Where the ORIX Foundation's Money Goes in North Texas

North Texas is the geographical focus of the ORIX Foundation, the grantmaking arm of the diversified financial company, ORIX Americas. The corporate foundation awarded $1.3 million spread across 82 grants in North Texas, and it’s handed out over $5.8 million since it stepped onto the philanthropy scene.

These facts make it pretty clear that ORIX should be on the radar of Dallas-area nonprofits.

Related: IP's Profile of the ORIX Foundation

To help you get acquainted, here are a few details about the recent round of grant awards and some key points about ORIX Foundation grantmaking.

At-Risk Children

In the most recent grant cycle, ORIX awarded $690,750 to 46 nonprofits that serve at-risk children. This funding category is designed to protect both children and teens in North Texas. One of these recent grants was for $60,000 and  went to Dallas CASA to expand recruitment and training of special advocates that help abused and neglected kids in Dallas County.

Families in Poverty

ORIX also places a high priority on funding nonprofits that assist poverty-stricken families, and it recently awarded 18 grants totaling $323,000 in this category. These types of grants typically fund food, clothing, and shelter programs. One recent $50,000 grant went to the New Beginning Center to meet these needs for families affected by domestic violence. The foundation also awarded $83,000 to four “empowerment” organizations that make families more self-sufficient through housing and financial stability.  

Health

Nine health organizations are sharing $165,500 of ORIX grant money from the recent cycle, and the focus is on public health and assisting people with disabilities. One of these grants went to the Retina Foundation to help kids with degenerative eye disorders.

Veterans

Veterans causes are also important to ORIX, and the foundation recently gave $78,000 to five veterans organizations. One sample grant went to the United Services Organization to pay for a DVD and book recording program for deployed soldiers.

The Process

Unfortunately, the 2015 grant cycle is now closed, but the ORIX Foundation will be accepting FY16 grant requests between May 1 and May 30. To alleviate the burden of adhering to foundation-specific application guidelines, ORIX uses a common grant application that was developed by a group of local North Texas funders and can be downloaded from ORIX’s website.

Most grants are in the $40,000 to $60,000 range, and ORIX also has a robust employee charitable matching program. Although Dallas is the corporate headquarters and the top funding priority, ORIX also has employees in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo. Check out the foundation’s eligibility criteria and grant proposal sections for more information about applying for an ORIX grant. General questions can be directed to Carol Greene, the foundation director, at 214-237-2053 or info@orixfoundation.org