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:

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

“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb


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

Founding Officers

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


(listing as of March 2022)

Tammi Abney
Cheryl Alston*
Deborah Alves*
Kristyn Ampofo
Terri Anderson-Williams
April Audain
Cheryl Bass
Cheryl Benson
Angela Berry-Roberson*
Vicki D. Blanton*
Jarie Bradley
A. Shonn Brown*
Christa Brown Sanford*
Tara Buckner*
Neisha Strambler-Butler*
Candace Campbell
Andrea Carter*
Cherrise Cederqvist*
Tonika Cheek Clayton*
Frances Cudjoe-Waters*
Tanya Downing
Maviea Easter
Janiece Evans-Page*
Whitney Fogle Lewis*
Arlene Ford*
Renee Gadson*
Lisa Gardner
Gwen George
Jill Lacy Green
Rhonda Green
LaTasha Grinnell
Juanita Harris*
Kesha Harris Henderson*
Aliah Henry
Tiffaney D. Hunter
Lisa Winston Hicks*
Vera Ingram*
Donna James-Harvey*
Rita Parsons Hightower*
Lura Hobbs
Debra Hunter Johnson*
Rosylin Johnson*
Rosylin Johnson*
Fallyn Jones
Patrice Key-Rhone
Kimberly King Webb
Dionne Kirby
Denise Kirkman
LaGina Kissentaner-Thomas
Marachel Knight
Ena Williams Koschel*
Sharon Lakes
Dr. Anna Lamikanra
Jill Louis*
Cynt Marshall
Margo McClinton*
Monica McCray*
Sonja McGill*
Leticia McGowan*
Marlo Melucci*

Sara Madsen Miller*
Leslie Mba
Lisa Montgomery*
Adrienne Mosley
Tracey Nash-Huntley*
Kristi Nelson*
Jennifer Parnell
Michelle Peak
Sonya Pegues
Courtney Perez
Abi Perpall*
Sandra Phillips Rogers*
LaToyia Pierce
Natalie Plumlee
Tracy Preston*
Natalie Plumlee
Marsha Price
Monica McCoy Purdy*
Diane H. Reeves*
Gloria Werthing Reynolds
Michelle Rock
Sha’ Roehm*
Donza Rogers Williams
Carolyn Ross Riley
Kenya Rodgers
Angela M. Ross*
Renee Sample
DeMetris Sampson
Elisha Scott
Latricia Shephard
A. Simon*
Brook Sims
DeEdra Smiter
Carmen Smith
Kimberly L. Smith
Renita Smith*
Angela Spencer
Alishia Spriggins
Tongula Steddum
Kezia Stegemoeller
Kristi Stepteau*
Amy Stewart
Gail Warrior Suchy*
Cordelia Tullous
Asheya Warren
Sheri Crosby Wheeler*
Kim Whitaker
Elizabeth White
Rhonda Williams
Christy Williams
Kimberly Williams
Wendy Wilkerson*
Shawn Wills*
Pamela Wills-Ward
Elizabeth White
Shannon Kelly Woods*
Libby Wright
Jasmine Wynton

*denotes Founding Members


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