The Dallas Foundation's Pegasus Prize supports a nonprofit working to address a pressing community need in an innovative way. 

The Pegasus Prize Committee selects the recipient of the $50,000 Prize. The Committee was originally formed in 2009 to award grants to nonprofits working to address pressing community needs in innovative ways. In 2015, the award was renamed the Pegasus Prize and will be given to only one organization annually. 

Last year, the committee presented the $50,000 award to After8toEducate, a collaboration between Dallas ISD, Promise House, CitySquare and Social Venture Partners Dallas. Together, the organizations are developing the After8 facility in the former Fannie C. Harris Elementary School to provide students a pathway out of homelessness and poverty.  (Learn more here.)

Individuals wishing to support the Pegasus Prize may contribute to the fund by clicking here.

The 2019 Pegasus Prize Committee selected three organizations which were given an opportunity to present before the committee. This year's awardee will be announced at The Dallas Foundation's spring Grantee Recognition event on March 18.

The finalists include:



Break Break Break Borders is a social enterprise, set up to economically  empower refugee women through storytelling with food and culture. BBBB  addresses  social  issues  from  an  "Artistic  Practice  +  Human  Centered  Design"  perspective.  The  women  provide  storytelling  with  catering so people dining understand the culture behind the people cooking the meals. The BBBB incubator kitchen concept is focused on creating economic opportunities for refugees where they can leverage their existing skills and talents and not be constrained by their lack of language and cultural experience.  BBBB provides equitable access to support women through professional chef mentorship and commercial kitchen training.  Learn more here.
   The  Institute  for  Urban  Policy  Research  at  The  University  of  Texas  at  Dallas  reports  that  domestic violence shelters in Dallas remain near 100 percent capacity each month. They also report that last year, over 13,300 requests from victims and children were denied due to a lack of shelter space. It is in this gap, between need and availability, that Families to Freedom provides an essential service for victims: Free transportation to victims of domestic abuse to a place of safety. Learn more at familiestofreedom.org
   Sixty-seven percent of  children  in  under-resourced  communities  experience  trauma  directly  or  indirectly  just  from the communities they live in. Yet, these youth are expected to go to school and learn, behave, and thrive without the tools to cope with the trauma they experienced or are still experiencing. Yoga N Da Hood is dedicated to helping children heal through mindfulness and gentle exercise. Through YNDH's Mindful Movement Program, educators  see  calmer,  more  thoughtful  students  and  a  natural  increase  in  classroom  performance  and  discipline. Learn more at yogandahood.com.