Philanthropy in the Southwest doesn't have the same deep historic roots as giving in other regions; much of the wealth in this region was created over the past few decades. But make no mistake: There is a large and robust philanthropic community here, and an enormous amount of charitable money flowing into the nonprofit sector. We're focusing our attention on Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona, and looking at both the individuals and foundations driving grantmaking in this diverse region. 

Like all of our funding guides, this one is a constant work in progress as we add new funder profiles and update existing information. So be sure to check back often and also drop us a line if you know of funders that should be profiled here, or if you see places where we can correct or improve the profiles. 

Top Funders

ALBERT I. PIERCE FOUNDATION

This funder focuses grantmaking on the state of New Mexico and awards grants to local arts and culture, education, and environment nonprofits. 

ALBUQUERQUE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Although this funder's competitive program grants are small compared to some other local funders, they cover a broad range of topics and maintain a local focus. This foundation supports large and small charitable causes. 

ALBERT AND MARGARET ALKEK FOUNDATION

This funder awards grants in the areas of medicine, education, community, culture in Texas. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

ARIZONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Not only does the Arizona Community Foundation manage more than 1,400 charitable funds, it also engages in discretionary grantmaking in arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS FOUNDATION

This MLB team funder supports homelessness, indigent healthcare, children's and programs in Arizona. It also gives back for education and youth sports in Arizona.

AUSTIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

ACF supports Central Texas communities through arts and culture, animals, community engagement, education, environment and public space, health and wellness, human services and basic needs, and recreation. Their community grants program accepts online applications.

BANK OF OKLAHOMA / BOKF FOUNDATION

This Tulsa-based funder has a large Southwest presence, funding United Way, economic development, education, and basic needs in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.

BARTLESVILLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This local community funder mostly supports art and culture, youth, and economic development in the Bartlesville area of Oklahoma. Unrestricted grants can be applied for at select times of the year.

SUZANNE DEAL BOOTH AND DAVID G. BOOTH INC

The philanthropic vehicle of a billionare couple is based in Austin, Texas. Arts and culture and education outfits have been steadily supported in the city and across the state.

LOUIS L. BORICK FOUNDATION

This funder supports the following causes in Texas, as well as Northern and Southern California: animal welfare, arts, early childhood education, foster youth, LGBT, and environmental & historical preservation.

BRINDLE FOUNDATION

This funder mostly supports early childhood causes in New Mexico. It occasionally awards other broader grants, as well as small technical assistance and capacity building grants.

BROWN FOUNDATION

The Brown Foundation was established upon the fortunes of brothers who made millions from the construction and oil pipeline industry. The foundation primarily focuses on public education and arts giving.

BROWNSVILLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder has a competitive grant process for Brownsville, Texas, groups in the areas of education, economic development, health, housing, the arts, historic preservation, and the environment.

CARL B. AND FLORENCE E. KING FOUNDATION

The King Foundation supports organizations that serve the elderly, youth, education, indigent populations, arts and culture, and nonprofit capacity in five counties in North Texas, 38 counties in West Texas, and 32 counties in Arkansas. 

CARLSON FOUNDATION

The couple's Texas grantmaking strongly tracks with board memberships and other personal connections in Dallas and Houston. 

AMON G. CARTER FOUNDATION

This funder gives to art and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services. Most grants stay in Tarrant County, Texas. Unsolicited applications are accepted.

CATHAY BANK FOUNDATION

Southwest activities of the bank's charitable arm funds community programs in Texas that serve at-risk and low/middle income populations. 

CHAPMAN FOUNDATIONS

This funder supports a wide range of issues, including education and medical research, in Oklahoma and Colorado. Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

CHASE FOUNDATION

This funder supports nonprofits in Southeastern New Mexico backing education, substance abuse, domestic violence, community enhancement, youth, and human services.

CHEROKEE STRIP COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports a broad range of causes in Enid, Oklahoma, and the surrounding Northwest Oklahoma communities. Grantseekers can apply for unrestricted funds to be used locally.

CHISHOLM TRAIL COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION

This funder supports a wide range of interest areas in Williamson County, Texas. Annual grants are awarded to local groups through regular foundation events.  

CITY OF MUSKOGEE FOUNDATION

This funder supports causes in Muskogee, Oklahoma, including education, arts, culture, community revitalization, social services, healthcare, economic development, infrastructure, housing, and recreation.

COASTAL BEND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This Texas funder supports efforts in seven coastal counties, in the fields of arts and culture, education, environment, families and children, health, human services, and the public good. Unsolicited applications are accepted for competitive grants once per year.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF ABILENE

This funder mainly supports community issues and youth causes in the Abilene, Texas, area. Field of interest funds touch on topics such as pro-life education and mental health.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF BRAZORIA COUNTY

This funder supports a variety of community projects in Brazoria County, Texas. It also awards grants through separate funds for health and human services, and women and children.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE BRAZOS VALLEY

This funder supports education, community, and other causes in the seven-county Brazos Valley in Texas. Grants are awarded once per year. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF OKLAHOMA

This funder supports nonprofits in 44 counties of Oklahoma with a focus on rural communities. Applications are accepted for select funds.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SOUTHERN ARIZONA

This Tucson-based community funder awards regional grants in the fields of animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services.

COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION OF TEXAS

This funder ranks among the largest foundations in Texas. To be eligible for a Giving Guide grant, at least 50 percent of the population served must be residents of Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin or Rockwall counties. 

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

This funder supports Kerr County, Texas and the communities of Fredericksburg, Harper, Stonewall, Comfort, Bandera, and Medina. Funding interests are education and youth, community service, civic and cultural, and family and wellness.

CULLEN FOUNDATION

Cullen backs organizations serving the Houston area. Education is a priority. Other interests are cultural arts, healthcare and public service.

DALLAS FOUNDATION

This funder supports many nonprofit causes in the city of Dallas and Dallas County. Fields of interest include arts, basic needs, animal welfare, children, the elderly, and African Americans.

DALLAS WOMEN'S FOUNDATION

DWF operates much like a community foundation. Economic security, women-led households, and education and medical care for women and girls at risk are at the heart of the foundation's grantmaking. 

DORRANCE FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder focuses grantmaking on education and natural resource conservation in Arizona, California and Hawaii. 

EAST TEXAS COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION

This funder has about eight different funds for which grants are available. Areas of interest include libraries, community, environment, nursing, music, and education.

EPISCOPAL HEALTH FOUNDATION

This funder focuses grantmaking on 57 counties in Southeast Texas and funds a variety of local healthcare and mental health causes. Grantmaking is expected to expand.

FLINN FOUNDATION

This funder supports biosciences in Arizona. However, the Phoenix-based foundation also supports arts and culture organizations with budgets over $2.5 million.

FOUNDATION FOR SOUTHEAST TEXAS

This funder supports arts and culture, preservation, education, health, social services, youth, the elderly, economic development, faith groups, and civic affairs in the Texas counties of Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange.

GELVIN FOUNDATION

This funder mainly supports community services, but also healthcare, education, and the arts, in and around Tulsa and Eufaula, Oklahoma. Unsolicited proposals are accepted throughout the year.

THE GEORGE FOUNDATION

This place-based funder supports education, health, human services, and community organizations and programs in Fort Bend, Texas. Letters of inquiry are reviewed year-round and grant applications four times per year.

GRACE AND FRANKLIN BERNSEN FOUNDATION

This locally focused funder gives to a many religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational causes in the Tulsa metropolitan area. This is your go-to funder for capital campaign and construction support.

GREATER HOUSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Greater Houston Community Foundation bridges the gap between local donors and nonprofits. Most grantmaking stays local, but there’s some national and international grantmaking, too. 

GREEHEY FAMILY FOUNDATION

Makes grants in Bexar County and elsewhere in Texas, supporting health and human welfare issues, children's causes, education, and the homeless.

DIANE & BRUCE HALLE FOUNDATION

The philanthropic vehicle of Discount Tire founder and billionaire Bruce Halle and his wife, this foundation gives most of its grants in Arizona toward fighting homelessness, providing justice, and supporting human services. 

HARDESTY FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports nonprofits in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area with large capital grants for building construction and renovation projects. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

HELIOS EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Helios Education Foundation supports education nonprofits that work with students from pre-K through postsecondary education. Both public entities and established nonprofits are eligible for grants.

HILDEBRAND FOUNDATION

The Hildebrand Foundation is the creation of billionaire couple Jeff and Mindy Hildebrand, who made their fortune in the oil industry. It gives grants to faith-based organizations that serve the poor and needy in Texas.

HUNT FAMILY FOUNDATION

The foundation supports the Paso del Norte region, which includes El Paso County, Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Juarez, Mexico. Grantmaking focuses on healthcare and education.

LYDA HILL FOUNDATION

Lyda Hill established her philanthropic foundation to support scientific and environmental innovations in Texas and Colorado. Priorities include early stage biomedical research, alternative energy, and the environment.

HOUSTON ENDOWMENT

Houston Endowment is focused on grantmaking in Texas’ Harris County and surrounding counties. Interest areas are arts and culture, education, environment, and health and human services.

IMPACT 100 (AUSTIN, SAN ANTONIO, AND OKLAHOMA CITY CHAPTERS)

Impact 100 has local chapters in Austin, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City. Funding areas generally include culture, community, education, environment, family, and health and wellness.

LEE AND JOSEPH D. JAMAIL FOUNDATION

Attorney Joseph D. Jamail and his late wife Lee have given tens of millions to the University of Texas, as well as to arts, health and assorted nonprofits throughout the state. 

INASMUCH FOUNDATION

The Inasmuch Foundation prioritizes nonprofits in Oklahoma, with a wide range of education, health and human services and community enhancement programs on its radar. There are two funding cycles.

GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports a range of Oklahoma causes in the areas of education, female incarceration, community health, civic enhancement, Tulsa beautification, and social services. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

JOHN G. AND MARIE STELLA KENEDY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

This Corpus Christi-based funder focuses most of its efforts on Catholic education in South Texas. But at least 10 percent of annual grants go to secular groups as well.

THE KERR FOUNDATION

This Tulsa-based funder supports education, health, human services, and arts and culture. It prioritizes nonprofits in Oklahoma but also supports groups in New Mexico and Texas.

KINDER FOUNDATION

Richard and Nancy Kinder established a foundation to contribute to parks, education, and human services in and around Houston. They have committed to giving 95 percent of their wealth to charity. 

KIRKPATRICK FAMILY FUND

This funder provides grants to organizations that serve Central Oklahoma in the following areas: social services, arts and humanities, health and family, community development, education, environment, and endowment matching.

KIRKPATRICK FOUNDATION

This funder supports arts and culture, education, animal well-being, environmental conservation, and historical preservation in Central Oklahoma. This is a separate, but related, entity from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

ROBERT J. KLEBERG, JR. AND HELEN C. KLEBERG FOUNDATION

Kleberg awards community and health grants in Kleberg and surrounding counties of South Texas. Broader funding goes to medical science, biomedical research, education, arts, wildlife, and animal sciences.

HARLAN AND AMY KORENVAES FAMILY FOUNDATION

Funding interests include health, human services, education and youth, Jewish causes, and the arts. Texas grants focus on the Dallas area.

KRONKOSKY FOUNDATION

Focuses on the Greater San Antonio region, with grantmaking for health and human services, and arts & culture. Also works on early childhood.

LANNAN FOUNDATION

This funder supports innovative and even controversial approaches to the visual and literary arts. The foundation also awards grants for programs related to indigenous Native American communities and those that promote cultural freedom. 

MAX AND ANNA LEVINSON FOUNDATION

Although the Santa Fe-based Levinson Foundation has a national and global reach, many of its grantees are based in the Southwest, including parts of New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. 

H.S. LOPEZ FAMILY FOUNDATION

Funding interests include health, education, and human services. Grants are limited to the Pima County area of Arizona.

DAVID AND LURA LOVELL FOUNDATION

This Tucson, Arizona, funder supports mental health, integrative health and wellness, youth access to the arts, and gender parity. It has been a leader in end-of-life care funding in Arizona.

MEADOWS FOUNDATION

This is a Texas-focused private funder that supports the following issues across the state: arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services, environment, public education, and mental health.

J.E. AND L.E. MABEE FOUNDATION

This funder provides grants to religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, and medical institutions engaged in the treatment and care of diseases. Grants are generally limited to building projects and major medical equipment.

J.F. MADDOX FOUNDATION

The J.F. Maddox Foundation exclusively funds nonprofit causes in the most southeastern county of New Mexico, Lea County. Education is a top priority, and youth causes, social services, and community development initiatives are also regularly considered for grants. 

McCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The McCune Charitable Foundation is exclusive to the state of New Mexico and prioritizes economic development and stability, and innovation in education and the local food industry.

McCOMBS FOUNDATION

Focuses on Texas. Supports education, as well as arts and culture, human services, health, and more.

ROBERT AND JANICE MCNAIR FOUNDATION

A philanthropic vehicle of Houston Texans founder Robert McNair and his wife Janice. The foundation's Texas grantmaking involves education, human services and more. 

MERRICK FOUNDATION

This funder is run by Foundation Management Inc. and focuses on south-central Oklahoma. Top interests are education, human services, and community development. Letters of intent are due once per year.

CYNTHIA AND GEORGE MITCHELL FOUNDATION

This Texas funder supports nonprofit efforts in water, clean energy, shale sustainability, and sustainability education. In the coming years, it will also fund land conservation and community efforts in Galveston.

WILLIAM A. AND ELIZABETH B. MONCRIEF FOUNDATION

This Texas-focused foundation prioritizes health, specifically cancer research; Forth Worth is the home of the Moncrief Cancer Institute. It also backs arts and culture, animal rights, and human services. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This Texas funder has many different funds that touch on pretty much every nonprofit service you can think of. Grants are awarded once per year.

MOODY FOUNDATION

This funder supports charitable causes in Galveston, Austin and Dallas. Interests are arts, humanities, religion, education, health, science, and community.

MORENO FAMILY FOUNDATION

The foundation's Arizona grantmaking focuses on community organizations and youth. The Morenos also fund scholarship outfits for Hispanic students.

NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This is the only statewide community funder. NMCF focuses grantmaking on rural and Native American issues, and also prioritizes women’s causes, education, health, cultural preservation, and the environment. 

SAMUEL ROBERTS NOBLE FOUNDATION

The Oklahoma-based Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation focuses grantmaking on higher education and health research and delivery in south-central and central Oklahoma. 

NUSENDA CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION

This New Mexico-focused funder is active in the financial literacy space, but also gives to education, healthcare, the arts, environment, and community services.

OGE ENERGY CORP. FOUNDATION

This corporate funder's top interests are early childhood education and K-12 education, in Oklahoma and western Arkansas.

ONEOK FOUNDATION

This corporate funder mostly supports education, health, and human services organizations in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Community and art grants are also given. Unsolicited grant applications are accepted.

OPUS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Gives in and around the city of Phoenix. Funding for affordable Housing, community revitalization, education, financial literacy, community health, human services, and the arts.

ORIX FOUNDATION

The ORIX Foundation is a corporate funder that focuses much of its grantmaking on the Greater Dallas area. It backs youth, poverty, health, and veteran causes.

GENEVIEVE AND WARD ORSINGER FOUNDATION

Supports nonprofits in Bexar County, Texas, with an emphasis on the arts, education, and youth.

PARKS FOR DOWNTOWN DALLAS (FORMERLY BELO FOUNDATION)

This funder has traditionally supported college-level journalism programs, but has shifted its focus to urban green spaces and city park expansion. All giving is in Dallas.

BOB AND RENEE PARSONS FOUNDATION

The philanthropic vehicle of GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons and his wife Renee. The couple does most of their grantmaking in Phoenix. Priorities include health, education, human services, and veterans.

PASO DEL NORTE HEALTH FOUNDATION

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation focuses grantmaking on physical and mental programs for people living in West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. 

PERMIAN BASIN AREA FOUNDATION

This foundation supports education, arts and culture, health and human services, elderly, community development, and affordable housing causes in a multi-country region of West Texas.

SARAH AND ROSS PEROT JR. FOUNDATION

The philanthropic vehicle of billionaire Ross Perot Jr. and his wife Sarah. Much of their grantmaking takes place in Dallas, and Texas at large, backing a variety of causes. 

VIRGINIA G. PIPER CHARITABLE TRUST

The trust supports local nonprofits in six program areas in Phoenix and throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. Children, adolescents, and senior citizens are the focus of most Piper grants. This is an accessible funder. 

PRESBYTERIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION

This funder supports medical education and research in Oklahoma. It aims to improve biotechnology in the state. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.

NINA MASON PULLIAM CHARITABLE TRUST

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust awards grants in Arizona and Indiana to support women, children, animals, nature, and community enrichment. 

OKLAHOMA CITY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation manages over 1,300 donor funds. This community foundation focuses its attention on parks and public spaces in central Oklahoma and backing active, healthy living.

ED RACHEL FOUNDATION

This funder supports causes in Texas related to youth, education, and land conservation. It has also given grants to arts and culture, church, and animal welfare causes.

REES-JONES FOUNDATION

With a focus on North Texas nonprofits, the Rees-Jones Foundation awards grants in the areas of human services, youth development, mental health, and community benefit. The billionaire couple often makes multi-million-dollar grants.

SARKEYS FOUNDATION

This funder supports education, social services, human services, culture, and humanitarian programs throughout the state of Oklahoma. Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted twice per year.

SID W. RICHARDSON FOUNDATION

This funder supports education and health throughout Texas and human services and cultural organizations in the Fort Worth area. Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted.

SAN ANGELO HEALTH FOUNDATION

A famous health funder, San Angelo also awards education, research, arts, social services and environment grants. All grantmaking is focused on San Angelo and the Concho Valley.

SAN ANTONIO AREA FOUNDATION

This community foundation supports many program areas, emphasizing children and youth, seniors, women, African Americans, and Hispanics. Bexar County and the 13 surrounding counties are considered for grants.

SANTA FE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Santa Fe Community Foundation limits grantmaking to the northern New Mexico counties. It awards mostly general operating support grants for schools, children, LGBT groups, health, and Native American issues.

CHARLES AND LYNN SCHUSTERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder is dedicated to supporting Jewish communities in America and worldwide. Tulsa is the founders’ hometown, so their foundation also contributes to child development, child abuse, and community service causes in the area.  

HAROLD SIMMONS FOUNDATION

Harold Simmons’ two daughters run this family foundation that focuses grantmaking on Dallas-area nonprofits. Areas of interest are education, healthcare, social welfare, human rights, civic improvement, and arts and culture.

SIMMONS FOUNDATION

This funder supports organizations in the Greater Houston area and Harris County. Interests are health, education, civic/community, and human services.

MAY AND STANLEY SMITH CHARITABLE TRUST

The Smith trust funds programs in four areas: foster youth, elders, veterans and people with disabilities. It focuses on 14 states in the Western U.S., including Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.

SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

This funder primarily supports health and medical issues, as well as education, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and the surrounding areas. Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted. 

SOUTH PLAINS FOUNDATION

This funder supports health research, education, and community service causes in and around Lubbock, Texas. Unsolicited grant applications are accepted from local groups.

ST. DAVID'S FOUNDATION

This Central Texas health funder supports programs for older adults, healthcare education/careers, nutrition and physical activity, mental health, access to care for low-income residents, and dental services for children. 

SUNDT FOUNDATION

This corporate funder supports programs for disadvantaged children and adults in Arizona, Texas, and California. It is the philanthropic arm of the Sundt construction company. 

TESORO FOUNDATION

This corporate funder supports STEM education, public safety, environmental conservation and sustainability in the San Antonio region of Texas, where the company is based.

THORNBURG FOUNDATION

This funder focuses grantmaking on New Mexico in the areas of environmental conservation, national and international public policy issues, and human services and opportunities for children and youth.

TULSA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder oversees dozens of donor-advised funds, corporate contributions, and individual giving efforts. Although TCF rarely awards discretionary grants, the foundation can connect your nonprofit with relevant funders.

VITALYST HEALTH FOUNDATION

A health legacy foundation focused on Arizona. Priorities are access to care and coverage, healthy community design, community capacity building, and community innovation and collaboration.

WACO FOUNDATION

This funder supports groups in Waco and McLellan County working to help people in poverty, people with disabilities, the elderly, and children and youth. It also is committed to nonprofit capacity building.

WILLIAM K. WARREN FOUNDATION

The William K. Warren Foundation primarily supports medical research, hospitals, and health causes in the greater Tulsa metropolitan area. This funder awards a small number of grants each year, but these grants tend to be significant.  

CAROLYN WATSON RURAL OKLAHOMA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder awards classroom enhancement grants and community grants in 20 counties in rural Oklahoma. It also has a scholarship fund for local high school seniors. 

DAVID WEEKLEY FAMILY FOUNDATION

Home builder David Weekley gives half of his annual earnings to charityWhile the foundation backs projects outside of Texas and even internationally, Texas still is a focus.

WOMEN'S FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Supports programs promoting social, political and economic change for women and girls. Funding goes to efforts in Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz counties.

ZACHRY FOUNDATION

Funding areas include education, the arts, health, and science. Grantmaking focuses on the San Antonio, Texas, area.

ANNE AND HENRY ZARROW FOUNDATION

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation focuses grantmaking around Tulsa, but also throughout Oklahoma. It gives to Jewish causes and social services that aid disadvantaged and homeless residents.  

MAXINE AND JACK ZARROW FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation gives most of its support to the Tulsa area and focuses giving on mental health and children’s issues.