The Communities Foundation of Texas has announced that it awarded grants totaling $76 million in 2013.
Awarded as part of the foundation's sixtieth anniversary, the grants supported Dallas-area nonprofits in the areas of education, social services, and health care. Education grants -- the largest grantmaking category for the foundation in 2013 -- included $1.4 million to Educate Texas, a public-private initiative working to improve the success of 360,000 students in the state. CFT also awarded $2 million in grants to eight Dallas-area nonprofits through its At-Risk Middle School Community Impact Grants program in support of efforts to increase the pool of high-quality teachers and principals working with at-risk students.
In addition, the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, a CFT-affiliate fund, awarded $1.5 million to Commit! Partnership, which works to improve student achievement at all levels across Dallas County. Other awards included a ten-year, $7.5 million grant from the Caruth Foundation to the Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern for faculty recruitment and startup costs for new physicians and scientists working to discover breakthroughs in pediatric medicine; $100,000 to LifeNet Community Behavioral Healthcare toward the purchase of a facility that will serve those in the region suffering from mental illness; and $50,000 to the Dallas Theater Center to launch a three-year initiative to increase audience diversity through deep-rooted community engagement.
"For sixty years, Communities Foundation of Texas has helped generous, caring people invest in their community by connecting them with worthy nonprofits," said Communities Foundation of Texas president and CEO Brent Christopher. "These latest grants will have a substantial impact today and tomorrow on all our lives and especially those who need help the most."