Jennifer Limas, Girls Inc. president & CEO Erica Robinson, co-chair, Faith, Girls Inc. Alum; Julia Nova, co-chair. Photo Credit: Texas Women’s Foundation/Girls Inc..
Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF), located in Dallas, announced that the organization has increased its investment in Tarrant County, providing grants totaling $260,000 to three organizations—WiNGS and their Coaching Institute, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County—to support economic security for women and girls.
Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Texas Women’s Foundation president and CEO, said, “The future workforce and future economy in Texas depend upon investing in solutions that get to the root causes of women’s and girls’ economic insecurity – and reverse them. Our goal is to ensure that Texas women and girls, and their families, have the knowledge, financial competence and support to enable them to move from surviving to thriving. We’re pleased to work with and invest in these Tarrant County nonprofits to help achieve these goals.”
The Women’s Center of Tarrant County grant funds the “Working Families Success” model, a proven best-practice program to advance economic security for more than 400 people. The program provides bundled career and financial coaching and support for Tarrant County women and families overcoming violence, crisis and poverty situations.
The WiNGS grant provides capacity building services in Tarrant County via the WiNGS Coaching Institute. The Institute provides ongoing training, support and continuing-education for financial coaches at nonprofit organizations in Tarrant County. By supporting the front-line staff at nonprofit agencies across the region and standardizing training for financial coaches, the Institute strengthens the financial coaching services provided to women who are clients of multiple nonprofit organizations across the region.
The grant to Girls Inc. of Tarrant County helps fund College & Career Programs for 1,700 at-risk girls in Tarrant County.In 2018, Girls Inc. achieved a 100% graduation rate for its high school seniors who were active in Girls Inc. programs, and 85% of those graduates are pursuing higher education opportunities. Of the girls who started college in fall 2018, 60% were first-generation college students, and of those, 86% were the first in their families to graduate from high school.