Funder Highlight: North Texas Community Foundation
The North Texas Community Foundation has been an important partner to First3Years through their support of the Endorsement and Reflective Supervision programs and as part of the Early Learning Alliance in Fort Worth.
First3Years was also honored to receive an inaugural WORTH Endowment Fund of the North Texas Community Foundation grant to promote successful coparenting between birth and foster parents in the Safe Babies Tarrant County initiative.
We recently discussed our partnership with Rose Bradshaw, Executive Vice President for the Foundation, and Stephanie Baker, Philanthropic Associate, who is developing WORTH: The Next Generation of Philanthropists.
What are you most proud of that we’ve achieved together?
Rose: At North Texas Community Foundation, our grants aim to building capacity—the capacity of the nonprofit, the community, and our leaders to do their important work. [First3Years Executive Director] Sadie Funk has been an extraordinary resource, bridging the gap between Dallas and Fort Worth communities. Sadie’s involvement has helped us think regionally—this has been a huge strength to us. I’ve been impressed by her ability to lead First3Years and simultaneously build a coalition of advocates through Raising of Fort Worth.
Stephanie: WORTH members were looking for two things throughout our grant process: highly effective programs, and—being the millennial subset—innovative, new projects. We found both in the First3Years’ coparenting initiative. We saw how effective the funds were going to be used in relation to the overall organizational budget, and we saw the impact our grant could have.
How has investing in First3Years’ work helped to further the mission of North Texas Community Foundation and initiatives like WORTH?
Rose: At the core, it’s about the long-term benefit of the community. We believe that focusing on [ages] 0-8 is the best ROI. Before Sadie, we thought ages 3-5 were most impactful. Sadie really sharpened our focus on infant mental health.
Stephanie: The goal of WORTH is to teach young professionals how to engage in effective philanthropy. One of the most important aspects to ensure effectiveness is grant follow-up. We’re excited to hear back from First3Years over the next year on how the program is going. Whether there are successes or room for growth, WORTH is here to be a partner to First3Years.