The Thanks-Giving Foundation

Common Ground

aka Thanks-Giving Square   |   Dallas, TX   |  http://www.thanksgiving.org

Mission

Our mission at The Thanks-Giving Foundation is to bring diverse peoples together on the common ground of gratitude, and is rooted in human spirituality and love of the diverse. Our constituencies are encouraged to witness, to celebrate, and to promote the value and spirit of thanksgiving for both sacred and secular cultures throughout the world. This mission is carried out by programs of education and research. Thanks-Giving Square serves as a common ground, a sanctuary, where there can be a confluence of faiths and traditions in discussion of shared concerns. In Dallas, where it is located, Thanks-Giving Square is a central meeting place where the diverse people of the city can use thanksgiving as a way to heal divisions, and enhance mutual understanding.

Ruling year info

1964

President & CEO

Mr. Kyle Ogden

Main address

PO Box 131770

Dallas, TX 75313 USA

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Formerly known as

Thanks-Giving Square Foundation

EIN

75-6036406

NTEE code info

Interfaith Issues (X90)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Thanks-Giving Square

Thanks-Giving Square hosts seminars on gratitude and thanksgiving, educational programs for all ages, interfaith dialogues and prayer services, and cultural/religious diversity training. We sponsor a large interfaith breakfast on U.S. National Day of Prayer each year. We work with local, national and international organizations to promote peace and understanding. We conduct school, community and visitor group tours. Our Chapel of Thanksgiving provides a sanctuary for couples to marry and for memorial services. Our gardens give working people a tranquil, green oasis in the midst of hectic city.

Population(s) Served
Interfaith groups
Secular groups

The Interfaith Council’s mission is to explore harmony and diversity among all faith traditions, as we unite in gratitude. The Council is made up of 26 faith denominations, covering almost every major continent of the world. Programs include a speaker series, visits to local congregations, special prayer vigils on major concerns and regular monthly meetings. Highlight events include honoring of veterans, service days, support of National Day of Prayer, and the Festival of Faiths, celebrating the seasons of holidays.

Population(s) Served
Interfaith groups

Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square is a broad and diverse coalition of Dallas’ faith leaders, dedicated to service, hope, and a shared vision for our North Texas community. We are united to create and support a community of respect and compassion for all; we share in the mission of The Thanks-Giving Foundation to heal divisions and enhance mutual understanding.

Vision Statement: To foster and sustain the multi-faith fabric of the Dallas Community through...
*Relationship building
*Community education
*Celebrating diversity
*Providing support and solidarity

Population(s) Served
Interfaith groups

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The Thanks-Giving Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/05/2021
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Board chair

Christopher Trowbridge

John Cuellar

Mark Denesuk

Steven Durham

Ron Gafford

Jamal Gharbieh

Dan Jeakins

Noah Jeppson

Stan Levenson

Jack Lowe

Almas Muscatwalla

Jud Pankey

Carol Seay

Mark Shank

David Stewart

Christopher Trowbridge

Jennifer Altabef

Robert Kent

Joanna Singleton

Liz Cedillo-Pereira

Amy Lewis-Hofland

Philip Todd

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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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