DALLAS, November 9, 2020 – In spite of many challenges in 2020, The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation granted $250,000 in funds to 15 nonprofit organizations supporting the African American community. On November 8, The Village Giving Circle held an online grants presentation with its members, grantees and supporters to announce and celebrate this uplifting news. 

Grants included the following: 

  • At Last Inc. – Operational support for residential scholar program
  • Bridges Safehouse Inc. – Trauma-Informed parenting classes and support 
  • The Chocolate MINT Foundation – Social services program providing food and resources 
  • CitySquare – Neighborhood Financial Assistance Initiative
  • Educational First Steps – Training and support for in-home day care providers 
  • Family Gateway – Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families with Children 
  • Girls Embracing Mothers – Programs for girls whose mothers are incarcerated 
  • Golf 3:16 – Operational support to fund students in leadership development through golf instruction and mentoring
  • Hope Supply Co. – Infant and Toddler Diaper Distribution Program
  • Interfaith Family Services – Home & Hope Transitional Housing and Self-Sufficiency Program
  • Mercy Street – Young Men’s Mentoring Program 
  • New Friends New Life – Youth Resource Center 
  • The Senior Source – Senior Companion Program 
  • St. Philip’s School and Community Center – Early Childhood Program 
  • Under 1 Roof – Funds for homeless families and individuals 


Vera Ingram, Cheryl Alston (standing), Annika Cail, Lisa Montgomery, Shonn Brown, Frances Cudjoe Waters, Diane Reeves, Shawn Wills (back), Christa Brown-Sanford

Photo Credit: Kim Leeson

Lisa Montgomery, The Village Giving Circle co-chair and a founding officer, said, “The Village Giving Circle is honored to partner with 15 amazing non-profit organizations that continue to serve the most urgent needs of the Black community in North Texas, especially during this year’s challenges. Our members have met the moment of need in our community this year by giving $250,000 to support the work of these remarkable organizations.” 

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said, “We are privileged to support and work with The Village Giving Circle. We applaud their extraordinary efforts and success in raising much needed funds, especially during this very difficult year.” 

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 female African American 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.

Founding officers include A. Shonn Brown, Lisa Montgomery, Cheryl Alston, Christa Brown-Sanford, Annika Cail, Frances Cudjoe-Waters, Vera Ingram, Shawn Wills and Diane Reeves. Shonn Brown also serves as Texas Women’s Foundation board chair; Lisa Montgomery and Cheryl Alston are Texas Women’s Foundation board members, and Diane Reeves as a former board member. For more information about The Village Giving Circle and grants, visit https://www.txwf.org/village-giving-circle/ or contact Shonda Barnett at 


About Texas Women’s Foundation: 

Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s 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 innovative programs 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. For more information, visit www.txwf.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

Juliette Coulter

The Coulter Group