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Banker Alan White Accepts ADL Award, With a Little Help from his Friends

In the world of top Dallas businesspeople, there may be no tighter circle of successful, powerful associates and friends than Alan B. White, Boone Pickens, Jerry Jones, and Barry Andrews. Pickens once made a very large, early deposit into White’s PlainsCapital Bank. For years, White and Andrews co-hosted a prestigious annual “Gentlemen’s Luncheon” around Christmastime, […]

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Local United Way Touts Record $73 Million Fundraising Effort

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas said it’s on track to raise a record $73 million during its 2015-2016 fundraising campaign, up from roughly $72 million raised in the 2014-2015 campaign year. The nonprofit said more than 750 companies and organizations and more than 318,000 donors have been responsible for the 2015-2016 total. It includes […]

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Abbott: Trump Is Part of a Worldwide Phenomenon

Talking to supporters of the Southwestern Medical Foundation in Dallas last night, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was asked what he thought of Donald Trump. Replied Abbott, who’d supported Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican primary: “What’s your next question?” A little later, though, the governor said the presumptive GOP nominee is part of a phenomenon that’s sweeping the globe. Speaking in The Debate Chamber in The Pavilion at Old Parkland, Abbott said all three branches of the U.S. government are broken, with President Barack Obama “acting like a king” and turning the Constitution upside down with his countless executive orders. What’s needed, the governor said, is electing a president who will “restore the rule of law” and abide by the Constitution. (Hint: he wasn’t talking about Hillary). “A lot of people didn’t see Trump coming,” Abbott said. “But if you connect the dots, you can see it’s going on across Europe, with the possibility that Great Britain could leave the the European Union. A candidate running for president in the Philippines [Rodrigo Duterte] is a Trump-style candidate. We see this phenomenon taking place across the entire globe. The reason: people have gotten away from the rules.”

T.D. Jakes Aiming to Bring His New Talk Show to Dallas—Eventually

Bishop T.D. Jakes won’t be taping his new daytime talk show in Dallas, at least in the beginning. But he says he hopes to bring the production from Los Angeles to his adopted hometown eventually, just as Oprah did her top-rated, long-running talk show from Chicago. Jakes’ secular program, which is scheduled to debut this fall in cities including Dallas, Atlanta, and Cleveland, will be produced and distributed by Tegna Inc. (formerly Gannett) unit Tegna Media and feature a mix of celebrities and “regular people,” Jakes said last week at a Dallas charity event. (Specifically, it was a pre-party at somebody’s house for Friday’s Genesis Women’s Shelter luncheon and featured a performance by C&W singer LeAnn Rimes.) Jakes’ hour-long syndicated show will be aired initially in markets covering “60 percent of the country,” he added. An author, pastor, businessman, and filmmaker, Jakes founded Dallas’ Potter’s House mega-church, which claims 30,000 members. The pastor also is said to have 5 million followers on social media.

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Troy Aikman Dissolving His Foundation, Moving $1M Into Donor-Advised Fund at United Way

Editor’s note: At the request of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the following information was to be “embargoed” to media outlets today until 7 p.m. However, once Cheryl Hall of The Dallas Morning News posted a story (tagged “Exclusive”) containing the information well before 7, we had no choice but to follow suit.    […]

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Philanthropy Bombshell: Brent Christopher Succeeding Kern Wildenthal as Top Exec at Children’s Medical Center Foundation

In the world of North Texas philanthropy and fundraising, there have been few bigger names over the past few decades than Brent Christopher and Kern Wildenthal. So, heads were set spinning this afternoon when it was announced that Christopher—president and CEO at Communities Foundation of Texas—soon would be succeeding Wildenthal as president at the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Check out the details over on D Healthcare Daily.

Colleen Walker Out as CEO at Perot Museum

Insiders are scratching their heads this morning over the surprise resignation of Colleen Walker as CEO at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, less than two years after she took the post. While talk behind the scenes centers on a number of “issues” at the glitzy popular museum—it’s attracted more than 1 million visitors for three years straight—the chairman of the board of directors cited “different views” between Walker and top museum officials in a March 30 letter explaining her resignation, which will be effective June 30. We’ve asked Walker for comment, but in the meantime there are more details about the development here.

UPDATE: In a statement this morning, Walker said, “I am very proud of what we have accomplished and the impact we have had in North Texas during these last two years, and look forward to working collaboratively with both the Board and my wonderful staff over the next several months to keep critical projects moving forward and to ensure a smooth and seamless transition to new leadership.”

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Leading Off (3/31/16)

Battaglia execution postponed. The Dallas man who killed his daughters in 2001 while their mother was on the phone lives to see another day. A few hours before John Battaglia was scheduled to be executed yesterday, he won a stay from the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for his attorney to go after mental incompetency claims. For now, the case will go back to trial court in Dallas.

Dallas Cowboys and WWE Divas visit kids at Scottish Rite. Cowboys including running back Darren McFadden and tight end Gavin Escobar along with WWE wrestlers lifted kids’ spirits yesterday at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. They helped them color and painted faces. This is pretty cool, especially since I was treated at Scottish Rite for three years of my childhood for scoliosis. Way to go, guys!

Last year, 78,000 people moved to DFW. This is partly due to Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JP Morgan Chase, and FedEx moving to Plano. But that’s still a big number. Collin County had the most new residents with more than 20,000, followed by Denton County with 19,000 and then Tarrant County. From mid-2014 to mid-2015, DFW boasted the second-fastest-growing population in the U.S.

Arlington man wins Texas Lottery scratch-off. Lawrence K. Barrow won $2.6 million from the Texas Lottery’s Set for Life game. The Lone Star Conoco that sold him the winning ticket is eligible to receive a $10,000 bonus.

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. Start planning your shenanigans now.

United Way’s GroundFloor Program Unveils Five New Investments

Five nonprofits are being awarded more than $494,000 in seed funding, mentoring, and social-capital investment as the newest class of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ GroundFloor Fellows program. The program, founded in 2013 with investments from AT&T, EY, and individual donors, is a social innovation fund and “impact accelerator program” that provides support and […]

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Dallas’ Free-Housing Solution to Aiding the Chronically Homeless

Yesterday the Guardian wrote about the Cottages at Hickory Crossing, a development of 50 units of permanent supportive housing set to open in April. They’re being built by nonprofit CitySquare on a patch of land right about where interstates 30 and 45 meet.

The project is a housing-first approach to dealing with chronically homeless people who cost the county considerable money when they end up regularly at Parkland or in jail. By providing these people homes, as well as services to treat mental health issues, the hope is that both these residents and the county come out ahead:

The process of selecting tenants is under way. It began by identifying the 300 most expensive homeless people in the county, based on their cost to city services such as the health and prison systems.

“We will have 50 of the most expensive homeless persons. The average cost per person on this list of 300 to the county alone, not counting the city or nonprofit organisations, is over $40,000 a year to stay outside. We’re going to provide a gated community with security, seven day a week mental health services, really good housing – platinum LEED certified – every house has a bedroom scaled to queen-sized furniture, a living room, kitchen and a bath, a nice front porch. Less than $15,000 a year is what it costs to provide that kind of housing,” [Larry James, CitySquare CEO] says.

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Are Dallas’ Richest ZIP Codes Really Its Most Charitable?

The Dallas Business Journal this week has a piece on charitable giving across North Texas, wherein it declares which ZIP codes are the most giving when it comes to making donations to nonprofit organizations (including those of the religious and political stripe, as well as general do-gooders).

The not-so-shocking conclusion? Most of the area’s wealthiest ZIP codes are also its most charitable. Their top 10 list includes Colleyville, Southlake, University Park, Highland Park, West Plano, Preston Hollow — you know, all places where a lowly magazine editor such as myself can’t afford to buy a house.

Here’s a screenshot of their interactive map. Darker colors = more giving:

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AT&T Byron Nelson Tournament Aiming to Raise $14 Million This Year

Organizers of the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament hope to raise $14 million through sales this year, up from the $13.4 million that was raised last year. Net proceeds from those sales will go to support Dallas’ Momentous Institute, a nonprofit serving needy children and their family members with education and mental health programs. […]

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How Dallas Won the Right to Tell Its Own History

There was an item missing from yesterday’s City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Board agenda. It was briefing about a gift two philanthropic foundations, the Boone Family Foundation and the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, planned to give to the city. The gift seemed admirable enough.  The foundations wanted to install markers in seven city parks that would acknowledge their history as historically segregated African-American parks. Sparked both by the redo of Uptown’s once black-only Griggs Park in 2013 and the Facing Race conference held in Dallas in 2014, the intent was to do just that: face up to this city’s racial history, acknowledge the ignominy of the past and celebrate the role these parks played in shaping this city’s African-American community.

But while the board tabled the briefing on February 4, resetting it for February 18, the briefing didn’t happen. Instead, the two artists who were commissioned by the two foundations to prepare the text for the historical markers addressed the board. They spoke of manipulation, cooption, explicit and implicit censorship on the part of the two foundations. They outlined a research process that degraded into prolonged silences, stop orders, and backroom character attacks that led to standoff between the artists and the foundations.

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Cowboys’ Brandon Carr Gives $100,000 to Flint

Says the Guardian, the Dallas Cowboys cornerback is making the donation to his hometown of Flint, Michigan, in response to the ongoing water crisis there:

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint says Carr is donating $100,000 to create the Carr Cares Fund for Flint. He’s also donating $10,000 to help with replacing pipes and plumbing. The water crisis has been linked to a wide variety of health problems after the city started drawing its water from a local river to cut costs. Many residents now bathe, cook and drink with bottled water straining household budgets in a town that has already been hit hard economically.

“I am especially concerned about the children of Flint who now, because of lead poisoning, face tremendous adversity for the remainder of their lives,” Carr said in a statement.

On a related note, “said in a statement” is one of the funniest phrasings in all of journal-ese.

Anyway, good for Carr.

Laughter, Good Works Mix at Tocqueville Event

Besides announcing good works and bringing together some of the heaviest-hitting business people in North Texas, the monthly Second Tuesday luncheons of the local United Way’s Tocqueville Society are, in contrast to some nonprofit gatherings, as entertaining as they are informative. And today’s, held at the AT&T headquarters building in downtown Dallas, was no exception. […]

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