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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.

Our Friends Place

Our Friends Place is dedicated to helping young women break the generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness through empowering selfreliance and independence. OFP works with a vulnerable population of women ages 12-24 who face the challenges of poverty and homelessness.


Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas

Planned Parenthood creates healthier communities by providing healthcare services, delivering science-based education programs, and serving as a strong advocate for reproductive rights. Funding supported the 4th Annual Dallas Women's March in January 2020, which brought together thousands of women to highlight the importance of participating in our democracy through voting. 


Puede Network

Puede Network works to prepare and inspire Oak Cliff students to pursue higher education and to become community leaders through a three-pillar program comprised of sports, academics and community service. Puede Network will commemorate the 19th Amendment Centennial by embedding several events and educational opportunities in its existing programs over the next year.



ReflectUS is a national coalition of non-partisan organizations, which have come together to achieve balanced gender representation in all levels of government across America. Funding will support a series of ten public events and training opportunities in Dallas County over the next year, designed to inspire, motivate and activate women to run for office and become more involved in the political process.


Shakespeare Dallas

Using Shakespeare's works as a cornerstone, Shakespeare Dallas serves the Southwest region with fun and accessible indoor and outdoor theatre, integrated school programs, and cultural enrichment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Shakespeare Dallas will develop and present a 90-minute event that is a blend of lecture, performance, discussion and action points, revealing Shakespeare's influence on the Suffragettes and highlight current issues affecting gender equality.


Texas Woman's University Foundation

The TWU Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy seeks to increase the number of women in public leadership, with a goal to become a destination for young women who desire to dedicate their professional careers to community service and advocacy efforts. TWU plans to collaborate with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas to host an event for girls to learn about the Women's Suffrage movement and the 100th Anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment.


The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, non-partisan, digital-first media organization with a mission of informing and engaging Texans. Its goal is to raise the level of civic engagement in communities across the state and return civility to discourse on important issues. Funding will support a festival on "Women and Gender Equity" to be held in Dallas in April 2020. The summit will mark the 19th Amendment Centennial by providing an opportunity to discuss the issues most affecting women in Texas today, while also inspiring and motivating women to participate in the political process.


The Women's Chorus of Dallas

The Women's Chorus of Dallas (TWCD) promotes the strength, diversity, and empowerment of women by performing high-quality music to entertain, inspire, and serve the community. TWCD will join a national consortium of women’s choruses to commission “Suffrage Cantata”, a premiere work for treble chorus, piano, string quartet, and narration being composed by Andrea Ramsey to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment.


Trinity River Mission

Trinity River Mission provides educational and social opportunities that inspire students and their families to dream, believe, and achieve. Girls on a Mission, a program of TRM, is an afterschool program promoting sisterhood among girls of color in West Dallas. It provides social-emotional support and leadership development for 30 underserved, adolescent girls in grades 5-10.


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