Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust

OVERVIEW: This funder supports Texas nonprofits in the areas of education, human services, and religious-based groups. Much of the funding stays in Dallas, and there is one application cycle per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, religion

IP TAKE:  This funder tends to give out $25,000 to $50,000 to well-established groups in Dallas. Groups focused on children and youth have been seeing significant support lately.

PROFILE: The Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust was established in 1957 by Katherine Carmody, who lived in Corsicana, Texas. She formed the trust to support charitable causes in Texas. Carmody was described as a private woman and became a resident of the Adolphus Hotel after the death of her husband. The trust has awarded several million dollars to Texas organizations over the years.

The annual proposal deadline for this foundation is August 1. The trust is managed by the Texas office of Bank of America/US Trust, and the application process is all online. Grantees must wait two years before submitting a new application. Dallas area nonprofits see the most support from this foundation, but groups in San Antonio occasionally receive funding.

In a recent year, the Carmody Charitable Trust contributed at least $50,000 to the Crystal Charity Ball, a Dallas group that contributes to local children’s charities. The foundation has given at least $50,000 to Education First Steps, aimed at improving early education for at-risk kids in North Texas.

Carmody gave $50,000 to the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio and at least $25,000 to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas for a STEM center campaign. It supported Big Thought's work on juvenile incarceration, Trinity River Mission’s Tutor Read Mentor program, and performing arts programs at the Corsicana Palace Theatre. Other grantees we'll mention include Camp Summit, which organizes outdoor experiences for children and adults with disabilities, the Assistance League of San Antonio, and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

Your best contact is Debra Goldstein Phares, the funder’s philanthropic client director. The email address for the Texas office is tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com. Keep an eye on local news sources in Dallas and San Antonio, because this foundation is often listed as a partner for charitable donations made in these cities.

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