Bandera, Bexar, Comal, and Kendall Counties help make up the Greater San Antonio region. This four-county region is the philanthropic focus of the Kronkosky Foundation. The Kronkosky family first moved to New Braunfels, Texas in the 1860s and the family engaged in several successful local business ventures including the Gebhardt Chili Powder Company and the San Antonio Drug Company. After Albert Kronkosky Jr's death, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation received its principal funding of $295 million as a distribution from his estate. From the foundation's inception through December 2014, Kronkosky has made grants totaling $217.5 million including a shade under $16 million in a recent year.
The mission of the foundation is to produce "profound good that is tangible and measurable in Bandera, Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties in Texas." Grantseekers working outside of this four county region will have to make sure that the funds are spent in one or more of these counties, and benefit primarily residents of those counties.
The foundation makes grants in several key program areas. Its Health and Human Services program area aims to "improve the quality of life and contribute to a social safety net for individuals in our counties of interest; including the elderly, children and youth, and those living with illness and/or disabilities." A $50,000 grant went to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas to support "its character development program for at-risk girls in grades K-8 residing in Bexar County." Other grantees include Family Violence Prevention Services, YMCA of San Antonio & the Hill Country, and the San Antonio Food Bank, which received a $200,000 grant to fund nutritionists to make presentations to community groups as part of a program aimed at preventing obesity.
In 2015, a large $267,000 grant went to Mexican American Unity Council towards continued support of its parenting education program. This program runs in conjunction with the Kronkosky Foundation's Precious Minds, New Connections Initiative, which "helps parents and other caregivers of young children become knowledgeable about the critical development of their children in their first three years of life and provides opportunities for parents to be more actively engaged in their children’s early development." The Kronkosky Foundation engages in several other initiatives including one that works in the realm of child protection in Bexar County.
Another Kronkosky program area is Arts & Culture, whose goal is to "foster meaningful arts and cultural activities; broaden public participation in the arts; and to expand or improve the public use of information and learning available through museums and libraries." Past grantees include Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, which received a $200,000 grant. Other support includes outfits such as National Western Art Foundation, San Anto Cultural Arts, and Boerne Public Library Foundation. Large sums have also historically gone to places such as McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and Symphony Society of San Antonio.
The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation's grantmaking also aims to expand and improve public parks, zoos, and wildlife sanctuaries. Philanthropy has also involved supporting outfits that aim to prevent cruelty to animals, and assist victims of public disasters in Texas.
For grantseekers, the process begins with submitting an LOI. Letters of Inquiry, however are only accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are GuideStar Exchange Program Members, a free service of GuideStar.org. The foundation has a detailed grants database.
Related: Kronkosky Foundation: Texas Grants