Texas Pride Impact Funds

Who we are

Mission
Securing the future for LGBTQ Texans by inspiring giving and investment to expand opportunities and enrich our communities.
Purpose
Texas Pride Impact Funds has three primary long term strategies to advance positive change for LGBTQ communities across Texas:

  • To support organizations and innovative projects that address existing and emerging community needs throughout Texas;
  • To serve the needs and philanthropic aims of donors who wish to positively impact the Texas LGBTQ community;
  • To initiate collaboration between donors and organizations to increase LGBTQ-inclusive programming.

Grants

TPIF anticipates that it will make its first grant awards in mid-2018. Guided by data gathered from its own Needs Assessments, research conducted by others and insights from its Regional Leadership Councils across the state, TPIF will establish funding priorities. Based on those priorities, TPIF will announce the areas/issues for funding from its general funds and will invite nonprofit organizations to submit Proposals according to a required format. After review, TPIF will announce its grant awards. TPIF will share these priorities with donors who have established a Donor Advised Fund.

Organizations interested in TPIF’s funding priorities should subscribe to our ENews and monitor our website for information regarding proposal formats and timelines.

Activities

COMMUNITY NEEDS
TPIF is currently conducting the first-ever, state-wide LGBTQ community needs assessment for the State of Texas. With a generous planning grant from Funders for LGBTQ Issues, TPIF has contracted with The University of Texas at Dallas to create, implement and report on this 2017 Needs Assessment. Initial results of the Assessment will be shared at a series of public Town Hall gatherings across the State beginning in September 2017. A Final Report will be prepared and distributed. We anticipate that this will be the first of many such assessments.

ACTIONS GROUPS
Five Action Groups are established on a permanent basis. Action Groups analyze issues within their areas of jurisdiction and make recommendations to the board. An Action Group also monitors and evaluates the performance of the whole organization in relation to its responsibility.

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCILS
TPIF Regional Leadership Councils serve to expand and deepen our local work across the state of Texas. Broad responsibilities include developing prospective donors; fostering relationships with all local constituents; and voicing regional concerns to key community stakeholders, operatives and organizers. Through its Regional Leadership Councils, TPIF engages local communities in identifying leaders, organizations and projects capable of addressing local needs.

The Dallas Foundation provides TPIF investment management and other support.

Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS, OFFICERS

  • David Carlson
  • Ron Guillard
  • Judy Sherman
  • Roger Wedell
  • Carolyn Roney

ACTION GROUPS

  • Finance and Investment
  • Development
  • Grant
  • Governance
  • Marketing and Communications

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCILS

DFW REGIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

  • Steve Atkinson
  • David Carlson
  • Laurie Foley
  • Randall Gentry
  • Chris Kouvelis
  • Enrique MacGregor
  • Mark Parker, Md
  • Carolyn Roney
  • Judy Sherman
  • Jessica Sheridan
  • Vicki Smith
  • Michael Veale
  • Roberta Villaverde

AUSTIN REGIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

  • Paul Huddleston
  • Gary Schumann
  • Paul Scott
  • Chuck Smith
  • Kevin Witcher

STEERING COMMITTEE

  • Laurie Foley
  • Ron Guillard
  • Eric Johnson
  • Michael Kaufman
  • Linda Moore
  • Mark Parker, Md
  • Judy Sherman
  • Roger Wedell
  • David Taffet
  • Roger Wedell
  • Philip Wier

History

Texas Pride Impact Funds emerged from an initiative within Black Tie Dinner, Inc., a charitable nonprofit that has donated, since 1982, more than $20 million to LGBT supportive organizations from proceeds of its annual dinner. While Black Tie Dinner has a robust grant process through its annual selection of beneficiaries, it does not hold an endowment fund, support donor-advised funds, or have the ability to respond to LGBTQ community needs outside its geographic and grant-making restrictions.

Over recent decades, LGBTQ leaders have established numerous non-profit organizations across Texas supporting the needs of our community. Many were founded in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Even as those needs continue, LGBTQ-based organizations now address a wide variety of other issues including youth, elders, families, cultural, health and socio-economic. As critical as each of these organizations is, none have taken the leadership role as a custodian for LGBTQ philanthropy.

Texas Pride Impact Funds was incorporated in the State of Texas in 2015 to fill this need. Adopting a model of LGBTQ-focused community foundations across the country, we exist to advocate for and to strengthen local communities and their leaders and to mobilize donors in support of these efforts.