The mission of the Women's Philanthropy Institute 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 2019, the Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI) was endowed through the generosity of many Dallas Foundation donors and renamed to  The Mary M. Jalonick Women's Philanthropy Institute, in honor of The Foundation's former president and CEO. Jalonick led The Dallas Foundation for three decades before her retirement in 2017.

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.

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!  We invite you to join us!  

Pay Membership Fee 
Due March 15

Make Your Annual Grant Contribution 
Due December 1

2021 Calendar of Events

 March 22  

2021 WPI Kickoff Event featuring a conversation between Lyda Hill and Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt
(click here for a recording, of the event; password is Mb?eGp0X)

April 13   Lunch & Learn (Erikka Flood Moultrie)
 May 11   Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) Virtual Site Visit
June 9   Act for Justice Virtual Site Visit
August TBD   Lunch & Learn
September 15   Metrocare Services Site Visit
October 12   Hope Supply Co. Site Visit
November 10   Jubilee Park & Community Center Site Visit
December 8   Year-end Grantee Award Luncheon

For more information on becoming a member, please contact Kim Montez, Director, Gift Planning & Family Philanthropy, or Kezia Stegemoeller, Senior Director, Donor Engagement.