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New Tax Act: Estate Tax Impact

Written by Marvin Blum, Founder of The Blum Firm, P.C. Here’s the bottom line: The estate tax is here to stay.  Efforts to repeal the estate tax failed.  Here’s what did pass: For an eight year window, the estate tax exemption doubles to $11.2 million. However, that provision sunsets on December 31, 2025, and the…


Your Choice: Taxes or Charity?

Written by Cindy Hanes and Larry Autrey Published in Fort Worth Business Press on November 27, 2017 DOWNLOAD ARTICLE Every year at about this time, articles appear in various publications regarding year-end tax planning. These typically focus on reducing your tax burden by shifting income between tax years, increasing retirement plan contributions, harvesting investment losses…


Ralph & Janet Heath Launch Integrated Business and Engineering Program at Alma Mater

Ralph & Janet Heath Launch Integrated Business and Engineering Program at Alma Mater During his nearly 40 years in the aerospace industry at Lockheed Martin, Ralph D. Heath gained a deep appreciation for the intricate connections between the technical and business worlds. Now he’s helping share that understanding with students at the University of Tennessee through…


Save on Taxes While Making Charitable Dreams a Reality

Save on Taxes While Making Charitable Dreams a Reality A donor advised fund (DAF) established at the North Texas Community Foundation allows you to make a contribution into the fund, receive an immediate tax benefit, and then provide advice regarding grants from the fund in the future. A donor can fund several years of charitable…


Funding Available for Animal Welfare, Land Conservation and Equine Therapy

Funding Available for Animal Welfare, Land Conservation and Equine Therapy The North Texas Community Foundation is seeking proposals for funding from nonprofit organizations to promote animal welfare and land conservation. Funding is available through the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund and the Helen D. and R. E. Wallace Foundation Fund. Last year $133,000 was awarded.…


It’s Never Too Late to Create or Update Your Will

Fort Worth Business Press Guest Article: By Michael Sweet There’s perhaps no better time than the present to consider making a new will, or updating a will made long ago. While it may be true that making a will can be inconvenient, and at times even difficult, it’s one of the most important things you…


Emergency Grant Deployed for Animals Impacted by Harvey

Emergency Grant Deployed for Animals Impacted by Harvey North Texas Community Foundation staff deployed an emergency grant from the Helen D. and R.E. Wallace Fund to create more room in Fort Worth shelters for animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. On Friday, September 8th, NBC 5 ran a story on two Fort Worth rescue pups who are…


Nancy Jones To Retire; Rose Bradshaw Named Successor

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…


Child Welfare Grant Cycle Awards $40K to 8 Local Agencies

Children are a vulnerable population, and sadly many kids in Texas are not safe even in their own homes. In 2014, Tarrant County had more confirmed cases of abuse and neglect than any other jurisdiction in the state. The North Texas Community Foundation’s Martin H. and Helen M. Wikierak Memorial Fund for Abused Children is…


Lifeline for Earthquake Survivors Living Far Away, But Not Forgotten

Over the past three years, an anonymous North Texas Community Foundation fundholder has exemplified the best characteristics of effective philanthropy.  She identified an issue of critical concern, researched ways in which resources could be deployed most effectively, and developed relationships with trusted local partners to provide a solution that works. On March 11, 2011, a…


Why Giving Back and Philanthropy Matters for Fort Worth

For young families and individuals who live in North Texas and Fort Worth and are looking for ways to give back charitably, WORTH: Next Generation of Philanthropists is worth checking out.  With WORTH, you donate a little to give a lot. The idea for WORTH came about in 2015 when the North Texas Community Foundation…


How Can All Generations Get Involved in Charitable Giving?

By Sean Evans WORTH Steering Committee Member Most people can confidently say they’ve never had cocktails with a crocodile. Or a turkey. Or an owl. Or say they’ve helped give away $25,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations in Fort Worth and North Texas. And until about a year ago I would have been right…


A Love Affair With Life Enhances Family Legacy

“I have a love affair with life,” Alann Sampson said with a contagious smile. “I love people and I love Fort Worth.” It is more than just words — it’s part of a legacy that started with her parents, Alann P. and Charles F. Bedford. An endowed Field of Interest Fund at the North Texas Community…


Community Foundation Board Elects 5 New Members

Community Foundation Board Elects New Members  FORT WORTH (April 3, 2017) – The North Texas Community Foundation elected and approved the 2017-18 board slate, which includes new officers, committee chairs and incoming board members, at its recent March meeting. Incoming board members include: Victoria “Tori” Adams, community volunteer; Erika Beltran, program director of Leadership ISD;…


It’s time for Texas to Step Up and Fund a Better System for Foster Care Children

BY RALPH D. HEATH AND C.W. “DUB” STOCKER III Special to the Star-Telegram The Texas foster care system is in crisis. Texans of all political persuasions are clamoring for reform. For more than a year, we have been promised action. The governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House have publicly proclaimed support for broad…


Building the Future of North Texas

“Nancy Jones is a force of nature at the North Texas Community Foundation, and our children are going to thank her for that.” – Paul K. Harral This article was included in the Fort Worth Business CEO Winter 2016 magazine and approved for reprint. It was love at first sight. Nancy Jones was happily running…


Texas has options for improving its foster care system — and Texas must

Imagine you don’t have a place to call home. Your belongings are what fit in your small bag. You are separated from your brother, your sister, your dog or cat, and you know every day could move you to a new place with conditions you can’t predict — or worse, there’s no place for you…

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What’s WORTH It? #NextGenPhilanthropy

Recently, the North Texas Community Foundation launched year two of the WORTH: The Next Generation of Philanthropists on Thursday, October 13. More than 60 young professionals showed up to mingle with new and existing WORTH members and learn more about philanthropy while enjoying complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers. The Community Foundation launched WORTH in October 2015…


10 Tips to Plan for End of Year Charitable Giving and Tax Breaks

With the end of the year quickly approaching, now is a great time to start the conversation with your professional advisor and our staff to help you understand how you could set up a fund that also benefits you, the philanthropist, from the best tax advantages for your giving legacy. (Especially since all Community Foundation…


Philanthropic Solutions: What You Absolutely Can’t Miss

We love good news, and it’s so much more fun when we get to share our good news with the community from a big stage. Here’s the scoop on what you absolutely can’t miss! Our very own Rose Bradshaw visited Good Day Fox 4 news to educate viewers on how to be a savvy giver, how…


How to Create a Living Legacy for Fort Worth & North Texas

Whether your living legacy is through lifetime giving or an estate bequest, purposeful philanthropy begins with an idea and a charitable heart. Nancy, our CEO, likes to challenge us, constantly asking, how will we think beyond today? How will we be a living legacy for Fort Worth & North Texas? When many people think of…

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Walter Rainwater named Inaugural Insight and Vision Philanthropy Award Recipient

The North Texas Community Foundation announces Fort Worth civic leader Walter Rainwater as the first recipient of our Insight & Vision Philanthropy Award. The honor recognizes demonstrated  philanthropic excellence in leadership through deep local understanding, outstanding initiative, and measurable impact. Mr. Rainwater was chosen to receive the award for his extraordinary contribution to the children…

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Getting Smart with Four Mayors of Fort Worth

On August 29th, it was our pleasure to host the Four Mayors of Fort Worth: An Evening of Insight & Vision. Mayor Betsy Price was joined by Mike Moncrief (2003-2011), Kenneth Barr (1996-2003) and Congresswoman Kay Granger (1991-1995). The invitation-only event convened Fort Worth’s four current and former living mayors for a panel presentation to…

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Community Foundation Ranks Number One for Donor Satisfaction

A new survey, independently conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), ranks the North Texas Community Foundation number one for donor satisfaction among community foundations surveyed. It was the first time the Community Foundation participated in CEP’s Donor Perception Report (DPR), which was been conducted at more than 50 foundations across the U.S. “The North…


Pony Express Delivers Equestrian Experience to North Texa Pre-schoolers

This spring, the YMCA Camp Carter Equestrian Center piloted a therapeutic and enrichment riding program for 4 and 5 year olds thanks to a $10,000 grant from the North Texas Community Foundation’s Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund. More than 60 students enrolled at YMCA schools such as the Ella McFadden Early Childhood Learning Center received…


How to Handle Panhandling: To Give or Not to Give

Perceptions (or misperceptions) about panhandlers abound: they are homeless; they are addicts; they are criminals. One thing is certain about panhandling – it is the sign of a life in crisis. So, what should you do when you’re waiting at a stop light or walking down the street and get approached by someone who asks…


Who Do You Want to Get Your Retirement Money: The IRS or a Favorite Cause?

Designation of retirement plan beneficiaries is increasingly common. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, about 58 percent of U.S. workers now have access to an employer-sponsored defined contribution plan, and 49 percent participate in one. Often, it’s a decision that’s given little consideration because it seems so clear-cut to choose a spouse or other family…


9 Local Graduating Fort Worth ISD Seniors Head to Their College of Choice

The North Texas Community Foundation has awarded more than $387,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors for 2016. Scholarship recipients include 9 Fort Worth ISD students selected for the Community Foundation’s highly competitive Chesapeake Scholarship Fund. They received a combined $85,000 to fund their freshman years of college. Renewable for up to four years, the total…


Recent North Texas Workshops Address Local Homelessness

Advocates in Tarrant County conduct a head-count of local neighbors experiencing homelessness each January. The results for 2016 found a 3.7 percent rise in Tarrant and Parker counties, including 334 children under the age of 18. In July, agencies from across North Texas convened for a series of workshops aimed at enhancing the Coordinated Assessment…

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3 Life-Saving Water Safety Tips for Fun in the Sun

Bring on the sunscreen, surf, and water safety? Yep, you heard that right. Why? Because it’s vitally important, and a little bit of training could go a long way to helping save a child’s life. A recent study showed that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for kids between the ages of…


Provision Permanently Extends IRA Charitable Rollover Provision

In December, President Obama signed into law new provisions for the IRA Charitable Rollover. The provision permanently allows taxpayers age 70 ½ or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to charity without first having to recognize the distribution as income. Contributions through an IRA Charitable Rollover to the North Texas Community Foundation…


New Report Charts Path for Most Vulnerable North Texas Kids

The North Texas Community Foundation has introduced a new tool for civic, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. It’s a report that helps develop programs and policies aimed at improving outcomes for local children at risk for poverty, neglect and abuse. Growing Up in North Texas 2016: A Community Assessment for Tarrant County surfaces the top issues…

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WORTH: the Next Generation of Philanthropists Target Child Abuse

Tarrant County has once again received a ranking among the top in Texas, but it’s not an opportunity for bragging rights. A report from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reveals Tarrant County as No. 2 statewide in the number of confirmed child abuse cases, with an increase from 6,097 in 2014 to 6,123…


Local Arts Scene Now Includes Moving Images

Ask anyone what makes North Texas such a great community, and one answer likely to rank high (if not first) on that list is the local arts and culture scene. This region has long been known for its world-class museums, performance groups and venues – many of which provide free access to the arts. Collectively,…

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Many are in fight against child abuse

BY DYANN DALEY AND NANCY E. JONES Special to the Star-Telegram We agree with the Dec. 6 Star-Telegram editorial (“Texas should focus sooner on preventing child abuse”) and its challenge to our state. Resources must focus on evidence-based intervention strategies and aggregating sound data. But the buck doesn’t stop there. Enhancing safety and resilience for…


Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County

Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County (UGM-TC) is rich in its history as being one of the oldest nonprofits in North Texas.  Originating in 1888, UGM-TC has seen the issues of homelessness evolve and has had the pleasure of watching countless lives transform over the last 126 years. “Over time, we have been so blessed…


Trinity Valley School

For years, the gifts from the Ella C. McFadden Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas have supported many important initiatives at Trinity Valley School. Each year the endowment contributes to faculty development, programming, financial aid and many more projects at Trinity Valley. Trinity Valley School has four main objectives for its students: fine scholarship with…


Tarrant Area Food Bank

Over the past 30 years, thanks to the ongoing, consistent support of the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund, Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) has been able to expand services to meet the steadily increasing need for food assistance that has followed the increase in population in our service region. As unrestricted operations support, the Ella…


The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex

The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command welcomes the opportunity to acknowledge the success stories of services provided to families and individuals throughout Tarrant County which were made possible through the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas. “On behalf of the thousands of men, women and children we served at…


Lena Pope Home

The Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund has helped Lena Pope to evolve over the last 30 years to meet new and changing community needs. In the 1970s, the McFadden Home served as a residential treatment center, housing children and teenagers who needed extensive services. The 1980s saw Lena Pope place children into smaller homes with…


Nolan Catholic High School

Nolan Catholic High School has enjoyed an extraordinary relationship with the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund and the Community Foundation of North Texas for more than three decades. Anyone that sets foot on our campus can see the impact the fund has had on our students and campus. “Our appreciation of Ella C. McFadden and…


Meals on Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County is grateful for thirty years of support from the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas.  Because of her generosity and forward thinking, more than 1.1 million meals have been delivered to some of Tarrant County’s most vulnerable citizens, our homebound elderly and…


Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains

We’re 28,000 strong – 28,000 girls and adults who believe every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence and…


Fort Worth Country Day School

Anniversaries are the optimal opportunity to engage a community and celebrate the achievements of organizations and individuals alike. Fort Worth Country Day is pleased to participate in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund and the success of the Community Foundation of North Texas in managing her legacy for our North Texas…


Child Study Center

For more than thirty years the Child Study Center has been supported by the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas. Operations of the Center have continuously evolved to meet the ever changing needs of the community. While Child Study Center remains as dedicated to the health and well-being of…


Cassata High School : Karla’s Story

Most of Cassata High School’s students have had difficulty in traditional schools and face serious obstacles in completing their high school education. For the 2014/2015 school year, 21% of the graduates are the first in their family to earn a high school diploma and 37% are former dropouts. 67% of students are from families with…


Camp Fire First Texas Council

Camp Fire First Texas Council, one of 13 nonprofits receiving annual grants from the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund at Community Foundation of North Texas, has served the region since 1914. During that time, the organization has shifted its programming to meet the changing needs of our community, while maintaining the core values of WoHeLo…


Boy Scouts of America: Longhorn Council

Since 1985 the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas has helped 13 nonprofit organizations accomplish goals, support our community and create numerous success stories along the way. As one of the 13 recipients, the Boy Scouts of America: Longhorn Council, has utilized these grants by starting a program called…


WORTHknowing: What Will YOUR Generation Accomplish?

According to the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, millennials stand to inherit $59 trillion in their lifetime. This massive wealth transfer will be the greatest in U.S. history. Naturally, as an affluent generation controlling such a sizable amount of wealth, there is an opportunity for Generation X, Millennials and now Generation Z to be the…


Professional Advisors: Have Your Clients Taken Full Advantage of Tax Saving Deductions?

During the last few weeks of the year, holiday parties, last minute gift shopping and family commitments are probably top-of-mind rather than next year’s looming tax bill. You can help clients end the year on the right note by ensuring they’ve fully maximized available tax saving deductions before December 31. Ideally, philanthropy should be considered…


Revision Expected in Early December for No Child Left Behind

After years of attempting to rewrite the 2002 No Child Left Behind education law, Congress is now on the verge of approving a new framework. On November 19, Democrats and Republicans from both houses voted favorably (39-1) in a conference committee to authorize a new approach. It merges two different education bills that cleared the…


National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Study Places Focus on Tau Protein

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, drawing attention to a condition that impacts more than 5 million Americans. Until recently, a dysfunctional protein known as amyloid that builds up in the brain as the condition progresses has been a major focus of research into the disease. But scientists at the Mayo Clinic published a…


30th Anniversary of Fund Underscores the Power of Endowments

As perpetual trusts, endowments allow donors to take the long view with charitable giving. This year marks the 30th anniversary of one such example. Upon her passing fifty years ago local philanthropist, Ella C. McFadden, instructed that the remains of her estate should be endowed to benefit nonprofit agencies in Tarrant County. Thirty years ago,…


Grant Provides Laser Therapy for Abused Horse

Since January of this year, officials with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office rescued six abused horses, all of which were severely neglected and displaying either serious injuries or malnourishment. Some of the animals required surgery. A recent grant from the Anita Berry Martin Memorial Fund at Community Foundation of North Texas is now helping to…