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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.


IGNITE is a national, non-partisan 501c3 that is a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of civic and political leaders. Funding will support three 90-minute salons across Dallas with the theme of passing the torch of women's leadership. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, they will spotlight democratic participation across multiple generations including organizing, engaging the community, serving in office and voting.


Inspire School Programs

Inspire School Programs encourages self-esteem, healthy relationships, respect, positive choices, mental wellness, resilience, mindfulness and leadership. Funding will support the 2020 Radiant Luncheon, designed to connect young women with Dallas businesswomen in a professional, yet engaging setting. This year the luncheon theme is “I Won't Go Speechless” and will feature the history of suffrage, a celebration of women's rights as well as encourage young women to use their voice to promote voting.


Jolt Initiative

Jolt Initiative increases the civic participation of Latinos in Texas to build a stronger democracy and ensure that everyone's voice is heard. Funding will support the 19th Amendment Centennial Leadership Institute and Video Project. 


Junior Players

Junior Players encourages intellectual growth, mental well-being and the development of life skills in the youth of North Texas through mentoring, creative expression and participation in dramatic and arts activities. Funding will facilitate the storytelling feature of digital media and broadcasting to help students channel challenging concepts into a form of expression.


Literacy Achieves

The mission of Literacy Achieves is to equip non-English speaking adults and their young children with English literacy and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and the overall wellbeing of students, their families, and the greater community. Through the proposed program, Literacy Achieves’ students will be exposed to voting legacies through video narratives and voting rights curriculum.


Make Art With Purpose

Make Art with Purpose (MAP) produces art and design projects that promote equity and inclusion and address social and environmental concerns. In March and April 2020, MAP will commemorate the 19th Amendment Centennial with MAP2020: The Further We Roll, The More We Gain. This collaborative festival will include projects led by women of color and will feature several art forms and public performances that seek to honor women heroes. Funding is requested to support educational outreach at several local schools to engage students in creating a series of honorary flags that celebrate the history of the milestone. 


Media Projects, Inc.

Media Projects’ mission is to produce and distribute films that make a difference in people's lives. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, they plan to bring women's history alive through the screenings of two films: Sisters of '77 and Dreams of Equality


New Texas Symphony Orchestra

The New Texas Symphony Orchestra's mission is to enrich the greater Dallas community through the performance of dynamic music that inspires and educates. NTSO's March 2020 concert, Celebrate Women, will honor the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment by featuring orchestral music composed by women. 


Oak Lawn Band

The Oak Lawn Band dedicates itself to serving the LGBTQ community, their allies and its causes as well as other communities within Texas and the United States. Through performances and other activities, they provide educational, cultural, and social enrichment for its members and audiences. Funding will support their Spring 2020 concert, which will celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment and highlight the contributions that women have made to society in politics, the arts, and leadership. 


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