Ed Rachal Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports a variety of causes in Texas, including youth, education, and land conservation. It has also given grants to arts and culture groups, churches, and animal welfare causes.

FUNDING AREAS: Youth, education, land conservation

IP TAKE: You have to dig deep to get to know Rachal's giving trends and strategies, but it's a good funder to know in Texas if you need equipment, training, or other types of funding that other donors don’t consider.

PROFILE: The Ed Rachal Foundation, established in 1965 after the death of the founder, was designed to benefit organizations in Texas. It is based in Corpus Christi. Ed Rachal Jr. was born in Rockport, Texas, in 1878 and was involved from an early age in stock raising and planting. He and his wife, Louise, never had children, but during their lifetimes they demonstrated strong concern for their state's youth, education, and natural resources.

These three causes are the cornerstone of the foundation’s mission still today. Grants are limited to organizations and projects in the state of Texas, and the funder accepts grant applications at any time of the year with no deadlines.

The application process is conducted entirely online; the form is available on the funder’s website. Faxed and mailed applications are not accepted. The foundation is also picky about not receiving any application materials in folders, binders, with staples, or hole punches. This is a one-step process with no initial letter of inquiry required. Applicants are notified by mail of the funder’s decision.

The funder does not provide a list of past grantees on its website to guide prospective grantseekers. According to a recent Form 990, Rachal has had over $456 million in total net assets. The foundation has purchased land and made many land-related investments for buildings, equipment, tools, software, and mineral interests.

Other support has gone to animal rescue groups, local churches, the Art Community Center of Corpus Christi, children’s charities, and children’s museums. Funds have been distributed as general operating support, program support, capital campaigns, emergency capital, equipment purchases, tuition assistance, and other purposes.  Most grants have been between $25,000 and $100,000. The foundation gave over $10 million in a recent year.

The foundation does not appear to have a full-time staff, but there is a board of directors consisting of six members. According to tax forms, the foundation has provided compensation to a comptroller and administrative assistant in the past. General questions can be directed to the foundation at 361-881-9040 or via email at info@edrachal.org. The foundation office is located at 555 N. Carancahua Street, #700 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

PEOPLE:

  • Paul D. Altheide, CEO, Secretary
  • David L. Hoyer, Chairman
  • Kenneth W. Trawick, Vice Chairman

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