Through a selfless act of generosity, William Irven Fleetwood established the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation in 1974 out of his gratitude for Texas Safety Personnel.
While growing up, Tom’s daughter, Mary Tom Curnutt, remembers the significance her family placed on philanthropy. “Early on, my parents and grandparents instilled value in giving back to the community.” Mary Tom was the third generation of her family to administer the Fleetwood funds.
The Curnutts live in Arlington and continue to follow Carlisle’s lead as active members of their community. “Building a strong community is very important to us,” Cravens said. “Police and Fire Personnel support our community and to help them and their families is a gift.”
Eventually, the Fleetwood Foundation Board looked for alternatives to the private foundation model. They discovered that moving the foundation to the North Texas Community Foundation was the perfect solution, allowing the mission that Mr. Fleetwood envisioned years ago to continue. In 2012, the Fleetwood Memorial Foundation Fund became part of the Community Foundation, allowing this important work to continue.