The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women's Foundation

About Us

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 African-American women 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.

Members focus their collective resources on local community organizations that are led by African Americans and/or serve the needs of African-American communities throughout North Texas. In addition to providing financial support to selected organizations, The Village membership seeks to elevate awareness of issues, initiatives, and efforts that affect or support African-Americans living and working in North Texas.

“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

The Founding Officers are:

A. Shonn Brown, Chair
Lisa Montgomery, Co-Chair
Cheryl Alston
Christa Brown-Sanford
Annika Cail
Vera Ingram
Diane Reeves
Frances Cudjoe-Waters

“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

Members

Joining or contributing to The Village at Texas Women’s Foundation affords members the opportunity to support and further a legacy of African-American women’s philanthropy that sets an empowering example for other community members and for future generations of African-American leaders. Rather than making “one-off” individual gifts to community organizations, The Village Giving Circle empowers its members to combine their resources and award large, high-impact, strategically-selected grants to organizations and initiatives benefiting African-Americans.

To learn more about joining The Village, please email villagegivingcircle@gmail.com.

Founding Officers

A. Shonn Brown, Co-chair
Lisa Montgomery, Co-chair
Cheryl Alston
Christa Brown-Sanford
Annika Cail
Vera Ingram
Diane Reeves
Frances Cudjoe-Waters

Founding Members

(listing as of December 11, 2018)

Cheryl Alston
Deborah Alves
Cheryl Benson
Vicki D. Blanton
Myrtle Bowles-Scott
Deshaun Brown
A. Shonn Brown
Veree Hawkins Brown
Tara Buckner
Annika Cail
Cherrise Cederqvist
Tonika Cheek Clayton
Frances Cudjoe-Waters
Janiece Evans-Page
Arlene Ford
Candace N. Ford
Tangee Gibson
Amy Hampton
Kesha Harris Henderson
Lisa Winston Hicks
Hattie Hill
Pamela Y. Hunter
Vera Ingram
Thomica James-Evans
Donna James-Harvey
Debra Hunter Johnson
Deandra Jones
Jill Louis
Ena Williams Koschel

Whitney Lewis
Sara Madsen Miller
Margo McClinton
Monica McCray
Sonja McGill
Leticia McGowan
Lisa Montgomery
Tracey Nash-Huntley
Joan Nelson
Kristi Nelson
Jennifer Parnell
Abi Perpall
Sandra Phillips
Monica McCoy Purdy
Diane H. Reeves
Sandra P. Rogers
Angela M. Ross
Christa Brown Sanford
Shanon Schwimmer
Julia A. Simon
Kristi Stepteau
Neisha Strambler-Butler
Gail Warrior Suchy
Annette J. Watkins
Sheri Crosby Wheeler
Wendy Wilkerson
Shawn Wills
Pamela Wills-Ward

Grants

The Village seeks funding proposals from organizations or programs serving the African-American community in Dallas, Denton, Collin or Tarrant County. The Village also considers proposals from organizations or programs led by an African-American. Organizations may apply to The Village Giving Circle by invite-only.

The Village Grants History