Ed Rachal Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Ed Rachal Foundation 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, arts and culture, churches, animal welfare

IP TAKE: Grantseekers have to dig deep to get to know Rachal's giving trends and strategies, but this is a good funder to know in Texas for equipment, training, and other types of funding that other donors don’t consider.

PROFILE: Established in 1965, the Ed Rachal Foundation benefits organizations in Texas and 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. The foundation’s grantmaking interests are youth, education, land conservation, arts and culture, churches, and animal welfare.

The Rachal Foundation supports a wide range of Texas nonprofits. Also, the foundation has purchased land and made many land-related investments for buildings, equipment, tools, software, and mineral interests. 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 are between $25,000 and $100,000. The foundation gave over $10 million in a recent year. The funder does not provide a list of past grantees on its website to guide prospective grantseekers. Grants are limited to organizations and projects in the state of Texas.

The funder accepts grant applications at any time of the year with no deadlines. The application process is conducted entirely online, and the form is available on the funder’s website. Faxed and mailed applications are not accepted. This is a one-step process with no initial letter of inquiry required. Applicants are notified by mail of the funder’s decision. Direct general questions to the foundation at 361-881-9040 or via email at info@edrachal.org.


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