William E. Dean III Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports causes for animals, education, human services, and religion in Texas and beyond. Grant applications are due July 1. This foundation is managed by Bank of America, and applications are accepted online.

FUNDING AREAS: Animals, education, human services, and religion

IP TAKE: This is a good funder to know if you’re working in animal welfare in Texas. Veterans’ needs are also a good bet.

PROFILE: The William E. Dean III Charitable Foundation was established in 2009 in Texas. Dr. William Evans Dean (Bill) went to the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Nevada. Because of his connection to Texas, this foundation is managed by the Bank of America’s Texas office in Dallas.

Dean was a member of the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and later had a career as a dentist. During his lifetime, he was also a registered Texas longhorn rancher, a recreational pilot and an animal lover. A big post-military passion for Dean was connecting dogs with veterans as they transitioned back to life as civilians. Preventing animal cruelty was also a top interest.

Grantmaking interests for this funder are animals, education, human services, and religion. Although Texas is a priority, grants are also awarded nationwide. Grant applications are due on July 1 each year, and the application process is all online. Grantees must wait one year before applying for a subsequent grant. Most grants awarded by the William E. Dean III Charitable Foundation are between $5,000 and $10,000 each. Awards are announced three or four months after the application deadline.

According to Foundation Center data, the Dean organization has given out at least 15 grants totaling $70,000 or more, recently. Approximately 14 organizations shared these funds. Texas groups have seen the largest share of support.

Since this foundation is managed by Bank of America Philanthropic Solutions, the best way to get in touch with your grantseeker questions is by emailing tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com. Make sure to indicate the name of this foundation in the subject line because the organization manages many foundations in Texas. The contact information for the foundation is 214-209-6477, or by mail to P.O. Box 831041, Dallas, Texas, 75283. Shantel Wilkins is the philanthropic client manager for this foundation, as well as several others in Texas.


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