The Heritage Giving Fund was established in 2017 at Texas Women’s Foundation in order “to encourage philanthropy in the African-American/Black community, to contribute in a strategic and meaningful way and to bring a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations servings African-American women and girls throughout the North Texas area.”
Today it was announced that the Fund had doubled its grant amounts from last year’s effort and would be providing more than $56,000 to the following nonprofits:
- Abide ($10,000) – Funds provide financial and social support to Black student midwives through the Abide scholarship fund, along with mentoring and preceptorship.
- The GEMS Camp ($8,000) – Grant supports two-week summer virtual camp for 120 middle school girls of color from four Texas cities, with hands-on STEM learning, leadership and character development.
- Hopeful Solutions ($6,000) – Funds provide rental and utilities assistance for women and children, along with case management, recovery support and living assistance.
- Soul Rep Theatre Company ($5,000) – Funding helps implement online and audio productions and supports a new strategic plan with consulting and production costs to underwrite the 25th anniversary season.
- Southern Dallas Link ($10,000) – Grant underwrites the Ride to Work Program, specifically for Black women, to help them maintain employment by providing dependable transportation.
- TR Hoover CDC ($7,486) – Funds support Hoover Tech Center, which provides individuals with computer and internet access to further education, employment opportunities and community outreach.
- Viola’s House ($9,786) – The grant funds the new Baby Benefit Store, which provides free and low-cost baby clothing/accessories to the South Dallas community, while generating income for the organization, which houses homeless teen moms.
According to Fund Chair Akilah S. Wallace, “I never imagined the magnitude giving circles of color would have on North Texas when I first discovered this incredible way to increase the engagement of women of color in philanthropy. Now, in partnership with the co-founders, members and friends of Heritage Giving Fund, I am ecstatic we doubled our collective giving from last year, awarding $56,272 to Black female-led nonprofits. We did this despite the challenges impacting the world by this pandemic.”
In addition to the announcement of the grants, it was also revealed that the Fund has created “a program for grant recipients to gain access to leadership development with the hope its partnership will help leverage additional funding from other sources,” and is “moving its giving circle to (Moore Impact) that aligns better with its mission.”
Texas Women’s Foundation President/CEO Ros Dawson Thompson said, “We congratulate the leaders and members of Heritage Giving Fund for their tremendous impact in support of Black female-led nonprofits serving Black women and girls. It has been our great honor to host Heritage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation since their founding in 2017, and we wish them every success going forward. We know Heritage will continue to be an ever-expanding force for good for Black women and girls.”
Akilah added, “I sincerely thank Drs. Halima Leak Francis and Froswa’ Booker-Drew for their leadership and contributions to this powerful movement. Our transition to Moore Impact is aligned with the membership’s vision of expansion and increased impact, reaching younger and emerging philanthropists across the state. Heritage is honored to partner with Yvonne L. Moore, founder and managing director of Moore Philanthropy. She’s an internationally-respected Black woman transforming humanitarian work, who also is a Dallas native. Together we will continue ‘Strengthening Communities and Honoring Our Legacy.’”
* Photo provided by Heritage Giving Fund