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New Dallas women's group gives generously to African-American philanthropies

New Dallas group gives generously to African-American philanthropies

Diane  Reeves,  Vera  Ingram,  Shawn  Wills,  Frances  Cudjoe-Waters  Annika  Cail  Lisa  Montgomery,  Christa  Sanford  Shonn  Brown
Diane Reeves, Vera Ingram, Shawn Wills, Frances Cudjoe-Waters, Annika Cail, Lisa Montgomery, Christa Sanford, Shonn  Brown Photo courtesy of Village Giving Circle
Lisa Montgomery, Ena Williams, Village Giving Circle
Lisa Montgomery, Ena Williams Photo courtesy of Village Giving Circle
Village Giving Circle
Shonn  Brown speaks to the group. Photo courtesy of Village Giving Circle
 Shawn Wills
 Shawn Wills raises a glass to toast. Photo courtesy of Village Giving Circle
 Frances Cudjoe-Waters
 Frances Cudjoe-Waters leads the guests in prayer. Photo courtesy of Village Giving Circle
Donna Harvey, Tracey Huntley
Donna Harvey, Tracey Huntley Photo courtesy of Village Giving Circle
Diane  Reeves,  Vera  Ingram,  Shawn  Wills,  Frances  Cudjoe-Waters  Annika  Cail  Lisa  Montgomery,  Christa  Sanford  Shonn  Brown
Lisa Montgomery, Ena Williams, Village Giving Circle
Village Giving Circle
 Shawn Wills
 Frances Cudjoe-Waters
Donna Harvey, Tracey Huntley

What: The Village Giving Circle launch reception

Where: The home of Shonn Brown

The 411: A spring launch of the Village Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation raised more than $106,000, thanks to the efforts of over 40 founding members. The new group joins two other giving circles hosted at Dallas Women’s Foundation: HERitage Giving Circle and Orchid Giving Circle.

The mission of The Village Giving Circle is to honor, sustain, and expand the legacy of African-American women’s philanthropy by funding organizations and initiatives that benefit African-American women, men and children in North Texas.

Brown welcomed reception guests to her home and expressed how, together, they could make a larger impact with their collective gifts.

“Through The Village, we empower our members to combine resources so that we are able to award larger, more impactful grants to benefit African American women, men, girls and boys, and our communities overall,” she said. "In addition to providing financial support to selected organizations, The Village members will seek to elevate awareness of issues, initiatives, and efforts that affect or support African-Americans living and working in North Texas. When we can identify what those issues are, we are better equipped to help and to make an impact.”

Shawn Wills, Dallas Women’s Foundation senior vice president of development, told the group that a key part of the organization's mission is to advance women's philanthrophy, "and we see giving circles as powerful vehicles for women of shared cultures and interests to come together to raise and distribute funds to organizations that are positively contributing to the betterment of our communities.”

Launched in 1985, the Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It has granted more than $37.6 million since inception and over $4.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. For more information about The Village Giving Circle, visit the organization's website

Who: Brown serves as chair of The Village, and Lisa Montgomery is co-chair. Additional founding officers include Cheryl AlstonChrista Brown-Sanford, Annika CailFrances Cudjoe-WatersVera Ingram, and Diane Reeves. Also in attendance were Ena WilliamsDonna Harvey, and Tracey Huntley.