Women Inspiring Philanthropy is a community of women that seeks to transform lives in Arlington, Texas through high-impact and life-long giving. We want our funds to make a visible difference in our community. Our grant making process balances two goals: to make high-impact funding decisions, and to make the process as educational and hands-on as possible for our members.


Significant impact is one of the primary goals of our grant making: on individuals, the organization and/or the community at large. We also look for the potential to leverage other funds, and to work in collaboration, or other partnerships. Charity fills an immediate need; philanthropy makes change happen. We are looking to make change happen. The members of Women Inspiring Philanthropy will choose one grant receipt from the four finalusts of whom you are one.


To qualify for a Women Inspiring Philanthropy grant, an organization must be classified as a "public charity" with tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. In addition, the organization’s proposal must:

  • Outline a project or program that targets a specific population for a specific duration and with specific measurable goals to be achieved.

  • Provide services in Arlington, Texas.

  • Use the full amount of Women Inspiring Philanthropy’s available grant.

  • Plan to expend the grant funds within 12 months unless otherwise mutually agreed upon by Women Inspiring Philanthropy and the funded organization.

Women Inspiring Philanthropy will not award grants for the following:

  • General operating expenses (with the exception of the General Operating Support Grant)

  • Debt reduction

  • Endowments or memorials

  • Bridge funding or interim financing

  • Operational deficits

  • Partisan, political lobbying or legislative activities

  • General fund drives or annual appeals

  • Fraternal, sectarian and religious organizations where the grant is intended for the principal benefit of the organization’s own members or adherents or where the grant is intended for inherently religious activities

  • Private foundations

  • Legal expenses incurred in any action by or against the organization

  • General construction or renovation (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)

  • General capital campaigns (unrelated to a specific proposed project or program)

  • Fund-raising activities or events

  • Advertising

  • Sports teams or any sports-related activity or competition


Our guidelines continue to evolve, and Women Inspiring Philanthropy reserves the right to change its criteria without prior notice at any time.

5 Initiatives that Guide Our Investments
  1. Culture: Programs and projects that cultivate, develop, educate, and improve the cultural climate in Arlington.

  2. Education: Programs and projects that further the ability to educate and improve education in Arlington.

  3. Environment: Programs and projects that seek to 1) improve, enhance or restore the surroundings and promote conservation of our natural resources in Arlington, 2) promote the protection and welfare of animals and 3) encourage research, public awareness and education relating to the environment and animals.

  4. Family: Programs and projects that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families in Arlington.

  5. Health and wellness: Programs and projects that positively impact the mental or physical health and wellness of the people in Arlington.


Each grant applicant must select only one focus area under which it wishes to be considered. Women Inspiring Philanthropy does not provide guidance as to which focus area is appropriate.


Women Inspiring Philanthropy reserves the right to reject a Letter of Inquiry or a Grant Application for any reason, including a missed deadline or missing required documentation.



Terms and Evaluations

Prior to receiving the grant money, the grant recipient must execute Women Inspiring Philanthropy’s Terms of Grant.


Women Inspiring Philanthropy requires that our Community Partners submit periodic progress reports. Women Inspiring Philanthropy emphasizes the use of evaluation to measure program progress and outcomes, promote learning from experience, improve program performance and encourage our Community Partners to build effective self-evaluation plans into their projects.

Types of Grants

A Capacity Building Grant: Organizations that apply for and are chosen to receive a Capacity Building Grant may receive a one time $50,000 grant. Capacity Building proposals are for enhancing or building the capacity of an organization - actions that improve nonprofit effectiveness by gaining technology, staff training and development, or technical assistance for financial systems development.


A Pooled Fund Grant: Organizations that apply for and are chosen to receive a Pooled Fund Grant may receive the grant over a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year funding period, to be determined mutually by Women Inspiring Philanthropy and the funded organization. For example, one grantee may choose to receive a $50,000 grant over 2 years in two equal installments of $25,000; another may decide that installments of $20,000, $10,000 and $20,000 over three years would best suit their program needs. For that reason, we ask that all organizations apply for a minimum $50,000 grant.


A General Operating Support Grant: Organizations that apply for and are chosen to receive a General Operating Support Grant may apply for and receive a grant for criteria is based upon need, matching funds, and an exceptional awareness opportunity for Women Inspiring Philanthropy.

Criteria and Guiding Principles

Women Inspiring Philanthropy funds projects that address at least one of the following criteria:

  • Response to urgent and critical need;

  • Bold new venture; and/or

  • New approach to ongoing problems.


Women Inspiring Philanthropy funds broadly – it does not limit funding to women’s causes. It funds organizations that, in the opinion of members, are able to make the best use of a large impact grant of $50,000 or greater.

Annual Meeting

Information about each finalist will be provided to all of Women Inspiring Philanthropy’s members. In addition, representatives from each of the finalists will be invited to attend Women Inspiring Philanthropy’s annual meeting to provide a ten-minute presentation on their organization and the proposed program or project. At the meeting, Women Inspiring Philanthropy’s members will then vote on the finalist, with each member casting one vote and the majority deciding the Community Partners.