Educating, Inspiring and Empowering Women Philanthropists

The mission of the Mary M. Jalonick Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) is to educate, inspire, and empower women to become confident and engaged donors at every stage of their philanthropic journey while connecting them with the needs of the community and the organizations addressing those needs.

In a typical year, WPI meets eight times per year, including a kickoff luncheon and wrap-up meeting, as well as 4-5 site visits to nonprofits in the Dallas-area. “Lunch and Learns” provides an opportunity for members to become educated on how to strategically evaluate a nonprofit, including a review of financial documents and organizational structure, and to hear from a community expert on the overarching focus of the site visits. This strengthens WPI’s process of awarding a grant to a vetted nonprofit, and provides tools for the member’s personal philanthropy.

At the end of the year, the group votes on an agency to receive a grant from the Mary M. Jalonick Women’s Philanthropy Institute Fund held at The Dallas Foundation. Grant money is raised by contributions from members, and a $500 minimum from each member is required.

In the past five years alone, more than 200 women have participated in institute activities and given more than $15.5 million to the community through the group’s grants or as individuals. The institute has visited dozens of nonprofit organizations.

What I have found most fulfilling about being part of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute is not just the exposure to all of the wonderful organizations that are doing good in our city, but the community of women with whom this journey has been shared.

Ruth Fitzgibbons, Dallas Foundation Donor and Member, Women's Philanthropy Institute

Join us!

To be a part of this dynamic group of women, annual membership is $150 per person, due by March 15. Additionally, each member agrees to contribute a minimum of $500 to the grant pool. Our community impact is based on each WPI member’s generosity, so we encourage you to consider a gift beyond the required minimum. In 2020, WPI members granted $150,000 to nonprofit organizations in the greater Dallas community, underscoring the power of collective giving.

You may make your grant contribution now, or anytime prior to December 1. Grant contributions can be made via the link below or recommended through your Dallas Foundation Donor Advised Fund. We look forward to another record breaking year!