Via: My Sweet Charity

By: Jeanne Prejean

It’s been a very busy year for Texas Women’s Foundation’s three giving circles — Orchid Giving CircleThe Village Giving Circle and Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle. All three combined had contributed $707,688 in grants for 69 non-profits in 2023 alone!

Since being established at Texas Women’s Foundation, the three circles combined have provided $3.55M in grants.

Here’s a description of each of the 2023 circles:

Orchid Giving Circle — The Orchid Giving Circle has given $1,721,688 to 44 area non-profits that serve the North Texas Asian community since its establishment in 2015 to support education, housing, healthcare, arts and culture, social services and more. The membership is made up of 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.”

This year it provided $376,688 to 24 non-profits.


According to Orchid Giving Circle Chair Mylinh Luong, “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 — Established in 2017, The Village Giving Circle has distributed $1,158,00 in grants to 55 non-profit that support North Texas’ African American community.

To continue its mission of honoring, sustaining and expanding the legacy of African American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that positively impact the African American community, it provided $165,000 this year to a dozen non-profits that support North Texas’ African American community.


As The Village Giving Circle Co-Chair/Membership Management and Engagement Chair Sheri Crosby Wheeler 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 — Since its founding in 2019, Hispanic 100 (H100) Latina Giving Circle has distributed $672,500 to 136 North Texas non-profits.

To continue it support of Latina women and girls in low- and moderate-income communities, The Circle provided $166,000 in grants this year to 33 organizations.


H100 Latin Giving Circle Co-Chair Linda Valdez Thompson reported, “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.”

According to Texas Women’s Foundation Interim President/CEO Dena Jackson, “Congratulation 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.”

Follow the jump for the lists of the 2023 grants.

* Photo provided by Texas Women's Foundation

Orchid Giving Circle at TXWF 2023 grants included the following 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 2023 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 2023 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