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Announcing the 2023 Recipients of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute Awards with $300K in Grants

The Bridge Receives Lead Grant of $150,000, While Three Others Receive $50,000

DALLAS – Dec. 13, 2023 – The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, is proud to announce the 2023 recipients of the Mary M. Jalonick Women’s Philanthropy Institute grants. The Women’s Philanthropy Institute awarded $300,000 to four nonprofit organizations that have made a significant impact throughout North Texas during 2023. In addition to The Bridge, which received the lead grant of $150,000, three additional nonprofits each received a grant of $50,000, including: Ebby’s House/Juliette Fowler Communities, Frazier Revitalization and VNA Meals on Wheels.

“The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at The Dallas Foundation leverages the power of relationships by uniting women philanthropists who want to learn about the issues facing Greater Dallas. Through this program, these caring and dedicated women gather, educate themselves on our community’s most impactful nonprofits, and garner their collective resources to make a difference,” said Julie Diaz, Interim President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “The connections that members of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute build with these organizations and with one another form a community of change-makers poised to leave a lasting impact on Greater Dallas.”

The inception of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute stemmed from the proactive engagement of women donors seeking to deepen their insight into community needs. Recognizing the inherent value of firsthand experience in understanding a community, The Dallas Foundation established this initiative to guide and support women throughout their philanthropic journey, while fostering connections between these individuals and the community’s needs, as well as the organizations striving to address them.

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute typically visits four to five nonprofits in the Dallas-area each year. Following each visit, members learn how to strategically evaluate a nonprofit, including a review of financial documents and organizational structure. At the end of the year, members vote on which agency will receive the largest grant from the Mary M. Jalonick Women’s Philanthropy Institute Fund held at The Dallas Foundation. Grant money is raised by contributions from members. In the past ten years, more than 200 women have participated in Women’s Philanthropy Institute program and activities, granting over $1M to the community through the Institute in addition to over $20M in personal support from its members.

“All of us at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center are honored and thrilled to be recipients of the 2023 lead grant from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute of The Dallas Foundation,” said Dr. David Woody III, President & CEO of The Bridge. “This significant grant will assist us in identifying critical mental health support for our staff, who are at the front lines fighting homelessness every day. Without their passionate commitment to The Bridge mission and to our Guests, we would not be able to connect so many Guests each year to a safe, stable, new home.”

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The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. Over the course of the Foundation’s history, it has granted over $1B to the full spectrum of community-centered causes. For more information, visit, Facebook or Instagram.


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