In 2004, the Embrey Family Foundation began a tradition of granting in the North Texas community that continues to hold a special place in the hearts of the EFF Board and staff. Since the initial 6 grants totaling $36K in 2004, EFF has granted $5.2 million to the North Texas non-profit community to support a broad range of social programs in the areas of Education, Human Services, Human Rights, Arts & Culture, Community Enhancement and Animal Rights. Community Grants in North Texas continue to be made each year by EFF at its October Board Meeting.
As the Board and staff of EFF began learning more about the needs of the North Texas community and of the potential impact that a significant dollar commitment over a multi-year period can have on non-profit institutions, an expansion of EFF’s granting philosophy was implemented. Beginning in 2006, EFF identified 9 North Texas institutions to receive a total of $6.1 million over the seven year period from 2006 to 2012. These multi-year commitments signaled the belief of EFF in the importance of education (human rights education, arts education, access to education), the support and empowerment of women and girls, the power of play and participation in sport, and the rights of animals. In 2013, EFF extended this multi-year commitment program with continuing grants to 2 institutions dedicated to education in human rights and to education in gender rights.
In 2009, EFF expanded its community grant making program to the state of Colorado. Grants in Colorado have primarily focused on Human Services, Arts & Culture and Animal Rights. Between 2009 and today, EFF has granted $950K to organizations serving the needs of the Colorado community.
As a result of knowledge gained from its granting programs over the first 5 years of its existence, EFF became aware of the dire need for real systemic change in order to effectively address the myriad of injustices that impact our society and its members. EFF knew that achievement of such systemic change would require an expansion of EFF’s geographic borders and a strategic clustering of EFF’s giving infused with the willingness to give big and bold at this pivotal time in history. Operating with a compelling sense of urgency and an understanding that EFF had the resources available to be a role model and to help affect vital change, EFF committed $15 million to a 5 year initiative to drive systemic change in the following areas: Human Rights, Domestic Human Trafficking, Women and Girls Leadership, Racial and Gender Equity, Arts for Social Change and Women’s Media. For more information, please see the Mission Without Borders tab.
As EFF was embarking on its Mission Without Borders initiative in 2010, EFF came to understand the value of funding grants to organizations that were either: (1) pursuing innovative strategies to address the issues that EFF was passionate about, (2) engaged in programs that were creating change by raising awareness through gatherings, convenings, performances and social media, or (3) just starting out as organizations. These organizations were not geographically limited to Texas or Colorado, but rather, were working throughout the United States. Because of the varied and unique nature of these grants, EFF began approving and funding these grants throughout the calendar year as the need for funds arose. Through the end of 2014, EFF has granted $1.6 million in discretionary grants.
In 2010, EFF began making periodic donations to organizations that EFF wanted to support in a general way. The work of these organizations may or may not be totally aligned with the issues that EFF primarily focuses on, but it is work that EFF admires. EFF has currently funded $290K in donations.
|Collective Heritage Institute – Bioneers||$13,000.00|
|Peacejam – Nobel Women’s Initiative||$54,508.40|
|Planned Parenthood – North Texas||$250,000.00|
|Planned Parenthood Federation Of America||$500,000.00|
|Smu Embrey Human Rights Program||$1,762,568.81|
|Texas Freedom Network||$200,000.00|
|World Affairs Council – Dallas Ft. Worth||$50,000.00|
|Arlington Police Department||$15,000.00|
|Children At Risk – Ht Resource Database||$75,000.00|
|Equip The Saints – Ht Resource Database||$20,000.00|
|Hunt Alternatives Fund – Demand Abolition Campaign||$299,845.00|
|Laboratory To Combat Human Trafficking||$1,177,343.00|
|Letot Capital Foundation||$500,000.00|
|American Indian College Fund||$1,125,000.00|
|New Leadership Development Network At Ut||$104,200.00|
|White House Project / Political Parity||$130,000.00|
|Women’s Foundation Of Colorado||$825,000.00|
|Women’s Funding Network||$333,333.00|
|Applied Research Center / Race Forward||$75,000.00|
|Dallas Women’s Foundation||$250,000.00|
|Facing Race Initiative||$148,382.44|
|Ms Foundation For Women||$1,005,750.00|
|Ut Women & Gender Studies||$666,490.00|
|Chicken & Egg Pictures – Mother Wit Fund||$150,000.00|
|Dallas Film Society – Silver Heart Award 2011 & 2012||$55,000.00|
|Global Arts Corp||$1,384,000.00|
|Half The Sky||$25,000.00|
|Moxie Institute – Connected||$112,500.00|
|Women, War & Peace – Educational Outreach||$50,000.00|
|Working Films – Hell & Back||$10,000.00|
|Women’s Media Center / Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation||$751,440.00|