The Thanks-Giving Foundation
A Foundation Built on Common Ground
The Thanks-Giving Foundation owns and operates Thanks-Giving Square, a contemplation garden, exhibition hall and interfaith chapel nestled in the heart of downtown Dallas. The Foundation strives to make North Texas a better place to live, work and play by educating, inspiring and moving its people towards becoming the City of Thanks-Giving.
Our purpose is to bring together diverse people on the common ground of gratitude through our places, ideas and actions. We provide resources and initiatives that encourage individuals from all walks of life to embrace gratitude, virtue and goodwill. We believe that enhancing the presence and practice of gratitude in people’s daily lives can foster mutual understanding that guides us all to a united place of harmony with others, our community and ourselves.
To live a life of gratitude is to live a life of virtue. We believe people with a grateful spirit who aspire to live a virtuous life and demonstrate goodwill will find happiness and contentment, no matter where they’re from or where their journey takes them. By living a virtuous life of gratitude and goodwill, we believe individuals from all backgrounds, cultures and religions have the power to overcome differences and join together to strengthen communities, heal divisions and promote compromise.
Our PURPOSE is to bring together diverse people on the common ground of gratitude.
We BELIEVE, that by increasing the presence of GRATITUDE in people’s daily lives, we can promote understanding and create a common ground for harmony. A harmony that resonates on multiple dimensions including being at harmony with others, with our community, and with ourselves. Gratitude can guide us to that place of harmony
We BELIEVE that an individual that strives to live a life of VIRTUE will find happiness and contentment in their virtuous journey. Furthermore, virtuous people will necessarily advocate for public and civic virtue within the body politic, and will consequently improve the communities in which they live. Living within this framework, citizens will willingly exercise reasoned self-restraint, compassion, and decency, will find political compromise, and will set aside private interest for the good of society.
We BELIEVE that people of differences that reason together in a spirit of GOODWILL will resolve to a reasonable compromise. Goodwill is the basic component of “good people”…those with clean motives, and those who possess a lack of prejudice, cruelty and viciousness. Our neighbors and neighborhoods flourish in the presence of people of goodwill.
Honors & Awards
- Obelisk Award, Distinguished Cultural Organization Award, 2018
- Bishop Oden Award, 2017 (Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square)