North Texas Community Foundation Awards $1,060,000 in Grants

By Taylor Snyder
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FORT WORTH (August 30, 2018) – The North Texas Community Foundation announces the distribution of nearly $1,060,000 in grants to 21 Tarrant County nonprofits through its Bowden Opportunity Fund. This is the largest grant cycle in the Community Foundation’s history.

“The North Texas Community Foundation is humbled to facilitate this extraordinary funding opportunity. This year’s grantees have astounding dedication to strengthening our community,” said Rose Bradshaw, president and CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation. “The Bowdens’ generosity is an amazing example of how family philanthropy can have a powerful, ongoing impact on our community.”

Longtime Tarrant County resident Don Bowden established the Bowden Opportunity Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation with the proceeds from the sale of his two businesses, Wholly Guacamole and Fresherized Foods. The fund supports innovative organizations in Tarrant County that serve vulnerable individuals, children, and families or address an important community need. His experience as an entrepreneur and business owner guided him to help Tarrant County-based organizations become more responsive, effective, and accountable.

“There’s needs out there, and we’ve got to meet them,” said Don about his desire to help his community.

A true family effort, three generations of the Bowden family were involved in the grantmaking process. Together, Don, his daughter Donna Winborn, grandson Drew Winborn and his wife Melissa reviewed each grant proposal and hand selected the grantees. In the coming years, Community Foundation staff will work closely with the Bowden family to distribute grants through their fund.

“We are fortunate to live in a community that has so many worthy organizations tackling tough problems with innovative and effective solutions,” said Melissa Winborn, granddaughter-in-law of the Bowdens and donor-advisor through the Bowden Opportunity Fund. “Our family is grateful for the opportunity to help these grantees in their mission to bring long-term and lasting change to our community.”

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.

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