The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation: Southwest Grants

OVERVIEW: The Mabee Foundation provides grants to religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, and medical institutions engaged in the treatment and care of diseases in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education, medical equipment, hospitals, human services, youth services

IP TAKE: The Mabee Foundation consistently provides challenge grants and making the final push to fund nonprofit projects. Ask other foundations and donors to share in project costs before approaching the Mabee board.

PROFILE: Established in 1948, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation is the family foundation of John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee. The foundation aims to “aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature.” Grantmaking areas of interest include higher education, medical equipment, hospitals, human services, and youth services.

Since inception, the foundation has awarded more grants for education than for health, and religious grants are fewer and farther between. It regularly awards grants for community activities like the Boy Scouts and children’s homes, to private colleges, for hospital and healthcare activities, and religious causes like campus ministries and Christian camps. Past grantees include Kansas Wesleyan University, White Rock YMCA, and Hesston College. Many Mabee grants are made for building and facility construction and renovation projects and for the purchase of major medical equipment. Frequently, it makes grants on a challenge or conditional basis to provide incentive for enlisting other donors.

View the funder’s Grant Summaries page to search for recent grants by state. Over the years, the bulk of Mabee grants have gone to the state of Texas. Oklahoma, which is where the foundation is based, has seen the next greatest show of support, followed closely by Missouri and then Kansas. Arkansas and New Mexico have received the fewest Mabee grants. Mabee does not award grants outside of these states. As a general rule, the foundation does not award grants to satisfy debt, to government operated facilities, to educational institutions below the college level, or to any specific church.

The Mabee Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The Mabee Foundation does not follow a standard application format, so grantseekers only need to provide a detailed application letter. Submit applications at any time of the year by mail to the Tulsa office. Direct general questions to the staff at 918-584-4286.

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