The Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women's Foundation

The Founding Officers are:

  • A. Shonn Brown, Chair
  • Lisa Montgomery, Co-Chair
  • Cheryl Alston
  • Christa Brown-Sanford
  • Annika Cail
  • Vera Ingram
  • Diane Reeves
  • Frances Cudjoe-Waters
"If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

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About Us

Organized in 2017, the mission of The Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women's Foundation is to honor, sustain and expand the legacy of African-American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that benefit African-American women, men, and children in North Texas. The Village Giving Circle’s priority activities center around researching and selecting a slate of organizations each year for designation as Village grant recipients. Other activities include social and networking events, as well as education opportunities focused on philanthropy and social issues. Voting membership is limited to women donors who contribute at a minimum level. However, anyone can make a gift of any size in support of The Village’s work. 

Background, Focus and Purpose

The Village was borne out of a desire to harness the collective giving power and influence of African-American women philanthropists, and in recognition of the need to provide opportunities for like-minded African-American women to form connections that enhance their civic leadership activities. Members focus their collective resources on local community organizations that are led by African Americans and/or serve the needs of African-American communities throughout North Texas. In addition to providing financial support to selected organizations, The Village membership seeks to elevate awareness of issues, initiatives, and efforts that affect or support African-Americans living and working in North Texas. 

Why join The Village Giving Circle?

Rather than making “one-off” individual gifts to community organizations, The Village Giving Circle empowers its members to combine their resources and award larger, higher-impact, strategically-selected grants to organizations and initiatives benefiting African-Americans. Joining or contributing to The Village also affords the opportunity to support and further a legacy of African-American women’s philanthropy that sets an empowering example for other community members and for future generations of African-American leaders. Questions? Please contact


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