Through our Regional Leadership Councils (RLC) and board activities, we create community-building events to network the precious resources of our LGBTQ+ communities across Texas. We connect local leaders, front line individuals and organizations providing services to - and advocating for - our many communities and nearly 1,000,000 LGBTQ+ citizens of Texas.
PHOTO ALBUMS from our CELBRATIONS of 5 YEARS of GRANTMAKING (2022)
TPIF wrapped up 2022 with eight community events across the state. From sponsoring a dinner in Eagle Pass for Eagle Pass SAFE's Pride Committee on the eve of Pride Weekend to our first-ever reception in Fort Worth. We spotlighted grantees Dune's LGBT Homeless Solutions Foundation in both Fort Worth and Dallas, allgo in Austin and The Normal Anomaly Initiative in Houston; celebrating the work of local grantees as TPIF celebrated our five years of grantmaking. In Lubbock TPIF spotlighted three organizations in West Texas, Smile Big TX (Amarillo), Pride Center West Texas (Odessa) and Lubbock Pride.
PAST PHOTO ALBUMS
Houston Cocktail Reception
At our first Houston event since the pandemic changed nearly everything, Board President Ron Guillard and Vice President Jody Randall revealed that TPIF had been awarded a ViiV Healthcare Amp Grant totaling $525,000. As an Amp Grant Program Lead, TPIF will receive the funds over three years for micro-granting, capacity-building, and network-building programs to grassroots organizations in Texas leading outreach and engagement efforts to people living with or vulnerable to HIV. Remarks also included highlights from the Board's recently adopted five-year strategic plan. Rene Mendiola described how Save Our Sisters United (SOSU) utilized a 2020 Emergency Grant from TPIF & Equality Texas' joint emergency fund which provided direct aid to transgender women of color most left behind during the pandemic. Representatives from The Normal Anomaly Initiative and Trans Legal Aid Clinic Houston were on-hand as Jody Randall previewed two of the three Houston area TPIF 2021 Community Grants awards. About thirty-five donors and community leaders attended the event at the Law Harrington Senior Center.
5 year Plan Adoption
6/17/21 & 7/7/21
West Texas RLC Launch
TPIF President Ron Guillard, Vice President Judy Sherman, and Houston Board Member Bryan Hlavinka joined local Board Members Jody Randall and Randall Gentry in Lubbock, meeting with 15 community members for the launch of the West Texas Regional Leadership Council. The kick-off event afforded two TPIF grant recipients the opportunity to share the significant impact that TPIF funds have on their operations. Representatives from the TTU Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement and East Lubbock Art House offered remarks and insight into each organizations' work in the community.
On July 7, the community members got to work discussing goals and the first year goal was established: Develop strategies to be more representative in both geography and identity for the entire West Texas region.