The Dallas Foundation staff is here to assist you in achieving your philanthropic goals. Our team:
Mary graduated from Mt. Vernon Junior College in Washington D.C.
“I love what I do. I work with donors who want to use their resources to help other people, and with nonprofits that need that help to do their work. What could be better?”
John Cole joined The Dallas Foundation in July 2013. He fills the newly created position of director of gift planning. John works with donors and professional advisors, and holds a leadership role for the Foundation’s planned gift and major gift strategies.
Prior to The Dallas Foundation, John spent the past 20 years with The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., most recently as director of development for planned giving at the University’s law school. He earned his B.S. degree from Auburn University.
“I am thrilled to join an organization so regarded in its community as The Dallas Foundation. I look forward to being a resource for our donors, their families and advisors, helping to fulfill their philanthropic goals.”
“I really enjoy working with donors. It’s a joy and an honor to learn their story and help them implement their philanthropic vision.”
“The most enjoyable part of my job is getting to know donors and their diverse interests and life experiences. I’m also excited to be learning more about international charities, which has broadened the knowledge I’m able to share with our donors.”
“My favorite part of this job is working with our board and staff to develop services that support our donors and their advisors in their philanthropic giving.”
“I love being around the people at nonprofit agencies who have made it their life’s work to make the world better. It’s also rewarding to witness the generosity of donors who make sure nonprofits have resources to do their work.”
“My favorite part of my job is actually getting to know some of the organizations I heard about before starting at The Foundation.”
“I enjoy working for an organization that contributes to a better life for the citizens of Dallas County. I particularly enjoy working with our Community Funds as they work to improve life in the Dallas area.”
Lynsie Laughlin joined The Dallas Foundation as Grants Administrator in September of 2012. Working with the Director of Community Philanthropy, Lynsie interacts with grantees and donors to complete processing of Foundation grants and scholarship awards.
Prior to The Dallas Foundation, Lynsie spent 6 years with Foundation Management, Inc. working as Grants Administrator for a number of private foundations and public charities, including the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma and the City of Muskogee Foundation. Lynsie has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience here at The Dallas Foundation. It’s inspiring to work with a group of people who are whole-heartedly dedicated to doing good.”
“I enjoy working for an organization with a proven history of making an impact in the community, especially through its scholarships and competitive grants programs.”
John Morris joined The Dallas Foundation in 2012. He works with the Accounting Manager and CFO handling the day-to-day accounting activities, along with balance sheet and financial statement preparation. Before joining The Foundation, he worked as an Accountant in the advertising and newspaper industry for Tribune Company and CB Richard Ellis, within Commercial Real Estate. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Texas at Arlington.
“The Dallas Foundation has a proven track record of community service, I feel honored to be a member of the staff, and to have the opportunity to work with such an enthusiastic group of people”
“Every day I investigate opportunities for fellow members of the community to make a positive difference in this world. It’s an honor to know that I am assisting and encouraging others to realize their social responsibilities while fulfilling my own!”
Laura Wheatley joined The Dallas Foundation in March 2013 as the office administrator. Before joining the foundation, she was a branch office administrator for Edward Jones Investments in Plano. Prior to relocating to the Dallas area in 2011, she was the executive assistant to the president of a single family office in St. Louis, Missouri.
“I am very happy to be part of The Dallas Foundation team. It is such a pleasure and honor to work for this organization and with this group of dedicated people serving the Dallas area and beyond.”
Genevra Williams joined The Dallas Foundation in December 2011. Ms. Williams is responsible for providing legal counsel to The Foundation. In addition to her legal background, she has several years’ experience in development research for both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
Ms. Williams is a member of the American Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. She has a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from the SMU Dedman School of Law. Ms. Williams clerked for The Honorable Justice Douglas S. Lang of Fifth District Court of Appeals of Texas, and has published articles in the SMU Law Review and the Journal of Air Law and Commerce.
"I am honored to become a member of The Dallas Foundation staff and to join such a dynamic and dedicated group of people."
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