Big Thought

Ripple Effect: Foundations Partner to Award $455K in ‘Pay It Forward’ Grants to Fuel Community Impact

by | Oct 12, 2023
The Dallas Foundation, in partnership with Lyda Hill Philanthropies, handed out $455K in "pay it forward" grants to Water Cooler at Pegasus Park nonprofits. The unique investments aimed to kickstart change—the kind that shows teamwork can multiply impact.
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TV Personality Bevy Smith will Host Big Thought’s BIG NIGHT Fundraiser
by | Feb 15, 2023
The annual event benefiting the Dallas-based impact education nonprofit will honor creative visionaries and community leaders for their commitment to BIG ideas and their Big Thought Impact. The BIG NIGHT will be held March 4 at The Factory in Deep Ellum.
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Big Thought, Fossil Group to Host Annual Works of Heart Event on Feb. 9
by | Feb 3, 2023

Big Thought, a Dallas-based impact education nonprofit and accessories retail giant Fossil Group are hosting the community arts event Works of Heart on Feb. 9 at Fossil’s headquarters in Richardson....

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Docu Series ‘Giving Voice: Black CEOs in Their Own Words” Highlighted at Dallas Event
by | Jan 25, 2023
Part of The Dallas Foundation's Voices of Hope initiative, the event at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Cedars featured screenings of "Twice as Good" and "Technicolor," about the lives and work of Interfaith Family Services CEO Kimberly Williams and Big Thought CEO Byron Sanders. A third short film about Taylor Toynes, co-founder and executive director of For Oak Cliff, is in the works.
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Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation Award $250K Across 20 Nonprofits to Support Racial Equality

by | Jan 18, 2023
The grants will support 20 Dallas nonprofits that offer a wide range of programs, including high nutritional foods for senior households, family mental health services, scholarships for Oak Cliff high school students, parent peer mentoring, team sports and life skills building for girls in Southern Dallas, and more.
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The Water Cooler at Pegasus Park Gathers 15 New Tenants for Its Social Impact Hub in Dallas
by | Oct 14, 2021
The Water Cooler at Pegasus Park—the largest shared nonprofit space in Texas — is a place designed to accelerate impact, together.

From Big Thought to SVP Dallas to The Trust for Public Land, the 15 ‘exceptional nonprofits' were picked after an application process last summer. They’ll join Water Cooler's five founding tenants.
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Microsoft To Partner with State and Local Leaders To Accelerate Digital Learning Across Texas
by | Oct 22, 2020
Microsoft and the Texas Education Agency are collaborating on digital skills programs statewide that tackle issues such as STEM engagement and talent pipeline growth.
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How Will 2020 Ultimately Reshape Society? Dallas’ Social Impact Leaders Weigh In

by | Sep 1, 2020
The combination of two pandemics—one centered on a virus and the other on race—has led to a pivotal point in history. Dallas Startup Week's Social Impact Track tackles the question of how this year's events could lead to meaningful and lasting change.
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Back to School: How to Weigh the Options for In-Person and Virtual Learning
by | Aug 6, 2020
When there’s no “objectively right or wrong answer,” what’s a parent to do? Dallas medical, mental health, and tech leaders discuss key back-to-school considerations.
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Big Thought, Dallas City of Learning Launch Educational Hub With Content from Boeing, the Perot, and More
by | Apr 27, 2020
The Dallas City of Learning Digital Explorations platform presents hundreds of free programs for parents to access while students are learning from home.
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Big Thought Launches a New Division Offering Educational Consulting
by | Jan 30, 2020
Big Thought's ability to bring learning programs to life (like when it helped produce a STEAM-based curriculum for Mercedes Benz Stadium) organically led to forming a new branch. The Big Thought Institute will provide consultation services that equip youth in marginalized communities with the tools they need to succeed.
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Impact Report: Dallas City of Learning Impacted 68K Students With its Educational Programs This Summer

by | Dec 2, 2019
With its more than 700 community partners, the program—presented by the City of Dallas, DISD, and Big Thought—connects students to the city’s most valuable out-of-school time resources. This year, that accumulated to a total of 2,993,300 hours.
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From left: Roger Taylor, manager of probation services for the Dallas County Juvenile Services Department; Byron Sanders, Big Thought President and CEO; U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, (D)-Dallas; and Ty Bledsoe, assistant vice president for external affairs at AT&T; Erin Offord, senior director of programs at Big Thought. [Photo: Rachel Walters]
AT&T’s $100K Grant Bolsters Big Thought’s Creative Solutions Program
by | Jul 3, 2019
Creative Solutions works with young people who come to the nonprofit through the Dallas County juvenile system with the aim of bettering their lives and the community. The nonprofit has posted a new position—Opportunity Advisor—someone who will be a part of the young people’s future so they can “live their best, truest, most authentic life.”
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Boost to Education: Cognizant Gives $100M for STEM, American Airlines Awards Grants for Flight Instruction
by | Feb 13, 2018
North Texas educational institutions receive financial backing for their programs from foundations and businesses.
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