Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation mostly supports San Antonio, Texas, organizations in the areas of arts and culture, humanities, education, human services, youth development, and medical research.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, humanities, education, human services, youth development, medical research

IP TAKE: Here is a funder that is very interested in about San Antonio. A lot of funding has been going to youth-focused programs lately.

PROFILE: Established in 1981, the Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation is a private foundation in Texas. Marcia Koehler founded it before her death in 1981. At the age of 15, her husband, Otto A. Koehler, moved to San Antonio to live with his uncle after his father's death. He served in World War I, earned the title of Graduate Brewmaster and was named chairman of the board and president of what became Pearl Brewing Company. Otto and Marcia were local philanthropists, and their legacy continues through the Bank of America's philanthropic services. Areas of grantmaking interest are arts and culture, humanities, education, human services, youth development, and medical research.

This foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Texas office. It supports medical care facilities and programs that encourage the fine arts in San Antonio, such as the display, production or performance of artistic works. Other groups have received support for efforts to promote the physical, mental, and moral well-being of children in the San Antonio area. Youth-focused grantmaking is typically centered on education, recreation, guidance, and medical care. Support has gone to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, Christian Senior Services, Communities in Schools of San Antonio. Other local support has gone to Family Violence Prevention, the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, and the McNay Art Museum.

A majority of foundation grants are between $5,000 and $20,000. View the funder’s recent tax forms to learn more about its local giving. Today, the Koehler Foundation mostly supports nonprofits in and around San Antonio, Texas. Although San Antonio is the top priority here, other areas of Texas have seen Koehler’s support as well, including Houston and Kendal County.

The Koehler Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual grantmaking deadline for this foundation is February 1. Grantees must skip a year before applying for new support. It usually takes three or four months to hear back with a funding decision. The grant application is available online, and the best way to get in touch with the funding staff is by emailing The phone number for the foundation is 800-357-7094.


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