Columbia Alumni Association of Dallas Fort Worth (CAADFW) began as an informal gathering of alumni in the early 90's. In 2016, CAADFW incorporated in the State of Texas and received 501(c)3 status from the IRS as a charitable, non-profit entity. CAADFW is supported by the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) which was founded in 2005 with an opening gala at New York's Museum of Modern Art. In 2007, the CAA launched in Europe with the marquis "CAA Paris 2007" event, featuring a conference with notables such as Kofi Annan, Jeff Sachs, Joe Stiglitz, and Orhan Pamuk, School-based receptions, and a semi-formal gala.
The CAA has grown to support over 100 alumni clubs and shared interest groups, an online Alumni Directory and numerous social networks facilitating unlimited connections, a suite of career resources, and opportunities to connect in person through social, cultural, and intellectual programs.
In 2012, Lee C. Bollinger launched a Presidential Task Force to look at the next five years of the CAA. The Future Growth Strategic Plan, which CAADFW readily adopts, lies out a healthy future for our Columbia connections and the possibilities of our alma mater, with a focus on five areas:
- School-based relationships and collaborations
- Volunteer development and empowerment
- Best practices
- CAA Awareness