CEO Announces Retirement; EVP Named Successor
North Texas CF celebrates Jones’ achievements and plans for transition
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 13, 2017) – North Texas Community Foundation President and CEO Nancy E. Jones has announced she will retire at the end of the year.
“I would like to thank the board, fundholders, professional advisors and the entire community for their unwavering support of the Community Foundation,” Jones said. “I’m proud of all that we’ve accomplished together and I look forward to the Foundation’s increasing impact in the years ahead.”
Since 2009, when Jones joined the Community Foundation, assets have tripled from $90 million to more than $280 million. Last year was record-breaking, with $60 million received in contributions from individual and corporate donors and $30 million awarded in grants and scholarships.
“Nancy Jones has set a course that will carry the Foundation into coming decades with larger assets and greater effectiveness,” said board chair Jim DeMoss, retired founder of The DeMoss Company. “Nancy’s leadership has enabled our growth and established our role as a community leader in Fort Worth and throughout North Texas.”
Under Jones’ leadership, North Texas CF achieved national accreditation, developed a full range of fundholder services and partnered with local and regional private foundations to strengthen the nonprofit organizations that serve our community.
Key initiatives include: ToolBox Grants, a capacity building grant cycle that has awarded over $2 million to organizations since the program’s inception in 2010; WORTH: The Next Generation of Philanthropists, a young philanthropists group engaging up-and-coming leaders in charitable giving; and the Professional Advisors Outreach Cabinet (PAOC), a regional network of accomplished professional advisors committed to helping their clients achieve philanthropic goals.
“All great cities are supported by community foundations and visionary leaders,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Fort Worth has been incredibly fortunate to have Nancy Jones at the helm of the North Texas Community Foundation. I’m so thankful for the Foundation’s partnership in making Fort Worth the best city in the world.”
With the North Texas Community Foundation performing at historic levels, the board of directors unanimously approved the selection of Executive Vice President Rose Bradshaw to succeed Jones. Phil McCrury, former board chair and senior counsel at Kelly Hart & Hallman, led the selection process.
“Following the committee’s recommendation, the board of directors unanimously approved Rose Bradshaw as the next President/CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation effective January 1, 2018,” DeMoss said.
Jones expressed strong confidence in Bradshaw’s ability to continue the momentum of the past decade and grow the organization for the benefit of generations to come.
“Rose’s leadership and knowledge of our organization and the community make her the best possible choice to continue to grow the impact of the foundation and its fundholders past and present,” Jones said. “She will be supported by the most capable community foundation staff members in the business.”
Bradshaw currently oversees the Community Foundation’s philanthropic investments, maximizing their impact on North Texas communities while honoring donor intent. By working closely with local, state and national partners, she has developed dynamic investment opportunities for Community Foundation fundholders, as well as public and private entities.
Her successes include a seven-to-one return on investment for the ToolBox Grant Program through $7.2 million in external investment. Prior to joining the Community Foundation in 2013, Bradshaw worked with philanthropists, foundations, corporations and nonprofits in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.
About the North Texas Community Foundation
The North Texas Community Foundation, a permanent collection of charitable funds supported by donors, serves 11 counties in the North Texas region. The Community Foundation helps civic leaders, nonprofits and donors apply philanthropic solutions to improve our quality of life. Assets exceed $280 million, and more than $30 million in grants and scholarships were awarded by the Community Foundation in 2016 at the local, regional and national levels. For more information visit www.northtexascf.org.
About Nancy E. Jones
Nancy Jones is a nationally respected leader in the development of community foundations across the U.S. She previously served as the founding president of the Community Foundation of Abilene, building it from an initial base of $750,000 to $80 million in endowed assets. Nancy was appointed in 1997 by then-Governor George W. Bush to serve on the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System. She has served on the board of directors of the Council on Foundations, and currently serves on the Community Foundation National Marketing Action Team. Nancy holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Kentucky at Lexington.
About Rose Bradshaw
Rose oversees the Community Foundation’s philanthropic investments, maximizing the positive impact on North Texas communities while honoring donor intent. She develops dynamic investment opportunities for Community Foundation fundholders, as well as public and private entities. Rose collaborates with other funders, community groups and civic leaders to advance initiatives such as the Early Learning Alliance, Foster Care Redesign, the Fort Worth Literacy Partnership and the Safe Sleep Public Health Campaign to combat infant mortality. Rose also stays active in other civic organizations, serving on the Mayor’s Education Cabinet, the Women’s Policy Forum board of directors, the Asset Funders Network Steering Committee and Leadership ISD. She is a graduate of the Mundelein College for Women at Loyola University Chicago and has earned executive certification in finance and accounting from Texas Christian University.
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