- community building—capacity building as well as home building
- faith-based efforts, especially targeted to after-school curriculum for school-aged children
- education, which in recent years worked with the Dallas ISD to create a curriculum called Dallas Achieves, designed to substantially increase graduation rates
- research, to create accountability in the foundation’s commitment to help create a whole city
Over the years, some initiatives have received greater emphasis and others less, depending on the needs at the time. Several were eventually re-created as new foundations or were given to other organizations for their care and stewardship.
For example, much of the community and capacity-building now functions as key aims of a sister foundation, Frazier Revitalization. The research arm was passed on to the University of Texas at Dallas as the Institute for Urban Policy Research.