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The Dallas Foundation Amplifies Community Impact with $50K in Awards

(Above: Andrew Young, Vice President for Advancement, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, is shown with Drexell Owusu, Chief Impact Officer, The Dallas Foundation. Photo credit: Jason Janik/The Dallas Foundation)

DALLAS – Sept. 27, 2021 – The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, is proud to announce that seven local nonprofits have won the organization’s 2021 Community Impact Prizes, awarded as part of North Texas Giving Day. The winners were notified September 25, and presented with the funds at a check presentation ceremony. Each award aligns with The Dallas Foundation’s strategic priorities, which focus on partnerships that reduce intergenerational poverty and meet today’s pressing needs while positioning Greater Dallas for a brighter, more equitable tomorrow.

The Foundation’s key areas of impact include programs that improve the quality of life for children across Dallas ages birth to three, advance equity and inclusion, and support the civic priorities of Dallas. The 2021 prizes, awarded to Dallas County nonprofits in each category that received the most gifts, include:

Racial Equity: $10,000 – Big Brothers Big Sister Lone Star

Birth to Three Care (Small Nonprofit): $7,500- Withers Elementary PTA

Birth to Three Care (Medium Nonprofit): $7,500 – For Oak Cliff

Child and Youth Mental Health (Small Nonprofit): $5,000 – Grief and Loss Center of North Texas

Child and Youth Mental Health (Medium Nonprofit): $5,000 – The Well Community

Family Homelessness (Small Nonprofit): $5,000 – Family Promise of Irving

Family Homelessness (Medium Nonprofit): $5,000 – Bridges Safehouse, Inc.

Earlier, the Foundation also presented two Meet Your Match Prizes in partnership with Communities Foundation of North Texas, which presents North Texas Giving Day each year. The Coalition for Aging LBGT and Southern Dallas Link each received $5,000 to be leveraged as 1:1 matching funds through NTX Giving Day. The Meet Your Match Prizes were randomly drawn and awarded to a small-size nonprofit and a medium-size nonprofit, based in Dallas County who have attempted to secure their own matching funds but have been unsuccessful.

“The Dallas Foundation has been a funding partner of North Texas Giving Day since its inception in 2009, and we have always enjoyed teaming up with Communities Foundation of Texas to support nonprofit organizations most closely aligned with our work,” said Drexell Owusu, Chief Impact Officer of The Dallas Foundation. “These Community Impact Prizes celebrate just a few of our many partner organizations whose work improves the lives of children and families in Dallas.”



Top: The Well Community, winner of the $5,000 Community Impact Prize for Child and Youth Mental Health (Medium Nonprofit), shown: Elizabeth Schorman, Treasurer, Board of Directors with Drexell Owusu, Chief Impact Officer, The Dallas Foundation. Photo credit: Jason Janik/The Dallas Foundation

Bottom: For Oak Cliff, shown: $7,500 Community Impact Prize for Birth to Three Care (Medium Nonprofit): Krysisha Conly, Marketing Specialist (not pictured); Xavier Henderson, Chief of Development; Michael Berry, Program Associate; Drexell Owusu, Chief Impact Officer, The Dallas Foundation; Julianna Bradley, Director of Food Justice, and her baby Kingston; Amber Brown, Director of Program Operations; and Dr. Staci Williams, Director of Education (not pictured). Photo credit: Jason Janik/The Dallas Foundation