Welcome to the Junior League of Dallas’ Centennial year!
This is a special time as we celebrate an important milestone for our organization. For 100 years, JLD members have been devoted to Dallas. Our members have lived and championed our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and the leadership of trained women.
Since our founding in 1922, our organization has grown exponentially and so has our impact. From the humble beginnings of the League with 40 original members to our organization of approximately 5,000 women today, JLD members represent a diverse set of perspectives, professional backgrounds and experiences. Through the years, our members have founded, led and supported some of the most impactful institutions in our city, including nonprofits, foundations, corporations, institutions of learning, performance venues, museums and so many more. For any Dallas staple you can name, a JLD member was likely an integral part of making it what it is today. That’s just what our organization does: we raise leaders that deeply shape our community.
We know the past year has been difficult in many ways. I am glad to see how our members have risen to the challenge, and we are still rising to meet the needs of our community, our families and the future Dallas as we always do. Hear what is driving the 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors as we head into this milestone year.
I am excited to celebrate the progress and potential of the League with you this year, but we will not stop there. We will again provide over 130,000 hours of uncompensated volunteer hours to the community and give approximately $1 million of funding to the Dallas community.
I encourage agencies and community leaders seeking information about our grants, potential members eager to help us continue our mission and donors considering a financial gift to learn more about the League and let us know how we can partner with you. Each of you is an important part of the JLD’s future as we continue to strengthen Dallas by training leaders and serving the community for the next 100 years.
Christa Sanford, President 2021 – 2022