Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust

OVERVIEW: The Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust supports Texas nonprofits in the areas of education, human services, and religious-based groups.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, religion

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

PROFILE: Established in 1957, the Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust is the grantmaking foundation of Katherine Carmody, who lived in Corsicana, Texas. She formed the trust to support charitable causes in the state. 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. Grantmaking areas of interest are education, human services, and religion.

The trust is managed by the Texas office of Bank of America/US Trust. 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 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.

Overall, a majority of foundation grants are between $25,000 and $50,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its tax records. This foundation is very focused on Texas with its giving. Dallas area nonprofits see the most support from this foundation, but groups in San Antonio occasionally receive funding. 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.

The Carmody Charitable Trust accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual proposal deadline for this foundation is August 1, and the application process is all online. Grantees must wait two years before submitting a new application. To contact the foundation with general questions, the email address for the Texas office is tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com.

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