We invest for the long-term in sustained programming that moves women and girls from surviving to thriving, and gives them control of their lives and their families’ futures.
The circumstances and needs of women, girls and their families are influenced by many factors, including age, race and access to education, employment, child care and health care in their communities.
We use our groundbreaking research, expertise in mobilizing capital from donors, and best-practice grantmaking models to bring together experts and community leaders (locally, regionally and statewide). Our goal is to stimulate greater social and economic change for women through strategic collaborations, innovative investment strategies and targeted grants that are both bold and responsible. We also work with elected officials and partners across the state to inform and influence legislative issues on child care access and quality, public Pre-K, predatory lending and human trafficking, among other issues.
For 33 years, Texas Women’s Foundation has served donors, grantees, lawmakers and community leaders as a trusted collaborative partner, knowledge source, advocate and catalyst for positive change to advance economic security and leadership for women and girls.
Our Impact and Reach
With the generous support of our donors, Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) has raised over $50 million through its Unlocking Leadership Campaign that began in 2013 and concluded in November 2018. During that same period of time, we have provided $20 million in funding for programs and nonprofit partners, and distributed over 1,000 grants benefitting women and girls.
More data is available on Foundation Maps, a searchable online tool developed by Foundation Center. The map includes the last two fiscal years of our granting and is updated semi-annually.
Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties
Thirty-three years ago, the founders of Dallas Women’s Foundation began a legacy – becoming a reliable and trusted supporter and advocate for women, girls and their families in North Texas.
Today, our impact in driving positive change, and our commitment to advancing women’s economic security and leadership in this region and beyond continues under our new name: Texas Women’s Foundation.
We raise funds for research, advocacy, innovative programs and solutions, convenings and targeted grantmaking to educate and stimulate greater social and economic change, ensuring that women and girls in North Texas can thrive.
Our work is dedicated to:
- Identifying and researching the issues unique to North Texas to frame a vision for what can be achieved.
- Providing timely, conclusive information for donors, community leaders, nonprofit partners and lawmakers.
- Working across aisles, boundaries, cultures and geographies to drive meaningful changes to policies and practices affecting women and girls.
- Establishing and co-creating programmatic solutions that make sense in the community.
What differentiates Texas Women’s Foundation is our sharp focus on and our courage to invest in both proven strategies and new, innovative ideas to help women and girls become full participants in an equitable society.
Our Programs Develop Strong Women and Strong Leaders for North Texas
We design, implement and support programs that provide women and girls with knowledge and resources to be economically secure, to advance in leadership and to use their power and voice to build a better society for all. Our programs include:
Women Give: Empowering Women’s Philanthropy
Women Give: Empowering Women’s Philanthropy is a series of signature workshops and retreats designed to help women at all levels – from first gifts to legacies – align their giving with their interests and values. Learn More >
Young Women’s Initiative-Dallas
Young Women’s Initiative-Dallas is a cross-sector effort to empower and affirm young women of color, amplifying and supporting their power to develop solutions to systemic challenges they best understand from their lived experiences. Learn More >
#BestSelf is a program developed for girls, ages 11-15, and educators to come together for a day of empowerment, teaching leadership skills, healthy conflict resolution and more, so these young women can embrace and become their “best selves.” Learn More >
Women & Wealth: Gendered Impact Investing
Women & Wealth: Gendered Impact Investing - Texas Women’s Foundation is stimulating change by deploying our capital in investments that yield a financial and social benefit to women and girls. We offer the Women & Wealth educational series to donors, investors and advisors to learn about the opportunities and impact of investing in women. Learn More >
ADVOCACY IN NORTH TEXAS
Engaging in Advocacy North Texas Communities
Real progress to advance women and girls in North Texas requires systemic policy change. We use our research to provide lawmakers and decision-makers with timely, targeted information in order to impact policies that relate to women, girls and their families.
We serve as the collective voice for women leaders and for women whose voice has gone unheard in the public conversation. By providing conclusive information to decision-makers, and engaging supporters on priority issues, we are helping women get the essential resources and opportunities needed to build stronger families and better communities for all.
IMPACT IN NORTH TEXAS
Strengthening North Texas Women, Girls and Families
We proudly partner with grantees in Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties to provide responsive, community-based programming that advances economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families to build stronger, more equitable communities for all.
Our approach fosters collaborative, long-term relationships with our donors and grantees to support best-practice grantmaking models that amplify every dollar donated and invested.
We look full circle at the many issues impacting women’s economic security and opportunities for leadership – so that our programs and grantmaking support the full diversity of women and their needs in the region.
Every Dollar Makes Meaningful Change
- Since 2013, we have raised over $50 million and provided over 1,000 grants benefitting women and girls.
- We provide $5 million annually to organizations and programs to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls.
APPLY FOR GRANT
Texas Women’s Foundation promotes women’s philanthropy and raises money to support community programs that help women and girls realize their full potential.
Texas Women's Foundation Resilience Fund
There are not enough words to describe this time of unprecedented challenges in public health and the economy. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this crisis, and especially to those we know are both impacted first and will feel the impact for the longest time: lower income women and their families who already live at the margins or below the poverty line.
These are the women who make up 63 percent of the workforce making minimum wage. These are the women with jobs in now shuttered restaurants, spas and salons whose income depends significantly on tips. These are the women who provide child care, housekeeping and home health services, and who cannot go to work either because their place of work is closed or their own children must be cared for at home due to school closures.
These are the women and families we have long supported at Texas Women’s Foundation. They are the reason we are focused on women’s economic security as a critical mandate for Texas’ future. And they – as one of the most vulnerable and impacted populations in our communities and state – are why we have responded to the current environment by establishing Texas Women’s Foundation Resilience Fund.
During this unprecedented time of need and uncertainty, grants are prioritized for grantees of the Texas Women’s Foundation for the past three years (Fall 2017 – Spring 2020), including both community grant recipients and grantees in the Foundation’s economic security initiative. This will allow the Foundation to deploy funds at the most rapid pace possible to meet the historic needs in our community. For complete grant guidelines click here.
The Resilience Fund Application opens April 8th at 9 am CST.
Community Grant Cycle
Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) is investing in the power of women and girls to build stronger, more equitable communities across Texas. Through our research, advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs, we are driving meaningful social and economic change for women, girls and families. TXWF empowers women’s philanthropy, by raising money to support the community grant cycle, which funds community programs that help women and girls realize their full potential.
Our expansion as Texas Women’s Foundation has opened many opportunities for the Foundation, including growing interest and opportunities to expand the Foundation’s grantmaking. To better accommodate this growth and to continue to provide thoughtful, transparent and impactful grantmaking processes, we have made the decision to move our Community Grant Cycle to the Spring of 2021. Texas Women’s Foundation continues its commitment to support programs and projects that help women and girls realize their full potential by addressing their unique needs.
The Grant Guidelines for Spring 2021, along with the dates and locations of information sessions, will be released early fall of 2020. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Staff.
Lisa de la Garza
Vice President – Programs
O: 214-525-5314 | C: 817-800-5029 | F: 214-526-3633
WHAT WE FUND
Leadership & Education:
- STEM Education
- Post-secondary education
- Self-esteem building
- Prevention & empowerment (after school)
- Leadership & engagement
- Basic skills & ESL
- Workforce development & earnings
- Economic support (childcare, transitional housing)
- Economic empowerment (entrepreneurship, financial coaching)
- Aging in place/housing for women 75 years and older
Health & Safety:
- Violence against women & girls (sexual assault, domestic violence)
- Human trafficking
- Women’s reproductive health
- Access to health care¬
- Mental, emotional & dental care
- Legal & civil rights
- Capacity Building
- Operating support
- Program support
- Policy Programs
- Increasing Engagement Programs
- Organizations and/or programs that serve women in North Texas
Who Can Apply
- Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue
- The Foundation will consider organizations/programs serving Dallas, Denton, Collin and the immediate surrounding counties for funding.
- At least 75% of the clients benefiting from grant funding are women and/or girls inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender
- Organizations that have been funded through the Community Grant Cycle for five consecutive years must sit out for one year before submitting a new
- Only online applications will be accepted
The Foundation encourages agencies to consider the following questions in reference to their application.
Does the program:
- Effect long-term, positive changes in systems that currently prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential?
- Expand choices and opportunities for women and/or girls inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression?
- Use evaluation tools that include measurement for effectiveness with clear definition of program success?
- Explicitly address the particular and unique needs and challenges of women and girls?
- Promote coordination, cooperation, sharing among other organizations? Was the program developed in consultation and collaboration with other agencies?
- Effectively use volunteers and board members?
- Reflect Texas Women’s Foundation values and core competencies of integrity, intentionality, and inclusivity?
2019 Grantee Partners
Cristo Rey Dallas High School Inc.
Dallas AfterSchool Network
Education Opens Doors
Educational First Steps
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Promise House Inc.
Trauma Support Services Of North Texas Inc.
United to Learn
Woven Health Clinic
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Girls Inc Tarrant County
Girls Inc. Metropolitan Dallas
North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA)
The Senior Source
Women’s Center Tarrant County
Aberg Center For Literacy
Catch Up & Read
Community Council of Greater Dallas
Hope Clinic of McKinney
Jubilee Park Community Center
Our Friends Place
SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
The Gleaning Network of Texas dba GROW North Texas
The University of Texas Foundation, Inc.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth
Crow Family Foundation, Inc. DBA Crow Museum of Asian Art
Dallas Chinese Community Center
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
DFW Hub Center for Health
Healing Hands Ministries
Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas, Inc. dba The Senior Source
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc.
Advocates for Community Transformation
Amy’s Friends DBA New Friends New Life
AT LAST!, Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
City Year, Inc. Dallas
Mercy Street Inc
Paul Quinn College
The Chocolate Mint Foundation
The Compelling Why
Under 1 Roof
Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center
Interfaith Family Services
Family Place, Inc.
Agape Resource & Assistance Center Inc
Dallas Methodist Hospital Foundation
Health Services Of North Texas, Inc.
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.
Methodist Justice Ministry
NTARuPT Fund of the Dallas Foundation
Resource Center of Dallas, Inc.
The Bridge Breast Network
The Ladder Alliance, Inc.
Trinity River Mission, Inc.
Junior Players Guild
Pamper Lake Highlands
Rosa Es Rojo, Inc
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Mosaic Family Services Inc
Texas Women’s Foundation will be additive, not competitive, with an expansion strategy that will move across the state in our spheres of expertise:
- Research is our starting point, which has been statewide in focus and distribution for over a decade. Just as we have done in various cities across the state since 2014, we will now expand further into new cities and regions through convening partners, donors and friends to present the research and issues, and recruit allies and advocates.
- Investing in solutions that are both proven in the North Texas region and portable to other communities will be our next step, expanding signature programs including:
- The Women’s Leadership Institute for executive women in corporations and businesses.
- The Young Women’s Initiative that centers and empowers young women of color, ages 17-24, in the most under-resourced neighborhoods to lead in their lives and in their communities.
- #BestSelf, a one-day intensive leadership development program for girls ages 11-16 that challenges stereotypes and helps girls be confident in the pursuit of their dreams.
- Ultimately, we will be mobilizing capital for greater investment in Texas Women’s Foundation and the movement to Transform Texas for Women and Girls.
It is crucial work, and one of our most meaningful contributions is educating and advocating on key issues to stimulate greater social and economic change, as well as highlighting and supporting innovative programs and solutions in local communities.
As a trusted knowledge resource for advocates, policy-makers, civic leaders, donors and organizations, the conclusive information we bring to the forefront plays a key role in the public conversation and decision-making to:
- Frame a vision of an equitable society where women and girls are full participants.
- Keep a sharp focus on statewide initiatives to affect policy advancements.
Learn More About Economic Issues Facing Women in Texas
Economic Issues for Women in Texas, published by Texas Women’s Foundation, looks at state-level policies and practices and identifies opportunities for innovation and investment in solutions that improve economic and social equity for women and girls in Texas.
Engagement by Metro Area
INVESTMENT IMPACT ACROSS TEXAS
Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) has a 33-year history of leadership in advancing women and their families.
Our expertise in best-practice grantmaking models has been replicated around Texas and across the country. We serve as a knowledge resource and collaborative partner for donors, grantees, community leaders and philanthropic organizations. And we work together to amplify every dollar donated and invested to improve economic security and increase leadership opportunities for women and girls wherever they live in Texas.
Texas Women’s Foundation adheres to an intentional, data-driven and evidence-based process in our decision-making. We support innovative solutions and programs that are bold, yet sensible and responsible, in addressing the needs of women, girls and families in their communities.
The impact of our work is far-reaching. For example:
- We are helping to educate and empower nearly 5,000 young girls annually through the Young Women’s Preparatory Network in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio and Ysleta.
- Texas Women’s Foundation provided financial support to add a gender lens to the statewide Texas Family Budget tool created and maintained by Center for Public Policy Priorities. For 27 regions across Texas, the Family Budget tool allows users to understand the cost of living for a family, types of jobs and wages available in those communities and the pressure points where advocacy and programs can make a real difference. Elected officials, agencies and individuals use the site to understand what it takes to move from surviving to thriving in Texas.
- Texas Women’s Foundation provided initial seed funding and continues to support the Texas office of Alliance for Justice and their Bolder Advocacy project. Since 2015, the Texas office of Alliance for Justice has provided expertise and information to help nonprofits and foundations understand their advocacy rights under the law. Texas Women’s Foundation knows that philanthropy alone cannot meet the growing needs without engaging in local, state and national advocacy. A 2012 report from the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy showed that approximately one hundred nonprofit organizations across 13 states leveraged $231 million from their funders to create $26 billion in benefits for local communities and constituencies through their advocacy work. We provide workshops, webinars and free technical assistance, and publish legal guides, factsheets, and online resources. Over six months in 2018, we held more than 20 workshops in Texas and responded to over 30 requests for technical assistance from Texas organizations.
Driving Positive Change Across Texas
In order for all Texas women to become full participants in an equitable society, we need more lawmakers and decision-makers – men and women – to help drive systemic policy change across the breadth of issues related to women’s economic security and leadership.
Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) publishes groundbreaking statewide research on issues affecting women and girls, which provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state.
Through education and advocacy, we serve as a trusted source of information and a collective voice. Together we help ensure that women and girls are fully represented in the public dialogue, and get the essential resources and opportunities needed to build stronger families and a better Texas.