Texas Pride Impact Funds exists to propel the LGBTQ movement in Texas by supporting nonprofits that help thousands of our citizens across the state every day. Our work strengthens community organizations and their leaders, mobilizes donors and funders, inspires giving, and actively secures our LGBTQ community's future for generations to come.
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.
WHAT WE DO
GRANTS - Texas Pride Impact Funds' Grants Program seeks to fund proposed ideas, projects, and strategies from community organizations that work to enhance the lives of and address the needs of LGBTQ youth, adults, and families that are positively impacting local communities across Texas. Please see Grants for our current funding priorities and to learn more about our grant process.
COMMUNITY NEEDS - In 2017 TPIF conducted 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 contracted and collaborated with The University of Texas at Dallas to create, implement and produce IMPACT! Texas Needs Assessment (ITNA). Results of the IMPACT! Texas Needs Assessment was first revealed at a TPIF Austin Town Hall, held in our Texas capital on June 13, 2018. A series of community outreach events will be conducted across the State in 2018. Results of our IMPACT! Texas Needs Assessment (ITNA) is available on this site. While the 2017 ITNA study was the first state-wide LGBTQ community needs assessment, plans are underway for TPIF's next research effort.
COMMUNITY BUILDING - With our state-wide view of LGBTQ Texas, TPIF strives to fulfill a strategic role, giving voice to all perspectives in LGBTQ discourse by addressing issues of racism, sexism and gender normatism that negatively impacting the Texas LGBTQ community and are considered threats to our community’s well-being and future.
OUR 2018 PRIORITIES
- 2018 Grant Program
- First Hundred Funder Campaign
- Community Outreach through IMPACT! Texas town halls and roundtable events across Texas
- Further development of Regional Leadership Council volunteers and board of directors
- Donor Advised Funds and Legacy Giving roll-out
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 with proceeds from 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. TPIF 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 mobilize donors in support of these efforts.