Zachry Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Zachry Foundation focuses on the San Antonio area, with top interests including education and the arts. 

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, health, science

IP TAKE:  The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals. 

PROFILE: Incorporated in 1960, the Zachry Foundation's Texas grantmaking focuses on the San Antonio community. This is a private family foundation that was founded by H.B. Zachry and has been sustained by the family business entities since then. The foundation's minimal web presence lists a few trustees and an executive director, Ann Zachry Rochelle. Primary interests include education, arts and humanities, and health and social services throughout the San Antonio area.

In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $1.2 million to a short list of grantees. A large recipient is the University of Texas at San Antonio Medical School. The foundation has also funded professorships at University of Texas. Other grantees include St. Leo the Great Catholic School - San Antonio, Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, Symphonic Society of San Antonio, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Cancer Therapy Center, and San Antonio Botanical Garden. 

Foundation grants tend to range from $5,000 to $5,000. Learn more about the funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking is largely focused on the city of San Antonio rather than more broadly throughout Texas.

The foundation does not appear to accept unsolicited grant applications or spread its money widely. Typically, it selects a handful of grantees to support, often on a multi-year basis. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 210-258-2100.

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