HERitage Giving Fund Awards $56,000 to Nonprofits Serving Black Women and Girls

HERitage Giving Fund cofounders Halima Leak Francis, Ph.D., Akilah Wallace, Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Ph.D. // courtesy Texas Womens Foundation
HERitage Giving Fund cofounders Halima Leak Francis, Ph.D., Akilah Wallace, Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Ph.D. // courtesy Texas Womens Foundation

HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation recently awarded more than $56,000 to nonprofits led by Black women serving Black women and girls. Criteria for grant recipients included meeting the needs of Black communities in the North Texas area and the organization’s alignment with the mission of HERitage Giving Fund.

Akilah S. Wallace, HERitage chair, said, “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.

“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,” shared Texas Women’s Foundation President and CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson. “We know HERitage will continue to be an ever-expanding force for good for Black women and girls.”

The organizations that received the 2021 HERitage grants are Abide, The GEMS Camp, Hopeful Solutions, Soul Rep Theatre Company, Southern Dallas Link, TR Hoover CDC, and Viola’s House.

The grant for Abide will provide support to Black student midwives through scholarships as well as mentoring and preceptorship.

The GEMS Camp will be using its grant to support a two-week virtual summer camp for 120 middle school girls of color from four Texas cities.

Hopeful Solutions will use the funds to provide rental and utilities assistance for women and children as well as case management, recovery support and living assistance.

The grant for Soul Rep Theatre Company will help fund online and audio production and support a strategic plan for its 25th anniversary season.

Southern Dallas Link will use the grant to underwrite the Ride to Work program which helps Black women maintain employment by providing reliable transportation.

TR Hoover CDC will use its funds to provide individuals with computer and internet access to further education and employment opportunities.

The grant for Viola’s House will be used to fund its Baby Benefit Store which provides free and low-cost baby clothing to people in South Dallas. The store’s income supports housing for homeless teen moms.

HERitage Giving Fund was founded in August 2017 during Black Philanthropy Month. The mission of HERitage is to encourage philanthropy in the Black community, to contribute in a strategic and meaningful way, and to bring a new source of funding to nonprofit organizations serving African American women and girls throughout the North Texas area.

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