North Texas AFN is a regional chapter of grantmakers who invest in opportunities for low and middle income individuals and families to build economic well-being. Members include private, public, corporate, and community foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions who want to help North Texans secure economic stability, for now and for years to come. North Texas AFN connects funders and their peers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Together they share promising programs and smart strategies, gather knowledge to make their grantmaking more effective, and work to increase investments in asset building.

North Texas AFN was launched in 2012 as a regional affiliate of national AFN by Communities Foundation of Texas, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Citibank, Thomson Family Foundation,  the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, United Way of Tarrant County, Meadows Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Membership is open to grantmakers who invest in a range of initiatives that build assets for North Texans, from early childhood education, college access, or workforce development to health, financial coaching, or entrepreneurship. North Texas AFN members meet quarterly with the region’s practitioners and policymakers for issue-based learning and gather for funders-only sharing of ideas and networking. North Texas grantmakers should contact Annika Little if interested in joining this chapter.

How We Work

  • Inform: North Texas AFN members learn from each other and others as they seek solutions to local and regional challenges. Funders and practitioners engage in joint learning on topics that support economic security. They gather new insights, tools, resources, and contacts to inform, leverage, advance, and accelerate their organizations’ efforts.
  • Connect: North Texas AFN shares the latest research and insights from across the metroplex and the country. Through funder-to-funder dialogues as well as deeper, topic-specific learning opportunities, North Texas AFN helps the region’s stakeholders increase collaboration and stay attuned to the latest promising practices and emerging issues.
  • Influence: North Texas AFN engages key stakeholders—philanthropy, public-sector funders, municipal leaders, researchers, nonprofits, and financial institutions—to bring increased attention to the economic security of North Texans. AFN informs and inspires strategic investments with a strong, evidence-based case for philanthropic leaders.
  • Build: North Texas AFN works to build the movement for grantmakers and resources focused on economic well-being. AFN staff support local grantmakers to learn, share, align strategies, and promote collaboration—ultimately increasing the ROI of members.

Since 2012, North Texas AFN members have strategically collaborated to invest in and address numerous programs and issues ranging from KERA’s award-winning One Crisis Away series, to launching the Working Families Success Network, replicating small dollar lending alternatives across the region, as well as supporting common metrics and plans for a first of its kind  Financial Coaching Academy.

Peruse resource materials from past North Texas AFN events.

Upcoming Events


Are you a North Texas grantmaker interested in joining this chapter? Contact us to learn more.


Annika Little,

Steering Committee

Rose Bradshaw

North Texas Community Foundation

Grant Coates

The Miles Foundation

Sarah Cotton Nelson

Communities Foundation of Texas

Susan Hoff

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Valerie Holloway Skinner

Holloway Family Foundation

Dena L. Jackson

Texas Women’s Foundation (Board Co-Chair)

Annika Little

Managing Director

AFN Staff

Denise Mason

BBVA Compass

Alfreda Norman

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Dora Ramirez

Wells Fargo

Allison Salas-Fasy

The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation

Kathy Smith

The Meadows Foundation

Michelle R. Thomas

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

North Texas AFN is grateful for financial support from the following sponsoring and contributing member foundations:

BBVA Compass
Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation
Citi Foundation
Communities Foundation of Texas
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Meadows Foundation
North Texas Community Foundation
Texas Women’s Foundation
The Mike and Mary Terry Foundation
The Miles Foundation
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
United Way of Tarrant County
Wells Fargo