David Weekley Family Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: Though the David Weekley Family Foundation has expanded to include interests across the nation and even internationally, the foundation still focuses on Texas causes in the areas of education, human services, health, and churches.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, churches, health, human services, global development

IP TAKE: Texas was the foundation's original focus, though it has increasingly taken on projects in other states and even internationally.

PROFILE: Established in 1990, David Weekley established the David Weekley Family Foundation with the profits from David Weekly Homes, a homebuilding company he started in 1976 with his brother, Richard. David Weekley Homes has sold more than 70,000 homes and expanded to at least 18 cities across the nation. Weekley earned degrees in Economics and Geology from San Antonio’s Trinity University. He, his wife Bonnie, and family move their philanthropic contributions through the David Weekley Family Foundation. Weekley dedicates 50 percent of his income to philanthropy and has embraced the giving while living model. The foundation “invests time, treasure, and talent in scaling organizations that promote human flourishing and poverty graduation.” Grantmaking areas of interest are education, churches, health, human services, and global development.

When the Weekleys established the foundation in 1990, couple’s initial priority was helping his local community. More recently, the foundation has gotten involved in microfinance and micro-clinic efforts in Africa, as well as other global development projects. Still, recent grantmaking has involved Texas. One priority is supporting churches and Christian organizations, such as Apartment Life in Euless, Texas, Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Institute for Spirituality and Health, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, and Carolina Creek Christian Camp. Another interest of the foundation is education. In higher education, grantees include College of Biblical Studies-Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and University of Houston, Houston Christian High School, and Yellowstone Academy. The David Weekley Family Foundation is also interested in human services work. The foundation has given millions to Homebuilding Industry Foundation, as well as to the Houston Food Bank, and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. It has supported United Way of Greater Houston, Ronald McDonald House of Houston, LifeHouse of Houston, and Boy Scouts of America.

Foundation grants tend to range from $100,000 to $500,000. Review a list of past U.S. grant partners on the funder’s website. Grantmaking is often focused on the state of Texas, although it supports causes in other U.S. states and internationally as well. Houston is a city of particular interest.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited formal grant applications from nonprofits. However, it is open to receiving referrals and submissions of ideas from organizations for funding consideration. Direct questions to the staff at info@dwf.foundation.

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