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WORTH: The Next Generation of Philanthropists

Launched in October 2015 for the purpose of engaging up and coming leaders in community philanthropy;
WORTH now consists of 62 members who are committed to thinking strategically about what philanthropy
will look like for future generations in our region.

Members join WORTH by making a $250.00 annual donation to the WORTH Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation, which will provide for future community needs young professionals find valuable decades from now. In return for the members’ donation to the Endowment Fund, four private investors have provided dollar for dollar matching, up to $40,000 per year for members to grant at their discretion.

Thanks to the Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation, The Hodges Fund, Huckabee Community Excellence Fund and Higginbotham Community Fund – WORTH members have granted $48,000 to date to local nonprofits. More memberships means more dollars to give away next January.

By joining donations, the group’s members achieve great charitable impact.

What does WORTH do?

  • Increases the impact of individual donors by awarding grants through a collaborative process.
  • Familiarizes a younger generation with the philanthropic process by seeking to attract, educate and nurture effective and on-going philanthropic leadership.

Who Governs WORTH?

  • The members make all grant decisions on which charities will benefit from their collective gift. A Steering Committee has been formed to plan and steer membership for the future.
  • Oversight by NTCF Staff

Why Invest in WORTH?

  • Shared commitment to the community – you will directly improve and strengthen North Texas now and in the future.
  • Leadership – the organization is guided by professionals who are connected, accomplished and inspiring.
  • Creating a voice for the Next Generation – building a WORTH endowment ensures our region’s young leaders have a seat at the table to address community issues.

2016-17 GRANT AWARD RECIPIENT - Literacy United

WORTH members chose education and literacy as their focus area for the 2016-17 year and held a grant deliberation meeting in late January where members discussed 13 requests for funds from local nonprofits.

The $23,000 grant award will fund Literacy United’s Reading Panthers Panther Boys and Girls Club. The project will launch in June of 2017 and will serve approximately 50 children ages five to eight who are 100 percent economically disadvantaged. Certified reading specialists will work with children in small groups from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday for ten weeks.

Funding assets were made possible through dollar for dollar matching funds from four private investors; Higginbotham Community Fund, Hodges Fund, Huckabee Community Excellence Fund and Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation; Stephen Gilchrist of SouthWest Ford-Nissan-VW-Buick-GMC and the ToolBox Grants Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation.

The proposals that did not receive funding were so strong that the Community Foundation has decided to share these opportunities with our friends and fundholders. We invite you to join these young philanthropists by providing coordinated support to improve literacy.

Click here to view the WORTH catalog of summer learning investment opportunities.

Questions? Contact Jessica Siegel at 817-877-0702 or at jsiegel@northtexascf.org.

2016-2017 WORTH RECAP

WORTH kicked off year two at the WORTHrepeating launch party on October 13, 2016. First Financial Bank sponsored the event.  While enjoying the beautiful outside atmosphere at the Press Café, WORTH members and prospects heard updates from the previous years’ grantee recipients.

Sadie Funk, First3Years, reviewed how the $10,000 WORTH grant had enabled their pilot program of a co-parenting alliance between foster parents and birth parents to be put into motion. Don Binnicker, CASA of Tarrant County, also provided an update on how the $15,000 WORTH grant was making a difference. The web-based tablets purchased with the grant funds substantially helped CASA volunteers and staff share instantaneous information with the courts – helping serve children in foster care more efficiently.

Next, on December 7, WORTHawareness was hosted by the Center for Transforming Lives. A brief presentation with data about troubling statistics in Tarrant County was reviewed, then WORTH members had the opportunity to mingle with five local community experts regarding five focus areas open for WORTH grant funding: (1) health and well-being, (2) education and literacy, (3) general arts and culture, (4) veteran services, (5) poverty, homelessness, and hunger.  Judge Glen Whitley made opening remarks.

A special behind-the-scenes tour of the women’s emergency shelter and child development center was also offered for members interested in learning more about the current work of Center for Transforming Lives (formerly the YWCA).

In December 2016 – WORTH members voted to support the focus area of “Education and Literacy.”

On January 31, 2017, WORTH members gathered for the grant deliberation at Huckabee & Asssociates. Twenty-one WORTH members had incredible, thoughtful conversations about each of the proposals submitted and ultimately decided to award one grant totaling $23,000 to Literacy United.

The $23,000 grant award will fund Literacy United’s summer reading intervention program called Reading Panthers. The program is for fifty struggling readers grades K-2 to prevent summer learning loss and facilitate rapid reading improvement.

On February 15, 2017, members gathered for WORTHcelebrating to present Literacy United with their check at the home of Jon Suder.

WORTH members will meet at the Fort Worth Museum of History and Science on April 20 and hear from the Museum’s Executive Director of Education, Cathy Barthelemy, about how the Museum School is providing young children in Fort Worth a curriculum of natural and physical science, history, and anthropology.

Also a special tour of DinoLabs, which brings the fascinating story of dinosaurs discovered in North Texas to life with full articulations of dinosaur skeletons and interactive digital technology.

2016-17 Steering Committee

Reggie Ballard
Adelaide & Dana Church
Grant Coates
Sean Evans
Kristie & Brian Gibson
Pamela & Stephen Gilchrist
Ann & Simon Lopez
Rachel & Greg Saltsman
Clint Sanders
Jessica Siegel
Melissa & Drew Winborn

Special thanks to this year’s very generous partners.