Dave Scullin joined Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) as president and chief executive officer in January 2017 after a forty-year career with two major global firms, Deloitte and Arthur Anderson. He is a multifaceted leader, strategic business adviser, financial expert and CPA.
With assets of more than $1 billion, CFT is one of the largest of nearly 800 community foundations in the nation. CFT’s focuses on growing giving in our region, catalyzing change in critically important areas such as education, medical and scientific research and public safety and strengthening the local philanthropic sector of donors and nonprofits.
To support the mission of amplifying philanthropic impact in North Texas and beyond, Scullin works with CFT’s strong board of trustees who have wide-ranging knowledge of community needs, philanthropic perspective and fiscal responsibility to steward more than 950 charitable funds for families, companies, private foundations and nonprofits.
In 2009, CFT initiated North Texas Giving Day, which most recently raised $37 million on just one day in 2017 to benefit over 2,500 nonprofits in the North Texas region. It has become the nation’s largest single day of community-wide giving, and it has encouraged the development of online giving days all across the United States. CFT’s other major initiatives include Educate Texas, a statewide public-private initiative to improve public education; the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at CFT; CFT’s Working Family Success Network of North Texas; CFT’s Data Driven Decision-Making Institute for Education and more.
Prior to joining Communities Foundation of Texas, Dave served as a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 clients with an extensive network in the North Texas community and beyond. Before his retirement in May 2016, Scullin was recognized as a top partner, holding multiple leadership roles over his career including at different times managing partner for Fort Worth and Phoenix, the lead client service partner for major global audit and non-audit clients, the industry leader of multiple sectors and creator and leader of Deloitte’s nationally-recognized North Texas CFO Forum.
Dave has advised numerous client boards in his career and served on civic and other non-profit entities, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Greater Phoenix Leadership (a CEO Forum) and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce (National Economic Development Committee Chair).
Dave lives in the Dallas area with Susan, his wife of forty years. His two adult children, their spouses and his three grandchildren also reside in Texas.