Communities Foundation Expanding Tools to Help Businesses Do Good

The Dallas-based foundation is rebranding Entrepreneurs for North Texas as CFT for Business.

Communities Foundations of Texas CFT For Business, Dallas, TX

The Entrepreneurs for North Texas program is getting a new name and a host of new services to help businesses do good in their communities. 

The Communities Foundation of Texas initiative will be rebranded CFT for Business. The official launch event is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CFT office in Dallas. 

For more than 60 years, CFT has helped individuals take care of communities all over Texas by helping them create funds that fuel their philanthropic passions. Since 2000, it’s aided small- to medium-sized businesses in giving back to their communities through service and philanthropy. Now, its furthering that model with CFT for Business.

“Ultimately, we’d like to grow the pie of giving in North Texas engagement.”
Monica Egert Smith

“Lots of businesses want to do good things, but aren’t sure how to get started or don’t have the staff to take the lead,” Monica Egert Smith, CFT’s chief relationship officer, told the Dallas Business Journal. “Ultimately, we’d like to grow the pie of giving in North Texas engagement.”

CFT for Business offerings will include philanthropic consulting and strategy development, business- and donor-advised funds, networking events and affinity groups, volunteer opportunities, and nonprofit visits, according to the initiative website

Sejal Desai, who served as EFNT’s program director, will become the business engagement director for CFT for Business, according to the Business Journal.

“A lot of my new role will be working with our engagement network and fund holders to engage them with the community and align their engagement goals with their business goals,” Desai told the Business Journal. “We want to make community giving part of their community culture.”

According to the EFNT website, that program worked with more than 100 companies. In the next couple years, CFT wants to grow CFT for Business to reach more than 200 partners, the Business Journal reported.

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