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Empowering Nonprofits

North Texas Food Bank
Dallas, Texas

Investing in Empowering Nonprofits

We will focus on identifying critical nonprofit (NP) resources in our community and work with them to strengthen their ability to deliver on their missions in an effective, high impact manner. The key tenets to this strategy include:

  • Critical Infrastructure Projects

    These projects seek to identify critical community agencies that, with specific infrastructure investments, would be able to better deliver on their missions, and serve the community in a more effective manner. These projects entail funding items such as technology, physical infrastructure, people or other critical needs that will provide leverage to the agencies. These projects will fund items that tend to be underfunded as they are not considered as “attractive” to other funders, but do, in fact, create necessary infrastructure and leverage for the organizations.

  • Collaboration Projects

    These projects seek to encourage collaboration between key NP organizations in the community that would better deliver on their mission and better serve the community with the help of one or more partners. This is an internally driven project that will work with the community to identify, assist, and incent the NP community to collaborate and better leverage resources to drive more impactful results.

  • “Do your givin’ while you’re livin’… then you’ll be knowin’ where it’s goin’.”

  • “The best philanthropy is constantly in search of the finalities
    – a search for a cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source.”

  • “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

  • “The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.”

  • “The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.”

  • “Philanthropy is the practice of applying assets of knowledge, passion and wealth to bring about constructive change.”

  • “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

  • “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.”

  • “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

  • “A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”

  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

  • “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

  • “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Program Highlights in Empowering Nonprofits

  • KERA – Local Journalism Expansion Project
    KERA – Local Journalism Expansion Project

    Lyda Hill has shown her support of North Texas Public Broadcasting television affiliate, KERA, by making a grant to the station’s Local Journalism Expansion Project. The project focuses on the expansion of the station’s local news capacity by using more in-depth reporting and making use of more comprehensive discussion forums. KERA’s expanded news programming project emphasizes the topics of education, health, science and technology – all areas of great interest to Lyda Hill.

Other Grantees

This is a list of representative beneficiaries and should not be considered all inclusive.

  • North Texas Food Bank

  • Volunteer Center of North Texas

  • Habitat for Humanity Dallas Chapter