Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Charitable Trust

OVERVIEW: This funder supports arts, culture, humanities, education, human services, and religion in San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas. The annual grantmaking deadline is February 1 for local groups.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, culture, humanities, education, human services, religion

IP TAKE:  This is another foundation administered by Bank of America, but it's all about San Antonio. Religious groups of all faiths have a good chance here.

PROFILE: The Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Charitable Trust is based in Texas and was established in 1993. This is the family foundation of the Dalkowitz family, who were merchants and investors in San Antonio, Mexico, and elsewhere. The family’s first store was located across from San Antonio’s city hall. This foundation was established under Nathalie Dalkowitz’s will in memory of her sister Gladys and other family members. During Nathalie and Gladys’ lifetimes, they were interested in the art, music, and culture of San Antonio. Nathalie passed away in 1992.

Today, the Dalkowitz Charitable Trust funds nonprofits in the San Antonio area. A majority of their grants are between $3,000 and $10,000. Application deadlines typically fall on February 1 of each year, with awards in June. Grantees must wait one year before submitting a new request. The application process is conducted entirely online.

According to Foundation Center data, this foundation has awarded at least 104 grants in its history, to at least 53 recipients. Most support stays in Bexar County, but occasionally an Austin or Houston group will see funding. Grants have gone to the following San Antonio groups: Daily Bread Ministries, Good Samaritan Center of San Antonio, Jewish Federation of San Antonio, McNay Art Museum, and the San Antonio Children’s Museum. At the end of a recent year, the funder had over $2 million in total assets. Jewish groups often see the foundation’s support, but causes affiliated with other religions are supported too.

This trust is managed by the Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions Texas office, so it does not employ its own full-time staff. The trust's donors have granted discretion to Bank of America to design and execute its grantmaking programs. A list of Texas procedures for grantmaking can be downloaded from the foundation website.

Questions about the application process or general questions about foundation giving should be directed to Shantel Wilkins is the philanthropic client manager for the Nathalie and Gladys Dalkowitz Charitable Trust. The staff can also be reached at 214-209-6477 or 800-357-7094, or by mail at P.O. Box 831041, Dallas, Texas 75283.


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