Stinson Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Stinson Foundation supports nonprofits that serve children and families and that promote local art, education, culture, humanities, and human services efforts in the Permian Basin area of Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Children, families, arts, education, culture, humanities, human services

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes organizations based in or benefitting the Midland area of Texas working to serve local children and families.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Stinson Foundation is a private foundation based in Texas. Sue Stinson, a Virginia native who moved to Midland, Texas in the 1930s, created the foundation. Known for her optimism, she was a teacher for a Mennonite farming community and lived in the Arizona desert in a tent. Managed by Bank of America’s Texas office, the foundation funds local efforts that benefit children, families, arts, education, culture, humanities, and human services causes.

The Stinson Foundation primarily focuses its giving on nonprofits that are dedicated to the needs of local children and families. This funder supports approximately 10 organizations each year with new grants.

Grants range between about $2,000 and $10,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Texas and more specifically, the Permian Basin area of the state. Grantees are often based in the Texas counties of Midland and Ector. Past local grantees include Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin, Community and Senior Services of Midland, Mission Health Care, and Hillcrest School.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is May 15, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about three to four months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at tx.philanthropic@ustru,st.com or 800-357-7094.

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