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Dallas Area Funders Awarded $320,000 to 38 Organizations in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

Womens-Centennial-logo.pngThe 19th Amendment Centennial Fund supports a number of community-centered events to create conversations and advance gender equity in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. 

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020, community philanthropic partners came together to create the 19th Amendment Centennial Fund, which has provided $320,000 in grants to create a yearlong series of events to recognize the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. This funding supports effective, inspirational and authentic ways to create conversation, drive positive change and build strategies to advance gender equity. The funded projects include programs and events that provide a publicly accessible component of the project’s work, such that it can be explored and enjoyed by individuals from diverse cultures, ages and economic means.

Interested in this topic? Check out the 19th Amendment: Past, Present, and Future event coming up on August 6, 2020. For additional information, click here.
The collaborative funders include: AT&T, The Boone Family Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Dallas Foundation, the Embrey Family Foundation, The Hoglund Foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, the McCune Losinger Family Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas, the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Texas Women’s Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the George and Fay Young Foundation.
A steering committee of the philanthropic partners advised on the grants of up to $10,000 for programs and events by nonprofit organizations and up to $1,000 for public schools.
The 38 projects that were chosen to receive funding incorporate the following concepts:

  • Celebrate: Remember, honor and applaud those who have moved women from suffrage to seats at many tables and continue to work to improve the position of women in society.
  • Educate: Tell the story behind the creation and significance of the 19th amendment, including who was involved, what sacrifices were made for it to happen and the women of color who were marginalized to advance the movement.
  • Activate: Make the call for people to participate in democracy and provide data, information and solutions for ways to increase Texas’ ranking as 49th among the states when it comes to women’s political participation.

View the complete list of grantees below.

Avant Chamber Ballet

Avant Chamber Ballet brings exceptional live dance and chamber music together for audiences in the DFW Metroplex. Funding will support the commissioning of a new ballet to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The work will celebrate the determination, grit and strength of the suffragette movement.


Bachman Lake Together

Bachman Lake Together seeks to unite the Bachman Lake community to fully prepare children for kindergarten - academically, socially and emotionally - so they can thrive in school and in life. Funding will support a localized push to increase 2020 voter registration and voter turnout. 


Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God's love into action to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Women Build Dallas will unite the power of 100 Dallas women to help change the lives of hundreds of women dreaming of homeownership. In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, this Committee will contribute their talent, treasure, and time to build a Habitat home, repair ten homes, and provide financial education – helping support women in their financial journey.


Dallas Area Interfaith

Dallas Area Interfaith works to cross lines of race, gender, language and economic levels to create the common good. Funding will support three main programs that will commemorate and celebrate the 19th Amendment Centennial including, A Civics Academy that will teach the history of women's suffrage, the 19th Amendment and discuss the low voter participation rates in Dallas; Voter education, including candidate forums and sessions on how to vote. 


Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre's mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures, reach diverse communities and encompass everexpanding global audiences. Funding will support Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore! programming that will include new choreography and honor women's struggle for equality.


Dallas Heritage Village

Dallas Heritage Village's mission is to collect, preserve and teach the history of Dallas and North Central Texas. Funding will support an exhibit that highlights the local story of suffrage. This will feature the work of local artists who will have an opportunity to explore issues or tell stories relating to the women's suffrage movement, voting rights and women's political participation today.


Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum teaches the history of the Holocaust and advances human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Funding will support events that commemorate the struggle for women's right to vote. A free panel presentation and tour will host women scholars who will discuss the creation and significance of the 19th Amendment as well as the struggle to win the vote for non-white women that lasted another 45 years.


Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture

Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture's mission is to enrich and deepen the practical life of the city with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities. Funding will support an educational program that will highlight the significant, but little-known work of an interracial women's group, that in 1837, called for the end of slavery in the U.S. 


Dallas Leadership Foundation

Dallas Leadership Foundation's mission is to identify, affirm and develop leaders to transform communities. Funding will support a three-part program that aims to educate women on the history of the 19th Amendment, activate women to participate in the political system, and motivate women to be more active in the political process. 


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