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TACA Has Raised More Than $600,000 For Its Emergency Arts Relief Fund

by Jerome Weeks 21 Apr 2020 1:17 PM

It plans to start making grants to Dallas County arts groups on May 1 and then again on June 1.


The TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund is a resource to provide short-term immediate relief to Dallas County nonprofit arts organizations experiencing a loss in revenue or increased expenses due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. The Relief Fund started at the end of March with $350,000, so the current amount of $605,600 means that more than $250,000 has been raised in less than a month. The TI Foundation alone increased its gift from $25,000 to $100,00.

Terry Loftis, president and executive director of TACA, said in a prepared statement: “The Dallas philanthropic community has responded to the TACA Emergency Arts Relief Fund in an incredible and most generous way. Thanks to the TI Foundation’s increased commitment and new gifts from the Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust, Perot Foundation, Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, Jaggers Family Fund, and Amy Walton, we’re nicely positioned to make grants to very deserving arts organizations on May 1 and again on June 1.”

To learn if your group is eligible: TACA is accepting applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations in Dallas County that have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  Eligible applicants must have an annual operating budget of less than $5 million and provide performing/visual arts programming for a live, public audience as a core part of their mission.  The majority of an applicant’s programming must take place in Dallas County.  Priority consideration will be given to current TACA-supported organizations, although all arts organizations that meet the applicant criteria will be considered.  The application is available at

The following is a list of all donors to the Fund, including new gifts since the March 30 announcement:

Eugene McDermott Foundation $100,000
Donna Wilhelm Family Fund $100,000
TI Foundation $100,000
Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A. $53,000
Hoblitzelle Foundation $50,000
Perot Foundation $50,000
Communities Foundation of Texas $50,000
March Family Foundation $25,000
Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust $25,000
Melinda and Jim Johnson $25,000
Embrey Family Foundation $25,000
Jaggers Family Fund $2,500
Amy Walton $100