Dallas Women’s Foundation

Economic Opportunity

Email: rdawson@dallaswomensfoundation.org

Phone: 214.965.9977

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Geography: United States

Founded: 1985


4300 Macarthur Avenue, Suite 255
Dallas, TX 75209

About the Dallas Women's Foundation

Founded in 1985, the Dallas Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating as a community foundation. Granting $2.5 million annually, the Dallas Women’s Foundation has invested over $16.5 million in more than 1,000 programs, assisting more than half of a million of the regions’ women and girls. The Dallas Women’s Foundation is part of a global network of 160 women’s funds, and it is the largest regional fund in terms of investment assets.

The Dallas Women’s Foundation strengthens the entire community by increasing the investment in women and girls and empowering women’s philanthropy.


  • Addressing the needs of women caught in the “gap” for healthcare services – the working poor who lack insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare – by funding a medical charity clinic for women; initially services were offered one night a week, and now, the clinic sees women patients four days a week, providing a medical home and treatment to meet their total health needs.
  • Supporting a successful statewide effort to pass legislation that changes the treatment of children who are being prostituted, to recognize them as victims, not criminals; the legislation adopted by the Texas Legislature dramatically improves the treatment of these children and keeps them out of the criminal justice system.
  • Funding a grant to the only local women’s loan fund to help women establish businesses and achieve economic stability and independence; one loan recipient started an embroidery and silk-screening business in a low-income neighborhood that now, one year later, has five employees and is still growing.