AT&T Allocates $1M to Southern Dallas Thrives, Last Mile Announces North Texas Education Fund, and $300,000 Awards to Five Dallas Nonprofits Dallas Innovates – Archyde

From nonprofit funding to project grants to community service, there has been no shortage of social impact initiatives in North Texas.

We’ve seen a number of companies, startups, and organizations take steps over the past year to prepare for a post-pandemic future, advance equity and inclusion, strengthen the burgeoning local startup ecosystem, and more. Here’s a roundup of locals making a difference right now with charitable donations, grants, volunteer efforts, or positive change.

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AT&T provides $1M to Southern Dallas Thrives for student laptops and resources

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Now, thanks to AT&T, the digital divide has narrowed a bit. Hundreds of South Dallas students picked up free laptops for United Ways this week as part of AT&T’s $1 million pledge Southern Dallas is thriving Campaign.

Over the next two years, AT&T’s donation will provide a total of 2,000 refurbished laptops for K-12 students in the community, along with digital literacy training and technical support. The laptops and services are also offered to young adults and families in partnership with nonprofit organizations and local schools in south Dallas.

This new effort is part of the AT&T Connected Learning Initiative aimed at providing underprivileged children across the country with access to learning.

“Our collaboration with AT&T will strengthen our efforts through the Southern Dallas Thrives initiative to improve economic opportunity for students and ensure they are competitive and successful in securing the livelihood jobs of the future,” said Jennifer Sampson, President McDermott-Templeton and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in a statement.

Last Mile announces the North Texas Education Fund for Biotech and STEM students in support of Lyda Hill Philanthropies

The Last Mile Education Fund has announced the North Texas Biotech Workforce Fund, a $100,000 regional fund aimed at supporting financially challenged students pursuing biotechnology and related STEM degrees in 26 North Texas counties.

With initial support from a Lyda Hill Philanthropies grant, this unique fund will increase access to biotech careers for low-income North Texas students and allow them to join the region’s growing biotech workforce.

The Last Mile fund invests in earning degrees for ambitious, low-income students in high-demand STEM subjects. The organization identifies students nearing the finish line in their chosen field and provides just-in-time support for financial challenges beyond their control.

“With the growing ecosystem of North Texas’ life sciences community, including the recently announced Biotech+ Hub at Pegasus Park, a 23-acre office park designed to bolster local biotech innovation, our region needs more STEM and… biotech graduates to enter life science careers,” said Tom Luce, CEO of Biotech Initiatives at Lyda Hill Philanthropies, in a statement.

Students in need can Apply for the fund here.

The Dallas Foundation’s Women of WPI are donating $300,000 to five nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area


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At the Dallas Foundation’s Mary M. Jalonick Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), recognizing life-changing, life-affirming organizations is our top priority.

This will also be the case again in 2022. Founded 10 years ago, the organization announced that it recently awarded more than $300,000 to five nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area. That number is six times higher than any previous year and brings WPI’s total donations to more than $830,000.

Jubilee Park and Community Center in southeast Dallas received the highest grant at $150,000. An additional $40,000 was awarded to each of the following: ACT for justice, Girls Embracing Moms (GEMS), Hope Supply Co., and Metrocare Services.

“The women of WPI are honored to influence so many North Texans across all five of these nonprofits that inspire and cultivate change for Dallas,” said Sarah Losinger, a founding member of WPI, in a statement. “We know that each of these organizations will turn their awards into additional and much-needed resources for communities across Dallas.” Read more in our story here.


Fabio Luisi conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on April 19, 2019. [Photo by Sylvia Elzafon, courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra]

” The National Foundation for the Arts has awarded a total of $450,000 four Dallas performing arts groups. the Dallas Symphonieorchester and Bishop Arts Theatre Center each received $150,000. the Dallas Black Dance Theater were granted $100,000 and Dear Mia Theater 50.000 $.

” The Bum Bright Familie has given a $7.5 million gift for an expansion of Children’s Hospital Plano. It is the greatest philanthropic gift in the history of the hospital and one of the largest donations in Collin County. The facility’s new emergency room will bear the Bright family name.

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Miranda Lambert and you Bandwagon-Tour cooperate with Dallas Pets Live! to Promote the care of pets in need. Lambert will follow Small big city and The Cadillac Three when they occur Dos Equis Pavilion im Fair Park I have 7. May.

⟫ A new program aims to accommodate half of the homeless in Dallas and Collin Counties Using COVID-19 Remedies. The goal of Dallas REAL Time Rapid Rehousing Initiative is to house 2,762 homeless people and families permanently by September 2023.

” The Oak Cliff Veggie-Projekt has a partnership with the 4DWN-Projekt to open a communal cold store in the middle of the 4DWN skate park in South Dallas. “It’s going to increase our capacity tenfold, I’m not kidding,” Tumminia told NBC DFW. “We can also run many different programs from this cold store.”

My Possibilities launched a new, more dynamic online learning program called MPower Online Learning in April 2020. They plan to increase enrollment to 100 by the end of 2022. [Image: Courtesy My Possibilities]

⟫ Just before the pandemic, Plano’s my options planned to Groundbreaking for Building 2 of his Campus for seniors To learn Helping 1,000 adults with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities every month. But construction delays and price hikes during the pandemic have added $2 million to the cost. Now the organization’s $25 million capital campaign is restarting to close the construction cost gap. No doubt forces of good will intervene throughout North Texas to complete this project of hope, help and learning.

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