Louis L. Borick Foundation: Southwest (Texas) Grants

OVERVIEW: The Louis L. Borick Foundation supports the following causes in regions of Texas, as well as Montana and 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: Established in 1997, the Louis L. Borick Foundation is based in Houston, Texas is the foundation of entrepreneur Louis Borick. 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 aims to “to create opportunity for people to reach their full potential, positively contribute to society and participate in a culturally rich community by supporting education, youth and leadership development, and the arts.”

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. Within these funding priorities, education and youth are the top issues.

Many foundation grants are between $10,000 and $50,000. The foundation typically awards around $4 million in grants each year. Grantseekers can learn about former Borick grant recipients on the foundation’s past grants page. Dallas is at the heart of this funder’s Texas grantmaking. In addition to supporting nonprofits working in regions of Texas, Borick also funds groups in Northern and Southern California. Grantseekers should know that this funder awards most of its grants in December.

This funder does not accept unsolicited grant requests, as the foundation uses an internal process for selecting new grantees. Direct general questions to the staff at 213-278-0855 or via online form.

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