Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder mostly supports San Antonio, Texas, organizations in the areas of arts and culture, humanities, education, human services, youth development, and medical research. February 1 is the annual grant deadline.  

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

IP TAKE: Here’s a funder that’s all about San Antonio. A lot of funding has been going to youth-focused programs lately.

PROFILE: The Marcia and Otto Koehler Foundation was established by Marcia Koehler 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.

Today, the Koehler Foundation mostly supports nonprofits in and around San Antonio, Texas. Areas of grantmaking interest are arts and culture, humanities, education, human services, youth development, and medical research. More specifically, the foundation 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.

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 annual grantmaking deadline for this foundation is February 1. Most grants are between $5,000 and $20,000.

According to Foundation Center data, this funder has awarded at least 176 grants totaling $840,000 lately. The total number of grant recipients for that time period was 75, which suggests that some organizations receive funding in multiple cycles. However, grantees must skip a year before applying for new support. It usually takes three or four months to hear back with a funding decision.

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.

As with several other small, private family foundations in Texas, this one is managed by Bank of America. The grant application is available online, and the best way to get in touch with the funding staff is by emailing tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com. Address your correspondence to Shantel Wilkins, the philanthropic client manager for this funder. The foundation mailing address is P.O. Box 831041, Dallas, Texas 75283, and its phone number is 800-357-7094.

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