According to Frankford Preservation Foundation President Kathy Wells Power,
“In 2010, during a careful restoration of the Old Frankford Church in North Dallas, landscape architect Rosa Finsley discovered some native plants in a three-acre field between the historic church and adjacent cemetery. We stopped mowing that area and in a short time native plants like big blue stem, side oats gramma, and wild blue hyacinth sprang up from the soil. It soon became obvious that we had discovered a small remnant of Blackland Prairie. Less than 1% of the original Blackland Prairie (named for its rich, dark soil) remains in Texas.
“What we had discovered, in the middle of a highly developed part of Dallas, was untouched prairie land!
“We realized we now had a unique opportunity to share this exceptionally rare site with North Texans. Our historic church, prairie, Indian Springs, and wagon yard where covered wagons camped, tell the story of early Dallas history. Today the beautiful Frankford site serves as an oasis in North Dallas where visitors can enjoy communing in nature while learning a little about the history of this part of Texas.
“In 2014 we created a new charitable organization called Frankford Preservation Foundation. Our mission is to preserve the prairie, church building and Indian Springs and teach North Texas history through tours, lectures, and other events. Master naturalists and other volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plants to keep the prairie as pure as possible. This extraordinary volunteer help makes it possible for Frankford Preservation Foundation to maintain its site as a historic nature preserve.
“These preservation projects require funding. In 2016 Frankford Preservation Foundation participated in North Texas Giving Day for the first time. Since that time the amount of money we receive each year on NTxGD has steadily increased. This money helps us maintain and oversee our little jewel in the middle of Dallas.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic an interesting phenomenon occurred. People who had been cooped up in their homes began driving to Frankford where they could walk around the site safely. More than ever before we were glad to share our little historic nature preserve during a time when it served as a solace to many.
“Frankford volunteers work hard to maintain this special place, but we need help. The donations we receive through North Texas Giving Day help us pay for projects like restoring our vintage windmill, planting trees in our tree line, and spring and fall prairie tours.
“Frankford Preservation Foundation is honored to take part in North Texas Giving Day, each September. We are grateful to be a part of the North Texas Giving Day community. The diversity and breadth of the organizations involved in this annual fundraising event is truly astounding. At Frankford we believe cities need places that feed hearts and souls. That is what Frankford is able to give to the vibrant city of Dallas. Thank you, Communities Foundation, for sponsoring North Texas Giving Day and to all the wonderful organizations who participate.”
Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day helps build awareness and support for nonprofits like nothing else. In 2021, $66 million was raised through 103,000 donors benefiting over 3,300 local nonprofits, bringing the 13-year total to over $441 million for our community. NTx Giving Day is the largest community-wide giving event in the nation.