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 inspires giving and investment to secure equitable opportunities that serve and enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ Texans for generations to come.
Texas Pride Impact Funds, as the leading progressive statewide LGBTQ+ community foundation, drives attention to the dynamic and diverse lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people and addresses their needs and supports their dreams through a vast and active network of donors and organizations across the state.
TPIF boldly supports transformational change and racial equity in Texas.
TPIF’s long-term vision includes achieving $100.0 million in assets under management that, with donor-advised funds and annual fundraising, will support $6.0 million in annual grantmaking and $1.5 million in operating expenses by 2045.
ENGAGEMENT. We collaborate and communicate with our communities to gain better understanding of how to serve and achieve our mission.
TRUST. We responsibly and effectively steward our relationships and resources to mutually benefit our grantees, donors, and community to create positive and lasting change.
INTEGRITY. We maintain the highest standards of ethical behavior, transparency, and accountability in all our actions.
SOCIAL JUSTICE. We actively and authentically co-create equitable access, inclusion, and opportunity in partnership with communities we serve, in particular those with the greatest need and those who have been historically disadvantaged.
TPIF engages and mobilizes donors and funders:
1) in giving [to current grantmaking] that moves resources to strengthen diverse organizations, projects, and leaders building equitable opportunities for support, advocacy, and community serving every part of the state.
2) in legacy giving [to an endowment] that secures our community’s future funding and capacity well beyond our own lifetime.
Our Racial and Social Justice Journey
Since our inception, TPIF has prioritized intersectional funding and LGBTQ+ community building. Today, a significant percentage of grants from Texas Pride Impact Funds serve People of Color and/or People of transgender / gender non-binary experience. Most 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.
Our board signs with hundreds of organization on two open letters; Combat Racial Violence and Calling for Transformational Change in Policing. Together we commit action against racism, racial violence and police ineptitude in response to a litany of horrific incidents against Black Americans.
What We Do
Grants - TPIF’s listening grantmaking is designed to learn more about the community and the potential of grantee organizations in addressing community needs. We refrain from prescribing specific outcomes and instead provide general operating support, occasionally for specific capacity initiatives, encouraging potentially different kinds of success that come from investment in community or grassroots knowledge, expertise, and ingenuity. Learning from this grantmaking can help set baselines, determine future possible directions, and spur additional giving to TPIF to replicate successes and encourage more innovation. Please see TPIF Grants for our current funding priorities and to learn more about our grant process./
Community Needs - TPIF will engage in ongoing dialogue with community leaders, grantees, and donors to continually assess the current environment and unaddressed needs of LGBTQ+ people in Texas. It will actively determine in partnership with the community the populations and areas of need to focus funding while building baselines for creating and evaluating outcomes in the future.
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 2016, 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 commitments were instrumental in launching Texas Pride Impact Funds as the LGBTQ+ community foundation of Texas. Through this generous support, we began our annual Community Grants Program and have been able to respond with Emergency Funds.
In 2017, in advance of our inaugural year of grantmaking, 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. Results from the study were first revealed at a TPIF Austin Town Hall, held in the state capital on June 13, 2018. The full research report and summary are available on this site.