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.


Young Women’s Advisory Council

Inquiries about micro grants from the Young Women’s Advisory Council can be directed to

These applications are due on May 27, 2021.

Resilience Fund             IF/THEN® at Texas Women’s Foundation


Texas Women’s Foundation Resilience Fund – CLOSED

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.

In an effort to address the changing and evolving community needs and the impact of COVID-19, Texas Women’s Foundation is accepting proposals on a rolling basis beginning on August 3, 2020 at noon.  Proposals will be funded monthly beginning September 2020 until funds are expended.

The maximum grant request to be considered is $30,000.  Grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000 – $30,000, based upon availability of funds.  Grants will be awarded for a 12-month period.  Only one proposal per organization will be considered and accepted thru the request for proposal process.

For complete grant guidelines click here.



Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) works to advance the lives of women and girls by investing in their economic security and leadership.  Lyda Hill Philanthropies is guided by the belief that “science is the answer” to many of life’s most challenging issues.  The IF/THEN® Fund at the Texas Women’s Foundation establishes a new collaboration between the two organizations that advances gender equity for today’s young girls and builds future equity and leaders across North Texas.

View the IF/THEN® Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation Announcement Video

IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers.

IF/THEN® seeks to further advance women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers. Rooted in a firm belief that there is no better time to highlight positive and successful female professional role models, IF/THEN® is designed to activate a culture shift among young girls to open their eyes to STEM careers by: (1) funding and elevating women in STEM as role models, (2) convening cross-sector partners in entertainment, fashion, sports, business and academia to illuminate the importance of STEM everywhere, and (3) inspiring girls with better portrayals of women in STEM through media and learning experiences to pique their interest in STEM careers.

The IF/THEN® Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation will award up to a total of $500,000 to nonprofits and schools to facilitate the utilization of the IF/THEN® Collection to increase the visual representation of women in STEM and inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers in North Texas with their interest in STEM. 

View the IF/THEN®Collection.

For complete grant guidelines click here.


Community Grant Cycle

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) invests 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.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Women’s Foundation will focus its granting through the Resilience Fund for the remainder of its fiscal year (July 2020 – June 2021).

Please refer to this site for any updates on granting opportunities regarding the Resilience Fund.

What We Fund

Texas Women’s Foundation Resilience Fund will consider proposals for general operating, program, and capacity-building support for organizations serving women, girls and their families and who are most affected by COVID-19 and the resulting challenges. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Women, girls and their families with limited English language proficiency
  • Women, girls and their families who are immigrants and/or refugees
  • Women, girls and their families from communities of color
  • Women, girls and their families from historically marginalized communities
  • Women, girls and their families experiencing loss of wages and/or employment, particularity those in the service/hospitality industry, students, and gig workers
  • Women, girls and their families experiencing housing instability, eviction or homelessness
  • Women, girls and their families without access or limited access to health care
  • Women, girls and their families without access to paid leave, sick days or health insurance
  • Senior women, whose health, safety and housing needs are acute

Who Can Apply

Grant proposals are being accepted from nonprofits which:

  • Have a current 501(c)(3) status
  • Demonstrate a three-year operating history
  • Serve Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties, and the immediate surrounding North Texas area
  • Agree to provide a report on the use of funds and the impact on women, girls and their families, including number served and race/ethnicity
  • Accept grant payment by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)-ACH Authorization
  • Have operations that are consistent with the Texas Women’s Foundation mission, vision, values and core competencies

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?

Resilience Fund grants are focused on the mid-term and long-term needs of women and girls.  Grants awarded will address the impact of COVID-19 for women and girls in economically vulnerable populations, particularly women and girls who have been victims of systemic racism and have been historically underserved.  Including:

  • Support for an economically secure future
  • Access to physical and behavioral health services and support, including mental health and substance abuse needs
  • Access to legal services
  • Services for victims of gender-based violence and prevention of gender-based violence
  • Child care and adult care services and caregiver support
  • Workforce development
  • Education support services (not scholarships)
  • Engagement and community organizing work for and by women and girls related to economic, social, and racial justice
  • Other emerging needs unique to the current pandemic environment

Grantee Partners

2020 Women on Boards
A Chance to Learn
Aberg Center For Literacy
Abide Women’s Health Services
After School All Stars
Agape Resource & Assistance Center
Alliance for Greater Works
Alliance for Justice
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Asset Funders Network
Association for Independent Living
At Last Inc.
Attitudes & Attire
AVANCE Inc.-Dallas
Bachman Lake Together
Baylor Health Care System Foundation
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Big Thought
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County
Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence
Braswell Child Development
Bridges Safehouse, Inc.
Bright Future Foundation For Eagle County
Brighter Tomorrows, Inc.
Bryan’s House/Open Arms, Inc.
Buckner Children And Family Services Inc – Corporate
Cafe Momentum
Cancer Care Services
Catch Up & Read
Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Of Dallas Inc
Center for Books Art Inc 1974
Center for Nonprofit Management
Center for Public Policy Priorities
Center for Survivors of Torture
Center for Transforming Lives
Center for US-Latin America Initiatives – UTD
Child Care Associates
Child Protection Connection dba Texas Lawyers for Children
Chocolate Mint Foundation
Circuit Trail Conservancy
City Square
Collective Heritage Institute
Communities Foundation of Texas
Communities In Schools Dallas Region Inc.
Communities in Schools of North Texas
Community Outreach Housing
Crossroads Community Services
Cry Havoc Theater
Crystal Charity Ball
Dallas 24 Hour Club
Dallas AfterSchool Network
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society Inc.
Dallas Area Interfaith Sponsoring Committee
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Dallas Chinese Community Center
Dallas Education Foundation
Dallas Holocaust Museum
Dallas Mavericks Foundation
Dallas Methodist Hospital Foundation
Dallas Theater Center
Dallas Zoological Society
Deep Vellum Publishing
Denton County Friends of the Family, Inc.
Design Connect Create
Dia Center for the Arts, Inc.
DME Exchange of Dallas Inc.
Documentary Arts, Inc.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy Inc.
Educational First Steps
Elephant Havens Wildlife Foundation
Emily’s Place, Inc.
Equal Justice Initiative
Faith in Texas – Pico
Family Compass
Family Gateway, Inc.
Family Place
First Christian Church Houston
First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
For Oak Cliff
Fort Worth Medtech Center Inc. dba TECH Fort Worth (TechFW)
Fort Worth Zoological Association Inc.
Foundation Communities
Friends of Solar Prep
Frontiers Of Flight Museum Inc
Gaston Christian Center
Gateway of Grace
GENDERAVENGER (Gender Avenger)
Genesis Women’s Shelter
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Girls Embracing Mothers
Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas
Golf 3:16
Grace like Rain
Grant Haliburton Foundation
Groundwork Dallas
Guttmacher Institute
Hanuman Homies
Harmony Community Development Corporation
Healing Hands Ministries, Inc.
Health Services Of North Texas Inc
Heart House
Heart of Courage
HINRI Labs Inc.
Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas – Dallas Chapter
Hockaday School
Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
Hope Clinic of McKinney
Hope Supply Co.
Hopeful Solutions
Hope’s Door
Housing Crisis Center
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.
Humanities Texas
ilooklikeLOVE, Inc.
Inclusive Communities Project
Interfaith Housing Coalition
International Literacy and Development (ILAD)
International Rescue Committee, Inc.
Irving Cares, Inc.
It’s a Sensory World! Inc.
Jewish Family Services of Dallas
Jolt Initiative
Jubilee Park & Community Center
Junior Players Guild
Kid Net Foundation
Knox College Office of Advancement
Ladder Alliance, Inc.
Leadership ISD
League of Women Voters of Dallas
Legacy Counseling Center
Liftfund Inc.
Literacy Achieves
Living Hope Services dba House of Rebirth
Lone Star Justice Alliance
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic
Lumin Education
Lutheran Social Services of the South Inc. DBA Upbring
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Meals on Wheels of Collin County
Mercy Street Inc.
Methodist Justice Ministry of First United Methodist Church
Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation
Metrocare Services
Metrocrest Services
Momentous Institute
Mommies in Need Inc
Mosaic Family Services, Inc.
Museum of Modern Art
Muslim American Leadership Alliance
Muslim Community Center for Human Services
Nasher Sculpture Center
National Alliance For Partnerships In Equity Education Found
National Council of Jewish Women
National Math and Science Initiative Inc.
National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas Section
Nest Foundation
Network Of Community Ministries Inc
New Friends New Life
New Venture Fund
Nexus Recovery Center, Inc.
North Texas Dream Team
North Texas Food Bank
North Texas Public Broadcasting Inc.
Notre Dame of Dallas Schools Inc.
North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (NTARuPT)
Nurse-Family Partnership
Oak Cliff Empowered Inc.
On the Road Lending
Our Friends Place
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Inc.
Park City Community Foundation
Parkland Foundation
Partnership for A New American Economy Research Fund
PeaceJam Foundation
Pegasus Foundation Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Philanthropy Southwest
Planned Parenthood Federation
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Promise House
Quality of Life Foundation for Metropolitan Dallas
Race Forward
Rae’s Hope
Rainbow Days, Inc.
Ranch Hands Rescue
Readers 2 Leaders
Reading Partners
Real School Gardens dba Out Teach
Rebecca Bender Initiative
Resource Center
Rosa es Rojo Inc.
SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Scholar Shot
Senior Citizens Of Greater Dallas Inc. (The Senior Source)
SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
Shared Housing Center, Inc.
Sharing Life Community Outreach
Shelter for Abused Women & Children Inc.
Shiloh Place McKinney
Shurrun’s House
Simply Graced
SMU – Cox School of Business
Social Venture Partners – Dallas
Soul Rep Theatre Company
Southern Dallas Link
Southern Methodist University
St. Marks School of Texas
St. Philips School and Community Center
Step Up Womens Network
Susan G Komen Greater Fort Worth
Synergos Institute Inc.
Teach for America Inc.-Dallas Fort Worth Region
Temple Emanu-El
Texas Appleseed
Texas International Theatrical Arts Society
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc.
Texas Queer Crisis Fund at the Dallas Foundation
Texas Tribune Inc.
Texas Woman’s University Foundation
The Bridge
The Bridge Breast Network

The Compelling Why
The GEMS Camp
The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
The Hockaday School
The Kitchen Sisters Productions
The Magdalen House, Inc.
The Salvation Army of North Texas Area Command
The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church
The Well Community
The Werthing Foundation
Tides Network
Trace Media, Inc. (The Trace)
Trust Women Foundation Inc.
Under 1 Roof
United to Learn
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc.
University of Texas at Arlington
Uplift Education
Urban Teacher Center Inc.
Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation
Viola’s House
Warren Center Inc.
Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
Wilkinson Center
Williams College
Women Moving Millions
Women with Promise
Women’s Business Council – Southwest
Women’s Foundation Of The South
Women’s Funding Network
Woven Health Clinic
Young Invincibles
Young Women’s Preparatory Network
Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center

Greater Texas

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.