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

OVERVIEW: The Robert W. Knox Sr. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation supports animals, education, religious causes, and human services in various parts of Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Animals, education, human services, religion

IP TAKE:  This funder has been focused on Houston lately. Also, charities with a religious backing often do well with this foundation.

PROFILE: Established in 1964, the Robert W. Knox Sr. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation is a private foundation 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, this foundation has strongly focused its efforts on prevention of cruelty to children and animals. According to Foundation Center data, this funder has awarded at least 26 grants totaling $102,100 recently. 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.

Many of the grants here are between $5,000 and $10,000. View the foundation’s recent tax records to learn more about past grantees. Texas groups have received the bulk of support in recent years. Furthermore, most of the Texas grants have been going to Houston-based nonprofits. But while many grants stay in Texas due to the family’s strong connections here, applications are considered on a nationwide basis as well.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The grantmaking deadline each year is April 1. Successful grantees must skip one year before reapplying. It typically takes three or four months to receive a decision. Applications are conducted online. 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 to email The phone number for this foundation is 800-357-7094.


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