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The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, is proud to announce more than $1.2M in grants to 34 local organizations which impact thousands of people across Greater Dallas.

Given the ongoing impact of COVID-19, The Dallas Foundation continues to support the nonprofit sector, selecting funding requests submitted through North Texas Cares, an innovative partnership co-founded by The Dallas Foundation which streamlines the grant application process.

These grants are awarded from funds named for the donors who established them and prioritize partnerships that meet today’s pressing needs while positioning Greater Dallas for a brighter, more equitable tomorrow.

“Annually, The Dallas Foundation invests over $60 million into this community in partnership with our generous fundholders and those who have entrusted us to distribute these funds,” said Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “These grants fulfill a promise to our donors, whose generosity allows us to meet the needs of this moment and allow us to be ‘here for good,’ working to build a community where our neighbors can reach their full potential.”

Recipients of The Dallas Foundation’s 2021 Field of Interest Grants include:

  • Annie L. Stevens Fund

    • Bachman Lake Together - To provide early childhood education opportunities for working parents; $40,000 

    • Braswell Child Development Center - Early childhood education for children living in South Dallas; $30,000

    • Family Compass - Toward staff salaries for the Growing As Parents program which helps parents address child development and healthy child-parent interactions; $50,000

    • SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc - To provide food, household essentials, and online lessons for Early Head Start families in Grand Prairie; $39,100

    • The Warren Center - Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programming for children, age birth to three, with developmental delays or disabilities; $50,000

    • Vogel Alcove - Early Childhood Education program for children experiencing homelessness; $50,000 

  • Bertice Carter Speck Fund

    • Deaf Action Center - To prepare deaf and hard of hearing youth for future employment through hands-on training; $23,200

  • Dale and Barbara Reed Fund for Abused Children

    • Embrace Texas - Toward opening a visitation space where children in foster care can spend time with their parents and/or siblings; $5,000

  • Darwin and June Hodges Fund

    • In My Shoes - To house homeless, disadvantaged youth and their expectant moms; $7,150

  • Elizabeth T. Robinson Fund

    • Christian Care Communities & Services - Support for seniors to meet basic living expenses, including housing and personal care; $25,350

  • Erin Wylie Fund/Betty Pope Fund

    • Dallas Pets Alive - Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS); $1,750

  • James D. Webb Fund/Roy and Emma Jenkins Fund

    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - "Parkinson's 360" Research Project; $10,450

  • Jean Baptiste (Tad) Adoue III Fund

    • Cara Mia/Teatro Dallas - Co-production of ISOLTAR!; $7,000

    • Dallas Museum of Art - Van Gogh and the Olive Groves Exhibition; $50,000

    • Dallas Theater Center - Public Works Dallas Project; $50,000

    • Latino Cultural Center - Phase II of LCC Expansion; $50,000

  • Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Animal Welfare Fund

    • Dallas Pets Alive - Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS); $14,680

    • Southern Dallas Spay Neuter Project - Providing free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs; $250,000

  • Louis B. and Mary Ratliff Critical Needs Fund

    • AIDS Interfaith Network, Inc. - AIN Meals Program providing nutritional meals to individuals living with HIV; $50,000

    • Communities Foundation of Texas - Support for The Collaborative on Homelessness; $50,000

    • Community Outreach Housing - Rental payment relief for low-income families hit hard by the pandemic; $30,000

    • Family Independence Initiative - Providing direct financial assistance to North Texas families impacted by the pandemic; $50,000

    • Metrocrest Services - For the Housing Stability Program helping extremely-low income families and seniors at-risk of becoming homeless; $50,000

    • Society of St. Vincent De Paul Charitable Pharmacy of North Texas - Providing free medication for uninsured individuals and families with an annual household income below 2x the Federal Poverty Line for their family size; $16,590

    • Tyler Street Community Service Outreach - Meeting the basic needs of homeless and lower income individuals and families in Oak Cliff; $20,000

  • Lucile W. and George R. Pattullo Fund

    • To co-invest with The Dallas Foundation donors on grants addressing racial equity disparities; $15,200

  • Morris Hartley Morgan, Jr. Fund

    • Heroes for Children - To support the Financial Assistance Program which meets the immediate financial needs of Dallas County families battling childhood cancer; $20,000

    • Southwestern Diabetic Foundation - Financial assistance for Dallas children to attend Camp Sweeney, the only facility in Texas that specifically provides a practical, hands-on lifestyle management of Type 1 diabetes; $40,000

    • HopeKids North Texas - To provide Dallas County families with a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition with programming and events that build community; $20,000

  • The Jalonick Family Memorial Fund - Breast Cancer

    • Parkland Foundation - Support for breast screening and diagnostic procedures, surgical consultations, diagnosis and treatment of benign breast disease, and multi-disciplinary care for uninsured and underinsured individuals residing in Dallas County; $59,350

  • The Jalonick Family Memorial Fund - Domestic Violence

    • Brighter Tomorrows - To support the costs of operating a shelter for victims of domestic violence; $39,300

    • Families to Freedom - Providing Rides to Safety to domestic violence shelters or a safe, family home far away from an abuser; $20,000

  • The Jalonick Family Memorial Fund - Special Needs Education

    • It's a Sensory World! - To provide educational services to children with special needs; $26,350 

    • Notre Dame Schools of Dallas, Inc. - Support for academics and vocational training for students with developmental disabilities; $33,000

For more information about The Dallas Foundation, please visit


The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. In 2020, The Dallas Foundation, in partnership with the more than 400 fundholders, invested over $60 million into the community. For more information, visit, Facebook or Instagram.

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