2018 Council for Life Beneficiaries

Since its beginning, Council for Life has been committed to raising significant funds for non-profit agencies that share our mission of honoring the sanctity of life. To date, Council for Life has given more than $7 million to 48 local agencies. The 2018 beneficiaries have been carefully selected. Each of these beneficiaries is committed to serving daily in implementing our mission of empowering women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices and to raising public awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies. CFL is grateful for the faith-based, compassionate services that these agencies provide and for their passionate commitment to the sanctity of life.

2018 CELEBRATING LIFE LUNCHEON BENEFICIARIES

Aim for Success / aimforsuccess.org

Founded in 1993 by Marilyn Morris, Dallas based Aim for Success is a youth health education organization whose mission is helping young people make healthy choices that will give them freedom to reach their dreams and goals. Aim for Success promotes a lifestyle of excellence by encouraging the development of self- control, self-respect and self-discipline. Today, over 2.5 million teens, parents and educators across America have participated in an Aim for Success presentation. Funds will be used to implement their new program Laying a Foundation for Life providing life-affirming health and sexual risk avoidance education programs to fifth and seventh graders and their parents in DFW area schools. As part of this new program, their new adolescent program Next Up teaches the fundamentals of puberty and sexuality to fifth graders, and their foundational program Aim for Success promotes abstinence until marriage for seventh graders. Aim for Success will offer matching funds to local schools to provide these programs.

Birth Choice of Dallas / birthchoicedallas.org

The mission of Birth Choice of Dallas is to save babies from abortion and build up stronger families. Their free and confidential services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, options counseling, prenatal, parenting, life skills and fatherhood classes, post-abortion recovery, community referrals and material assistance. The goal of Birth Choice is to expand their vision for more encompassing ways to address the needs in our community regarding issues of life, family, health and faith with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are strategically located in the same business complex as Southwestern Women’s Surgical Center which provides abortions through 21 weeks gestation. Funds will be used for the one-year salary of a part-time Sonographer to continue to meet the critical need for ultrasound services due to Birth Choice's increased demand for ultrasound services and expansion of their clinic hours.

Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas / prolifedallas.org

The mission of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, is to educate, unite and mobilize Catholics and all people of good will in North Texas and beyond to end abortion and restore respect and legal protection for every human life from conception until natural death. The CPLC carries out this mission through life-saving ministries serving the public with supportive services for mothers and their children, education and advocacy on life issues and women's health, and abortion aftercare. Commissioned in 1993, , CPLC has been called the largest and most effective diocesan pro-life organization in the world and a model for the nation. The CPLC Convert-to-Life ministry stands on the front line providing emergency, life-saving support by counseling outside abortion facilities and providing student education and engagement opportunities. Funds will be used to expand Convert-to-Life (i) sidewalk counseling efforts at the three Dallas abortion facilities, literature and signage to direct the abortion-vulnerable to life-affirming alternatives, and training materials and networking events to expand volunteer support and (ii) student outreach efforts to educate and engage college students through on campus exhibits and a summer internship program.

Heroic Media / heroicmedia.org

Founded in 2004 in Austin, Heroic Media’s mission is to help save lives from abortion. Heroic Media reaches women facing unplanned pregnancies through advertising and connects them with life-affirming organizations that can help them choose life for their unborn children. Heroic Media uses two programs: (i) Google pay-per-click advertising that puts abortion-minded women in contact with Pregnancy Help Centers and (ii) Internet video education that raises awareness about Pregnancy Help Centers as a resource to help with unexpected pregnancies. Funds will be used for a 12-month Adoption Option Education & Awareness Internet Video Program to air on YouTube and Facebook focused on women in the Dallas area between the ages of 18 and 29 years old.

Hope Women’s Center / myhope.org

The mission of Hope Women’s Center is to affirm the life of the preborn child by providing medical and educational services to teens and women in unplanned pregnancies, and those who significantly influence them, by encouraging Christ-centered, life-affirming decisions and healthy lifestyles. Founded in 2006 in McKinney, their complimentary and confidential services include pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing and treatment, options counseling, post-abortive support and community referrals. Funds will be used (i) to expand the STI testing services provided to abortion-minded/at-risk women and (ii) for the one-year salary of a part-time Student Relations Manager to meet growing community demand for customized presentations that engage and influence middle school, high school and college students across Collin County regarding sexual health decisions and pregnancy. 

Just Say YES – Youth Equipped to Succeed / justsayyes.org

Founded in 2002 by Dan Bailey in Dallas, Just Say YES – Youth Equipped to Succeed helps equip teens to succeed by educating them through in-school student assembly speakers, classroom peer-to-peer mentoring and a sexual risk avoidance curriculum. Their goal is empowering students to say YES to their dreams and goals and no to destructive choices. Just Say YES provides at-risk youth with vital life and relationship skills that give them the knowledge and motivation to make life-affirming choices. Their objective is to meet negative culture influences with a positive response rooted in Godly principles. Their speakers and resources cover a variety of topics, including bullying, teen pregnancy prevention, teen dating violence, high school dropout prevention, drug and alcohol abuse and self-image. Funds will be used to promote and deliver to DFW teens, parents and PRCs Boundaries of the Heart, their program that models, educates and equips to understand a healthy relationship, choose a path of sexual risk avoidance and engage young men in a pregnancy decision. 

LifeTalk Resource Center / lifetalkprc.org and lifetalkprc.networkforgood.com

LifeTalk Resource Center is a crisis pregnancy center whose vision is to transform women and men with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and empower a culture of Life. Since opening its doors in 2008, the mission of LifeTalk has been to be a beacon of light, providing the Frisco/Celina community with the necessary resources to affirm Life and hope. LifeTalk works in coordination with a medical practice to provide confidential and free services, including pregnancy testing, STD/STI screening, ultrasound/sonography, options counseling, community resource referrals, Medicaid Proof of Pregnancy Report, pre- and post-abortion counseling, and educational life skills classes. Funds will be used for the one-year salary of a part-time Client Services Director to meet growing demand for LifeTalk's services by expanding their class and materials assistance offerings, as well as training more volunteers vital to their ministry. 

Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie / cpcgp.org

Pregnancy Resource Center of Grand Prairie opened in 1994 to reach women, couples and families in the community facing unplanned pregnancies and vulnerable to abortion. They encourage life-affirming decisions for their unborn children by providing support, resources, education and referrals in a safe, caring and confidential environment. Services are provided at no charge and include life-affirming counseling, sonograms, STI screening, education programs, resources and referrals. Funds will be used for (i) the one-year salary for an Administrative Coordinator to assist with increased social media outreach to clients, training new volunteers and other support and (ii) increased hours for their Nurse Manager to provide sonograms to their growing number of abortion minded/vulnerable clients. 

Pregnancy Resource Center of Rockwall and Mesquite / options4me.org and yourpregnancycenter.org

The Pregnancy Resource Center, established in Rockwall in 2000 and Mesquite in 2008, exists to help women who are facing unplanned pregnancies to choose life by using Biblically-based principles and demonstrating the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Their free and confidential services include pregnancy tests, sonograms, STD/STI testing, counseling, pregnancy options information, pregnancy/parenting education, material support, community referrals and post-abortion support. Funds will be used for a new ultrasound machine at their Mesquite location to provide higher quality images and to integrate training and proficiency with their Rockwall center, which has the same ultrasound machine model, by allowing all communication and imaging to be accessed through their network. 

Real Options for Women / realoptionsforwomen.com and friendsofro.com

Serving Collin County and North Dallas for over 25 years, Real Options for Women is a pregnancy resource medical clinic located in Plano. Their mission is to empower women, men and students to make physical, emotional and spiritual choices that affirm life and health. Real Options offer free  pregnant tests, counseling, STI screening, ultrasounds, abstinence programming and abortion recovery Bible studies. Real Options is one of the few pregnancy clinics that has a thriving abstinence education program, 180 Degrees,  that is offered free of charge to public schools, private schools, retreats and church youth groups. Real Options believes that this education empowers youth to make better choices concerning their sexual health which in turn reduces teen pregnancy incidents and abortion in the community. Funds will be used for the one-year salary and training of a new educator for 180 Degrees to meet the additional growth of this program and to allow them to bring the truth of abstinence to thousands of additional students.

Southwest Pregnancy Services / livingchoice.org

Founded in 1988, the mission of Southwest Pregnancy Services is to empower as many individuals as possible in Southwest Dallas County to make healthy life choices consistent with the sanctity of human life and Biblical values. They accomplish this through building a trust-based relationship with expectant patients and their families, providing limited medical services, adoption services, education and support services. Southwest Pregnancy Services envisions a community where all recognize that every human life is sacred because it is made in the image of God; where every child has a chance to be born healthy and placed in the arms of a mother and father equipped in every way to provide a Christian home, building the fundamental unit of a healthy society. Funds will be used for (i) the one-year salary of a new Director of Development position to build capacity through funding relationships, which will in turn expand services, resources and support for their growing clinic and number of clients, and (ii) construction renovations to existing space to create a new, more usable and updated clinic, counseling and work space to better serve their clients.

Thrive Women’s Clinic / ThriveWomensClinic.com

Thrive Women’s Clinic, formerly Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center, began in 1983 as the first Dallas pregnancy clinic to provide an alternative to abortion. Through their compassionate support of lay-counseling, education and medical services, Thrive empowers women and their partners to choose life for their unborn children and life in Christ for themselves. Each of Thrive’s three locations in East Dallas, Central Dallas and West Dallas is staffed with counselors and nurses. A number of licensed doctors who volunteer their services may be available for further medical assistance. Thrive offers free and confidential services, including pregnancy testing/pregnancy confirmation for Medicaid, sonograms, pregnancy options consultation, fatherhood, childbirth, parenting and infant care classes, material support and community referrals. Funds will be used for their Volunteer Training Program which trains and equips volunteers and lay counselors to handle conversations with women and men in unplanned pregnancies.

YoungLives, a ministry of Young Life / northcentraltexas.younglife.org and younglife.org/ForEveryKid/YoungLives

YoungLives is a special outreach started in 1991 for teenage girls facing unplanned pregnancies and operates in North Texas as part of the Young Life North Central Texas Region. The mission of Young Life is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. YoungLives is a unique outreach program that brings together pregnant and parenting teen girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds with mature Christian women mentors. These mentors provide constant support and encouragement throughout pregnancy and motherhood, offering friendship, parenting skills, spiritual guidance and access to community resources. The girls and their mentors regularly attend club similar to traditional Young Life clubs. The girls also have the opportunity to attend Bible Study and participate in a summer camping experience to have fun and learn about God alongside their babies in a far removed, beautiful setting. Funds will be used (i) to start a new Garland YoungLives ministry to reach the high schools in this area and (ii) for YoungLives Family Camp which pairs teen parent couples with a mentor couple to teach them how to parent their children and have healthy familial relationships.

2018 RUN FOR LIFE BENEFICIARIES

Buckner Children and Family Services / buckner.org

Founded in 1879 and an adoption leader since 1884, Buckner International has placed more than 4,000 children in loving “forever” homes. Buckner is a ministry grounded in Christian principles that believes adoption offers a permanent and life-transforming act of love within a family. Buckner’s mission is to protect children, promote independence and build strong families through Christ- centered values. Buckner’s commitment to the miracle of adoption includes providing comprehensive services for both domestic and international adoptions to families before, during and after placement. Buckner Children and Family Services, a subsidiary of Buckner International, provides a full continuum of adoption and foster services, including Voluntary Adoption (domestic infants or children adoption) and international adoptions, Waiting Texas Children (typically older children and/or teens and sibling groups) children waiting for adoption through Child Protective Services), and Foster-to-Adopt and other foster care. Buckner provides a full range of post-adoption and counseling services to adoptees, birth families and foster and adoptive families to ensure the long-term sustainability of the families that Buckner helps to create. Funds will be used for additional value-added services for Buckner's Adoption Specialist necessary to provide better support to children eligible for adoption and the adoptive families in the Waiting Texas Children and Voluntary Adoption programs. 

Beneficiary Selection

Since its beginning, Council for Life has been committed to raising significant funds for non-profit agencies that share our mission of honoring the sanctity of life. To date, Council for Life has raised over $7 million. The 2018 Beneficiaries have been carefully selected. Each of these beneficiaries is committed to serving daily in implementing our mission of empowering women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices and to raising the public awareness of this complex issue. CFL is grateful for the compassionate services these agencies provide and for their commitment to the sanctity of life.

Beneficiaries are selected by a committee based on the merit of the project and its potential impact in the community. The grant process includes an application, financial assessment from a CPA, and a site visit. Over two days, the merits of each project are thoughtfully and prayerfully weighed and beneficiaries are chosen through anonymous ballots ranking the requests. Typically 10-12 beneficiaries are selected with an average grant amount of $50,000. During the grant year, beneficiaries submit interim and final reports to ensure the integrity of the grant and all expenditures. Council for Life is proud to have helped increase the efficacy and professionalism of its grantees over the past fourteen years. 

Grant Timeline

All 2019 Grant Applications and Required Exhibits Due | Monday, September 17 to Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm*   
 
September 2018 l Beneficiary Fall Forum
January/February 2019 | Research and possible site visits
March 2019 | CFL Board votes/Agencies notified
November 2019 | CFL Luncheon
December 2019 | Checks distributed

*All 2019 Grant Applications and required Exhibits must be emailed (in WORD format, when possible, except for the Beneficiary Agreement) ALL TOGETHER to Sandy Ammons at sandyammons@gmail.com anytime from Monday, September 17 to Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm. In addition, please mail two (2) hard copies of all 2019 Grant Applications and required Exhibits ALL TOGETHER to Sandy Ammons, Council for Life, 4516 Lovers Lane, Suite 103, Dallas, Texas 75225. All Grant Applications and required Exhibits must be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, November 2, 2018.

Note: Fall Forum is MANDATORY - Monday, September 17, 2018

Agencies that are considering applying for a Council for Life 2019 Grant are required to have a representative (staff member or board member) attend the Beneficiary Fall Forum on Monday, September 17, 2018. A review of the CFL Beneficiary Application as well as the Timeline, Criteria and Guidelines will be discussed during the Fall Forum. This will be very important information for all of our applicants to hear about firsthand!

Please contact Sandy Ammons at sandyammons@gmail.com or 214.704.8489 for more information on the Fall Forum. 

Council for Life criteria for Beneficiary selection:

  • To have a diverse slate of grants that reflects the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancy.
  • To keep the focus on local community initiatives. Note: Applicants must apply for funds that will be used to provide services in Collin, Dallas, Rockwall and/or Tarrant counties.
  • To consider legitimate operating needs as well as stand-alone projects.
  • To select beneficiaries that are in line with our mission to raise public awareness and empower women, and are motivated by Christ-like love and compassion.
  • Not to fund the same project or need more than two consecutive years.
  • To prevent agencies from becoming financially dependent on the Council. We encourage agencies to develop new community relationships made possible during the grant year; however, we ask that you do not directly solicit new donors (via an underwriting letter) from our membership while in the same year you are selected to receive a grant.

CFL Beneficiary Funding Guidelines:  

Beneficiaries may apply for Operating Grant Requests, Capital Grant Requests or a combination of the two.

Operating Grant Requests
Applications for Program, Administrative or Personnel needs may not exceed:
10% of the agency’s current Annual Operating Budget, if the Budget is above $500,000; or
20% of the agency’s current Annual Operating Budget, if the Budget is $500,000 or below.

Capital Grant Requests
Applications for only Capital Grant Requests are not bound by a percentage of the Operating Budget. However, the request must include an on-going written plan for how to sustain the capital project in the agency’s Operating Budget. (Ex. Purchase of a sonogram machine: are funds provided in the Operating Budget for a nurse?)

Combination of Operating and Capital Grant Requests
If an agency requests both Operating and Capital Grants, the total request will be treated as an Operating Grant Request. Therefore, the total request may not exceed 10% or 20% of the current Annual Operating Budget, as applicable based upon the size of the Annual Operating Budget.

We Do Not Fund:

  • Travel
  • Political activity
  • Projects outside our mission
  • Mortgage or debt reduction

Reporting Requirements:
Any agency selected as a 2019 Beneficiary is required to submit in writing two CFL Beneficiary Follow Up Reports on the execution and success of the grant project no later than September 1, 2020 (Interim Report for the 6 month period ending June 30, 2020) and February 1, 2021 (Final Report for the 12 month period ending December 31, 2020). Agencies that fail to abide by these grant requirements may lose funding and may not be considered for future grants. 

2019 Beneficiary Application Form
2019 Beneficiary Agreement
2019 Pregnancy Resource Center Data Form (to be completed by Pregnancy Resource Centers only)
2017 Beneficiary Required Follow Up Reporting Form