William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation: Texas Grants

OVERVIEW: William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation focuses its grantmaking in Texas. Tens of millions have gone to the University of Texas system. The foundation also has interest in health, specifically cancer research, in Forth Worth, which is the home of the Moncrief Cancer Institute. Money has also gone to arts and culture, animal rights, and human services. 

FUNDING AREAS: Higher Education, Health, Animals, Arts & Culture, Forth Worth Community

IP TAKE: William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation doesn't have much of a web presence, or a clear way for grantseekers to reach out. Guidelines, too, are hard to come by.

PROFILE: W.A. “Monty” Moncrief was one of Texas’ legendary wildcatters. During the Great Depression, he discovered a 6-billion-barrel East Texas oilfield. Monty's son, W.A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr., eventually took the reins of the family oil business, and at one point, Moncrief was on the Forbes billionaire list.

Moncrief also took the reins of the William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation, which in a recent year, gave away just $318,000 and held nearly $1.2 million in assets. The foundation's philanthropy focuses on Texas, and more specifically on Fort Worth. A huge site of philanthropy for Moncrief over the years has been the University of Texas system. A past $25 million gift to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center created the Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth. Moncrief has given some $14 million for programs at the Dallas campus of UT Southwestern alone. Moncrief Cancer Institute, as well, is an affiliate of UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has been supported with millions over the years.

Other gifts to the University of Texas include an $18 million gift to the University of Texas at Austin, Moncrief's alma mater. Apart from UT, Moncrief has also supported Texas Christian University with millions, and All Saints Episcopal School.

Other health outfits receiving recent money from Moncrief include All Saints Health Foundation, which supports the Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, Cancer Care Services, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, a "pediatric center for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia."

Support has also gone to support arts and culture in Texas with recent money going to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Kimbell Art Museum.

Moncrief also has an interest in human services and antipoverty outfits. Recent money has gone to Tarrant County Food Bank in Fort Worth, Meals on Wheels, and Presbyterian Night Shelter. A component of Moncrief's philanthropy also involves animals, with recent money going to Companion Pet Center, and Saving Hope Foundation, which is dedicated to "ending animal euthanasia, preventing abuse, offering discounts on vaccines, and facilitating adoptions."

Additionally, money has been earmarked for public television in North Texas, and policy work, with recent funding going to National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas and Cato Institute in Washington D.C.


  • W.A. Moncrief Jr., President & Foundation Manager
  • R.W. Moncrief, Vice President
  • C.B. Moncrief, Secretary & Treasurer


The William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation doesn't provide a clear avenue to contact the couple, but below is an address:

William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation

950 Commerce St.

Fort Worth, TX 76102