Clint and Nancy Carlson

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Carlson Capital 

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Human Services & Health 

OVERVIEW: Carlson and his wife Nancy move their philanthropy through the Carlson Foundation. Giving through their foundation largely focuses on Texas (Dallas and Houston), and often tracks with board memberships and other personal connections. In a recent year, the foundation gave away under $855,000. The couple strongly supports their alma mater Rice University. The arts are another interest. 

BACKGROUND: Clint D. Carlson received his BA and MBA from Rice University. He worked at Bass Brothers and also co-managed a risk arbitrage fund at Maxxam Group and affiliated companies. In 1993, he founded Carlson Capital, an alternative asset management firm that manages over eight billion dollars. Carlson's wife Nancy also works at Carlson Capital.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Carlsons via their foundation strongly support their mutual alma mater Rice University. The school has received millions from the couple. The couple has also supported UT Law School Foundation (Nancy graduated from UT Austin Law). as well as the Center for Women in Law at UT Austin School of Law. Other grantees have included Southern Methodist University, Basalt Elementary School, Dallas Children’s Advocacy School, Preston Hollow Presbyterian School, and Greenhill School, which has been strongly supported.

ARTS & CULTURE: The Carlsons have supported Aspen Art Museum, Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, Orchestra of New Spain, Texas Ballet Theater, and TACA (The Arts Community Alliance). Nancy sits on the board of the Dallas Museum of Art.

HUMAN SERVICES & HEALTH: Grantees have included North Dallas Food Bank, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Planned Parenthood, and the S.M. Wright Foundation, which provides "support and stability to underprivileged children and less fortunate families through hunger relief, economic empowerment, and assistance in the areas of education, health and social services."

LOOKING FORWARD: The Carlsons are still very much engaged in business, but you can expect their steady support of select organizations in the Dallas area to continue. Away from Texas, it appears that Aspen is another site of philanthropy. 


The Carlson Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

The Carlson Foundation
2100 McKinney Ave., Ste. 1800

Dallas, TX 75201


Carlson Capital