The Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women's Foundation

Founding Officers

  • 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 positively impact the African-American community 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


Founding Members

(listing as of September 28, 2018)

Cheryl Alston
Cheryl Benson
Vicki D. Blanton
Myrtle Bowles-Scott
Deshaun Brown
Shonn Brown
Veree Hawkins Brown
Tara Buckner
Annika Cail
Cherrise Cederqvist
Tonika Cheek Clayton
Frances Cudjoe-Waters
Janiece Evans-Page
Arlene Ford
Candace N. Ford
Tangee Gibson
Kesha Harris Henderson
Lisa Winston Hicks
Hattie Hill

Pamela Y. Hunter
Vera Ingram
Thomica James-Evans
Donna James-Harvey
Debra Hunter Johnson
Deandra Jones
Jill Louis
Ena Williams Koschel
Whitney Lewis

Sara Madsen Miller
Margo McClinton
Monica McCray
Sonja McGill
Leticia McGowan
Lisa Montgomery
Tracey Nash-Huntley
Joan Nelson
Kristi Nelson
Jennifer Parnell
Abi Perpall
Sandra Phillips
Monica McCoy Purdy
Diane H. Reeves
Sandra P. Rogers
Christa Brown Sanford
Shanon Schwimmer
Julia A. Simon
Kristi Stepteau
Neisha Strambler-Butler
Gail Warrior Suchy
Annette J. Watkins
Sheri Crosby Wheeler
Wendy Wilkerson
Shawn Wills
Pamela Wills-Ward


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