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.

During this unprecedented time of need and uncertainty, grants are prioritized for grantees of the Texas Women’s Foundation for the past three years (Fall 2017 – Spring 2020), including both community grant recipients and grantees in the Foundation’s economic security initiative. This will allow the Foundation to deploy funds at the most rapid pace possible to meet the historic needs in our community.  For complete grant guidelines click here.

Community Grant Cycle

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) is investing 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.

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) is investing 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.

Our expansion as Texas Women’s Foundation has opened many opportunities for the Foundation, including growing interest and opportunities to expand the Foundation’s grantmaking. To better accommodate this growth and to continue to provide thoughtful, transparent and impactful grantmaking processes, we have made the decision to move our Community Grant Cycle to the Spring of 2021. Texas Women’s Foundation continues its commitment to support programs and projects that help women and girls realize their full potential by addressing their unique needs.

The Grant Guidelines for Spring 2021, along with the dates and locations of information sessions, will be released early fall of 2020. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Program Staff.

Lisa de la Garza
Vice President – Programs
O: 214-525-5314 | C: 817-800-5029 | F: 214-526-3633


Leadership & Education:

STEM Education
Post-secondary education
Self-esteem building
Prevention & empowerment (after school)
Leadership & engagement

Economic Security:

Basic skills & ESL
Workforce development & earnings
Economic support (childcare, transitional housing)
Economic empowerment (entrepreneurship, financial coaching)
Aging in place/housing for women 75 years and older

Health & Safety:

Violence against women & girls (sexual assault, domestic violence)
Human trafficking
Women’s reproductive health
Access to health care¬
Mental, emotional & dental care

Women’s Issues:

Legal & civil rights

Also includes:

Capacity Building
Operating support
Program support
Policy Programs
Increasing Engagement Programs
Organizations and/or programs that serve women in North Texas

Who Can Apply

Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue
The Foundation will consider organizations/programs serving Dallas, Denton, Collin and the immediate surrounding counties for funding.
At least 75% of the clients benefiting from grant funding are women and/or girls inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender
Organizations that have been funded through the Community Grant Cycle for five consecutive years must sit out for one year before submitting a new
Only online applications will be accepted

Funding Priorities

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?

2018 Grantee Partners

Agape Resource & Assistance Center Inc.
All Saints Health Foundation
Alliance for Justice
American Institute for Cancer Research
American National Red Cross – Red Cross of North Texas
ASCENT – Leading Multicultural Women to the Top Inc.
Baylor Health Care System Foundation
Bioneers/Collective Heritage Institute
Boy Scouts of America (571 Circle Ten Council)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County*
Bridge Breast Center Inc. DBA Bridge Breast Network
Bright Future Foundation For Eagle County
Brighter Tomorrows, Inc.
Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc.*
Catholic Charities Diocese of  Fort Worth
Childrens Advocacy Center Of Collin County Inc.
Children’s Medical Foundation of Texas
Church of Christ on McDermott Road
Circuit Trail Conservancy Fund at the Dallas Foundation
City House*
City Square*
Collin County Committee on Aging Inc./Meals on Wheels of Collin County
Collin County Mobility Collaborative LLC
Commit2Dallas DBA Commit
Communities Foundation of Texas
Covenant Church*
Dallas AfterSchool Network*
Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps, Inc.
Dallas County Community College District Foundation, Inc.
Dallas Foundation A Tx Nonprofit Corporation – DISD Foundation
Dallas Foundation A Tx Nonprofit Corporation – Early Matters Dallas*
Dallas Foundation A Tx Nonprofit Corporation – Texas 2036
Dallas Holocaust Museum*
Dallas Social Venture Partners
Design Connect Create
DFW Hub Center for Health
Documentary Arts, Inc.
Educational First Steps*
Executives in Action
Faith in Texas – Pico*
Family Gateway, Inc.*
Family Place*
Foundation For The Education Of Young Women
Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Friends of Solar Prep
GENDERAVENGER (Gender Avenger)*
George W Bush Foundation
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas*
Girls Embracing Mothers, Inc.
Girls for Gender Equity Inc.  – GGE
Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas*
Global Fund For Children
Health Services Of North Texas Inc*
Heart House
Hearts for Homes
Hopeful Solutions, Inc.*
Hope’s Door
Housing Crisis Center, Inc.*
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.*
Interfaith Housing Coalition
International American Educaction Federation, Inc.
Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc.
Jewish Family Services of Dallas
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas*
Journey to Dream Foundation
Junior Achievement of Dallas, Inc.
Junior League of Dallas, Inc.
Just in Time for Foster Youth
Kid Net Foundation/Jonathan’s Place
Knox College Office of Advancement
Leadership ISD
League of Women Voters of Dallas
League of Women Voters of Dallas Education Fund
Letot Capital Foundation Fund at the Dallas Foundation*
Links Foundation, Inc.*
Marked Men for Christ Inc.
Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation
Metrocrest Services/Metrocrest Social Services*
Mosaic Family Services, Inc.*
National Alliance For Partnerships In Equity Education Foundation
National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated
National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Dallas Section
Nature Conservancy
New Friends New Life*
Nexus Recovery Center, Inc.
North Dallas Shared Ministries Inc.
North Texas Public Broadcasting Inc. (KERA)*
NTARuPT Fund of the Dallas Foundation a Texas Nonprofit Corp*
Open Arms Inc. DBA Bryan’s House*
Parkland Foundation*
PeaceJam Foundation
Philanthropy New York Inc. (Fiscal Sponsor for AFN)
Philanthropy Southwest
Plan International USA, Inc.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas*
Promise House
Public Radio International Inc.
Rebecca Bender Initiative
Resource Center of Dallas, Inc.
Scholar Shot
Senior Citizens Of Greater Dallas Inc.*
Shared Housing Center, Inc.*
Sharing Life Community Outreach
Shelter Ministries of Dallas DBA Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support*
Shiloh Place McKinney
Southern Methodist University
St Mark’s School of Texas
Stand for Children Leadership Center
TACA Inc. (The Arts Community Alliance)
TCU Neeley School of Business*
Teach for America Inc. – Dallas Fort Worth Region
Teaching Trust
Texas Appleseed
Texas Christian University
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc.*
Texas Tribune Inc.*
The Concilio
The Grace Museum Inc.
The Salvation Army DBA The Salvation Army  DFW Metroplex Command
The University of Texas at Dallas*
The Women’s Center of Tarrant County
Threshold Foundation
Trinity River Mission
United States Fund for UNICEF
United to Learn
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc.
University Of North Texas Foundation*
Volunteers Of America Inc.
Washington Area Women’s Foundation
Wellesley College
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wilkinson Center
Williams College
Women in Need of Generous Support (WiNGS)*
Women Texas Film Festival
Women’s Foundation of Colorado Inc.*
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
Women’s Funding Network*
Women’s Walk with Christ
World Wild Life Fund
Woven Health Clinic
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Zonta Club of Dallas Charitable Trust

*indicates more than one grant received in fiscal year 2018

Statewide Initiatives

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


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.


When you give to Texas Women’s Foundation, you are directly contributing to the economic stability and future of Texas.