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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.

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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.

Dallas Peace and Justice Center

The Mission of the Dallas Peace and Justice Center is to promote a just and peaceful world through education, dialogue, reconciliation, advocacy, and constructive action. This organization keeps a finger on the pulse of activists’ concerns, and stands ready to lead or assist in research, education, dialogue and action for peace and justice. The Dallas Peace and Justice Center plans to hold a “powwow” for the local Native American community to celebrate their right to vote and discuss the history of how Native Americans were finally allowed to vote in 1965.


Dance Council of North Texas

The Dance Council of North Texas is a unique service organization that creates opportunities for the community to promote and support all forms of dance. Funding will help produce Dallas Dances 2020: Women Powering the Moves - Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage. 


Dress for Success Dallas

Dress for Success' mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Funding will support their three-fold program to celebrate women who have excelled in civic life; educate the public on gender equity and the progress of women's rights with the 19th Amendment, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act; and activate women to become more active in the socio political life of their community. 


Echo Theatre

Echo Theatre's mission is to produce the works of women playwrights in order to bridge the gender gap that persists in live theatre. Funding will support the production of It's My Party, a new play that celebrates and educates audiences about key players in the suffrage movement.


Faith in Texas

Faith in Texas is a multi-racial, multi-faith movement developing civic leadership in faith communities for economic and racial justice. Funding will support Dream Free, their voter engagement work in partnership with member congregations. Each congregation will develop plans to achieve 100% voting in their congregations and help register and turn out underrepresented voters through their personal networks, block-walks and phone banks.


Friends of Aldredge House

Friends of Aldredge House provides long-term financial security for Aldredge House as an acclaimed architectural landmark and historic house museum, and to present inclusive, community-focused educational programs appropriate to the house and highlighting Dallas history. Funding will support the Living History program that will feature suffragettes and others who fought for women's voting rights on local, state- wide, and national stages.


Friends of the Dallas Public Library

Friends of the Dallas Public Library supports the mission of the Dallas Public Library system to achieve excellence in its delivery of resources, services and information to the Dallas community. Funding will support the Dallas Public Library's 19th Amendment Centennial Project that will inform and celebrate the past as well as inspire civic activity in the future.


Girls Embracing Mothers

The mission of Girls Embracing Mothers is to empower girls with mothers in prison to break the cycle of incarceration and lead successful lives with vision and purpose. Funding will support the Pearl Program that serves girls with mothers in prison by taking them to visit their mothers in Gatesville the first Saturday of each month for an enhanced 4-hour visitation session with facilitated discussions between the mothers and daughters that are open and honest and revolve around critical life issues while building the mother-daughter bond.


Girls Empowerment Network

The mission of Girls Empowerment Network is to ignite power in girls by teaching them skills to thrive and believe in their ability to be unstoppable. Funding will support the We Are Girls Conference in Dallas, designed especially for 3rd - 8th grade girls and the adults who care about them. This year's theme is "Believe It and Be It; A Celebration of the 19th Amendment." 


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