Here For Good Since 1929 The Dallas Foundation has been improving life in North Texas since 1929.

As the state's oldest community foundation, we are a place where donors can find deep local knowledge and administrative help to support their giving, and where nonprofits can find resources they need to serve the community.

1929

A group of prominent Dallas business leaders establish the Dallas Community Trust.

1934  

The trust receives its first gift from the estate of Sigmund Mayer establishing The Dallas Foundation's Unrestricted Fund.

1939

The Dallas Foundation awards its first grant - $1,000 - to the West Dallas Social Center.

1978

The Dallas Foundation awards its first $100,000 grant to the Friends of the Dallas Public Library

1987

The Dallas Foundation hires its first full-time employee, Mary M. Jalonick.

1992

The Foundation awards the first gift from the Jean Baptiste "Tad" Adoue III Fund to the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

2004

The Dallas Foundation launches its Legacy Society, to honor those who have entrusted us with a bequest or planned gift.

The Foundation joins with the Foundation for Community Empowerment, Belo Corp., Boston Consulting Group and the Dallas Citizens Council to launch the Dallas Indicators, a web-based source of data to examine the health and livability of our region.

2006

The Dallas Foundation's Board of Governors designates early childhood education and welfare as a key priority for the organization. In this same year, The Dallas Foundation collaborated with the Meadows Foundation to establish the Zero-to-Five Funders Collaborative.

2010

The Foundation establishes its Good Works Under 40 award, to honor volunteers under the age of 40 who are truly making a difference in the lives of North Texans.

2011

The Dallas Foundation organizes the Companion Animal Funders Coalition, a group of  foundations interested in animal welfare.

2015

The Dallas Foundation plays a leading role in the establishment of Early Matters Dallas, a broad-based coalition of business, civic, education, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and volunteers, working together to raise awareness about the importance of high quality early education for a strong economy tomorrow. 

2016

Along with The Boston Consulting Group, the Foundation presents Driving Impact for Tomorrow: A National Convening on Early Learning, which draws more than 200 early education leaders from across the country to Dallas.

Since the turn of the 21st century, The Dallas Foundation regularly has awarded more than $20 million in grants each year. Concern for the community, respect for donors, thoughtful giving and careful investing - these core values have guided The Dallas Foundation since 1929. We've grown and changed just as Dallas has. But we remain, as always, here for good.