W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder primarily supports Dallas nonprofits, in the areas of education, health, and human services. Online grant applications are accepted two times per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: Dallas-based social services agencies that address basic needs, as well as Catholic schools in the area, should get to know this family funder.

PROFILE: The W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation was established in Texas in 1947 by Bulah Luse. Her husband was a self-made oil prospector and driller in Texas. Broad grantmaking topics of interest are education, health, and human services. Priority is given to nonprofits that address underserved populations and that serve the people of Dallas.

There are two grant application deadlines each year, June 1 and December 1. Most of the grants are one year in duration. Grantees must skip two years before reapplying. It typically takes three or four months to receive a funding decision after applying. 

According to Foundation Center data, this funder has lately awarded at least 420 grants to 234 organizations, totaling $2.7 million or more. Although the majority of these grants have gone to Dallas and Fort Worth groups, support has also gone to Houston, San Angelo, San Antonio, Austin, Midland, and Tyler.

A few years ago, the foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the parent-child education program at AVANCE-Dallas. It has been a funding partner for Kids U and Attitudes and Attire, donated at least $3,000 to Legal Hospice of Texas, and given at least $5,000 to Alley’s House. Recent support has gone to Community Partners of Dallas to benefit abused children, the Saint Plus X Catholic School for preschool programs, and Sons of the Flat for patient and family support at Parkland Hospital. A good number of grants have gone to Catholic schools lately.

At the end of a recent year, the foundation reported more than $8.7 million in assets. That year, a total of $633,000 was paid out in grants. Most recent grants have been between $5,000 and $10,000. Program support tends to be more common than general operating support or capital support.

Like several other small family foundations in Texas, this one is managed by Bank of America/US Trust. To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact the Texas office staff of the bank at tx.philanthropic@ustrust.com. Kelly Donohue, philanthropic client manager, is your best contact. The mailing address for the foundation is P.O. Box 831041, Dallas, Texas, 75283, and the phone number is 800-357-7094.


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