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Village Executive Leadership Team Aliah Henry, Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Lisa Montgomery, Rhonda Williams, Renee Sample (not pictured: Cheryl Bass)

On November 6th at Frito Lay headquarters, The Village Giving Circle at Texas Women’s Foundation delivered $186,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations whose missions support the African American community in North Texas.

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.

Grants included the following:

  • Abide Women’s Health Services – Support a fulltime midwife
  • Bold Idea, Inc. – Computer coding club salary support
  • The Compelling Why – Leadership programs for African-American students
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre – Scholarships for students
  • Denton Black Film Festival Institute – Program support
  • Dwell with Dignity – Furniture purchase
  • HOPE Farm – Young men’s leadership development program
  • I AM a Golfer Foundation – Program support
  • Interfaith Family Services – Family Empowerment Program
  • GEMS Camp – Support of Hidden Gems Experience
  • Golf 3:16 – Golf mentorship program
  • The Melville Family Foundation – Basic consumer essentials
  • New Friends New Life – Economic Empowerment Program
  • Promise House – Maternity group home program for teen moms
  • The Werthing Foundation – Laptops and staff funding
  • Youth Revive Inc. – Support for partnerships with five DISD schools

Lisa Montgomery, co-chair and founding officer of The Village Giving Circle, said, “The needs are many in our community, but The Village Giving Circle continues to impact 16 deserving organizations in the areas of education, healthcare, culture, pregnancy, sex trafficking and more.”

Miki Woodard, president and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation, said, “We are proud of the support that The Village Giving Circle continues to provide these nonprofits that impact the lives right here in our community. And a huge thank you to those who contributed!”

Founding officers include A. Shonn Brown, Lisa Montgomery, 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

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 $7.1 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, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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