2023 grants totaled $707,688 to 69 Nonprofits

DALLAS, Texas, November 15, 2023– Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) announces that its three giving circles have distributed $3,552,188 since they were founded.

These giving circles include Orchid Giving Circle at TXWF (Asian/Asian American), The Village Giving Circle at TXWF (African American) and Hispanic 100 (H100) Giving Circle at TXWF. In 2023, the circles contributed $707,688 in grants to 69 nonprofits.

According to Dena Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation interim president and CEO, “Congratulations to all of our giving circles for their collective impact in giving to North Texas nonprofits that are doing the work in their culture and communities. The needs are great, but so is the giving from these circles.”

Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation:*

As the first giving circle at Texas Women’s Foundation launched in 2015, Orchid Giving Circle at TXWF distributed a record $376,688 in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations that serve the North Texas Asian community. Since it was founded, the giving circle has granted $1,721,688 to 44 nonprofits.

The Orchid Giving Circle at TXWF is a group of Asian women who collaborate, pool their resources and leverage their networks to generate community grants that support social change and services benefitting the North Texas Asian community. Orchid members represent a wide range of Asian cultures, ages, ethnicities and professions with the goal of increasing awareness of the local Asian population, community needs and knowledge about philanthropy. The group has provided grants in education, housing, healthcare, arts and culture, social services and more to the North Texas Asian community. It is also a member of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

For more information about Orchid Giving Circle and grants, visit https://www.txwf.org/orchid-giving-circle/ or email orchidgivingcircle@gmail.com.

Orchid Giving Circle at TXWF Chair Mylinh Luong said, “These nonprofit organizations are helping Asian and Asian Americans who need the most assistance. We are thankful to our members, donors, corporate sponsors and in-kind supporters for helping us make a significant impact.

The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation:*  

In 2023, The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation distributed $165,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations whose missions support the African American community in North Texas. Since 2017, the group has given $1,158,000 in grants to 55 nonprofits. Established in 2017, The Village’s mission 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 female African American philanthropists and provide opportunities for connection. For more information about The Village Giving Circle and grants, visit https://www.txwf.org/village-giving-circle/.

Sheri Crosby Wheeler, co-chair and membership management and engagement chair of The Village Giving Circle at TXWF, said, “From health and mental health services to education and homelessness, the needs are many. I’m proud that The Village Giving Circle continues to impact incredible organizations that are positively helping those who need it. I want to thank our  members and donors who have contributed to make it happen.”

Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation:*

In 2023, the Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation awarded $166,000 in grants to 33 North Texas area nonprofits serving the needs of Latina women and girls in low- and moderate-income communities. Since 2019, The giving circle has contributed $672,500 to 136 nonprofits.

The H100 Latina Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation was established in 2019 by the Hispanic 100 Network to further engage Latinas in philanthropy, and to expand resources for local organizations whose mission is to empower, educate and support Latinas across North Texas. To learn more the H100 Latina Giving Circle, visit https://www.txwf.org/h100latinagivingcircle/ or email H100latinagc@txwf.org.

Linda Valdez Thompson, the H100 Latina Giving Circle co-chair, said, “The Hispanic 100 Latina Giving Circle is honored to award grants to these 33 organizations whose mission aligns with ours to invest and empower Latinas to achieve success.”

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

As Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) nears its 40th year, it is clear that now more than ever is the time to elevate Texas women. By working with women, families and communities, they are building a stronger, more equitable Texas. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, TXWF raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7.1 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through timely research, advocacy, grants and strategic initiatives. Since inception in 1985, TXWF has invested $78.9 million in women and girls. Their statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and leadership initiatives support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls.

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*Giving Circles’ 2023 Grants and Information:

Orchid Giving Circle at TXWF:

The program included grant distributions to 24 deserving nonprofit organizations and three leadership grants:

  • Amphibian Productions Inc. – Support for Spark Fest 2024
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA) – Scholarships
  • Best Buddies International, Inc. – School friendship support
  • Bryan’s House – Social service programs for low-income Pan-Asian women with special needs children
  • CHETNA – Legal counsel, representation and mental health counseling
  • Child Care Associates – Raven’s Hope International Leadership support
  • Children’s Advocacy Center for North Texas – Operating support for translation services
  • Communities in Schools of North Texas – Support for Chin family engagement specialist
  • Dallas Asian American Historical Society Inc. – Hear Me ROAR project
  • Dallas Chinese Community Center – Youth programs, cultural outreach initiatives and life skills courses
  • Heart House – Head, Heart and Hands (H3) curriculum
  • Healing Hands Ministries Inc. – Defray cost of healthcare for Burmese refugee women and children
  • IGNITE – Equip Asian American Pacific Islander young women to become lifelong civic and political leaders
  • Literacy Achieves – Family literacy support for immigrant and refugee families
  • Maurice Barnett Geriatric Wellness Center Inc. – Low or no-cost healthcare services for elderly Asian women in their own homes
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation’s Asian Breast Health Outreach Project – Breast health outreach and mammograms
  • Mosaic Family Services – Partial salaries for full time case managers fluent in Laotian, Thai and Hindi
  • Rainbow Days, Inc. – Summer camp expenses for children experiencing homelessness
  • Richardson Adult Literacy Center – ESL and workforce readiness for low-income
  • Scholar Shot – Academic management, tuition, books and supplies for scholars
  • Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation – Intimate partner violence prevention
  • Trinity Habitat for Humanity – Construction cost of a new home for a low-income Asian family
  • United to Learn – Professional development initiatives
  • Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation – College readiness program for students, educational support for Asian parents


The Village Giving Circle at TXWF:

Grants included the following:

  • Abide Women’s Health Services – Easy Access Clinic support
  • Bold Idea, Inc. – Support for ideaSpark Coding Clubs
  • Denton Black Film Festival Institute, Inc. – 2024 “Black JOY” festival
  • O.P.E. Farm Inc. – Young Men’s Leadership Development support
  • I AM a Golfer Foundation – Expansion of programming pillars
  • Mercy Street Inc. – Mentoring and Leadership support
  • Noggin Educational Foundation – STEM Strong Sisters program
  • Randolph W & Dr. Lael C. Melville Family Foundation – Health and wellness
  • The Compelling Why – Success Session (seminar) support
  • The GEMS Camp Inc – “The GEMS School Year Experience” summer camp
  • Under 1 Roof – Funds for homeless families and individuals
  • Youth Revive – Implementation of Hope Squad at Lincoln High School


Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle at TXWF:

Grants included the following:

  • Bachman Lake Together – Expansion of their parent leadership programming
  • Buckner Children and Family Services, Inc. – College and career readiness
  • Catch Up & Read – Support for one of their campuses
  • Children First – Hire part-time bilingual counselors
  • Design Connect Create – STEM Camps for Girls
  • Dwell with Dignity – Furniture for Hispanic women and girls escaping homelessness and poverty
  • Family Compass – Growing As Parents Home Mentoring
  • First3Years – Free access to Spanish training on infant topics
  • Friends of Solar Prep – Supplies for Project Based Learning
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter – Partial salary of bilingual counselor for counseling and advocacy services
  • Girls Inc. of Tarrant County – Eureka! STEM magnet curriculum
  • HHM Health – Hispanic Women’s & Children’s Health Center at Vickery Meadow
  • Hope Clinic of McKinney – Salary support of one or more bilingual staff positions
  • Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc. – Crime Victims program
  • Irving Cares – Client emergency assistance and education opportunities
  • LIFT dba Aspire – Family literacy and early childhood education
  • Lift Fund – Strengthen Latina owned small businesses in Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties through high impact training sessions
  • Mommies in Need Inc. – Support for families at Annie’s Place at Parkland Hospital
  • Mosaic Family Services Inc. – Support for victims in Transitional Housing
  • Open Arms Inc. dba Bryan’s House – Family Support Service
  • Rainbow Days, Inc. – Community Connection, social-emotional and behavioral health support
  • Readers 2 Leaders – Family Reading 2023-2024 Cohort
  • Rosa es Rojo, Inc. – The Rojo Way wellness course
  • Seasons of Change, Inc. – expand outreach services for homelessness
  • SER Jobs for Progress National, Inc. – SER STEM Robotics
  • Tarrant County Academy of Medicine – Project Access Tarrant County program
  • The Compelling Why – Two seminars and Leadership Series support
  • The Concilio – General support for educational activities
  • The Wilkinson Center – Integrated El Civics adult ESL course for job readiness
  • United to Learn – Student and educator support across eight Dallas ISD elementary campuses
  • Vickery Meadow Learning Center dba Literacy Achieves – ESL & Early Childhood Education classes
  • Wesley-Rankin Community Center – Girls of Hope, Girls of Honor course
  • Young Women’s Preparatory Network – Support of To and Through College program