Ruth Sharp Altshuler Basic Needs Fund

This vital fund provides predictable, year-after-year funding for our basic needs grants, enabling United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to support North Texas families in times of crisis. The fund is named in honor of the late Ruth Sharp Altshuler, a longtime United Way supporter and one of North Texas’ most dedicated philanthropists.

Results & Impact

  • 12

    food pantries
  • 9.4+

    million pounds
    of food distributed
  • 99,000

    North Texans


food pantries


million pounds
of food distributed


North Texans

The Ruth Sharp Altshuler Basic Needs Fund is supported by these generous contributors:

  • Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation 
  • Carolyn and David Miller 
  • Sammye and Mike Myers 
  • Margot and Ross+ Perot 
  • Kelly H Compton 
  • Peggy Dear 
  • The Robert H. Dedman Family 
  • Hamon Charitable Foundation 
  • Sarah and Alan Losinger 
  • Margaret McDermott+ 
  • Valerie and Lewis McMahan 
  • Caren Prothro 
  • Carolyn and Karl Rathjen 
  • Deedie Rose 
  • Jennifer and Ed Sampson 
  • Marianne and Roger Staubach 
  • Mary and Richard Templeton 
  • Dee Collins Torbert 
  • Lize and Bill Armstrong 
  • Marilyn Augur 
  • Jeanne Whitman Bobbit and Rhodes Bobbitt 
  • Rebecca Wolfson Bruder 
  • President and Mrs. George W. Bush 
  • Brent Christopher 
  • Richard H Collins 
  • Dean Corbitt and Fred Penn 
  • Jeanne and Berry Cox 
  • Mary Anne Cree 
  • Betsy and Bennett Cullum 
  • Linda and Bill Custard 
  • Betsy and Richard Eiseman 
  • Louise Eiseman 
  • Regen and Jeff Fearon 
  • Rebecca Fletcher 
  • Judy and Jim Gibbs 
  • Kathleen and Robert Gibson 
  • Margo and Bill Goodwin 
  • Louise Griffeth 
  • Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich 
  • Jan and Fred Hegi 
  • Roger Horchow 
  • Caroline Rose Hunt+ 
  • Kathryn F. Hyland 
  • Gene and Jerry Jones 
  • Caren and Pete Kline 
  • Joan and Irvin Levy 
  • Paul and Linda Ludden 
  • Bobby B. Lyle 
  • Julie Macatee 
  • Nancy Cain Marcus 
  • Sara and David Martineau 
  • Linda and John McFarland 
  • Janie McGarr 
  • Suzanne and Patrick McGee 
  • Ruth Ann Montgomery 
  • Alice and Erle Nye 
  • Susanna and Van Ogden 
  • PNC Bank 
  • Nancy Perot 
  • Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. 
  • Joan and Robert Pollock 
  • Gigi Potter-Salley 
  • Katherine and Eric Reeves 
  • Lizzie and Dan Routman 
  • Peggy and Carl Sewell 
  • Marcia Regan Shannon 
  • Gay and Bill Solomon 
  • Helen Storey 
  • Bonnie and Doug Thompson 
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center 
  • Alinda and James Wikert 
  • Barbara and Don Zale 
  • Lyda Hill

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