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, as the leading progressive LGBTQ+ community foundation, boldly supports equitable and transformational change in Texas.
Our Racial and Social Justice Journey
Over half of the grants from Texas Pride Impact Funds serve people of color and/or transgender / gender non-binary persons. Many face challenges as a direct result of multiple inequities: racism, ageism, homophobia, genderism, housing discrimination, benefits denial, predatory lending, employment barriers, and inequalities in the education and the criminal justice systems.
Texas Pride Impact Funds’ work must reflect the dynamic and diverse makeup of our communities and be broad enough to address their full suite of dreams and needs. We can’t be an effective LGBTQ+ focused community foundation for Texas without tackling racism and injustice. Pursuing equity and justice is our work, however no single organization can end poverty or undo racism and other oppressions on its own. Therefore, we pursue creating coalitions and participating in strong collaborative initiatives to make communities stronger for all.
There is no alternative to our commitment to racial equity in today’s divisive, polarized, and challenging cultural and social context, which is particularly affecting people of color. Our racial equity work must expand and deepen to make the kind of impact that will get us closer to the just world that we seek. Lives and livelihoods are at stake, and waiting is not an option. We continue to transform our work to center racial equity throughout our mission, structure, internal culture, programs, practices, and investments.
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 from the IMPACT! Texas Needs Assessment were first revealed at a TPIF Austin Town Hall, held in the state capital on June 13, 2018. A series of community outreach events were then conducted across the state in 2018 and 2019. The full research report and our IMPACT! Texas Needs Assessment (ITNA) summary are 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 impact the Texas LGBTQ+ community and are considered threats to our community’s well-being and future.
In 2013, TPIF founders, inspired by other community foundations around the U.S. established to support LGBTQ organizations in various regions, began the conversation with leaders across Texas about a community fund for LGBTQ+ Texas. After two years of evaluation, Texas Pride Impact Funds was incorporated in 2015 as an LGBTQ+-focused community foundation for Texas.
Through a campaign launched in 2017, 100 hundred individuals, couples and families signed on as First Hundred Funders with three-year financial commitments of $3,000 - $100,000 to support Texas Pride Impact Funds. These donors along with corporate sponsors and other gifts have allowed TPIF to grant over $370,000 in community grants and another $150,000 from TPIF Donor Advised Funds.
As a community foundation for LGBTQ+ Texas, TPIF exists to advocate for and strengthen local communities and their leaders and mobilize donors in support of these efforts. Today, TPIF fullfills the leadership role as custodian for LGBTQ+ philanthropy in Texas.