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:

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

“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 communications@villagegivingcircle.org

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Founding Officers

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

Founding Members

(listing as of December 19, 2019)
*denotes founding member

Tammi Abney
Cheryl Alston*
Deborah Alves*
April Audain
Cheryl Benson*
Angela Berry Roberson
Myrtle Bowles-Scott*
Vicki D. Blanton*
Jarie Bradley
Deshaun Brown*
Shonn Brown*
Veree Hawkins Brown*
Tara Buckner*
Annika Cail*
Candace Campbell
Andrea Carter*
Cherrise Cederqvist*
Shari Crittendon
Frances Cudjoe-Waters*
Tanya L. Downing
Janiece Evans-Page*
Arlene Ford*
Renee Gadson
Lisa Gardner
Gwen George
Tangee Gibson*
Sharon Gilmore
Carol Greene*
Latasha Grinnell
Amy Hampton*
Juanita Harris*
Kesha Harris Henderson*
Aliah M. Henry
Lisa Winston Hicks*
Rita Parson Hightower*
Hattie Hill*
Vera Ingram*
Donna James-Harvey*
Debra Hunter Johnson*
Jessica Johnson
Rosylin Johnson*
Ena Williams Koschel*
Sharon Lakes

Whitney Fogle Lewis*
Jill Louis*
Sara Madsen Miller*
Margo McClinton*
Monica McCray*
Sonja McGill*
Leticia McGowan*
Marlo Melucci*
Lisa Montgomery*
Adrienne A. Mosley
Tracey Nash-Huntley*
Kristi Nelson*
Jennifer Parnell*
Anita Paxton
Sonya Pegues
Abi Perpall*
Gayle Placide
Natalie Plumlee*
Tracy Preston*
Mandy Price
Monica McCoy Purdy*
Diane H. Reeves*
Carolyn Ross Riley
Sha’ Roehm*
Sandra Phillips Rogers*
Renee Sample
Christa Brown Sanford*
Julia A. Simon*
Carmen Smith
Renita Smith*
Angela Spencer
Kezia Stegemoeller
Kristi Stepteau*
Neisha Strambler-Butler*
Gail Warrior Suchy*
Annette J. Watkins*
Sheri Crosby Wheeler*
Wendy Wilkerson*
Shawn Wills*
Pamela Wills-Ward*
Terri Anderson Williams
Shannon Kelly Woods*

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