Friday, June 15, 2007

Feeling Well by Doing Good?

This article provides an interesting read for a Friday morning...

Brain gets a thrill from charity -

"Knowing your money is going to a good cause can activate some of the same pleasure centers in your brain as food and sex, U.S. researchers said Thursday."

If that's the case, the people at Communities Foundation of Texas must be feeling pretty good lately!

CFT gives $1 million in grants | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Business Columnists: Robert Miller

More details here, on CFT's site:

CFT Bringing Visionary Philanthropists and Worthy Causes Together

At its November 2006 meeting, the CFT Grants Distribution Committee recommended the following grant proposals, which were approved by the board. Grants to meet these requests came from the limited discretionary funds available for competitive grant awards:
  • American Indian Arts Council received approval for a $13,355 grant for equipment and supplies to support continued development of the Native Arts Center & Gallery in Dallas, a multi-use facility that showcases handmade works of art.

  • Biblical Arts Center was recommended for $100,000 to support the $2.7 million capital campaign to reconstruct the fire-damaged Museum of Biblical Art.

  • Bridge Breast Network received approval for a $17,630 grant for equipment to improve administrative services and community health outreach to uninsured residents needing breast care diagnosis and treatment.

  • Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra was recommended for $10,000 to purchase musical instruments and music for programs benefiting underserved young musicians in North Texas.

  • Dallas Furniture Bank received approval for a $25,000 grant toward the purchase of a truck for pick-up and delivery of furniture to needy families.

  • Dallas Theatre Center was recommended for $10,000 to upgrade its infrared listening assistance system to a new, highly reliable radio frequency system for use by hearing-impaired audience members.

  • Dallas VA Fisher House Fund received approval of a $25,000 grant to support the campaign to construct and operate a Fisher House, a "home away from home" for families of military patients receiving medical care at the Dallas VA Medical Center.

  • Senior Source was recommended for $100,000 to support the "Coming of Age" campaign to enable the agency to purchase, renovate, equip and endow an administrative center that serves senior adults in Dallas.

  • Texas Woman's University received approval for $50,000 to support the "Caring for Today-Building for Tomorrow" capital campaign to fund development (renovation and expansion) of the Institute of Health Sciences Dallas Center.

  • Wilkinson Center was recommended for a $50,000 grant to provide funds to expand the CLIMB (Changing Lives, Improving Minds and Bodies) after-school and summer program for at-risk children in east and southeast Dallas.

  • Woodall Rogers Park Foundation received approval of a $250,000 grant to complete engineering and architectural studies for a 5.2-acre park to be constructed on a deck over Woodall Rogers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets.