Robert W. Knox Sr. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports animals, education, religious causes, and human services. The family has strong Texas connections to Houston, San Antonio, and Galveston.

FUNDING AREAS: Animals, education, human services, religion

IP TAKE:  This funder has been focused on Houston lately. Charities with a religious backing often do well here.

PROFILE: The Robert W. Knox Sr. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation was established in 1964 in Texas. Robert Knox Jr., a Houston resident, founded it in memory of his parents. Robert Sr. was a physician in Houston and married Pearl, who was from Galveston, in 1892. Robert Sr. was the president of the Texas State Medical Association and Chief Surgeon for the Southern Pacific Railway. He also helped establish hospitals in Houston, San Antonio, and Louisiana. Additionally, he was involved in the real estate industry in Houston and was a veteran of both World War I and World War II.

Today, this family legacy foundation awards grants in the areas of animals, education, human services, and religion. Over the years, there has been a strong focus on prevention of cruelty to children and animals. Many of the grants here are between $5,000 and $10,000.

The grantmaking deadline each year is April 1. Successful grantees must skip one year before reapplying. While many grants stay in Texas due to the family’s strong connections here, applications are considered on a nationwide basis as well. It typically takes three or four months to receive a decision. Applications are conducted online.

According to Foundation Center data, this funder has awarded about 26 grants totaling $102,100 recently. Texas groups have received the bulk of support in recent years. Sample Texas grantees include Sherman Interfaith Faring Ministries in League City, Austin College in Sherman, Northwest Assistance Ministries in Houston, and Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance in Houston. Most of the Texas grants have been going to Houston-based nonprofits.

Like several other Texas foundations, this one is managed by the Bank of America. The best way to get in touch with the Texas office, based in Dallas, is by emailing tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com. Shantel Wilkins is the philanthropic client manager for the Robert W. Knox Sr. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation. The contact information for this foundation is 800-357-7094 and P.O. Box 831041, Dallas, Texas 75283.

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