Greehey Family Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: The Greehey Family Foundation mostly makes grants in Bexar County, Texas, supporting health and human welfare issues, children's causes, education, and the homeless.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, children, education

IP TAKE: Greehey is focused on Bexar County but is open to other regions, provided they're within the foundation's grantmaking focus areas. Almost all of the foundation's grants are made in Texas.

PROFILE: Established in 2003, the Greehey Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Bill Greehey, chairman of the board of NuStar Energy, and family. Bill Greehey grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He served four years in the United States Air Force and attended St. Mary’s University, graduating with an accounting degree. He landed a job at Price Waterhouse, and later worked at Exxon and Coastal Corp. Greehey went on to serve as chairman of Valero, and currently chairs NuStar Energy, in San Antonio, Texas. Grantmaking areas of interest are health, human services, children, and education.

Past education grants include support of Alamo Heights High School PTO, Butler Community College, Junior Achievement of South Texas, KIPP Aspire Academy, McMurry University, San Antonio Academy, and St. Edward's University. The Greehey Foundation also supports a number of human services outfits in Texas, and recent grantees include Galveston County Food Bank, Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries, House of Neighborly Service, Inner City Development, and Madonna Neighborhood Center. Greehey also supports youth and children in Texas. Funds of late have gone to Any Baby Can, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, Boysville, and Brighton Center. The foundation makes a number of health grants, with past support going to Cancer Center Council, Down Syndrome Association of South Texas, HeartGift San Antonio, and Project MEND. Money has also gone to cultural and civic organizations such as San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio Parks Foundation, San Antonio River Foundation, and the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County.

The foundation gives approximately $8 million to $10 million per year, and million-dollar grants are not uncommon. The funder does not have an online grants database. Geographically, funding is focused on San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas. The foundation is accessible with a website and a clear list of guidelines for grantseekers.

The Greehey Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from local nonprofits. Grant applications should be submitted via online application system, and all requests need to be submitted online. Direct general questions to the staff at 210-918-2622 or admin@greeheyfoundation.org.  

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