HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women's Foundation

About Us

HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation was founded August 2017, during Black Philanthropy Month. The mission of HERitage is to encourage philanthropy in the African-American/Black community, to contribute in a strategic and meaningful way, and to bring a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area. The circle provides an opportunity to learn about issues and organizations that affect and impact the African-American/Black community.


HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation is committed to engaging Black women of varying economic status and backgrounds, who have a heart for investing in organizations, often grassroots, small to medium in size and/or start ups. Often these organizations have limited access to funding sources to support basic operating needs (staff income, supplies, transportation, etc.), help to increase service capacity and reach, and sustain much-needed program services over time. This is why Heritage Giving Fund and other giving circles are important.

To learn more about joining HERitage, please email heritagegivingfund@gmail.com.

The Founding Officers are:

Akilah S. Wallace, Chair
Halima Leak Francis, Co-Chair
Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Grants Committee Chair

HERitage Giving Circle Members

Bianca Anderson
Froswa’ Booker-Drew
Tameka Cass
Greer Christian
Nikki Christmas
Kamilah Collins
Courtney Cross-Johnson
Tivona Curtis
Bernadette Davis
Diedre Douglas
DeAnn Dunkins Lax
Brooke Evans Fitzpatrick
Mercedes Fulbright
Paulette Griffin
Carol Hammond
Krystal Hargrove
Aliah Henry
Sophia Johnson
Halima Leak Francis
Demetria McCain
Cathryn McClellan
Bemnet Meshesha

(listing as of December 11, 2018)

Alicia Morgan
Kimberly O’Neil
Rhonda Parker
Maggie Parker
Alicia Peoples
Crystal Perry
Cyndi Robertson
Joli Robinson
Asia Rodgers
Kimberly Sawyer
Kristyn Senters
Jamila Thomas
Candace Thompson
Tamela Thornton
Cordelia Tullous
Kristy Vann
Akilah Wallace
Christie Williams
Marian Williams
Rhonda Williams
Shawn Wills
Tyeshia Wilson


The HERitage Giving Fund at the Texas Women’s Foundation awards grants to organizations that are located in the North Texas area and serve African-American women and girls who live, work or study in North Texas. The fund also supports organizations that are African American female led (Executive Director, Board Chair or Program Director supervising the program to be funded) and 50% or more of the clients served are African American. HERitage awards one year grants up to $10,000.

HERitage Grants History