Communities Foundation of Texas

Communities Foundation of Texas Increases Productivity and Maximizes Donor Investments with Blackbaud Solutions

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) was founded in 1953. Since then, it has made over $1 billion in grants and has grown to become one of the largest community foundations in the nation. The Foundation is a knowledgeable charitable resource, providing support for vital nonprofit organizations and working closely with donors who want to make a difference in our world. For more than fifty years, CFT has helped donors connect their charitable goals with real community needs that touch nearly all aspects of life.


  • CFT needed a technology solution to manage its critical processes, from cultivating relationships with donors and charitable organizations to managing hundreds of funds.
  • They wanted a stronger operational platform that could be tailored to unique business needs and allow them to make mutual connections between nonprofit organizations, donors and supporters.


  • CFT selected a combination of software and services from Blackbaud including The Raiser’s Edge for fundraising management, The Financial Edge for financial management, and Blackbaud NetCommunity for Internet marketing and communications.
  • CFT used Blackbaud Nonprofit Central to create DonorBridge. They partnered with Blackbaud, the Centre for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, the Institute for Urban Policy Research at The University of Texas at Dallas, and also received support from The Dallas Foundation. The site is focused on nonprofits in and around the Dallas area.
  • With Blackbaud Nonprofit Central, Blackbaud is leveraging the Infinity Platform to deliver information and Fusion Labs leveraged Blackbaud's open APIs to develop key portions of the solution.


  • DonorBridge was launched on May 20, 2009 and on its first day received 8,400 donations to 353 organizations totalling over $4,000,000, shattering previous single-day online giving records.  
  • Blackbaud NetCommunity drives the content management and email marketing tools giving CFT an integrated total solution for CRM, accounting, grants management, and online giving and communication needs.
  • Communicating with a new demographic on an interactive website has increased the ability to grow and accomplish new goals. 
  • With Blackbaud NetCommunity, CFT now has full control of website functionality including new features like on-line registration for events.
  • CFT donors can now make grant recommendations seamlessly online, receive comprehensive information about their fund and receive personalized content tailored to their individual interests, all in an environment that is available 24/7.
  • The second annual CFT Giving Day in 2010 set a new record. More than 7,000 people donated $5,050,00 that was distributed to 500 organizations. The average donation increased from $400 in 2009 to $545 in 2010.

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