OVERVIEW: This is a component fund of the Dallas Foundation that supports LGBT needs throughout Texas with annual grants. Unsolicited applications are accepted.
FUNDING AREAS: LGBT needs in Texas, employment, healthcare, seniors, youth
IP TAKE: This is a new fund and an exciting one to watch in a region that really needs some cohesiveness on its LGBT philanthropy scene. Look for big things to come from TPIF.
PROFILE: A LGBT-focused community funder known as Texas Pride Impact Funds (TPIF) was established in 2015 and is based in Houston, Texas. The foundation emerged from a Black Tie Dinner initiative and has raised over $20 million since 1982 for LGBT causes with its annual dinner. TPIF was created to be a statewide leader in LGBT philanthropy, exclusively committed to Texans.
In 2016, TPIF started its First Funders campaign, which asked for donations of $3,000, $5,000, or $10,000 to launch grantmaking for local groups. You can view a list of these donors here. Early contributors include Funders for LGBTQ Issues, David W. Carlson & Steve Smith, Ron Guillard & Bill Brosius, Michael & Julie Fox, and Richard Holt & Mark McMasters.
TPIF gathered extensive data in 2017 to assess local needs. It is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, which is the fiscal sponsor of TPIF. However, TPIF has emphasized its goal to provide statewide support and reach many of the rural areas of Texas as well.
TPIF awarded its first round of grants in 2018. Grantmaking launched with annual grants but the funder plans to go to a twice-yearly grant schedule. Thus far, LGBT funding priorities have been employment, healthcare, seniors, social support in rural areas, and youth. Annual grant application deadlines fall in April, with award announcements in late June. Grant applications can be submitted via email or U.S. mail.
Grants go up to $10,000 and only support organizations that serve LGBTQ communities in Texas. TPIF provides seed and pilot funding for startups, program and project support for specific needs, general operating support, capacity building support, and matching grants. They don't make multiyear commitments or support capital campaigns.
The foundation is volunteer-led and operated, with no paid staff. The board of directors consists of David Carlson, Ron Guillard, Bryan Hlavinka, Judy Sherman, Roger Wedell, and Carolyn Roney. There are regional leadership councils and committees in Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston.
General questions can be directed to info@TxPIF.org. Phone calls are not encouraged. Grantseeker questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address is P.O. Box 66007, Houston, Texas 77266. Keep up with foundation news here and sign up for the funder’s email newsletter on its website.
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