the Dallas Foundation

Over $1.5M Awarded to 41 North Texas Nonprofits To Advance Equity

by | May 9, 2024
Communities Foundation of Texas and The Dallas Foundation said the recipients of their 2023-2024 Equity Fund Cycle Grants are helping to build "thriving communities for all" as they shape "the future of Greater Dallas for generations to come."
Perot Museum Names Impactful Exec as New Chief Learning Officer
by | May 3, 2024
Drexell Owusu joins the museum after leading The Dallas Foundation as its chief impact officer and previously serving the Dallas Regional Chamber as its SVP of education & workforce.
‘Black CEOs’ Docu Short on For Oak Cliff Co-Founder To Be Screened Thursday
by | Feb 5, 2024
Screening this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, the third film in the documentary short film series "Black CEOs, In Their Own Words" tells the life story of For Oak Cliff Co-Founder and Executive Director Taylor Toynes.
SPCA of Texas Appoints Former Dallas City Council Member as President, CEO
by | Dec 1, 2023
In his new role, Chris Luna will lead 153 employees and 992 volunteers in the 85-year-old organization’s mission to provide every animal exceptional care and a loving home by preventing and prosecuting animal cruelty, caring for rescued animals, and keeping pets in their loving homes.

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.
Uniting for Green: Dallas Mayor and New Coalition Aim to Transform the City into Texas’ Premier Park Place
by | Aug 29, 2023
“Great cities need and deserve great parks." The organized advocacy of the new Dallas Parks Coalition will equip the city with a competitive advantage, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says. Since early 2023, coalition membership has grown from 12 to nearly 20 park-focused organizations throughout the city of Dallas.

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.
Seeds 2 STEM Wins 2022 Pegasus Prize from The Dallas Foundation
by | Nov 16, 2022
Led by CEO Branden Williams, a former ninth-grade biology teacher, Seeds 2 STEM provides workshops and after-school programs in STEM education to underserved communities in Dallas-Fort Worth. "With the prize winnings, we're launching a workplace readiness app for high school kids," Williams told WFAA. "We want kids to have access to quality jobs and be prepared to take on livable wage jobs in the STEM space."

The Dallas Foundation Crosses the $1 Billion Milestone in Giving

On Thursday, the foundation announced it has awarded more than $1 billion to Dallas-area nonprofit organizations that work to improve the lives of North Texans. It crossed that historic mark after nearly a century of philanthropic partnerships and grantmaking. “Although the impact to date has been significant, we are truly just getting started," said the foundation's president and CEO, Matthew Randazzo.
How the Dallas Innovation Alliance Is Bridging the Digital Divide
Up to 42% of Dallas households lack a fixed connection to the internet. Without the tools and know-how to connect to the digital world, people can be left behind, especially in economically disadvantaged parts of the city. DIA is working to change that with its Digital Ambassador program.

Now, with help from the Dallas Foundation and Santander Consumer USA—and a $1 million grant from AT&T—DIA aims to get people not just connected, but thriving.