Kronkosky Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: The Kronkosky Foundation focuses on several key program areas including health and human services, and arts & culture. Kronkosky also runs initiatives including related to early childhood.

FUNDING AREAS: Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Animals, Natural Disaster Relief

IP TAKE: The foundation is open to LOIs, provided that your work benefits at least one of the four Texas counties that Kronkosky focuses on.

PROFILE: The Kronkosky family first moved to New Braunfels, Texas in the 1860s. The family engaged in several successful local business ventures, including the Gebhardt Chili Powder Company and the San Antonio Drug Company. In life, Albert Kronkosky, Jr. and his wife Bessie Mae Dever were active in Texas civic causes. After Kronkosky's death, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation received its principal funding of $295 million as a distribution from Kronkosky's estate. In a recent tax year, the foundation held some $370 million in assets and gave away a little under $16 million. Since inception, the foundation had made grants totaling over $250 million.

The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation is laser-focused on Texas, and only a handful of counties, at that. The mission of the foundation is to produce "profound good that is tangible and measurable in Bandera, Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties in Texas." These four counties make up the Greater San Antonio region. The foundation's managing director is J. Tullos Wells, who has strong ties to the South Texas community and was past chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

The foundation makes grants in several key program areas. Its Health and Human Services program area aims to "improve the quality of life and contribute to a social safety net for individuals in our counties of interest, including the elderly, children and youth, and those living with illness and/or disabilities." A past $50,000 grant went to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas to support "its character development program for at-risk girls in grades K-8 residing in Bexar County." Other recent grantees include Family Violence Prevention Services, San Antonio Lifetime Recovery, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, YMCA of San Antonio & the Hill Country, and the San Antonio Food Bank, which received a $200,000 grant to fund nutritionists to make presentations to community groups as part of a program aimed at preventing obesity.

In the past, a large $267,000 grant went to Mexican American Unity Council for continued support of its parenting education program. This program runs in conjunction with the Kronkosky Foundation's Precious Minds, New Connections Initiative, which "helps parents and other caregivers of young children become knowledgeable about the critical development of their children in their first three years of life and provides opportunities for parents to be more actively engaged in their children’s early development." The Kronkosky Foundation engages in several other initiatives, including the Autism Roundtable, "a collective of community leaders and service providers working to improve the quality of life for persons diagnosed with Autism, and their families" and Kronkosky’s Tiny Tot Nature Spot at the San Antonio Zoo, "the nation’s first zoo exhibit designed to provide young children ages 0-5 years and their parents with interactive exploring experiences featuring nature and animals." (Click here for a full list of Kronkosky's initiatives)

Another Kronkosky program area is Arts & Culture, whose goal is to "foster meaningful arts and cultural activities; broaden public participation in the arts; and to expand or improve the public use of information and learning available through museums and libraries." Recent grantees include Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, which received a $200,000 grant. Other recent support includes outfits such as National Western Art Foundation, San Anto Cultural Arts, and Boerne Public Library Foundation. Large sums have also historically gone to places such as McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, and Symphony Society of San Antonio.

The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation's grantmaking also aims to expand and improve public parks, zoos, and wildlife sanctuaries. The foundation also supports outfits that prevent cruelty to animals and that assist victims of public disasters in Texas. In the summer of 2015, a large $250,000 grant went to BCFS Health and Human Services in support of Hayes and Caldwell County flood relief. The foundation has a detailed grants database.

For grantseekers, the process begins with submitting an LOI. Letters of inquiry, however, are only accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are GuideStar Exchange Program Members, a free service of GuideStar.org. Again, the foundation has a four-county geographic restriction. Grantseekers working outside of this four-county region will have to make sure that the funds are spent in one or more of these counties, and benefit primarily residents of those counties.

PEOPLE:

  • J. Tullos Wells, Managing Director
  • Tom McGuire, Grant Manager
  • Ingrid Petty, Manager of Initiatives and Partnerships

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