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.

Organization and Leadership

Our forward-looking leadership team is made up of dedicated, focused and experienced individuals making a difference in the community.

our Purpose

Coming together on Common Ground, moving together to Higher Ground.


We believe in the power of three simple ideas…

  • Choose LOVE over HATE
  • Get Involved, Make a Difference
  • Practice Gratitude
Honors & Awards
  • D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards, Organization of The Year, finalist 2021
  • D CEO Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards, Organization of The Year, winner 2020
  • Obelisk Award, Distinguished Cultural Organization Award, 2018
  • Bishop Oden Award, 2017 (Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square)
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