The Dallas Woman’s Forum is a non-profit philanthropic organization made up of professional women of all ages, races and religions who share a common goal: to work together to improve our local community, socially, physically, culturally and educationally.
Over 100 years after the founding of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, the same commitment inspires today’s members. Three current initiatives reflect their dedication to their founding principles – their work with the Birdie Alexander Elementary School, their support of the Landauer ChildCareGroup and, most recently, their assistance with Alley’s House.
Birdie Alexander Elementary School
Since 1930, the Dallas Woman’s Forum has been housed in the C.H. Alexander Mansion on Ross Avenue. Birdie Alexander, who lived there with her brother and his family, was the first Director of Music Education for Dallas Public Schools.
Building on that heritage, the Forum contacted the principal of Birdie Alexander Elementary School in Oak Cliff to see if enhancement could be provided for their music program. When it was learned that they had NO instruments and that their talented children practiced the xylophone on cardboard templates, they got to work!
Through the enthusiastic support of its members. the Forum has provided violins, violas and cellos for the orchestra program and a superb array of rhythm instruments for their primary children. The Forum also underwrote their first ever musical program, “Ease on Down,” and adaptation of “The Wiz.”
The Forum’s Music Department is committed to a long-term relationship with music education at Birdie Alexander Elementary School.
The Landauer ChildCareGroup Center
The Landauer ChildCareGroup Center, located, literally, at the back door of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, serve 90 three-to-five-year-olds from nearby families of limited income.
The Forum has partnered with them to enrich their curricula by funding an annual Field Trip for the children and their parents to the Dallas World Aquarium. In addition, expanded play opportunities are provided through a Holiday Party and a Springtime Egg Hunt. During the Forum’s Holiday Home Tour, two giant trees are decorated for children. Among the toys on the tree are specific opportunities to bring joy to the children. The Dallas Woman’s Forum supports enriched curricula through off-campus experience, school supplies and books. From toys, clothes and books to new pajamas, the Forum continues to respond to specific requests from the Landauer ChildCareGroup Center.
Located in East Dallas, just a few miles from the Alexander Mansion, Alley’s House offers a nonresidential mentoring program for teen mothers ages 13-21.
Alley’s House empowers teen mothers to achieve independence. It exists to break the generational cycle and help teen mothers obtain their GEDs, receive job training and career preparation, participate in life skills and parenting workshops, and receive one-on-one counseling and mentoring through comprehensive case management.
Forum members will be involved in the Alley House Incentive Program. The teen moms can earn needed items for their children and themselves. After each goal or success they earn “Alley’s House Dollars” that can be used to purchase items from the boutique. Forum members will donate items for the boutique and help maintain the boutique, as well. We will also collect Christmas gifts for the teen mothers and their children.