The Village Giving Circle Presents A Quarter Of A Million Dollars To 15 Area Nonprofits Impacting African Americans

November 9, 2020
VERA INGRAM, CHERYL ALSTON, ANNIKA CAIL, LISA MONTGOMERY, SHONN BROWN, FRANCES CUDJOE-WATERS, DIANE REEVES, SHAWN WILLS, CHRISTA BROWN-SANFORD*

Thanks to The Village Giving Circle, there are 15 nonprofits that did a heck of a lot better than the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. Via an online presentation, The Village Giving Circle presented a quarter of a million dollars to the organizations.

According to The Village Giving Circle Co-Chair/co-founding officer Lisa Montgomery, “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.”

The grants will be used to support the following organizations and their programs:

  • 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

Established just three years ago at Texas Women’s Foundation by founding officers A. Shonn Brown, Lisa Montgomery, Cheryl Alston, Christa Brown-Sanford, Annika Cail, Frances Cudjoe-Waters, Vera Ingram, Shawn Wills and Diane Reeves, The Village Giving Circle’s mission from the start has been “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.”

Texas Women’s Foundation President/CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson 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.”

* Photo credit: Kim Leeson