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Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT)

August, 2014

WHAT:                 Cause-Minded Conversation with NextGen Nonprofit Leaders. Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) presents panelists Jayda Batchelder of Education Opens Doors, Chad Houser from Café Momentum and Reid Porter of Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT), as part of its “Cause-Minded Conversations” series.  The discussion will be moderated by Byron Sanders, Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation.  The event is free and open to the public.


WHEN:                 Wednesday, October 15.  4:00 pm Registration. 4:30 -6:00 p.m. Panel


WHERE:               Communities Foundation of Texas5500 Caruth Haven Lane in Dallas, Texas.      


WHY:                    CFT’s series of informational events for donors and other community leaders highlights important issues in our city.  The upcoming panel discussion will share the visions and career paths of three up and coming next generation nonprofit leaders and the impact they are having on our community.


WHO:                   THE PANEL

·         After 17 years as a chef, Chad Houser sold his partnership of Parigi Restaurant to devote his full attention to the role of Executive Director of Café Momentum. His passion is to teach life, social and employment skills to Dallas’ most at-risk youth.

·         As an award-winning middle school teacher, Jayda Batchelder saw firsthand that content mastery alone was not adequately preparing her students for high school success.  She is now the Founding Executive Director of Education Opens Doors, a grassroots nonprofit that partners with schools across North Texas to empower students to purposefully navigate through high school to college using their manual, Roadmap to Success, and an aligned program.

·         Reid Porter is the President and founder of ACT (Advocates for Community Transformation), an organization he started out of the need to make inner-city neighborhoods safer places to live, free from crime and urban blight.  A lawyer by trade, Porter leads ACT to assist West Dallas clients through an ongoing casework approach supported by a strategy of structural prevention.


Byron Sanders is the Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation, a nonprofit charitable and educational organization that benefits the Dallas ISD.  The Foundations goal is to rally philanthropic, corporate, and community support for initiatives and programs benefitting the students of the 2nd largest public school district in Texas.


REGISTRATION INFO:  Free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, register at  or 214-750-4222.

ABOUT CFT: Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives.


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