Carrie S. Orleans Trust

OVERVIEW: The Carrie S. Orleans Trust supports human services organization that provide for basic needs in Dallas County in Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, basic needs, food, clothing

IP TAKE: This funder limits grantmaking to Dallas County in Texas. It prioritizes small and grassroots organizations that address basic of human needs, specifically food banks and community centers.

PROFILE: Established in 1948, the Carrie S. Orleans Trust is the legacy of giving of Carrie Sybil Orleans and Morris J. Orleans. The Orleans couple traveled a great deal during their lifetimes, but always considered Dallas, Texas to be their home. The trust formed under the Carrie Orleans’ will to provide “food and clothing for the poor and needy of Dallas County without regard to race, creed or color.” Managed by Bank of America’s Texas office, grantmaking supports human services causes related to basic needs.

This funder prioritizes the basic needs of local residents and focuses on the neediest individuals. Most grants support feeding the hungry and providing clothing. Accordingly, the trust always distributes grants immediately after Thanksgiving Day, according to the founder’s wishes.

Foundation grants are often $10,000 each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses Dallas County, Texas. Most grants are awarded in the city of Dallas, with other grantees based in Irving, Farmers Branch, and Mesquite. Orleans Trust grants are made for one-year periods. Past local grantees include the Stewpot at the First Presbyterian Church, Wesley-Rankin Community Center, Irving Cares, and the Austin Street Center.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is August 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at or 800-357-7094.


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