Louis L. Borick Foundation: Southwest (Texas) Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports the following causes in regions of Texas, as well as Northern and Southern California: animal welfare, arts, early childhood education, foster youth, LGBT causes, and environmental and historical preservation.

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts, early childhood education, foster youth, LGBT causes, and environmental and historical preservation

IP TAKE: The largest number of grants lately have been going to education groups, so the best way to catch this funder’s attention is by targeting the pre-K demographic and youth development for kids of all ages.

PROFILE: The Louis L. Borick Foundation is based in Houston, Texas, and was established by entrepreneur Louis Borick in 1997. Borick was the chairman of Superior Industries International, a major manufacturer of aluminum wheels for the automotive industry. After Borick passed away in 2011, his children, Linda, Steven, and Robert, took over leadership of the foundation.

The foundation very clearly outlines its funding priorities: animal welfare, arts, early childhood education, foster youth, LGBT causes, and environmental and historical preservation. Animal welfare grants mostly go towards equine orthopedic studies, and arts grants gravitate towards arts education for youth in public schools. Borick funds organizations that promote better access to early childhood education and that serve transition-age foster youth. Finally, Borick is an LGBT funder and also cares about preserving everything from wilderness areas to open city spaces and historical architecture.

In addition to supporting nonprofits working in regions of Texas, Borick also funds groups in Northern and Southern California. In a recent year, the foundation reported $4 million in annual giving and at least $80 million in total assets. It awards around 120 grants each year, generally between $10,000 and $50,000. Grantseekers should know that this funder awards most of its grants in December.

You can learn about former Borick grant recipients on the foundation’s past grants page. Within their funding priorities, animal welfare and preservation typically take a back seat to the other areas, with education and youth being the top issues.

Unfortunately for grantseekers, this funder does not accept unsolicited grant requests. However, it’s a good idea for Texas and California groups to check the funder’s website at least once per year for updates and to see if anything has changed.

General questions can be directed to the staff at (213) 278-0855 or via online form. Lauren Johnson is the sole staff member at the foundation and a grantseeker’s best point of contact.

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