On Nov. 6, The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation (the Foundation) delivered $186,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations whose missions support the African American community in North Texas during an event at Frito Lay headquarters.
Organized in 2017, the mission of The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation is to honor, sustain and expand the legacy of African American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that positively impact the African American community in North Texas. The Village was borne out of a desire to harness the collective giving power and influence of female African American philanthropists, and in recognition of the need to provide opportunities for like-minded African American women to form connections that enhance their civic leadership activities.
One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7.1 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs.
The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive.
Grants distributed by the Village Giving Circle this cycle included the following:
· Abide Women’s Health Services – Support a full-time midwife
· Bold Idea, Inc. – Computer coding club salary support
· The Compelling Why – Leadership programs for African-American students
· Dallas Black Dance Theatre – Scholarships for students
· Denton Black Film Festival Institute – Program support
· Dwell with Dignity – Furniture purchase
· HOPE Farm – Young men’s leadership development program
· I AM a Golfer Foundation – Program support
· Interfaith Family Services – Family Empowerment Program
· GEMS Camp – Support of Hidden Gems Experience
· Golf 3:16 – Golf mentorship program
· The Melville Family Foundation – Basic consumer essentials
· New Friends New Life – Economic Empowerment Program
· Promise House – Maternity group home program for teen moms
· The Werthing Foundation – Laptops and staff funding
· Youth Revive Inc. – Support for partnerships with five DISD schools
Lisa Montgomery, co-chair and founding officer of The Village Giving Circle, said, “The needs are many in our community, but The Village Giving Circle continues to impact 16 deserving organizations in the areas of education, healthcare, culture, pregnancy, sex trafficking and more.”
Founding officers of The Village Giving Circle include A. Shonn Brown, Lisa Montgomery, Cheryl Alston, Annika Cail, Frances Cudjoe-Waters, Vera Ingram, Diane Reeves, Christa Brown Sanford and Shawn Wills.
“We are proud of the support that The Village Giving Circle continues to provide these nonprofits that impact the lives right here in our community,” said Miki Woodard, president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation.