Masterplan—Communities Foundation of Texas

Feb 18, 2020 | Dallas, Land Use, Zoning

This month the Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas celebrated reaching $2 billion in cumulative gifts. The non-profit awards more than 5,000 grants each year and has successfully changed the face of North Texas. The organization has worked to raise funds that help meet the critical needs of the community.

The organization manages more than 1,000 charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and other organizations.

A significant source of grantmaking is more than $200 million from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund, which was left to Communities Foundation of Texas upon Will Caruth’s death in 1990.

The Foundation is located at the historic Caruth Homeplace. Masterplan created a Planned Development District and secured a change of zoning for the site. The zoning change in Dallas, TX allowed for the introduction of the office use for CFT and protected the historic Caruth Homeplace, honoring a remarkable family and preserving part of Dallas history.

The Hoblitzell Foundation and Summerlee Foundation are also housed at the site and are part of the Planned Development District.

Masterplan ( is a privately held nearly 40 year old business based in Dallas, TX that specializes in assisting businesses, individuals, utilities, and government agencies regarding all matters of land use. Our firm specializes in zoning changes in Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; and Austin, TX. We routinely handle Planned Development Districts, Conditional Use Permits, Special Use Permits, and all zoning matters. Likewise, we assist in expediting building permits across the state of Texas as well as assist with building code issues. Let our experience be your success. Masterplan’s related company, LaBarba Permit Service (, is celebrating its 55th year in business and specializes in obtaining approvals from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).