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.

Regional Focus Areas

  • Small business
  • Financial health
  • Affordable housing
  • Workforce pipelines

Upcoming Events

October 5, 2021: Embedding Practices of Equity into Feedback Loops.
How can feedback promote equity? Join North Texas AFN on October 5 at 11:00 am CT to answer this question and learn how the nonprofit sector – both grantmakers and practitioners – are centering client voices to promote inclusion, collaboration, inquiry and openness.
Learn more and register


VIEW resources from past North Texas 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

Denise Mason

BBVA Compass

Alfreda Norman

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Dora Zapata

Capital One

Allison Salas-Fasy

The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation

Kathy Smith

The Meadows Foundation

Michelle R. Thomas

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Annika Little

Managing Director

AFN Staff

Chapter Highlights

Medical Debt and Its Impact on Household Financial Security

In March 2021, AFN partnered with the Federal Reserve of Dallas to host the third and final two-day virtual event of their Debt in Texas series. The event convened funders, hospital system representatives, state and local policymakers, and community organizations that work on medical debt. Together, we identified the scope of the problem as well as steps we can collectively take to address it. View the resources and recordings

The Unintended Consequences of Government Fines and Fees

In December 2020, AFN partnered with the Federal Reserve of Dallas to host a two-day virtual event series as the second installment in their Debt in Texas series. The event explored how jurisdictions use court debt as a funding source, showed how these fines and fees disproportionately harm low-income communities and people of color, and encouraged collaborative action among grantmakers and other stakeholders to create a more equitable system. View the resources and recordings

Unintended Consequences

Understanding the Impact of Student Loan Debt 

In September 2020, AFN partnered with the Federal Reserve of Dallas and Educate Texas to host a three-part virtual event series exploring trends in postsecondary affordability and student loans, as well as solutions to college debt challenges in Texas. The learning series unpacked the historical inequities in postsecondary education policy, the current racial disparities in student loan debt and borrower outcomes, and solutions to addressing college debt in Texas. View the resources and recordings

North Texas Funders Launch COVID-19 Common Application

To support immediate crisis relief, North Texas AFN members Communities Foundation of Texas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas led the development of a coordinated response to support the region called North Texas Cares. Launched in March 2020, North Texas Cares is a common application that once submitted is reviewed by a collaboration of funders, including 30 North Texas foundations and United Ways, to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities most affected by all aspects of COVID-19.  MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NORTH TEXAS CARES