Communities Foundation of Texas has added three new members to its board of trustees — Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Gunjan Jain and Debra Brennan Tagg.
According to CFT Board Chair Jim Bass, “We are fortunate to have outstanding business and community leaders who [have] accept[ed] the call to be trustees. The varied experience and knowledge that Matrice, Gunjan and Debra are bringing to our board will help guide CFT as we work together to strengthen North Texas and improve lives across our entire state and beyond.”
The new trio will be joining other trustees including Jim Bass, Richie Butler, Michael Dardick, Jose (Pepe) Guevara, Ken Hersh, Chris Kleinert, Sarah Losinger, Bobby Lyle, Tom Montgomery, Alfreda Norman, Connie O’Neill, Florence Shapiro, Nicole Small and Stacy Smith. BTW, Carlos Gonzalez Peña has just retired after serving on the board for the past 10 years.
According to CFT President/CEO Dave Scullin, “Our community is a special place with a long history of caring citizens, rapid growth and economic opportunity. But as it continues to grow, so too do the needs of those facing imbalances in income, racial equity and education. Data suggest these needs are increasing. These new board members will help guide CFT as we work to build thriving communities for all.”
Other news coming from CFT includes Alfreda Norman being named board chair-elect and that CFT provided $106M in grants during 2018 fiscal year.
BTW, the distribution of the grants resulted in the following breakdown:
- Education: 26%
- Health and scientific research: 18%
- Housing and human services: 12%
- Community improvements: 12%
- Religious activities: 12%
- Arts and culture: 9%
- Other: 9%
- Youth and recreation: 3%