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The Boone Family Foundation is a resource for social justice and innovation. We generally award grants to entities and organizations in Texas and communities where Directors have an interest and are primarily in three areas:

Advance equity

Advancing Equity for Women and Girls

Emphasis on building potential among low-income populations. Focus on gender and economic equity, reproductive health and voice at the decision table.

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Improve educational outcomes

Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Public Schools

Focus on 360 degree support for high quality public education including early education, literacy, human capital, life skills, school choice, character building and socio-emotional learning.

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Promote environmental stewardship

Promoting Environmental Stewardship

Improve air and water quality and enhance public green spaces.

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We give priority to agencies and programs that:

  • Focus on systemic change
  • Re-define or re-frame the issues in ways that support and accelerate progress
  • Are collaborative in nature so that resources are shared and the impact is multiplied
  • Have sound management and are efficient with their use of funds
  • Address more than one of our focus areas

We do not consider grants for individuals, deficit financing nor proposals made within a year of an organization’s or entity’s previous request.

Grant proposals should be submitted using The Common Grant Application, which is available through Communities Foundation of Texas. Invitations for applications can be made at any time throughout the year.

Our Focus Areas

Advancing Equity for Women and Girls

Women and GirlsWomen and Girls

Courtesy of Planned Parenthood of Greater TexasIt’s a win for all communities each time a woman earns an equitable living wage, has access to education and opportunities, Courtesy of JOLTand can receive healthcare that respects her civil and human rights. Yet, gender pay gaps continue to favor men, barriers to women’s advancement and success in the Courtesy of Young Women's Preparatory Networkworkplace still exist, girls are frequently stereotyped in classrooms, and a strident debate over abortion rights and women’s access to healthcare – especially young or poor women – continues across the country. For this reason, we work to build the potential among women and girls with specificity toward helping those who are low-income. Courtesy of Young Women's Preparatory NetworkWe focus on gender and economic equity, reproductive health and efforts to get more female voices heard at decision-making tables in all arenas.

Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Public Schools

Children Children

Courtesy of Reading PartnersThe Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce projectsCourtesy of Reading Partners that 65 percent of the nation’s workforce will need a postsecondary credential to be gainfully employed in 2020. But data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board show that only 20 percent of the state’s students earn a degree Courstesy of Bachman Lake Together 11 years after beginning the eighth grade. That number drops to less than 10 percent for low-income, underserved students. Public schools face an urgent need to prepare students for an advanced and demanding workforce. Courtesy of Dallas All Stars ProgramIt’s imperative for everyone to work to improve the life potential of all students. With this sense of urgency in mind, we focus on 360-degree support for Courtesy of Friends of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academyhigh quality public education, including early education, literacy, human capital, life skills, school choice, character building and socio-emotional learning.

Promoting Environmental Stewardship

EnvironmentEnvironment

Courtesy of Dick WashburnWhen it comes to green space, Dallas ranks 50th out of the 100 largest U.S. cities when measuring how many of a city’s residents live within a Courtesy of Robert Kenthalf-mile from a park, according to the 2017 Trust For Public Land’s report that calculates a city’s park acreage, funding and access. In addition, Dallas is the second fastest warming city in the country, according to the Texas Trees Foundation. Increasing green spaces and cooling those spaces and others with trees Courtesy of Garrett Booneenhances people’s quality of life. Courtesy of Scot MillerWe support programs that seek to enhance public green spaces and make them more accessible to the public. We also support work that encourages young professionals to push green principles with their employers and throughout their careers.

Beyond Grantmaking

Social Justice and capacity building
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