ORIX Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: The ORIX Foundation is a corporate funder that focuses much of its grantmaking on the Greater Dallas area and on the topics of youth, poverty, health, and veteran causes.

FUNDING AREAS: At-risk youth, poverty, health, veterans, basic needs, empowerment, education

IP TAKE: ORIX keeps an eye out for developing, underfunded nonprofits with a local, community focus.

PROFILE: Established in 2009, the ORIX Foundation is the charitable arm of ORIX USA, a Dallas-based investment capital and asset management company that encompasses everything from real estate to health care and energy. The company’s former CEO started a committee to investigate how the company could best contribute to charitable causes before establishing this foundation. This is an employee-driven venture philanthropy that is focused on the communities where ORIX employees live and do business. The foundation is committed to “committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives.” Grantmaking areas of interest are at-risk youth, poverty, health, veterans, basic needs, empowerment, and education.

This is a foundation to get in touch with for basic service needs like food, shelter and medical attention. It’s also a big supporter of local education. Grantmaking has been on the rise in recent years. ORIX also looks for grantees with modest fundraising capacities, underfunded charities, developing charities, a historically prudent management of funds and programs, a strong present need for funds, and non-political and non-religious organizations. Some of the biggest local funding areas in North Texas have recently been at-risk children, families in poverty, health and veterans. In addition to the foundation’s charitable giving program, there is also an employee matching program that matches funds raised and donated by employees of ORIX USA and the RED Capital Group, which is also based in Dallas.

Most grantees receive between $10,000 and $20,000. However, there has also been a small grant program that awards groups between $1,500 and $6,000. View the funder’s recent tax returns and annual reports for more information on past grantees. The city of Dallas and the Dallas metropolitan area are at the heart of this grantmaking. In addition to Dallas, ORIX employs U.S. staff in California (San Diego, San Francisco, and Newport Beach), Chicago, New York; Columbus, Ohio; Reston, Virginia; and Bellevue, Washington. Columbus, Ohio is another large site of grantmaking.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry in April and May each year. The next new grant cycle opens up on April 1. Direct general questions to the foundation assistant, Autumn Shiele, at 214-237-2000 or via online form.

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