Texas Instruments once again has stepped up. The TI Foundation at a recent breakfast provided a $100,000 operating grant for the Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT).
Whoa! Let’s catch our breath on that one.
But, no! TIF was not satisfied with this contribution. TIF Board Chair Sam Self announced that TIF would grant DCT another $100,000 as a challenge.
According to Sam, “DCT is one of North Texas’ treasures. The TI Foundation Board appreciates the work they do in exposing our children to the arts. We see strong organizational leadership at the DCT board and staff level and their receptiveness to a challenge grant was impressive to us. They also came to us early in the grant process and this allowed us the chance to thoroughly examine their current financial status. After significant due diligence on our part, we found them to be an organization we wanted to invest in, in a meaningful way.”
OMG, what incredible news for the wonderfully whimsical program that allows children to learn about the world of stage and imagination.
But, no! There was more. Goodness, this is like a stellar play.
Stepping up to bat were Ernst & Young’s Managing Partner, Clint McDonnough, and TI Coordinating Partner Chris Chastain, saying that their companies would be the first to pledge their $10,000 in response to the TI Foundation challenge.
DCT’s Executive Artistic Director, Robyn Flatt, replied, “Texas Instruments Foundation cares a great deal about the arts organizations in this community and they back it up by listening to our challenges and opportunities, and by responding with great advice and strong financial support. They are an outstanding example of corporate responsibility. It is humbling to be associated with them.”
But to add the cherry to the sundae of fundraising, the Hoblitzelle Foundation has offered DCT an additional challenge: to raise $100,000 from first-time, new donors, after which they will provide a grant in the same amount to the organization.
Shoot! This breakfast was better than Mother’s Day Brunch at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Anyone interested in learning more about DCT or how they can contribute to these matching grant opportunities should contact Senior Director of Communications and Philanthropy Sandra Session-Robertson at 214.978.0110.
This development is more than a marvelous investment by great Dallas groups. It’s a very much appreciated opportunity for a unique organization for children.
A simple bravo will do for now. The encore will come when the challenges are met.
Photo provided by Dallas Children's Theater