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May 2022

WPF Happenings

Membership Meeting
CTL: A Two-Generational Solution for Women with Children
Presented by Carol Klocek, CEO of Center for Transforming Lives
May 11, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ridglea Country Club
3700 Bernie Anderson Ave., Ft Worth

WPF/WPFF Board Meetings
*May 26, 2022
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Event Via Zoom

*Note change of date


President's Pen



I’m not sure about you but entering into the month of May has demanded an extra push from me, almost requiring a deep dive into accessing my inner strength. On the cusp of summer and in a season of celebrations, we can easily get pulled into several directions while meeting the demands of family, friends, our careers, and the community. It is important for women to stay balanced and always take heed to the nudges that life gives us when we are nearing burn out.

This time of year is known for graduations, school ending, and new chapters beginning. It is as if the entire month is devoted to others, and we are merely witnesses to the events taking place in their lives. Just as we celebrate those we care about, we at some points have served them as well. We do this not only to show gratitude but to show our love.

The month of May also marks the celebration of one of the most significant holidays in our country’s history, Memorial Day, mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving the country they loved. Showing our respect for their selfless sacrifice reveals what they left to us, and that is hope, love and freedom, the perfect ingredients for the next generation to live a fulfilled life.

Speaking of generations, this month’s speaker, Carol Klocek, CEO of Center for Transforming Lives, will present A Two-Generation Solution for Women with Children. Join us on May 11th as Carol shares with us resources and programming being offered by the Center for Transforming Lives. The organization works alongside women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive homeless services, early childhood education and economic mobility resources.

As women, we can carry the weight of so many areas in life. That is why it is so important to keep a supportive circle and friends. In the coming months, we will designate a membership meeting for you to invite a friend or colleague, maybe someone who has never heard of Women’s Policy Forum. This will allow you to play a special part in advancing the mission of our organization and connecting it to future generations.

Before I conclude, I want to remind all new members and anyone who has joined the organization from 2020 to present, that we are gearing up for our new member meet and greet. This is always such a fun event, and I am so glad to have it back in person this year. Be on the lookout for information from our membership committee.  
Enjoy your month and may you continue to live your life in a way that will impact generations to come!
Karmen Rubin,
Women’s Policy Forum Chair
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

Monthly Membership Meeting

CTL: A Two-Generation Solution for Women with Children

Presented by Carol Klocek, CEO of Center for Transforming Lives

11:30 a.m. - Registration

11:45 a.m. - Lunch Service

12:00 noon - Program

Since 2009, Carol Klocek has been the CEO for Center for Transforming Lives, which works alongside women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive homeless services, early childhood education and economic mobility services. These comprehensive services include traditional child care and Early Head Start, family housing and trauma intervention services for women and children experiencing homelessness. The Center also offers one-on-one financial coaching and asset building, as well as other economic mobility interventions.

Klocek holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s in business from Texas Christian University. She serves as a board member for DFWI, UNT Health Science Center’s Academic Community Partnerships, and has served on boards that address homelessness, mental health, and maternal and child health.

Cost per person is $35. Unpaid no-shows will be billed.


We recommend wearing a mask if you are not fully vaccinated. Thank you for your consideration of fellow members.

2022 Emerging Issues Symposium
Many thanks to those who were able to attend the first organization meeting for the 2022 Women's Policy Forum Emerging Issues Symposium. Meeting notes HERE. Everyone interested in participating in the project are invited to attend the next meeting to be held via Zoom (link below) on May 18, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Conversation will focus on reviewing the timeline and establishing various committee rosters. 

Cathy Neece Brown

Zoom Link for May 18 Meeting:

Welcome New Members!
Sam Petty, Manager of Strategic Philanthropy and Communications for Tarrant To & Through Partnership, comes to Women's Policy Forum from a recommendation of Rose Bradshaw. Prior to her work with T3 Partnership, she worked for Quindigo, a nonprofit management company, and was Executive Director for the USS Fort Worth LCS-3 Support Committee as well as Communications Manager for Tarrant Transit Alliance. Her background is in marketing and graphic design, and she worked as a freelance designer and event planner for various local and national companies. Sam is a volunteer community activist and graphic designer for Vote Fort Worth. By joining Women's Policy Forum, she is looking forward to the connections, camaraderie, and learning more about the women-led initiatives in our community.

Welcome, Sam!
Members in the News
From WPF member, Kendal Smith Lake:

Edward Brown of the Fort Worth Weekly contributes to the discussion of public arts funding in Fort Worth. Please vote on May 7!

“Our exhibits are refreshingly diverse — an expression of the full range of our cultural heritage,” Tucker added. “For the city to be absent as it relates to public art is unacceptable. Look at other world-class cities in this country. We have so many different models to look at. I’m not aware of any city that has relied exclusively on the private sector to advance public art. Cities are an essential catalyst for broad-based participation in public art. That is a relinquishing of responsibility and accountability. Privatization would be going backward.” (Estrus Tucker, public art commission chair)

"Historically, Fort Worth has lagged behind other major cities in that area, and those numbers reflect the priorities of city leaders rather than the general public. In 2013, a study commissioned by the arts council found that Fort Worthians spent 94 cents per capita on the arts while Austin ($6.34), San Antonio ($5.98), and Houston ($2.33) far outspent that amount." Edward Brown, Fort Worth Weekly.

Here's a link to the article.

Thanks to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for this helpful article.

Powerful Thank You Notes
New Opportunities
Nonprofit Grants Manager at ACH Child and Family Services

Responsible for management and oversight of the ACH philanthropic grants program, matching agency needs with opportunities for foundation funding, reporting to the Director of Development.  This position will be responsible for strategizing, developing and implementing the organization's plan for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding philanthropic foundations.  This position requires a high level of relationship management and sensitivity to the service population's cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

Tarrant County News & Announcements
For more information, contact:
Taylor Snyder, Associate Director of Communications
817.877.0702  |
North Texas Community Foundation Announces $235,000 in Grants
ToolBox Grants build capacity for 28 organizations in Tarrant County
FORT WORTH, TX (April 19, 2022) – North Texas Community Foundation announces $235,000 in funding to 28 community-based organizations through the ToolBox Grants program.
ToolBox aims to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations working to combat poverty by supporting board development, fundraising or strategic planning. The grants are intended to be one-time, transformative gifts that significantly improve the way the organizations operate. Funding is focused on organizations serving Tarrant County’s most vulnerable communities, based on the CDC’s social vulnerability index.
“We know that a nonprofit’s ability to operate efficiently and effectively depends on effective leadership, stable resources, and smart planning. The past two years have brought significant challenges to local nonprofits and put a spotlight on the critical role they play in our community,” said Rose Bradshaw, president & CEO of North Texas Community Foundation. “ToolBox strengthens local nonprofits so they can continue to provide crucial services for years to come.”
The 2022 grantees include:
Alliance Child & Family Solutions
Arlington Life Shelter
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Camp Fire First Texas
Cancer Care Services
CASA of Tarrant County
Clayton Youth Enrichment
CLC, Inc.
Community Food Bank
Community Healthcare of Texas
Daniels Migael Foundation
Fort Worth Public Library Foundation
Fortress YDC
Guardianship Services, Inc.
Lena Pope
Literacy United
Maroon 9 Community Enrichment Organization
Mental Health Connection
Northside Inter-Community Agency
Rivertree Academy
SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Tarrant County Academy of Medicine
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation
The Ladder Alliance
Unbound North Texas
Water From The Rock
Grant proposals were reviewed by a grant committee co-chaired by Erika Beltran and Michael Appleman, and included Nathaniel Aranda, Robert Fernandez, Kristie Gibson, Jalyn Gordon, Adelaide Leavens, Mike Malloy, Chuck Milliken, Judy Needham, Horatio Porter, Bill Slater, and Angela White.
“For several years, the Community Foundation has been proud to provide grants to nonprofits that are uplifting residents of our most vulnerable communities. The latest ToolBox Grants cycle continues this important work,” said Michael Appleman.
ToolBox is made possible thanks to the generous support of Community Foundation donors, NTCF’s endowed funds and private foundation investors. Since its inception in 2010, ToolBox has provided over $3.3 million in grants to 140 nonprofits serving Tarrant County.
To learn more about ToolBox, please visit:
North Texas Community Foundation drives meaningful change through charitable investment. The Foundation helps donors meet the needs of our community by providing tax-efficient strategies to support the causes they care about most. At the core of everything we do is a network of generous individuals, families and businesses intent on shaping the future of North Texas for good, forever. The Foundation has $519 million in assets and made grants totaling approximately $30 million in 2021. Learn more at
Tarrant County

American Rescue Plan Act

State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

Call for Proposals: Community Programs Application

Deadline: May 16, 2022, 5:00 pm
Dementia & Caregiver Education Calendar

Fairway to Heaven call for proposals!  Fairway to Heaven is a 501(C)(3) organization created to hold golf tournaments benefiting other nonprofit organizations in Tarrant County.  If your favorite charity would like to be the beneficiary, please complete an application found on our website  100% of the proceeds goes to the charity.  In 2021, we gave away $61,000!!  Women’s Policy Forum members who serve on the board of Fairway to Heaven are:  Kim Dignum, Sue Catterton and Susan Wilcox. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2022. If would like more information, contact Susan Wilcox at

Spring Market in the Garden

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) invites visitors to the annual “Spring Market in the Garden” and Mother’s Day Sip and Shop on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy spring weather at the Garden while shopping the wares of local artisan vendors and enjoying live music and family-friendly activities.

On-site vendors will be hosted by Wandering Roots Markets. Visit their social media to find detailed information about each Sip and Shop vendor.

Spring Market Event

Dog Days

This weekend is bound to be a doggone good time! Enjoy two full days of hanging out with your pup in the beauty of the Garden in springtime. Dog Days will be held during regular garden hours (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.), with regular admission for humans and an additional $5 per dog. Hydration stations for dogs will be provided by the Garden across campus. FWGB|BRIT members receive free admission and pay $5 per dog - with complimentary bandana(s).


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