The Dallas Foundation Adds Four New Members To Its Board Of Governors

And the news/announcements just keeping rolling in.  The Dallas Foundation has added four new members to its board of governors. They are

James Huffines, Todd Maclin, Stephen Mansfield and Clint McDonnough*


  • James Huffines is “the chief operating officer of subsidiaries at Hilltop Holdings, where he oversees the activities of PlainsCapital Bank, PrimeLending, HilltopSecurities and National Lloyds and serves on the board of directors for the same. In addition to his 35 years of experience in banking, Huffines has long been a champion of causes ranging from education to arts and humanities to civic leadership. He serves on the Dallas Regional Chamber board of advisors, executive committee for the Dallas Citizens Council, and board of directors for University of Texas Development and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Foundation. He was previously a chairman of the University of Texas System board of regents, executive vice president for the Austin Symphony Orchestra board of directors, and a board member for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and March of Dimes.”
  • Todd Maclin “held a variety of leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase for almost 37 years, rising to the rank of vice chairman and a member of the JPMC Operating Committee before his retirement in 2016. Maclin is very involved in civic pursuits and serves on numerous advisory boards and councils including the University of Texas, McCombs Graduate School of Business, UT Southwestern Health System, Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Southwestern Medical Foundation. Maclin and wife Diana are co-chairs of St. Philip’s School & Community Center’s ‘We Believe’ capital campaign.”
  • Stephen Mansfield “has been president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas since 2006. Under his leadership, Methodist Health System has tripled in size to become one of the region’s fastest-growing health systems and gained recognition by the Dallas Business JournalModern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review as a best place to work. Mansfield recently received the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award from Texas Woman’s University for leadership excellence and was the 2015 recipient of the Texas Association of Business Distinguished Business Leader Award. In 2009, Mansfield was selected as ‘Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser’ by the March of Dimes.”
  • Clint McDonnough “served as managing partner of the Dallas office at Ernst & Young LLP until his retirement in June 2015. In addition to leading day-to-day practice, he represented Ernst & Young at numerous community events dedicated to supporting education and mentoring. McDonnough serves as a director of Dallas Regional Chamber and chairman of the Dallas Citizens Council. He holds positions on the boards of the Dallas Education Foundation and Methodist Health System, the development board for the University of Texas at Dallas, the Dallas County Community College District Foundation board, Early Matters Dallas board, and the Chief Executive Officer Advisory Council for the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.”

According to The Dallas Foundation President/CEO Mary Jalonick, “Each of the newly elected governors has shown an unparalleled dedication to improving Dallas for good. We’re thrilled to welcome these venerated leaders to our board of governors, and we’re confident that The Dallas Foundation will continue to thrive from their expertise and experience in the community.”

* Photos provided by The Dallas Foundation

Free Simulcast Of The Dallas Opera’s “Madame Butterfly” At The Star Saturday Night Thanks To The Dallas Foundation

How about a freebie Saturday night that’s a bit off the beaten track? The Dallas Opera’s Saturday evening performance of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” at the Winspear will be simulcast free at The Star in Frisco. You know you’ve been curious about the Cowboys new digs and the temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 70s.

Hui He*

While the performance starring soprano Hui He and tenor Gianluca Terranova will start at 7:30 p.m., the evening’s program at The Star will begin at 6 p.m. with KLUV’s Jody Dean and The Dallas Opera’s Education program Senior Manager Kristian Roberts.

And the timing is perfect! Just when you’ve totally run out of things to do with the kids during spring break, there will be such pre-performance activities as the Family Fun Zone from 5 to 7 p.m., trivia, behind-the-scenes interviews and a WB Classics presentation of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “What’s Opera, Doc?

While online registration are already at capacity-load status, walk-ups will be welcomed.

Thank-you notes should be sent to The Dallas Foundation. Why? Because the Foundation is sponsoring the simulcast.

According to The Dallas Foundation President/CEO Mary Jalonick, “The Dallas Foundation has been proud to serve as the Founding Sponsor of The Dallas Opera’s simulcasts at AT&T Stadium since 2012, helping to provide families throughout our community the chance to experience world-class opera in this unique and relaxed setting. This year’s simulcast performance at The Star in Frisco, will offer audiences an opportunity to enjoy one of the most well-known operas in one of our area’s newest event venues.”

BTW, you might want to bring along some hankies for Un Bel Di Vedremo.”

* Photo credit: Karen Almond

The Dallas Foundation Bus Tour Provided Donors With A Firsthand Look At Bonton Farms And Encore Park

One of the advantages of being part of an organization like The Dallas Foundation is the ability to come together for site visits of one of the nonprofits that aren’t on the radar. On Wednesday, October 5, the Foundation donors had the opportunity to check out Bonton Farms and Encore Park. While both are rich in history, they have also had their share of rough times. Thanks to philanthropic efforts by The Dallas Foundation and others, those situations are changing for the better. Here is a report from the field:

From the left: Judy Townley, Anne Holmes, Laura J. Brown, Lesley Martinelli, Steve Holmes, Sarah Burns, Sara Ahr, Helen Holman, Jenny Mullen, Steven Engwall, Claudia DeMoss, Lydia Addy, Carol Noble and Lori Giesler*

From the left: Judy Townley, Anne Holmes, Laura J. Brown, Lesley Martinelli, Steve Holmes,
Sarah Burns, Sara Ahr, Helen Holman, Jenny Mullen, Steven Engwall, Claudia DeMoss, Lydia
Addy, Carol Noble and Lori Giesler*

Intrepid Dallas Foundation donors spent an unseasonably warm October day exploring two unique urban experiments: Bonton Farms  in South Dallas and downtown’s Encore Park . Led by Director of Donor Services Lesley Martinelli and Chief Philanthropy Officer Helen Holman, the donors boarded a shuttle bus to the Bonton neighborhood.

Daron Babcock*

Daron Babcock*

The shuttle stopped at Bonton Farms, a two-acre spread snuggled up against the levee at the end of Bexar Street. The farm’s executive director Daron Babcock came on board to give a brief guided tour of the area.

Babcock explained that the historic African-American neighborhood was built in a floodplain, had two large public housing projects and devastated by floods and crime in the 1980s and 90s.

Today, the neighborhood is improving. The housing projects were torn down and replaced with new subsidized apartments. Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity built 133 houses on vacant lots. And Bonton Farm is growing fresh food which providing employment and business opportunities. The farm won The Dallas Foundation’s $50,000 Pegasus Prize for creative solutions to community challenges last year.

Bonton Farms' goat*

Bonton Farms’ goat*

Donors walked past rows of peppers, collard greens, lettuce and cabbage. The oversize garden grows 20,000 – 30,000 pounds of produce annually, Babcock said. The visitors were impressed. Their expressions turned to amusement as they stepped inside the goat pen. The farm’s small flock of brown and white Nubian goats gently swarmed the visitors and were rewarded with head-rubbing and back-petting. The donors stopped by the chicken coop, smiled at the Berkshire sow and finished their tour at a shed where visitors can purchase farm-produced honey and eggs.

The next stop was Encore Park in downtown Dallas. An outreach project of First Presbyterian Church and The Stewpot, Encore Park is in the process of reclaiming a historic building to highlight the city’s role in blues and western music, and create a new, safe space for homeless and housed Dallasites to get to know one another.

Jenny Mullen and Christy Coltrin*

Jenny Mullen and Christy Coltrin*

After enjoying boxed lunches at the church, donors headed across Young Street to The Stewpot and its Open Art studio. Colorful paintings and drawings created by the studio’s homeless artists covered every wall. Visitors learned about the program’s art classes and shows, then went back out into the heat to see Encore Park, its mural and 508 Park.

The group entered the long-abandoned Art Deco building at 508 Park, which was built in 1929 as a film warehouse and became a field recording studio in the 1930s. Blues legend Robert Johnson recorded there, as did Bob Wills and even Eric Clapton. The visitors marveled at the (nonfunctioning) elevator with its manually operated glass doors and the marble floor in the foyer.

Donors atop 508 Park Building*

Donors atop 508 Park Building*

The group climbed the staircase to the second floor, with its large banks of windows, which will eventually be the Open Art studio’s new home. Then it was on to the third floor, which will become a recording studio for the community. Last, the visitors headed up to the roof, which provided a great view of Encore Park’s community garden and outdoor amphitheater.

The Dallas Foundation is so pleased to be able to provide educational opportunities such as the Donor Bus Tour, which allows our donors to experience firsthand the inspiration and creative work of organizations like Bonton Farms and Encore Park.

* Photo credit: Jason Janik

Myrna D. Schlegel/Award Scholarship Fund Gets A Boost In Funding For Nurses Specializing In Gerontology

The Aware crowd broke a plethora of news at its meeting on Thursday, September 15, at Myrna and Bob Schlegel’s estate. But more about that in the days to come. The biggest news was the announcement of the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund.

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Myrna and Bob Schlegel (File photo)

Established in 1999 by Aware in honor of Myrna Schlegel, it has grown over the years to more than $255,000. At the meeting it was revealed that the Schlegels were pledging a further contribution of $10,000 to kick-off the rejuvenation of the Schlegel/Award partnership, bringing the fund total to more than $265,000.

Aware President Venise Stuart and Myrna explained that the new fund with The Dallas Foundation would provide funding for nursing students.

A former nurse, Myrna thanked everyone and expressed her enthusiasm for the renewed partnership that will support the growth and scope of the nursing student scholarship award, making possible a difference in the lives of nursing students who have chosen to devote their careers to work in the field of gerontology, especially dealing with dementia.

Selection of the recipients is made through a vetting process that includes members of Aware and representatives of the Schlegel Family.

According to Venise, “Aware Dallas is honored to have the opportunity to partner with the Myrna D. Schlegel/Aware Scholarship Fund to further both organizations’ service to individuals and families of the North Texas community affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.”

JUST IN: The Dallas Institute Of Humanities And Culture Receives $1M Gift From The Edward W. Rose III Family Fund

While many are still adjusting to the death of Rusty Rose, his family is taking steps to see his wishes fulfilled. Today it was announced that the Edward W. Rose III Family fund at The Dallas Foundation has gifted $1M to The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

The bequest “is designated for the already existing Endowment Fund supporting the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers, a program that has been in place at the Dallas Institute since 1984.”

Rusty Rose (File photo)

Rusty Rose (File photo)

Deedie Rose (File photo)

Deedie Rose (File photo)

Established in 2008, the original Endowment Fund was created by Rusty and his wife, Deedie Rose, in honor of his mother, Sue Rose, who died in 2011.

According to Dr. Larry Allums, “Rusty understood the importance of the teacher’s role in the classroom, as does Deedie, with the result that they have had a significant impact on the quality of public education in Dallas. This gift will ensure with greater certainty the future of the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers.”

The Sue Rose Summer Institute is held annually “for school teachers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. The intensive two-summer program, which emphasizes the classic texts of Western and other cultures, is open to teachers of all grades and disciplines.”

According to the Institute’s Dr. Claudia Allums, who conducts the Summer Institute, “Sue was a remarkable lady. She insisted that the teachers be regarded with dignity and respect, and they were fortunate to have known her during those years. Rusty’s tribute to his mother inspires us to make the program that bears her name ever more lasting and meaningful.”

Baylor Foundation’s Philanthropic Award Dinner Saluted Dodee Frost Crockett And Celebrated The Results Of Collaboration

Wednesday, February 3, was a gathering of eagles at the Nasher Sculpture Center. No, there were no feathers in the flock that cocktailed and dined. Rather, it was a herd of Dallas philanthropists and philanthropic caretakers like Mary Jalonick, Roslyn Dawson, Michael Meadows, Kathy Muldoon, Lucy Buchanan, Tommy McBride, Lisa Ragland, David Yost, Angela Woodson and Robin Robinson.

Dining at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Dining at the Nasher Sculpture Center

Roslyn Dawson and Kathy Muldoon

Roslyn Dawson and Kathy Muldoon

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

The occasion was Baylor Foundation’s the Philanthropic Leadership Award dinner. Though not an annual event, this year warranted it because of the recipient — Dodee Frost Crockett, for her reputation for professionalism in financial management and the importance that she places on philanthropy.

Baylor Health Care System Foundation's Philanthropic Leadership Award

Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s Philanthropic Leadership Award

On hand to see Dodee receive her award was Dodee’s musician/singer/hubby Billy Crockett of more than 20 years. With a home in Wimberley, Dodee and Billy were asked how the mecca of Texas creativity was faring after last year’s floods. Without hesitation, the couple responded, “We’re going great!”

After dinner Baylor Foundation VP of Gift Planning Cynthia Krause explained the purpose of the Baylor Advisory Program that began six years ago with brown bag lunches. Addressing those financial advisors in the audience, she suggested they could help their clients as well as their community with three reasons:

  1. If they introduce their clients to Baylor, they could also provide their clients with excellent healthcare
  2. When you make a connection with someone in crisis, you can create a greater relationship with that client
  3. For Baylor, it would mean that they would make more friends.

Cynthia herself had experienced Baylor “customer service” at a time of crisis. It took place years ago when she gave birth to triplets. Despite weeks of struggling and the deaths of two of the babies (Benjamin and Catherine), the staff brought up baby Abigail in her incubator to Cynthia, so the young mother could watch her baby and hold her for five minutes each hour: “They knew I had to see I had a baby.”

Seven weeks later Abigail was home. Today that baby is doing an internship in Washington, D.C., after graduating from Baylor University.

Seamlessly, Cynthia brought her story around to the crowd saying, “You will have clients like that who are in need of help during a crisis situation.”

Tommy McBride and Dodee and Billy Crockett

Tommy McBride and Dodee and Billy Crockett

She then introduced Dodee, who immediately admitted that giving was not a natural development. Rather it is influenced by someone else: “Our parents teach us how to share our toys. Maybe we were told stories about generosity, love and sacrifice in our place of worship.”

She recalled a legendary story in her family. When she was a youngster of four or five, she saw something in a story that she really wanted — a giant plastic Easter egg filled to the brim with toys and goodies. Dodee begged her parents for the egg. Naturally, her younger sister also wanted one. On Good Friday her father arrived home with a large paper bag. The girls were so excited that they rushed to meet him in the driveway. Upon being handed the bag, little Dodee dropped it on the concrete resulting in the sound of a crack. Looking inside the sack, Dodee reported to her sister, “Yours broke.” That moment has lived with Dodee for decades.

In her career, Dodee has learned that if a client has no goals that can be facilitated by good proven investment management, they’re not a good fit for her practice.

But if the care and stewardship of wealth toward the goals include family, parents, child, community, learning, medicine, faith, environment and the ease of suffering, then that inspires her more to bring the full resources of her experience to see those to fruition.

She thanked those present who had helped her achieve her goals, including Baylor and her husband Billy.

Returning to the podium, Cynthia then revealed the story of Paula Walker and her pursuing her passion for the arts and helping others. Appreciating the healing element provided by music, she had underwritten a $50,000 gift to provide musicians to play at the bedside of Baylor patients.

Ashley Silva, Lesley Martinelli, Dodee Frost Crockett, Paula Walker, Mary Jalonick and Cynthia Krause

Ashley Silva, Lesley Martinelli, Dodee Frost Crockett, Paula Walker, Mary Jalonick and Cynthia Krause

Paula was so impressed with the project that she wanted to do more. This desire brought Paula’s financial advisor Dodee, her donor advisors at The Dallas Foundation, art expert Bonnie Pitman and Baylor Foundation’s Cynthia together to see if they could create an art-healing program that would continue in the years to come through philanthropy.

When all the ingredients came together, Paula underwrote a $1M-plus gift for the Center for Arts and Medicine. It is the core component for patients to interact with music and artists. It will allow for a better environment for both patients and staff.

Bonnie admitted that her purpose for the evening was to get people to “empty their pockets” for the program. She told how because of her working with Dr. Randy Rosenblatt regarding her pulmonary condition, she had learned how debilitating her situation was. It was during this time that she was still working at the Dallas Museum of Art and sought solace in the galleries. During her treatments, she became a “Johnny Appleseed” telling the medical staff that they had to see the art. Patients who took her up on her suggestion were gratified at having a normal experience outside their treatment.

Pamela Lynch and Bonnie Pittman*

Pamela Lynch and Bonnie Pittman*

Cynthia then returned to the podium and read a letter from transplant patient Pamela Lynch to Bonnie telling her how the Arts in Medicine had been a true turning point in her healing. As if that wasn’t enough, on the screen was a drawing that Pamela had created for Bonnie. Surprised and touched, Bonnie was amazed at the tribute. Then as an added surprise, Cynthia prepared to hand the actual framed drawing that slipped out of her hands. Luckily, it was packed well and survived the oops!

Thanks to Paula, Randy, Bonnie, Dodee, The Dallas Foundation and the Baylor team, the arts program has resulted. It will provide creative outlets for those who have given up hope. It will relieve the stress level. It will improve the communication between patients and staff. It will allow the patient a greater sense of control.

*  Photo provided by Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Teaching The Next Generation About Philanthropy Was Made Easy Thanks To The Dallas Foundation’s Family Philanthropy Institute

For some parents, just trying to teach their munchkin how to tie a shoelace or an older kiddo what the word “curfew” means can be harder than getting a hummingbird take a nap. Still another life lesson that seems boggling is getting across the importance of philanthropy to the younger generation and easing them into the process. Luckily, The Dallas Foundation President/CEO Mary Jalonick recognized the quandary and provided just the right venue to help parents and grandparents handle the situation. Here is a report from the field:

Diana and Ward Beaudry and Mary Jalonick*

Diana and Ward Beaudry and Mary Jalonick*

The Dallas Foundation received a gold star from those who attended its annual Family Philanthropy Institute event at Old Parkland last Wednesday, January 20. Nationally-recognized family expert Susan Crites Prites, who has also appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” shared her expertise in multi-generational philanthropy with attendees.

Susan Crites Price and Toni Garrett*

Susan Crites Price and Toni Garrett*

Susan discussed important facts and valuable advice about how donors can pass on their values and assets to children and grandchildren. She also discussed tips on how to help the next generation of philanthropists spread generosity in the evolving world of both digital and traditional philanthropy.

Susan’s remarks were lively and thought-provoking. “What happens when a kid wants to do a lemonade stand to raise money?” she asked. “They Google it.”

“They have the world in their pocket” in the form of a smartphone, she said. So the goal is for parents or grandparents to be “generosity coaches” to younger members of the family. She offered four tips to make giving a family affair:

  1. Make sure kids mix virtual charity – online research or giving – with real-life experiences. Volunteer together.
  2. Let younger generations teach us how they learn and what the world looks like to them.
  3. If possible, start the conversation about giving when children are young, and keep it going throughout adulthood – but know that it’s never too late to start.
  4. Support your kids’ charitable choices – offer to match their gifts, or give them a sum to donate as they choose.

The Dallas Foundation President and CEO Mary M. Jalonick also spoke at the event, briefly discussing the background of the foundation, including its management of more than 500 separate funds and its almost $300 million in assets. She also noted its leadership in the effort to improve early childhood education in Dallas County and to promote animal welfare in Dallas.

* Photos provided by The Dallas Foundation

Help Emergency Heat Relief Fund Give A Cold Shoulder To Rising Temperatures

Weather guessers have been panting for the thermometers to hit the 100-degree mark. That number was achieved over the weekend, but that has only heightened the problem for many within the community — the vulnerable. Who are these vulnerable types? They are the poor, the elderly, the sickly and people whom you will probably never know.

One woman recently told how, to save money, she keeps her thermometer above the 85-degree mark in her home and has a floor fan moving at a high rate. When she moves to her bedroom at night, she takes the fan with her because she can’t afford a second fan. On a very tight budget, she puts up with the toasty conditions, so she can afford other things like food and medicine.

Not everyone has the luxury of even one floor fan, an A/C or a healthy enough constitution to put up with such conditions. In fact, North Texas summer heat is a life-endangering situation.

According to Dallas County Health & Human Services Director Zachary Thompson, “When citizens don’t have air conditioning in their homes, they are left in a potentially life-threatening situation.”

That’s where the Emergency Heat Relief Fund comes in. Launched in 2006 by The Dallas Foundation, it was created to provide air conditioning units for the “vulnerable.”

In 2011 The Meadows Foundation and other funding groups partnered up with The Dallas Foundation to “encourage additional community investments.”

Mary Jalonick (File photo)

Mary Jalonick (File photo)

According to TDF President/CEO Mary Jalonick, “Extreme summer heat is here and, unfortunately, many around the city don’t have the means to keep their families cool and safe. By contributing to this fund, Dallasites are tangibly helping their neighbors in need of help right now.”

Over the years nearly $200,000 has been provided for the Dallas County Health & Human Services to “install over 1,100 air-conditioning units.”

But before dismissing this one off as checked off, realize that the summer is only halfway over and the heat is really starting to settle in. Unfortunately, “high demand has depleted the current inventory, and DCHHS needs funding to buy more air-conditioning units for the hot summer days ahead.”

So, why not skip an icy Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino Macchiato for a week and make a donation. You could be contributing to a lifesaving event.

With Willy-Nilly Bill Gone With The Wind, Dallas Arts District’s 2015 Summer Block Party Is In Full Throttle For Tonight

It appears that the Dallas Arts District has more pull than most folks realize. With days and days of off-again, on-again rain thanks to Bill, tonight appears to be pretty clear just in time for the 2015 Summer Block Party.

Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party*

Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party*

It’s a true neighborhood gathering, with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Klyde Warren Park opening their doors for family-friendly entertainment from 6 p.m. to midnight, and most of it is free. Of course, you want to know what attractions will be on hand in addition to performers from Dallas Solstice and United Dance Academy and a pop-up station for Cantoinette Studios to provide wearing art for the night. Here’s a smattering:

  • Crow Collection of Asian Art — In addition to At Home and At Court: Chinese and Japanese Paintings, the Crow Collection After Dark will have a documentary screening, community prayer flags and free meditation in preparation for the Dalai Lama’s visit next month.
  • Dallas Museum of ArtLate Nights at the DMA kicks off with a double feature night at the DMA with Tim Burton’s Batman showing at the Ross Avenue Plaza at 9 p.m. and The Avengers at 9:30 in the Horchow Auditorium. For those more active types, the DMA will have yoga, self-guided tours, a ceremonial bar provided by Deep Ellum Brewery, “an after-hours musical showcase featuring Cassie Holt and the Lost Souls” and so much more. In the Fleischner Courtyard, there will be an Arts District Courtyard Sale with “selected discounted merchandise from the CMA, the Nasher, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Crow Collection.”
  • til Midnight  at the Nasher**

    til Midnight at the Nasher**

    Nasher Sculpture Center — The annual ‘til Midnight launches its summer program with live performances in the Nasher Garden with The Walden Twins at 6 p.m. and SXSW 2014 Rock Band of the Year Quiet Company on stage at 7 p.m. To top off the evening there will be a showing of “A Fish Called Wanda” at 9 p.m.

  • Klyde Warren Park — Need you even wonder? It will be a parade of food trucks and the usual activities that never dull the senses.

BTW, at 7 p.m. Twitter will be the place to be #ArtHunt “to win prize bags from the participating organizations.”

Thank-you notes for all these festivities and the good weather should be sent to the Texas Commission on the Arts and The Dallas Foundation.

FYI: If you’re downtown, remember that starting at 3 p.m. North Harwood Street will be closed from Ross Avenue to Woodall Rodgers and Flora Street will be closed from Harwood to Pearl streets. And if you’re not going to Uber, here is parking info.

* Graphic courtesy of the Dallas Arts District 
** Graphic courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center

The Dallas Foundation Plays Santa Claus For Countless Nonprofits

The Dallas Foundation played Santa Claus on Monday, March 23 for local nonprofits. Here is a report from the field:

“In 2014, The Dallas Foundation awarded more than $2.9 million in competitive grants to dozens of local organizations. Monday [March 23] night, the nonprofit organization was thrilled to welcome so many of their 2014 competitive grantees to the annual grantee recognition celebration, held in the Pecan Room at Old Parkland.

The Dallas Foundation grant presentation guests*

The Dallas Foundation grant presentation guests*

“’It was our honor to acknowledge the valuable role these organizations serve in the Dallas community, thank them for their hard work, and recognize the donors who made the grants possible,’ said Mary Jalonick, President/CEO of The Dallas Foundation.

Mary Jalonick, David Corrigan and Rhealyn Carter*

Mary Jalonick, David Corrigan and Rhealyn Carter*

“Less than one-third of 2014 applicants received a grant from The Dallas Foundation after a rigorous, competitive grants process that reflects The Dallas Foundation’s sincere commitment to the responsibility entrusted to us by our donors.

John Puckett and Mary Jalonick*

John Puckett and Mary Jalonick*

“The night included remarks from Mary Jalonick, president and CEO; John P. Puckett III, chairman of the board of governors; and Helen Holman, chief philanthropy officer.”

For a list of the grants that were presented, follow the jump!

* Photos provided 
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Round Robin November 12: Hiett Prize, Crystal Charity Ball Wrap-Up Luncheon And Dallas Foundation’s 85th Anniversary Dinner

As the 2014 fundraising season slowly winds up, the awards and celebrations only geared up on Wednesday, November 12, with:

Hiett Prize In The Humanities Luncheon

Jared Farmer and Larry Allums*

Jared Farmer and Larry Allums*

His heroes, he said, are Gustave Mahler—the personally conflicted Austrian composer and conductor—and Edward Abbey, the writer and radical environmentalist. He himself has been called “one of the best and most original writers of western history.” So it made sense that Jared Farmer, Ph.D., was named this year’s winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, which is awarded annually by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

Sybil Novinski and Gail Thomas*

Sybil Novinski and Gail Thomas*

Farmer accepted the honor, which recognizes candidates in the early stages of their humanities careers and includes a $50,000 cash award, at the 10th annual Hiett Luncheon at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. About 150 people turned out for the event, which featured remarks by Larry Allums, the Institute’s executive director, and a new video about previous Hiett winners that was produced by Judy Kelly. Attendees included Kim Hiett Jordan, the Cain sisters (Nancy Cain Marcus and Nelda Cain Pickens), Sally Hoglund, Joanne Stroud, Lynne and Roy Sheldon, Gail Thomas, Sybil Novinski, Betty Regard, Katie Beautel, Catherine Cuellar, Brad Oldham, Tom Huang, and Michael Rodgers.

Kim Hiett Jordan*

Kim Hiett Jordan*

In his featured talk, titled “Environmental History and the Future of the Humanities,” Farmer said trendy talk about the “the humanities in crisis” is overblown and off-base. He’s an optimist, he said, especially about the future of the “environmental humanities,” which he described as an outgrowth of third-wave environmentalism. Calling himself an “earth-based humanist,” Farmer also talked briefly about his much-lauded latest book, “Trees in Paradise: A California History.” It tells the history of the Golden State through its eucalyptus, orange, palm, and redwood trees.

Crystal Charity Ball Wrap-up Luncheon

Libby Allred

Libby Allred

The Crystal Charity Ball royals with their adorable crowns held their wrap-up luncheon at Nick and Sam’s with big smiles, former chairmen (Cynthia Mitchell, Barbara Stuart, Vicki Chapman, Caren Kline, Debbie Oates and Louise Griffeth) the announcement of who had raised the most funding in specific categories. But before the reveals were made, Robyn Conlon told of getting a call from Nick and Sam’s Terri Russo to arrange for the luncheon. As it turned out, both Robyn and Terri were Hillcrest classmates, who graduated in 1974. This became a line of jokes, when luncheon host Northern Trust Bank’s Mark Flagg thanked Robyn adding, “I’m just glad to know there’s somebody else here who graduated in 1974, when I graduated.” This reference was followed by Lyles-DeGrazier jewelry designer Scott Polk who created the charms and bracelets for the top fundrisers, as well as a beautiful floral ring for the ball’s silent auction. He teased Mark saying, “Mark, I was born in ‘74… not really.” Without missing a beat, Mark responded, “I set you up for that.” Scott came back saying that his table was the most fun because it had the most tiaras worn and then suggested that Mark’s table should coax him into donning a crown, which the good banker did with a smile and a laugh.

Michal Powell

Michal Powell

As for the announcements, the top fundraisers were:

  • Foundations — Sarah Losinger
  • Underwriting — Michal Powell
  • Children’s Book — Lynn McBee
  • Silent Auction/Special Gifts — Shelle Sills

Little did the ladies know that when they checked their mailboxes, there would be letters announcing the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball Chair — Christie Carter.

Dallas Foundation 85th Anniversary Dinner

David Corrigan, Valerie Freeman and Jere Thompson Jr.**

David Corrigan, Valerie Freeman and Jere Thompson Jr.**

Later in the day, about 180 people gathered at the Belo Mansion for the Dallas Foundation’s 85th Anniversary Dinner. Attendees were a true who’s who of the city’s civic and business leadership, from Peter Beck, John Scovell and Lyda Hill to Jere Thompson Jr., David Corrigan, Gail Thomas and George Schrader.

Mary Jalonick and Mike Rawlings**

Mary Jalonick and Mike Rawlings**

After John P. Puckett III, chairman of the foundation’s board of governors, welcomed everyone to the event, there were brief remarks by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who said he “relies on the Dallas Foundation day in and day out.” The mayor got his biggest reaction, though, when he announced that “some lady dropped her bracelet in the valet line, and I have it here in my hand!” When a flustered member of the audience raced to the podium to retrieve her bauble, Rawlings said, “That’s happened to [Rawlings’ wife] Micki before, so I feel like Santa Claus!”

Darwin Payne**

Darwin Payne**

The incident, the mayor chuckled, should be remembered by “those who say your mayor never does anything for you!” Next, foundation President Mary Jalonick recognized the nonprofit’s current and former chairmen. They included Beck (who, Jalonick noted, once said that “we must solve the problem, not serve the problem”); John Castle (well-known for helping the homeless); Ruben Esquivel (“the busiest community volunteer I know. His wife has said, ‘I need to start a nonprofit to see him!’”); and Schrader (“truly the father of the modern Dallas Foundation”). Thanks to Schrader, Jalonick said, the organization now has 17 employees and more than 200 donor-advised funds.

The anniversary event concluded with a talk titled, “The Dallas Foundation: 85 Years of Impact in the City of Dallas,” by Dallas historian and SMU Professor Emeritus Darwin Payne. Jalonick was the foundation’s first full-time employee, Payne noted during his presentation. He also recalled former Dallas mayor and foundation chairman J. Erik Jonsson saying that “the hardest thing” is knowing how to give away money. That’s become less hard for many, the evening made clear, thanks to the success of the Dallas Foundation.

* Photos provided by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 
** Photo credit: Jason Janik

Avoid The Crowds And Hunker Down With Your Computer To Find The Perfect Gift That Keeps Giving

Why bother fighting the crowds to give the perfect gift? Then you have to face the hassle of giftwrapping it and having it delivered. Seriously, you have better things to do with your time!

Luckily, a couple of organization have a great solution and it requires just a computer, nimble fingers, a giving heart and some cha-ching. Here’s the poop:

  • Giving for Good*

    Giving for Good*

    The Dallas Foundation is offering its Giving for Good card. It’s just like gift cards that are used at McDonald’s or Starbucks. Only this one allows the recipient “to experience the joy of supporting a charity they admire” anywhere in the United States. It’s also a great opportunity to encourage others to go through the process of deciding which nonprofit will benefit from their act of giving.

  • Communities Foundation of Texas has “unveiled its 2014 Giving Guide.” While it doesn’t have the Hammacher-Schlemmer gadgets or the Neiman’s His-And-Hers goodies, it does have more than 400 local nonprofit organizations neatly listed in eight categories to help you learn about “the latest community needs and find the right project to spark your passion.”
* Graphic courtesy of The Dallas Foundation

The Dallas Foundation Offers An Opportunity To Help Nonprofit Agencies Aiding Vickery Meadow Residents

The Dallas Foundation President Mary Jalonick just sent word that, like Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation (TDF) has responded to the recent Ebola situation. TDF has created an opportunity to assist the nonprofits groups specifically helping Vickery Meadow residents during this time.

The Dallas Foundation*

The Dallas Foundation*

You do not have to be a healthcare provider or government official to help. You don’t even have to leave your home. You just have to contribute by visiting TDF’s Vickery Meadow Assistance Fund.

If you need additional information, just email TDF’s Director of Community Philanthropy Laura Ward.

* Graphic courtesy of The Dallas Foundation

Dallas Foundation’s “Good Works Under 40” Nominations Kicks Off At A Birthday Party Project

Worry, worry, worry. That’s what many nonprofits do when it comes to the next generation of fundraisers and volunteers. Are the millennials going to pick up where the baby boomers and their predecessors left off in supporting charities and the community? One organization not fretting is The Dallas Foundation, which is saluting the under-40-set with its Good Works Under 40 program. To kick off the nomination submissions on Thursday, July 17, they had a birthday party, but not just any old birthday party. Here’s a report from the field:

“On Thursday, July 17, The Dallas Foundation kicked off their fifth annual Good Works Under 40 (GWU40) award nominations like never before – with a service project that truly celebrated volunteerism and philanthropy.

“Hosted at Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway center, over 20 volunteers from the GWU40 advisory committee, a volunteer group of emerging civic leaders in Dallas, as well as past award finalist teamed up with The Birthday Party Project to throw a birthday party for seven homeless children.

“Themed ‘Anchors Aweigh!’, the party was decked out in red, white and blue décor and included a wide array of birthday activities such as limbo, arts and crafts, birthday cake and live entertainment from committee member/2013 finalist J Mack Slaughter.

Courtney Underwood, Tonya Muraguri, Liz Healy and Roberto* Moreno

Courtney Underwood, Tonya Muraguri, Liz Healy and Roberto Moreno*

“The volunteers included: 2011 winner Courtney Underwood; 2011 finalists Gloria Alfaro, Akilah Wallace and committee member Liz Healy; 2013 finalists Brittany Byrd, Cassie Evans and Stephen Holley; committee members Rebekah Kay, Loren Koziol and Tony Muraguri and Advisory Committee Chair Roberto Morena.

Loren Koziol and Stephen Holley*

Loren Koziol and Stephen Holley*

“The Dallas Foundation plans to continue this tradition in the years to come as a way to celebrate young philanthropist and encourage others to become more involved in their community.

“GWU40 is an annual awards program that recognizes North Texas’ most committed, skilled and passionate volunteers under the age of 40. The award, co-presented by The Dallas Foundation and The Dallas Morning News, includes an $8,000 donation to the winner’s favorite charity. Four finalists will receive $3,000 checks for their nonprofit agencies. Nominations for this year’s award will be accepted between July 17 and August 21. The winner will be announced at a reception at Old Parkland on November 3. Award guidelines and the application are available at

“The Dallas Foundation, established as a community foundation in 1929, serves as a leader, catalyst and resource for philanthropy by providing donors with flexible means of making gifts and bequests, the income from which primarily supports the charitable causes of the city and county of Dallas. For more information, visit”

* Photo credit: Jason Janik

The Jalonick Family Memorial Fund Provides $22,750 Grant For Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center

There was something in the water back in the 1910’s. During that decade such women as Ebby Halliday, Mary Kay Ash, Margaret McDermott, Margaret Crow, Margaret Hunt Hill and Mary Crowley were born. If that last name is new on your radar, it shouldn’t be. In addition to being the late Mary Kay Ash’s sister-in-law, she served on the boards of the American Cancer Society, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, the American Red Cross and was the first woman on the Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

But Mary’s life was not an easy slide into these positions.

Born in 1915 in Missouri, the young mother bundled up her two small children, Ruth and Don Carter, and moved to Dallas during the Depression. Over the years, she worked during the day at various jobs and attended night classes at SMU. At one point, she was “recruited by her friend Mary Kay Ash into direct selling in the 1940’s.”

In 1957 she launched Home Interiors and Gifts that became a multimillion-dollar company. It was at this time she was also diagnosed with cervical cancer. With determination, Mary tackled both. Thanks to Dr. John T. Mallams’ treating her with “an investigational drug,” she was “on the road to recovery in no time” and remained in remission for almost 27 years. Then the disease returned.

To her surprise she discovered “that little progress had been made” since her previous diagnosis. This realization resulted in the creation of the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers that was established in 1992 “to expand treatment options for all cancer patients through the exploration of investigational gene and cellular therapies.”

To support the Blessing Others Benevolence Program at the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center a $22,750 grant from the Jalonick Family Memorial Fund of The Dallas Foundation has been awarded.

The grant is in keeping with the “three Jalonick Family Memorial Funds that were established in 2011, one of which is dedicated to supporting programs that provide medical care and aid to low-income persons who have breast cancer.

According to The Dallas Foundation President Mary M. Jalonick, “A breast cancer diagnosis, and the treatment that follows, is such a difficult time in a person’s life. No one should have to worry about finances or medical costs when battling this disease. The Dallas Foundation is honored to help.”

The Dallas Foundation’s “Good Works Under 40” Program Targets The Next Generation Of Volunteers

If your driver’s license can prove you’re under the age of 40 and volunteering is your blood, you just might make the cut for the Good Works Under 40 award program sponsored by The Dallas Foundation “in partnership with The Dallas Morning News.”

The four-year-old program is to encourage the younger folks to get involved by recognizing their efforts. The winner will have a $8,000 check donated to his/her fav nonprofit and the four finalists will receive a $2,500 donation to the charity of their choice.

According to The Dallas Foundation President Mary M. Jalonick, “Our board members care deeply about the future of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in Dallas. We feel that the Good Works Under 40 award can encourage the next generation of philanthropists by recognizing their early achievements. We all strongly encourage nonprofit agencies to reward a dedicated volunteer by nominating him or her for this award.”

There are various ways to have your name thrown into the selection process. You can be nominated by:

  • a board or staff member of the charity where you volunteer
  • your peer(s) or
  • you yourself.

The selection panel will be made up of “a group of emerging civic leaders, each under the age of 40, with the winner announced at a November 7th reception at Old Parkland.

Nominations must be made by Thursday, August 22, at 5 p.m. with the finalists being announced Thursday, September 26.

MySweetCharity High Horse: When Unbridled Sex Leads To Death For 20,000 Yearly In Dallas

Let’s talk about a dirty little secret. No, it’s not about someone sleeping with someone or why someone is no longer sleeping with someone. Surely, you can find that somewhere else.

And, yes, it’s about animals, but before you stop reading, just realize two basic facts:

  1. According to The Dallas Foundation, “Of the nearly 29,000 animals brought to the city shelter in 2010, more than 20,000 had to be euthanized. Most of those animals were adoptable; they just never found homes.” According to the MySweetCharity calculator, that means based on a 365-day year, 54 animals were killed daily.
  2. During the few minutes that you are reading this post, litters of kittens and puppies are being born throughout the community that will end up on the table for a fatal injection within the next 18 months.

Yes, the answer is spay and neuter. Is the problem cost? Yes, in some cases. But more importantly, it’s largely a question of education. Newsflash: Four-legged creatures are not like two-legged critters. When a dog or a cat can drive a car, fill out a tax form or show any signs of one day being able to, then they will probably view sex the same way humans do. Until then, they are driven by uncontrollable urges with no concern or awareness of the consequences — unwanted litters.

A new program is underway to handle the situation. Big Fix for Big D is the result of the Companion Animal Funders Coalition made up of the City of Dallas, The Dallas Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, PetSmart Charities ®, The Rees-Jones Foundation and the Summerlee Foundation. In its first year it will provide sterilization, vaccination and registration for dogs and cats at $20 per in 18 targeted zip codes.

BFBD is helping the issue of cost, but the real trick is to get the idea across that it’s not just cool to spay and neuter, it’s a matter of life and death.

The Dallas Foundation’s “Good Card” Is The Best Card For Your Valentine(s)

It’s countdown time for Valentine’s Day. Remember in grade school when you gave a valentine to everyone from your circle of best friends to your first crush? Why, even your teachers got valentines! Just because you’re all grown up, it doesn’t mean you are limited to only giving a sweet something to the top tier of favorite people in your life.  Ah, but what? Flowers? Candy? Card?

Why not try something a little different and original? Yes, you see it coming. It’s a pitch, but it’s a good pitch. . . or rather,  a pitch for good.

The Dallas Foundation's Valentine's Day's "Good Card"

The Dallas Foundation staff found the Good Card program they offered at Christmas was such a hit, selling 1,300 in the first three months, they created a “Happy Valentine’s Day” version. It’s simple and sweet and requires very little brain scratching on your part. All you have to do is go to the Giving Card page, select how much you want to put on the card, designate to whom the card is to be given and The Dallas Foundation folks do the rest. Your valentine will receive the card and decide what lucky 501(c)(3) group will receive the $$.

Only problem is the deadline for ordering it in time for V-day is Thursday, February 9, so hop to it.

Graphic courtesy of The Dallas Foundation

The Dallas Foundation Celebrated New Offices At Old Parkland And The Center For Effective Philanthropy Kudos

The Dallas Foundation opened the doors of its new digs on Harlan Crow‘s Old Parkland campus on November 5 and the guests piled in like Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Stuart Bumpas (wife Diane was home sick), Nash Flores, Peter Beck, Paula Lambert, Barbara Sypult, Rena Pederson, Nona Barrett, Bobbie Sue and Dr. Phil Williams, Elizabeth Solender and Walt Humann.

Christmas tree

If you remember, it was a cold and wet evening with sporadic sleet. So what else would one expect in December? But from entering the lobby with its mammoth Christmas tree the warmth factor kicked into high gear.

Once inside the foundation’s office, TDF President Mary Jalonick once again proved why she’s the superb hostess. When asked why the move from downtown to the newly renovated Old Parkland on Maple took place, she explained that while the new headquarters had less space, the decision was based on the “open space” and being part of the new Reagan Place at Old Parkland.

In addition to the successful move, Mary was still beaming after being “rated highest in donor satisfaction among 26 community foundations surveyed this fall by the Center for Effective Philanthropy of Cambridge, Massachusetts,” according to the Dallas Morning News.  

The Dallas Foundation Solves Gift Giving For Your Convenience And Generosity

This time of year it’s no surprise to get a holiday card telling you that the sender has made a donation in your name to a charity. It’s lovely and gracious, but. . .  well, wouldn’t you have loved for them to make a donation to a charity that you’re fond of?

Mary Jalonick (File photo)

Or, let’s say you’re the sender. Perhaps you’d like to make a donation in a friend’s name, but, shoot, what is their favorite 501 (c) 3? It’s awkward to call and say, “Hi, I want to make a donation in your name as a gift. What’s your choice?”

Leave it to The Dallas Foundation and its Mary Jalonick to find a perfect win-win situation — the Giving for Good program. It’s oh-so simple and hassle-free.

Here’s how it goes:

Order a Giving Good card at The Dallas Foundation (the cards come in denominations of $25, $50 and $100) and within five business days it’s mailed to the shipping address that you provide.

There is a slight. . . and we do mean slight. . . processing fee, but you can deduct it in your taxes along with your gift card amount to make your accountant so “ho-ho-happy.”

End result: Recipient gets to donate to their fav charity; charity gets a donation; you get to look really good in recipient’s eyes; you get to write it off as a tax deduction; and you didn’t have to bother with finding a parking space.

BTW, this program is available beyond the holidays. We live to make your life charmed.

NorthTexas Giving Day Results Are Mindblowing

Remember back on September 15 when North Texas Giving Day took place and generous donors blew the heck out of the DonorBridge website and clogged up the telephone lines? Remember when you were frustrated and thought about giving up, but stuck to it and made your contribution anyhow?

Well, it paid off. It paid off big time — 13,500 donations including the $1 million matching funds and prize money totaling $10.7 million was raised in which 600 North Texas nonprofits will share. Do you realize what a major difference you made for these organizations?

“This year’s results are an astounding new milestone,” said Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, a DonorBridge founder. “To have donated this year more than twice the total donated last year is a testament to North Texans’ generous support for the vital work our nonprofits do. We are absolutely blown away by the people who donated.”

By the way, if you’re wondering who won the prizes, here you go —

  • Wesley Prep, which raised the largest cumulative donation amount of nearly $378,652 (excluding the matching funds and prize money)
  • Buckner International, which attracted the most unique individual donations (224) for a nonprofit with an operating budget over $1 million;
  • Parkinson Voice Project, which recruited the most unique individual donations (134) for a nonprofit with an operating budget under $1 million;
  • Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County, which received the 1,929th donation, a prize honoring the year The Dallas Foundation was founded; and
  • Interfaith Housing Coalition, which received the 2,011th donation, a gift coincidentally made by an agency employee.

Now, aren’t you proud of yourself? Stop what you’re doing, go to the mirror and say, “Well done!” And while you’re at it, think very, very good thoughts about the organizations that spearheaded this incredibly successful program — Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Area Foundations Get A Pat On The Back From Dallas County Commissioners for “Emergency Heat Relief” Efforts

Old timers are recalling the past heat waves of the 50’s and 80’s. Yup, it was pretty darn hot back then. But it’s the 21st century and the fact that there are those without air conditioning is an unbelievable nightmare. Just to experience a 45-minute brown out is excruciating.

The reality is that there are many among us that have no type of cooling for their homes. So often they are the ones who need it the most — the low-income, the elderly and shut-ins.

Monica Egert Smith, Mary Jalonick, Dr. Elba Garcia, Zachary Thompson, Linda Evans, Kathy Smith

To help these folks in this killer summer, the Meadows Foundation, the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Dallas Foundation and the Harold Simmons Foundation have pooled their resources and purchased air conditioners for installation by the Dallas County Health and Human Services personnel for those “suffering from the extreme heat in our community.”

It all began in 1999 when DCHHS approached The Meadows Foundation for assistance. That first year the Foundation awarded $5,376 for the purchase and installation of 22 A/C’s. Fast forward to 2003 when the Foundation provided $50,000  resulting in 200 air-conditioning units.

“Every summer, people suffer from the extreme Texas heat,” said Meadows Foundation President and CEO Linda Perryman Evans.  “We realized that the best way to help the citizens of our community was through a collaborative effort that would bring more resources to focus on heat relief.”

Through her relationships with the area’s finest foundations, she created a partnership to collaborate on this situation.  Through this team of foundations, $766,726 has been raised to support the heat-relief effort. That’s 4,273 A/C units!

This month an Emergency Heat Relief Fund has officially been established at The Dallas Foundation starting with a $10,000 seed grant from Meadows.

“Our goal is to have $100,000 per year in the fund to enable DCHHS to purchase and install at least 500 air-conditioning units per year to address needs,” said Dallas Foundation President Mary Jalonick.  “We invite individuals, corporations, and foundations to join us in this life-saving effort and encourage everyone to contribute to the fund.”

Tuesday the Dallas County Commissioners Court recognized these outstanding foundations for their working together with the DCHHS. How right that was.

Photo provided by The Meadows Foundation

The Dallas Foundation Is Searching For Under-40 Heroes Who Are “Working For Good”

People under 40 don’t seem to get proper respect. So often they juggle day jobs, family obligations and community involvement, but rarely get the credit due. On closer inspection they’re a force to be reckoned with and The Dallas Foundation has the facts to back that power and influence.

“Here in North Texas and throughout the world, under-40’s are rolling up their sleeves and applying their talents in ways that have a real impact on their communities’ quality of life. In Dallas, some 28.2 percent of residents are active in volunteer work, ranking our city 19 out of 51 among the nation’s largest cities, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.”

Pretty darn impressive. In fact, it deserves a pat on the back and that’s what TDF is doing with its “Working for Good Under 40” program.

“The Good Works Under 40 program is an opportunity for us to acknowledge young movers and shakers in our community,” said TDF Board of Governors chairman Peter Beck. “The Dallas Foundation works with many community organizations who make a difference, and we are proud to recognize and reward their younger supporters.”

Last year’s search for heroes had 115 nominees with Jennifer Wright topping the list. What did Jennifer do? For nine years she held various roles at Promise House, a home for youth and families in crisis. She was even the founding chair of the Promise House Professionals, an auxiliary group of young professionals in 2008.

Now, the search is on for the 2011 award winner. It’s oh-so simple. Just fill out and return the form. Only problem is the deadline for nominations is Friday, July 15. Yipes! That’s just around the corner.

Finalists will be announced Thursday, September 22, and the 2011 awardee will be named at a celebration on Wednesday, November 2. In addition to the award, that person will designate a nonprofit organization to receive a $5,000 donation from TDF.

“We continue to see remarkable enthusiasm and dedication of all these young people to causes they believe in, making them instrumental in solving issues in our community,” said TDF president Mary Jalonick. “The Dallas Foundation has nurtured and promoted traditional philanthropy for eight decades, and we recognize the difference being made by these young people today.”