Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations

November 10, 2017

(Dallas, Nov. 10, 2017) During the week of November 12-18, 2017, The Dallas Foundation will join more than 780 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 28 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

Throughout the week, The Dallas Foundation will turn to our social media channels to share stories of impact, and will highlight five Dallas-area grantees. These nonprofit organizations seek to improve the quality of life for our neighbors and it is an honor to support them in that work. 

“As a community foundation, our goal is to serve our community, and the people who live here,” said Mary Jalonick, president and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “The nonprofits we fund help educate, heal, shelter, feed, comfort, uplift and inspire residents of Dallas County. We work hard to lead and listen, and to be responsive to donors who entrust us with their dollars and the nonprofit agencies that seek funding from us.”

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. The Dallas Foundation is involved in a variety of forward-looking, impact-driving initiatives around North Texas. These include Early Matters Dallas, a broad-based coalition working to raise awareness about the importance of high-quality early learning for a strong economy tomorrow; an aggressive spay/neuter initiative to drastically reduce the number of loose dogs across southern Dallas; and a pilot program to drive large-scale social change by supporting nonprofits that come together in a formal collaboration, for a common purpose, to maximize impact.

Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large or small, urban or rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues. Since its founding in 1929, The Dallas Foundation has awarded more than $662 million in grants to more than 6,000 nonprofit agencies.

Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former President George H.W. Bush, recognizes the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.

About The Dallas Foundation
The Dallas Foundation, established as a community foundation in 1929, serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy by providing donors with flexible means of making gifts and bequests, the income from which primarily supports the charitable causes of the city and county of Dallas.