McCombs Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: Founded in the early 1980s, the McCombs Foundation has been laser-focused on the state of Texas. Strong support has gone to education, including millions to the University of Texas system. Money has also gone to arts and culture, human services, health, and more. The foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of billionaire Red McCombs and his wife Charline.

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Arts & Culture, San Antonio Community

IP TAKE: The McCombs Foundation doesn't have a web presence, or a clear way for grantseekers to get in touch.

PROFILE: Billy Joe "Red" McCombs is the founder of the Red McCombs Automotive Group, and cofounded Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartCommunications). McCombs and his wife Charline move their philanthropy through the McCombs Foundation, which was founded in the early 1980s. The couple's philanthropy has been laser-focused on the state of Texas. Unfortunately for grantseekers the foundation doesn't have much of a web presence, or a clear way to get in touch.

The couple, through their McCombs Foundation, have supported a number of education and youth outfits in Texas. Recent grantees include San Antonio Can Academies, Junior Achievement of South Texas, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Trinity University in San Antonio, Saint Mary's Hall, Southwestern University (which received a $250,000 grant in 2013), Baylor University, and East Central School Foundation. Large sums have streamed to University of Texas Austin including. UT Austin is the site of McCombs School of Business. Strong support has also gone to University of Texas-Houston. Other gifts in the educational realm include the Red and Charline McCombs Field, home to the University of Texas Women’s softball team and the Red and Charline McCombs Campus Center at Southwestern University.

Support has also gone to Texas health outfits including MD Anderson Cancer Center, which received more than $2.25 million in a past year. A $30 million gift in 2005, meanwhile, created the Red and Charline McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer at MD Anderson. Money has also gone to Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation. The couple through their foundation have supported human services outfits such as YMCA of Greater San Antonio, San Antonio Food Bank, and Haven for Hope, a nonprofit which provides services for the homeless.

Arts and culture has also been strongly funded by McCombs in Texas. San Antonio is home to the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. A $300,000 grant went to Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation. Other past grantees include San Antonio Museum of Art, Witte Museum, Riverwalk Jazz, and Texas Transportation Museum. Money has also gone to the George W Bush Foundation,  and the Briscoe Western Art Museum, each of which received grants of $250,000 in the past.

Texas churches such as Alamo Heights United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church of San Antonio have been funded. Sums have also gone to the Texas Historical Foundation, Texas Economic Development Corporation, and Texas Public Policy Foundation. Sports outfits such as Texas Sports Hall of Fame and San Antonio Sports Foundation have also seen recent sums.


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McCombs Foundation, Inc.

755 E. Mulberry, Ste. 600

San Antonio, TX 78212

Telephone: (210) 821-6523