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HERitage Giving Fund Dr. Halima Leak Francis, Zenetta Drew, Akilah Wallace, Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew, Greer L. Christian

Earlier this month, Heritage Giving Fund at Dallas Women's Foundation hosted an intriguing panel discussion featuring remarks from Representative Helen Giddings, Zenetta Drew of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Greer L. Christian of Wells Fargo, as well as moderator Dr. Halima Leak Francis. The topic was "Giving Back: Our Legacy of Leadership in Philanthropy," which focused on the historical contributions black women have made to North Texas philanthropy.

HERitage Giving Fund is one of the giving circles at the Dallas Women's Foundation - others include The Village Giving Circle and the Orchid Giving Circle. The Founding Officers of HERitage Giving Fund are Akilah S. Wallace, Chair; Halima Leak Francis, Co-Chair; and Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew, Grants Committee Chair.

Wallace said, “These powerful women shared how important it is for us to continue the work of HERitage: combine our gifts and give to organizations that use innovative approaches to serve African-American women and girls, so that they can achieve success. We invite others who share our passion to join us so that we can support our community.”

Founded August 2017 during Black Philanthropy Month, HERitage Giving Fund at Dallas Women’s Foundation encourages philanthropy in the African-American/Black community by contributing in a strategic and meaningful way and by bringing a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area. The circle provides an opportunity to learn about issues and organizations that affect and impact the African-American/Black community. Additionally, HERitage Giving Fund provides members and donors with opportunities for philanthropy empowerment and member socials.

Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president of development, said, “Dallas Women’s Foundation is proud to support HERitage Giving Fund. Giving circles, such as HERitage Giving Fund, are a way for women of similar cultures to collectively raise funds and to distribute them to organizations that are making our community better.”

For more information about HERitage Giving Fund, visit  or email

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


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