along with the new satellite office, CFT has established a Fund for Collin County to provide dedicated charitable resources to meet community needs now and in the future. The Fund was created in fall 2017 with an initial $500,000 investment from CFT, and through the generosity of individuals and other stakeholders in Collin County, it has now grown to more than $1 million.


“CFT is delighted to expand our commitment and investment in the communities of Collin County,” said Sarah Beeks Higdon, CFT’s director of charitable giving for Collin County. “We are encouraged by and grateful for the incredible support our expanded activities have received from the people and businesses here.”


The first grants from the Fund have been awarded to two deserving nonprofit organizations, CASA of Collin County and ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, both of which offer leadership and programming to address critical needs of the county’s most vulnerable populations. CASA of Collin County, which provides volunteer advocates for children, and ManeGait, which provides equine therapy to children and adults with neurological impairments, will receive grants in the amount of $20,000 each to help continue their unique services.


Additional examples of CFT’s work in Collin County include:


Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute: Capacity building for nonprofit organizations is available through the Collin County Nonprofit Leadership Institute, which is a CFT initiative in partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Twelve agencies were selected through a competitive application process to be in the initiative’s first cohort. The agencies will attend monthly sessions held throughout Collin County in 2019, with training focused on agency and program leadership, with learning opportunities for program staff and board members. Participating agencies also can receive a capacity building grant of up to $5,000, contingent on their participation and attendance.


North Texas Giving Day. Just last year, North Texas Giving Day raised more than $5 million for 334 Collin County nonprofit organizations. The top categories of giving were Schools – $1,366,000; Hunger, Food and Nutrition - $811,000; Youth and Children - $592,000; Animals - $448,000; and Education - $414,000.


CFT for Business: Through the CFT for Business service offering, CFT works with businesses in Collin County to establish a customized philanthropic strategy and for their local corporate giving, providing expertise and resources to help companies develop a culture of good corporate citizenship. CFT for Business organizes volunteer events, educational and professional development workshops, and networking events.


CFT ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF: JERI CHAMBERS, LONG-TIME PLANO LEADER


New to the Collin County office is Donor Relations Officer Jeri Chambers. She joined CFT in fall 2018, bringing many years of experience in education and community building, including eight years as a teacher with Plano Independent School District. Chambers is committed to public education and continues her service as an active member of the Plano ISD Board of Trustees and the Plano ISD Education Foundation Board. She also serves on the Collin County Homeless Coalition and the Collin County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Jeri Chambers holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from University of Nebraska Omaha and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from The University of Texas at Austin.