Raising of Fort Worth Highlights Tulsa, Oklahoma

ROFW_Tulsa_Panel_Pic_April_2017The first stop on Raising of Fort Worth’s national best practices tour was Tulsa, Oklahoma. On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Raising of Fort Worth community welcomed panelists from the Educare Family Health Project and Smart Start Oklahoma who shared insights on how Tulsa has prioritized health in its work with young children and families.



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April 26th, 2017|

Promise Neighborhoods: A Model for Collective Impact

Promise_Neighborhood copyAt this year’s SXSWEdu Conference, one of the most insightful sessions revealed a best-practice model for cradle-to-career collective impact, presented by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink.

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March 30th, 2017|

5 Factors Impacting 3rd Grade Reading

Annie_E_Casey_Photo_Feb_2017Children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four (4) times as likely to drop out of high school, significantly reducing their chances to succeed in work and in life. [1]

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published two recent reports underscoring the importance of focusing on 3rd grade literacy as a pathway to learning and life success – and as an essential step toward breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Read More…

February 28th, 2017|

Year Two Results: Morningside Parent Engagement Collaborative


In its second year (2015-16), the Morningside Parent Engagement Collaborative (PEC) continued its partnership with four agencies (United Community Centers in partnership with AVANCE, the Parenting Center, Concilio, and Camp Fire First Texas) to provide parent engagement services to families and their children age 0-5 in the Morningside neighborhood of Fort Worth.

The PEC was started in 2014 by The Morris Foundation, The Rainwater Charitable Foundation, and The Miles Foundation to help low-income families develop critical skills, enhance their knowledge, and build confidence Read More…

January 31st, 2017|

Our History: A Timeline

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December 15th, 2016|

“Data Driving Change” Showcases Local Innovation in Early Childhood

rofw_nov_2016The Fort Worth early learning community recently has been abuzz about data – and rightfully so. The recent launch of the Fort Worth literacy partnership (led by Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner, and BNSF Chairman Matt Rose) has coincided with a number of other exciting community initiatives utilizing data to inform early childhood strategies. Given these developments, “Data Driving Change” emerged as a timely theme for the latest Raising of Fort Worth (ROFW) breakfast at Lena Pope on November 1, 2016.

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November 28th, 2016|

Our 2016 Grantees

fortress_photo_2016We are thrilled to announce our grantee partners for the upcoming year. Each of these organizations is working to secure a brighter future for Fort Worth. Thank you for your dedication to helping our local children and families thrive!

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October 31st, 2016|

#BrightSpotsFW: A Whole School Approach

mh_moore_picAmidst public school debates often mired in test scores and school rankings, one urban elementary school principal dared to venture outside of the quantitative box.  His approach of supporting the whole child – and engaging an entire community – has produced inspiring results. Read More…

September 20th, 2016|

From Homeless to Harvard: Transcendent Lessons from Liz Murray

Liz_MurrayOnce living on the streets and now a published author and Harvard graduate, Liz Murray captivated the audience at the 2016 Wise County convocation with her inspiring story of grit, optimism, will, and triumph amidst incredible odds.

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August 31st, 2016|

Ready to ACT? 3 Steps to Effective Foundation Communications

3_steps_stuart_milesBy Sara J. Redington and Danielle M. Reyes

(Originally posted on PhilanthroFiles blog)

An effective communications strategy can help amplify a foundation’s impact by lifting up the successes of its grantees and other partners, elevating the causes that matter most to the organization, and connecting ideas, people, and resources around a common purpose.

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July 29th, 2016|