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The North Texas Community Foundation has much to offer, whatever your situation might be. We invite you to explore the possibilities.
FOUNDATIONS: We can support your private foundation and further its philanthropic goals in multiple ways.
- Co-invest with us for maximum community benefit
- Take advantage of our professional administrative services
- Ensure your founder’s intentions are kept in perpetuity
- Fulfill your payout requirement by contributing to a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation
BUSINESSES: Outsource the work of your corporate giving to the Community Foundation, where you can use a Donor Advised Fund to meet your company’s philanthropic goals.
- Create a charitable program consistent with your vision
- Involve staff in grant-making decisions (if desired)
- We can handle all the back-office work and reporting
- Convert privately held stock or partnership interests into a tax advantaged charitable fund.
North Texas CF Donor Stories
Through a selfless act of generosity, William Irven Fleetwood established the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation in 1974 out of his gratitude for Texas Safety Personnel.
While growing up, Tom’s daughter, Mary Tom Curnutt, remembers the significance her family placed on philanthropy. “Early on, my parents and grandparents instilled value in giving back to the community.” Mary Tom was the third generation of her family to administer the Fleetwood funds.
The Curnutts live in Arlington and continue to follow Carlisle’s lead as active members of their community. “Building a strong community is very important to us,” Cravens said. “Police and Fire Personnel support our community and to help them and their families is a gift.”
Eventually, the Fleetwood Foundation Board looked for alternatives to the private foundation model. They discovered that moving the foundation to the North Texas Community Foundation was the perfect solution, allowing the mission that Mr. Fleetwood envisioned years ago to continue. In 2012, the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund became part of the Community Foundation, allowing this important work to continue.
Huckabee – an architecture, engineering and management firm in Fort Worth – is dedicated to building community.
“The vision statement of our firm outlines the basis of giving back to the communities that we serve,” said CEO Chris Huckabee. “It’s a core philosophy of our firm.”
Huckabee’s parents laid the philanthropic foundation in his life and put an emphasis on giving locally.
“Personally, I believe that we are blessed with success and that we have a duty to serve others,” said Huckabee. “It’s our responsibility to help. There really isn’t a better thing to do with our success except to share it with others.”
As the Huckabee firm grew, its level of giving became more significant. Chris Huckabee said it also became challenging to manage. After considering a private foundation – and the effort and cost associated with it – the firm was introduced to the North Texas Community Foundation.
In January 2005, the Huckabee Board of Directors set up the Huckabee Community Excellence Fund, a donor advised fund.
“The marriage has been perfect,” said Huckabee. “Our firm gets to focus our efforts on giving, while the Foundation takes care of all the details.“
Establishment of the Excellence Fund has helped ingrain a culture of giving throughout the firm.
Huckabee said that after the first year, his staff – which was included in the advising process – was so energized that they asked for more funds.
“We decided to increase our commitment level, but only if we could get every staff member to give as well,” he explained. “The matching program was a huge success and increased our giving in year two by $75,000.”
Garland and Mollie Lasater
Some argue that that philanthropy is a battle between giving with your heart or giving with your head.
Garland and Mollie Lasater, longtime Fort Worth residents, are advocates of a completely different concept: they are firm believers that you can do both.
Through their donor advised fund at the North Texas Community Foundation – the Mollie and Garland Lasater Charitable Fund– the Lasaters have fulfilled their philanthropic mission of strategically giving to the causes and organizations they care about most. The Lasaters have given more than $423,000 away philanthropically since the start of their fund.
Garland said the Community Foundation gives them time to plan and dispense funds, makes them more responsible in regards to bookkeeping and gives them the opportunity to be more creative in their giving.
“We are big believers in community foundations,” he said. “It’s a lay down hand for me. It’s so convenient.”
The Lasaters stood behind their words when they established the I Have a Dream Foundation Fund through the North Texas Community Foundation in 1989. For the past 21 years, this fund has not only helped area school children live out their dream of going to college with support and encouragement; it has financially supported these students through scholarships until they have their college degrees.
Another focus program established by the Lasaters, HS2, provides academically gifted and under-served Latino/a, African American and Native American high school students with advanced instruction in math, science, writing and college counseling over three consecutive summers.
Mollie, a former school board president in the Fort Worth ISD, has also found strategic giving to the Children’s Education Programs at Bass Performance Hall to be a “fun” and “heartwarming” experience.
The Lasater’s philanthropic legacy expanded in 2009 when their son, Edward, joined the family legacy and established the Ellison and Edward Lasater Charitable Fund through the North Texas Community Foundation.
Nick and Louella Martin
In early 2000, Nicholas and Louella Martin spearheaded a capital campaign to build a new branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth in Polytechnic Heights. The Nicholas and Louella Martin Branch opened in 2002.
Two years later, a young man name Anthony Brown walked through the door. Anthony wanted to escape the drugs and gangs that surrounded his neighborhood. For him, the Club was a safe haven. Eventually, he became a member of the U.S. Air Force and a student at Texas Wesleyan University. He credits his years at Martin Branch with saving his life. He says that most of his childhood friends who were not Club members are “either dead or in jail.”
Today, many of the Club’s alumni are counted among its employees. Club programs focus on academics, health and citizenship. Nick and Lou, who recognized the immense community need, continue to support the branch through their fund at the North Texas Community Foundation.
“We’ve given youth a safe place to achieve their goals and we’ve built community partnerships to ensure neighborhood youth thrive,” said Daphne Barlow Stigliano, Club president. “We are grateful for donors like the Martins, who not only see the potential in our organization, but the boundless potential of our youth.”
Lynn Wolf Memorial Fund for Preachers
Lynn Wolf was born December 24, 1946, in Hollis, Oklahoma. He passed from this life near Wellington, Texas, on April 4, 2015.
Lynn preached his first sermon as an early teen in the small country church where he grew up, after what he viewed as a failed attempt at leading singing. He would later often laughingly say that he immediately chose learning to preach over learning to lead singing as a way to serve the Lord because preaching was by far the easier of the two.
Although mostly self-taught from his daily study of the scriptures, Lynn did graduate from the Elk City School of Preaching and the Garnett Road Academy of Christian Education, both in Oklahoma. In later years he himself was director of and a teacher in the Northern Lights School of Biblical Studies in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Lynn served most of his adult years as a minister for various congregations of the churches of Christ in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Alaska, and Missouri. Although not a polished public speaker (perfect grammar and pronunciation not being his forte), he was indeed gifted in the role of a Bible teacher, especially of the Old Testament. The majority of students who attended his Bible classes remarked that they had learned more in just a few months of being in one of Lynn’s classes than they had learned in several decades of regular church attendance. The most frequent response to learning of Lynn’s passing was the protest: “But I’m not through learning all I needed to learn from him.”
Lynn will be remembered for his sense of humor, his patience with children, his compassion for the elderly, his love for all of God’s creatures, and his reverence for and knowledge of the Word of God. He will perhaps be best remembered for his consistency in discerning and applying the Word, regardless of the immense personal cost to him in the realm of family relationships.* Although some closest to him thought him unable to see things from points of view different than his own, in reality he saw things only from a scriptural point of view, and he was simply unable to make exceptions or ignore scripture in the case of family situations and thereby fail to practice what he had preached for more than five decades. His love for his family and his concern for his loved-ones’ souls guided his every interaction with them.
Lynn’s extensive preacher’s library has been donated to the Brown Trail School of Preaching in Bedford, Texas. In honor of his lifetime of faithfully proclaiming the Word, the family has established the Lynn Wolf Memorial Fund for Preachers for the purpose of supplying the students at Brown Trail with textbooks (electronic or printed), Bible programs or software, travel expenses for training, computers, digital recorders, or any other tools they need to succeed in preaching school. This memorial fund through the North Texas Community Foundation will perpetually assist in providing the world with men fully equipped to preach the Word for generation after generation.
The title of Lynn’s last sermon, delivered six days before his passing, was “If I Die Today.”
If you would like to make a memorial gift to this fund, please send your check to:
North Texas Community Foundation
Memo: Lynn Wolf Memorial Fund for Preachers
306 W. 7th Street, Suite 1045
Fort Worth, TX 76102
*II Tim. 4:2-4, Matt. 19:5-9, I Tim. 2:12
Margaret Mann Wilson Fund
For someone born with holes in her heart, it’s poetic that her legacy is defined by the power of love and some “glue.”
The Margaret Mann Wilson Fund was established at the North Texas Community Foundation to honor the memory of a sick and abandoned little girl who stole the hearts of a local couple and changed an entire family forever. The impact has stretched across four generations and provided a “piece of the glue” that continues to hold her extended family together.
When Margaret Mann Wilson was 3 months old, she was left abandoned in a house in North Fort Worth. While she was battling for her life at a local hospital several months later, she grabbed the heartstrings of her doctor, Barry Wilson. Despite her poor health, Dr. Wilson and his wife, Patty, adopted Margaret prior to her first birthday. Even though the holes in her heart were repaired, she needed a heart and lung transplant. Margaret was only expected to live until she was 7 or 8 years old.
At 15, her delayed destiny finally caught up with her on a snowy March day.
Her death rattled her family, but a legacy of giving became a reality with the creation of her fund through the Community Foundation in 1999.
“It’s a memorial, but it’s active,” said Barbara McCall Anderson, who oversees the fund along with her brother and sister, Charlie McCall and Kathye McCall. “It’s going to go on forever.”
Anderson is the niece of Dr. Wilson and his wife, and she has always considered Margaret a gift to her family – then and now.
Anderson and her siblings – along with their children and grandchildren – carry out the wishes of the Wilson Family. The focus of the fund is children and children’s services.
“We are honored to be involved and trusted to see it through,” Anderson said.
Drew and Melissa Winborn
Drew Winborn grew up in a comfortable home where his parents and grandparents considered philanthropy extremely important.
“Giving back is an important responsibility and something everyone needs to consider along with successes in life,” he said.
Drew’s grandparents, Don and Linda Bowden, founded Wholly Guacamole and Fresherized Foods, both of which have been extremely successful in the food industry. Drew is following in his grandfather’s steps at Fresherized Foods and has become successful himself. Before the recent sale of the company, Drew, his grandparents and his parents each decided to establish their own funds at The Community Foundation.
“The North Texas Community Foundation will help me put my money to the best use,” Drew said. “I’m excited to learn from them.”
Drew and his wife Melissa are most interested in using their fund to help people achieve educational goals. Melissa has her Ph.D., and they both value their education and the opportunities it has provided them.
“By giving funds to help others receive an education, we are enabling them to make their own way and empowering them to find success on their own,” he said.
Drew shared his hopes of being involved in meeting our community’s needs, and pointed out that there are constant reminders around the area that there is still a lot of work to be done.