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COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL BENEFIT

This interest area is focused on fostering strong & connected neighborhoods through citizen education programs, community revitalization projects, disaster relief and support for our police and firefighters.

Housed at North Texas Community Foundation, the Better Together Fund launched in April 2020 with a current focus on COVID-19 relief. The Fund makes grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to support our region’s most vulnerable communities impacted by disasters in our area. The Fund will address the effects of the disaster with emergency assistance, such as financial support, nutrition, healthcare, and childcare. The Better Together Fund complements the work of public health officials and expands local capacity to address the many needs created by the crisis.

Community Foundation fundholders and investors have collectively contributed over $840,000 to the Fund, 100% of which is being deployed to address immediate needs arising from the outbreak of COVID-19 and the long-term recovery. Your gift will allow for more nonprofits in need to receive relief funds to serve our most vulnerable community members.

Gifts of $1,000 or more are greatly appreciated.

Total Budget: No budget; more funds raised means more can be distributed.

The mission of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation is to provide resources that support educational programming, buildings, and infrastructure improvements. The Foundation raises money to supplement public funding of the library system and basic services, providing a new level of excellence for priority programs and projects.

Given the long-term economic impact of COVID-19, the library is committed to providing more practical and individualized resources for jobseekers. The Foundation is raising $35,000 to purchase an annual subscription to Brainfuse’s online JobNow platform, which will guide patrons through the job-seeking process including job search, resume preparation, and interactive interview coaching. The database will be integrated into all computer labs in the 16 branch locations throughout Fort Worth and be accessible to library cardholders at no cost.

Gifts of $1,000 or more are appreciated.

Total Project Budget

$35,000

Fort Worth is at its best when people come together to address the challenges facing our community directly. The tragic shooting of Atatiana Jefferson in October 2019 is one recent event in a long history that reflects Fort Worth’s challenges with race relations and racial equity, as evidenced in our 2016 report, Race and Equity in North Texas.

The Fund to Advance Racial Equity, a collaboration between local private foundations and North Texas Community Foundation fundholders, will make grants that strengthen relationships between Fort Worth residents across racial and ethnic groups, drive notable changes in practices that perpetuate racial bias and discrimination, and strengthen relationships between members of law enforcement and local residents.

Donna James-Harvey serves as liaison to the Fund. In this role, James-Harvey will support the Fund’s strategic development, implement professional development opportunities for grantees and support an Advisory Council of community members. The next grant cycle will be in early 2021 and funding decisions will be made by independent Advisory Council members representing the community. For more information, James-Harvey can be reached at djamesharvey@northtexascf.org or 817.877.0702.

Gifts of $1,000 or more will support the Fund’s 2021 grantmaking.

Total Project Budget

No budget; more funds raised means more can be distributed.

Las Vegas Trail is a diverse neighborhood in west Fort Worth that has more than 30 apartment complexes and a poverty rate higher than many other parts of the city. Numerous people in the Las Vegas Trail community have been hard hit by the impacts of COVID-19 and are suffering from loss of income. West Fort Worth Center of Hope helps families in the Las Vegas Trail community increase self-sufficiency. Their new workforce development program, Build North Texas, is expanding their successful Parker County program to provide residents with a pathway to economic success into the LVT neighborhood.

Build North Texas Workforce Development will teach work ethic and character development to 150 students as it introduces them to the construction industry, giving them hope and providing a career path that pays a living wage. Graduates are connected to companies that are hiring, with jobs often immediately available that provide not just an income but an occupation.

Gifts of $1,000 or more are appreciated to provide first-year funding for program salaries, purchase supplies, tools and equipment, or help cover rent/facility expenses.

Total Project Budget

$110,380

If you have any questions about funding a nonprofit project, please contact Vicki Andrews at vandrews@northtexascf.org or call 817.877.0702.

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