David and Bonnie Weekley

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: David Weekley Homes 

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Religious, Human Services, Global Development

OVERVIEW: David Weekley and his wife Bonnie move their philanthropy through the David Weekley Family Foundation (DWFF), which they established in 1990. While Weekley initially focused primarily on causes in Texas and nationally, more recent interests are social enterprises working to combat extreme poverty across the globe. A good portion of DWFF's grantees integrate the Christian faith in their work. Weekley dedicates 50 percent of his income to philanthropy and has embraced the Giving While Living model.

BACKGROUND: David Weekley earned degrees in economics and geology from San Antonio’s Trinity University. In 1976, at just 23 years of age, Weekley started a home building company: to date, David Weekley Homes has sold more than 80,000 homes and expanded to 23 cities across the nation.

ISSUES:

EDUCATION & YOUTH: Focus is "on enabling the materially poor to lift themselves out of poverty." This work includes education support. Other partners have included YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Lionheart Children’s Academy at Lake Arlington Baptist Church. Support has gone to College of Biblical Studies-Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and University of Houston. Weekley is a trustee emeritus at the Kinkaid School, which has received seven-figure sums. Boy Scouts of America has received millions.

RELIGIOUS: The Christian faith is an important part of this funder's work. As DWFF puts it, "about half of our grantees also integrate their Christian faith into this work. While physical needs are obvious to all, we believe that people also have spiritual needs that can best be addressed by faith in God." Partners have included Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Carolina Creek Christian Camp, and Young Life, a "non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to sharing the truth of God’s love and the values of the Christian faith with youth."

HUMAN SERVICES: Grantees include Homebuilding Industry Foundation, Houston Food Bank, and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Past support has gone to United Way of Greater Houston, Ronald McDonald House of Houston, and LifeHouse of Houston. 

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: DWFF practices a venture philanthropy model of investing to grow nonprofits and social enterprises serving the global poor. It helps young, innovative organizations scale up their proven models to reduce poverty. Partners have included Village Schools International, One Acre Fund, and Living Water International.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Weekley family's giving to continue. Weekley has said at least half of his giving will be international. Funders working in the U.S., particularly in Texas, should also keep an eye on this funder.

LINK: David Weekley Family Foundation