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Dena Jackson

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has announced that Dena Jackson, Ph.D., interim president and CEO, will leave the organization on January 31, 2024. Fifteen years ago, she first served as a volunteer and donor, and then in 2012, she was hired as senior vice president of grants and research. She eventually became chief strategy officer responsible for research, advocacy, strategy and collaboration with stakeholders. At the request of the TXWF board, she assumed the role of interim president and CEO in spring 2023.

The Foundation has also announced that Hattie Hill will serve as Executive in Residence, effective January 1. Jackson and Hill will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

TXWF Chair of the Board Carrie Freeman Parsons said, “Dena stepped up to serve as interim CEO and provide stability. We are grateful for her service, which enabled our organization to stay focused on what is most important: supporting women and girls in Texas. During Dena’s tenure, she spearheaded our vital research Economic Issues for Women in Texas, which is celebrating its 10th year and has been the basis of our focus on the pillars that support economic stability for women in our state. Additionally, she extended TXWF’s reach into the community as well as our profile as the expert on challenges facing women and girls. We owe Dena a debt of gratitude for her tireless support of Texas Women’s Foundation.”   

Jackson said, “My last 12 years at Texas Women’s Foundation have truly been the best of my working life. It has been an honor to focus on the many ways Texas women contribute to our great state with my dedicated coworkers, grantee partners and donors.”

A long-standing supporter of the Foundation and experienced CEO of non-profits, Hattie Hill will primarily ensure ongoing organization health and help prepare the board and organization for its new CEO. Once the new CEO is hired, Hill will assist with the onboarding process and then continue her role as a valued Board and Executive Committee member. Hill is president and CEO of Hattie Hill Enterprises, Inc. She has also served as CEO of two nonprofits and is a board member of the Prosper Company.

“I’m honored to support the TXWF’s staff as they continue the work of making our communities stronger and more vibrant through grants, advocacy and leadership,” said Hill. “While the search for CEO continues, I am deeply passionate about the TXWF’s mission and I want to ensure a good starting place for the new CEO.”

Freeman Parsons added, “As an active member of our board and Executive Committee, Hattie is the perfect fit for this interim role. Her background as an HR professional will serve the organization as we search for our permanent CEO replacement.”

Texas Women’s Foundation is working with Victory Search Partners to fill the open CEO role.

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. 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 invested 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.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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The Village Giving Circle at TXWF Renee Sample, Lisa Montgomery, Rhonda Williams, Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Aliah Henry, Cheryl Bass

On November 12th at Frito Lay headquarters, The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation gave $165,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations whose missions support the African American community in North Texas. Since 2017, the group has distributed $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.

2023 grantees are as follows:

  • Abide Women’s Health Services – Easy Access Clinic support
  • Bold Idea, Inc. – Support for ideaSpark Coding Clubs program
  • Denton Black Film Festival Institute, Inc. – 2024 “Black JOY” festival
  • H.O.P.E. Farm Inc. – Young Men’s Leadership Development program
  • I AM a Golfer Foundation – Expansion of programming pillars
  • Mercy Street Inc. – Mentoring and leadership programs 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 program
  • Under 1 Roof – Funds for homeless families and individuals
  • Youth Revive Inc. – Implementation of Hope Squad at Lincoln High School

Sheri Crosby Wheeler, executive 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.”

Dena Jackson, interim president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said, “The collective impact of The Village Giving Circle at TXWF is impressive, and I applaud all those who have worked hard to raise funds, research the nonprofits that most need it and help out. Well done!”

Executive team includes Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Co-Chair and Membership Management & Engagement Chair; Rhonda Williams, Co-Chair and Development & Strategy Chair; Aliah Henry, Communications & PR Chair; Cheryl Bass, Finance Chair; Renee Sample, Grants Chair; Christa Brown Sanford, Legal Chair.

Co-founders and founding officers are Lisa Montgomery and Shonn Brown. Additional founding officers include Cheryl Alston, Annika Cail, Frances Cudjoe-Waters, Vera Ingram, Diane Reeves, Christa Brown Sanford and Shawn Wills.

For more information about The Village Giving Circle and grants, visit https://www.txwf.org/village-giving-circle/.

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. 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 invested 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.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) distributed a record $376,688 in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations that serve the North Texas Asian community. The event took place at Communities Foundation on November 10 with 200 in attendance. Over the past nine years, the giving circle has granted $1,721,688 to 44 nonprofits and helped impact thousands of lives with these gifts.

The nonprofit organizations and three leadership grants included the following:

  • Amphibian Productions Inc. – Program support for Spark Fest 2024
  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA) - Scholarships
  • Best Buddies International, Inc. – School friendship program 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 program
  • 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) program
  • 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 program 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 Inc. – Partial salaries for full time case managers fluent in Laotian, Thai and Hindi
  • Rainbow Days, Inc. – Summer camp program 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 Inc. – 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 program support for Asian parents

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.”

Dena Jackson, interim president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said, “We salute the amazing work that Orchid Giving Circle at TXWF does to make a difference in the lives of the North Texas Asian community. The collective impact is truly a ripple effect in North Texas.”

About Orchid Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation:

As the first giving circle at Texas Women’s Foundation launched in 2015, 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.

Orchid’s leadership includes the following: Mylinh Luong (Chair), Kim Cummings (Vice Chair), Monica Chen (Grants), Lillian Jersa (Treasurer), Anna Hung (Secretary), Priya Venkat (Membership) and Cynthia Yung (Advisor). The founders include Arang Cistulli, Kim Cummings, Sejal Desai, Loh-Sze Leung, Caren K. Lock,,  Mylinh Luong, Lynette Payne, Gowri Sharma, Thear Suzuki, Charmaine Tang, Anne Woods, Cynthia Yung, Trea Yip and Radhika Zaveri. For more information about Orchid Giving Circle and grants, visit https://www.txwf.org/orchid-giving-circle/ or email orchidgivingcircle@gmail.com.

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. 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 invested 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.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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Texas Women's Foundation 2023 Honorees Froswá Booker-Drew, Ph.D., Aimee Cunningham, Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, Ed.D., Mary Pat Higgins, Bee Nance, Ann Sheu, Jill Louis

Texas Women’s Foundation seeks nominations for its Maura Women Helping Women and Young Leader Awards, which recognize leaders who have positively impacted the lives of women and girls. Nominations are due on October 31 via the website: https://txwf.org/events/leadershipawards/

 

The recipients will be honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration on April 30, 2024, at the Omni Dallas Hotel (555 S. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75202).

 

Texas Women’s Foundation Maura Award 

For 45 years, the Maura Women Helping Women Award has recognized those who have led the way in improving lives for women and girls in Texas. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Utilizes their role in leadership to advance opportunities to serve the unique needs of women and girls;
  • Has spent an extended period of time in service helping women and girls;
  • Former or current Texas resident; and
  • Must be 40 years of age and older.

 

Texas Women’s Foundation Young Leader Award 

This award recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a Texan. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieving success in a field, initiative or sector;
  • Creating a path of opportunity for others to follow;
  • Former or current Texas resident; and
  • Must be between 18-39 years old.

 

According to Dena Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation interim president and CEO “If you know of the great work of someone who is advancing the lives of women and girls, nominate them for the prestigious Maura Women Helping Women Award or the Young Leader Award. We want to celebrate and elevate them and their successes.”

 

For those interested in sponsorship, contact Joy Busch at maura@txwf.org.   

 

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. For more information, visit www.txwf.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.

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TXWF Luncheon 2023 Ashleigh Everett (co-chair), Storm Reid (speaker), Yolanda Garcia (co-chair)

With nearly 1,000 people in attendance, Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) held its 38th annual luncheon on Sept. 26 to celebrate its past and raise funds for the future.

The award-winning Highland Park Lads and Lassies, under direction of actress and director Tiffany Solano, opened the luncheon with a performance of “Brave.”

Co-chairs Ashleigh Everett and Yolanda Garcia shared why they are involved. Everett said, “My personal why is embodied in my mother, who has instilled in me love of community, hard work and importance of creating a legacy. Also my two amazing daughters are growing up in a world where they see women who have accomplished so much, yet still struggle to obtain decent health care, financial security and leadership opportunities.”

Garcia added, “I want to make sure that the opportunities that I was provided in this country, ones not available for my mother and grandmother, are provided for the next generation of leaders. Ashleigh and I had to cross a very tight rope to achieve success, and we want to widen that rope to make the path just a little bit easier for Texas girls and women.”

Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and presenting sponsor, encouraged attendees with the luncheon theme, “Texas Women Now.” She shared this playbook for success: “Choose teammates who are passionate about TXWF. Determine what you’ll do. Get familiar with the playbook. Step on the court and advance the great work of TXWF. Finally, stay alert and ready to make a difference.”

Becky Sykes, one of the 19 founders of the Foundation, first board chair and former TXWF president/CEO, shared about the organization’s legacy and the vision cast 38 years ago to support women. “Helen LaKelly Hunt brought the idea of a women’s foundation to Dallas and rounded up 18 other diverse women. The leadership was intentionally diverse—racially, politically and socio-economically.”

Candice Hill, co-chair of the XIX Society, named for the 19 founders of the Foundation, remarked, “This past year, we have invested $4.9 million in grants to 197 organizations, plus additional support for research and advocacy. Since 1986, we have invested more than $78 million to better the lives of women and families statewide.”

Amanda Kraemer, Target senior vice president, reminded all to invest in this community. She introduced the speaker, Storm Reid, Emmy-nominated actress, producer and USC student, and Deborah Ferguson, NBC 5 anchor, who moderated the conversation.

Ferguson said emphatically to Storm, “You are taking the world by storm!”

Reid told everyone to hold space for diverse women and girls, and to think intentionally about impact.  “When I’m trying to give advice to young women, and I look around at rooms like this—this is proof that people are willing to invest in you, to empower you, to pour into you. You are seen. You are heard. There is a whole foundation that is dedicated to seeing young women be great … I would say the same things my mom said to me:

1. “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”

2. “Stand up for yourself.”

3. “Be a good person.”

4. “Go after what you want.”

Dena L. Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation interim president and chief executive officer, added, “We experienced meaningful dialogue that inspired us to be part of the change. Together, let's create a more equitable society for us all. With our past in mind and our present at hand, we can create positive economic and social change now, for the future.” 

She added, “We also shared this experience with 200 middle and high school girls from across North Texas. These young women will grow to be future leaders in boardrooms, classrooms and courtrooms. It is up to us to boldly invest in their futures and advocate for them so they have a level playing field.”

Those interested in supporting #TexasWomenNOW with a donation of $238 or more will become a member of the XIX Society. Those who give $500 will receive a branded tote a scarf for donations of $1,000 or more, while supplies last. Donate here.

Special thanks to sponsors:

Presenting sponsor: The Dallas Mavericks

Speaker sponsor: Target, The Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund at TXWF

Legacy: The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

Livestream: Toyota

Investor: Aimbridge, Amazon, Frito-Lay, Helen LaKelly Hunt/Safe Conversations, Sidley Austin with Partners Yolanda Garcia and Sara Garcia Duran

Impact: NexBank

For additional sponsors, visit https://www.txwfluncheon.org/sponsors

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. For more information, visit www.txwf.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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TXWF Impact Charts

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) continues to advance positive social change, economic security and leadership opportunities for women and families across Texas. During the organization's fiscal year (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023), the Foundation invested $7.1 million in advancing its mission through research, advocacy, innovative programs and solutions and grantmaking.

Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D., TXWF interim president and CEO, said, “Our research continues to show ongoing impacts of the COVID pandemic and systemic challenges in health care, housing and child care. To address these issues, the Foundation is deploying funds to strategic initiatives, community programs and advocacy efforts that are making change for women statewide.”

Highlights:

  • Texas Women’s Foundation along with its philanthropic partners – Giving Circles, Donor-Advised Fund holders and Young Women’s Initiative – distributed $4.9 million in grants to 197 nonprofit organizations.
  • A grant highlight includes $907,000 distributed from the Health Care Access Fund to help women and girls access health care in rural and medically-underserved Texas communities statewide. (See chart).
  • For a complete list of grantees, visit txwf.org/grants. See additional information below for select grantees’ quotes and how their organization will use these funds.
  • An additional $2.2 million was invested in programs and initiatives that equip girls to become strong women and prepare women to lead in their lives, their workplaces and their communities. Examples include the support of the Foundation’s leadership programs such as the Young Women’s Initiative, advocacy efforts and giving circles.

Carrie Freeman Parsons, Texas Women’s Foundation board chair, added, “Texas Women’s Foundation continues to invest in the lives of women, girls and families statewide thanks to our generous donors and events. Never has our work been more important with the ever-increasing challenges women and girls face, and we stand in the gap ready to help.”

To learn more about the grants, visit txwf.org/grants.

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. For more information, visit www.txwf.orgFacebookTwitterLinkedIn or Instagram or donate now
 

Select Grantees

 

Hope Clinic of McKinney (Collin County)

The grant from Texas Women's Foundation will assist low-income, minority, single mother and immigrant women, who are all more likely to find affordable health care out of reach, especially when it comes to addressing their female-specific health needs. Hope Clinic increases access to preventative cancer screening and prevention services for low-income, uninsured females in Collin County with its well-woman exams, which include PAP smears, STD testing and treatment, HPV vaccines, HIV testing, colposcopies, cervical biopsies, family planning and contraception, breast exams and on-site mobile-unit mammogram clinics or mammogram referrals. This grant funding will be used for its well-woman program, including in-clinic appointments, labs, vaccinations and supplies. 

Vicki Northcutt, Executive Director – Development, Hope Clinic of McKinney

“Having the ability to offer these services in-house, instead of referring to another off-site location or another medical specialist, provides much needed trusted access and consistency for our patients. This ultimately results in fewer no-shows because our patients are typically more comfortable with us as their medical home.”

Agape Resources & Assistance Center, Inc. (Collin County)

Agape Resource & Assistance Center, Inc. (“Agape”) is celebrating 10 years of successfully empowering homeless women led families to move from crisis, poverty and abuse to fulfilling, self-sustaining lives by providing safe, stable transitional housing and critical transformational services including childcare, workforce education, transportation assistance, budgeting, credit repair and counseling. Despite graduating from Agape with higher wages and increased education, Agape women face the near-impossible task of finding safe, economically attainable housing. To provide an innovative solution to truly affordable housing, Agape is expanding its mission and continuum of care by building Jericho Village, an innovative 38-unit urban village of income based rental homes in Wylie, Texas. Jericho Village will provide income-based rental homes not only for women led families who graduate from Agape, but for other households who struggle each month to stay safely housed. About 95% of the units will serve households earning 80% or less of Area Median Income (AMI), with 60% targeting households earning 50% or less of AMI. All Villagers will have on-site access to Agape’s Empowerment Services, the secret sauce to attaining and retaining economic stability. The generous support of Texas Women’s Foundation through an operating grant for Jericho Village will allow Agape to staff and implement customized onsite casework and property management in advance of the grand opening, which they hope to celebrate in 1st quarter of 2024.

Rev. Janet Collinsworth, Founder and CEO of Agape and Jericho Village:

“Texas Women’s Foundation understands that the problem of homelessness and homeless prevention is not solved with roofs, but rather with accessible support services that empower those who struggle to stay safely housed to increase their economic stability and move from fear of homelessness to looking forward with hope. This grant will allow Agape to build on the success of our transitional housing program and expand our Empowerment Support Program to serve all the families in Jericho Village, changing lives today and to the 4th and 5th generation.”

Dallas Leadership Foundation (Dallas County)

The grant from Texas Women’s Foundation provides funding for Dallas Leadership Center's Teen Girls Mentoring Program. This program provides trained female mentors to work with girls ages 14 to 18 to help them navigate school, social situations, dating, after high school careers and education goals, and other support to help the girls graduate high school and make good decisions into their future. 

DLF Board Member, Charlene Powell-Atkins:

“DLF is so honored to receive funding from Texas Women’s Foundation. The funds will allow DLF to expand and improve our mentorship program for high school girls. Young girls of color often reside in areas with limited opportunities for them to find their voice. Programming such as this creates space for girls, provides exposure, improves self-esteem and allows them to grow in confidence.”

The Way Back (Dallas County):

Funds from this grant will provide The Way Back with the opportunity to offer counseling services, hire an additional case manager, expand outreach, and increase advocacy on behalf of the thousands of women in prison or on probation/parole, while answering the growing need to expand services to more women returning to the local communities from incarceration who are often victims of violent crime themselves (sexual assault, sex trafficking, domestic abuse).

A client of The Way Back:

“I am so thankful and grateful for The Way Back and all of the services and support they provide. The Way Back helped me find employment and assisted me with bus passes so that I could get back and forth to work. They also helped me with eyeglasses, hygiene and clothes. The staff spent time education me on how to budget my money, and I have even started saving. I have never had a savings. I felt so comfortable talking with the staff, and it is a good feeling to know that there are people who really care.”


Hearts for Homes (Denton County)

This grant from Texas Women's Foundation is a huge blessing for Hearts for Homes and the senior homeowners that they serve. It will not only go toward making home repairs, but also helping to pay the salary of a part-time project coordinator. Having one full-time and two part-time project coordinators allows them to answer the seniors' repair needs quicker and in a more efficient manner. The nonprofit is constantly dealing with emergency repairs such as plumbing leaks and A/C units going out on these 100+ degree days, but also safety modifications such as replacing rotten subfloors, tub-shower conversions, wheelchair ramp installations, installation of ADA toilets, etc. to make living and navigating in their homes easier and safer for their seniors.

Susan Frank, Founder & Executive Director, Hearts for Homes:

“I cannot express my thanks enough for Texas Women's Foundation blessing Hearts for Homes with a grant this year. We are so thankful that your organization believes in what we are doing to help Denton County low-income seniors homeowners, most of whom are women, have a safe, comfortable, and well-functioning home to live out their years with hope and dignity. This is a huge blessing to Hearts for Homes, our senior homeowners and me personally. Thank you for your faithful support.”

Children’s Advocacy Center for North Texas (Denton County)

Funding will be used towards improving its response to High-Risk Youth and provide preventative care to break the cycle of kids at risk of becoming involved in sex trafficking, drug abuse or other harmful activities. Through this support, the organization will train more mental health providers to work with this group of kids, improve parental response to why their kids are acting out this way, and increase how law enforcement, juvenile system and other first responders support child victims part of its High Risk Youth/Child Sexual Exploitation program caseload.

A quote from a parent of a teen:

“After my daughter has been coming to the Center, I know our relationship is better; she is open and honest with me and talks to me about her feelings and concerns and includes me in her life instead of isolating me.” 

From a teen client to a therapist:

“I never thought I’d stop seeing the images of the abuse in my head, but they are gone now! I know I can accomplish things in my life without stuff from years ago weighing on my shoulders!”

The Ladder Alliance (Tarrant County)

Funding from Texas Women’s Foundation will support career-readiness programs designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified program graduates (women survivors of domestic violence) with the skill set necessary for gainful employment to increase household earnings and directly reduce poverty. The goal is to eradicate the negative effects of domestic violence on women, empowering them with the skills needed to be self-supportive, lead self-reliant lives, and participate as contributing members and leaders in the community. Its programs provide technical skills, build cultural capital, and increase confidence, giving each student the tools and support to realize her true potential, and to pursue individual career goals, leading to a happier, healthier, independent life of self-sufficiency.

Kathryn Thalken, MS, LMFT, The Ladder Alliance Executive Director:

“The support of Texas Women's Foundation comes at a time when it is most needed. For over 20 years, we have supported survivors of domestic violence and low-income women through workforce development. This funding will allow us to not only continue our current programming, but enable us to expand our offerings to even more women who may require our services. We are incredibly grateful.”

Con Mi MADRE (Tarrant County)

Grant funding will support Con Mi MADRE in the continued implementation of programming and support in the Fort Worth area. The 2023-2024 school year will be the 6th year partnering with Fort Worth ISD; a new cohort will be recruited thus serving (6th-11th graders.) 11th graders will enter the Post-Secondary Participation Program, meaning they will initiate the college application process with the guidance of a Con Mi MADRE staff.

Con Mi MADRE Parent:

“El programa es una excelente oportunidad de empoderamiento para nuestras hijas y también a las madres que sin importar de donde venimos, el idioma que hablamos, podemos lograr los sueños.” (“The program is an excellent empowerment opportunity for our daughters and also for mothers that regardless of where we come from [or]
the language we speak, we can achieve dreams.”) 

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Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has announced its keynote speaker for the 38th Annual Luncheon—Storm Reid, Emmy-nominated actress, producer and University of Southern California (USC) student. This year’s event will take place on September 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

With numerous credits to her name, Reid has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors. In 2013, Reid and her mother, Robyn Simpson, launched A Seed & Wings Productions, an independent multimedia production house rooted in narratives that forge multi-cultural conversations, entertain, educate and uplift. Their desire is to create authentic storytelling that is impactful, honest and reflects the perspectives of all people. (See below for full bio*).  

In addition, the Foundation secured The Dallas Mavericks as the presenting sponsor the luncheon.

TXWF supporters and business leaders, Ashleigh Everett and Yolanda Garcia, are luncheon co-chairs. Everett is senior vice president and general counsel of Hunt Oil Company. Garcia is a partner at Sidley Austin.

Dena L. Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation interim president and chief executive officer, said, “We have the perfect ‘storm’ with Storm and know her words will be riveting and powerful. We’re thankful to the team of Ashleigh and Yolanda for helping make our signature luncheon one that you must attend.”

About Texas Women’s Foundation’s Annual Luncheon:

The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s signature event in support of its work to advance women’s economic security, leadership, education, health and safety in Texas through research, advocacy and grantmaking. For those interested in supporting the event through sponsorship, contact Joy Busch at luncheon@txwf.org. Visit https://www.txwfluncheon.org/ for more details.

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate online

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Storm Reid Bio*

Emmy-Nominated Actress

 

Storm Reid is an Emmy-nominated actress, producer, and current student at USC. With numerous credits to her name, Reid has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors.

Past film and television projects include: TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, A WRINKLE IN TIME, DON’T LET GO, INVISIBLE MAN, WHEN THEY SEE US, EUPHORIA, THE SUICIDE SQUAD, MISSING, THE LAST OF US, THE NUN 2. 

In 2013, Reid and her mother, Robyn Simpson, launched A SEED & WINGS Productions, an independent multimedia production house rooted in narratives that forge multi-cultural conversations, entertain, educate and uplift. Their desire is to create authentic storytelling that is impactful, honest and reflects the perspectives of all people. 

Additionally, Reid created the brand ArashiBlu, which she continues to expand and now includes her philanthropic endeavor, ArashiBlu 1720. Reid launched ArashiBlu 1720 with the intent to advocate and support the next generation of creators by being of service to her community. Reid recently launched 1720 ONE PARK AT A TIME, a new initiative under ArashiBlu 1720, with the mission to restore parks and playgrounds in underprivileged neighborhoods across the country. The first park being restored is Brownwood Park in Reid’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Reid held a groundbreaking event at the park with partners Coco Gauff and New Balance in July 2023.

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Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has announced its keynote speaker for the 38th Annual Luncheon—Storm Reid, Emmy-nominated actress, producer and University of Southern California (USC) student. This year’s event will take place on September 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

With numerous credits to her name, Reid has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors. In 2013, Reid and her mother, Robyn Simpson, launched A Seed & Wings Productions, an independent multimedia production house rooted in narratives that forge multi-cultural conversations, entertain, educate and uplift. Their desire is to create authentic storytelling that is impactful, honest and reflects the perspectives of all people. (See below for full bio*).  

In addition, the Foundation secured The Dallas Mavericks as the presenting sponsor the luncheon.

 

TXWF supporters and business leaders, Ashleigh Everett and Yolanda Garcia, are luncheon co-chairs. Everett is senior vice president and general counsel of Hunt Oil Company. Garcia is a partner at Sidley Austin.

 

Dena L. Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation interim president and chief executive officer, said, “We have the perfect ‘storm’ with Storm and know her words will be riveting and powerful. We’re thankful to the team of Ashleigh and Yolanda for helping make our signature luncheon one that you must attend.”

 

About Texas Women’s Foundation’s Annual Luncheon:

The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s signature event in support of its work to advance women’s economic security, leadership, education, health and safety in Texas through research, advocacy and grantmaking. For those interested in supporting the event through sponsorship, contact Joy Busch at luncheon@txwf.org. Visit https://www.txwfluncheon.org/ for more details.

 

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate online

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Storm Reid Bio*

Emmy-Nominated Actress

 

Storm Reid is an Emmy-nominated actress, producer, and current student at USC. With numerous credits to her name, Reid has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors.

Past film and television projects include: TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE, A WRINKLE IN TIME, DON’T LET GO, INVISIBLE MAN, WHEN THEY SEE US, EUPHORIA, THE SUICIDE SQUAD, MISSING, THE LAST OF US, THE NUN 2. 

In 2013, Reid and her mother, Robyn Simpson, launched A SEED & WINGS Productions, an independent multimedia production house rooted in narratives that forge multi-cultural conversations, entertain, educate and uplift. Their desire is to create authentic storytelling that is impactful, honest and reflects the perspectives of all people. 

Additionally, Reid created the brand ArashiBlu, which she continues to expand and now includes her philanthropic endeavor, ArashiBlu 1720. Reid launched ArashiBlu 1720 with the intent to advocate and support the next generation of creators by being of service to her community. Reid recently launched 1720 ONE PARK AT A TIME, a new initiative under ArashiBlu 1720, with the mission to restore parks and playgrounds in underprivileged neighborhoods across the country. The first park being restored is Brownwood Park in Reid’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Reid held a groundbreaking event at the park with partners Coco Gauff and New Balance in July 2023.

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Texas Women's Foundation Healthcare Map

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has announced its second set of grants from its Health Care Access Fund totaling $420,000 to help women and girls access health care in underserved Texas communities in North and East Texas. As part of its Health Care Access Fund, Texas Women’s Foundation launched the Reproductive Freedom Initiative in 2022 to deliver urgent and long-term women’s healthcare programming to communities that desperately need resources.

With eight grants given earlier in the year totaling $487,125 in rural Texas communities, the Foundation has now awarded a total of $907,125 to 15 deserving organizations.

In this round, the Foundation awarded seven grants totaling $420,000 to carefully vetted community health care clinics:

  • Collins Family Planning Clinic (Fort Worth)
  • Genesis Prime Care (Marshall)
  • Gulf Coast Health Center (Port Arthur)
  • Health Services North Texas (Denton)
  • Crossroads Family Clinic (Mount Enterprise)
  • Parkland Health Foundation (Dallas)
  • TAN (Triangle Area Network) Healthcare (Beaumont)

These clinics are providing services in these priority areas:

  • Hiring of OB/GYN and other critical healthcare providers
  • Full access to all types of birth control, including long-acting, reversible contraceptives, at an affordable cost
  • Prenatal care, women’s healthcare and other staffing needs
  • Family planning, prenatal, obstetric and postpartum medical visits for uninsured, low-income women
  • Funds to hire a Women's Health Coordinator/Community Health Worker to conduct outreach to educate women on healthcare access and availability

For more information on specifics of each grant, see attachment.*

Dena Hughes, CEO of Triangle Area Network Healthcare, said, “The funds awarded through the Texas Women’s Foundation are critical to the ongoing availability of and access to critically important pregnancy prevention tools that are both safe and effective. We are excited to partner with TXWF to ensure Southeast Texas women and their families know that they are not alone in navigating and managing their reproductive healthcare options.”

Marsha Thigpen, M.D., executive director of Gulf Coast Health Center (GCHC) Inc., added, “Gulf Coast Health Center, Inc. would like to thank Texas Women's Foundation for the grant funds received. GCHC will be able to improve the care delivered in our Women's Health Department, more specifically will be able to improve monitoring our patients as we expand our services to include obstetrics with improved quality ultrasound equipment.”

Janice Brown, executive director/nurse practitioner of Collins Family Planning Clinic, said, “This grant will enable us to purchase and provide LARCs for women immediately. They will also be able to receive the care and planning they need from our healthcare professionals.”

According to Dena Jackson, Texas Women’s Foundation interim president and CEO, “It is getting more difficult for Texas women to secure safe and affordable reproductive health care. As a result, Texas Women’s Foundation has stepped into the gap to provide access to affordable contraception, prenatal care and women’s services to ease the burden.”

To learn more about the Reproductive Freedom Initiative and to make a donation, visit https://txwf.org/reproductive-freedom-initiative/.

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate online

 

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Collins Family Planning Clinic (Fort Worth)

This grant supports 13 healthcare professionals and the purchase of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS). Collins Clinic provides a medical home and reproductive health services to medically underserved clients in two clinics in Tarrant County. Services include education, cost-effective health screening, health education, affordable health examinations, individual family planning, confidential testing, prompt treatment and accessible referrals to community resources.

 

Genesis Prime Care (Marshall)

This grant will support Genesis Prime Care in hiring an OB/GYN, and other health care providers, to conduct gynecological examinations, provide prenatal care and treatment, prescribe contraceptives, order and review lab work, counsel and provide pre-conception patient health education, nutrition and prenatal information. The key services supported will be Family Planning, Prenatal and Well-Women. Of significance, Marshall and the surrounding communities in Harrison County (Hallsville, Elysian Fields, Waskom, Harleton, Karnack, and Scottsville) have not had reproductive, gynecological services locally since 2018. This rural area also has a high prevalence of low-income residents and residents below federal poverty levels.

 

Gulf Coast Health Center Inc. (GCHC) (Port Arthur)

The grant will improve the care for prenatal patients with the purchase of a new updated ultrasound machine to deliver more precise prenatal care at their main location. The grant will continue to expand usage of the existing machine in the rural locations such as Jasper, which has a high teen pregnancy rate and no specialized health care. GCHC is also expanding its women's health services beyond the main center site in Port Arthur, and the grant will support women’s health mid-level providers to travel to the rural sites in Jasper, Orange and Silsbee to improve care delivered to the most rural residents and provide on-going training to providers at those locations. A nonprofit, GCHC is also a Federally Qualified Health Center offering comprehensive health care services to uninsured, underinsured, low-income and indigent residents of Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, and Orange Counties since 1978.

 

Health Services North Texas (Denton)

The grant will support Health Services North Texas’ (HSNT) Reproductive Healthcare Program with the purchase of 50 LARCs and support the cost of 400 family planning, prenatal, obstetric or postpartum medical visits for uninsured, low-income women. LARC devices will be provided free of charge to uninsured, low-income women and services are provided regardless of immigration status. Funding will cover the gap between the actual fee and the reduced fee for the services identified. Funding will primarily impact women in rural areas of Denton County with 75 percent of recipients being Hispanic women.

 

Crossroads Family Clinic (Mount Enterprise)

This grant will support the hiring of a Women's Health Coordinator/ Community Health Worker to conduct outreach to women about the availability of family planning services, pap smears, cervical cancer screenings and annual health screenings such as mammograms. This person will travel to communities to provide health education, promote women’s reproductive health services and become a trusted community figure to serve as a liaison to those most removed from services such as the migrant workers in the area where language is also a barrier to accessing services. The clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center that has served the needs of uninsured and underinsured residents of East Texas since 2003.

 

Parkland Health Foundation (Dallas)

The grant will support the expansion of the Family Planning program to increase appointment availability, contraception access and informed choice and connecting patients to care. A new Family Planning Team will be added to support Saturday clinics in an effort to increase appointment availability. A traveling team will conduct contraception physical examinations; screening pap smears; testing for STIs and HIV; pregnancy testing; counseling and education about birth control; preconception and nutrition; immunizations; diabetes and cholesterol screenings. Postpartum patients will also be able to access IUDs before being discharged from the hospital. Those participating in the Extending Maternal Care After Pregnancy program will also be able to access contraception. To accomplish the Family Planning goals stated above, Parkland is working with various colleges, organizations and the Red Bird community on education and outreach.

 

TAN (Triangle Area Network) Healthcare (Beaumont)

The grant will support TAN Healthcare in expanding access to all types of contraceptives on initial health care visit at an affordable cost; purchasing contraception supplies to maintain an inventory (including long-acting reversible contraceptives); and in providing staff training to ensure the skill set is available for LARC services. In Southeast Texas, there is only one health center funded for family planning services, making it challenging for women to access much needed family planning and ancillary support services. More than 60 percent of TAN Healthcare patients are at or below the federal poverty level, lack adequate transportation for medical appointments, and are often uninsured or underinsured.

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Carrie Freeman Parsons

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has appointed Carrie Freeman Parsons as the new board chair for a two-year term starting July 1, 2023. She follows Hilda Galvan who has led the Foundation since 2021. Galvan will remain on the Executive Committee as Past Chair.

 

In addition, the Foundation has added new board members Elizabeth Asturi, Lisette Mendez and Aracely Muñoz. Returning to the board are Michelle Hudson and Phyllis Bernstein.

 

Texas Women’s Foundation also announced its Executive Committee:

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • ·      Carrie Freeman Parsons – Chair (Chair of the Board, Freeman Company)
  • ·      Hilda C. Galvan – Past Chair (Partner in Charge, Jones Day
  • ·      Chrysta Castañeda – At Large (President, The Castañeda Firm)
  • ·      Sam Dwinell – IAC Chair (Chief People Officer, Aspire Human Services)
  • ·      Jana Etheridge – Governance Chair (Director, Capital One)
  • ·      Hattie Hill – Secretary (CEO, Hattie Hill Enterprises)
  • ·      Michelle Hudson – At Large (Principal and Co-Founder, Hudson Peters Commercial)
  • ·      Laura Maxwell – Advocacy Chair (Sr VP Supply Chain, PepsiCo North America)
  • ·      Melissa Orth – Finance Chair (President and CEO, The Legacy Senior Communities)
  • ·      Gowri Sharma – Programs Chair (Civic Leader for Women’s Issues, Education and the Arts)
  • ·      Zeenat Sidi – At Large (President, LDI Digital Products and Services, loanDepot)

 

For a complete board list, visit here.

 

Freeman Parsons, Texas Women’s Foundation chair, said, Hilda has demonstrated steadfast leadership these past two years, and we are grateful for her commitment to TXWF. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee, board members and staff to continue our mission of investing in women and girls to create positive change.”

 

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. In Fiscal Year 2022, these resources supported more than $7.1 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 $74 million in women and girls, including $60 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.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now.