Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Community Based Philanthropy

Track Leader: Nancy Jones

This is a hands-on workshop about how to use community philanthropy as a vehicle for community transformation. Learn about why philanthropy matters to all of us and how each of us can contribute to realizing a common vision for our communities. See how local citizens can organize around local issues to yield social, human, and economic capital in their community.

Track Limit: 20

Nancy E. Jones is the President of the Community Foundation of North Texas, based in Tarrant County and serving the communities of the North Texas region. The Foundation has assets of $200 million and awards grants of $14 million each year.

Jones has a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky at Lexington and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C. as well as the Conference of Southwest Foundations; she has also served several terms on the Community Foundation Leadership Team and its predecessor, the Community Foundation Committee.

Prior to her move to Fort Worth, Nancy was the founding President of the Community Foundation of Abilene, building that Foundation from an initial base of $750,000 to $80 million in endowed assets. She and her husband, Ross, have 3 children and 12 grandchildren, and a bird dog suffering from attention deficit disorder. They spend a lot of their free time on a ranch in Coleman County.

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