The Accelerator Fund

The Accelerator Fund seeks to leverage the talent and resources of donors to co-invest and influence a grantmaking pool that strengthens Dallas-based nonprofits' organizational capacity. 


The Accelerator Fund was inspired and seeded by Dallas Foundation donors Darwin and Myra Smith who had a desire to establish a field of interest fund that would have an immediate and lasting impact on our community. The Smiths worked closely with the Foundation to identify gaps in funding and ultimately determined that investing in nonprofit organization capacity building would yield the greatest return, both for the individual agencies and for the sector as a whole.

Funding Focus

Capacity building grants focus on infrastructure needs such as:

  • Program evaluation

  • Strategic planning

  • Technology

  • Staffing

  • Data analysis

  • Marketing

Grants from The Accelerator Fund

Grant applications to The Accelerator Fund are by invitation only.   

Investing in The Accelerator Fund

The Accelerator Fund leverages the talent and resources of Dallas Foundation donors through co-investment in non-profit organizational capacity and engagement with your peers in the grantmaking process. We invite your participation at any level. 

Leadership Levels include:

$25,000 Donors may participate in nonprofit Pitch Day, when invited agencies share their organizational needs; serve on the Executive Committee; attend site visits to selected nonprofit agencies in Dallas; and make final decisions about grants made from the Fund in the year(s) of their gift.

$10,000 Donors may participate in the nonprofit Pitch Day and share feedback with Executive Committee. 

Donations may be made from your donor advised fund or through a direct gift to the Foundation. You can also give to the Accelerator Fund directly with a charitable IRA rollover. Please contact a member of the Foundation's team with questions. 

For more information about contributing to The Accelerator Fund, contact Julie Diaz, Chief Partnerships Officer,