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Texas Women’s Foundation promotes women’s philanthropy and raises money to support community programs that help women and girls realize their full potential. 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.
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.
In an effort to address the changing and evolving community needs and the impact of COVID-19, Texas Women’s Foundation is accepting proposals on a rolling basis beginning on August 3, 2020 at noon. Proposals will be funded monthly beginning September 2020 until funds are expended.
The maximum grant request to be considered is $30,000. Grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000 – $30,000, based upon availability of funds. Grants will be awarded for a 12-month period. Only one proposal per organization will be considered and accepted thru the request for proposal process.
For complete grant guidelines click here.
Community Grant Cycle
Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) invests 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.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Women’s Foundation will focus its granting through the Resilience Fund for the remainder of its fiscal year (July 2020 – June 2021).
Please refer to this site for any updates on granting opportunities regarding the Resilience Fund.
What We Fund
Texas Women’s Foundation Resilience Fund will consider proposals for general operating, program, and capacity-building support for organizations serving women, girls and their families and who are most affected by COVID-19 and the resulting challenges. This includes but is not limited to:
- Women, girls and their families with limited English language proficiency
- Women, girls and their families who are immigrants and/or refugees
- Women, girls and their families from communities of color
- Women, girls and their families from historically marginalized communities
- Women, girls and their families experiencing loss of wages and/or employment, particularity those in the service/hospitality industry, students, and gig workers
- Women, girls and their families experiencing housing instability, eviction or homelessness
- Women, girls and their families without access or limited access to health care
- Women, girls and their families without access to paid leave, sick days or health insurance
- Senior women, whose health, safety and housing needs are acute
Who Can Apply
Grant proposals are being accepted from nonprofits which:
- Have a current 501(c)(3) status
- Demonstrate a three-year operating history
- Serve Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties, and the immediate surrounding North Texas area
- Agree to provide a report on the use of funds and the impact on women, girls and their families, including number served and race/ethnicity
- Accept grant payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)-ACH Authorization
- Have operations that are consistent with the Texas Women’s Foundation mission, vision, values and core competencies
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?
Resilience Fund grants are focused on the mid-term and long-term needs of women and girls. Grants awarded will address the impact of COVID-19 for women and girls in economically vulnerable populations, particularly women and girls who have been victims of systemic racism and have been historically underserved. Including:
- Support for an economically secure future
- Access to physical and behavioral health services and support, including mental health and substance abuse needs
- Access to legal services
- Services for victims of gender-based violence and prevention of gender-based violence
- Child care and adult care services and caregiver support
- Workforce development
- Education support services (not scholarships)
- Engagement and community organizing work for and by women and girls related to economic, social, and racial justice
- Other emerging needs unique to the current pandemic environment
Resilience Fund Grantee Partners
Center for Transforming Lives
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County
Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Educational First Steps**
Faith in Texas
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
Girls Embracing Mothers
Heart of Courage*
House of Rebirth
Human Rights Initiative
Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders**
Interfaith Family Services
Ladder Alliance Inc.
Mi Escuelita Preschool Inc.
Mosaic Family Services Inc.
Nexus Recovery Center, Inc.
North Dallas Shared Ministries
Our Friend’s Place
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Resource Center of Dallas, Inc.
Revive Dallas Small Business Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy of North Texas
St. Philip’s School and Community Center
Texas Muslim Women Foundation
Texas Tenants’ Union*
The Magdalen House, Inc.
Union Gospel Mission
University of North Texas Foundation
Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation
Volunteers of America Inc./Volunteers of America Texas Inc.
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
YMCA Metropolitan Dallas
*HERitage Giving Fund Grants
**Multiple Grants (including HERitage)
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.