"...Each of us is being called to powerfully move our own lives toward the compassion we want to see in others." — Hildy Gottlieb

Annual Meeting 2018

Excitement, cheering and gasps. These sounds are not the norm at a typical Jewish nonprofit’s annual meeting. But then again, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation (DJCF) and the Southwest Community Foundation (SWCF) are quite different from your ordinary Jewish nonprofit. The first and most significant distinction is the DJCF/SWCF do not fundraise, nor solicit. In contrast to many, the Foundation concentrates on managing other nonprofits’ funds so they can concentrate on the important services they provide. Additionally, the Foundation administers numerous scholarships, endowments and donor-advised funds on behalf of fundholders. To commence the evening, outgoing Chairman Rusty Cooper handed the gavel on to incoming Chairman Andy Dropkin and within minutes the board of trustees were elected and welcomed. Then, the night got underway with some big surprises. To better show the community what the Foundation does the DJCF/SWCF debuted a new program called Unsung Heroes. The Foundation recognized that nonprofits cannot survive without financial resources, but equally important is the dedication from staff – especially those behind the scenes that don’t usually get the spotlight. For this surprise project, each agency that maintains its funds with DJCF or SWCF had the opportunity to recognize one of their own staff members that is not generally seen, bu…

College Scholarships

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation and its affiliates provide college scholarships to eligible students from Dallas, Denton & Collin counties as well as a variety of specialty scholarships. High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students of any and all faiths are encouraged to apply. Close to 50 college scholarships are awarded each year based on financial need, academic merit, involvement in extracurricular activities and/or community service. Scholarships range from $500.00 to $7,500.00 and most allow study at the college or university of the recipient's choice. In addition to general scholarships, there are specific scholarships for those studying the following fields; medicine, law, education, fashion merchandising, and Jewish studies. There are also scholarships for students at the University of Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Southern Methodist University. One universal scholarship application is needed for the myriad of scholarships since questions are designed to allow each applicant to be considered for every scholarship for which he/she may be eligible. Our scholarships come from individuals or organizations who have established endowment funds (funds that continue forever) at the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation because they care deeply about helping students attend college. If you have any questions, please contact scholarships@djcf.org or 2…

First Responders Appreciation

The DJCF is gearing up for the next delivery to our local First Responders. The DJCF became inspired to help make a difference through the creation of a fund, the First Responders Appreciation Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. This fund was established to thank our First Responders for being away from their families to protect and care for us. We rallied together as a community after the tragic shooting of five noble police officers. This fund supports the delivery of treats and sweets to first responders on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let us keep that united spirit alive and continue to show our support. So while we are home with our families to celebrate the holiday, and holiday, we would like to thank our first responders for being on duty protecting us each and every day. As Jews, we are guided by the Torah’s various instructions to not stand by silently, as well as our obligation and responsibility towards seeking justice. If you would like to volunteer for the next holiday appreciation delivery please contact the foundation office at volunteer@djcf.org or 214-615-9351. Contributions can be made to the First Responders Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation.

Independent Audit Report

Click here to see our independent audit report for 2017.

Our Mission

Guided by our faith and traditions, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation seeks to improve our community and the world by empowering the philanthropic vision and passions of our fundholders and community partners.


The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation continues to be very helpful in working together to meet the various philanthropic goals and desires that many of my clients have. Meyer Bodoff and his staff are very professional and continue to adapt…
Scott R. Cohen - CD Wealth Management, CFP®, CFS®, CAP®
I have the privilege to serve as Chair of Create A Jewish Legacy, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation's endowment and bequest initiative. That gives me the chance to collaborate with community partners and their donors to ask their const…
Stuart Prescott - Marsh & McLennan Agency Known Locally as Prescott Pailet Benefits
Our family philanthropic fund with the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, which we established approximately 5 years ago, has provided us with the ability to plan and organize our charitable giving. First, it has allowed us to contribute t…
Dr. Harlan and Hannah Kay Pollock
The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, particularly under the leadership of Meyer Bodoff, continues to stand out among community organizations. Most nonprofits, focus on the "how" or "way" donors can give. In my experience with Meyer and…
Todd S. Healy, MSW, CLU, ChFC, AEP - Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, HealyPartners
We have enjoyed a terrific long-standing relationship with the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. Professionals and families need a trusted partner, not just one with the knowledge and skills to get the job done, but one with a "heart". …
Lenny Krasnow - M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation
My experiences with the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation as a practicing CPA as well as a lay volunteer have been very fulfilling. In my professional dealings with the Foundation staff, they exhibit a high degree of professionalism and r…
Sandy Kaufman - Stanford Kaufman & Associates
My experiences with The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation have only been positive. Meyer Bodoff and his staff may be the most compassionate and capable group of people assembled in the field of philanthropy in Dallas, TX. They never fail…
M. Alan Alspaugh, CLU, CAP® - Eagle Strategies, LLC
Our relationship with Dallas Jewish Community Foundation goes all the way back to its formation as a separate entity in 1999. We are very proud of this relationship and continue to enjoy watching the Foundation grow in size and stature as …
David Rosenberg - Thompson & Knight LLP
As an attorney (and CPA) who often represents families involved with complex tax and estate matters relating to wealth preservation and transfer strategies, it is reassuring to know that the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation is available a…
Josh O. Ungerman, P.C. - Partner, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P.

Contact Us

Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Byrna & Joe Funk Family Philanthropy Center
12700 Hillcrest Road, Suite 201
Dallas, Texas 75230

E-mail: info@djcf.org
Phone: (214) 615-9351
Fax: (214) 363-5942