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 Black community, to contribute in a strategic and meaningful way, and to bring a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving Black women and girls throughout the North Texas area. The circle provides an opportunity to learn about issues and organizations that affect and impact the 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
Dr. Halima Leak Francis, Co-Chair
Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Grants Committee Chair

HERitage Giving Circle Members

(listing as of August 1, 2020)

Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew*
Sandra Bowie
Terriekka Cardenas
Tameka Cass*
Kristina Chaade Dove
Jamese Cherry
Nikki Christmas*
Adeola Chukwumah
Teresa Coleman Wash
Courtney Cross-Johnson*
Bianca Davis
LaToyia Dennis
Diedre Douglas*
Lacy Durham
Dr. Halima Leak Francis*
Kala Garner
Krystal Hargrove*
Xakema Henderson
Tammy Johnson
Jessica Jones
Dionne Kirby
Cathryn McClellan Kelly*
Bemnet Meshesha*
Alicia Morgan
Errika Flood Moultrie
Lexie Okeke

Kimberly O’Neil*
Rhonda Parker*
Alicia Peoples
Phakisha Peterson
Marisa Roberson
Joli Robinson*
Kimberly Sawyer*
Shaylon Scott
Kristyn Senters*
Jamila Thomas*
Candace Thompson*
Charlondra Thompson
Tamela Thornton
Kristy Vann
Alice Walker
LaSheryl Walker
Akilah Wallace*
Nancy Wallace
Hope Wharton
B. Michelle Williams
Christie Williams*
Marian Williams
Tyeshia Wilson
Pamela Ziegler-Petty

*Founding Member


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

HERitage Grants History