The Mary M. Jalonick Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at The Dallas Foundation recently awarded $65,000 to five local nonprofit organizations.
Bonton Farms, which is restoring lives, creating jobs and igniting hope in a once forgotten and neglected neighborhood with some of the most marginalized people, received the lead grant totaling $25,000. Each of the following organizations received $10,000 grants to support their work across our community:
- Attitudes & Attire promotes personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency.
- Educational First Steps aims to increase the number of economically disadvantaged children receiving high-quality early childhood education.
- Dallas Holocaust Museum – Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.
- Grant Halliburton Foundation works to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens, and young adults, promote better mental health, and prevent suicide.
WPI was established by The Dallas Foundation in response to an interest by women who wanted to learn more about community needs and how they could be responsive to those needs. The Institute educates, inspires and empowers women to become confident and engaged donors.
“Through WPI, I have had an opportunity to visit and learn about organizations in our community that are doing meaningful good work every day,” said WPI Member Jayne Allison. “In a direct and personal way, I’ve been impressed, and I’ve been moved. Sharing it all with a group of empowered and engaged women–of all ages and backgrounds–has elevated the experience to something that feels important, something beyond the impact of our monetary donations.”
2019 marked the first year that dollars from the Mary M. Jalonick Women’s Philanthropy Institute Endowment Fund were added to the pool of funds contributed by WPI members, making this year’s awards the largest in the giving circle’s ten year history . The Endowment was formed in 2018 to elevate WPI to the next level of impact and effectiveness and sustain the program for years to come.
Since 2013, women engaged with WPI have recommended over $15 million in grants from their donor advised funds at The Dallas Foundation to nonprofit organizations.