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COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION of TEXAS

2014 Impact Report

Activities Fund CFED to Produce an Assets & Opportunities Profile for Dallas At the end of 2011, CFT contracted with CFED to produce an Assets & Opportunity Profile for Dallas in conjunction with the Thomson Family Foundation. The profile, released in February 2012, helped the community better understand wealth, poverty and opportunity across the City of Dallas, Dallas County, and the 12-county North Texas region. Although many believed that the North Texas region has relatively high income levels, the report showed that the region’s poverty level is worse than the national average. Not only does financial insecurity destabilize families, but it also jeopardizes the long-term vitality of cities and local economies, making the report relevant on multiple levels. Demand for the CFED profile was much greater than anticipated. More than 300 nonprofits, funders, and media attended a press release about the profile, resulting in multiple media stories and editorials, including articles in The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, and the Observer; as well as coverage on the local NBC affiliate. The Assets & Opportunity Profile for Dallas was also presented to a group of 30 legislators and/or their staff members from city, county, state and federal offices, all of whom showed great interest in having CFT provide regular updates on related issues in this way. Based on the enthusiasm about the initial release and the feedback from nonprofit organizations serving the working poor, CFT created an additional, longer nonprofit convening in March 2012 where more than 200 nonprofit representatives had the opportunity to dive deeper into the data contained in the profile.

D3 Institute Components

Working Poor Learning Community Shared Measurement Tools & Knowledge

Improved Program Measurement

Collaborative Pilot Projects

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Communities Foundation of Texas Impact Report 2014  
Communities Foundation of Texas Impact Report 2014