North Texas Community Foundation Awards $315,976 in Grants
33 Nonprofits Receive Funds to Build Organizational Capacity
By Mia Edwards
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FORT WORTH (April 30, 2018) – The North Texas Community Foundation joined fundholders, nonprofits, and community partners at The Fort Worth Club on April 26 to award nearly $316,000 in grants to 33 area nonprofits through its ToolBox Grants Program: Building Nonprofit Capacity to Combat Poverty in Our Neighborhoods. The grants aim to help nonprofits build organizational capacity through strengthening leadership development, organizational effectiveness and operational efficiency.
The ToolBox Grants Program runs on a three-year cycle with capacity building grants awarded each Spring. The 2018-2020 grant cycle focuses on nonprofits serving the neighborhoods with the highest poverty levels in Tarrant County. The seven neighborhoods identified include Western Hills (Las Vegas Trail), Como, Diamond Hill-Jarvis/Northside, Morningside/Butler Place, East Seminary/Wichita Street, Stop Six and East-Central Arlington.
“The North Texas Community Foundation’s fundholders are intent upon making our region strong for generations to come,” said Rose Bradshaw, president & CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation. “We chose combating poverty as the focus of this ToolBox Grants Program because City of Fort Worth and Community Foundation data show that families in specific neighborhoods are disproportionately impacted by lack of access to education, health, income and employment resources, which has a direct impact on their economic well-being. These grants will help nonprofits strengthen their services and outreach,” said Bradshaw.
Nonprofits went through a pre-qualifying round where they sent in a letter of intent briefly describing the capacity building need for their organization and a proposal solution. Finalists were invited to submit a full proposal later reviewed by the Community Foundation Grants Committee. The Grants Committee is chaired by Michael Appleman, and includes Erika Beltran, Joseph DeLeon, Adelaide Leavens, Judy Needham, Bill Slater, Becky Wilkes, Tony Prenger, and Melissa Winborn.
The Community Foundation had overwhelming support from 19 fundholders who gave a total of $147,600 in 2018.
Burch and Lisa Waldron have been fundholders at the North Texas Community Foundation since 2016 and are among the lead investors this year. “The ToolBox Grants Program shows our local nonprofits are not silos to themselves,” Burch said. “They each have their mission and they all impact our community. ToolBox inspires us to support this community effort to improve outcomes for our neighborhoods.”
Since its inception in 2010, the ToolBox Grants Program has provided more than $2.4 million in grants for critical capacity building for more than 100 nonprofits serving Tarrant County. To learn more about our ToolBox Grants Program please visit https://northtexascf.org/community-investment/toolbox-grants-program/.
To view the nonprofit recipients and the projects being funded, click here.
About the North Texas Community Foundation
The North Texas Community Foundation is dedicated to strengthening our 11-county region through effective philanthropy and civic leadership around key community issues. We serve local individuals, families and corporations by helping them achieve their charitable goals in a meaningful way – during and beyond their lifetimes. The Community Foundation is privileged to work in collaboration with our fundholders, their trusted professional advisors, nonprofit partners and civic leaders to make sure North Texas is strong for generations to come. The Foundation has $312 million in assets and made grants totaling $22 million in 2017. For more information, visit www.northtexascf.org.