William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation

OVERVIEW: William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation focuses its grantmaking in Texas and is interested in health, cancer research, Fort Worth causes, arts and culture, animal rights, and human services. 

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education, health, animals, arts and culture, Fort 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.

PROFILE: Established in 1954, the William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation is a family foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. W.A. “Monty” Moncrief was one of Texas’ legendary wildcatters. During the Great Depression, he discovered a six-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. Foundation areas of interest include higher education, health, animals, arts and culture, and Fort Worth community.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, a huge part 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. Other grantees are the Dallas campus of UT Southwestern, Moncrief Cancer Institute, and UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Other health organizations receiving 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. The foundation supports arts and culture in Texas with past money going to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Kimbell Art Museum. Moncrief also has an interest in human services and antipoverty organizations. Past money has gone to Tarrant County Food Bank in Fort Worth, Meals on Wheels, and Presbyterian Night Shelter. 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.

Foundation grants tend to be between $5,000 and $10,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation's philanthropy focuses on Texas, and more specifically on Fort Worth.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 817-336-7236.

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